Ethics, purpose of David Patterson’s trip

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past two days, there has been a back and forth between the People’s Progressive Party and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Facebook. On Thursday, the PPP’s official page carried an assertion that China International Contractors had made a deposit of US$9000 into Minister Patterson’s personal account.Early on Friday, AFC Treasurer Dominic Gaskin, speaking at his party’s press conference, said he would put his neck on a block that US$9000 was never deposited by China International Contractors into the personal bank account of Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson on February of 2017.However, on Friday evening, Patterson replied to the PPP via Facebook to confirm that a deposit was made into his account by China International Contractors as asserted. His explanation was that the deposit was reimbursement for his travel expenses to the Seventh International Investment and Construction Forum in Macao, China, and this arrangement was approved by Cabinet.Quite apart from the loss to Dom’s body, this answer raises many questions as to the ethics and purpose of Patterson’s trip. It is a legend that Singapore stamped out corruption at the very top by jailing a Minister who accepted a paid vacation, in contrast, we have our Cabinet approving the acceptance of a ‘free’ trip by a Minister who routinely makes decisions which are vital to our public infrastructure.Is there any public report or record submitted by Patterson of his activities at this conference? Given that two massive contracts were awarded to Chinese companies for provision of service to GPL – one was more than a billion dollars over the engineer’s estimate and the other exceeded the nearest bid by a billion also – GPL falls under the Minister’s purview; can we ask if these companies also attended the forum in Macao? Given that there was a massive reduction in the deliverables of the CJIA expansion project, a ‘fixed price’ contract and a bewildering increase in payment to a Chinese firm, can we ask if China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) was also present in Macao? And if so, were there any talks with Minister Patterson?Going forward, it would be useful for Minister Patterson to respond to assertions via the recognised press and provision of proof of “prompt” remittance to MARAD as claimed to be provided. A provision against acceptance of ‘free’ anything by Ministers of Government should be written into the much vaunted APNU/AFC Ministers’ Code of Conduct, for it seems the basics of ethics and common sense have evaded the Cabinet; today also saw another AFC Minister, Cathy Hughes, assert that the citizens of the country are corrupt to explain her lack of remorse that a company she owns was awarded Government contracts without due process.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Williamson returns Origi to Stars fold

first_img0Shares0000Lillestrome keeper, Arnold Origi has been included in Harambee Stars foreign based list. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, August 12- Norway-based first choice keeper, Arnold Origi is among the 17 foreign based players called-up by Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson, for the second 2017 AFCON qualifier against 2012 winners Zambia in Nairobi.Origi missed the 1-1 opening draw away to Congo Brazzaville after his invitation letter to Lillestrom from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) arrived late and joins a list that includes record scorer, Dennis Oliech and defensive midfielder, MacDonald Mariga whose recalls to the side were earlier confirmed by the Scot. In the run up to their departure for Congo, it emerged Stars would not have their first choice keeper, Origi in goal with reports initially claiming he had ditched Kenya for Norway where he plies with his trade with Lillestrome.The custodian came out to fray FKF for denying him a chance to feature in the game after sending the release letter to his Norwegian club late.“But this is not the reason for my absence for this important game. The reason is that the letter to ask for my release from my club was sent very late and therefore, my club just simply said no.“I tried pleading because that was the only thing in my power to do but there was no chance and I don’t think there was ever going to be a chance of them releasing me for the game,” the keeper said in a lengthy statement at the time.“Well done boys. Deserved point away from home. You did what was required, to get something from the game. You should be proud,” Origi wrote on his official Twitter account after the team held Congo to catapult Kenya to top of Group E after Zambia and Guinea Bissau played to a barren stalemate in Lusaka.Other members of the squad, according to FKF chief executive, Michael Esakwa, will be released later ahead of the September 6 clash against the Chipolopolo in Nairobi.“The coach has given the preliminary list of foreign-based players within the 15 day window so that we can communicate to their clubs for their release,” Esakwa is quoted in FKF’s website.“The entire list will be released in due course but we just had to ensure that no player in the coach’s plans is unavailable due to late notification to their club.”Captain and EPL side midfield lynchpin, Victor Wanyama, a younger sibling to Mariga will lead the foreign cast with US-based defender, Lawrence Olum also earning a recall.Cecafa Kagame Cup champions, Azam FC striker, Allan Wanga, who is currently mourning the demise of his mother and South Africa PSL side Amazulu’s Paul Werem who has not seen action after his mooted loan move to local champions Gor Mahia collapsed are also in the line-up alongside defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’.Others are Zambia-based David ‘Calabar’ Owino, Jacob Keli, Ayub Timbe and Anthony Akumu as well as South Africa-based defender Brian Mandela. Clifton Miheso and Johanna Omollo are also included.“We are aware that some of the players may have picked injuries but we are hopeful that they can be ready for the match by the time September 6 approaches but the final word and choice rests with the coach.“He (Williamson) will release the list of locally-based players by next week so that the squad is complete to report to camp on (August) 31st,” the federation CEO added.LISTArnold Origi – Lillestrom (Norway)Brian Mandela – Maritzburg United (South Africa)David Owino – Zesco United (Zambia)David Ochieng – Al Tawoon (Saudi Arabia)Lawrence Olum – MalaysiaMacdonald Mariga – FC Parma (Italy)Paul Were – Amazulu (South Africa)Ayub Timbe – SK Lierse (Belgium)Clifton Miheso – VPS FC (Finland)Anthony Akumu – Al Khartoum (Sudan)Victor Wanyama – Southampton FC (England)Johanna Omollo – Royal Antwerp FC (Belgium)Dennis Oliech – Al Nasser (Saudi Arabia)Jacob Kelli – Nkana Red Devils (Zambia)Allan Wanga – Azam FC (Tanzania)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rivalry adds spice to dull NBA

