Assistant or Associate Professor in African American Studies & Artificial Intelligence (68940)

first_imgThe African American Studies Program at the University of Florida,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for fourfull-time, tenure track, nine-month appointment, at the Assistantor Associate level and one position in ArtificialIntelligence/Critical Race and Digital Studies, at the AssistantProfessor level, in African American Studies as part of anationally-focused cluster hire, to begin August 16, 2021. The fivenew faculty members will play a central role in moving the currentprogram in African American Studies towards departmental status. Weare, therefore, seeking candidates who have experience incurriculum and departmental development. The African AmericanStudies Program seeks to hire faculty broadly engaged in researchthat is field-bridging, and which will add to our program’sintellectual diversity, as well as better reflect the interests ofour undergraduate students. While the field is open, preferencewill be given to scholars with research and teaching expertise inthe following areas: Economics of Racial Inequality, HealthDisparities, Carceral Studies, and Black Cultural Studies (sport ormusic).The program strives to provide innovative, compelling, andstrategic research and teaching to both academic audiences as wellas the local and national community. Core strategic prioritiesinclude: Cover letterCurrent curriculum vitaeStatement of research interests/plansStatement of teaching interests/philosophySample publicationThe names and email addresses of 3 potential referees who cancomment on quality of scholarship/teaching. If applying for aposition at the rank of Associate Professor, the potential refereesmust be of equal or higher rank, and able to comment on quality ofresearch, teaching, engagement and/or service. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021, andcontinue until all five positions are filled. All candidates foremployment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includesa review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification ofeducation.Questions may be directed to Dr. Akintunde Akinyemi, Chair,Steering Committee, at [email protected] selected candidates will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .As articulated in the goals of the university, the college valuesfaculty who embrace diversity and inclusion in research, teaching,and service. The University of Florida is an Equal OpportunityInstitution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusivefaculty and staff. Minorities, women, and individuals from otherunder-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Theselection process will be conducted in accordance with theprovisions of Florida’s Government in the Sunshine and PublicRecords Laws. If an accommodation due to disability is needed toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining. Successful applicants are expected to teach two courses per falland two courses per spring semester, with a mix of introductory andadvanced undergraduate courses. The ability to develop experientiallearning opportunities for undergraduates and excel in mentoringundergraduate research and experience in developing a department.Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications andexperience, and includes a full benefits package. More informationabout the African American Studies Program can be found at http://afam.clas.ufl.edu/[email protected] Ph.D. in African American Studies is preferred; or a terminaldegree in a related field. The successful applicant willdemonstrate a commitment to the African American Studies program’smission and values. We are particularly interested in candidateswho combine rigorous and original scholarship, with communityengagement.For full consideration, applications must be submitted online athttp://apply.interfolio.com/82852and must include: Research that examines the African American experience in atransnational context from a broad base of disciplinarytheories;Community-based outreach and learning; andTeaching and skills development that introduces students fromall disciplinary areas to African American intellectual history,critical theory, and professional development.last_img read more

