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a month agoJones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguireby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones has heaped praise on new Manchester United teammates Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.The pair have slotted straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice defensive line-up and Jones thinks both players have enjoyed a great start to life at Old Trafford.“Aaron’s come in and settled in well and, likewise, Harry. He carries a bit more experience than Aaron but they’ve helped a lot,” Jones told Inside United.“Aaron’s up and down [the pitch], his tackling’s probably some of the best I’ve seen, and no one wants to go past him. You see players now stopping, turning around and going the other way, so that’s a credit to him.“Harry’s got the international experience. He’s a big, strong defender who has helped us and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition going forward.” last_img read more

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17 days agoEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FC

first_imgEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FCby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his professional career on Sunday in Colorado Rapids’ 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles.With his playing days now over, Howard looks poised to be casting his eyes back across the Atlantic on a more regular basis to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge where he has been part of their US-based Trinity Sports Holdings ownership team for the past year, says the Liverpool Echo.The club, who were only formed in 1992 after a merger between Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest, spent nine years in the Football League between 2007-16 but are currently in the National League and finished 18 out of the 24 clubs in the division last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stones

first_imgSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stonesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola slammed a seat and shouted at John Stones during their Champions League thrashing of Atalanta.BT Sport cameras captured the Citizens boss heading to the substitutes bench in the Etihad dugout after summer signing Rodri went down with an injury on Tuesday.It appears that Guardiola was unhappy that Stones hadn’t read the situation that he made be called upon if Rodri had to make way with an injury.And made his frustration known by slapping a chair in rage while shouting at Stones.Lol Pep really did lose it with Stones taking his time today pic.twitter.com/e0NarbJN5e— Kaila Kika (@KailaKika) October 22, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utd

first_imgAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utdby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to return at the weekend after a hip injury forced him out of the draw with Liverpool.The centre-back, 21, picked up the problem in the warm-up on Sunday and was replaced by Marcos Rojo.The Sun says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rest the youngster for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade but he is expected for the trip to Norwich.Tuanzebe will be in contention for a place in the squad for the Carrow Road clash when Solskjaer looks to build on the draw against the Champions League holders.He had started the previous two Premier League matches against Arsenal and Newcastle, after getting told he is part of the first-team plans at United when loan offers came in this summer. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Inmate who spent four years in solitary subject to abhorrent treatment judge