first_imgLOS ANGELES – This one was a hoot. Lakers vs. Heat. Star power on (and off) the court, blood feuds, monstrous egos, more subplots than “War and Peace.” If more NBA games were like this one, the league wouldn’t be trailing baseball and football in domestic sports popularity. Well, not baseball, anyway. Kobe vs. Shaq, Jax vs. Riles, The Glove vs. Lamar. It was tons of fun. And that was even before the teams got on the court. Shaquille O’Neal approached Kobe Bryant during pregame stretching and shook his hand. For the first time since Shaq was shipped to Miami in the summer of 2004 and began telling anyone who would listen that Evil Kobe had run him, Phil Jackson and Michael Jackson out of town. Beginning a feud that turned into the NBA’s answer to the Cold War and drove TV ratings for their biannual meetings. Within minutes, the same folks who applauded Shaq’s detente with Kobe booed the big (and getting bigger) guy constantly, The Big Peacemaker having morphed into Goliath. They also let Gary “The Glove” Payton have it, in part because he trash-talked the usually sedate Lamar Odom into spluttering rage in the Christmas game back in Miami. In part because Payton was part of the 2003-04 Lakers Fab Four who failed so miserably against the Pistons in the NBA Finals. The flop that prompted Jerry Buss (not Kobe) to break up the team. Ah, yes, the game. The Lakers looked like a playoffs team, maybe even a conference-finals team for a half, rolling to a 57-42 lead. Odom scored 15 points in the first 24 minutes, one of those spurts when he played as if he might really be Scottie Pippen to Kobe’s Michael Jordan. The out-of-the-blue highlight was Shaq vs. Andrew Bynum, the Lakers’ kid 7-footer. Bynum riled The Big Touchy back in June, when the Lakers drafted him at the age of 17. Bynum said he patterned his game after O’Neal except that he made his free throws, always a sore spot with O’Neal. Shaq responded by calling Bynum a juvenile delinquent, presumably for skipping college. Anyway, foul trouble on Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown prompted Jackson to send his rarely used teenager out against Shaq, and everyone feared for Bynum’s health. Particularly when Shaq skied over Bynum and violently dunked a putback as Childe Andrew was sent sprawling. Then, at the other end, Kobe tossed the ball into Bynum, posted low against Shaq, and you wondered what good could possibly come from that. Then Bynum spun past O’Neal and threw down a monster dunk, such an astounding sight that 18,997 fans leaped out of their seats. Bynum was so “amped up,” by his own admission, that after galloping to the other end of the court, he leaned into Shaq, already ticked off and embarrassed. Who responded by tossing his right elbow into Bynum’s jaw. Double technical. Shaq for throwing the elbow; Bynum for tugging on Superman’s cape. Miami made a second-half run behind Dwyane Wade, who is so good you wonder how a team with him and O’Neal, even on the back side of his career, doesn’t win every night out. The Heat cut it to three before Bryant did his thing, delighting fans by bombing in three long jumpers over Payton, onetime defensive whiz, and the Lakers had won, 100-92. Shaq eventually emerged from the trainer’s room, his home away from home, where he had been chatting with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and told reporters he had made nice with Kobe because NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell had told him to, in a meeting in Seattle. Apparently, not because the Kobester is just plain lovable and Shaq finally had tumbled to that. He said the booing didn’t hurt him (yeah, right). “A sign of respect,” he said in the barely audible Shaq mumble. Bryant said he was glad Shaq laid some skin on him, noting it was right and proper on Martin Luther King Day for two African American sports icons to shake and make up. Bynum was still a little giddy, suggesting that one dunk had shown Shaq he wasn’t a kid to be trifled with. This, from a guy with 153 career NBA minutes vs. the league’s most dominant player for a decade. Riley bemoaned the abuse O’Neal gets on the court (“Nobody is as beat up as he is.”), an observation limited only to Shaq’s current coach, teammates and fans. The rest of the world sees The Big Pushy as a graceless lug. Including, now, Lakers fans. (Thanks for the three championship banners, Shaq, but you play for Miami now.) And everyone went home happy. Even those folks who pay $1,000 for their tickets. It was entertainment with a capital E, outsized personalities, unpredictable events, with astounding athleticism added to the mix. If every NBA game could be like this But the league has too many clubs without stars or tradition or cachet (Atlanta, Charlotte, Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, Orlando, Toronto, et al). And a batch more in a down cycle (New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc.). If NBA commissioner David Stern watched this one, he probably went to sleep with visions of the ratings bonanza a Lakers-Heat finals might bring. Alas, that’s the only way these two will meet again before next season. Making the rest of the 2005-06 schedule seem even duller and grayer than it already is. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Readers may reach him at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Just to make sure we knew it wasn’t a case of mistaken identity on Shaq’s part, he shook Kobe’s hand at the captains meeting, with a seemingly startled Kobe patting Shaq on the back of his shiny head. And since this is L.A., and nobody is in their seats five minutes before the game, they hugged again, before tipoff. Fans cheered. It was like Reagan and Gorbachev shaking hands. The lion lying down with the lamb. Or the elephant, anyway, as tubby as Shaq has gotten. Then there was Phil Jackson vs. Pat Riley, Coaching Legends who aren’t overfond of each other. They once played on opposing teams (Knicks, Lakers), met in a batch of bitter playoff battles in the 1990s (Bulls, Knicks), and they run teams from opposing ends of the style spectrum. Phil is Dr. Zen, who gently pushes a team into the season and seems almost a bystander to how it turns out. Riles is Mr. Control, uptight and slicked down, sweating every possession. His pregame notes on an enormous dry-erase board in the Heat locker room contained more verbiage than some daily newspapers. The fans were into this one. Even the stars. 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Gala, auction to aid youth club

