Don’t Lose Your Mojo

first_imgIt doesn’t matter that you failed. It doesn’t matter that you lost the client, lost the opportunity, or lost the job. It doesn’t matter that you did your best and that your best wasn’t good enough. The events or the circumstances that led to your failing don’t matter either. There are only three things that matter now.First, you need to derive any lessons you can from your failure. The price of an education is experience. And the price of experience is failure. What did you learn?Second, it matters that you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and step back into the arena. Your past performance isn’t necessarily indicative of your future performance. Lots of people failed countless times before finally breaking through. But to succeed in the future, you have to try again.But the most important thing I saved for last: You can’t lose your mojo. You are a value creator. You live by the Value Creator’s Code. Because you are a value creator, it’s time to reengage with the world and the opportunities in front of you with all the confidence in your abilities that you had when you tried and failed. It’s time to step back in with all of your mojo, all of your confidence. It’s time to reengage your head, your heart, and your guts. All of these things are still alive inside you. Or they could be.The world is waiting for you to make a difference. We’re counting on you. A lot of people are counting on you. Get your mojo working.last_img read more

11 Observations on How Groups Decide to Change

first_imgPeople have a tough time deciding to change. Until they don’t. When their dissatisfaction reaches threshold, they make the decision to change very quickly.It is difficult for groups to make decisions. The more dysfunctional the group, the more difficult it is to gain consensus. The more aligned the group, the easier it is for them to reach consensus. An aligned group doesn’t have to have unanimity.In some groups, a powerful leader can pretend to gain consensus by holding meetings and allowing people to pretend to be part of the process. They know they are pretending. This provides you a glimpse into your future.The most vocal person in the room is often the leader, but isn’t always the most influential person. The person in the group that leaders and others ask questions is often the most influential.The person who remains quiet in group meetings is often the person who is most vocal when they are with a single person outside of a group. This secret agent can very quietly sabotage a change effort.The fewer people with a compelling reason to change, the less likely it is the change is made. People have a difficult time understanding how another person’s compelling need to change is also their compelling need to change.The number of people required to approve change increase in proportion to the size, the complexity, and the risk of that change.People who are left out of decisions often oppose a decision to change because their needs were not considered. This is true even when there is no reason for them to oppose that change.It is still possible for one person with authority to make a decision to change. When a decision is important to a larger group, the execution of that change is more difficult in proportion to the number of people who were left out of that decision.Some groups have trouble making a decision to change rely on an outsider to make the decision for them as way to eliminate the messy process of building consensus. This doesn’t eliminate many of the challenges, but it does sometimes allow the change to occur.When helping a group change, and outsider will sometimes unknowingly and unwittingly be used as a pawn in a proxy war. The outsider may be unaware he is making enemies.last_img read more

Bengal Congress on the back foot with Noor’s exit

first_imgThe departure of Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor, elected from Malda-North in central Bengal, has set off ripples in the party.Malda has remained a Congress bastion since 1980. But after Ms. Noor’s exit many Congress workers and leaders are sceptical if the party will be able to keep the rest of the flock – three MPs, and two dozen MLAs in West Bengal – together till the Lok Sabha polls given that about one and a half dozen of its legislators have already joined the Trinamool Congress since the 2016 Assembly polls.Ms. Noor, the niece of legendary Congress leader late A.B.A Ghani Khan Choudhury, joined the TMC on January 28 and said that she “trusted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her fight against communalism”.Her exit has dented the confidence of State Congress workers. “National leaders of the Congress and several possible coalition partners shared the stage with Mamata Banerjee about a week ago. We never thought she would poach from the Congress after that January 19 meeting, but she did. It indicates how ruthless she is,” said a Congress MLA.Legislators of two Assembly segments under the Malda-North Lok Sabha constituency joined the TMC over the last few months. One of them, Samar Mukherjee, was with the Congress, while the other, Dipali Biswas, was a CPI(M) leader. “This development shook the confidence of Mausam Noor,” said the MLA. Ms. Noor was the Malda district president of the Congress.The BJP factor Another factor responsible for Ms. Noor’s decision to join the TMC is the BJP’s growth in parts of her constituency. The BJP won six of Malda district’s 38 zila parishad seats in the three-tier panchayat polls last year, despite large-scale violence in the region. While the TMC’s seats in the zila parishad went up from six in 2013 to 30 in 2018, the BJP’s jumped from none to six. The Left Front and the Congress’ dropped from 31 to two. Ms. Noor read the writing on the wall and left the party that was never defeated in Malda [delimitation bifurcated the seat into Malda-North and Malda-South Lok Sabha constituencies] since 1980. “Huge turnout in [BJP president] Amit Shah’s rally in her constituency earlier this month also disturbed her,” the MLA, known to be close to Ms. Noor, said.Bengal Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra said that Ms. Noor’s exit will not affect the Congress’ poll prospects in any way, indicating that Ghani Khan Choudhury’s nephew, Isha Khan Choudhury, will be its Malda-North candidate in the Lok Sabha elections. If so, then the seat will witness a fight between two cousins – Mausam Benazir Noor from the TMC and Isha Khan Choudhury from the Congress.The BJP’s vote percentage may improve if the family fight splits the minority vote in the constituency. Malda district has over 51% Muslim vote, as per the 2011 census. Trends indicate that in some blocks of Malda, the BJP has managed to woo sections of the tribal people who earlier always voted for the Left.last_img read more

