Lobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid attacker Bale: I’m not angryby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Gareth Bale insists there’s nothing wrong with his motivation.Yesterday with the Wales squad, Bale responded to claims about his state of mind at Real Madrid.’Fury and confusion’ was how Guillem Balague described the Welshman’s feelings about the ‘unjust’ way he is being treated in the Spanish capital. But the captain gave his views directly.”I think you play with a lot of emotion,” he began. “Obviously anger comes into it, but I’m just trying to play football and enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or at Real Madrid.”Whenever I go on to the pitch I try and give 100%, as much as I can, to help the team. I’ll continue to do that. I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Mr. Chuck further advised that about 8,000 Justices of the Peace will be trained in restorative justice and mediation. Story Highlights “Getting wrongdoers to accept responsibility is the essence of restorative justice; which is why I am so committed to having restorative justice spread in every nook and cranny, (on) every highway, byway (and) every corner, (and in) every schoolroom, every church and every inner-city community across Jamaica,” he said. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to expanding restorative justice across sectors and promoting it as an alternative for curbing crime. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to expanding restorative justice across sectors and promoting it as an alternative for curbing crime.He announced that over the next two years, the Ministry will be training school administrators as restorative justice practitioners. He indicated that each school is expected to have at least three trained practitioners.Mr. Chuck further advised that about 8,000 Justices of the Peace will be trained in restorative justice and mediation.Additionally, he said persons in the judiciary will be sensitized about restorative justice and child diversion processes, while community leaders, first responders and other support groups will also undergo training, beginning this year.Mr. Chuck said training and sensitization are being done to ensure that restorative justice resonates with all stakeholders in every community so that “people will know about it and know how they can resolve disputes and (make sure) that stability, peace and calm can be created and (maintained) across Jamaica.”He was addressing the 9th International Restorative Justice Conference, hosted at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 9.The conference was the final in a series of events organized by the Ministry to mark Restorative Justice Week from February 3 to 9 under the theme: ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence’.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck has assured that the Government is determined to use all measures necessary to reduce crime and violence.“Getting wrongdoers to accept responsibility is the essence of restorative justice; which is why I am so committed to having restorative justice spread in every nook and cranny, (on) every highway, byway (and) every corner, (and in) every schoolroom, every church and every inner-city community across Jamaica,” he said.The conference was also addressed by special guest, Craig Pinkney, a British criminologist and urban youth specialist who serves as the lead for the European Union Gangs Project.This initiative focuses on matters related to youth violence, urban street gangs and social media, among other areas.Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (right), interacts with students from Bellefield High School in Manchester during the 9th International Restorative Justice Conference at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on February 9. The conference was the final in a series of events organized by the Ministry to mark Restorative Justice Week from February 3 to 9, under the theme: ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence’.
MONTREAL – National Bank announced plans to build a new head office in downtown Montreal.The bank says its new headquarters will be at the corner of St-Jacques St. and Robert-Bourassa Blvd.It says the building concept will be finalized over the coming months through an architectural competition.The use of materials and services from Quebec and Canadian clients of the bank will be preferred in all facets of construction.The bank plans to be the sole occupant of the new building with a planned occupancy date of 2022.National Bank says the tower currently housing its head office will be put up for sale shortly with proceeds going to the future construction.Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)
ROME – Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbour for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.On Friday the group’s chartered ship Aquarius, which it operates in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 people in waters off Libya. Of these, 25 were found adrift on a small wooden boat that had no motor and was believed to have been at sea for about 35 hours, the group said. The other 116 people, including 67 unaccompanied minors, were rescued later that day, it said.Nearly three-quarters of those rescued originate from Somalia and Eritrea. Many migrants recounted how they were “held in inhumane conditions in Libya,” where human traffickers are based, the aid group aid.It added that Libya’s rescue co-ordination authorities wouldn’t provide the Aquarius with “a place of safety” and asked it to request safe harbour from another country’s authorities.The Aquarius was sailing north in the Mediterranean Sunday in hopes of receiving docking permission from another country.SOS Mediterranee said that “in a disturbing development, rescued people on board told out teams they encountered five different ships which did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.”Aboard Aquarius is Doctors Without Borders project co-ordinator, Aloys Vimard, who elaborated.