VMworld 2016 is in full swing! Our EMC crew is amongst the 24,000 attendees that have travelled to Las Vegas to get out in front of the latest virtualization and cloud technology developments.What have we been talking about at the show? Whereas VMware’s theme is be_Tomorrow ours is Modernize. Why Modernize? Because what better way to be_Tomorrow than to Modernize today.Now, the best way to get started is to build a modern data center and for users of VMware technology that means adopting flash, software-defined, scale-out and cloud-enabled technology that’s trusted, protected and optimized for VMware environments – and when it comes to building technology optimized for VMware environments, its hard to top us.Just last week, we put word out about industry-leading enhancements to our storage and converged platforms as well as our data protection technologies that make it easy to make the most of VMware environments and what EMC brings to them.As the clear leader in Flash, we put even more distance between ourselves and the field by unveiling a brand new XtremIO vRealize Orchestrator (VRO) plug-in that allows infrastructure teams to build a self-service catalog of automated, end-to-end, infrastructure workflows. This wasn’t our only bit of XtremIO news – there’s more here.But let’s say you’re thinking above the storage layer to something like a converged platform – something that’ll get you on the fastest path to a modern data center. Whether you’re looking to lay down a system that optimizes your traditional apps or a system that acts as the foundation for your cloud native apps of the future, we just announced two of them, both built on VMware technologies: Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0, which optimizes for the critical business applications of today, and Native Hybrid Cloud, the fast way to enable your business to build the cloud native applications of tomorrow. The most exciting piece of news about our Native Hybrid Cloud is that we’ll be offering a config built on VMware VxRail – the HCI platform of choice for customers standardized on VMware vSphere. For more details, listen to everyone’s good pal Chad Sakac talk about EHC and NHC.Of course, a modern data center isn’t modern unless it’s trusted and protected. Last week we announced that EMC is fulfilling our role as the first replication design partner for VMware vSphere APIs for IO filtering (VAIO) by becoming the first vendor to market fully integrated virtual replication data services through RecoverPoint for VMs. In addition, we made the best HCI for VMware even better by integrating EMC Data Protection Suite for VMware into VxRail. Click here for more on how we’re delivering data protection everywhere for VMware environments.Now, the best way to test out of all this goodness is by grabbing a seat at the VMworld Hands-on Lab, which by the way, runs on XtremIO. I’d also like to draw your attention to what Chad Sakac had to say about the impact XtremIO has had on the VMware HoL.Speaking of experts, we’ll have ours out in full force at the show, whether they’re in our booth (#1223) or leading breaking out sessions.What else is happening with EMC at VMworld? Find the complete rundown of breakouts and demos here. Of course, be sure to follow @EMCcorp on twitter for all the latest developments from Las Vegas as well.
The late Fr. Theodore Hesburgh enjoyed cigars and reading newspapers in the afternoon. He continued to smoke cigars every day, but once his eyesight began to fade, students would read newspapers to him in his office on the 13th floor of the Hesburgh Library. Senior Beth Spesia was one of these readers. She began working her freshman year at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the founding of which was inspired by Fr. Hesburgh’s work. To return the favor, the Institute sent one student to read to Fr. Ted every afternoon. “I started working at the Kroc Institute my freshman year in the fall,” Spesia said. “I didn’t know this at the time, but a part of the job is that office sends one student every afternoon to read to Fr. Hesburgh. Since the Kroc … [has] a really strong tie to Fr. Hesburgh, they send someone every day. As a first-semester freshman, I started going once a week to read to him. I knew Fr. Hesburgh was a big deal, but after a few times going, I realized I didn’t really know enough about him, so I remember getting ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ in the library. It was a very meta experience, [reading] ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ in the Hesburgh Library. It was a very Notre Dame experience.”After the news of Fr. Hesburgh’s death Thursday night, Spesia said she “had a moment” in the McGlinn Chapel to herself and reflected on the time she had spent with the Holy Cross priest. “When I heard the news, I was by myself,” Spesia said. “It was obviously really sad, and I just felt like there was a sadness everyone on campus was experiencing. “I also immediately felt so grateful that I had all of these hours I had spent with him. It just kind of hit me hard at first.”Spesia recounted the many hours spent with the former University president. “The first time I went, I was really nervous,” Spesia said. “I knew I was going to read for a