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View Comments Star Files Springtime is the busiest time of year on the Great White Way, and we’ve gotta admit, the Broadway.com staff is a little bit sleep-deprived. But that would never stop us from bringing you the 10 craziest things we’ve learned this week! From Lea Michele’s new spirit animal to Nikki M. James’ inability to be friends with a certain five-time Tony Award winner (hint: it’s not Angela Lansbury), we’ve had a very educational week. Read below to find out what we’ve learned!Wanna Date James Franco? Tag Him!Of Mice and Men star James Franco had a bit of an oopsie when he propositioned an underage fan on Instagram and the whole thing kinda blew up in his face. Sorry, James, but she’d rather earn a dollar to sleep with Paul Rudd.Lea Michele Is Going BananasNo, she’s not making a cameo in the finale of Bullets Over Broadway. She’s doing something much more rational—playing a monkey in a Bollywood movie musical! She’s going ape! She’s chimply marvelous! (We’ll be here all week.)Denzel Washington Dreams of UndiesWhen Broadway.com asked the A Raisin in the Sun star what must-have item he wants in his dream house, he waxed poetic about being happy with clean underwear and socks. Sooo, if you’re cool with just socks, can we have your mansion?Kristin Chenoweth Has a Kinky KindleWhat does Kristin Chenoweth do when she isn’t providing the voice for a pink poisonous frog? She reads dirty books, of course! Well, one in particular: 50 Shades of Grey. Kristin, you bad girl! What would Glinda say?Broadway Fans Want BreakfastWe asked readers to vote for the ‘80s teen movie they want to see as a Broadway musical, and The Breakfast Club was the clear winner. We can’t wait to hear its big 11:00 showstopper, “Claire Is a Fat Girl’s Name.”Nikki James Can’t Be Friends with AudraIt’s not because Les Miz star Nikki M. James doesn’t like Lady Day’s Audra McDonald, it’s just that she idolizes her way too much. That’s OK, Nikki, we’re happy to be besties with her. We don’t mind. Audra, let’s do brunch.Kyle Dean Massey Earns Those AbsDuring a two-show day, you’d think Pippin star Kyle Dean Massey would take a nap, grab a cookie from Schmackary’s or at least sit down during his break between perfomances. Instead, he hits the gym, succeeding in making us feel terrible about ourselves. Thanks a lot, Kyle.Don’t Make Laura Benanti DanceLaura Benanti sang like an angel in The Most Happy Fella, but fancy footwork? No way, Giuseppe. While the ensemble (and Heidi Blickenstaff) were busy hoofing in the Encores! presentation, Laura was busy kissing Cheyenne Jackson and falling for Shuler Hensley. Who needs tap shoes anyway?Neil Patrick Harris Has Great LegsWho knew NPH was hiding such a shapely set of legs under Barney Stinson’s Brooks Brothers suits? He’s showing them off (in fishnets!) in Hedwig’s new show photos. We haven’t been this excited since Ramin Karimloo ripped his shirt off.We’ve Got a Vegas Date with Idina in 2054Mark your calendars, because Idina Menzel has officially committed to doing a lounge act in 40 years, singing gravelly renditions of “Let It Go” to her adoring fans while she smokes, coughs and lies down on a couch. Get your—oh wait, tickets just sold out, forget it. Kristin Chenoweth
Locals and rural folks know a lot more about the outdoors than we often assume.“I guess you could say we spent our youth on this river.”A trio of fishermen are leading me down an abandoned railbed in Virginia’s Guest River Gorge, talking about waterdogs. Or, more appropriately, we’re talking about hellbenders, a giant salamander native to Appalachian streams like this one. The group of anglers, all of them at least twenty years my senior, has joined me to share their experiences with these monstrous salamanders, known by locals under the waterdog name.We pass through a tunnel above the river as one of them continues. “At night, we would see waterdogs as we were gigging fish. Most of the time we’d turn ’em loose, but some of the boys would kill ’em.”Hellbenders are a mountain river’s ultimate conversation piece. Growing over two feet in length, hellbenders spend almost their entire lives under rocks on the river bottom, feeding on crayfish and other aquatic creatures that live nearby. Despite being ancient—hellbenders are descendants of a lineage that dates back over 100 million years—the species is also in trouble, declining at a frightening rate as a result of water pollution and a bizarre appearance that can lead some to mistakenly