Anti-trafficking flash mob take over Cornmarket

first_imgAn OxCAT organised flash mob in protest against sex trafficking took place on Cornmarket street on Tuesday afternoon.The provocation was in response to the jailing of two men by the Oxford Crown Court last month, for managing the “Fun Girls in Oxford” escort agency. At least three of the young women involved had been trafficked from Romania. It was designed to coincide with National Anti-Slavery Day.At 1pm, students and townspeople gathered halfway up Cornmarket, dressed in black and wearing pink blindfolds, freezing for five minutes in silent protest. A mock market stall had been set up with girls standing in metal cages. The slogan, “Pretty girls for sale”, was spoken into megaphones by “sleazy salesman”, as described on the invitation sent to several college JCR’s.OxCAT (Oxford Community Against Trafficking) represent various Oxfordshire churches. Their mission statement is “To expose modern slavery in all its forms and to fight any human trafficking”.OxCAT volunteer Owen Gallacher commented, “Girls are often taken from those countries with abject poverty, given the dream job of their life, they think, and then they show up in Heathrow and they’re sold on to somebody else and the next day they’re working in brothels.” St John’s JCR sent a contingent of students, complete with pink blindfolds, to head down to the protest together. Second-year John’s Historian Thom Jee said, “I got involved with the flash mob through St Aldate’s church. Owen told us about what was going on under our noses, and a few of us volunteered to come and help out. It’s sickening to think that slavery is thriving right here in Oxford – hopefully the event will raise awareness in the community so that sex trafficking can’t slip under our radar any more.”Linda Ludlow, of Oxford Human Trafficking Group explained, “The blindfolds mean open your eyes to what’s going on around you. You might not know it but look for the signs.”“I think it’s fabulous. we’ve got so many people here and so much interest. I think by having this event, it’s actually opened people’s eyes.”   One passer-by, who participated in the flash mob despite not having a pink blindfold to hand, said, “I thought it would be a really good way to make a visible impact. I hope that everyone who’s been walking past will have seen what’s going on and picked up a flier.”According to the Home Affairs Committee there are at least 4000 sex trafficking victims in the UK. The majority are girls aged 12-25.Videoclips of the protest and interviews may be found on www.cherwell.org.The protest was in response to the jailing of two men by the Oxford Crown Court last month, for managing the “Fun Girls in Oxford” escort agency. At least three of the young women involved had been trafficked from Romania. It was designed to coincide with National Anti-Slavery Day.At 1pm, students and townspeople gathered halfway up Cornmarket, dressed in black and wearing pink blindfolds, freezing for five minutes in silent protest. A mock market stall had been set up with girls standing in metal cages. The slogan, “Pretty girls for sale”, was spoken into megaphones by “sleazy salesmen”, as described on the invitation sent to several college JCRs.OxCAT (Oxford Community Against Trafficking) represent various Oxfordshire churches. Their mission statement is “To expose modern slavery in all its forms and to fight any human trafficking”.OxCAT volunteer Owen Gallacher commented, “Girls are often taken from those countries with abject poverty, given the dream job of their life, they think, and then they show up in Heathrow and they’re sold on to somebody else and the next day they’re working in brothels.” St John’s JCR sent a contingent of students, complete with pink blindfolds, to head down to the protest together. Second year John’s Historian Thom Jee said, “I got involved with the flash mob through St Aldate’s church. Owen told us about what was going on under our noses, and a few of us volunteered to come and help out. It’s sickening to think that slavery is thriving right here in Oxford – hopefully the event will raise awareness in the community so that sex trafficking can’t slip under our radar any more.”Linda Ludlow, of Oxford Human Trafficking Group explained, “The blindfolds mean open your eyes to what’s going on around you. You might not know it but look for the signs.”“I think it’s fabulous. we’ve got so many people here and so much interest. I think by having this event, it’s actually opened people’s eyes.”   One passer-by, who participated in the flash mob despite not having a pink blindfold to hand, said, “I thought it would be a really good way to make a visible impact. I hope that everyone who’s been walking past will have seen what’s going on and picked up a flier.”According to the Home Affairs Committee there are at least 4,000 sex trafficking victims in the UK. The majority are girls aged 12-25.last_img read more