very important person. At that time — back when I started freshman year — I would read close to three hours, which can be kind of tiring. I was nervous that I wouldn’t do a good job reading, and I was nervous that I would mispronounce countries that I should know how to pronounce or something.” Although Spesia was corrected many times over her four years reading, she said, Hesburgh’s corrections always came from a good place and were valuable to her. “I did get corrected on some of my pronunciations, but it was a good learning experience,” Spesia said. “There were sometimes that I thought he would be asleep — I would be an hour and a half in, page 10 of the New York Times — when he would awake out of nowhere and correct me. He would say this is the correct way to pronounce it, it means this and he would give me a definition. It was great. I loved it.”Spesia said she was definitely not cut out for handling Hesburgh’s cigars, however. “One time Melanie [Chapleau], his secretary, was busy doing something so he asked me if I would light his cigar,” Spesia said. “I don’t think I did the best job of it. I was trying to angle myself, I couldn’t get the lighter to work and it was just a disaster. So I think it was best that I just stuck to my reading.”Sophomore Madeleine Paulsen, another one of Fr. Hesburgh’s readers, said that she learned how to cut and light cigars from her time reading to Fr. Hesburgh.“He usually had a cigar already, but if it went out, if he wanted a new one, or on the rare days when he didn’t have one originally, I would get him a new one,” Paulsen said. “Fr. Ted actually taught me how to cut and light his cigars, as it was something I had never done before last summer.”The literature that the students would read aloud was always the same: The Observer, the New York Times and if he was up for it, Time Magazine, Spesia said. “He always liked to start off with The Observer, he would say, ‘We’ve got to figure out what’s going on around here first before we figure out what’s going on in the world,’” Spesia said. “I always thought it was really cool that he still wanted to hear what professors were given awards and what lectures were going on. So I would usually read the main stories of The Observer and the some of the letters to the editor and the editorials.“Sometimes when we would finish the New York Times, we would read Time Magazine. The one thing that I really liked about reading to him was that he really knew what he liked to hear, so if I was reading a story and he had gotten enough out of it, he would say, ‘That’s enough, let’s go to the next one.’ Sometimes he would ask me what I thought about things. At first, when I was a freshman, this was very intimidating. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Fr. Hesburgh wants to know what I think about the Middle East, what am I supposed to say now?’ But I definitely got more comfortable talking to him.”It was in Fr. Ted’s nature to make people feel comfortable, Spesia said. “Everyone who meets him right away I think would agree with me that he puts people at ease like no one else,” she said. “He is — was — just a kind, gentle soul that even for a scared freshman, I felt that right away I had an ease in that maybe I wasn’t expecting.”Junior Kerry Walsh, another one of Fr. Hesburgh’s readers, said that he truly cared about every person that walked into his office.“My absolute favorite part of reading to Fr. Ted was always at the very end, when he told me to stand in front of him to be blessed,” she said. “He would ask God to watch over me, and told me that I would be in his prayers. I constantly left his office in awe of how lucky I was to spend so much time with him.”On football weekends, many people would stop into Fr. Hesburgh’s office in an attempt to meet with him, Walsh said.“In these moments, I was acutely aware of how lucky I was to be with Fr. Ted,” she said. “Some people just wanted to meet him once in their life, and I got to see him and talk with him every week. People often brought medals or jewelry to be blessed by Fr. Ted, and I felt incredibly privileged to be blessed by him every week.”Reading often turned into discussing, reminiscing and other stories, Spesia said. “He’d comment lot on the news,” she said. “Some days he was chattier than others, but sometimes it would be commenting on the news, and sometimes it would be reflecting. Something I would read to him would jog a memory about a trip that he took once, and he would tell me about it.”Fr. Hesburgh was especially vocal about the Iraq War, the American government’s struggle with bipartisanship and race relations.“The last four years with a lot of the news that were about Iraq, he would talk about the times he had traveled there,” Spesia said. “Anytime there was a story about the conflict between the Democrats and Republicans, he would get a little worked up about it because his whole thing was that we need to get through it and work together. So that would get him going.