TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.”
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fansby Chris Beattie20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: The timing couldn’t have been worse. He’d set himself up for a right hammering. Mockery. Scorn. Take your pick. This decision from Ed Woodward to go public for the first time in his six years in charge at Manchester United was, ahem, courageous…But in the end fortune, inevitably, favoured the brave. That interview with the United We Stand fanzine. Just weeks after a lengthy and open address to shareholders. It was no PR job. If it had been, the publishing and roll out of it would not have happened over the past week. And thanks to a strong performance from the players against runaway leaders Liverpool on Sunday, there was little room for the cynics to pore over and twist Woodward’s words into another never before considered reason why United are in the state that it is.Of course a thumping at home – and to the club’s most bitter of rivals – could’ve led to a very different reaction. But it can be argued the backlash would not have been as bad as anything that flashed across Woodward’s mind.So the message to United’s vice-chairman exec should be: more of the same please. As mentioned, Woodward has said more publicly in the past month than the support have heard from him for the past six years. And the club, the fans and their relationship are better for it. After Woodward’s conference with United shareholders last month, this column encouraged him to speak more publicly. Our idea was a regular spot on the club’s in-house TV channel. But he went one better.Bypassing the media. Ducking their filter. Woodward went straight to the most valuable stakeholders of them all. And reading through the interview, it appears next to nothing was off limits.And the result is – or at least should be – a far happier supporter base and a less tense atmosphere around the club. Woodward did go into detail – deep detail – on various topics: the overhaul of the scouting team, the position of the Glazers, even the three-year scouting process of Daniel James. And fans should be examining everything carefully. Woodward was effectively giving you the blueprint of what United are now working from.Mistakes had been made. Problems had been allowed to grow, “…recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years”. But a line’s now been drawn. The plan has been drawn up and put into action. The gist of it being, as this column’s sources have insisted since Christmas, United are going back to their roots. Their traditions.Discussing the prototype of today’s Manchester United signing, Woodward echoed the words of Dave McPherson, the former Hearts and Rangers captain, when discussing with this column the players of his era. It was about being “humble, but arrogant too”. In other words, United are rightly looking back to go forward.As Woodward said, “…we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured.”Essentially, Woodward was putting a bit more meat on the bones he offered shareholders – as it should be. And as much as the support can feel a little better about knowing the club’s plans; by being so open about their new approach Woodward also helps his manager in his work.Just as he did on that conference call, Woodward spelt out the reasons for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment and the board’s expectations. Which are fundamentally based around the long-term.”As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back,” said Woodward, revealing he had actually read the recently released book of United’s assistant coach.“Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” Which effectively puts paid to all that talk about Max Allegri’s English lessons. The situation around Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. Plus any old tenuous link between United and the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann et al. The stories will be raised and floated. But they’ll also have a hollow ring to them. All thanks to Woodward’s words. Again, the club is in a better state thanks to the vice-chairman going public.This interview was a service to the support. Every United fan that reads it is better informed and has a more clear understanding of where the club wants to go. It may’ve been courageous, but it was needed.And no matter the timing or circumstances Woodward – for the good of Manchester United – needs to do more of it.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.
New Delhi: Opposition leaders on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing politics over scientists’ achievements while some parties complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code. Taking a swipe at Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, “Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Modi’s announcement was “limitless drama and publicity mongering”, amounting to “gross violation” of the model code of conduct. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said Modi got himself an hour of free TV and diverted nation’s attention away from issues on the ground. “Today Narendra Modi got himself an hour of free TV and divert(ed) nation’s attention away from issues on ground Unemployment Rural crisis and womens security by pointing at the sky,” he tweeted. BSP supremo Mayawati accused Modi of playing politics over India’s anti-satellite missile capability.
Kolkata: A 19-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her in-laws here on Saturday. Local residents caught them red-handed while they were trying to dispose of the body.According to local residents, Arpita Sen of Joynagar got married to Sanjay Sen of Pravat Pally in Narendrapur approximately one year ago. It is alleged that the Arpita’s in-laws had received a lot of money and jewellery as dowry at the time of marriage. But they kept torturing her for more money. A source informed that recently Arpita’s in-laws had demanded Rs 2 lakh from her. She had also informed her father about her in-laws’ demand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThough her father knew about the torture and the demands he only tried to convince his son-in-law to not to torture his daughter. But the convincing did not work. Despite Arpita’s father committed to provide the money, Arpita’s in-laws kept torturing her. She was supposed to go to her father’s house on Poila Boisakh. But before that on Saturday morning her in-laws started beating her. Some of the neighbours even heard Arpita crying and they reached the house and told Arpita’s in-laws not to torture her. But in the afternoon Arpita was beaten up again. This time, she could not bear the torture and reportedly died because of severe physical assault. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the evening, when Arpita’s in-laws tried to remove the body from the house with the possible intention to dump it somewhere, the neighbours saw them. Immediately, they rushed into house and found Arpita dead. The police were immediately informed. Local residents claimed that several injury marks could be seen on Arpita’s body. Later, three members of the Sen family were arrested on charges of murder and domestic violence. Some neighbours have also ransacked the house of the Sen family demanding stringent action against them. Despite strict action by the police and strong laws against dowry demand, several deaths due to the social evil are reported from various parts of the country.
Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young — as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected.
The Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.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.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️ https://t.co/VscalqhBul pic.twitter.com/YY7khDuqnl— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019
Newcastle United left-back Paul Dummett was gutted to concede a late goal at Watford in their 1-1 draw but says he’s optimistic of facing United in the next game.Newcastle United were well on their way to their third away victory in the Premier League this season after Rondon Salomon gave them the lead in the 29th minute.But eight minutes from time, substitute Abdoulaye Doucouré scored to salvage a point for Watford.The Magpies face Manchester United next on Wednesday, and Dummett fancies their chances against the Red Devils as they look to put the disappointment of the Watford game behind them.“After leading for so much of the game, working hard as a team and defending well, for them to score in the 82nd minute is really disappointing,” Dummett told nufc.co.uk.“The manager said before that every game is a cup final – we wanted three points, but every point we take is another point on the board.“They had a lot of the ball in the first half before we scored our goal. They had a lot of possession in the second half, as well, but they didn’t really cause us much of a threat until their man got free in the box and they scored.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s disappointing not to hold out and pick up the three points, but we have to be positive and move on to the next game.“Last season, we beat Manchester United and went on a bit of a run after that, and hopefully we can achieve the same as that this season.“They’ve got a new manager and they’ve won a few games, so their confidence will be high coming to play against us.“But, I think Manchester United have always found it hard playing at St. James’ Park against us.“We’ll be doing our best to try and take points off them – hopefully three – and hopefully kick on the same as we did last season.”
SANDAG executive director announces retirement after report claims inaccuracies in revenue projections
Posted: August 8, 2017 SANDAG executive director announces retirement after report claims inaccuracies in revenue projections SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The executive director of SANDAG — Gary Gallegos — has decided to retire. This comes after a scathing report on his administrative team making seriously mistaken projections on the revenue generated by a failed Measure A. The report found that his team knew of the inaccurate projections, failed to come forward quickly, and failed to be transparent about the half cent sales tax projections.Now he is retiring, claiming with the investigation concluded, his work is done.”I apologize for not announcing the news sooner – I wanted to discuss the announcement with board leadership. I was able to do that today,” Gallegos said.Gallegos has overseen SANDAG for 16 years. His retirement will occur before the year ends. August 8, 2017 , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter