Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News With triple-digits weather being predicted for parts of Southern California during the coming week, including Pasadenaâ€”and lingering through the July 4 weekendâ€”City Officials are reminding everybody to take steps now to protect against excessive heat exposure.Lack of rain this year means area vegetation and brush is extremely dry. Pasadena Fire Officials urge extra care when using landscaping equipment. Remember to discard cigarettes properly; use extra caution with barbecues; be aware that sparks from landscaping equipment or vehicles can ignite brush fires; and be vigilant around swimming pools. Check the Cityâ€™s website, www.cityofpasadena.net for updates on changing conditions.For this weekendâ€™s Pasadena Half-Marathon, City officials remind runners it is important to stay well hydrated before, during and after the run. For updates, go to www.pasadenamarathon.org.The City maintains a â€œZero Toleranceâ€ enforcement policy for all fireworks in Pasadena. To report illegal fireworks, call (626) 744-4241. Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. Customers can visit http://cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/CAISO_Outages/ for â€œFlex Alerts.â€Pasadena Officials also offer the following reminders and precautions:â€¢ Weather updates can be found online at www.weather.gov/losangeles.â€¢ If possible, stay indoors in an air conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.â€¢ Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friendsâ€”especially the elderlyâ€”to make sure they are OK. Take them extra water or a cool beverage.â€¢ Never leave anyone unattended in closed vehicles, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.orgâ€¢ Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.â€¢ Keep air conditioners set to about 78 degrees.â€¢ Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.â€¢ Use major appliances in early morning or after 7:00 p.m., when energy demand is lower.â€¢ Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.â€¢ Set refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly & unplug unused secondary fridges.If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors, please consider the following:â€¢ Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather. If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.â€¢ Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.â€¢ Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.â€¢ Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.â€¢ Avoid, reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.â€¢ Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen!http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/EkContent.aspx?theme=Navy&id=8589937517&bid=2970&style=newsCooling CentersIn Pasadena, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., is the only pre-designated Cooling Center. The Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. Visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov to find other designated cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.Pasadena Public LibraryWhile not official Cooling Centers, the Pasadena Public Library and other local public libraries offer an enjoyable, air conditioned respite from the heat. Library locations and hours are:Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, (626) 744-4066. Open 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday.The following branch libraries are open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday & Saturday:â€¢ Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 744-7260â€¢ Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., (626) 744-7264â€¢ Lamanda Park Branch, 140 S. Altadena Dr., (626) 744-7266â€¢ Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., (626) 744-7278â€¢ San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, (626) 744-7270â€¢ Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., (626) 744-7272Other branch locations and hours are:â€¢ La Pintoresca Branch, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., (626) 744-7268. Open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday.â€¢ Villa-Parke Branch, 363 E. Villa St., (626) 744-6510. Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.Pasadena Recreation CentersPasadenaâ€™s Recreation Centers also provide air conditioned environments at:â€¢ Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.â€¢ Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.â€¢ Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.â€¢ Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.Swimming Pools Open to Public June 17-Aug. 9, 2013â€¢ Blair High School, 1201 S. Marengo Ave., Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-3:00 p.m. Closed Saturday.â€¢ Villa-Parke Pool, 363 E. Villa Street, Monday-Friday, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, Noon-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.â€¢ Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Monday-Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 3:00 p.m.â€¢ Robinson Park Pool 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.On Sunday, June 30, 2013, the Robinson Park Center and Pool will offer additional operating hours from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Call the Center at (626) 744-7330 for more information.Ice Skating!A trip to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 E. Green St., is also a good way to beat the heat. Call (626) 578-0800 or visit www.skatepasadena.com for more info. 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Kilburn middleweight Alan Higgins made it three stoppage victories out of three by knocking out Italian Matteo Cecchetto in the second round at York Hall in Bethnal Green.It followed a first-round win on his professional debut and another explosive display when he travelled to Finland to stop Richard Hadju in two rounds.The 24-year-old had a three-inch height advantage over the 5ft 9in Cecchetto and made it count, keeping his distance before taking his opponent out.See also:Higgins’ victory in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Octovia Kebareng Maditse taking an HIVtest at the World Aids Day event in Pretoria. The new campaign to encourage all SouthAfricans to get tested for HIV. President Jacob Zuma addressing thenation on World Aids Day.