Muzaffarnagar riots: key hearing on July 1

first_imgA court here on Monday sent the murder case of an eyewitness in a Muzaffarnagar riots case to the sessions case for hearing on July 1. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Gautam sent the murder case against six accused to the sessions court for hearing and asked them to appear before it on July 1. Shot dead in KhatauliAshfaq, who was an eyewitness in the murder case of his two brothers, was shot dead in Khatauli town of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district in March this year. Ashfaq’s brothers, Nawab and Shahid, were shot dead during the 2013 riots, in which more than 60 lives were lost and over 40,000 people were displaced. Case registeredPolice registered a case and arrested all the six accused, including gangster Sushil Munch’s son.last_img read more

Bench keeps Alab PH fresh for next game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a big win for us,” said Alapag, whose team is now at 3-0 (win-loss) with a game against the tough Singapore Slingers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palami gives Etheridge a pass: He has to secure Cardiff position, too SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I felt like tonight was a great early season test for us considering we started a bit behind from the other teams and Formosa’s been off and running from the start,” said Alapag.But the battle of two of the top teams in the current Asean Basketball League season eventually ended in an 86-72 rout as Renaldo Balkman fired 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while PJ Ramos added 16 points for the Philippine club, which got significant contributions from its bench, particularly from Pao Javelona’s 11 points built around two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think our bench played great tonight,” Alapag said. “Their energy, you know, Pao (Javelona), Josh (Urbiztondo) came in and hit shots, Brandon (Rosser) and Lo (Domingo) were great grabbing rebounds just with their energy, and I think they bought our starters enough time to finish the game.”And it bought the team’s top guns added rest minutes as Alab tries to end the year with a victory. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLThe last thing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag wanted—especially with just a day’s break sandwiched between two tough outings—was to get dragged into a dogfight in the first of those two matches.But that was what Alab got for three and a half periods from the Formosa Dreamers Friday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SPORT MANOHAR 3 (SPB4)

first_imgDetailing expenses in conducting games, Manohar said, Detailing expenses in conducting games, Manohar said, “For organising (seniors) matches and tours Rs 90-100 crores goes and Rs 125 crores are distributed to the players. Then the infrastructure has to be maintained by each association that needs Rs 2-3 crore per year excluding matches to be played. All these things will not be possible (if the recommendations are implemented). “Today the Board has a clout internationally that will disappear. According to me its not wise to stop advertisement between overs. What we sell (to broadcasters) is live feed (only) and not lunch and tea intervals. Its (recommendation) not in the interest of the Board.” Explaining the reason for opposing the one state one association recommendation, Manohar said it was wrong to assume that with Mumbai CA given full membership from Maharashtra and the other two (Maharashtra CA and Vidarbha CA) made into associates of BCCI, the last two can continue to play in domestic cricket. “One state-one association recommendation is not correct. There is no equal representation in the Parliament for all states. The Supreme Court appoints judges from various states. There are more judges from Mumbai and Kolkata and there may not be anyone from the North East. It (rule) has to apply to everything. “Many of these (BCCI) members (more than one from one state) – Baroda, Maharashtra Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Universities, Services, CCI and NCC – are founder members of BCCI which was formed in 1932. The State Re-organisation Act came in 1956. They are in existence for 85 years and built infrastructure in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur (for example). “The Lodha Committee recommendation says the other two associations (in same state) are allowed to play in domestic cricket. I fail to understand the constitution prepared by committee that out of these associations only one should be chosen as full member. “If Mumbai is chosen, automatically Maharashtra and Vidarbha will be associate members. In the (proposed) constitution it says full members will have jurisdiction over the entire state. Then where am I (Vidarbha) going to select my players. From heaven? I cannot conduct a domestic game as I have to take permission from the full member. Therefore, there cannot be a team of Vidarbha and Maharashtra.” (MORE) PTI SSR ARS AH AH RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Juergen Klopp surprises Liverpool fans at team hotel in Michigan