view the harmless amphibian as a threat.Their weirdness has also elevated hellbenders to rockstar status in Appalachian folklore. Hellbender-centric short films abound on social media, while road races, microbreweries, and burrito joints all bear the hellbender name. For a critter with such a firm hold on our culture, it would be easy to assume that we have learned all there is to know about them. But here in the most rural corners of coal country, the status of our largest native amphibian is a mystery.It’s a problem that extends beyond hellbenders. Take a peek at a nationwide map of scientific collections—the currency biologists use to verify where wildlife species live—and the Blue Ridge lights up like a Christmas tree, thanks to centuries of researchers crawling through our rivers and woods. Look closer, though, and you’ll notice something different: well-traveled places like the Smokies and our national forests are covered in scientific records, while the coalfields to their west sit relatively empty.There are plenty of reasons for those differences. The coalfields have fewer public lands that researchers can access, and biologists tend to be creatures of habit, often returning to the same places year after year for their work. It also might be tempting to write off the coalfields as an environmental wasteland due to devastating practices like mountaintop removal, but that would be a mistake. The region’s environmental issues are real, of course, but they obscure a sort of biological lost world that’s been overlooked in the hollers that lie in between.We might be able to supervise a field survey or give an educational seminar in our sleep, but what can we learn when we accept that we’re not always the experts?It’s this lack of understanding that has brought me to the Guest River with that group of anglers. There are nearly 1,000 miles of waterways in this part of Virginia that have never been surveyed by herpetologists—streams that may or may not hold hellbenders—and it would be impossible for any single research team to cover them all. So over the past several years, I’ve tried a different approach. What if I asked the people who have lived on those rivers their entire lives what they’ve seen?The result has been a window into a forgotten chapter of our environmental history. During that hike along the Guest, for example, one man tells me about how he encountered hellbenders frequently as a child, only to see their numbers decline as surface mining moved into his community. Another, fighting back tears, talks about the pain he felt watching his favorite fishing hole flood in the 1960s following the construction of a downstream dam.On another occasion, a student researcher and I set up a booth at a nearby town’s outdoor festival, where the only spot available for us sat next to a traveling professional wrestling troupe. Between the piledrivers and sleeper holds happening next door, a woman told us about how she grew up killing hellbenders out of fear, only to learn to love the creatures later in life. Now she teaches her grandkids to safely remove fishhooks when the giant trout they’ve snagged turns out to be a waterdog.Chatting about wildlife is a simple proposition, but it’s all too often missing in the way scientists like myself engage with the outdoors. We might be able to supervise a field survey or give an educational seminar in our sleep, but what can we learn when we accept that we’re not always the experts?My epiphany for how important that question can be came on a blisteringly hot afternoon last June. For years, anglers had told me there were hellbenders in a stream that plunged off of a nearby mountain, but I’d ignored them. The creek was too steep and small, I’d said, assuming that they had either seen something else or were just pulling one over on me. I never paid a visit to see if they were right.But as I led a college class down a trail along the stream that afternoon, the students asked if they could jump in to cool off before our ride home. I told them to go ahead, and before long I heard a shout. “You’ve got to come see this!” a student yelled. “What is this thing?!” Cradled in his hands was a young hellbender—the first one ever recorded from that watershed.It wasn’t really the first giant salamander anyone had ever seen there. Those anglers had been scaring them up for years. But the real lesson that stream had been hiding is that our mountains’ treasures are often right in front of us. To find them, all we have to do is look—and listen.
