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Feed Your Faith introduces students to campus ministry

first_imgOver 1,500 students flocked to South Quad on Wednesday evening to explore faith-based opportunities as part of Campus Ministry’s fifth annual Feed Your Faith event. The event featured music blasting across South Quad as students gathered to learn more about Campus Ministry and its resources while food trucks handed out comfort food. Volunteers also gave out free shirts adorned with the Campus Ministry logo.  Ann Curtis | The Observer Father Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, speaks to attendees at the annual Feed Your Faith event on South Quad. The event seeks to introduce students to various Campus Ministry resources.Mike Urbaniak, Campus Ministry’s assistant director of pastoral care, said the event aimed to help students socialize and become familiar with campus ministry.“We want people to come out with some friends, have some fun and food, and meet some of the great organizations and programs that we have around faith here on campus,” Urbaniak said.Urbaniak also said he hoped the event would demonstrate to students the richness of faith life on campus. In addition to six food trucks, the event featured 46 different tables representing Campus Ministry and other faith-based clubs and organizations. For Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, those tables are important for connecting students with opportunities to practice their faith.“When I think about Feed Your Faith, it really is an opportunity to showcase all the great work that Campus Ministry is doing, but also the other great clubs and departments around campus,” he said. While the event was open to all undergraduate and graduate students, McCormick thinks its timing at the beginning of the school year appeals to a first-year crowd looking to get involved. Marie Latham, a sophomore in the Folk Choir, returned to the event for a second year in a row. She recalled her enthusiasm to explore opportunities last year, but hesitation to join them. “I definitely signed up for a lot of email lists,” she said. “I think at that point I was a little overcommitted already.”For McCormick, that ability to discover opportunities with no commitment is part of the event’s strategy.“The way we think about it is: ‘Hey, we’re going to show you all the things,” McCormick said. Even if students feel overwhelmed during their freshman year, the event still familiarizes them with the options available for later on in their college careers, McCormick said.“You have the wherewithal to then say, ‘Ok, I’m going to reach out to them because I’m really interested now,” McCormick said.Marilyn Zizumbo and Kassandra Perez, a sophomore and junior staffing the Latino Student Ministry table, hoped to encounter some interested students.Perez said she wanted to tell students about the weekly Spanish mass as well as retreats and other events the organization sponsors.“It’s geared for the Latino community, but it is for everyone” she added. Opportunities like student ministries attracted freshman freshman Crystal Lin to the event.The Pangborn Hall resident is not religious, but she wanted to learn more about ways to explore religion at her new school. “I hope to learn more about the different clubs or things about religion on campus,” she said. While not exactly sure what to look for, Lin had a general idea of what type of organization she wanted to join.“A community to hang out with,” she said, as music from Disney’s “Frozen” rolled over South Quad. “But maybe do dance or something like that.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Community, Feed Your Faith, Latino Student Ministrylast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Peter Pan, Meryl Streep & More

first_img Wake Up with a Witch December 3, check local listings Starry big-screen adaptations of Annie and Into the Woods are opening this month—let the promotional blitz commence! The incomparable Meryl Streep visits Live! with Kelly and Michael to chat about getting witchy in Into the Woods. But this is live TV. Anything can happen! So watch Streep tell work stories involving Anna Kendrick and director Rob Marshall before she (possibly) wrestles a grizzly bear in a steel cage. Attend a Hedwig Homecoming December 7 at the Hills NYC In the glittery lore of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Don Hill’s is where John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask conceived the show. Now the folks behind the rock musical are honoring the eponymous club owner in a special Hedwig-themed tribute that includes Trask, current Hedwig Michael C. Hall, and Tits of Clay, the onstage rock band who plays the Angry Inch. Proceeds benefit Road Recovery, which helps young people with addiction. Click for tickets! Do the Hustle with Annaleigh Ashford Starts December 1 at 54 Below Annaleigh Ashford is stuck in the past…not that we’re complaining. She’s tremendous in the ‘30s comedy You Can’t Take it With You and in the ‘50s-and-‘60s set drama Masters of Sex. With those past decades covered, Ashford returns to 54 Below with her updated cabaret, Lost in the Stars, featuring disco classics and chestnuts from Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. (Click here for a preview!) Finally, we have a good reason to visit the ’70s. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey, you, in the turkey coma! Take off your sweats, pop an antacid, and open your eyes to the awesome theater events happening this week. There’s a groovy Annaleigh Ashford concert, Jim Parsons’ return to the stage, and a Hedwig-themed charity event, a chat with Meryl Streep and of course, Peter Pan Live! So what are you waiting for? Check out this week’s picks below. Crow Over Peter Pan Live! December 4, check local listings Girls star and primetime news scion Allison Williams will play the boy who never grew up/peanut butter icon in the much-anticipated NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! With America’s favorite kook Christopher Walken (who is also an accomplished song-and-dance man) and Broadway pros Kelli O’Hara, Christian Borle, and Taylor Louderman aboard, this should be a ton of fun to watch. Oh, and get your tweeting fingers ready! Welcome Jim Parsons Back to Broadway December 1 at Studio 54 With The Big Bang Theory on hourly, it’s easy to forget that series star Jim Parsons is a Broadway veteran (Harvey, The Normal Heart) who exists outside of our television sets. Here’s a chance to see him in the flesh—and, hopefully, without a Green Lantern t-shirt—as he reads George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s Merton of the Movies. The event, directed by Scott Ellis, benefits the Roundabout Theatre Company’s programs. Click for tickets!last_img read more