first_imgWHITTIER – Lunch for two with “Dr. McDreamy” is just one of the many items that will go to the highest bidder in the 32nd annual Gala Auction of the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier this year. Of course, Dr. McDreamy is really actor Patrick Dempsey, the star of the ABC-TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” The auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Huntington Beach. Raffle tickets at $100 may be purchased up until Friday . Winners need not be present at the event. Micah Ohlman, ABC-TV7 news anchorman, has prepared a special video presentation for guests to view, which highlights the various Boys & Girls Club programs available to Whittier youths. A limited number of tickets are still available. For more information on the event, or to donate an item to the auction, call Dub Kerin at (562) 945-3787. Funds raised will be used to provide quality programs for the children of Whittier. Over 1,700 members, ages 7 to 18, participate in educational programs, including homework assistance and computer technology; sports and recreation programs; fine arts, including dance, music and arts and crafts; and leadership development and service club programs. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsTickets may be purchased by stopping by the Boys & Girls Club from 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. any time this week. This year’s theme, “Let 100 Flowers Bloom,” was chosen in special recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of America Movement. The annual Gala will treat 300 guests to an elegant Southeast Asian themed-dinner with exotic d cor, organized by event chairwoman Theola Kirschenbaum and her committee of volunteers. The evening will feature a silent auction, followed by dinner, the live auction, and dancing. Live auction items include a whirlwind trip to New York City, including tickets to see the Broadway play, “Wicked”; a one-week stay at a hunting lodge in Montana; and an outdoor adventure in Alaska. To view a complete list of the live and silent auction items, logon to www.bgcw.org. last_img read more