“He would bring up issues related to the work he did in the Civil Rights movement with things that are relevant today like the Ferguson incident. He commented on that a few times. He was sad about the situation, and he talked about how all the work that had done for Civil Rights to give people a voice.”Spesia studied in Chile in the spring 2014 semester. Upon her return this past fall, she noticed that Fr. Hesburgh was different. However, she said reading seemed to get a positive reaction from Fr. Ted, and it appeared to be helpful to him. “So I would just say — from the fall of my junior year until when I came back the fall of my senior year — he just seemed older,” Spesia said. “He just seemed more tired. There were some days he wouldn’t chat as much while we were reading. He was always really sharp — he was still having visitors, even this semester — so I think hearing the news every day he enjoyed it in a way because it would make him think of stories and keep him up to date on what was going on in the world. So when he kind of started slowing — I could just tell, and I think other people could tell too — that he just seemed slower.” From her the start of her freshman year in August 2011 to now, Spesia noted a shift in her interactions with Fr. Hesburgh, but she also noted that he remained true to his values and opinions, especially on education. “Our conversations definitely changed throughout the years,” Spesia said. “This past year he was slowing down a bit. He always would ask me about my major because I think he would just be refreshing his memory. He would ask, ‘Who are you again, and what’s your major?’ I would tell him the Program of Liberal Studies, and he would say, ‘That’s the best one we have,’ which is really great.” Spesia hadn’t read to Hesburgh since Feb. 10 because of his failing health and the cold weather, she said. “I haven’t gone in in the past a couple of weeks because he hadn’t gone into the office because it was too cold, she said. “I think he was getting a little sick too, and it would just be too dangerous to go out in the cold. That was a bummer, missing a few weeks, because reading to him every week was always the highlight of my week. “It was just a nice routine. I would go in there and it wouldn’t matter what other stresses I had going on in my life, it was just this peaceful sort of relaxing time, where I would get into this rhythm of reading and being able to have conversation. I really enjoyed the part of the week where I got to see him. Even before he passed away, I was like, ‘I hope next week it’s not this cold, so I can go read to him.’”Walsh said Fr. Hesburgh’s legacy will be the kindness that he extended towards others.“The feeling of meeting of befriending Fr. Ted is truly incredible,” Walsh said. “For me, the kindness and attentiveness Fr. Ted extended to me made me strive to be a better person. It may sound corny, but when you meet Fr. Ted, you kind of feel like you’re meeting the next closest thing to God.”Fr. Hesburgh was a world-renowned activist and scholar, Walsh said, but he was first and foremost a friend.“I think that’s the beauty of Fr. Ted,” Walsh said. “Despite his lofty achievements and celeb status, he was always a true friend to all he met. I can’t ever thank him enough for his contributions to Notre Dame, to the study of peace, to the United States — but most importantly, I can’t thank him enough for being a friend.”Spesia said she values her time with Fr. Hesburgh above any other experience at Notre Dame because of what she learned from him. She said although she was only reading to him a couple hours every week, it meant a great deal to her, and she took away a lot from those meetings. “I guess I really just got to observe how much he cared about others, about Notre Dame, about individual students who had come to see him, about the world really,” Spesia said. “That was the nature of our discussions, about issues going on in the world. He was just so giving of his heart to the Notre Dame community that I think there’s a reason that he’s so beloved by students even of my generation because people still felt this connection to him that they could go into visit. “He’s a living legend. I always was really in awe of him — and going into his office, it’s hard not be, there’s pictures up of presidents, awards left and right — but getting to know him in such a regular, routine way, and the time we had together when I would be reading, I got to see what a truly great person he was outside of all of the amazing things he had done and all the awards he had won, and for that I am truly grateful.”Associate News Editor Kayla Mullen contributed to this report.Tags: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Hesburgh Library, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, memorial
The off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink officially opens at the Laura Pels Theatre on September 30. The Roundabout production stars Tony and Emmy winner Rosemary Harris and U.K. stage and screen favorite Romola Garai. Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff, will play a limited engagement through November 30. View Comments In addition to Harris and Garai, the cast features Firdous Bamji, Bill Buell, Nick Choksi, Neal Huff, Caroline Lagerfelt, Omar Maskati, Tim McGeever, Brenda Meaney, Philip Mills, Ajay Naidu, Bhavesh Patel, Lee Aaron Rosen and Rajeev Varma. Related Shows Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. Indian Ink Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Program result of a trip northIn the fall of 1979, Ferree began promoting the program in theMetro-Atlanta area. Under the leadership of Dekalb Countyhorticultural agent Newton Hogg, three urban county agents inDekalb and Fulton counties organized and conducted the firstGeorgia Master Gardener training program. The first classgraduated 140 Master Gardener volunteers. “We graduated over 100 people per year for the first 15 years,”Fonseca said. “Then the program began to explode. Over the pastfew years, we’ve graduated 400 volunteers each year.”The first Master Gardeners’ training manual was a three-ringbinder filled with 10 chapters of UGA horticulture trainingmaterials. The handbook has since evolved into a 25 chapter,600-page manual. “Our Master Gardener graduates are thoroughly trained by UGAexperts,” Fonseca said. “But the true essence of the program isthe work and dedication of the volunteers. They are committed toserving their communities through projects that promote theirlove of gardening and teach others to protect and preserve theenvironment.”Presenting classes, answering phonesIn 2004, Master Gardeners in Georgia volunteered more than150,000 hours of their time. Their projects ranged from gardendemonstrations to “lunch and learn” lectures and plant-doctorclinics. They also answered hundreds of consumer phone calls.The newest part of the Master Gardener program is a trainingdesigned especially for school teachers. The Teacher MasterGardener Program is a condensed program offered during thesummer. Teachers are taught how to develop lesson plans centeredaround horticulture.”The teachers then go back and coordinate the installation ofschool gardens that are used as teaching tools,” Fonseca said.”We’ve had 150 teachers participate so far.”The traditional Master Gardener program classes are currentlyon-going. Teachers who are interested in the summer program foreducators should contact Krissy Slagle, Georgia Master Gardenerprogram assistant, at (770) 229-3368 or email her at(firstname.lastname@example.org). Over the past 25 years, more than 3,500 people across the statehave worked for the University of Georgia and never received apaycheck.As graduates of the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences Master Gardener Program, they all volunteered their timeto assist county Extension Service agents. People who sign up for the program get 40 hours of training fromUGA Extension Service faculty. After at least 50 hours of servicethrough their local Georgia Extension office, they’re certifiedas Master Gardeners.After the training, they use their new expertise to help withcommunity education projects. 25-year celebrationThe program recently celebrated its 25thanniversary. Acelebration held January 14 at the New Perry Hotel in Perry, Ga.,brought together past graduates and county Extension agenttrainers. Georgia’s Master Gardener program first began in the spring of1979 when Butch Ferree, then head of the UGA Department ofHorticulture, traveled to Washington state to learn about apopular new urban extension outreach program, said Marco Fonseca,coordinator of the Georgia Master Gardener Program. “The program was created by urban extension agents in Washingtonstate who, inundated by homeowner requests for horticulturalinformation, developed the idea of a training volunteers to helpthem,” Fonseca said. By doing this, costs were kept to a minimum, he said, but thereturns were invaluable by providing a service the communityneeded.
“One of them is a Sulcatta Tortoise, which is the third-largest species in the world from Africa,” Patch said. “And also a leopard tortoise, which is a little more unique species, not quite as big as a Sulcatta, but also from Africa.” The nine venomous reptiles have subsequently been placed at the Pennsylvania facility. Patch says they also removed some less dangerous reptiles as well. After a video conference with Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, it was determined that this collection included nine venomous reptiles that are classified as “dangerous species” by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “Instead they are native to Asia,” Patch said. “Where they live in very tropical areas where it is very hot and humid, and rely on waterways.” “Dangerous species” are not legal to possess in the state of New York. In Schenectady, the park was contacted by a wildlife rehabber where a Reticulated Python was found on someone’s lawn. The Reticulated Python is also illegal to possess in the state of New York, and Patch says this type of snake should not be found in the wild of New York. The eleven nonvenomous reptiles from the Bainbridge residence and the Reticulated Python are currently quarantined at Animal Adventure Park. In mid-August, the park was contacted by the family of an individual who needed to surrender a collection of reptiles. Park officials, NYSDEC, and the Electric City Aquarium successfully completed the surrender at the Bainbridge residence, removing nine venomous reptiles. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — Animal Adventure Park has been busy welcoming new, unexpected guests. Park officials assisted authorities with two successful animal surrenders, in Bainbridge and Schenectady.
Jamie Carragher makes Premier League title and top four predictions Meanwhile, Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, insists he is happy with the club’s business during the summer as the Gunners bid to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.‘We are delighted with our players. Our ambition and motivation is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League,’ he said on Friday.‘Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning.‘We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.‘Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. Everton, West Ham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Watford.‘The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.’The 2019-20 Premier League season starts on Friday night as runners-up Liverpool welcome Norwich City to Anfield.MORE: Frank Lampard reveals why Chelsea agreed to let David Luiz join Arsenal Advertisement Comment Jamie Carragher’s 2019-20 predictions Premier League – Manchester City‘They are so strong and with Pep Guardiola at the helm there will no let up.’Top four – Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal‘Liverpool will be the closest challengers again, but keeping Mauricio Pochettino was crucial for Spurs. Arsenal will improve with their new signings.’FA Cup – Liverpool‘Klopp has a miserable record in this competition but he knows this is a great opportunity for more silverware.’League Cup – Tottenham Hotspur‘Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy, despite doing an exceptional job. He should target any silverware he get his hands on.’Champions League – Manchester City‘It is Guardiola’s obsession and they have been beaten by English rivals in the last two years. They are the best team in the competition.’ Jamie Carragher has made his Premier League title and top four predictions (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher expects Manchester City to edge out Liverpool in another thrilling Premier League title race this season.Jurgen Klopp’s side fell agonisingly short of the title last term, finishing one point behind Man City despite losing just once.Chelsea clinched third-place under former manager Maurizio Sarri, while Tottenham claimed the final Champions League spot despite suffering a wobble midway through the campaign.Arsenal missed out on the top four by one point, while Manchester United finished sixth after a dismal season under first Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCarragher expects Liverpool to push Man City all the way again this season but cannot see Klopp’s side from winning the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Liverpool hero also revealed in a column for the Daily Telegraph that he is backing north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League in third and fourth respectively.Spurs signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon last month and completed a £25million move for Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon on transfer deadline day.Arsenal also enjoyed a productive window, breaking their transfer record on Nicolas Pepe and signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 2:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement
Honeybadger, Kes, and Belfon prospectsThe company said that its success within the Roebuck basin de-risked the lower Triassic play potential across the North West Shelf.“Resource analysis of the leads and prospects within Cerberus resulted in meaningful estimates for a number of well defined prospects and leads,” said Carnarvon.In particular, Honeybadger, Kes, and Belfon prospects were estimated to contain a total of 132 million barrels of oil at the Pmean confidence level.The Belfon prospect is defined as a horst block structure, with Permian Kennedy Formation reservoir sealed by the regional Locker Shale. Kes is a stratigraphic trap which is interpreted to contain good quality turbidite reservoirs sealed by the Locker Shale. The Honeybadger prospect is similar in nature to Kes. Australian oil exploration company Carnarvon Petroleum has been given more time to find a partner and drill a well at its Cerberus project in the North West Shelf offshore Western Australia.The Cerberus project consists of four exploration blocks, namely the EP-490, EP-491, TP/27, and EP-475.Carnarvon said on Monday that the Department of Mines and Petroleum of Western Australia approved its application for suspension and extension of year three work commitments on the Cerberus licenses.The company added that this would give it sufficient preparation time to drill a contingent well in 2018 and complete the necessary efforts to secure a partner to help fund the necessary exploration drilling.The 2018 drilling will be contingent upon Carnarvon agreeing to enter into the next commitment year in May 2018. This has also allowed the EP-490, EP-491, and TP/27 exploration permits to be aligned with the drilling commitments in the EP-475 exploration block.The Cerberus blocks covers 3,700 square kilometers in the heart of the Northern Carnarvon Basin, relatively close to a number of producing oil and gas fields. Current prospects contain 624 million barrels of recoverable oil on a Pmean basis.