Utopia Fest Announces Bigger Location, STS9 To Headline

first_imgSTS9 will headline the 10th annual Utopia Fest when the event moves to its new location in Burnet, TX—roughly an hour outside of Austin—from November 2nd to 4th. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Patty Griffin, Valerie June, Grandmaster Flash, Keller Williams, and Rubblebucket are also set to perform at the eclectic gathering.Other acts on the bill include Keller Williams and The Hillbenders’ Tom Petty tribute band PettyGrass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet project, and funk supergroup The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, among many others. Fans will have no trouble catching all of the music on hand, as the festival operates with a “no overlapping sets” ethos.Additionally, after nine years at the Four Sisters Ranch in Uvalde County, TX, Utopia Fest will rebrand as Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks and move to a new 100-acre property along a flowing fork on the San Gabriel River. According to the Austin Chronicle, the expansive new space will allow organizers to accommodate up to 6,000 attendees, a significant increase from the 2,000-person cap at previous editions of the festival.“What attracted me to this place is that, even though it’s closer to Austin, there’s no sign of civilization,” festival founder Travis Sutherland told the publication. “At first, I didn’t look at the move as the beginning of a new chapter. I was just looking for a place to transplant Utopia that was a worthy successor to the ranch. When I came here, I saw that it was special and had a lot of potential.”Tickets for the Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks are currently on sale.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Free Webcasts For Four-Night New Year’s Run [Watch]

first_imgAs The Disco Biscuits prepare to commence their four-night New Year’s run at The Fillmore Philadelphia this evening, the band has announced that they will webcast each of the four shows for free via their YouTube channel.As the band’s announcement post notes, “The 4 night run at The Fillmore Philly shall teem with jams, for those who are prepared to receive them. Choicest jams, and finest compositions. That being said, we are starting the show promptly at 8:45pm ET! Tune in from wherever you may be live, for free, on our YouTube page.” Related: The Disco Biscuits Level Up With Video Game-Themed 2017 New Year’s Show [Watch]You can watch each of the Disco Biscuits 2018 New Year’s run webcasts below as they happen via the band’s YouTube page.12/28/18 Webcast12/29/18 Webcast12/30/18 Webcast12/31/18 Webcastlast_img read more

The good life, longer

first_imgAverage Americans today can look forward to two more years of healthy life than they could have just a generation ago, Harvard researchers have found.By synthesizing the data collected in government-sponsored health surveys conducted over recent decades, Susan Stewart, a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research, David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics and professor in the Harvard Department of Global Health and Population, and Allison Rosen, associate professor of quantitative health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, were able to measure how the quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) of Americans has changed over time. The study’s findings are described in a paper published today in the American Journal of Public Health.“What we’re talking about in this study is not simply life expectancy, but quality-adjusted life expectancy,” Stewart explained. “Many studies have measured this in different ways, but this is really the first time we’ve been able to measure it in the entire U.S. population using such a rich measure over a long period.”For the most part, the news is good. The study shows that Americans are healthier than ever. The data show people living longer and reporting more energy, less depression and anxious moods, and less impairment in everyday tasks like walking and caring for themselves. All of the groups examined — blacks, whites, females, and males — showed improved quality-adjusted life expectancy.The health improvements were, however, more concentrated among the elderly. Younger people did not show the same declines in walking problems and pain, the study found, and there was an increase in anxious mood among young and middle-aged people in the 2000s.“Ironically, many of the clearest gains have come at older ages, where people were once disabled by things like vision problems and cardiovascular disease,” Cutler said. “Those conditions today are far more treatable than they were in the past, so what we’re left with at the very oldest ages are things like Alzheimer’s and dementia, while at younger ages we’re seeing problems that appear to be related to a sedentary lifestyle.”“Some of the improvements are almost certainly the result of health care improvements,” he added. “There are a number of conditions, such as heart disease, that used to be very, very impairing. It used to be that after a severe heart attack, people would essentially be bed-ridden, or they would wind up in nursing homes. We’re not seeing that very much anymore.”What has taken the place of cardiovascular disease, Cutler said, are chronic, degenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s, that remain largely untreatable.“We’re coming to where those are the dominant health issues reported for the elderly, rather than heart disease or stroke-related impairment,” he said.To capture this long-term snapshot of the nation’s health, Stewart, Cutler, and Rosen took on a daunting challenge that had stymied researchers.“No one has been able to fully get their hands around this question,” Cutler explained. “There are many examples in the literature where a study looks at some aspects of health in a segment of the population, but there has not been consistent detailed health tracking over time.“What we’re trying to do is measure health beyond the simple measure of life expectancy, so what we set out to measure was health-related quality of life,” he added. “But historically that’s been very difficult to measure because there are so many dimensions to it. There’s the physical and the mental, but there are also aspects like energy, vitality, and pain. To try to bring all those together in a single number is challenging.”Beginning with national surveys that asked Americans about their health in various ways over the last 21 years, the researchers identified areas where studies overlapped, allowing them to build a single, large data set that represented the entire population over more than two decades.“We felt that there is all this data out there, let’s try to make the maximum use of the information the federal government has already paid to collect,” Stewart said. “There have been many calls for some sort of consistent way to measure quality-adjusted life expectancy over time. That’s the major methodological contribution of this paper.”While the study offers interesting insights into the past performance and current state of the health care system, Cutler said its value will increase in the next few years when a number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual health care mandate, take effect.“Part of the reason we want to do this type of study is because we need to know what’s happening to the health of the population,” he said. “That information is valuable in and of itself, but it’s also important that we have a baseline that we can use to measure whether and how things change once the ACA goes into effect.”In some ways, Cutler said, the study parallels the work of Harvard economist Simon Kuznets, who constructed national income accounts through 1930s and ’40s. Though not perfect, the measure of gross domestic product is a vital tool that provides an understanding of how the economy is doing; it offers researchers a window through which they can study a host of important questions related to the national economy.Cutler said he wanted a comprehensive study of QALE that would do the same for the health care system.“It’s laying the foundation for allowing us to determine how to get more of what we want from the health care system,” he said. “It gives us a window into something we were never able to see — until now.”“The ultimate output of the system should be health,” Stewart said. “But we didn’t have a mechanism for measuring the output of the health system. That was our ultimate goal in doing this. We weren’t trying to come up with yet another health measure, because there are already so many out there. We were trying to maximize our use of the existing data to enable measurement of whether the system is delivering health.”last_img read more

Benchmarks

first_img B enchmarks Amy Karan, administrative judge of Miami-Dade County’s Domestic Violence Division, recently represented the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida in the “Urban Domestic Violence Summit,” in New York City, sponsored by the Vera Institute. Karan, along with 11th Circuit Judge Bonnie Rippingille, presented “A Day in Domestic Violence Court” for girls in the Sisters of the Heart mentor program, founded by JudgeRippingille to help at-risk girls who attend alternative schools. December 15, 2002 Regular News Benchmarkslast_img

Trio Arrested for 2013 Flanders Home Invasion Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three suspects have been arrested for their alleged roles in shooting a 21-year-old man to death during a home invasion in Flanders two years ago, Suffolk County police said.Michael Parrish, 26, of Coram, 39-year-old Danielle Hall of Calverton and 40-year-old Corry Wallace of Riverhead were charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the trio broke into a Priscilla Avenue home, where they shot 21-year-old Demitri Hampton in the chest at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead.Parrish, Hall and Wallace will be arraigned Wednesday at Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays.last_img read more

UN adopts resolution calling for ‘cooperation’ on virus

first_imgTopics : The UN resolution emphasizes the central role of the body in the global health and economic crisis. It was submitted by Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore, Norway, Liechtenstein and Ghana, and adopted by 188 of the 193 states that make up the body, diplomats said.The Russian text — which also discussed cooperation but included an implicit demand for a general lifting of international sanctions, seen as a brake on efforts to fight the virus — was supported by the Central African Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.Unlike the UN Security Council, the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are not binding but have a strong political value depending on their support.According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the coronavirus is “the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War.” The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the fight against COVID-19, in the first text to come out of the international body since the outbreak began.The resolution, approved by consensus, also stresses “the need for full respect for human rights” and that “there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic.”Russia was unsuccessful in opposing the resolution with its own text that was supported by four other countries.center_img Just last week, as the pandemic spread around the world, killing thousands and infecting many more, Guterres warned that unless the world came together to fight the virus, millions of people could die.On March 23, he called for an “immediate global ceasefire” to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones from the ravages of the pandemic.Few countries have heeded his appeal.”Unfortunately, hostilities have gone unabated,” said Laetitia Courtois, the UN representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).On the Security Council, which has been silent since the start of the pandemic, the five permanent members (the US, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France) are divided on reaching a resolution to support Guterres’ appeal.They have yet to produce a concrete solution, to the increasing exasperation of the 10 non-permanent members.The US and China continue to clash over the origins of the virus that first emerged in central China late last year, which Washington wants to highlight.Beijing and Moscow, which both have veto power, are also reluctant to see the Security Council — which is responsible for global peace and security — take up an issue that has until now been a primarily health and economic issue.”The Council missed an opportunity to be relevant — in a way that might have been life-saving — during the early stages of the pandemic,” said Stephen Pomper, a policy director for the international think tank Crisis Group and former director of multilateral affairs for President Barack Obama.last_img read more

