DMUFC Weekly Blog: November Week three

By Luke Williamson

Welcome back to the weekly DMUFC blog, where we have the week’s footballing round-up as well as an update on the club’s Movember fundraising efforts.

Three of the four DMUFC teams were in action this week, however it was a somewhat disappointing set of results for the club.

For the second week in a row, the First team were victorious over Oxford Brookes’ Firsts, this time winning 3-2 away from home in the league, building on the 4-0 win the week prior.

The Second Team couldn’t build on last Monday’s cup success as they fell to Nottingham Trent Fourths at home also in league competition, losing 4-2.

The DMUFC Third team also tasted defeat last Wednesday when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City Firsts in cup competition.

The club has continued it’s push towards it’s Movember targets in the last week, with more money being added to the total raised so far.

As we get to the business end of the month, it is important to remind everyone of why we are raising money.

Men’s Health is important to us all at DMUFC and we are extremely grateful with what has been raised to improve the treatment and raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention amongst men.

We are very close to raising £2,000 and, all throughout this week, members of DMUFC will be around campus with buckets ready to collect any small donation you want to give to help raise our total even more for such a worthwhile cause.

As well as collections around campus, this Saturday also sees DMUFC take on DMURFC in a hotly contested darts night at the Students’ Union building.

Both committees will go head to head in pursuit of bragging rights but more importantly to raise more money for both team’s Movember collections.

Tickets are still available at demontfortsu.com with all proceeds going towards Movember.

This week also sees the return of the I’m A Celebrity Social event, tomorrow night.

Dress code this week is red shorts and red socks, as the celebrities wear in the camp, with your name and phone number written across the back of your t-shirt or jacket.

As always, the meeting place is The Locker Room Sports Bar at 7.45pm, so don’t be late.

Back on the pitch, only two teams are in action tomorrow (WED,NOV20), with the First Team travelling to Lincoln Seconds for a 1pm kick-off while DMUFC Seconds are at home to Loughborough Seconds at Beaumont Park, with the game getting underway at 3pm.

Remember to follow @DeMontfortFC on Twitter to stay up to date with upcoming fixtures and results as they come in as well as much more.

Be Pure – Be Vigilant – Behave screened at Nottingham Broadway cinema

By Emily Rooney

The Manic Street Preachers’ new film Be Pure – Be Vigilant – Behave was screened at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema last night and was followed by a Q&A with Kieran Evans.

The film is a concept recording of the Holy Bible tour from 2014-2015, which the Manic Street Preachers embarked on as it was the 20th anniversary of the album’s original release.

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The film comes as a result of it being the album’s 25th anniversary this year, and Evans deciding it was the right time to release the footage from the tour, once it had been edited properly and mixed.

As well as this, Colin Ross, the lighting designer for the tour who has worked with the Manic Street Preachers for 14 or 15 years had passed away recently, and Evans felt this was a good way to honour him.

“How it started was the fact that the shows sold out, and I kept on saying to [Nicky] Wire, somebody should film this.

“I said I’ll just document it because this is a piece of musical history and it’s not going to happen again, we all know it’s not going to happen again and you’ll kick yourself in ten years because you’ll go ah I wish we’d got something of that.”

Evans has now built up a solid working relationship with the Manic Street Preachers, and has recently been sent a bag of VHS tapes from the Gold Against the Soul tour, which was the first tour they embarked on.

He has also been going over footage from the This Is My Truth tour, celebrating 20 years of This is My Truth Tell Me Yours, which went to the Leicester O2 Academy earlier this year.

“What was amazing was, and again we picked it up from day one, was this record is so important to the Manics fans.”

 

University station DemonFM wins bronze at Student Radio Awards

By Isobel Rix

Nominees from student radio station DemonFM enjoyed a glitzy night out at the London O2 for a national awards show.

De Montfort University’s DemonFM scored third place for Best Radio Sound earlier this month at the Student Radio Awards 2019.

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Celebrating, from left Beatriz Ferreira, Jacob Graham, Isobel Rix, Kathryn Adderley, Shannon Roubinas, Dafydd Evans.

The annual event, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global, saw the likes of Scott Mills and Anthony Gay presenting the awards to aspiring student presenters, podcasters and reporters.

DemonFM was awarded Bronze for the ReelWorld Best Station Sound. Station sound relates to all the elements that go into production. The category judges considered how aspects such as jingles, bespoke beds, adverts and how the presentation off-air compliments on-air, came together to create a distinct station sound.

Dafydd Evans, Station Manager for DemonFM, said: ‘I didn’t expect to win, our station sound is something I do because I like doing it, not because I think I’m great at it. So it was quite nice to be recognised for something I enjoy doing.’

Topical discussion podcast ‘Amongst Other Things’ was shortlisted for Best Podcast, supported by BBC Sounds.

Beatriz Ferreira, who hosts the show alongside Isobel Rix, said: ‘It was a great opportunity for us to get the podcast out there more. I am so proud to have been in the running during our first year doing this.

‘The SRA’s is a wonderful night of celebrating what the best future radio has to offer.’

Amongst Other Things is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and wherever else you listen, check it out.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/amongst-other-things/id1457627834?mt=2

 

Leicester City owners agree to fund Thai national football centre

By Luke Pawley

Leicester City owners King Power have agreed to fund a new training centre for The Football Association of Thailand.

King Power will cover 100 per cent of the building costs, estimated at between £7.6 million and £10.2 million, and will recruit staff from England to oversee the design processes.

The training centre will be built on a 192,000 square-metre site in the Mua Lek District of Thailand’s Saraburi province, which currently houses the country’s national sports training centre.

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A satellite image of the National Sports Training Centre in Thailand, where the new football centre is set to be built. Source: Google Maps

Negotiations for the deal took place between Gen. Dr Somyot Phumpanmuang, President of The Football Association of Thailand, and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the Chief Executive of King Power and chairman of Leicester City Football Club.

The plans are part of the country’s 20-year football development ‘master plan’ and will be used to develop staff members as well as footballers at all levels.

A statement on the FA Thailand website reads: “This training centre will be used for many purposes. (It will be used) for the development of the whole Thai football system, from the grassroots level. (It will be used by) youths, trainers, referees, physical therapists, physicians and sports scientists.

“It can also be used as a place for footballers, futsal and beach football players of all Thai national teams. Among the modern facilities will be a variety of football fields in order to prepare the team as much as possible.

“Aside from being a football practise centre, in the future it will be a destination of the national youth football championship and the Museum of Football History.”

The move is the latest in a series of investments into Thai football by King Power, including the International Academy scheme which sees Thai footballers travel to England for a two-year football and education scholarship at Leicester City FC.

DMU students are being targeted by fraudsters to act as ‘money mules’

By Beatriz Ferreira

Fraudsters pretending to be officials are phoning international students at De Montfort University (DMU) and convincing them they have committed a crime or offence and need to pay a fine or hand over their bank details.

The fraudsters are claiming to be from the Home Office, an embassy, the police, or a bank and are sometimes claiming there is some kind of immigration problem which could threaten the student’s visa and lead to deportation.

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Foreign students are also being targeted through online job adverts posted on social media, according to DMU.

Peter Jackson, Assistant Head of Security at DMU, said: “International students tend to be more vulnerable, particularly Chinese students, coming from another country, not understanding British banking normal practice, being told by someone to do this, or being threatened by the official regime they came from.”

The criminals will often demand money, sometimes calling it a ‘fine’, or they might ask the undergraduates to provide personal information or bank details.

The university is advising students not to make a payment of any kind or provide any personal information if they receive such a phone call.

“This is a problem in the area,” added Mr Jackson. “Currently, Leicester is more prominent than some areas of the country. Whatever that has to do with the university or not, I don’t know but I don’t think so. We are like any other university.

“We have a large number of international students and many of them are managing a bank account for the first time. And perhaps they seem a little bit more attractive and therefore they are threatened.

“By allowing criminals to use your account, even before it happens, students are already committing a criminal offence. And the consequences if their bank finds out about this would be the account being closed, their details being put into the system and then no other bank would let them open a new account. That means that all the normal life things which require a bank account will be plotted through the roof.

“The students are victims in the end. The sort of people who use bank accounts for money laundering don’t care about the owner of the bank account. What they are really doing is asking you to take the risk for them,” he added.