Twelve financial groups on January 4th thanked Reps. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) for introducing an anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing modernization bill that will help prevent criminals from using shell companies to hide illicit activity.The bill would impose a beneficial ownership reporting requirement on closely held, non-public legal entities and provide financial institutions with access to reported information to help them with their customer due diligence compliance efforts.“Financial institutions should be able to rely on the information reported by businesses to FinCEN, which would, in turn, reduce the reporting burden on those businesses,” the groups said. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paroon Chadha Paroon Chadha co-founded Passageways in 2003 and continues to lead as CEO. He serves on Boards at Passageways, Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Lafayette, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, … Web: https://www.passageways.com Details “Unprecedented!”“The calm before the storm!”“A source of nervousness!”These were just a few words senior leaders of the credit union movement used to describe the current business environment, which we call “Business As Unusual.”Since the very beginning, credit unions have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. From strategic planning to community engagement, the pandemic has required credit union boards and leaders to throw out the status quo and adapt to ensure their members can continue to grow and thrive.Filene Research Institute and OnBoard recently brought a panel of innovative leaders together to share their insights on how board and leaders are navigating this new era. They included:Paroon Chadha, Co-Founder and CEO, PassagewaysBob Falk, CEO, Purdue Federal Credit UnionDean Pielemeier, President & CEO, Abbey Credit UnionErin Coleman, Senior Director, Advisory Services, Filene Research InstituteAmit Seru, Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of BusinessKey takeaways from this panel of experts included:The State of the Economy and Industry: “Now is Calm Before the Storm”Resilience and Recovery Plans: “As Good as Your Experience”Board Interaction During the Crisis: Frequent Updates, Surveys, and Changing FocusMemo from Management to the Board: “Keep It as Strategic as Possible”2021: Predicting the UnpredictableThe State of the Economy and Industry: “Now is Calm Before the Storm”The current environment has been called “the calm before the storm.” Panelists expect the next 12 to 18 months – and even further into the long-term – to be crucial for the economy and the financial services industry.“2020 is still somewhat normal, but we expect 2021 to be a pretty rough year on both the consumer and commercial portfolios. We’ll start seeing some improvement in the economy in 2022. Then in 2023, maybe we’ll get back to a new version of normal.” – Bob Falk“I don’t have a real warm and fuzzy about the next couple years for the economy and how we’re going to have to react to it. I think debts are going to be a very huge burden for the country for years to come. I am concerned about the delinquency we may see this year and into next year. We’ve started ramping up our probation as most people have because we do think that’s coming. We’re going see a lot of cost cutting in our shop just to help offset the PLL provision expense.” – Dean Pielemeier“When thinking about the opportunity for us in the next 12 to 18 months, we’ve talked about focusing on the human connection, which is our superpower as credit unions. It’s not about boiling the ocean, but focusing on what we can control.” – Erin Coleman“In the financial services industry, the last decade was all about banks and credit unions facing headwinds from FinTech and big tech firms. Credit unions and banks will regain the advantage because they understand the industry. But they will have to pull their socks up and try to get into the digital space, and potentially even collaborate with a bunch of these firms.” – Amit SeruResilience and Recovery Plans: “As Good as Your Experience”Disaster recovery plans (DRP) and business continuity plans (BCP) have long been in place as a requirement of regulatory compliance. Written mainly to address recovery from natural disasters, the pandemic and immediate switch to a remote workforce required credit unions to adapt their DRPs and BCPs quickly.“We kicked off our first meeting somewhere in January. I brought it together saying, ‘Hey, we should pay attention to this COVID thing.’ Then we started meeting daily right around mid-February. We were meeting every day and virtually rewriting our business continuity plan every day. How many of us have ever had to shut down our branches within 24 hours and try to figure out how to serve members remotely? How many of us had to figure out how to shut our rear offices down, virtually kick every employee out of the office, and then have them work from home within 24 to 48 hours? We never had that written anywhere in the plan. We had it written for a building hit by a tornado or struck by lightning or flooded, but never a widespread ‘clear out the whole place immediately and everyone work from home.’” – Bob Falk“For us, our plan was more of a disaster scenario. But we had a workforce that really took it seriously and stepped up to the plate where they needed to. Even though we weren’t what I would consider one hundred percent prepared – I don’t think anybody was – we did in short order get things up and running and really never missed a beat with the members. We always had the drive-throughs open. We went out and closed loans out in the parking lot. We kept things running and kept the members safe.” – Dean Pielemeier “Disaster recovery plans are as good as your experience. Credit unions also have had to figure out how to continue engagement and communication with their employees as they are remote. Those are components that were not written in their plans, but became evident relatively quickly because employees and managers needed a connection. While it has been very difficult, credit unions overall were brilliant in creating this pivot and creating a workforce that could continue to serve members right away.” – Erin ColemanBoard Interaction During the Crisis: Frequent Updates, Surveys, and Changing FocusAs their businesses have evolved, so too have interactions between between credit union executives and their boards of directors.