“It seems the very principle of rendering assistance to persons in distress at sea is now at stake. Ships might be unwilling to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety,” the statement quoted Vimard as saying.SOS Mediterranee said many of those aboard were extremely week and malnourished. Those rescued in recent years have said they receive scanty rations while kept in Libya to await the opportunity to leave on human smugglers’ unseaworthy boats.“What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” the group quoted Nick Romaniuk, its search and rescue co-ordinator as saying.In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission. Since then, other private rescue vessels have had to wait for days until some country agreed to let migrants disembark.Italy’s new populist government has vowed that no more private aid ships will bring migrants to Italian shores.Although arrivals in Italy of rescued migrants smuggled from Libya have sharply dropped off this year compared to previous years, some 600,000 reached Italian ports in the last few years. Italy demands fellow European Union countries take the asylum-seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The tiny EU island nation of Malta says it can’t handle large numbers of migrants.Cargo and other commercial vessels often have plucked migrants to safety from deflating rubber dinghies and rickety wooden boats. But with Italy’s crackdown, commercial ships risk being blocked for days at sea, unable to carry out their business. Recently a support ship for an offshore oil platform was left in limbo for days after rescuing migrants.SOS Mediterranee said the Libya rescue co-ordinationcentre didn’t inform it about migrant boats in distress despite knowing the Aquarius was nearby.“It was extremely fortunate that we spotted these boats in distress ourselves” on Friday, the group said.Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilio
New Delhi: Going paperless, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. The option of providing a paper or booklet-based driving licence or registration certificate has been done away with, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration for the entire country. The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with,” the ministry said in a release. The specifications for the cards are high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added. According to the ministry, state governments have been given the option to decide on the type of material that can be used for making the cards. Further, states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the release said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth. The bench made it clear that the former cricketer will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case. The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatA single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on the 35-year-old cricketer by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order. The BCCI had on February 28 told the apex court that the life ban imposed on Sreesanth was “fully sustainable in law” as he had “tried to influence” a match. Sreesanth’s lawyer had countered the arguments and had told the court that no spot-fixing took place during the IPL match and allegations levelled against the cricketer were not substantiated by evidence. Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the BCCI, had referred to the recorded telephonic conversations in the matter and told the court it was clear that money was demanded and was “probably received” also.
OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team has another busy week ahead, beginning with a game against Dayton set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. After the Flyers, the Buckeyes are scheduled for three games against No. 1 Michigan from Friday to Sunday in what could be their toughest matchup of the season.The No. 24 Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) have just under a month of regular-season play left before heading to the Big Ten tournament. Last weekend at Rutgers, OSU swept the Scarlet Knights in three games, continuing its five-game win streak.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is eager to head into the second half of the season with a team that is building momentum.“What a fun week for us,” she said of last week’s sweeps of Rutgers and Penn State. “So we’re not really working on anything specific this week.”Scouting DaytonThe Flyers (17-14-1) have won seven of their last eight games, including a 2-1 series win at George Mason last weekend. The team is ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in which it claimed the No. 1 spot in 2015 with a 39-14 overall record.At the plate, Dayton is led by junior Gabrielle Snyder, who is hitting .412 with 10 extra-base hits. The Flyers’ highest individual RBI total is 11, shared by freshman Lisa Tassi and junior Katie Ryan. Nine Buckeyes best this figure, as they have 215 RBIs to their opponents’ 118. Dayton’s roster has combined for 79 RBIs this season, while OSU redshirt junior Alex Bayne has 43 alone.The Flyers are boasting the Atlantic 10’s reigning pitcher of the week in sophomore Manda Cash. The left-hander pitched two shutouts last week, including a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings on Saturday. While Cash’s ERA is 1.51, Snyder’s falls at an impressive 1.29 with a 6-1 record.OSU junior Shelby Hursh continues to lead OSU’s pitching staff with 105 strikeouts and a 12-3 record. Hursh pitched her second career no-hitter in the team’s first game against Penn State on April 6.“I’d still like to cut down on my walks,” Hursh said, noting her 72 walks. “It’s still a testament to my defense though when I walk a lot of hitters and they still can’t put up any runs.”Fellow junior Lena Springer made her mark with a shutout against Rutgers last weekend, which brought her career ERA to 2.73.“It has been a very interesting season with the pitching staff. Each has found their moment to shine, and we have relied on them in so many different situations,” Schoenly said. “I’m hoping for them to continue to shut down batters.”Monitoring MichiganHeading into its rivalry matchup against the Buckeyes, Michigan (29-4, 7-2) has claimed the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. Despite this title, the Wolverines, who have had 38 consecutive winning seasons, are ranked third in the Big Ten standings behind Minnesota and OSU.In the conference, Michigan, Schoenly’s alma mater, leads in team batting, pitching and fielding percentages as it ventures into a midweek matchup against Michigan State.The Wolverines’ offense is the crown jewel of the Big Ten, boasting the top three conference hitters: senior Sierra Romero, junior Sierra Lawrence and sophomore Tera Blanco.Romero, who has earned two Big Ten Player of the Week honors so far this season, is hitting .500 with 55 RBIs, 12 home runs and a .989 slugging percentage.The senior infielder, a member of the 2015 United States Women’s National Team, was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, along with being a first-team All-American the past two seasons. She also holds program records for all-time runs scored, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, batting average and grand slams. She owns single-season records in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and batting average, too. Michigan is outhitting its opponents .364 to .204, with six players hitting above .350. The team has collected 261 RBIs, while holding its opponents to only 84.In the circle, the Wolverines rely on two pitchers, junior Megan Betsa and redshirt senior Sara Driesenga. The right-handed duo has struck out 218 batters and only given up 69 earned runs in 45 appearances.Driesenga, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection who missed most of last season with an injury, currently holds a perfect 14-0 record on the mound. Blanco, on the other hand, has pitched 25.1 innings with 22 strikeouts in 2016 but spends most of her time at first base.Swinging for the fencesEleven Buckeyes have hit home runs so far this season, led by Bayne with 17. Schoenly said that her hitters are feeling good and expressed her confidence in their continued success at the plate, especially Bayne.OSU junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a homerun during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Bayne is within two home runs of the Ohio State home runs record, and there have been some unbelievable hitters in this program in the past,” Schoenly said. “I’m most proud of her for keeping a consistent approach at the plate.”Bayne was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, making her the second OSU player after senior Erika Leonard to earn the honor this season. Over the last five games, she hit .579 with a slugging percentage of 1.368.Another player who Schoenly lauded was freshman Emily Clark, who has now taken on a full-time starting role at second base.“I think she really gained her confidence when she started playing every day. She definitely packs power in her swing,” Schoenly said.The second baseman hit .429 last week, and three of her four home runs on the year were recorded in the series against Rutgers. On the season, she has a .606 slugging percentage, which is third highest on the team behind Bayne and senior catcher Cammi Prantl.“(Clark) had those kind of numbers this fall and we had high expectations for her, so we are glad she’s more comfortable,” Schoenly said. “I think it comes down to her being aggressive at the plate.”Coming upAfter the Wolverines, OSU is scheduled to face another nonconference opponent when it heads to Ohio University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, with an expected first pitch at 4 p.m. After the Bobcats, the Buckeyes are set to continue their Big Ten schedule with a home series with Purdue from April 22 to 24.“This time of the year is a grind, and we’re feeling confident right now,” Schoenly said. “We want to ride that wave.”
The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 15-game home win streak and nine-game conference win streak came to an end Wednesday night after a 60-57 loss to No. 4 Purdue. The story of the game was Purdue’s first-half dominance. In front of the first sell-out crowd of the season at the Schottenstein Center, the Boilermakers jumped out to an early lead and led for all 40 minutes of Wednesday’s game. With just more than seven minutes remaining in the first half, junior Evan Turner converted a three-point play and for the first time all night the capacity crowd erupted. The jubilation was short lived, however, as Purdue’s Keaton Grant immediately responded with a four-point play at the other end. The crowd again rose to its feet when junior Jon Diebler made the team’s first three-point basket with less than a minute ago. But again, the Boilermakers answered, this time with a three-point play. In the first half “they made some shots and some of us didn’t have our heads right,” Turner said. “As a unit we didn’t execute how we were supposed to.”Purdue led by 13 at the break and although the Buckeyes got as close as 48-46 late in the second half, the first half struggles proved to be too much to overcome. OSU had one last chance in the waning moments when Diebler took and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired. “I got a good look,” Diebler said. “I should have knocked it down. There’s really no excuses.”Unlike in last month’s game at Purdue, the Buckeyes did a much better job of containing junior Robbie Hummel. Hummel torched Ohio State 35 points in the first meeting, but was held to just four Wednesday.However, OSU simply had no answer for junior JaJuan Johnson. After scoring a season-low four points in the first meeting between these two teams, Johnson led the way offensively for the Boilermakers. He scored a team-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting. “He made shots and those were some tough shots,” Diebler said. “That’s a heck of a basketball player right there.”As expected, Turner handled the bulk of the load for the Buckeyes and scored a game-high 29 points. With the loss, OSU dropped to 10-4 in conference play, but the Buckeyes have little time to regroup. They travel to East Lansing, Mich., Sunday to play the Big Ten’s first-place team. “You have to be honest with yourself and say ‘OK what didn’t we do well?’ but we have another tremendous challenge down the pipe,” coach Thad Matta said. “I told the guys after the game, we have to be a better basketball team on Sunday.”