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vusi MagwenyaPresident’s spokesperson+27 12 300 5315+27 82 835 6315Bongani NkosiSouth Africa entered a new era in the fight against HIV/Aids on 1 December, as President Jacob Zuma introduced a radical plan to boost protection of affected individuals and prevent further infections.Zuma’s announcement at a World Aids Day event in Pretoria focused on fast-tracking the distribution of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the country – a move praised by the Treatment Action Campaign lobby group and the South African National Aids Council, which makes HIV/Aids policy recommendations to government.Under the new plan, ARVs will be made available to HIV-positive South Africans with a CD4 cell count of 350, as opposed to the current qualifier of a CD4 count of 200 or less. Experts say that by starting treatment earlier, chances of success are higher and people can live longer.A CD4 cell count indicates the strength of a person’s immune system, and helps determine how advanced the HIV infection is and predict the risk of complications.Normal CD4 counts in adults range from 500 to 1 200, but when a person has HIV his or her count slowly decreases. ARVs help the body build up its CD4 count which, in turn, help fight against opportunist infections.Zuma also said that tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/Aids “will now be treated under one roof” instead of patients having to travel to different centres, and those with both illnesses will receive ARVs when their CD4 count is 350, not 200.“This policy change will address early reported deaths arising from undetected TB infection among those who are infected with HIV,” the president said at the event, which was attended by thousands of South Africans and many international dignitaries.TB is a prime example of opportunistic disease and government’s new approach is significant because the co-infection rate among affected South Africans is as high as 73%, Zuma added.The plan also focuses on curbing mortality among infants who test positive for HIV at birth. Zuma announced that all such babies under one year of age will now receive ARV treatment.In this case “initiating treatment will not be determined by the level of CD4 cells,” he said. “This decision will contribute significantly towards the reduction of infant mortality over time.”HIV-positive pregnant women will also now be eligible for ARVs when their CD4 count is 350 or when they start showing symptoms. Presently such women can only access treatment if their CD4 count is 200 or less, Zuma said.In addition, symptom-free HIV-positive pregnant with a CD4 count above 350 will be put on treatment at 14 weeks to reduce the chance of mother-to-child transmission. “In the past treatment was only started during the last term of pregnancy,” he added.At the event US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips announced that his country will donate R900-million (about US$123-million) to broaden access to ARVs in South Africa over the next two years.Dramatic shiftDuring his address Zuma emphasised the shift in government’s HIV/Aids policies from those of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.After Mbeki became president in 1999 he increasingly argued that HIV was not the cause of Aids and that ARVs were not an effective treatment option, which caused an uproar locally and abroad.His approach was supported by then Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who also incurred international condemnation for promoting herbal remedies as a viable alternative to ARVs. This had a severe impact on the national treatment programme and roll-out of ARV drugs.Government’s stance changed dramatically when Kgalema Motlanthe replaced Mbeki as an interim president in 2008, and Barbara Hogan became the new minister of health, immediately prioritising HIV/Aids by launching a comprehensive treatment and prevention campaign.When Zuma became president in May 2009 and Aaron Motsoaledi replaced Hogan, this positive trend continued.On 1 December Zuma called for the “depoliticisation” of the HIV/Aids debate. “Let there be no more shame, no more blame, no more discrimination and no more stigma,” he said. “Let the politicisation and endless debates about HIV and Aids stop.”Government’s new plan will be effective from April 2010 and it will work towards increasing the number of treatment centres across the country.“Institutions are hard at work to ensure that systems are in place by the 31st of March,” the president said.The policy shifts mean that “we will be treating significantly larger numbers of HIV-positive patients. It means that people will live longer and more fulfilling lives,” Zuma said. “But it does not mean that we should be irresponsible in our sexual practices.“It does not mean that people do not have to practice safer sex. It does not mean that people should not use condoms consistently and correctly during every sexual encounter.”A campaign for changeGovernment also launched the “I am responsible” campaign at the event. Motsoaledi described it as a “massive” drive that will spread awareness about the epidemic, which has resulted in the death of more than 2.5-million South Africans over the last decade.The campaign’s main goal is to encourage as many South Africans as possible to get tested for HIV. “Every South African should know his or her HIV status,” Zuma said.The president announced that he’s made plans to be tested for HIV as part of the new campaign, even though he was tested recently. “I urge you to start planning for your own tests,” he said. Results are always confidential.“All South Africans should take steps to ensure that they do not become infected, that they do not infect others and that they know their status.”Zuma urged young people to be more responsible, saying the future belongs to them. “Be responsible and do not expose yourself to risks. We can eliminate the scourge of HIV if all South Africans take responsibility for their actions.”Encouraging responseThe South Africa National Aids Council (Sanac) commended government’s commitment. “We can change behaviour if we reach out to every person in South Africa,” said Sanac deputy chairperson Mark Heywood. “I believe that starting from today, with the leadership of government, we will defeat HIV.”The Treatment Action Campaign also welcomed government’s announcement. “The changes to the treatment guidelines are all based on strong medical evidence and will significantly reduce mortality,” it said in a statement.Hundreds of young people queued up to be tested at the event. New Start, one of the centres, tested more than 50 people within six hours, according to programme manager Ncamsile Nhlabathi.“People will respond positively to this new campaign. It shows that they do want to get tested,” she said.Octovia Kebareng Maditse from Pretoria was among those who got tested. “I wanted to know my status. I feel free now that I know,” she said.
26 April 2016Under the global theme “End Malaria for Good”, South Africa joined the world yesterday in commemorating World Malaria Day.The Department of Health noted achievements had been made in reducing malaria incidents in the country and it had successfully realised its malaria targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“South Africa has reversed malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000,” the department said.“In this regard, South Africa was presented with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) award for achieving the malaria goal of the MDGs at the Alma meeting for heads of state and government of the African Union in January 2016.”Global statsAccording to the World Malaria Report 2015 compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000; mortality has decreased by 60% with 62 million lives saved.See more positive global stats from WHO:“Between 2000 and 2015, malaria incidence rates (new malaria cases) fell by 37% globally, and by 42% in Africa,” said WHO. “During this same period, malaria mortality rates fell by 60% globally and by 66% in the African region.”It’s #WorldMalariaDay. Despite progress, much more needs to done for the African Region to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/bqPXduWaVo— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016See the message from the WHO Africa regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti:WHO identified South Africa has one of the 21 countries able to eliminate local transmission of the disease by 2020.WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to eliminate local transmission of #malaria by 2020 pic.twitter.com/GRUQrIhMTl— WHO (@WHO) April 25, 2016Treatment and progressIn total, 57 countries reduced malaria cases by at least 75% between 2000 and 2015, the report stated. Progress was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as indoor residual spraying, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.According to the organisation, two forms of control have proven to be effective: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).It said there had been an increase in use of these methods in Africa to increase malaria prevention.Over the last 15 years, there has been a major increase in coverage of ITNs in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2014, more than half (56%) of the population had access to an ITN, compared to less than 2% in 2000.In 2014, 116 million people globally were protected by IRS, including 50 million people in Africa. About 6% of the population at risk of malaria in Africa live in households that are protected by IRS.A #malaria-free Africa is possible. We must accelerate & sustain efforts to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/ulgXv2JUB0— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016But challenges still remain.13 of the 15 countries accounting for 80% of global #malaria cases in 2015 are in Africa https://t.co/5lg7lFnQkK pic.twitter.com/XVU3YgvN66— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016WHO’s Global Malaria Programme calls on endemic countries, donors, organisations and communities to work together to eliminate and eradicate malaria, a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.“With commitment, dedication and support of all governments and partners, the vision for malaria elimination and eradication is possible,” said WHO.In endemic areas, everyone is at risk of contracting malaria, but there are some higher risk groups, including children under five years of age, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, travellers from non-endemic areas and immigrant workers.Signs of malariaSymptoms of the disease can be similar to those of flu, such as severe headaches, fever, joint pains, shivering episodes, nausea and vomiting. More serious symptoms include severe breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, severe anaemia, weakness of the body, convulsions, respiratory distress, jaundice, renal failure, repeated vomiting, shock, hypoglycaemia, black urine, abnormal bleeding and even coma.Malaria in South Africa is seasonal, between September and May, and occurs in certain geographical areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.Together we can #EndMalaria by 2018 #WMD2016 ^eN7 pic.twitter.com/fc3AwTmUoi— Department of Health (@HealthZA) April 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agency and World Health Organization
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Follow the Puck Suresh Sambandam Everywhere you look, people are talking about digital transformation — but how much is really left to transform? We all use email, depend on software to keep our financials clean, and keep our Twitter accounts active. Surely, digital transformation is just a fancy term that bloggers use to fill pages?Not quite. Digital transformation refers to the digitizing of all the data, processes, and activities within an organization. All those stacks of paper that used to keep organizations running are quickly turning into ones and zeroes in computer databases. Now, rather than hope someone knows the location of a document or file from the past, we can transfer information from system to system in the blink of an eye. We can also analyze and process that information using AI and machine learning, providing insights we never would have discovered on our own.Companies around the world are buying into digital transformation at unprecedented levels. From IoT devices to cloud tech to big data, the world will spend more than $7 trillion on digital transformation by 2021.What will that digital transformation mean for you? Whether you run a Fortune 500 company or a startup, if you want to compete in the marketplace of the future, you need to know the answer.Exploring the Digital GapThe debate over automation is split