About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potentialby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Cresswell is convinced West Ham United can achieve something special with the current team.The fullback has extended his deal with the Irons until 2023, which could take the No3 up to nine years in Claret and Blue. He said, “Going back to the last year we had at the Boleyn, we had a good squad. But look at this squad, the depth, the players and the signings we are making. “We’ve got two players for each position so if someone gets injured there is always someone to step up. Certainly, in the time I’ve been here, it’s been the best squad I’ve been involved in.“We want something special to happen. Come the end of the season, whether we have a good cup run or finish as high as possible in the league, that’s what we’re aiming to do. We want to take each game as it is and try to take maximum points and play good football at the same time. “This year we’ve shown some brilliant results and played some brilliant football. Long may that continue.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.”
Story Highlights The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus mourns the passing of one of our Distinguished Fellows, Former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga. The Mona community extends its condolences to his widow Carla, also a member of the university community, his children and the rest of his family; we also express condolences to his colleagues, constituency members, friends and well-wishers in their time of bereavement.He served as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from 1974 to 2005 and was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, a country he loved unconditionally and served for more than 40 years.His commitment to building bridges between the haves and the have-nots is the hallmark of the trajectory of his life as a nation-builder and can be measured by his long list of achievements as the longest serving parliamentarian.In addition to being the youngest member of the joint legislative team which crafted Jamaica’s Independence Constitution, he was the architect of the establishment of several institutions that transformed Jamaica’s potential for social and economic growth, and by extension, changed the lives of its people. These include, but are not limited to, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), The Export Import Bank (EXIM Bank), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Jamaica Unit Trust (JUT). He was integral in the establishment of the student revolving loan fund for higher education, now the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB). His nation building efforts led to the establishment of social programmes and institutions such as The Golden Age Home for the Elderly, the National School Feeding Programme, and the Human Employment and Resource Training Centre (The Heart Trust/ NTA).His involvement in music and culture predated Jamaica’s independence, as he was passionate about the promotion of the beauty and depth of our cultural and musical heritage across the globe. He established the West India Records Limited (WIRL), to give poor Jamaicans a way to experience their own musical productions in relation to listening and incorporating dance. As a politician he used his good office to preserve our rich cultural legacy with the establishment of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), their mandate being “To influence national development positively by creating opportunities that unearth, develop, preserve and promote the creative talents and cultural expressions of the Jamaican people, through a professional and dynamic team, thereby advancing brand Jamaica worldwide.”Following his retirement from politics, he joined us at The UWI Mona as Honorary Distinguished Fellow and conducted extensive research on child development and revivalist cults. He had several publications related to these areas – Grenada Intervention: The Inside Story; Revelations: Beyond Political Boundaries, Lectures 2005-2009; Parent-Teacher Relationships, published by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, The UWI; and Revival Spirit Cults published in the Jamaica Journal, a publication for which he was integral in its conception. The Jamaica Journal is now an internationally acclaimed scholarly publication of the Institute of Jamaica. He has left an incredible legacy to Jamaica for many generations to come by donating his papers and memorabilia, housed here at the Mona library.A leader of strong conviction and purpose, his influence on the course of life in Jamaica is undeniable. He was a cultural icon, a strong leader a champion of the oppressed. He was a man of action, and most importantly, a man of the people who had unwavering confidence in the ability of Jamaicans to overcome “inhospitable and unlikely odds.”We are eternally grateful that he chose to spend his life in service to Jamaica – all in an effort to build a nation of which its people can be proud.In light of his passing, the University flags will be raised at half-mast today and on the day he is laid to rest. He served as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from 1974 to 2005 and was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, a country he loved unconditionally and served for more than 40 years. His commitment to building bridges between the haves and the have-nots is the hallmark of the trajectory of his life as a nation-builder and can be measured by his long list of achievements as the longest serving parliamentarian. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus mourns the passing of one of our Distinguished Fellows, Former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga. The Mona community extends its condolences to his widow Carla, also a member of the university community, his children and the rest of his family; we also express condolences to his colleagues, constituency members, friends and well-wishers in their time of bereavement.
