10 months agoGenoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United wing-back Achraf Lazaar is closer to a return to January.Lazaar spent last season on-loan at Benevento.And TMW says Genoa and Frosinone are now in contact about bringing Lazaar back to Serie A next month.Both Serie A clubs would seek to take the 26 year-old on-loan.Lazaar has been frozen out by Toon boss Rafa Benitez this season as he has been encouraged to find himself a new club. last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these days

first_imgTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these daysby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says they know they face a new Manchester United this weekend.Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side have regained their confidence with five wins on the spin since appointment last month.Alderweireld said, “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before. “We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”Alderweireld insisted the Spurs team enjoy coming up with the answers to defy their critics.He said: “We have a hungry group who want to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”Alderweireld also insisted there is more to come from the Spurs team.He went on: “I think we don’t have to look too much to the past just our performances recently.“We have done well against the top six teams but of course we can improve and that is what we try to do every day. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Owners Frustrated by Royal Arsenals Continuing Detention

first_imgOwners, managers and insurers of the Royal Arsenal, a Handymax bulker which was involved in the deadly collision with a vessel owned/operated by the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) in August 2017, have voiced their frustration over the vessel’s continued detention at Umm Qasr in Iraq.The Handymax was underway to new owners in China with the compulsory Iraqi pilot on board supervising the navigation, when it collided with the dive support craft Al Misbar, which was being used to ferry port employees from an offshore oil terminal. The Al Misbar overturned and many of the 23 passengers and 8 crew were trapped in the hull. At the time of the incident, the dive support vessel was being navigated by the boat master’s assistant who was standing in because the master was on leave.Despite the rescue efforts of the GCPI salvage teams, 21 personnel died.“In keeping with the collision regulations, the Royal Arsenal made a slight turn to starboard to keep in the channel and the Al Misbar should have passed along the port side of the Royal Arsenal. However, it veered to port across the bow of the Royal Arsenal shortly before the collision. The Iraqi pilot and master of the Royal Arsenal took evasive action but the Al Misbar’was struck by the bulbous bow or the Royal Arsenal and capsized,”  a statement from the owners and managers reads.The collision occurred in the narrow ship channel between Iraq and Kuwait, an area known locally as the “Devils Channel”.Collision aftermathAfter the collision, the Royal Arsenal returned to Umm Qasr port for a judicial investigation. According to a GCPI report, the bulker was 75 pct liable for the incident, however, the owners claim that the navigation and other regulatory breaches were on the account of the Al Misbar.Iraq’s Transport Minister, Kazem Finjan, has directed that compensation be paid to the victims’ families, which in addition to a cash payment from the GCPI includes land for a new home and employment at the GCPI for a family member. Accrued retirement benefits will also be paid.As informed, the families have made large claims for additional compensation from the Royal Arsenal, whilst the GCPI is yet to quantify any of their alleged claims.“Since the incident, no quantified claims have been filed at court or requests for security presented and the vessel has been forced to remain at Umm Qasr,” the statement adds.“GCPI appears to be compounded due to the report that the reinsurers of the Al Misbar have raised issues in relation to how the vessel was operated/managed as the vessel was not a designated transportation vessel.”The owners and West of England P&I Club have voiced their intention to settle all the claims arising from the incident, nevertheless, discussions to date have not been successful since the demands of the claimants have far exceeded the value of the Royal Arsenal.The master of the vessel Royal Arsenal was detained pending further investigation and released on bail after three days.  The entire crew of the vessel, counting 22 mariners, is said to be stuck in Iraq since.The owners said that little substantive progress has been made before the local courts and in appeals to the Court of Cassation in Baghdad. As a result, the owners are launching proceedings before International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg based on breaches of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by the Iraqi authorities.“It is deeply regrettable that a functioning maritime state such as Iraq who wishes to be regarded as such by the international maritime community is so dysfunctional and unable to address such claims properly and in accordance with international practice and the UN Conventions. We felt that other operators should be made aware of the problems and losses we have incurred because we traded the vessel to an Iraqi Port,” Roy Khoury, Managing Director of the Blue Fleet Group, the vessel’s manager, said.“Our crew and representatives have not been able to leave Iraq, even for a crew change, and faced threats of violence. Moreover, the vessel has been placed at anchor in a narrow tidal channel in close proximity to passing ships and the GCPI are oblivious to the dangers this creates.”“This is in clear violation of Iraq’s obligations under UN treaties. Despite the Transport Minister declaring last August that he was going to be personally involved, so far his involvement has been ineffective and no one at the GCPI is prepared to make a decision. As a result, we are unable to either post security or resolve the claims to the benefit of the claimants, and allow the vessel and her crew to depart Iraq.”Image Courtesy: MTI Networklast_img read more