For this group of seniors in the past three seasons, the story remained the same. A bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals and nothing more. In the 2010 semifinals, the Stanford Cardinal overpowered the Ohio State men’s volleyball team in three straight sets (30-25, 30-26, 30-17). What followed was a long flight home. At that time, coach Pete Hanson told his players to write down their goal for the next season. “Each kid said his goal was to win the National Championship,” Hanson said. Now, a little more than a year later, the mission has been accomplished. All-American outside hitter Jeff Menzel jumped up for a kill on Championship point, but a wall of Steven Kehoe, Kevin Heine and Jason Tobkin stopped him in his tracks. Kehoe connected on the block as the Buckeyes defeated the California-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 3-2, for the program’s first national title. “Our coaching staff told us if we blocked him once in the last five points, we would win the match,” Kehoe said. “I think deep down we believed we earned the right to be here,” Hanson said. “It’s really cool how that came to fruition.” The Scarlet and Gray outplayed the Gauchos in about every aspect of the match, but OSU’s 26 service errors kept UCSB, which had just six service errors, in the match. “I definitely came out tense, and I think a lot of the guys did, especially from the service line,” Kehoe said. Hanson agreed. “It was clearly frustrating,” he said. “(OSU) never panicked. It’s like when a pitcher can’t locate his fastball. It will come, and it did.” Hanson said it was key to isolate Menzel and force his supporting cast to win the match. “I think when you hold an All-American to 12 kills on 40 swings and he hits .025, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Hanson said. Junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU with a match-high 32.5 points and 30 kills. His career-high 30 kills are the most by any Buckeye this season. Kehoe added a season-high 65 assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “For our seniors, it was their last collegiate volleyball game ever,” Sangrey said. “We wanted to go out on top, and that’s what we did.” Kehoe, Sangrey and John Klanac were named to the All-Tournament team. OSU overcame its serving woes with a strong offensive effort. The Buckeyes outhit UCSB .329 to .198, had a 74-45 advantage in kills and led the match in assists, 70-42. The Buckeyes are the third team outside the West to win the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008. OSU holds a 1-2 record in national title games. The Buckeyes lost, 3-1, against USC in 1977 and, 3-0, to UCLA in 2000.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) embraces head coach Chris Holtmann on senior night prior to the start of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
Welbeck is renowned for his past injury problems, which has made him no stranger to lengthy spells on the sidelines, but he claims they have made him mentally stronger.The England striker did enough to make Southgate’s final squad after a late run in the side for Arsenal towards the end of last season and scored for the three lions in their final warm-up game against Costa Rica last week.Welbeck spoke to Press Association sport about his injury-plagued last few years in the game: “For me, nothing like that seems to bother me,”“I’ve had surgery and then not been allowed to put weight on my leg for two months, so I’ve been stuck in a room and that sort of stuff.”“I don’t get bored now. I’ve been through that, I don’t get bored.”The Arsenal man missed out on Euro 2016 and his time at the Emirates since has been consistently disrupted by fitness issues, but he is adamant that his drive to succeed has been undiminished, continuing “At the end of the day, you’ve still got that hunger and desire to get back out on the pitch and that’s what will drive you on.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Gareth Southgate will hope he can rediscover his best form whenever he is required in Russia, as one of Englands striking quartet alongside Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. England’s top scorers heading to Russia:Danny Welbeck – 16 Harry Kane – 13 Jamie Vardy – 7 Ashley Young – 7 pic.twitter.com/jHdxPusm8U— bet365 (@bet365) June 7, 2018
Scottish manager David Moyes revealed the exact moment in which Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as the Manchester United manager.As we are living in complicated times for Manchester United and every manager who comes realizes that he has a huge void to fill after Ferguson’s retirement, fellow Scotsman David Moyes was the first one to experience the exact moment in which Sir Alex revealed that he planned to retire.Far from feeling the enormous pressure that came with the Manchester United manager’s seat, Moyes understood at that moment the huge impact that Ferguson’s retirement would cause in the club and world football in general.David was still Everton FC’s manager at the time when he got a mysterious call from the Red Devils boss, he gave a detailed account of the meeting during an interview for Open Goal and he let the world know the intimate moment in which the legendary Scottish manager first revealed the news to anyone from outside his personal circle of friends.David Moyes describes secret meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson where legendary manager handed him Man United job https://t.co/9gp9rvcyME pic.twitter.com/SIgCocQlyj— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 3, 2018David Moyes said: “He (Ferguson) said, ‘Come to the house later’. I says, ‘Aye, OK.’ That’s what you did when he called. But I’ve got a pair of jeans on. It’s my day off. I’d never turn up to Alex Ferguson’s house with a pair of jeans on – that’s just the way I’ve been brought up. I wouldn’t do that.“I was like, What am I going to do – nip to Marks and Spencer and pick a pair of trousers up? Anyway, I dropped my wife at the shopping centre and I go and get to the door and say, Sorry, I’m in my jeans’. He says, ‘Aye come on in,’ and he made me a cup of tea.”“And that was it. He says, ‘I’m retiring’. And the biggest thing, he says, ‘Nobody’s to know. You can’t tell anybody’. He says, ‘Tell your wife, but don’t tell anybody else’. And we talked after that. He opened a bottle of red wine and we had a couple of glasses. And we talked about the squad for about half an hour, an hour. And he says, ‘Come back tomorrow, the paper are coming to meet you tomorrow here in the house again’.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.David Moyes lifts the lid on secret meeting that ended his 11-year reign as Everton manager: Former Blues boss was summoned to Sir Alex Ferguson’s house to be told he was succeeding him at Manchester United https://t.co/0wNePufH84— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) October 3, 2018“So that’s what I done. So it was as simple as that – he offered me the job and that was it. I never got a chance to say, ‘No’ or, ‘By the way, what about this or that?’ “He went through the squad and just went on with it. That was exactly it and maybe in hindsight there needed to be much more done and said, but why would there be? I trusted him and why would I need to do more than that?”“I went back and told my wife in the shopping center but I couldn’t tell my kids, couldn’t tell my dad, couldn’t tell anybody. The biggest thing wasn’t me getting the Man United job, it was Sir Alex retiring, and I couldn’t say a thing,” describes David Moyes in detail about the moment that one of football’s biggest secrets at the moment was bestowed upon him.We all know how he did as the Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson, nobody has managed to fill his shoes ever since, not even Jose Mourinho who is struggling to keep his job as we speak.Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dominance. pic.twitter.com/meXvotwgeV— Classic Football (@ClassicFootbaIl) September 29, 2018What do you think about this revealing information that David Moyes disclosed about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – As Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category Three hurricane nears the Islands of The Bahamas, officials in Grand Bahama are taking the threat of a hit by this storm seriously. On Sunday afternoon, September 3, 2017, Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Peter Turnquest, along with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard held an emergency meeting with all of the relevant government officials, NEMA officials, the GB Red Cross and other agencies to discuss Grand Bahama’s preparedness and response to a possible hit by Hurricane Irma.Also attending Sunday’s meeting were Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of The Prime Minister Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Iram Lewis, all three Commissioners on the Island (for East, West and Freeport), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Emrick Seymour, representatives from the police department, Immigration, Customs, Fire Department, the hospital, Local Government, the GB Power company, and representatives from the Grand Bahama Port Authority.Before hearing from all of the represented agencies, an update on the location, strength and projected path of Hurricane Irma was presented by Grand Bahama Chief Meteorologist, Kirk James. Minister for Grand Bahama encouraged all Grand Bahamians to be prepared, to listen closely to all weather updates and to pray.Grand Bahama was severely affected by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016 and many residents and businesses are still in the rebuilding stages from that hurricane.(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)GETTING PREPARED – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (right) addresses participants of an emergency called meeting at the Office of The Prime Minister on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The meeting was to finalize all plans for hurricane preparedness as Hurricane Irma approaches The Bahamas. Joining Minister Thompson were Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Member of Parliament for East End, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of Youth and Sports & Culture and Member of Parliament for Marco City, the Hon. Michael Pintard; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama Iram Lewis and Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of The Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End & Bimini Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Hand crews are continuing work to reinforce and defend the primary line on the west of the fire to prevent spread towards the community of Sterling. As conditions allow, crews will continue firing operations along the west and southern control lines in order to gain depth and prevent fire spread towards the infrastructure along the Sterling Highway corridor. FIRE INFORMATION: Call Division of Forestry Public Information office at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ The fire is estimated at 15,648 as of Tuesday, with roughly 169 staff members in the air and with boots on the ground. Currently the fire is 5 miles east of Sterling and 2.7 miles north of the Sterling Highway. Casey: “The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, out of Palmer, has been on the Swan Lake Fire for the past week working to dig, burn, hold and strengthen fireline east of the community of Sterling. The crews are using an indirect technique which allows them to fight fire with fire in order to prevent it from spreading to the south.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, was moderated by the cloud cover on Tuesday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. While there is no immediate threat to the community of Sterling from the Swan Lake Fire, structure protection specialists will begin validating the readiness of private homes and businesses in the area. Homeowners are encouraged to remove brush and follow other Firewise best practices which may be found at firewise.org. Motorists are urged to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. Observing the fire from a safe location should be practiced instead of stopping along the highway. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The fire does want to continue to move to the west, but we are expanding and holding that line away from the highway. We do have the five additional hotshot crews arriving from the lower 48 today.”
US president Donald Trump is poised to break with US allies and withdraw his backing from the Iran nuclear accord, undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.On Friday, the “America First” president is expected to declare to Congress that retaining the 2015 agreement is no longer in the US national interest.This in itself does not mean the deal will collapse. US lawmakers will have 60 days to decide whether they want to “snap back” the sanctions Washington has suspended.But it will mark a clear break with Washington’s allies, who have pleaded with Trump to respect the accord, and a fierce blow to the multilateral international order.The agreement was signed between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US — at talks coordinated by the European Union.UN nuclear inspectors say Iran is meeting the technical requirements of its side of the bargain, dramatically curtailing its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.So, while US officials still insist that “America First” does not mean “America Alone,” on this issue they are starkly isolated. The other signatories all back the deal.”This is the worst deal. We got nothing,” Trump thundered to Fox News on Wednesday. “We did it out of weakness when actually, we have great strength.”Trump, whose address to this year’s UN General Assembly was a hymn to national sovereignty, has been railing against the Iran deal since before he was elected.- Allies pleading -In office, he has chafed at being required under US law to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the accord every 90 days, declaring that Tehran has broken it “in spirit.”Now, as he prepares to roll out a broader US strategy to combat Iran’s expanding power in the Middle East, he feels the time has come to turn his back on the deal.Right up until the last minute, America’s closest allies have urged Trump to think again.After his nationalist UN speech, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned that the deal “doesn’t belong to one country… it belongs to the international community.”US allies have not been convinced by the argument that the deal fell short because it left Iran free to develop ballistic missiles and sponsor proxy militias in its region.”Mixing everything means risking everything,” a French diplomatic source told AFP. “The existential threat is the bomb. The nuclear deal is not meant to solve Lebanon’s problems.”Europe fears not only that Iran will resume the quest for the bomb but that the US is relinquishing its leadership role in a stable, rules-based international system.On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the White House to impress upon her government’s “strong commitment to the deal alongside our European partners.”In parallel, her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, told his US counterpart Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “that the nuclear deal was an historic achievement.””It was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK,” he argued.But the US administration barely acknowledged the calls, and European diplomats in Washington privately complain that their message is not getting through.- ‘We will see’ -One Western diplomat said that once Trump “decertifies” the deal their efforts will move to Congress, where they will urge US lawmakers not to re-impose sanctions.”Our embassy is working with the legislature,” German foreign ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said this week. “We are looking for dialogue, to explain our arguments.”They will find some sympathetic ears in Congress but this won’t move Trump. His most senior foreign policy advisers have also urged him to back the deal, to no avail.Last week, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked whether he believes the Iran deal remains in the US national interest.”Yes, senator, I do,” he replied.”I believe at this point in time, absent indication to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with.”Since that testimony, Mattis and Tillerson have had lunch with Trump and discussed Iran, but Trump later spoke once more against the deal on Fox television.”We will see what happens pretty soon,” Trump warned.On Thursday, in another dramatic sign of Washington’s foreign policy direction, the US announced that it was withdrawing from the United Nations science and cultural organization UNESCO.France’s UN ambassador expressed dismay, warning “we need an America that stays committed to world affairs.”