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Newcastle and Southampton to lose out on French starlet as Inter close in

first_img Yann Karamoh Inter Milan are set to beat Newcastle and Southampton to the signing of Caen wing wizard Yann Karamoh.The 19-year-old is being sold this summer as he has refused to sign an extension to his current contract, which expires in a year.As a result, Caen have elected to cash in on the France under-21 international now instead of losing him for free in 12 months.Newcastle and Southampton have been tracking Karamoh but, according to Sky Sport Italia, he will be joining Inter.The Italian club’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, is reportedly meeting with Caen officials today to finalise a move for the winger.Inter are said to be coughing up around £7m to land Karamoh and the player is eager to push through a move quickly so he can be ready for the new season. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0 LIVE: Salah doubles lead with stunner – all the latest

first_imgFirstPrev1 of 3NextLast8 months ago14th April 2019MarcThat’s it from us at talkSPORT for today, thanks very much for joining us and what a win that was for Liverpool.We’ll see you all again very soon for more drama in the Premier League title race!8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0: Manager reactionLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: “It was a really good game, difficult against strong opponents. I thought we dominated in areas. The rhythm was really good. “We tried, created, passed and shot – we did pretty much everything.”On Mo Salah: “A brilliant goal, world-class. A really, really, good goal from our side. It was a brilliant goal in all departments.”On Jordan Henderson: “I only know Stevie [Gerrard] as a person – I’ve no idea about his leadership skills. Hendo is a fantastic skipper for this club – I’ve said it from the first day. There was not one part of him that was not important. In the last three games he’s obviously on fire which is good.”On the title race: “We have to try at least [to win all remaining games]. We respect all opponents so much. We know about Cardiff’s fight against relegation. ““Today was very, very important because Chelsea are so strong. What we did today to win that game was amazing.” 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 1 Chelsea 0 – Sadio ManeFive minutes into the second half and Liverpool take the lead!Henderson does really well to hit the byline and chip the ball back across goal. He finds Mane who has the simple task of heading home.Anfield erupts! 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcA momentous victory for Liverpoolhttps://t.co/7rOeEsoMtL— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 14, 20198 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0: Player reactionChelsea defender David Luiz speaking to Sky Sports: “It’s difficult, we had our chances, they had their chances, they scored and we didn’t. A great game but a bit frustrating.“It is never easy to play here at Anfield. They have a great team, a great philosophy and a great coach. They are fighting for the title so they are excited about that too. But we had our chances also.”On the top four: “We didn’t get the points here but we are still in the fight.” 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0The Reds are looking more comfortable now as Klopp turns cheerleader and the oles start.Can they see this one out and return to the top of the Premier League table?8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0Robertson slips and Chelsea try to pounce.Luckily nothing comes of it, every Liverpool fan must have just died a little inside.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0Liverpool have a corner and Milner swings it in.Robertson gets it in on the second attempt and it falls to Firmino eventually. He fires at goal but Kepa is down smartly.Chelsea then race up the other end and win a corner of their own. It comes to nothing.Just 10 minutes remaining. 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0The Reds burst forward yet again with a four on four. Salah push Henderson out wide and this time the Liverpool skipper can’t find a cross.Barkley comes on for Loftus-Cheek as Henderson receives some treatment. The England man has been superb this afternoon but has now been forced off and Milner replaces him.