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Voters give Winnipeg mayor second term say no to Portage and Main

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg residents have voted to retain their mayor and keep the city’s landmark intersection closed to pedestrians.Brian Bowman was elected to a second term Wednesday night, handily beating second-place Jenny Motkaluk, a business consultant who made her first attempt at the mayor’s chair.Voters also cast ballots in a non-binding plebiscite on whether to re-open the intersection of Portage Ave. and Main St. to foot traffic, and rejected the idea by nearly a two-to-one margin.Bowman said he voted to open the corner — a windy gateway to the West which has been featured in song and postage — but will respect the outcome of the plebiscite.“I’m not going to apologize for listening to Winnipegers and they spoke today pretty clearly,” Bowman said after his victory speech.Bowman campaigned in 2014 on a promise to open the intersection. But the idea ran into opposition from residents who said the move would cost millions of dollars and add to traffic tie-ups. He backtracked on his promise and backed a councillor who wanted the matter put to a plebiscite.Concrete barriers have kept the downtown corner off-limits to crossings on foot for 39 years. Some residents said opening it would make the area more vibrant, boost business and be more accommodating to people with mobility issues.Currently, people who want to cross the streets must walk a long block in either direction or navigate an underground circle that can confuse visitors. Access via elevators after business hours can be touch-and-go, and some people have expressed fear for their safety in the dark stairwells and walkways.Vote Open Winnipeg, a group formed in the summer to push for the opening of the intersection, was disappointed with the result.“We hope that future city councils will see the light and see the benefits of pedestrian traffic in the heart of our city,” spokesman Adam Dooley said.Across Manitoba, eight rural communities, including Winkler and Steinbach, were holding plebiscites on whether to allow cannabis stores to open within their boundaries.Some mayoral offices remained unchanged.In Brandon, the province’s second-largest city, Rick Chrest was acclaimed for another term because no one ran against him. Winkler Mayor Martin Harder was unopposed as well.In Portage la Prairie, incumbent mayor Irvine Ferris was re-elected over Erik Lee, a former construction company owner who jumped into the race days before the deadline.last_img read more

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Blake Griffin Gets 95 Million Extension From Clippers

Blake Griffin said he did not want to leave the Los Angeles Clippers and it looks like he will be the centerpiece of the franchise —  and wrecking rims in L.A —  for years to come.The powerful and explosive power forward agreed to a five-year extension with the Clippers worth as much as $95 million if he is voted an All-Star starter again or named to a second All-NBA team next season under the so-called “Derrick Rose Rule” in the new collective bargaining agreement.“I feel good about them (the Clippers),” Griffin told ESPNLosAngeles last weekend at Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas. “Like I’ve said, everything’s been positive. Everything’s been moving forward. It’s been a good experience. I’m not a believer in breaking up something that’s working.”The Rose rule allows a player finishing his rookie contract to make 30 percent of a team’s salary cap — up from 25 percent — if he’s twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award.Under another clause in the new CBA, rookies may extend their contracts by four years. However, a team may designate one player to sign a five-year extension.Griffin was always going to be the Clippers’ designated player, according to sources within the organization. However, had Eric Gordon not been traded to the New Orleans Hornets last December as part of the Chris Paul trade, it might have created a problem.With Griffin the only player on the Clippers’ roster in line for such an extension and his place in the league firmly established — he was the rookie of the year in 2011, as well as a two-time All-Star — he will receive the designation.Griffin’s extension would begin with the 2013-14 season. He would be able to opt out of the final season of the contract but is otherwise committed to the franchise through 2018.Since drafting Griffin No. 1 overall in 2009, the Clippers have tried to surround him with a mix of talented young players and veterans that could help him succeed and the franchise to win. read more