.CIA director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target US mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling.Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations, which Moscow denies, and whether there was any collusion involving president Donald Trump’s associates.In an interview with the BBC aired on Tuesday, US intelligence chief Pompeo said Russia had a long history of information campaigns and said its threat would not go away.Asked if Russia would try to influence the mid-term elections, he said: ”Of course. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that.“But I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election. That we’ll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”He also said the Chinese posed a threat of equal concern, and were “very active” with a world class cyber capability.“We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information, to infiltrate the United States with spies, with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America,” he said.“We see it in our schools, in our hospitals and medical systems, we see it throughout corporate America. These efforts we have to all be more focused on. We have to do better at pushing back against Chinese efforts to covertly influence the world.”GLOBAL INFLUENCEThe Kremlin, which under Vladimir Putin has clawed back some of the global influence lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, has denied meddling in elections in the West. It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.In the interview, Pompeo also repeated his message that North Korea was close to developing missiles which could be used in a nuclear attack on the United States.“I think that we collectively, the United States and our intelligence partners around the world, have developed a pretty clear understanding of (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un’s capability,” he said.“We talk about him having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States in a matter of a handful of months.”The CIA chief defended Trump over accusations from a book which suggested the president was unfocused, unprepared and unfit for his office.“It’s absurd, the claim that the president isn’t engaged and doesn’t have a grasp on these important issues is dangerous and false,” Pompeo said.Asked if Trump’s use of Twitter posed any national security issues, he said: “Hasn’t caused us any trouble.”He added: “We deliver nearly every day, personally, to the president the most exquisite truth that we know from the CIA. Whatever the facts may be we deliver them unvarnished as accurately and as forcefully as we can.”
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on 1 June. Photo: ReutersAlmost lost in the din of the upcoming US-North Korea summit and fresh tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to China.It’s not clear just how far New Delhi will take these relationships, given years of promise, and a general election due in 11 months that could be a distraction for prime minister Narendra Modi. And if India is already rattling China, it won’t want to spark open confrontation.But Modi took several concrete foreign policy and security steps in Southeast Asia in recent days.He signed an agreement with Indonesia to develop a port in the city of Sabang that would overlook the western entrance to the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest waterways, and agreed a pact with Singapore on logistical support for naval ships, submarines and military aircraft during visits.Modi also flew to Kuala Lumpur for a late-scheduled call on Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who won last month’s general election, effectively cementing ties with three of the most influential Southeast Asian nations.On Friday, Modi told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s premier defence forum, that India would work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.“We will work with them, individually or in formats of three or more, for a stable and peaceful region,” he said in the keynote speech at the forum.Several delegates, including US. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, voiced support.At the end of the forum on Sunday, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen said: “I am sure many countries are delighted that India has indicated its firm commitment to the region.”China CoolThe term “Indo-Pacific” has grown in usage across diplomatic and security circles in the United States, Australia, India and Japan in recent years, shorthand for a broader and democratic-led region in place of “Asia-Pacific”, which some people have said places China too firmly at the centre.In a nod to India’s growing regional stature, the US. military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii formally changed its name to the US. Indo-Pacific Command in a ceremony on Wednesday.Despite an outward show of friendship between China and India, and Modi’s comments about the strong relations between them, Beijing gave a distinctly cool response to his strategy.The state-owned Global Times warned in an editorial last week: “If India really seeks military access to the strategic island of Sabang, it might wrongfully entrap itself into a strategic competition with China and eventually burn its own fingers.”Senior colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, research fellow at the Institute of War Studies Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, told reporters on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue that Modi “made