COVID-19: Theological school in Central Jakarta designated ‘red zone’

first_imgThe Bethel Indonesia School of Theology in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, has been designated a “red zone” following mounting reports of COVID-19 cases in its vicinity. “Initially, there were three people who contracted COVID-19. One of them died. The [number of cases] continued to rise after that,” said Herlani, a community head in Petamburan subdistrict, on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.As the number of cases in the vicinity continued to grow, the Jakarta administration deployed health workers to transfer 36 confirmed patients from the area to the makeshift COVID-19 hospital in the Kemayoran Athletes Village for intensive treatment on Thursday. “Health officials have returned to pick up more students from the school dormitory,” Herlani said.To ensure public safety, the Jakarta Health Agency and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) disinfected the school dorm. Local police have secured the premises.Joint Defense Area Command (Kogabwilhan) I commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono confirmed that 36 students at the school had been found to have COVID-19.Earlier this month, 127 tested positive after rapid tests were carried out on hundreds of people who attended a religious seminar at the Lembang Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) in Bandung, West Java.About 2,000 people had attended the event between March 2 and 6.On March 21, a pastor who attended the seminar died after testing positive for COVID-19. His wife also contracted the disease and died about a week later.It is currently unclear whether the infected students in Jakarta had attended the seminar in Bandung. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Francesco Guidolin starts with a win as Swans sink Everton to ease drop fears