first_imgA mentally ill Indigenous man kept in isolation in an Ontario jail for more than four years endured treatment so “abhorrent and “inhumane” it affected his ability to stand trial for murder, a judge ruled while staying the charge.Superior Court Justice John Fregeau ruled that Adam Capay, whose case sparked a public debate on solitary confinement in correctional facilities, endured permanent memory loss and had his pre-existing psychiatric disorders greatly exacerbated after spending four and a half years in segregation, often without proper sleep or access to mental health services.Fregeau’s late January decision, which resulted in Capay’s release, was subject to a publication ban that only lifted once prosecutors indicated this week they did not plan to appeal the stay of the first-degree murder charge in the case.Capay, 26, was accused of stabbing Sherman Quisses twice in the neck while both were at a correctional facility in Thunder Bay, Ont. While the judge acknowledged that Capay was responsible for Quisses’ death, he said the man’s subsequent years of isolation amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that violated his charter rights and left him unable to proceed to trial.“The treatment of the accused was, in my opinion, outrageous, abhorrent, and inhumane,” Fregeau wrote in his Jan. 28 decision. “There would be ongoing prejudice to the accused if forced to proceed to trial.”Fregeau’s ruling outlined a litany of difficult circumstances Capay faced beginning during his turbulent childhood on the Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario.Capay grew up in a family dominated by substance abuse and violence, the judge said. Capay was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, exposed to alcohol at age seven and had inhaled solvents by age eight, Fregeau wrote. Capay’s father once tried to force his son to kill him when he was 10, the judge added.Fregeau’s ruling said Capay was placed in segregation at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre immediately after his 2012 attack on Quisses.Between June 4, 2012 and Dec. 6, 2016, Capay was largely kept in isolation for 23 hours a day.For much of that time, Capay languished in cells where the lights were kept on 24 hours a day. For long stretches, the detention blocks he was held in did not allow him to flush the toilet from inside the cell.Over his four and a half years in segregation, Fregeau found Capay received less than 11 hours of mental health support from jail staff.Capay’s long-standing isolation was known to correctional officials, who repeatedly signed off on extending his time in segregation even as the total number of days climbed up over the 1,600 mark.Fregeau noted Capay’s plight only came to light in 2016 after a guard tipped off Ontario’s human rights commissioner while she was visiting the facility.Calling the segregation review process “meaningless” in Capay’s case, Fregeau cited the testimony of an expert witness who described the system in dehumanizing terms.“People are filling out forms. They’re checking boxes, but it’s as if Adam Capay’s disappeared,” Michael Jackson, a British Columbia-based professor with expertise on the Indigenous people within the justice system, told court.Fregeau accepted testimony from other experts who said Capay suffered permanent memory loss and considerable deterioration in his mental state as a result of his long time in isolation.Crown lawyers had conceded his treatment while incarcerated amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, but said there were steps the court could take to ensure Capay still stood a fair trial. Defence lawyers contended the impacts of his segregation compromised his ability to stand trial or mount a credible defence.Capay’s lawyers said the decision to stay the first-degree murder charge is an indictment of the treatment their client endured.“A stay of proceedings was the only appropriate remedy,” Karen Symes and Adriel Weaver said. “The Crown’s decision not to appeal affirms that conclusion.”The lawyers acknowledged, however, that the decision is “a painful one” for Quisses’ family and community, saying they too suffered “profound harm” due to the actions of corrections officials.Capay’s case prompted the provincial Liberal government of the day to order a review of the use of segregation in jails. It also announced a 15-consecutive-day limit on inmates being held in disciplinary segregation, down from 30.The review, released in 2017, called for an end to indefinite segregation of inmates in the province’s jails, but stopped short of urging an outright ban on the practice.The province’s ombudsman has also urged the government to end indefinite segregation and said no inmate should be kept in isolation for more than 60 days in a year.Correctional Services Minister Sylvia Jones said the Progressive Conservative government respected Fregeau’s decision. Her thoughts were with the Quisses family, she said, noting the government has taken steps to manage inmates more effectively.“We must prevent a similar case from happening again,” she said.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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How The LastPlace Bulls Became The Hottest Team In The East