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she’ll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it.Notley says she is not attending the meeting on Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.She says Alberta needs to be able to pay for important programs to be discussed at the meeting such as pharmacare. She says it’s not business as usual because B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the pipeline and take $15 billion out of the Canadian economy.This is about more than a pipeline.It’s about our country’s ???????? ability to create jobs and attract investment.We have to show that we can make decisions that respect the rule of law, that we can get things done, and @KeepCanWorking.#ConfidenceinCanada #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/d61R7xXpPX— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 22, 2018She says it might be worth going to the meeting to chastise Horgan if a decision on Trans Mountain were still a long way off, but the deadline is too close now for her to do that.Owner Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the date by which it needs to have enough certainty to proceed with the pipeline’s expansion.Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets.
Despite it being a major outage, Gammer says crews worked quickly and were able to restore power to all affected customers within 2 hours and 40 minutes from when the initial outage had occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace. on Wednesday night due to a major power failure.According to B.C. Hydro Media Relations, Bob Gammer, the cause of the power outage is still under investigation but believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.“In terms of a cause, we suspect it’s lightning and we are continuing our investigation in terms of where the lightning hit, how one lightning strike could cause this great of an outage because we do get hit by lightning many times a year and our protective absorbs that and we just continue on. Something was different this time and we are looking into that.”
Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a roadshow in Bhubaneswar during his visit to Odisha on April 16. He is also scheduled to address two rallies in Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur on the same day. BJP state vice president Samir Mohanty on Sunday said that the prime minister will start his roadshow from near the Biju Patnaik International Airport and reach the public rally venue at Baramunda Ground covering Ganganagar and OUAT Square. Polling in Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituencies and the assembly segments coming under them will be held in the third phase on April 23. This will be Modis fifth election programme in the state. Earlier, he had addressed election meetings at Jeypore in Koraput district, Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi, Sonepur in Bolangir district and Sundergarh. BJP national president Amit Shah will also address two rallies at Baramba in Cuttack district and Dhenkanal on April 17, a party leader said. The Lok Sabha and assembly elections are being held simultaneously in the state in four phases.
New Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer’s staff continued to take shape Thursday as the addition of Temple University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Zach Smith was announced. Smith, who spent five years coaching under Meyer at Florida as a quality control assistant and a graduate assistant from 2005-2009, comes to OSU after helping lead the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and a 35-17 win against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. Smith oversaw a receiving unit that compiled 1,648 yards this past year. Two members of Temple’s special teams unit — junior punter Brandon McNamus and junior running back Matt Brown — received All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2011. “Zach has done a terrific job as wide receivers coach at…Temple,” Meyer said in a press release. “I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. Ohio State is going to benefit from his coaching and his abilities as a recruiter.” A Dublin, Ohio, native and grandson of former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, Smith also served as wide receivers and special teams coach at Marshall during the 2010 season. “It is really, really a dream come true,” Smith said in a press release. “I grew up watching Ohio State, my grandfather coached here and I always dreamt of doing it, too. Plus, I have an opportunity to work with coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me.” Current OSU head coach Luke Fickell and his staff will remain in their positions through the Buckeyes’ Jan. 2 appearance in the 2012 Gator Bowl against Florida. Meyer’s staff will take over after.
INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Craft doesn’t get beat often. The Ohio State sophomore guard and Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten has earned a reputation for stifling whoever he’s guarding. But when the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan Feb. 18, Wolverine freshman guard and Big Ten co-Freshman of the Year Trey Burke scored Michigan’s final two buckets. The last one, which came with 11 seconds remaining on a drive to the basket that Craft couldn’t cope with, sealed the Michigan win. Craft’s teammate, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said OSU’s point guard took the Michigan loss personally. It showed Saturday as the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan, 77-55, in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game. Third-seeded OSU advances to play top-seeded Michigan State in Sunday’s championship game. Burke was held to just five points on 1-of-11 shooting and committed a career-high eight turnovers. Craft was draped all over the Michigan freshman for most of the afternoon. He drew a charge on a fast break in the first half, continually poked the ball away, and harassed Burke, who was coming off a 30-point performance against Minnesota, all night. “I think you’ve got to give Craft some credit,” said Michigan senior guard Zack Novak. “His on-ball defense was pretty good today.” Craft wasn’t so eager to take the praise though. “Stopping a great player like (Burke) especially with how he was feeling in the game yesterday, it was definitely a team effort tonight,” Craft said. “Just trying not to make it about me against him because that’s not what it’s about.” But Sullinger said Craft’s defensive performance was special. The Buckeyes’ big man and Burke both went to Northland High School and have been playing with each other since grade school. In all of that time, Sullinger said Burke was never as bothered as he was Saturday. “Never,” Sullinger said. “I’ve never seen him that frustrated. I’ve never seen him have this many turnovers. I’ve never seen him shoot this poorly. I’ve never seen that happen and I think Craft frustrated him. You got to give most of the credit to Craft.” Burke wasn’t the only Wolverine to struggle either. As a team, the Wolverines shot just 31 percent from the field, and their 55-point output was more than 11 points below their season average. After the game, the Buckeyes were adamant that the defense was a complete team effort. “Team defense is the biggest thing,” Sullinger said. “Whoever has the best defense that night is going to win the game. We could care less about offense. As long as we keep defending our butts off on the defensive end, we’re fine.” Sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said that team defense mentality was apparent. He said his defense on sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who is Michigan’s second-leading scorer, allowed Craft to avoid helping off of Burke, and the Buckeye big men hedging off of screens eliminated the penetration into the key. “My team came to me before the game started and they said it was going to start with me and I had a big job to do and I had to stop Tim Hardaway,” Smith Jr. said. “I pretty much got off to that in an early start and that helps Aaron. He doesn’t have to help off of his guy as much, which frustrated Trey Burke today. It made him have to force a lot.” Hardaway Jr. made just three of 10 shots from the floor and totaled 13 points. OSU coach Thad Matta agreed with Smith Jr. “This game was definitely was about our defense. We had great activity on the ball and off the ball,” Matta said. “I thought we had great communication challenging shots.” And when OSU defends like that, Michigan coach John Beilein said OSU is as good of a team as he’s ever seen. “I’ve seen some really good teams, this being I think my 20th year as a Division I coach, and played some really good games,” Beilein said. “That’s as good of a game as I’ve ever seen a college team play. Talking about Ohio obviously.” The championship game between OSU and MSU tips at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
There have been media speculations that Messi is resistant of acknowledging that Rafinha isn’t on the same level as Philippe Coutinho and should be offloaded according to birminghammail.Liverpool has confirmed that they had reached an agreement with La Liga club Barcelona for the transfer of Coutinho back in January and his transfer fee is reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses that will be met.The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian performance. But sporting director Piero Ausilio has suggested he’ll look to negotiate with the Catalans.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When he went for medical, he was diagnosed with a thigh injury sustained a few days before joining Barcelona, ruling him out for three weeks.But since he made his debut for Barcelona four months ago, in a 2–0 win against his former club RCD Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the Brazilian has proved his worth. He has 10 goals in 22 matches for the Nou Camp giants.
Maurizio Sarri expects to be named new Chelsea boss next week on £5.6m-a-year contract as Antonio Conte sacking saga nears a conclusion, according to Daily Mail.Sarri is expecting to take over as Manager at Stamford Bridge by next week as the former Napoli boss has been linked with a move to London all summer to replace his compatriot Antonio Conte.The delay in the move is thought to be an overall compensation package, with current blues boss and his current staff demanding their complete compensation before they leave the club.The uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club has seen a lack of summer additions so far, with a host of players being with moves away.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sources close to Sarri, say they expect the Italian who led Napoli to a second-place finish in the Serie A last season to take over from Conte next week. He is expected to sign a new three-year deal worth around £5.6million at Chelsea.With the current situation surrounding the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich as he has been denied Visa to enter the UK. Marina Granovskaia has been in charge off talks regarding Antonio Conte’s future and those of the players.She expects the situation to be resolved next week.