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Football Ohio State coaches mostly rated meets expectation in 2016 performance reviews

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State football coaches, including coach Urban Meyer and each assistant coach who remains on the staff from the 2016 season, either exceeded or met expectations in their overall ratings, according to performance evaluations obtained by The Lantern through a public-records request.Meyer was reviewed by Athletics Director Gene Smith while Meyer evaluated every assistant coach. The reviews were conducted in June. Each assistant coach rated himself in a variety of categories and added comments and goals with input from Meyer. The head coach added overall comments at the bottom of the documents.Reviews of former co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck and former co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner were not completed because they departed before reviews took place. Urban MeyerDespite reaching the College Football Playoff, Meyer received a “performance meets expectations” when determining the competitive success of the program. “Reaching the CFP represents another milestone!” Smith wrote in Meyer’s review.Meyer earned an overall rating of “exceeds expectations.” He was given exceptionally high reviews for Ohio State’s off-field performance. “The academic performance of all students represented the best in many years,” Smith wrote. “Embedded with that is the ever growing positive culture. The young men represent the highest character almost across the board. Urban’s continued approach as an excellent community engager (all communities) is significant for the entire university.”According Smith’s review, Meyer’s performance exceeded expectations in the academic success of the program, commitment to compliance, “student-athlete welfare,” leadership and “public relations/donor relations.”  The head coach met, but did not exceed, expectations with his communication and budget management.Smith noted that Meyer should continue to strive for a team GPA of above 3.0, which, according to Meyer’s contract, would result in the coach receiving a $50,000 bonus. Meyer was told to continue to focus on “cultural and behavioral issues all students face,” to “think outside of the box on education about these issues” and to recruit “the most talented and gifted players and put them in position to win championships.” Greg SchianoDespite having only worked with the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach for one season, Meyer called defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano the “best coach I’ve worked with.”Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano shakes hands with players prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.In his first year with Ohio State last season, Schiano worked with Fickell as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He is one of two coaches to give himself a five out of five — which means he exceeded expectations — in his overall rating as a coach.Unsurprisingly, given first-round draft pick Malik Hooker’s ascendance last season, Schiano earned positive comments from Meyer based on his unit’s strength and performance, development of his unit, and recruiting. The head coach also gave Schiano positive reviews for his leadership of the defensive staff, creativity in the system, loyalty and his demand of accountability.Schiano positively evaluated his unit’s productivity, position productivity, player development, teaching methods, “thirst for knowledge” and “selfless recruiting.” The defensive coordinator noted he should work on patience, enlisting Meyer’s support earlier in the recruiting cycle and turning administrative paperwork in on time.Larry JohnsonOhio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson walks to the practice field at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Having developed and recruited one of the more dominant units in college football, it comes as no surprise that defensive line coach Larry Johnson was the second of the two assistant coaches who gave himself a five out of five overall rating, which means the coach exceeded expectations.Johnson earned positive comments from Meyer for his recruiting, player development, unit performance, loyalty, ability to get players to the NFL, “expertise at his trade” and his motivation of the team. Meyer wrote that Johnson should use his motivational skills more often.In the review, Meyer noted Johnson needed to work on continuing to develop young players and enhance defensive game planning.Kerry CoombsCornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, whom Meyer calls an “elite coach,” earned high marks for his productivity and development of his players on the field. Coombs determined the cornerback play was “very effective” and highlighted the development of first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs fires up the team prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Coombs rated his recruiting as exceeding expectations and Meyer listed it as a positive. The cornerback coach noted the Buckeyes had a “very good [2017] class both in area recruiting and position recruiting.” But Meyer also noted Coombs had “too many misses in recruiting.”Given the loss of Lattimore and Conley, Meyer noted Coombs needed to work on development of young players and said it would be key for the 2017 season. He mentioned Coombs needed to continue enhancing special teams and