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0Some excellent skill from Alexander-Arnold sees him breeze past two Chelsea men and get in on goal.Unfortunately his finish doesn’t match the build-up and Kepa can collect. 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0: Player reactionLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk speaking to Sky Sports: “Five years ago didn’t matter today. They were very disappointed back then but today was a very different game. “We showed great things during the game and we are very happy with the three points.”On the title race: “We just focus on our games, we have a massive game next in the Champions League then to Cardiff which will be tough as well. So we will see. “I’m always excited, I’m always happy when my team wins, but it can change, for now we just need to enjoy it and we have a big game on Wednesday again.”8 months ago14th April 2019MarcWho will win the Premier League title?— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 14, 20198 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0: Player reactionLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson speaking to Sky Sports: “There were a couple of things we needed to work on and create space for one another.“There was a period when we blew them away a little bit but they had a couple of chances as well so we need to be careful a little bit.”On the title race: “It’s really big. “It’s another big game we have won. We have to concentrate on ourselves, work hard on training pitch and the focus is on the next game.“We are enjoying it and that’s the main thing.”center_img 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0The Reds just trying to settle things down after that 10-minute spell of incredible drama.Salah then tries to slip Mane in but his pass is too heavy.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 025 minutes to go. Liverpool have been wide open since Salah’s goal and Chelsea have played some brilliant football.It looks like the Reds are determined to get a third as Salah takes aim but Kepa falls on it.Wijnaldum on, Keita off.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0The Blues respond by taking off Hudson-Odoi and bringing on Higuain. And then go so close to hitting back.Hazard gets in down the middle and takes aim. He does brilliantly well but can only watch as his effort hits the post.The Belgian then gets in again but Alisson is there to make a crucial save. Liverpool lucky to remain two up.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0 – Mohamed SalahOh. My. Word. Take a bow, Mr Salah. That is one of the goals of the season.Salah collects the ball on the right, cut inside and lets fly from way out.It is absolutely perfect and bolts into the top corner with Kepa helpless. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool and the Kop are going wild. 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcYou can relive all the action from Anfield by clicking here.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcWhat a win for Liverpool and what a brilliant goal from Mo Salah.If that strike takes the Reds to the title, a statue of the Egyptian will probably be built outside Anfield.Liverpool move back to the top of the table, two ahead of Man City who do still have a game in hand.The leaders face Cardiff next weekend while the champions take on Tottenham before their midweek derby with Man United. The title race is hotting up!8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0 – FULL TIMEThat is it and it’s a famous win for the Reds.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0The Blues attack but it’s difficult for them now with Liverpool deep.The home side are nearly there.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0Three minutes of added time to come.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 2 Chelsea 0Kepa comes out of his box and nearly makes a complete hash of his clearance.Mane nicks the ball off the keeper but can’t keep it in.Salah, who has today scored one of this season’s great goals, comes off and is replaced by Shaqiri. 8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 0 Chelsea 0First chance of the second 45 goes Liverpool’s way but Keita, unmarked just inside the box, can only smash his volley high into the Kop.8 months ago14th April 2019MarcLiverpool 0 Chelsea 0The Blues get us back underway. 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Liverpool fans troll Man United by flying European champions banner over training