CHICAGO — After the Bulls sparked controversy in June by trading their franchise star to launch a rebuild, the team’s floor — already below sea level — just kept dropping.In October, only days before the team’s season-opener, forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic clashed during practice, with Mirotic suffering a concussion and fractured bones in his face. In November, the Warriors thrashed Chicago by 49 points — without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Then earlier this month, things seemed to hit a new low. The Bulls, owners of a league-worst 3-20 mark, dropped a 10th-straight game, blowing a 16-point fourth-period lead to the Pacers.Fast forward two weeks, and that same ragtag collection of players who couldn’t buy a win in November is suddenly and mysteriously unbeatable. The Bulls, after blowing out Orlando on Wednesday, are winners of seven straight and own the East’s longest win streak. Only Golden State — 10 in a row — has more. If that seems bizarre … you’re right: Before this, no team in NBA history had ever lost 10 consecutive games (or more) and then rebounded with an immediate win streak of five games or more. Before this Bulls streak, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system1Which, to be fair, doesn’t account for injuries like Mirotic’s. would have given Chicago just a 0.03 percent chance — 3 in 10,000 — of sweeping the seven games it’s won.The turnaround raises two questions for this young club: What, exactly, has changed in such a short amount of time? And are the Bulls at risk of jeopardizing their rebuild and a chance at a good lottery pick by winning too much? The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out Related: The Lab Mirotic’s return is the easiest thing to connect to the Bulls’ streak, considering that it began with his first game back. He’s playing unsustainably well — it’s almost impossible to imagine his continuing to be the NBA’s most efficient high-volume post player while shooting 49 percent from the 3-point line. And he’s averaging 35.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per 100 possessions, which puts him among a handful of superstars in the league posting at least 35 and 10.Part of this is opportunity. Mirotic comes off the bench2When Lauri Markkanen is healthy enough to play. but is clearly the No. 1 option when he’s on the floor. That’s a change from the past, when he had to defer to Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose. But to his credit, Mirotic has made one key change in his game: The 6-foot-10 forward has been more decisive with the ball than in years past. In particular, he has largely shelved a pump fake that often seemed to do the opposite of its intended purpose.According to an analysis published in 2015 by Vantage Sports, Mirotic fired off a shot attempt after using a pump fake more than anyone in the league during the 2014-15 season, yet logged the worst field-goal percentage on those shots among the league’s most frequent pump fakers.3If you broaden the sample by one more year, Mirotic was even worse. He shot just 22 percent from the field after pump fakes over the two-season stretch covering 2014-15 and 2015-16, the worst in the league among players who attempted at least 100 shots after pump fakes in that window. (Unlike Stephen Curry or JJ Redick, who pump-fake their way into cleaner looks by using a side dribble, Mirotic often stood fully stationary and faked his way into a worse shot, which gave defenders extra time to close out on him even further. You can see the difference in the clips below — the first shows a failed pump fake from 2014 and the second, from Wednesday’s game, shows Mirotic shoot in rhythm without any hesitation.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticpumpfake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticquick.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pointing solely at Mirotic’s impact would be oversimplifying the genesis of the streak, though. Kris Dunn — acquired in the Butler trade after posting the league’s worst true-shooting percentage among regulars4Who played 15 minutes per night and in at least 65 games. last season — has settled in nicely as the starting point guard after an initial rough patch. He has been getting to the basket regularly — ranking fourth in the NBA during the Bulls’ win streak, with almost 18 drives per game — and finishing more consistently once he gets there.Quietly, backup shooting guard David Nwaba — who also recently returned after being injured — might be having the strongest influence on the team’s winning. He aggressively pushes the ball in transition, arguably one of the bigger shifts in Chicago’s identity. The Bulls have ranked second in pace during this streak, up from 23rd before it. The 24-year-old generates nearly 32 percent of his offense from transition opportunities, the highest rate in the NBA5Among players who’ve checked into at least 15 games and gotten at least two transition possessions per game. and has scored on an impressive 65 percent of those chances. That and his energy on defense explain Nwaba’s presence in eight of the Bulls’ nine most efficient two-man lineups6With at least 100 minutes played. up to this point.“It’s a lot easier for our team to score in transition instead of having to break down a set defense that’s already set up, so I like to run when I can,” said Nwaba, who is on pace to become the first 6-foot-4 or shorter player7Who has played at least 15 games and 20 minutes per contest. in 30 years to shoot 55 percent or better from the field. That mindset is particularly valuable to a points-starved Bulls team that, even after reeling off seven victories in a row, is essentially tied for last in the league in offensive efficiency.These two plays — in which Nwaba catches opposing players off guard by taking an extra dribble or two into the teeth of the transition defense — are typical of how he generates scores for Chicago.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nwaba.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/extradribble.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The defensive improvement has been noteworthy as of late, too, especially since the Bulls have begun playing lineups with four defenders who can all switch their assignments and having their rim protector play pick-and-rolls less aggressively.But no one — well, except maybe Bulls forward Denzel Valentine — expects Chicago to continue playing at this level. (Tonight, the 10-20 Bulls take on LeBron James and the Cavs, who dominated them in a game just before this streak began.) It’s highly unlikely that the Bulls will maintain their Warriors- or Rockets-like shooting from midrange or that opposing teams will continue bricking wide-open threes against them in late-game scenarios.A quick look at the replies under this tweet (highlighting the Bulls’ streak) shows that Chicago fans are worrying about how this stretch of good basketball could hurt the team’s odds of landing a top lottery pick, a concern that still seems a bit premature considering everything that could take place between now and the end of the season.As good as Mirotic has looked, he has had to split playing time with Lauri Markkanen, the team’s promising first-round draft pick.8Also acquired in the Butler deal, although the Bulls traded their own pick to Minnesota as part of the deal. If Mirotic keeps playing anywhere near this level, the Chicago front office would have a nice asset once his contract becomes tradable9On Jan. 15. — a move that would free up more opportunity for Markkanen, who’s far younger and more athletic than Mirotic and has a similar skill set.Beyond that, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told me and other reporters Wednesday that Zach LaVine is only two or three weeks away from seeing game action after tearing his ACL last season. His presence in the lineup will alter things considerably, for better or worse, as he knocks off the rust.All of this is simply another way of saying: Yes, the Bulls have been on a historic run the past couple of weeks, but they still have a fair number of flaws to work through. And for those worried about what the win streak means for tanking purposes, the educated guess here is that they’ll still lose plenty of games along the way to stay firmly in the lottery conversation.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Mancini the right man for Italy – Criscito

