24 days agoEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Everton

first_imgEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Millennials opting for Ola Uber not that a big factor for current

first_imgGuwahati: Millennials opting for ride hailing services like Ola and Uber may not be that strong a factor for the current slowdown in auto sales and a detailed study is needed to arrive at any conclusion in the contrary, according to a top official of the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India. Ownership pattern in India still has not changed and people purchase cars with an “aspirational aspect”, MSI Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava told PTI in an interview here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car, was among one of the many factors responsible for the slowdown in the automobile sector. “The Ola and Uber factor may not be strong to contribute to the current state of slowdown. I think we need to watch and study it more before arriving at such a conclusion,” Srivastava said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe further said, “Ola and Uber came into existence during last 6-7 years. In this period, the auto industry also saw some of its best times. So, what happened only during last few months that the downturn became so severe? I do not think it is only because of Ola and Uber,” Srivastava said. He gave the example of the US market, where Uber is a big player and the car sales in the last few years are robust. “India, 46 per cent of the car buyers are first time users. It is an aspirational behaviour. People may use public transport like Ola and Uber to go to offices on weekdays, but still they buy a vehicle for the weekend outings with the family,” Srivastava explained. “The pattern of ownership in India has not changed yet. We have to watch on a longer period to see if there is a structural change in buying pattern,” he added. Srivastava said there are many reasons for this downturn in the auto market such as liquidity crunch, increased prices of products due to regulatory issues, higher taxes and rise in insurance rates. He also said the government’s measures announced last month to tackle the slowdown is not sufficient and those are helpful for long term health of the industry as they basically addressed the sentiments of the customers. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic vehicle sales in August declined by 23.55 per cent to 18,21,490 units from 23,82,436 units in the same month last year. From April to August period, the sales have fallen by 15.89 per cent to 97,32,040 units from 1,15,70,401 units in the year-ago period, SIAM had said. Srivastava said MSI has launched new versions of its various product range and the company is hopeful of some positive results during the forthcoming festive season. When asked if the company regrets the lukewarm response from the government in handling the situation and absence of any stimulus package, Srivastava said: “The government knows the exact situation. I believe they have to take care of the entire economy. I am sure they will do the best for the economy and the industry.” MSI’s domestic sales in August dipped by 34.3 per cent to 97,061 units from 1,47,700 units in the same month lat year.last_img read more

Russia gets 30 WW IIera battle tanks from Laos

first_imgMOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry says it has received 30 Soviet WW II-era T-34 battle tanks from Laos — a move reflecting the national veneration of the weapon.The ministry said Wednesday the tanks are fully combat-ready and will be used in military parades and for making World War II movies.The T-34 played a key role in defeating the Nazis and became a widely revered symbol of the nation’s heroism and suffering. A film describing feats of a T-34 crew has topped the national box office this month.The ministry said more than 58,000 T-34s were built between 1940 and 1946, making it the world’s most widely produced tank, but only several of them have remained in working condition in Russia. The T-34 was widely exported and used in numerous conflicts.The Associated Presslast_img

Arnie Isberg One Pitch Tournament hopes to raise 20000 this weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Seventh Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch Tournament will round the bases this weekend in Taylor.The tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the past six years, with funds going towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since the Arnie Isberg planning committee took over the tournament, they’ve raised $80,000 for the cause. The committee hopes to raise $20,000 this year to break that $100,000 threshold.24 teams have registered to compete at the tournament, while another 14 are on a waiting list to get in. One of the tournament’s organizers, Becky Pruden, explained that it’s a fairly exclusive tournament because everyone wants to get in to help the cause. “We have a waiting list of 14, we were able to put two of them on from last year, which was really exciting as these teams have been waiting a while to get on.” said Pruden, “It’s kind of an exclusive tournament, if you can’t make it then your down to the bottom of the lineup.”Participants are only given one pitch, so they will either walk, strikeout, foul out, or get a hit. Teams will play a round robin on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Followed by a double-elimination playoff, with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.Featured at the tournament will be the annual Illumination Ceremony, where residents can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones who are fighting, or lost their battle to cancer. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so residents can walk the diamond and pay their respects. Bags are $5 each, with the Illumination Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.“Everyone walks around, takes a moment and it is really incredible, It’s really fantastic.” said Pruden, “We really encourage our players to have that moment of silence and the community to come down and really embrace what this tournament is actually about.”The first game of the tournament starts Friday at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more