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 JIBE REVEALED LATEST boost Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 8.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest Liverpool fans have chosen an unsubtle way to gatecrash mufc’s training session here in Perth today pic.twitter.com/Bz8jplHULl— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) July 11, 2019Striker Romelu Lukaku did not train with the squad on Thursday, which will do little to dampen speculation about his future.Serie A side Inter are keen to add him to their squad and it is said he was doing alternative gym-based work, along with fellow forward Anthony Martial.Meanwhile, Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has confirmed he wants to leave the Premier League side this summer.Linked with United and Arsenal, the player said he would be happy to join either even though they are in the Europa League and not Champions League.“It’s a bonus. If I have the opportunity to play this season, why not, but I’m really trying to regain consistency, become an important player in a team with high goals.“I need to play. That’s really my priority. I want to show everyone what I can do.” deals United are in Australia for their pre-season tour where they will play Perth Glory in a friendly on Saturday before taking on Leeds next week.Try will then travel to Singapore and China before heading back to Europe ahead of the start of the Premier League season. punished Twitter – @disa1528 center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Manchester United probably did not need any reminders about Liverpool’s Champions League victory last month, but even in Australia they could not escape the gloating.A banner flew above their training session at the WACA Ground in Perth on Thursday which read: “Liverpool FC – 6x European champions”. TROPHY Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool fans flew the banner over the Man United training session Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was preparing for their public session and the plane was seen circling for some time, while United players trained.Liverpool added their sixth European crown in June when they beat Tottenham in the final in Madrid. Fans go wild as Liverpool celebrate their Champions League victory with bus parade The club’s fans clearly are not willing to let their fierce rivals forget about the success they have enjoyed in Europe.The Red Devils have won a mere three titles, in 1968, 1999 and 2008.last_img read more

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How Real Madrid were able to finally sign ‘unhappy’ Man United star

first_imgHe appears to be angling for a move, just like Ruud van Nistelrooy did more than a decade ago.“When we played the final, that’s when I started to feel unhappy,” Van Nistelrooy told the assembled media at the Bernabeu in 2006.This 30-year-old had just completed his £10.2million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid and his unhappiness stemmed from being left out of the League Cup final win against Wigan in February.Van Nistelrooy didn’t even get off the bench in the 4-0 hammering, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice and Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo getting the others. Getty – Contributor Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Paul Pogba may yet get his wish and ‘try a new challenge’ away from Manchester United.The European transfer window closes on 2 September and it is thought he and Real Madrid want each other. Van Nistelrooy is one of Man United’s greatest goal scorers, but his career at Old Trafford ended on a sour note BIG PRESENTS UP TOP stalemate 5 New job rookie error “I turned to Ruud and said: ‘I’m going to give these two lads a part of the game.’ They were going to get a touch, a smell of winning something with Manchester United. ‘You ****’ said Van Nistelrooy. I’ll always remember that. Could not believe it. [Assistant manager] Carlos Queiroz turned on him. It became fractious in the dugout. The other players were telling him: ‘Behave yourself’.”And that was the beginning of the end for him as a Man United player. Fergie said his behaviour got worse and even left him out of the final match of the season – a training ground argument with Ronaldo didn’t help. Getty Images – Getty latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update FAREWELL Saha had played and scored in the previous rounds and Ferguson thought it only fair he start the final and reiterated this to the Dutchman when informing him of his team selection pre-match, though added he was hopeful of giving him some minutes.“We were on cruise control against Wigan and I saw an ideal opportunity to give [January signings Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic] a taste of the game,” Ferguson later wrote in his autobiography. “They were my final substitutions. OFF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Pogba has been linked with a move to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid all summer 5 5 getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 5 However, he did eventually apologise for his behaviour, phoning Fergie out of the blue in 2010 to personally to tell his former manager he was in the wrong.“I like people who can apologise. I’ve always admired that. In the modern culture of self-absorption, people forget there is such a word as sorry,” Fergie continues in his autobiography.“Footballers are cocooned by the manager and the club, the media, agents, or pals who just tell them how flipping good they are. It’s refreshing to find one who can pick up a phone much later and say, ‘I was wrong, and I’m sorry.’ Ruud offered no explanation. Perhaps I should have taken that chance to say, ‘Why did it go that way?’”Regardless of the bitter taste his exit left, an uncanny ability to find the back of the net so frequently make Van Nistelrooy an Old Trafford legend and one of the club’s greatest ever goal scorers. Having had an initial bid for him rejected Calderon said when he got his man: “We have a perfect striker who combines efficiency and power with great footballing technique.”He was right. In just 218 games for United, Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals to more than repay the £19m the club paid PSV for him in 2001.Asked whether he wanted to leave United because he felt manager Sir Alex Ferguson was supporting other players and not giving him the support he deserved, Van Nistelrooy said at his unveiling: “You summed up my feelings quite well.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty – Contributor In fact, Van Nistelrooy had made it known he wanted out in 2005 as he didn’t believe the club could ever win the Champions League with young players like Rooney and Ronaldo.His heart was set on Real already, the Spanish giants were similarly keen, but Fergie convinced him otherwise and he remained. A year later, though, he got his wish.When he finally completed the move, Van Nistelrooy became Real’s third signing under new president Ramon Calderon, following Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and Brazil midfielder Emerson. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 5 on target deals Van Nistelrooy was not happy with his role as spectator in the 2006 League Cup final AFP – Getty At Real Madrid, Van Nistelrooy’s continued his goal scoring and finished with 64 goals in 97 games across four seasons Having joined from PSV in 2001, the Dutch striker scored 150 goals in 218 games for Man United, but started to get itchy feet in 2005 last_img read more