first_imgDomenico Criscito is certain that the Italian FA have made the right decision to appoint Roberto Mancini as the new head coach of the national team and is hopeful of being recalled into the squadThe Italian defender has worked with Mancini at Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian Premier League this season and Criscito was full praise upon learning of his former boss’ appointment.“He’s spectacular, both on a human level and a professional one,” the 31-year-old told Tuttosport, via Football-Italia.“I already knew him before he came to coach here because when he was at Inter he came to find out if I was willing to move to the Nerazzurri.“He knows so much about football but I don’t need to say that, his CV speaks for itself. He’s won wherever he’s gone, from Inter to Manchester City.”He added: “On a human level Mancini is outstanding, our relationship is excellent. I’ll never be able to thank him enough, he taught me football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’m happy they’ve decided to entrust the resurrection of the national team to him, he’s the right man to bring us back to the footballing elite.”Criscito represented Italy in their disastrous World Cup appearance in 2010 and hasn’t played at international level since 2014.But with Mancini now the new manager, the left-back is hopeful of another call-up.“I’ll be honest, I did make some jokes with the boss!,” said Criscito.“All joking aside though, Mancini knows what I can offer, unlike [Giampiero] Ventura who considered Russia to be too far away to come and watch me…“I really hope with all my heart that I’ll have the chance to wear Azzurro again.”last_img read more

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Star GK rejects Napoli to sign with Arsenal

first_imgIt is possible that Bernd Leno could be nearing a move to Arsenal. Petr Cech is now 36 and he couldn’t impress largely enough during the last season.In the same vein, David Ospina is a goalkeeper that provides little faith for Arsenal fans as well as other media speculations trailing the new goalkeeper signing for Arsenal.There are also rumours that the 26-year-old has turned down Napoli, and is at the moment being chased by Atletico Madrid too which could be the reason behind the decision.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Azzurri were more interested in Rui Patricio while Leno reportedly has a €25 million release clause separating him from an exit, too. His agent also claimed, however, that the Bayer Leverkusen star can only have one priority which is the Mannschaft, according to calciomercato.“Bernd is concentrating entirely on the national team, nothing else matters,” he said.“There are several options for his future, which are tested without any hassle, this has not changed today.” “At the moment, Bernd is a player from Bayer Leverkusen, and this has been constant for more than seven years. As soon as there is something else to announce, we will do that.”last_img read more

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Torreira Guendouzi set to complete Arsenal medicals today

first_imgBoth Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are expected to undergo medicals today ahead of their expected moves to Arsenal, reports talkSPORTTorreira has been linked with a move to North London for a while now, but any deal that may have been put in place for his arrival was put on hold due to his participation with Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.However, the Sampdoria midfielder is now free to complete his transfer to Arsenal following Uruguay’s World Cup exit against France last week.Torreira had announced that news himself over his move to Arsenal in an interview with Telenoche.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I would have been very happy to be able to return to Uruguay with my team-mates,” he said.“but this is a fantastic opportunity [to join Arsenal] and I do not want to waste it.”Meanwhile, fellow signing Guendouzi joins from French side for a reported £7m deal with Unai Emery having fended off interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AS Roma and his former club Paris Saint-Germain to sign the 19-year-old.last_img read more

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Felipe Caicedo celebrates Lazio win