into two camps. On one side, naysayers claim that robots will take over the world and kill all the jobs. Those on the other side believe flying cars are just around the corner and robots will make our lives easier.In business, however, automation is not so dramatic. The new movement seeks to digitize existing processes to create more efficient organizations and empower them to compete in a global market. People used to write things by hand before taking their work to a typewriter. Today, we collaborate in real time using Google Docs and pay almost nothing for the privilege.Despite the obvious advancement of digital business, many companies continue to sit on the sidelines out of fear. Machine learning, blockchain, augmented reality, and other digital trends are not going away, though. That’s why the conversation around digital transformation is heating up: The more aspects of business feel the effects of digitization, the wider the gap between the advanced and the non-advanced becomes.The Benefits of a Digitized FutureRecent research suggests that different disciplines are at different stages of transformation. IT management is 79 percent digital, while business process management is only 60 percent digital. Those gaps won’t last long, though. By the time the digital transformation is complete, those percentages will be close to 100 across the board.Unfortunately, companies cannot wait until this technology is compulsory before they learn how to use it. They must navigate a digital world now. Digital transformation will provide not only new tools, but entirely new business processes. Only companies that understand how to leverage their human and automated capital can hope to compete in a market where everyone enjoys a technological advantage.According to research from MIT and AlixPartners, only about 23 percent of the 400 companies evaluated in the study had digitized their customer interfaces and business operations. However, that 23 percent enjoyed margins that were, on average, 16 percent higher than the industry average.The future is clear: Companies that embrace the digital transformation will win. What does that embrace look like, though, and how can companies today prepare for the changes?The Components of Digital TransformationDigital transformation typically refers to two distinct components: digital process automation and robotic process automation. DPA is digital transformation applied to the core processes of a business. This is the easier element to implement because companies can switch to digital processes without investing large amounts of money.RPA, meanwhile, is mostly reserved for companies with hundreds of humans performing the same tasks. Large manufacturers, data entry centers, and comparable industries can receive tremendous return on investment from RPA purchases, but for most small- and medium-sized businesses, RPA remains a bit excessive.Many people believe these concepts simply refer to the digitization of current work, but they are much more than that. DPA and RPA are not end goals but pieces of a larger whole. A company that buys an expensive new platform hasn’t undergone a digital transformation — its employees just spend more time in front of screens.Process Automation in PracticeConsider an update to a bank’s customer experience, from in-store to online visits and every touchpoint in between. Digital transformation in the context of customer experience isn’t about moving everything online; it’s about identifying areas to improve the experience: What does online banking need to do better? What about the physical experience with the tellers? Where can digitization help people on both sides engage in more efficient, intuitive interactions?For back-end processes at larger organizations, RPA is usually the answer. The name might sound complicated, but robotic process automation is a straightforward concept. Robots scrape data from one system and pass it to another, eliminating the human in the middle in order to streamline operations.Imagine next that you have an ordering system in Salesforce but that you use an enterprise resource planning system from SAP for most other processes. Today, most companies use humans to verify and transfer data from one system to the other. With RPA, you could optimize data transfers between applications without human intervention.In some industries such as manufacturing, organizations tend to hold back when new technology hits. The original digital transformation (pre-SaaS) required major investments for uncertain payoffs, but today’s subscription-based models allow everyone to take part in the revolution.In manufacturing specifically, only 15 percent of manufacturers implement digital supply chains, but 80 percent struggle to collect and analyze the data necessary to optimize their supply chains. The challenges and the answers are right there. Companies need only invest in the solution.Preparing for ChangeEven with all the chatter and questions surrounding it, this new digital transformation is accessible, effective, and necessary for companies in nearly every industry. If organizations want to survive the next decade, they must take advantage of new tools — and simply using online software isn’t enough. Businesses need to consider how they generate data and where they have opportunities to use and share that information.This is more than an improvement to work life: This is an entirely new paradigm. Just as we made the leap from typewriters to Google Docs, we are on the verge of an entirely new way of thinking. By embracing digital transformation and seeking ways to implement digital and robotic process automation, you can ensure your company remains ahead of the digital curve. Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Tags:#digital transformation
Southampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.