Old Fort residents frustrated about uncertainty for their community

first_img“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.last_img read more

BJP has continuously worked for development of Dalits Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to attract Dalit voters in the Capital, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday addressed a Dalit Yuva Sammelan organised by the state unit of the saffron party, urging them to take an oath to vote BJP back into power in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Comparing Narendra Modi with the former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tiwari said that their party is the only one that has continuously worked for the development of Dalit societies in India. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPlacing the Congress at a polar opposite, the MP from North East Delhi claimed that the INC has only used Dalits as a vote-bank and “played politics” in their name, without ever actually working for their development. Tiwari also attacked the Congress for apparently not allowing BR Ambedkar’s last rites to be performed in the Capital. He said, “Congress has brought shame to the Dalit community.” Citing examples of the BJP government developing monuments to honour Dalit pride, like the ‘panchteerth”, where five monuments were made to commemorate the achievements and life of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, Tiwari added that his party was that one that truly cares for the community. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further went on to say that by setting up the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Modi has made information about Dalit history and achievements all the more accessible by informing people of the life of Ambedkar. Tiwari also claimed that Modi is working in all areas of society and that his re-election as Prime Minister will “shape the future of the country”. In addition to this, Tiwari also mentioned that under BJP, the central government has come up with schemes that support Dalits to set up their own businesses. He claimed that the central government under Modi’s leadership has approved loans for Dalits up to Rs 1 crore at interest rates as little as 4 per cent.last_img read more

Eight LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in sixth

first_imgKolkata: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the sixth phase of general elections on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents – the CPI(M), the CPI and the AIFB – are the main contenders in the eight seats, where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,33,69,749-strong electorate. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government. To ensure free and fair polling in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) constituencies, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 770 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent of the 15,428 polling booths, EC officials said. All the eight seats covering four Jangal Mahal districts and East Midnapore, will see mostly a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Bankura seat will witness a triangular fight because the Congress did not put up any candidate there. The campaign saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu. Banerjee also participated in a number of roadshows. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier in CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (actor Dev), will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of BJP. The Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is TMC’s candidate from the Medinipur seat and he is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the Left Front constituent CPI has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has, for the first time, deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more

Bangladesh exPM Zia trapped between life and death BNP

first_imgDhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook For MVP Whatever That Means

The NBA MVP derby was once a two-man race between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Not anymore.After recording his fourth straight triple-double on Wednesday night with a ridiculous stat line of 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is undeniably an MVP contender.Westbrook’s recent output has been mind-blowing: He’s averaging 37 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game during his triple-double streak, which began as he was closing out one of the best statistical months in NBA history. As ESPN’s Stats and Info group noted, Westbrook’s performance in February (31.2 PPG/10.3 APG/9.1 RPG) was just the second time an NBA player ever averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game over a calendar month.1Minimum 10 games played in the month. (The first — and, until recently, only — player to do it was inner-circle Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.)But there are barriers to Westbrook’s MVP candidacy. Algorithms based on previous MVP voting trends still consider him a long shot for the award, with Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker assigning Westbrook a mere 6.6 percent probability of winning. By contrast, the tracker says it’s about 66 percent likely that either Curry or Harden takes home the hardware.The key determinant there: Oklahoma City’s record. Both Curry’s and Harden’s teams have won in excess of two-thirds of their games — good for the first- and fourth-ranked records in the Western Conference, respectively — while Westbrook’s Thunder have a winning percentage of 55.7 percent and are clinging to the eighth (and final) playoff spot in the West. Fair or not, team performance has historically mattered to MVP voters. (Although Westbrook will likely get bonus points for keeping the Thunder afloat in the playoff race during spells in which defending MVP Kevin Durant was injured.)Plus there’s the question of where Westbrook ranks statistically, even after his recent streak of brilliance. Single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Win Shares all have Harden and Curry ranked No. 1 and 2 in terms of value produced this season. So if things hold steady over the next six weeks, Westbrook will have to overcome both the stats and historical patterns of MVP voting if he is to win the award. It’s been done before, but not all that often.Then again, what does “Most Valuable” even mean? It’s a debate that comes up every year, in every sport, and it never ends with a satisfactory answer. The great sportswriter Joe Posnanski put it best in a podcast last fall:I love [the MVP] because it makes us argue about the word ‘valuable.’ … When somebody named the MVP award, you know in their mind they just had: ‘Best Player.’ The best player ought to get an award, and what are you going to call it? Just call it the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. OK, great.And ever since then, we have been parsing that word to absolute death. I think my favorite argument against somebody winning the MVP award is when they say, ‘Look, it’s not the Player of the Year Award or the Most Outstanding Player — it’s the Most Valuable Player.’ Like there is any difference between any of those things. You’re just pulling synonyms out.I love that, and in a way, I would never want that to change because it brings up such extraordinarily stupid arguments that just rage on and on every year.And this year’s NBA race brings a particularly interesting twist. According to long-term predictive RPM, which is the best single-number assessment of a player’s current talent level,2In the sense that it best predicts out-of-sample lineup results. the best player in the league is still probably Cleveland’s LeBron James — as he has been for the past three seasons running.James was so far out in front of his peers a few seasons ago that he could afford a relative down year (by his standards). But therein lies the problem — the game’s best player hasn’t quite played like it this season. By just about any metric, Harden, Curry and Westbrook have been better than James in 2014-15.This kind of thing happens all the time in baseball, where performance fluctuates wildly around true talent. (Or did anyone really think Ken Caminiti was the best player in a league that featured Barry Bonds in his prime?) But basketball is supposed to be different — in the absence of voter fatigue, there’s a lot of crossover between MVP and “best player” in the NBA, to the point that the former can circle back to become a referendum on the latter.So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now. read more