The Ecuadorian footballer thinks his team showed “the right mentality” against Cypriot club Apollon Limassol; he wanted to take the penaltyLazio’s Ecuadorian footballer Felipe Caicedo is celebrating the 2-1 win over Cypriot club Apollon Limassol at Stadio Olimpico.To him, his team showed the “right mentality” and also told reporters he wanted to take Ciro Immobile’s penalty kick.“I think we had the right approach, we stepped on to the field with the right mentality,” Caicedo was quoted by Football Italia.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“Apollon play good football and don’t forget they beat FC Basel. They tried to keep the ball in the final 10-15 minutes, but we played well overall.”He talked about how he asked Ciro Immobile if he could take the penalty kick.“I talked to him and usually he takes the penalties. He said that he wanted to take it and that’s where the conversation ended,” he said.“This was my first 90 minutes of the season. I have to find my form and I’m happy that the Coach had faith in me.” read more

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Fabregas says he still has a lot to offer

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer is reportedly set to move to Monaco, and the footballer spoke how he feels right now with the Blues.There have been some reports that Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will move away from the English Premier League to French Ligue 1 club Monaco.And the player feels he still has a lot to give.“It is always something that I have had, and it feels like growing up and getting older, it is one of those things that really does never go away because it is technique,” Fabregas was echoed by Four Four Two.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Physicality goes away from all of us unfortunately when you get older, you lose speed, you lose some sharpness, but technique I think is something that always stays with you when you have something, so hopefully it can stay with me for a very long time yet.”“With the penalty, when I stopped in the middle of my run, I saw the goalkeeper going down and I thought that I had it, so yes, it is unfortunate but the day I did 100 caps for Spain I also missed a penalty!” he explained.“It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years. It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”last_img read more

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Kevino Smith missing person case stretches to 10 weeks

first_img TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Related Items:breezy brea, crimestoppers, grand turk, kevino smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – Ten weeks now since Kevino Smith of Grand Turk went missing; and a report to Magnetic Media yesterday revealed that Police have still not given the family any update on the remains found in an area of Breezy Brae on April 16. Police told media a day after the find, they would not be rushed, that the forensics might be sourced outside of the TCI, that they would not divulge the condition of the body discovered and that potential suspects would be kept under surveillance. The Crime Stoppers reward is still being offered for information in this case; it was last announced at $2,000… again it has been ten weeks since Kevino Smith went missing after an armed confrontation at a home in Breezy Brae, Grand Turk. Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Woman helps beat up Grand Turk senior citizen, police hunting suspectslast_img read more

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Zabaleta reveals West Hams top seven ambitions

first_imgWest Ham United right-back Pablo Zabaleta believes the club is now in pole position to qualify for European football after their 1-0 home win against Arsenal on Saturday.The Hammers’ victory on Saturday put them in 9th place in the league table with just one point behind seventh-placed Watford, and Zabaleta a top-seven finish is within their reach.“I think this is a new project where the club decided to bring an experienced coach, a very successful one and where the club decided to make a big investment, bringing very good players and they want to take a big step forward,” he told the club’s website.“Also, we are playing in this new stadium where we always play in front of 60,000 fans, but we need to be a bit realistic and understand that in this league there are six teams that dominate, that are always in the top and then a few other teams that fight for seventh to qualify for the Europa League.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I believe that West Ham’s goal is that one now. I think we need to find the consistency to be in the top ten and, seeing the club’s potential, it’s a good moment for us.”last_img read more

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Soy Growers to President Obama Critical to Fill CFTC Openings with Ag

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of other major farm and ag stakeholders sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding open seats on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).The CFTC consists of five commissioners appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve staggered five-year terms. The President, with the consent of the Senate, designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. No more than three commissioners at any one time may be from the same political party. There are currently two open seats; one for each party.“Now is a critical time to consider nominating an individual to be Commissioner that has knowledge of agricultural commodity markets and the issues that affect the ability of our sector to use those markets as risk management tools,” the groups state in the letter. “Throughout the agency’s existence there have always been Commissioners that intricately understood agricultural futures markets, as well as policy issues that impact the agricultural sector…With the passage of Dodd-Frank, the CFTC has taken on much more responsibility for overseeing financial markets than in the past. This recently has led to a makeup of the Commission that largely reflects backgrounds and experience in the financial sector.”The letter asks President Obama to “ensure we have at least one Commissioner with a background in, and familiarity with, issues important to production agriculture and agribusiness.” Click here to read the full text of the letter.last_img read more