“What changed the most was the amount of updates. We moved to virtual meetings in February, and we said ‘We’re going to need the latitude to be able to make decisions quickly. Are we okay just doing that and letting [the board] know what we’re doing?’ And I got that approval to do that, which was really important.”“We were meeting daily making decisions on what we’re changing in the operation. Then I would give the board a Friday update. Here’s the synopsis. Here’s all the stuff we did this week. Here’s when the branches are closing. Here’s when we moved all the employees off site. Here’s all the latest. So there was much more regular communication to the board.” – Bob Falk“I’ve used the survey module within OnBoard to get a feel of where the board members stand on things. For example, I did one recently to get an idea where people stand on getting back together in person.” – Dean Pielemeier“We saw that initially the conversations were one-on-one and were very quick because the CEOs were communicating with board members to tell them what was going on with the business and also to let them know what was going on with the health and safety of the employees. Then the focus went broad and turned to providing immediate relief to members. As that eased, the focus turned to employee safety, security, and providing support to members who still need it.” – Erin ColemanMemo from Management to the Board: “Keep It as Strategic as Possible”During a crisis, events on the ground can shift daily. Credit union executives need the flexibility to move quickly and stay nimble, and boards need to focus on broad-level governance. The key is to recruit board members who are strategic and keep their focus not only every day-to-day detail, but on the bigger picture strategic issues. “The biggest thing that we saw with our board reinforced our path where we are recruiting board members who are strategic. They weren’t involved in the day-to-day. They were very much in a governance role. They stepped back and said ‘Management, you’ve got this. You have the tools to make the decisions. Go and make the decisions. Just keep us in the loop.’ That’s very different from some of my peers who had to go to their board to make those decisions every time. They were much more of an operational board. For me, it really crystallized that it was important to have that strategic governance level board member. Not someone that really wants to watch and run the organization from the boardroom. It just isn’t effective.” – Bob Falk“We’ve been talking to credit unions about making sure you give the board the tools that they need to have that open communication. It’s also very important for them to give the CEO the support that they need, boost them up, provide constructive feedback, and keep it as strategic as possible. Make sure that you’re approaching things from a factual standpoint. It’s easy to say and hard to do in these tumultuous times, but it’s imperative to keep your eye as a board member on the facts of the current state and on the future. Give the flexibility and the trust to the CEO and the executive team to run the business while you keep your eye on higher-level information. Listen and ask questions if you don’t understand what decisions are being made and what that means strategically.” – Erin Coleman2021: Predicting the UnpredictableThere is a saying: “It is often said there are two types of forecasts: lucky or wrong.” Nevertheless, each of the panelists offered one prediction they see coming true by the end of 2021.“I think you’re going to see an extreme ramp up of consolidation. There are absolute capital drain and capital impactful types of issues that are headed our industry’s way, and that’s going to drive immense consolidation in both the credit union and banking industries. It’s won’t just be about small credit unions merging into bigger credit unions. It’s going to be shops like my billion and a half credit union [Purdue Federal Credit Union] with another billion and a half or 2 billion credit union to get those economies of scale, to pick up some functionality, and to handle the load on the organization.” – Bob Falk“The dollar is the most dominant currency in terms of how transactions are done worldwide. I expect a lot of competition to come up at a fast pace and are going to slowly but surely chip away at the dominance that dollar has. All this spending of trillions of dollars that we have done and probably need to keep doing is not going to help on that front. And it’s going to probably happen much faster than anybody thought because everybody thought that the only currency we need to worry about probably is the central bank currency of China. But there are digital players coming up, too, and they are going to challenge the dollar as well.” – Amit Seru“I think it’s going to be very difficult for credit unions to keep their bottom line because capital is going to be an issue because of the growth that we’ve seen and some of this stimulus money that’s coming in. We’ve grown 23%, and if we don’t see some that go back out, our capital ratio is going to be something to be concerned about. So I think keeping capital up is going to be a struggle next year. We’ll start seeing credit unions merge to try and resolve the issues and some of it just out of necessity.” – Dean Pielemeier“The reason for all this economic conversation we’re having is the health pandemic. And I think a year from now, we will see a widely available and affordable vaccine. Our conversations next year will be about how we shore up that bottom line, and also about encouraging mobility, spending where possible, and continuing to support members where they need it most. From a cultural perspective, I expect that more of us will work remote and that there will be different ways of interacting with members that perhaps we haven’t even thought of yet. I think the face of our workforce and the face of our membership is going to change because conversations about racial and economic justice are going to continue. And I think ultimately that’s going to be a good thing.” – Erin Coleman“I predict the death of privately-owned data centers. We’re starting to see the real grinding on that front.” – Paroon ChadhaWatch the Webinar Replay to Learn Even MoreThose were just five of the insights that the leadership panel shared. There was plenty more to be learned from this rich and thoughtful conversation, so we encourage you to sign up and watch the full webinar replay.Watch the webinar replay.
The publisher will bring back about 30% of the furloughed employees who chose not to take buyouts, Bankoff said, adding that it will reinstate full salaries of the remaining employees.”The only exceptions are me and my executive team, who will continue our reductions,” the CEO wrote in the letter.Vox Media, which also owns technology news websites including the Verge and Recode, had in April said it would furlough 9% of its employees and the decision would impact about 100 of them from May through July.Topics : Vox Media, the owner of New York magazine, is laying off 6% of its staff, as it does not expect a rebound in publishing business to pre-COVID forecasts in the second half of 2020, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.Media companies are hard-pressed with cash flow concerns as they see a drop in advertising revenue since the coronavirus outbreak, forcing many to cut expenses.Vox Media Chief Executive Officer Jim Bankoff said in the email a majority of those impacted by the layoff were employees furloughed in May and would receive health insurance and severance packages.
308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHIS home is strong contender for one of the week’s biggest bargains. selling for about $100,000 less than the median price in the suburb. BRISBANE newbies among top winners if super deposits go ahead RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding SIGN up to receive all The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inbox 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home was said to be “on the market for the first time in nearly three decades” with “enormous scope for renovation”. The listing said “the owner has been very clear. He wants it sold as soon as possible”.According to CoreLogic property records, the home had failed to sell at auction in mid-March when a price of “offers over $600,000” was put on it. Two weeks later the price was dropped again to “offers over $560,000”. 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.au 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auA newsletter by Mr Given out this morning confirmed the house had “just sold”, with Realestate.com.au also listing the home as under contract. According to the site, the median house price in Sunnybank Hills is $655,000, with the median price for four bedders at $678,000.Sunnybank Hills is considered a “high demand market” with REA showing 597 visits per property in the suburb, almost double the Queensland average. 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe four bedroom, two bathroom, two car space home at 308 Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills, was marketed as available for “offers over $560,000”.Agent Nicholas Given of Ray White New Farm had marketed it on Realestate.com.au as a “spectacular bargain up for grabs in Sunnybank Hills”, with a “massive price reduction”. 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.au
The previously announced merger between Marshall Islands-incorporated tanker owner and operator Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. (NPTI) and Scorpio Tankers has moved a step forward as it has secured approval from NPTI’s shareholders on Tuesday, August 29.“At the meeting, approximately 94.25% of the NPTI shares outstanding were voted, all of which were voted in favor of the merger,” Scorpio said.“The approval is the result of a vote on the proposal identified in the proxy statement/prospectus, dated August 14, 2017. “The merger had been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Scorpio as well as by the board of directors of Navig8.As informed, the deal remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or about September 1, 2017.Under the deal, Scorpio will acquire 24 tankers from Navig8, comprised of 15 LR2s and 12 LR1s with a weighted average age of 0.9 years and a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.6 million DWT.To remind, in connection with the LR1 vessel acquisitions, Scorpio said it would pay cash consideration of USD 42.2 million, which is net of assumed debt. This cash is expected to remain with Navig8 through closing and will form part of the balance sheet of the combined company, subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement.Once the deal is finalized, Scorpio’s operating fleet will consist of 105 owned or finance leased tankers with a weighted average age of approximately 1.9 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers.In addition, Scorpio has six newbuilding MR product tankers under construction which are slated for delivery throughout the remainder of 2017 and first quarter of 2018.