first_imgNew head coach Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a winning start as Swansea registered back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season with a 2-1 victory at Everton. The Italian watched Monday’s win over Watford from the stands and it is a matter for debate how much he influenced this result – the Swans’ first ever league triumph in the 22 meetings between the two – as the visitors did not have to play particularly well to beat the worst home defence in the league. Roberto Martinez’s side have now conceded 22 goals in 12 home games, three more than anyone else, and the ease with which a Swansea team which had not scored in the first half in their previous eight away league matches was a concern. The celebrations were short-lived as injury to Kevin Mirallas forced a second substitution before Swansea went ahead again. Deulofeu thought he should have had a handball decision against Williams but the visitors countered with Neil Taylor going past makeshift right-back Bryan Oviedo to set up Ayew, whose shot deflected off Stones past Howard. After the break Deulofeu finally got into the game with a series of viciously whipped-in crosses but Lukaku, in particular, could not take advantage. Guidolin, adopting a very Italian approach, was taking no chances and sent on defender Jordi Amat for winger Wayne Routledge and Eder for Ayew to shore things up. Substitute Seamus Coleman rolled a late shot wide and then volleyed over from four yards with the last kick of the game but Everton hardly put Lukasz Fabianski under huge pressure as they chased the game. The result lifted Swansea four points clear of the relegation zone and only four points behind Everton, in 12th. TWEET OF THE MATCH “The Everton fans have got their young players in a nervous state here!! Looks like they wont allow em time to make mistakes & learn….” Rio Ferdinand @rioferdy5 https://twitter.com/rioferdy5/status/691260869083336705 PLAYER RATINGS Everton Tim Howard: 6 (out of 10) Bryan Oviedo: 5 John Stones: 5 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 Leighton Baines: 6 Muhamed Besic: 5 Gareth Barry: 6 Gerard Deulofeu: 6 Ross Barkley: 6 Kevin Mirallas: 5 Romelu Lukaku: 5 Substitutes Tom Cleverley (on for Besic, 11): 6 Steven Pienaar (on for Mirallas, 28): 6 Seamus Coleman (on for Oviedo, 67): 6 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 Angel Rangel: 6 Ashley Williams: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Neil Taylor: 7 Leon Britton: 7 Jack Cork: 6 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Wayne Routledge: 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6 Andre Ayew: 7 Substitutes Jordi Amat (on for Routledge, 77): 6 Eder (on for Ayew, 89): 5 Kyle Naughton (on for Rangel, 90): 5 STAR MAN Andre Ayew: Scored and his incessant running gave Everton centre-back John Stones in particular all kinds of problems. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Substitute Seamus Coleman missing an open goal from four yards with the last kick of the match which would have snatched the point Everton should at least have had. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Francesco Guidolin, often squatting down in technical area, may have had a game plan but even he could not have accounted for being gifted the opener. Moved to shore things up midway through the second half with some safety-first substitutions. Roberto Martinez was hamstrung by two early injuries and he cannot be blamed for a player missing an open goal from four yards but a lack of intensity suggests something was wrong from the start. MOAN OF THE MATCH A toss-up between Everton’s leaky defence – who have the worst home record in the league – or the missed chances at the other end. Both particularly damning. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester City v Everton (Capital One Cup, Wednesday January 27) West Brom v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Tuesday February 2) Match-winner Ayew was pleased to ensure a winning start for his new coach Guidolin but urged Swansea not to get carried away by their maiden league victory over Everton. The Ghanaian told Sky Sports: “I’m happy for him, I’m happy especially for the supporters and the club, they have been behind us in this difficult moment. We need to continue like that. We have a victory here but we haven’t done anything yet. “There are a lot of games left. We have to work harder and I know we can even do better.” Captain Williams hopes the struggling Swans can now continue the momentum at West Brom in nine days’ time after collecting six points from their last two matches. He said: “It’s about trying to put a run together – that’s what we’re speaking about now. “Winning at a place like Goodison Park is massive for the club. We’ve not done it before. We know what it means to everyone involved, and we’ve got to keep picking up points every week.” Ayew felt being able to walk away with all three points was largely due to their resolve. He added: “I think what was important was the team spirit that we showed. We showed a lot of determination. In the first half we played well. We got control of the ball till the last 10 minutes of the first half where they were putting us under pressure. “The second half we knew was going to be difficult. We had a chance where Wayne (Routledge) could have killed it but the game was very difficult for the strikers. “But I feel we showed a lot of desire and, when you show a lot of desire, sometimes the luck comes to your side.” A sluggish Everton never got going and gifted Swansea an the opener when John Stones’ woeful backpass led to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty. A Jack Cork own goal, denying Gareth Barry his first strike for 88 matches, was quickly followed by Andre Ayew’s strike – and that was to prove decisive. With captain Phil Jagielka rested ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Stones was the senior centre-back – but he had a match to forget as his tendency to overplay proved costly. That contrasted sharply with his opposite number Ashley Williams, whose old-fashioned approach saw him take no chances – or prisoners – and keep in-form Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku relatively quiet. Everton’s afternoon began badly when they lost Muhamed Besic, who had hit the post with the first shot of the match, to injury after just 10 minutes. But that was only the start as in the 18th minute Stones delayed too long before leaving a square backpass short, which meant Tim Howard’s attempted clearance only hacked down Ayew and Sigurdsson hammered home the penalty. Such is the regard Howard is currently held in by many supporters at least one Everton fan called for his own goalkeeper to be sent off for the foul but however slow the American’s reactions were Stones had to take his fair share of the blame. However, the hosts fashioned a well-taken 27th-minute equaliser when Gerard Deulofeu’s corner was backheeled by Barry via Jack Cork and in off the far post. Press Associationlast_img read more