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Manager Vs Mayor Itll Be Up For The Voters To Decide

first_imgRepresentative Ben Carpenter of Nikiski: “When does it stop? Well, I can tell you it stops when we as individuals put what’s better for our form of government ahead of our personal and political views are.”  Smalley: “It’s not uncommon 12 of 19 boroughs in the state have a manager form of government. I’ve worked in both as an elected official, and a manager form. Both have benefits and drawbacks as well, but this is an opportunity for it to be considered.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough approved an ordinance to move forward with asking the voters if they would prefer more of a borough management style instead of the current mayor style. If passed by the voters the ordinance states that the mayor would still be elected borough-wide, but would no longer be chief administrator. The ordinance faced public criticism at the meeting, many of whom wanted to see a transition plan before being faced with the vote. Duane from Kenai: “This ordinance is just a bad execution of another good idea, I will wager with anyone of you that it will fail. Why? because you don’t’ have a plan.” center_img The question will go on the fall ballot for voters to decide on October 1. Wilma from Nikiski: “I voted for Charlie Pierce for Borough Mayor, I didn’t vote for a manager. We don’t need a Borough Manager and that’s a fact.” The ordinance passed in a close 5 to 4 vote at the assembly meeting on Tuesday. The ordinance was introduced by Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and Assemblyman Hal Smalley.last_img read more

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Updated TEN Shutters Surfing Magazine

first_img While Surfer and Surfing had a shared sales staff, the two titles maintained separate editors. Just how many editors will be brought over from Surfing remains unclear, but Garrett describes the staff going forward as “a strong blend of members of both teams.” TEN: The Enthusiast Network confirmed this week that Surfing — which chronicled surf culture since its first monthly edition went to press in December 1964 — will cease to exist as a distinct brand, its print edition shuttered and its digital assets folded into fellow TEN title (and longtime competitor) Surfer. “Surfer was the logical brand to put everything into as we go forward; it’s always served a larger audience,” Garrett tells Folio:. “But we’re bringing over a lot of the great editorial concepts from Surfing, including some of the key members of the staff, to really round out Surfer moving forward.” After 53 years, Surfing magazine is paddling off into the sunset. “The advertising market in traditional publishing is contracting, especially in areas where your’e dealing with younger demographics,” TEN CEO Scott Dickey tells Folio:. “The idea that brands were going to support multiple titles within a vertical doesn’t make sense anymore. This is a natural contraction of the surf publishing industry. It doesn’t mean those dollars are going away, they’re just going into other distribution channels and other media. That’s where we’re investing.” In an all-too-common refrain reverberating throughout the magazine business, TEN cited consolidation and a pivot toward digital media as the answer to changing demands from consumers and advertisers, preferring to stake its claim on the older and more widely read Surfer, which Norb Garrett, EVP/GM of TEN’s sports and entertainment portfolio, called “the lifelong bible of the sport.” “We’re putting more resources and manpower on creating content in areas where consumers clearly are consuming more — in video, in social, in digital,” adds Garrett. “It is, no doubt, a manifestation of that strategy, and an ongoing one. Experiential events is another channel where we see a lot of opportunity. We’ve got a few really great events that were with Surfing that we can expand and grow.” The news of Surfing’s closure prompted an outpouring of social media consternation from professional and amateur surfers alike, as well as this somewhat bizarre-but-passionate Beachgrit.com eulogy for “the brave little magazine.” Surfline.com’s interview with “surf historian” (and former Surfer editor) Matt Warshaw provides some further insight into Surfing’s lasting impact on the sport and culture it covered for decades. The announcement comes as TEN — which also publishes titles like Motor Trend, Hot Rod, and SLAM, among others — aggressively reinvents itself as a digital-first enthusiast media company, with a particular focus on video content. Its nascent but recently rebranded video production arm, StudioTEN, has grown into a 50-employee operation with a 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio. The company claims an overall audience of 162 million —of which its print magazines account for just 3 percent — and 27 million monthly video views on its branded YouTube channels alone. Founded by Dick Graham, then-editor of the short-lived Petersen’s Surfing, and photographer Leroy Grannis in 1964, the upstart Surfing soon established itself as a formidable competitor to the more well-established Surfer, a rivalry that persisted even after both titles gained a common owner in Primedia, in 2001. Both magazines were sold, along with the rest of Primedia’s action sports portfolio, to Source Interlink in 2007, and both survived that company’s 2014 bankruptcy and subsequent rebirth as TEN. This story was updated on January 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm.last_img read more