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McLeish: Youthful squad marks new era for Scotland

first_imgMcLeish said a series of confident displays at the offset of this campaign had seen Souttar promoted.He added: “He’s a good young player, he’s started the season very confidently.“He’s now got the captain’s armband and his form is assured, he looked very composed against Dunfermline and I felt it was time to give him a crack.”The Scotland squad only has 10 goals to its name, with Leigh Griffiths the current top goalscorer on four strikes for his country.McLeish said solving Scotland’s issues in-front of goal was his toughest test but insisted he was excited by the options he has in attack.He continued: “The world champions won the World Cup without their striker scoring. We have to look for a dynamic that sees others contributing goals.“Set-pieces and wide players getting into dangerous positions, Jonny Russell looked very interesting in terms of his ability to get into the box.“We have Leigh Griffiths who is a born goalscorer, he’s clever and brings something extra.”Oli McBurnie has started the season strongly for Swansea in the Championship.McLeish is hopeful the youngster can get off the mark for his country over the coming games.On McBurnie, he said: “He’s a young guy, you have to let them make mistakes.“McBurnie is maturing, he’s started the season well, is scoring goals and causing problems.“There are things he can improve on, the more he is involved in international football the more he will improve.” McLeish refused to close the door on future call-ups for members of the old guard, but said he was excited to see the new additions gel as a team.He said: “It was very tricky to select, a lot of guys have been on good form.“It’s quite a young squad, it seems like a new era but I won’t be disregarding anybody who has worn the jersey before, either.”Hearts defender John Souttar is seeing his first senior caps after being called up following injuries to Scott McKenna and Christophe Berra. Alex McLeish has said the youthful make-up of Scotland squad hints at the start of a “new era” for the national side.The national team boss has selected a largely inexperienced side for the upcoming double-header against Belgium and Albania.Of the outfield players selected, only Charlie Mulgrew, Andy Robertson and James Forrest have more than 20 caps to their name. Previous campaign regulars Darren Fletcher and James McArthur are amongst those omitted this time around.last_img read more

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Joe Wells, age 73

first_imgVisitation will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. at Southern Hills Church with a service to immediately follow.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crusade for Children 520 West Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202 or Southern Hills Church 1645 IN-135 Salem, IN 47167. Joe Wells, age 73, died on July 14, 2017. He grew up in Clarksville, IN and enlisted in the Navy for 4 years after graduating from Clarksville High School.He worked in outside sales and deliveries most of his life, retiring from Ferrellgas. He was a member of Southern Hills Church in Salem, IN.Survivors include his wife, Brenda (House), son Steven (Jennifer) Wells, daughters, Leslie Stewart, Lissa Caldwell, and grandchildren, Noah Stewart, Spencer and Keaton Wells, and Riley Caldwell, sister Beverly (Bob) Eason, brothers David (Karla) Wells, Ronald (Marianne) Wells, Donald (Sherry Fowler) Wells.last_img read more

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