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a jolly man and enjoys his time on and off the pitch. The German is a lively character and has been in great mood after his team’s superb transfer window and a decent pre-season so far.Liverpool have won two of their three matches so far in the International Champions Cup in USA. Klopp’s men lost to Borussia Dortmund in the opener but since then, have been solid and beaten league rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the following fixtures.And, prior to the match against United that they won 4-1 at the Michigan Stadium on Saturday, he decided to drop by at a Supporters’ Club event at the team hotel in Michigan and surprise the fans and music artist Jamie Webster, who was performing in it.Klopp arrived in the middle of a Webster song and enjoyed the atmosphere before singing along to ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’. Klopp’s entrance surprised the singer and sent him into utter disbelief before he, along with the fans, continued to sing the song.Also read – Fans chose the beach instead of watching Chelsea-Inter game: Jose MourinhoAllez, Allez, Allez has been Liverpool’s anthem throughout their sensational run to the final in last year’s Champions League.Liverpool’s game against United was their last in the States. They will now head to Dublin to face Napoli on August 4 before their Premier League campaign gets underway against West Ham at Anfield on August 12.And, their show against their cross-town rivals was a great way to end their stay in USA.advertisementSadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead with a penalty just before the half-hour mark before Andreas Pereira equalised with a stunning free kick minutes later infront of more than 100,000 spectators at the Ann Arbor stadium in Michigan.Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it 2-1 after 66 minutes before Sheyi Ojo scored Liverpool’s second penalty of the game after Andrew Robertson went down in the box. Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri, a recent signing from Stoke City, then scored a brilliant bicycle kick that capped the scoring and completed a resounding victory against a relatively inexperienced United side.A bicycle kick. On your debut. Against @ManUtd.All of the angles @XS_11official’s stunning goal……keep an eye out for Curtis Jones’ reaction! pic.twitter.com/55IOyMUSeULiverpool FC (@LFC) July 29, 2018As Liverpool fly off to Dublin now, their record signing Alisson Becker will join them and is set to make debut against the Italian side.last_img read more

AB de Villiers denies he tried to force his way into South Africa’s World Cup squad

first_imgFormer South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has, at last, broken his silence on the allegations that he had offered to comeback from retirement to play for the Proteas in the World Cup 2019.De Villiers has put out a detailed statement on his official Twitter account where the wicketkeeper-batsman has claimed that he ‘did not try to force ‘ his way into the World Cup and he had offered himself only ‘if required’.Earlier, reports had surfaced in media that AB de Villiers had expressed his desire to return to international team just 24 hours ahead of South Africa’s World Cup squad announcement.Reportedly, de Villiers approached Faf du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson expressing his desire to feature in the squad for the quadrennial tournament in England but the skipper other important members of management had informed de Villers that such a move was not possible.Following is the statement de Villiers issued on Twitter.”Now the Proteas’ World Cup campaign is over, and the team cannot be distracted, I would like to respond to unjustified criticism of me during the tournament””I continue to be asked to comment on the disclosure, and distortion, of a private conversation that took place just before the squad was announced and, for the benefit of anyone who may have felt let down, would like to explain what happened.pic.twitter.com/ahCQBPEo2XAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 12, 2019″First, I announced my retirement from international cricket in May 2018 because I wanted to reduce my workload and spend more time with my wife and young sons. Some have insisted I was motivated purely by money. They are wrong. In truth, I have turned down many lucrative offers to play around the world, and have cut the time spent away from home each year from eight months to just over three months.advertisement”During the weeks and months that followed, there was no formal contact between Cricket South Africa or the Proteas and me. I didn’t call them, and they didn’t call me. I had made my decision and the Proteas moved on, enjoying success under the expert guidance of coach Ottis Gibson and the outstanding captaincy of Faf du Plessis. Faf and I have been friends since we were at school together and, two days before the World Cup squad was announced, I contacted him for a chat.”I had been in decent form during the Indian Premier League and casually repeated what I had said when asked a year earlier, that I was available if required… but only if required. I made absolutely no demands at all.”I certainly did not try to force my way into the World Cup squad on the eve of the tournament, and did not expect to be included. There was no burning issue from my side, and no sense of injustice.”Then, out of the blue, on the evening after the Proteas lost to India, suffering a third successive World Cup defeat, elements of our private conversation were disclosed to the media, and distorted to cast me in the worst possible light.””The story was not leaked by me, or anybody associated with me, or by Faf. Maybe someone wanted to deflect criticism. I don’t know.”As a result, I was unfairly described as arrogant, selfish and indecisive but, with all humility, my conscience is clear. I retired for honest reasons and, when asked if I could be available for the World Cup, agreed to keep the door open.”In the event, understandably, the team moved on. No problem. I am not angry with anybody. Now, at this stage of my life, I would like to continue spending time with my family and to play in selected T20 tournaments in SA and around the world.”I have been massively proud to have played for, and indeed captain, my country on the cricket field. My relationships with the Proteas players remain as strong as ever, and I will always be available to support and assist the next generation.”Lastly, in stating my side of this unpleasant and unnecessary saga, I want to stress my continuing support for the team and the game that has shaped my life and provided me with so many lasting friendships and incredible opportunities.”Also Read | AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansongAlso Seelast_img read more