some dedicated comments on what he thought of the Indo-Pacific concept”.He did not elaborate but the Global Times quoted him as saying: “The Indo-Pacific strategy, and the quasi-alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia will not last long.”Wider FootprintIndian foreign ministry officials said there was a strong element of self-interest in New Delhi’s efforts to secure open access to the Malacca Strait, since it carries about 60 per cent of its foreign trade.But India’s intended footprint looks to be wider. Late last month, three Indian warships staged exercises with the Vietnamese navy for the first time in the South China Sea, which is claimed almost wholly by China.Vietnamese submariners are trained in India, while the two sides have significantly increased intelligence sharing and are exploring advanced weapons sales.To the west, India signed an agreement for access to the port of Duqm on Oman’s southern coast, during a visit by Modi earlier this year. Under the agreement, media reports said, the Indian navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean.In January, India finalised a logistics exchange arrangement with France under which it can use French military facilities in the Indian Ocean.Analysts said a more assertive India would answer concerns in Southeast Asia about expanding Chinese influence in the region and a fear that the United States was disengaging.The United States’ trade spat with China and a perceived U-turn in its foreign policy as it pursues peace with North Korea had shaken many assumptions in the region, they said.“There is some pressure (in ASEAN) for diversification of security relationships, taking insurances,” said C Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.“An active India then actually fits into this situation.”But although Modi has started strongly, it was not clear how well his strategy would be sustained, he added.“Implementation has always been a major challenge for India. (Modi is) struggling to improve the capacity of Delhi to do things outside borders. There’s been some advance but that is a structural challenge that will remain.”
– / 2Terry and Chauna Thompson were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of John Hernandez.The 178th District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, near downtown Houston, was totally packed as Judge Kelli Johnson read the charges to the Thompsons.The judge set the conditions of the bail bonds, which include taking drug tests and forbids access to firearms.After the hearing, David Mitcham, who leads the Trial Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, assured the media gathered outside of the court room that “the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to seeking justices in the death of John Hernandez.”On his part, Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s defense lawyer, said the couple feels threatened because of the multiple protests about this case and added that Hernandez was the initial aggressor, so he is not ruling out using a self-defense strategy.“I haven’t seen all the evidence but yes,” noted Courtney, while he added that “whenever somebody has force used against him, they are then authorized to use force in defense of themselves or others.”Greg Cagle, who is defending Chauna Thompson contended that her job as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave, is a disadvantage for her.“My client probably would not be indicted but for her job title. I don’t think anybody else would be indicted for murder for touching someone on the arm,” Cagle said.The Thompsons next court hearing is scheduled for July 14th.Separate from the criminal trial, John Hernandez’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the couple. 00:00 /01:14 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Photographers Pavan Mahatta and Inder Gopal are all set to take photography lovers on a trip to the Kumbh Mela.The Maha Kumbh is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati in Allahabad. It is a dream for any photographer to shoot there as it is an amazing spectacle of the world’s largest gathering of people at a single point. With multitude of photographers shooting there, it is a challenge to be different and capture the spectacle differently. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To make a choice of images to display was the most difficult task, say the photographers. The selection of images displayed at the gallery outlines their experiences through their lens at the Maha Kumbh. Through pictures both photographers have tried to bring about the divine presence of a force unknown to humanity.Pavan Mahatta (Mehta) was born in 1959 in New Delhi in a family of photographers. The Mahatta studios have a distinguished history as one of the biggest and most well known family-run studios in North India. Pavan is a Chartered Accountant by education. He joined the family’s Delhi studio upon finishing his chartered accountancy in 1984 and introduced digital imaging in 1986 for the first time in India along with his brother Pankaj Mahatta. Mehta works across all genres of photography — portraiture, industrial, architectural, nature, landscapes and commercial photography.Inder was born in Delhi. Photography was a childhood hobby which he raised to a new level in Germany when learning and working under an industrial, fashion products photographer Detlev van Eupen from the early 1970s till his return in late 1977. His experiences of many years in photography has got him on the guest faculty of National Institute of Fashion Technology.