New bats could change complexion of college baseball

When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.” read more

Aleksandr Golovin agrees to join AS Monaco

first_imgAS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Fletcher loved playing with Rooney and Ronaldo

first_imgManchester United’ own Darren Fletcher, revealed what it was like to play with two of the best forwards in the club’s history: Rooney and Ronaldo.The generation that won the last Champions League at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was truly brilliant, it was filled with talented players like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo and people like Darren Fletcher had the honor of playing alongside both players.The former Scottish player was able to give a better insight into his career with the Red Devils, he talked about many topics but he was especially excited to mention both of the best players in the modern era who also happened to play alongside him at Manchester United.When Fletcher spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Scotsman revealed that there was a sensation he would become the best player in the world from the very start of his career as the Portuguese forward was a very dedicated athlete.Fletcher first confessed that a lot of people doubted Cristiano Ronaldo’s resolve and determination, but somehow he felt that the star would get to where he wanted sooner rather than later.Out of all the players he shared a locker room with, Darren feels like Ronaldo was the biggest example of how to be a professional and he always followed that example as a player.The brilliant nickname that Cristiano Ronaldo gave Wayne Rooney at Manchester United… https://t.co/vGRHinpEPq pic.twitter.com/EC1QGVpY28— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 6, 2018It was quite evident that Cristiano was a winner from the very first day he arrived in Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, Fletcher was there almost from the very start and he recalled the first years of Ronaldo’s career on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.“He had a mindset that he was going to be the best player in the world from the day when he came into the club,” said Fletcher during the interview.“He took training to another level. At first, people loved the desire but he did get stick for it with people saying: ‘It’s easier said than done.’ But people respected it and liked that mentality of wanting to be the best.”“There were times when he was putting ankle weights on for training and doing fast feet. The lads were laughing at him but he didn’t care and it didn’t deter him.”“Ultimately people respected it. The lads saw it as a bit of banter but deep down they respect that work rate, that desire, and that sheer determination to be the best player in the world, and he went on to achieve it,” added Darren Fletcher on the Sky Sports program.Ronaldo on Wayne RooneyRomelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I miss him. The future, nobody knows, maybe we’ll play one day together again.” pic.twitter.com/eCp5WAevJM— Sánchez (@OMDItsme) November 5, 2018During the long interview about his career at Manchester United, Darren Fletcher also remembered Wayne Rooney and how both players were the youngest on the squad.Being the newcomers on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team meant that both players developed a unique connection: “Wayne was fantastic,” said Darren.“We were two of the youngest in the dressing room and we built up a good relationship very early. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked.”“You could tell Wayne was going to go on and be a Manchester United great. The only worry was would a Real Madrid or someone like that come in for him, because that was quite possible.”“But there was no doubt that he was going to go on and win everything, go on and be club captain and end up England and Manchester United’s leading goal scorer – what an achievement.”“I don’t think he gets the appreciation he deserves. Still, people don’t realize how good Wayne Rooney was, and always was, at Manchester United. And again, he was a team player. He sacrificed himself at times for the good of the team,” he concluded.With 80 caps for @ScotlandNT and over 200 appearances for @ManUtd, Darren Fletcher has played alongside and against some of the best around! 💫🗣 Got a question for him?Tweet it to us using #MNF and it could feature on the show! pic.twitter.com/H3kbNmZNhF— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018What do you think about Darren Fletcher’s take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during his days at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Solari Benzema is playing through pains