Ronaldo nets twice as Madrid see off Valencia

first_imgValencia 1 Real Madrid 4: Ronaldo penalty double eases pressure on Zidane Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 1/28/18 cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo’s double from the spot helped Real Madrid to win at Valencia that might just make Zinedine Zidane’s life more comfortable. Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday and eased the pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane.The 32-year-old scored the 100th and 101st spot-kicks of his senior career to give the champions a first LaLiga win in four trips to Mestalla, with Santi Mina’s second-half header proving to be just a consolation as Marcelo and Toni Kroos struck fine late goals.The scrutiny on Zidane’s position intensified this week when Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 home defeat to Leganes, and he responded by naming a strong side to face Marcelino’s men, which included the return of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to the starting line-up together for the first time since the 3-2 loss to Barcelona last April. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo was scythed down by Martin Montoya 15 minutes in and promptly dispatched the resulting penalty, and another clumsy challenge from the former Barcelona full-back – this time on Benzema – allowed Ronaldo to double the lead before the break.Valencia –  who remain third in the table after the defeat, two points above Madrid having played a game more – got a goal back through Mina but were unable to find an equaliser despite controlling much of the second half, and Marcelo’s excellent late goal made the points certain before Kroos completed the win with an exquisite fourth.The result moves Zidane’s side four points clear of fifth-place Villarreal and takes them to within 16 of leaders Barcelona, who face Deportivo Alaves on Sunday.279 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will start a game together for Real Madrid in all competitions for the first time since 23rd April 2017 against Barcelona in La Liga, 279 days ago. Trio. pic.twitter.com/MYTZ7o1KGX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2018Bale missed a good chance after Neto had dropped a cross and Rodrigo Moreno blasted narrowly over the bar during an open first 15 minutes.Madrid’s opener came after a brilliant counter-attack following a Valencia corner, with Ronaldo starting the move in his own half before winning a penalty from Montoya’s clumsy challenge, and he made no mistake from 12 yards.The Portugal star spurned a good chance for a second, scuffing a shot straight at Neto after being picked out by Kroos, and Geoffrey Kondogbia should have equalised when, with the goal at his mercy, he sliced his effort into the ground and safely into the hands of Keylor Navas.The miss was punished seven minutes before half-time when Ronaldo drilled home his second penalty of the match, after Benzema had been barged to ground by Montoya as he tried to jump for Dani Carvajal’s cross.20 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20+ goals in each of his nine seasons for Real Madrid in all competitions. Essential. pic.twitter.com/ArhIpW35ZS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2018The home fans were beginning to make their frustrations clear and there was a general cry of despair two minutes before the interval, when Rodrigo turned the ball over the bar from six yards out after Mina’s run and shot had left the Madrid defence for dead.Mina had a penalty claim waved away as Valencia sought a lifeline early in the second half, yet they were looking increasingly suspect whenever Madrid went forward on the break and Benzema could have done better than ripple the side-netting after being set up by Kroos.But in the 58th minute, the home side got themselves a foothold in the match, as Mina shrugged off the attentions of Nacho to meet Dani Parejo’s corner and glance the ball past Navas.The visitors suddenly looked jittery at the back and they needed Navas to deny Parejo an equaliser seven minutes later, the Costa Rica international sticking out a leg to save from the Valencia captain after an excellent passing move had split the Madrid defence.Valencia continued to push forward but Marcelo made certain of three important points and a first away league win since October with six minutes left, playing a slick one-two with Marco Asensio before burying a low left-foot shot beneath Neto from the left of the area.There was enough time for Kroos to complete the scoring with the goal of the game, the midfielder completing a flowing team move by placing a low shot past Neto from the edge of the area after being set up by Mateo Kovacic’s backheel. Key Opta stats:- Real Madrid have ended their longest run without an away win in LaLiga (D3 L1) since December 2008.- Valencia have suffered their biggest defeat under Marcelino Garcia Toral in all competitions (1-4).- Zinedine Zidane has now won at 21 of the 24 grounds he has visited as an away manager in LaLiga – he has only failed to win at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Estadio Montivili and Wanda Metropolitano. read morelast_img read more