work on game planning due to his additional responsibilities as assistant coordinator, defense.The head coach listed Coombs’ loyalty, special teams enhancement and motivation, enthusiasm and energy in all aspects of the program, staff chemistry, leadership of the freshman class and unit performance as positives.Coombs wrote that even though punt, kick return and kickoff units reached “Ohio State Standards” last season, the Buckeyes’ punt return must improve this year. The special teams coordinator also noted that Tyler Durbin, a walk-on kicker, exceeded expectations and punter Cameron Johnston was honored as first-team All-Big Ten. Zach SmithThough wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith wrote his goals were to be the “Best in America” as a recruiter, wide receiver coach, unit leader and staff member, he was the only two coaches to give himself a three out of five — meaning he marginally met expectations — on his productivity and development of his players on the field.Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Meyer wrote that Smith needed to work on the unit behavior, referring to “last year failures.” He also mentioned Smith needed to work on his unit strength, “equating the meeting room,” “personal matters,” “focusing on the task” and special teams.Smith earned positive comments for his creativity in recruiting, with his unit and the offense as a whole. Meyer noted Smith’s knowledge of the offense as a positive, but said he needed to use it. The receiver coach’s recruiting, adaptivity to new coordinators and enhancement of his unit’s offseason schedules, were positively evaluated by Meyer.The wideout coach wrote that he should enhance his productivity in recruiting, with the goal to “be the best.”Tony AlfordRunning backs coach and assistant head coach for offense Tony Alford gave himself a four out of five, meeting expectations for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Running back Mike Weber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016 when he rushed for 1,096 yards. But Alford noted he needs to get more production from the backup running backs.Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Alford earned positive reviews for his recruiting, “development of his unit,” loyalty, staff chemistry and “preaching of Ohio State culture.” Meyer noted that he has had “zero issues” with the running backs off the field and mentioned the unit had a strong cohesion.According to Meyer’s review, the third-year Ohio State assistant coach must work on “equating the meeting room,” game-planning, speaking in front of the team and becoming the best in the country.Alford wrote that one of his goals is to continue on the path of professional growth in order to obtain a head coaching job. He also listed having his unit held in high regard by the team and coaching staff as a goal.Greg StudrawaThough two players — right guard Billy Price and center Pat Elflein — earned first-team All-American honors last season, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa gave himself either a three or four out of five (both were circled on the evaluation) in terms of his overall rating as a coach.Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.He evaluated himself as a three out of five — marginally meeting expectations — for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Studrawa wrote he needs the unit to improve pass protection and finish blocks more consistently. The need for improvement extended off the field as the offensive line coach evaluated himself as marginally meeting expectations for his off-field social productivity and development, writing he needs to “continue to stress social behavior.”Studrawa wrote that his goals are to have the best offensive line in the country, improve at staying involved in players’ lives outside of football and a continuation of leadership development.Studrawa earned high marks from Meyer for his passion, creativity and productivity in recruiting, as well as his caring for players and family involvement.According Meyer’s review, the offensive line coach must work on improving his unit’s culture, specifically its toughness and fundamentals. Meyer also noted Studrawa needs to work on improving “unit pride,” his value in the offensive staff room, “ownership and understanding of the offense,” and his relationships with the staff, including strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Meyer also mentioned Studrawa need to work on his use of sarcasm. There is “no place for it,” Meyer wrote.View the full performance evaluations here: Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, Larry Johnson, Kerry Coombs, Zach Smith, Tony Alford, Greg Studrawa read more

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Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more

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KNWR Wrapping Up Slash Burning Today

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting slash pile burning today in Sterling. The piles are a result of thinning along the Refuge boundary, a portion of the Sterling Fuel Break. According to the Refuge, the fuel break is intended to provide protection to the residents and infrastructure around Sterling, as well as give managers more decision space to make more informed decisions about wildfires that occur in the area.center_img The burning began on Tuesday, December 11, and is expected to be completed today.last_img read more

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