On the Blogs: Canada, U.K., and Netherlands in Pact to Phase Out Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享International Institute for Sustainable Development:One indication that the global transition towards low-carbon forms of energy is picking up speed is the decline in demand for coal, as renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly attractive for building new generation capacity and countries are making efforts to decommission existing coal-fired power plants. The governments of Canada, the UK and the Netherlands have announced commitments to further accelerate this trend.The governments of Canada and the UK have announced their intention to launch a ‘Global Alliance on Coal Phase-out.’ Under the Alliance, the two countries will aim to achieve “an accelerated phase-out of unabated coal-fired electricity as part of our domestic energy policies.” The partners commit to collaborate in achieving their respective domestic targets to phase out coal by 2025 in the UK and by 2030 in Canada. The Alliance will be officially launched during UNFCCC COP 23 in November and will be open for other countries with similar ambitions to join.In the Netherlands, the parties of a new coalition government have agreed to pass legislation “making it a legal obligation to shut down all coal-fired power plants in the country by 2030.” According to a commentary by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the decision sends an important signal regarding the risks of investing in “old energy-production models.” The analysis states that the power plants that will be affected by the decision are among the world’s most efficient and have been commissioned only recently. According to the author, this means that utility companies across Europe will likely also reconsider investments in costly upgrades of existing coal-fired power plants to comply with tightened air quality regulations and focus on investments in renewables instead. The decision could therefore have impacts on the speed of coal-phase out in other European countries.More: Canada, UK and the Netherlands Commit to Accelerate Coal Phase-out On the Blogs: Canada, U.K., and Netherlands in Pact to Phase Out Coallast_img read more

Running Down a Dream

first_imgMy third Sky Race of the year took me to the Franklin Mountains of El Paso, Texas. I woke up the morning of the race in my tent where I was very comfortable. Forcing myself to move forward and to begin my routine felt like a chore. The morning was quiet and peaceful. It was not until after I ate my Frosted Mini Wheats that I felt the winds begin to pick up. I had a couple minutes to spare before I needed to catch the shuttle to the start, so I took the time to really weigh my tent down to prevent it from blowing away. 30 minutes later, the wind went from, “Wow, it is a little breezy this morning”, to, “Oh my gosh this wind is pushing me, do you think they are going to postpone the race?”It felt like a dream or a chaotic scene in a movie when I jumped out of the windowless van and being completely confused as to where I was. Feeling the power of the wind blowing me over and the headlamps of the hundred of other runners all flashing in every direction. I was disoriented and cold. I found where I needed to place my drop bag and I stood in line for the bathrooms. If it was not for the race director Rob, guiding everyone to where the starting line was and counting down the minutes before the start, the start of this race would have been really crazy. I had three people in line ahead of me when Rob announced, “Three more minutes until the start!”I went into the race believing I could race alongside my biggest competitor, Jim Walmsley, who earlier that year was on pace to break the Western States 100 course record, but with 9 miles away from the finish, Jim made a wrong turn. Thus having the most epic 19th place finish in the history of the race. My strategy for competing against Jim was simple; do not let him go. I wanted to be in striking range all the way up to the summit of Mount Franklin.14238077_1844958245738800_8105314526554236213_nDuring the first 1.5 miles of the race, Jim flew past me. I tucked in behind him and fed myself positive thoughts as we cut through the high winds that were pushing against us. To be honest, I was not prepared from my training to keep the pace Jim decided to throw down. As a result, my legs were heavy for the third half of the race. The pace Jim set was his strategy of losing me. Eventually the pace mellowed out when he realized I was not going anywhere, at least for the first 10 miles. His descent was flawless over this rocky, brittle desert terrain. Jim’s technique was to me, reckless running.The pace we were going at on this poor footing trail was insane! I had never run this fast down hill before in my life. Regardless of how hard I was trying to keep up and still save some of my legs for he second half of the race, Jim still continued to pull away. As I watched Jim increase the gap between us, I learned of a totally new gear of descending hills. I saw what is possible, and I want to be able to run with such little effort and high faith in my footing down a mountain that technical as he was doing.Jim and I came to a point of the race after the second aid station when we went through the worse feeling any trail runner fears most. The flags we saw did not make sense to the layout of our course. Yes, we were going the wrong way. This is the worse feeling you can get as a trail runner, having the wisdom and courage to turn around and back track to see where you messed up. This mistake cost Jim and I just under a mile off of the course.We discovered where we made our mistake then began the climb up the correct trail towards Franklin Mountain. Jim and I could see two other runners making the same mistake we previously made and Jim yelled out to them saying they need to turn around. We yelled again together to get their attention so they could begin their chase after us. This mistake of stopping and turning around would happen to me one other time during this race, where I would have lost only two minutes, but added recovery, to my overall time.With 10 miles left in the race, and Jim long gone out of the picture, I felt heavy, tired and my stomach was upset. My symptoms may have been related to the lack of training, the heat of the day and from chasing Jim in the first portion of the race. But this is the sport in a nutshell; fighting through the challenges that come unexpectedly out of nowhere. I was now playing defense. Walking at some of the clearly run-able sections of the course and hoping that third place would not come around the corner and see me. I was hoping that I created enough of a gap between the other runners to be able to get away with this.I was not only fighting gravity to move forward but even the crazy winds. As I was pushing through the exposed flat sections of the last 10 miles of the course, the soft sand would tease me of my effort to find a solid foundation to push off from. If running through soft sand and being pushed back by the strong winds was not enough, even the vegetation in the desert got the memo from the race director to make the runners go through hell. Ducking and dodging the towering, flimsy, Ocotillo’s branches as they whip their thorns over the trail made out to be another obstacle for this race. As the trail rolled on, I was hoping to catch a visual of the finish line. After many turns, it finally appeared. Luckily, there were no other runners on my heels and I crossed the finish line happy to know I was the second place finisher, (or first loser).14291851_10100772090780916_915589776402754507_nI later heard my time and I was shocked to hear I broke the old course record, along with Jim. We broke the course record even with the extra detour and 2,000 feet of gain compared to last years course. This race was a confident booster for me because I ran this Sky Race in under 5 hours. So despite losing to Jim by 20 minutes, I am holding on to the fact I finished well even feeling like shit for the last 10 miles and knowing that I can improve my fitness so much more.This confidence boost of knowing I am capable to run and compete with athletes like Jim, have lead me to wanting to train harder. After my final race on November 5th at the Trail Marathon Championships in Moab, UT, I am going to take a short time off and then switch my gears towards being faster on my runs with high attention towards recovering smart and eating well between my runs. My fire right now has been given a lot of fuel and I am ready to step up my game.This is going to be my new adopted training method. Run every run with a purpose. Be bold and intensify your runs followed after with a good night’s sleep, recovery food, and hydration in between runs. Go after challenges that seem impossible and learn from them. Become mentally strong through the challenging workouts you place yourself in. Train in the heat and start with a climb. Seek the windy and rainy days to get to the summits, not as the excuses. These intense efforts will build a foundation of toughness that you will be able to rely on during the tough times of an event. Mimic the courses you sign up to compete in by training on similar terrain and grade as often as you can. Feed yourself with positive thoughts. Besides, the most memorable runs are the ones where you are placed in uncomfortable conditions.Look at others for inspiration. I am looking at Jim’s style of descent as inspiration to helping me reach that level of running. How am I going to do this? The trick to be able to pull this off is to train at this high intensity and pace during training runs… Run recklessly fast while staying in control and relaxed and still have gas in the legs to turn over on the up hills and flats… I do not expect to get this down right away, I am sure this will take time. I know eventually that I will find a way to be able to run the way I saw Jim run.Being confident in a plan that will guide you to achieving your goals is the best way to reach them. Enjoy the journey of seeing the places and the people you meet along the way. This sport has blessed me personally with more than just running and staying in shape. It has given me a new outlook of the world and how I am able to put myself in it. I have options and I am in control over how I want to react in this place. I do not have to go with the flow, I can survive doing the things that give me joy. I am making a home in my passion and I invite others into my residency.14238254_1067368313316307_1384416941085783915_nThe Hints and methods I mentioned above are what I will be focusing on as I continue to chase my dreams of fulfilling a career through the sport of Ultra Running. I hope these tips can find a way for helping you achieve your goals.My last Sky Race this year is in Flagstaff, AZ. I am currently leading the US Ultra Sky Series and I will be taking my energy and confidence into the Flagstaff Finale 55k Sky race, knowing what is possible. I will run my race the way I envision it, with life and passion.last_img read more

Becoming more likeable

first_imgLikability isn’t reserved for those who are outgoing, social or good looking.“Being likable is under your control, it’s a matter of emotion intelligence,” writes author Travis Bradberry in an Entrepreneur article. I’ve written on emotional intelligence, or EQ, in the past. EQ is controlling your emotions and understanding others’.It is a person’s EQ that makes them so likeable. Bradberry lists 13 behaviors that emotionally intelligent people do that lead to their likability. Here are a few that stood out for me:They ask questions. When you ask questions, you let the person who is talking know you are listening. Everyone likes a good listener. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Older flu drugs still used, against CDC advice

first_img About 47% of the physicians responded to the survey, and 730 of those (58%) met the inclusion criteria. Of the 730, 36.7% were in family practice, 29.2% in internal medicine, 27.9% in pediatrics, and 6.2% in obstetrics/gynecology. Antiviral prescriptionsAbout 54% of the physicians reported prescribing antiviral drugs to at least some patients, with the rates ranging from 41.7% for pediatricians to 66.4% for family practice. Influenza testingA large majority—69%—of the responding doctors reported using a flu test during the flu season. The use of testing ranged from 87.1% of the Minnesota doctors to 55.0% of those in New Mexico. Of those who ordered tests, 88.0% used rapid antigen testing, 18.8% ordered viral culture, and 6.3% ordered serologic tests. Survey specificsThe survey covered 4 of the 10 sites in the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, a network of state health departments, academic institutions, and local collaborators working to assess the effects of emerging infections and methods for combating them. The four sites were New Haven County in Connecticut, seven counties in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area, four urban counties in New Mexico, and 15 counties in the Albany and Rochester, N.Y., areas. Surveys were mailed to random samples of PCPs in the four areas in March and April of 2007 and were sent two more times to nonrespondents. Physicians were asked whether they had evaluated patients with ILI, whether they had used influenza tests and what types, and whether they had prescribed antiviral drugs and what types. Those who had not examined patients with ILI were excluded. Amantadine use was highest in New Mexico (43.2% of doctors), followed by Minnesota (16.6%) and New York (14.2%), the report says. Respondents in Connecticut reported the highest use of oseltamivir (94.7%), followed by those in Minnesota (90.2%), New York (85.8%), and New Mexico (70.3%). The CDC says many rapid antigen tests for flu can be handled by nonlaboratorians in office settings, which may explain why many physicians choose them. “However, the benefit of obtaining results quickly must be weighed against the low sensitivities of the tests (70%-75%),” the report says. Consequently, “PCPs should use clinical judgment and check reports of weekly influenza activity from CDC and their individual state health departments to guide their clinical decisions.” The most commonly prescribed antiviral by far was oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a neuraminidase inhibitor, used by 87% of the respondents. The two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, were prescribed by 17.8% and 8.7%, respectively. Zanamivir (Relenza), the other licensed neuraminidase inhibitor, was prescribed by 5.3% of the physicians. Jan 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent survey suggests that about a quarter of primary care physicians (PCPs) were still prescribing older antiviral drugs for influenza during the last flu season, despite a federal warning to avoid them because of viral resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the survey of 730 physicians in four states, 26.4% reported prescribing amantadine or rimantadine to some patients in the 2006-07 flu season, according to the report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In January 2006 the CDC recommended that physicians stop using the two drugs because of high rates of resistance in circulating strains of influenza A. In light of the findings on antiviral prescribing, the CDC article calls for more education efforts to make PCPs aware of current treatment recommendations. The report also says that pediatric patients treated with oseltamivir should be watched closely for signs of neuropsychiatric effects, such as hallucinations, delirium, or abnormal behavior. Such effects have been reported in a number of young patients in recent years, mostly in Japan. The survey also showed that 69% of physicians ordered influenza tests for patients with influenza-like illness (ILI), and most of those ordered rapid antigen tests. Because rapid tests miss up to 30% of flu cases, the CDC says, physicians should exercise clinical judgment when using them. CDC. Influenza-testing and antiviral-agent prescribing practices—Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, and New York, 2006-07 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Jan 25;57(3):61-5 [Full text]last_img read more

​Collective defined contribution: It’s about commitment

first_imgCon Keating, head of research at BrightonRock Group, considers the ‘main’ advantage of the CDC modelAt the TUC’s recent ‘ABCs of CDC’ conference, my good friend Bernard Casey of Warwick University asked a question of Gregg McClymont, the shadow pensions minister, as to the sources of the superior projected performance of collective defined contribution (CDC) over individual DC. The question was whether different speakers have emphasised the “main” advantage of CDC. One said it reduced volatility. Another said it generated higher returns because it allowed investing long term, and in higher-risk assets, and a third said it generated better returns because, via scale economies, costs were lower. Which is it?”The answer, of course, is all and none – all are sources, but the dominant one in practice will vary with circumstances. In the various model projections that were undertaken – by the Government Actuaries Department, by Aon Hewitt and by the Royal Society of Arts – the detail of the model construction and calibration will have determined the answer. In fact, as the order in which effects are considered in an attribution analysis determines their magnitude, the question of a unique most important source is not even well framed.Bernard’s question and its target were a piece of pure devilment, of which I might have been proud myself. The various projections are all concerned with scale and scope in pension management. However, there is a more important aspect to CDC as a form of organisation. We have known since the work of Teresa Ghilarducci that the form of organisation can have effects upon the broad economy. Here, empirical work on US data showed that individual DC is more procyclical that collective defined benefit, exacerbating economic downturns and heightening booms. The driver of this analytic result was rather more the collective risk-sharing of DB than the pooling aspect – most individual DC assets are invested in collective mutual funds. At the conference, Steve Webb, the UK pensions minister, repeatedly emphasised the risk-pooling face of CDC to the point that the audience might have thought risk-sharing among members in a CDC scheme was entirely absent. It isn’t – well-designed CDC schemes are both risk-sharing and risk-pooling. CDC schemes allow greater commitment, in both amount and over time, than individual DC, even after considering the collective nature of DC investment funds. The key insight here is that it is commitment that allows our industrialists and entrepreneurs to create further wealth. Simply put, greater commitment can be expected to deliver greater wealth, a larger pie from which pensions may be delivered.There are a number of approaches to the analysis of commitment. We might have used Claude Shannon’s 1948 work on information theory in combination with Georgescu-Roegen’s 1971 “The entropy law and the economic process”, but that is perhaps too abstract for pensions practitioners. It would, though, deliver the insights that, although all wealth is information, not all information is wealth, and that commitment is ineluctably related to irreversibility.Colin Mayer recently wrote an excellent book ‘Firm Commitment: Why the corporation is failing us and how to restore trust’, which offers a corporate finance perspective on these issues, but more directly relevant is Pankaj Gehmawat’s 1991 ‘Commitment: The dynamic of strategy’. From Colin Mayer, we may note the relation between trust and commitment; from Gehmawat, we may distinguish between strategy and tactics, and by extension between investment and speculation. The irreversible nature of commitment, or trust, makes it risky. Indeed, the analysis may be expanded to consider soft and hard commitments, the value of flexibility as an option, and decisions that are, rather than absolutely irreversible, merely costly to reverse, which is the problem more usually faced by investment managers.Several analysts have purported to address empirically the question of whether CDC schemes do, in fact, invest more for the longer term or are more committed. They suggest that conservative asset allocations are observed. However, there are two problems with these studies. First, the data are derived from legacy Dutch DB schemes that many have wrongly rebranded as CDC, and second – and more important – these schemes are subject to a strict regime of risk-based regulation (FTK), as if their liabilities were hard promises.Solvency ratios are the heart of this FTK regulation, and, simply to calculate a solvency ratio, it is necessary to attribute an estimate to liabilities. Indeed, the Dutch regulator has required cuts in pensions in payment. Against this background, it is perfectly sensible to maintain conservative, low-volatility asset allocation strategies. As we are still to see the detail of the UK CDC regulation, we should bear in mind this caution when thinking about that.Many commentators have questioned the sustainability of CDC. “If I am a young employee, why should I join a scheme that is already in deficit?” is one way this is usually put. It is not clear how potential members become aware of a possible shortfall or indeed if that concept has any meaning given the absence of hard pension promises.The reality is that younger members face far more risk and uncertainty than older members – and the magnitude of that risk and uncertainty can be estimated from the high relative cost of buying deferred annuities for that group. They also need to consider their alternatives – if the investment performance of their individual DC choices is as much lower than CDC, as the various projections suggest, the deficit in a CDC scheme would have to be substantial indeed to offer worse potential outcomes and warrant non-participation. Finally, as this article has pointed out, if these employees do not participate, they are facing a future that is, by their own making, less rich and satisfying.Con Keating is head of research at BrightonRock Grouplast_img read more