Mr. Keith Edward Black, age 61, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on December 10, 1955, in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, the loving son of the late, Joseph E. and Mabel (Jemmell) Black. He was inducted into the Unites States Army and was honorably discharged. Keith was employed for Lester Painting in Greenwood, Indiana, for 20 years. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59. Keith enjoyed living life, fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. Keith passed away at 8:51 am, Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky.Keith will be dearly missed by his loving companion of 7 years: Roberta “Bertie” Moore of Florence, IN; his son: Keith Black, II. and his wife: Nicole of Fairland, IN; his daughter: Gerri Jean Covington of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren: Tyler, Bella, Kohen, Kendall, Alyssa and Jordan; his great-granddaughter: McKinley; his brothers: Kenny Black and his wife: Debbie of Cincinnati, OH and Butch Black and his wife: Eileen of Florence, KY; his sister: Faye Hebel of Cincinnati, OH; his special nephew: Steve Black of Charleston, SC and his several other nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph E. and Mabel (Jemmell) Black; his sister: Melba Younger and his brothers: Harvey Black and Ritchie Joseph.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2017, at 6:00 pm, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Keith Edward Black Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Canaan, In. — Canaan Community Academy was recently voted as Madison’s Best Education by community members through the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. Lindsay Bloos, chamber director, presented principal Rhonda Pennington and vice principal Megan Ritz with the award at a ceremony involving students, staff, parents, and community members.
The former Spurs midfielder laid out his unconditional commitment to attacking football in that match and he repeated that stance at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day. Sherwood omitted a holding midfielder from the line-up, and Tottenham were exposed as a result, but he insists the team will become a more cohesive unit once they have spent more time working together at the end of the hectic festive schedule. Still, with his only previous managerial experience coming at youth level, he knows his appointment is a punt on Levy’s part. “It’s a gamble because I’ve never done it before,” the 44-year-old said. “But there are a lot of good managers who had never done it before and become a success. “I was never a professional footballer until I stepped on to the field.” The fact that he only has a contract until the end of next season has prompted suggestions that Sherwood is keeping the seat warm for someone with more experience. “I regard (that) as an insult, but it is only an insult if I go and win all the games,” Sherwood said. “What can we do? If we win all the games and someone else comes in and keeps it and brings someone else in after I’ve won the league then I’m going to Real Madrid,” he added with a smile. Sherwood says the players have responded well to his appointment, and bemoaned the fact that he had almost a full team of unfit players unavailable. On paper this was a perfect first league match for the newly-appointed Tottenham boss. West Brom sacked their manager Steve Clarke two weeks ago after they started tumbling down the table. Caretaker manager Keith Downing has steadied the ship somewhat, and had it not been for a couple of good saves from Lloris, the former Wolves midfielder could have recorded his first win. Former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel is understood to be the front runner to succeed Clarke, and Downing – who does not want to be considered – wants the vacancy to be filled soon. “I hope (an appointment) is close for the players’ sake,” said Downing, who will stay in London with his players ahead of Saturday’s game against West Ham. “I know there’s a lot of speculation but I have really tried to concentrate (on the game). “As far as I know (I will be in charge for Saturday). I’m down (in London). We have planned for the next two or three days. We are ready to go and if anybody steps in then I will gladly support whoever comes in. “I spoke to (director of football) Richard Garlick but the interview process is ongoing.” Eyebrows were raised on Monday when Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract as Spurs’ new head coach, and it was clear from the Boxing Day display against Albion that he still has much work to do. Spurs drew 1-1 against the struggling Baggies after Jonas Olsson’s easy tap-in cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s stunning free-kick. Tottenham held onto the lead for less than two minutes and they were regularly exposed at the back by some fluid counter-attacking from the visitors, who arrived at White Hart Lane having not won in their previous seven games. Emmanuel Adebayor – whose error led to the Olsson goal – had an off day up front and had it not been for some good goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris, Tottenham could have suffered another damaging defeat. A smattering of boos rang out at the final whistle to sum up how the home supporters viewed the performance. “The fans will be disappointed, obviously. I understand that,” Sherwood said. “We are at home and, with respect, against West Brom you should be winning. “It’s a game we should have won. We should have played better and we are capable of playing better. “I thought we could be a bit more adventurous around the penalty box and show a little more guile.” Sherwood was appointed caretaker following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas and he delivered an encouraging win over Southampton last weekend. Tim Sherwood admits Daniel Levy has taken a gamble on him after he came away from his first match in charge of Tottenham with an underwhelming draw against West Brom. Press Association