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Manager at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Manager of Client Services at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin Donuts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Mini John Cooper Works GP gets shaken down at the Nurburgring

first_img Tags 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Share your voice More From Roadshow 39 Photos More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… The Mini John Cooper Works GP is almost ready for prime timecenter_img Mini Hatchbacks Performance Cars 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no mistaking this model for any other Mini. Mini Mini first introduced the John Cooper Works GP hot hatch by way of a wildly styled concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, as we approach its official debut, Mini wanted to show off its latest creation a little bit, so it went to the one place a proper performer can really stretch its legs — the Nurburgring Nordschleife.Mini this weekend showed off its John Cooper Works GP hatchback to the public for the first time. It was still clad in camouflage, mind you, but it nevertheless arrived at the Nurburgring as part of the 24-hour race this past weekend, and it cooked its way around the ‘Ring in less than 8 minutes, which is a huge leap forward from the last GP variant, which needed 8 minutes and 23 seconds to lap the Green Hell.While its Nurburgring lap time is new, Mini didn’t give out any more details that we didn’t already know. Its turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine will make in excess of 300 horsepower, but Mini hasn’t given an official output yet. It’ll be pretty easy to tell the GP apart from other John Cooper Works creations, because it’s rocking some crazy fender flares and a big ol’ wing out back. Only 3,000 models will be built, and it’s unclear how many are set aside for each market, so it’s likely that your home country will be getting far fewer than that total number.Mini first confirmed that it would build a new John Cooper Works GP model in late 2018. Since then, the automaker has been relatively mum about the vehicle, teasing only a bit of its rear wing and mentioning the estimated power output. We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more — a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but we’ll have to wait for Mini to confirm that. 1:30 Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

Police stabbed assailant shot at UK parliament

first_imgPolice tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London. Photo: ReutersBritish police shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a “terrorist” incident.The building in the heart of the British capital was immediately sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside.David Lidington, the leader of parliament’s lower House of Commons who is responsible for arranging government business, told MPs: “What I am able to say to the house is there has been a serious incident.”It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.”There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster,” he said.He said he could not go into further details until there was confirmation from the police and security authorities.Prime minister Theresa May is safe, a statement from her Downing Street office said, and she was seen getting into a car and being driven away from parliament.Lidington said an air ambulance was at the scene to take away casualties.TV pictures showed traffic halted on the nearby Westminster Bridge and emergency vehicles swarming around. The busy bridge was completely shut off to traffic.Armed police swarmed to the area which was quickly sealed off to the public.The incident came on the same day that Belgium was marking a year since its most deadly attack, when 32 people were killed in suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station.In July 2005, four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London’s transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people.Two weeks later, there was an attempt to carry out a second wave of attacks.A spokesman for the House of Commons told AFP: “We can confirm that the sitting has been suspended in the Commons at the moment. We are aware of a security incident that has taken place.”London’s metropolitan police said on Twitter: “We were called at approx 2:40 pm to reports of an incident at Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident — police on the scene.”Officers — including firearms officers — are on scene and dealing with the incident.”A staff member in parliament, who did not want to be named, told AFP: “I definitely heard shots. I saw someone in dark clothing go down.”Westminster station on the London Underground train network, which is opposite the Houses of Parliament, was closed over to the incident.Read more:UK parliament in lockdown after ‘shots fired’Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament: Reuterslast_img read more