Dutch offshore foundations manufacturer Sif has expanded its offering of services to cover bolting tests.Sif added the offering after a request from DEME Group to arrange all preparations for the test as part of the work scope for the Belgian SeaMade offshore wind project.During this test, the bolted flange connection between a monopile and a transition piece (TP) is checked by fitting and torquing all 128 bolts.Source: SifSif prepared the engineering and arranged a monopile section and a TP section to be manufactured with all the required lifting points. These sections were tilted straight up in Roermond and then transported to the Sif Maasvlakte 2 area. Using SPMTs, these sections were transported from the inner harbour to the quayside. With a 1300T crawler crane, the MP was lifted onto the foundation followed by the TP section on top.After four days of testing by the client, the monopile and the TP were disassembled and returned to Roermond, where they will return into the normal production process, Sif said.In December 2018, Dredging International, part of DEME Group, contracted Sif to produce the monopiles and, in a joint venture with Smulders, the transition pieces for the SeaMade offshore wind farm.Sif will produce 58 monopiles and the primary steel for the transition pieces, with Smulders in charge of manufacturing the secondary steel and outfitting of the transition pieces.The 487MW SeaMade, which includes the merged 235MW Mermaid and 252MW Seastar projects, will feature 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD turbines.The construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2019 and the commissioning is scheduled before the end of 2020.
Danny Ings has no interest in leaving Burnley this season. The England under-21 striker is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor. But the 22-year-old has no plans to walk out in the middle of a relegation fight, though. “I’m contracted until the end of the season and that’s the way it’s going to be,” he told The Sun. “I will fight for the team as much as I can and do my best for them. “If an offer comes in, I won’t be looking at it.” Ings has scored 51 goals in 153 appearances for the Clarets since joining from Bournemouth and his goals were pivotal in their promotion last season. He admits to being proud of his name being linked to other clubs, but is taking it no further. “I’ll just see it as a sign of confidence, take it into my game and do as well as I can for Burnley,” he added. “It’s flattering, especially for a young lad. It’s quite easy to lose concentration for some people. But I’m not that sort of character.” Press Association
McClaren said: “Honestly, it does not matter what game it is tomorrow in whatever competition, we want to win the game, and that is the message that we need to get out. “We need to win the game and to win the game, we need a damn good team out there, a damn good team, a team that can compete and has the possibility of winning. “It is not as if we are at home to lower league opposition. Watford are flying high and we have to be strong.” McClaren’s veracity is likely to be judged as soon as fans – embittered by tears of under-achievement in a competition the club has won six times, but not since 1955 – see the teamsheet. However, having experienced just how valuable a cup run can be to a club’s league form during his time in charge at Middlesbrough, the 54-year-old is hoping to establish a momentum to take into difficult home games against Manchester United and West Ham over the next week or so. Boro were languishing in the Premier League table early in 2006 – one fan even hurled his season ticket at McClaren in disgust during a 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa – but runs to the semi-final of the FA Cup and the final of the UEFA Cup resurrected the campaign and helped to propel their manager into the England job. He said: “We were really struggling – the lad threw the season ticket and everything – then we went on a decent cup run and the momentum, the confidence, the belief the players got through progressing through the cups transferred to our league form and made us safe by the end of the season, and we focused on the two semi-finals. “So where we are, it’s a very important game where we’re trying to build confidence and belief and form. That’s the key thing for me.” McClaren could be forgiven for giving the competition little priority with top-flight survival currently his major concern. However, he has vowed to field as strong a team as he possibly can – although could be tempered by what he described as a series of unspecified “niggles” – in Saturday’s third-round trip to Watford with the Magpies’ hierarchy having signalled during the summer that it was to dispense with its policy of effectively treating the cup competitions as an inconvenience. Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is refusing to abandon the FA Cup as he attempts to inspire a Barclays Premier League fightback. Press Association