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Sri Lankan tourist police asked to learn Hindi

first_imgSri Lanka’s inspector general of Police Pujith Jayasundara said on Monday that 25 new police posts will be set up covering all main the tourist spots across the country for visitors’ security. And police personnel have been asked to learn Hindi.The decision was taken after discussions with the chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Xinhua news agency quoted Jayasundara as saying.He said a new uniform would be introduced to the Tourist Police Division.In a few years, the tourism sector was expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force, Jayasundara said.”Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training. In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” Jayasundara said.Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, once heavily scarred by a 30-year ethnic conflict, has become one of the leading industries after it was dubbed one of the world’s greatest tourist hot spots by several international publications.last_img read more

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I was stuck in middle of A34 with traffic zooming past Disabled

first_imgThe dropped kerb was blocked by a parked car The Highway Code’s Rule 243 states that you should ‘not stop or park where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles, or where it would obstruct cyclists except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.’ Parking a vehicle fully or partially across a dropped kerb is classed as an obstruction and either the police or local council can enforce the contravention. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDisabled Sheila Gatehouse was left stranded on her mobility scooter in the middle of a busy dual carriageway – after someone parked a car over the dropped kerb of a pedestrian crossing. The 64-year-old was stuck in the island half-way across the A34 for 30 minutes, until two kind passers-by lifted her and her scooter onto the opposite pavement. Mrs Gatehouse had been for a check-up at the Royal Stoke University Hospital after being discharged following a two-week admission with a chest infection and flu. She said: “I was going for a check-up in the heart and lung department. When I got there, the car wasn’t on the crossing. “After my appointment, I was on the pelican crossing opposite Entrance One, on the A34. I got to the central reservation and I saw the car. There was no point trying to cross any further because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get up the kerb. ‘I was there for half an hour…’ “I was there for half an hour. It was freezing and I was getting so frustrated. I couldn’t go back, I had traffic coming on both sides of me. I just wanted to get home.” Punter found hiding in bushes Andy Day, coordinator at North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention, said any motorist obstructing a dropped kerb could cause havoc for people dependent on a wheelchair or mobility scooter. He said: “I would issue a plea to people who are able-bodied and do not have to think about things like this for themselves to think about the needs of others who are less able to get about. “Please be mindful of the difficulties some people have.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Sheila was stuck in the middle of the A34 for half an hour Mrs Gatehouse, who lives at Norwich Place, in Clayton, says she called the police on 101 to report the Black Astra and the fact she was stranded on January 21. She says she was advised there would be a wait before anyone could go to the scene. She said: “In the end, two strangers who were crossing helped me. They were two big, strong men – they needed to be because they lifted my scooter with me on it. I’m very grateful to them, I don’t know what I would have done without them. Read MoreNew cameras set to launch in Stoke-on-Trent that can catch YOU speeding from a kilometre away   “The car was parked all across the crossing, on the pavement and on the road. It had a sticker in the window that said something like they worked for the NHS and were exempt, but that doesn’t give them the right to park like that. “Whoever did it is an idiot, it should have been towed away.” Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

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French public service workers strike again over job cuts

first_img Tuesday, May 22, 2018 French public service workers strike again over job cuts Tags: France, Strike By: The Associated Press PARIS — French public services workers have gone on strike as part of their protest a government plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2022.In a joint call, nine unions are also seeking higher wages and are denouncing the increasing use of short-term contracts in public services.This is the third nationwide strike of public workers since French president Emmanuel Macron came into power last May. In his campaign for the presidency, Macron promised to reduce public spending and overhaul the country’s labour laws.Hundreds of flights to and from France have also been cancelled as French air traffic controllers have joined the movement.The government is in discussions with unions about the plans and has said it intends to legislate on its labour reforms next year. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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