Robert Mugabe under house arrest after army seizes power

first_imgPresident Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe attend a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare. ReutersZimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest and his generals denied staging a coup.Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be slipping as armoured military vehicles blockaded parliament, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior soldiers commandeered state television to broadcast a late-night address.“The president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said late Tuesday.“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”Moyo added: “This is not a military takeover of government”.Their shock announcement was later followed by heavy gunfire close to the 93-year-old president’s private residence, and prompted angry responses from around the world.Mugabe later told South African President Jacob Zuma that he was effectively under house arrest—though unharmed. Several supporters of Mugabe and his wife Grace are reportedly in military custody.Pretoria said it would deploy a military and intelligence delegation to Harare to help broker a resolution to the crisis on behalf of southern Africa’s regional bloc.The Southern African Development Community said it would hold an emergency meeting in Botswana on Thursday to discuss the situation.South Africa, the European Union, the United Nations and Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, all called for restraint.Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson warned against handing power “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.Collision courseZimbabwe’s army was set on a collision course with Mugabe last week when the ailing leader abruptly fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a lynchpin of the country’s defence and security establishment.Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades, but he fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing five-page rebuke of Mugabe’s leadership and Grace’s political ambition.Army chief General Constantino Chiwenga gave an unprecedented press conference on Monday, flanked by dozens of officers, and warned Mugabe that he would intervene if he continued to purge the ruling ZANU-PF party of leaders like Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa has been embroiled in a long-running feud with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, that included a bizarre alleged ice cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Both were seen as leading contenders to replace Mugabe when he died or retired, but Mnangagwa had the tacit support of the armed forces which viewed Grace—a political novice—with derision.The ZANU-PF party on Tuesday accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct” for appearing to threaten Mugabe with a palace coup.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe had sought to remove Chiwenga, seen as an ally of Mnangagwa’s.The African Union, in a strongly worded statement, said the crisis “seems like a coup” and called on the military to pull back and respect the constitution.‘Need a fresh start’The military’s actions pose an existential threat to Mugabe’s regime which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.On Wednesday, state television played liberation struggle songs, while many citizens in Harare shopped at markets, drove to work or queued outside banks despite the turmoil.“We want to have food on the table, not one side having everything and others dying of hunger. Mugabe was once a good person but he lost it. Now we need a fresh start,” Keresenzia Moyo, a 65-year-old housewife, told AFP in Harare.“What is good is that this has happened at the top and it is not affecting us people on the ground. People could be killing each other,” she said.Foreign embassies in Harare have told their citizens in the country to stay in doors and avoid political gatherings, warning that security forces could clamp down violently.Security officers at Harare airport deported several foreign journalists as they arrived in the country to report on the situation.Mugabe and his wife have made no public comment and their exact whereabouts are unknown, while government and army spokesmen have been unreachable.“The government’s silence on the military deployments seem to confirm that President Mugabe has lost control of the situation,” said Robert Besseling of the London-based EXX Africa risk consultancy.Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health and listless public performances fuelled the bitter succession battle between Grace and Mnangagwa.His lengthy rule has been defined by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and financial ruin since land reforms in 2000.As the economy began to fail in the wake of the botched land redistribution, Zimbabwe was engulfed by hyperinflation and was forced to abandon its own currency in 2009 in favour of the US dollar. Unemployment now stands at more than 90 percent.Before the military’s shock intervention, Mugabe had declared his intention to contest presidential polls scheduled for next year.Grace Mugabe vocally pushed for her husband to stand as she became increasingly active in public life in what many see as a process to help her eventually take the top job.“I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Mugabe reappoints Mnangagwa as vice president, briefly—Mugabe then retires,” he speculated.last_img read more

CEC disappointed as BNP boycotts UZ polls

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, on Sunday expressed his disappointment as some major political parties like Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) decided to boycott the upcoming union parishad elections.The CEC came up with the remark while addressing a training programme as the chief guest at the Election Training Institute in the capital’s Agargaon.”A number of major political parties decided not to join the upcoming upazila election. It’s very disappointing for us as we always wanted a competitive election,” he said.There is no doubt that the upazila election will be a competitive one as many qualified persons are vying for it, he said.Issuing a warning to the officers related to the election, the CEC said strict measures will be taken against those who will be responsible for disrupting the elections.He also urged the election officials to act neutrally while discharging their duties during the elections.Mentioning that the poling agents are an important part of the election process, the CEC urged the election officers to ensure safety and security of the agents when they return home after performing their duties.Elections to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase while the second phase of the election is slated for 18 March, the third for 24 March, the fourth for 31 March and the fifth for 18 June.last_img read more

3 on fresh remand over Feni madrasa student murder

first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoA Feni court on Wednesday placed three accused on one-day remand in the case filed for Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder, reports UNB.The accused are — Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Javed Hossain and Jobayer Ahmed.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order.Earlier, the three accused gave statement to the court confessing their guilt.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Md Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a two-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set afire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against the principal of the madrasa.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more