Friday Night Lights

first_imgI know we are not in Texas, but nevertheless high school football returns tonight.  The stadiums in Indiana may not be as large as those in Texas but get out and fill them to root on your favorite team.  It is hard not to enjoy the late summer and fall nights with home football games.  Besides the teams on the field, you have cheerleaders and band performances.  The price of admission is low and most schools in this area are supposed to put a very good product on the field.  Go home town!last_img read more

Culvert replacements to close S.R. 101 in Ripley County Tuesday and Wednesday

first_imgMilan, IN— INDOT maintenance crews will close two sections of S.R. 101 in Ripley County next week for culvert replacements. S.R. 101 will close on Tuesday, October 29, between C.R. 50 S. and C.R. 50 N., south of Milan, and on Wednesday, October 30, between C.R. 1000 N. and C.R. 1100 N. near Sunman, weather permitting. Work is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.Access to homes within the closure will be maintained. Thru traffic should utilize the official detour routes listed below.Tuesday, October 29 (S.R. 101 closed between C.R. 50 S. and C.R. 50 N.): U.S. 50 to S.R. 129 to S.R. 350Wednesday, October 30 (S.R. 101 closed between C.R. 1000 N. and C.R. 1100 N.): S.R. 46 to S.R. 129 to S.R. 48last_img read more

EPL: Hammers attack Saints

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea West Ham vs. Southampton Venue: London Stadium Kick off: 4PMWest Ham United face Southampton at the London Stadium this afternoon knowing that a point could move the club out of the Premier League relegation zone. While David Moyes would have been encouraged by his side’s performance against Liverpool on Monday night, West Ham have now gone eight matches without success in all competitions. The Hammers have had to contend with some difficult matches, including a double-header with the leaders and last year’s champions Manchester City, but the pressure has only increased with the club in the bottom three. One win would change the mood at the London Stadium, especially this weekend when victory would take the club outside of the drop zone courtesy of Aston Villa competing in the EFL Cup final. However, making that a reality is easier said than done, and Moyes will need to find a solution to their frailties at the back before expecting his side to make progress up the standings. Individual mistakes have cost West Ham throughout the campaign, an issue which must be rectified if the East Londoners are to benefit from any improvements made at the other end of the pitch. From Southampton’s perspective, they will welcome the opportunity to face a struggling West Ham side after getting back on track with victory over Villa last weekend. The Saints dominated from start to finish at St Mary’s, although they only confirmed the three points through a break-away goal from Stuart Armstrong during the final seconds. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were under pressure to gain a result, with defeat having the potential to leave them involved in a relegation battle after successive setbacks to Liverpool and Burnley. The biggest plus from their most recent win was not having to rely on a goal from the free-scoring Danny Ings, who has netted 15 of the club’s 34 strikes in the top flight this season. Meanwhile, the Saints make the trip to England’s capital sitting 10 points above the bottom three and the same margin behind fourth-placed Chelsea. West Ham United possible XI: Fabianski, Ngakia, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Fornals, Anderson, Antonio. Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Djenepo, Long, Ings.Tags: David MoyesLiverpoolManchester CityPremier LeagueSouthamptonWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more