Wenger: Mkhitaryan had a positive game

first_imgArsenal ‘He had a positive game’ – Wenger delighted with latest Mkhitaryan outing Jamie Smith 07:57 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK Arsène Wenger The Armenia international contributed yet another assist for his new club as they outmuscled Ostersunds in Sweden on Thursday Arsene Wenger singled out Arsenal new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan for praise after the playmaker made another key contribution in the side’s Europa League victory on Thursday.Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressed with a busy midfield display as the Armenia international helped take down Ostersunds in the round of 32 clash.AdChoices广告The former Manchester United star continues to settle into life at Arsenal after moving from Old Trafford in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez switch to Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He has worked very hard, I think it was a positive performance,” Wenger said of Mkhitaryan, who provided the assist for Ozil’s goal.”He adapts slowly to the team. He had a positive game.”The manager picked a strong side for the first leg, and does not expect to make wholesale changes when Arsenal welcome Ostersunds to London for the return fixture.Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil and a Sotirios Papagiannopoulos own goal ensured the Gunners took a comfortable lead from their trip to Sweden, although goalkeeper David Ospina had to save a late penalty from Tom Pettersson.With Arsenal eight points outside the Champions League qualification places in the Premier League, the Europa League may be their best route to qualifying for the continent’s elite club competition – the winners going straight into the group stage.And although Arsenal have an EFL Cup final appearance at Wembley against Manchester City to prepare for on February 25, three days after Ostersunds head to the Emirates Stadium, Wenger is not considering major rotation to his squad.”I don’t think I will rest [players], I will try to win the game again,” said Wenger, who named a strong starting line-up despite being without unavailable strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.”Maybe rotate, play the players who didn’t play and rest one or two who played.”I think we adapted quite well to the [artificial] pitch. They were maybe a bit cautious at the start and we took advantage of it and took control of the game once we opened the scoring.”At 2-0 at half-time I think that it was important for us not to concede a goal and win the second half. In the second half there was maybe room to score one or two more but we were in control and once we went 3-0 up we did not push on, and we won in a comfortable way.”Clean sheet for @D_Ospina1 #OSTvAFC pic.twitter.com/O33V6ne2Nd — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 15, 2018 Ospina, named captain for the game, ensured the Gunners maintained a three-goal advantage for next week’s return game by denying Pettersson from 12 yards after Hector Bellerin brought down substitute Tesfaldet Tekie.”For me it was important not to tarnish our performance tonight,” Wenger said of Petr Cech’s deputy keeping a clean sheet. “We were a bit too easy in that situation [conceding the penalty] and it would have left a bitter taste.Keep them coming, @HenrikhMkh ! #MickiMagic pic.twitter.com/Qa6JjuC29I — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 15, 2018 “The risk at the start was that I didn’t know how tough the pitch would be for our players. We have no game on the weekend [Arsenal having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round] so that was an easier decision.”The only risk was injury, overall I am happy there was no problem. The pitch was quite good.”last_img read more

Transfer latest: Man Utd have €65m Skriniar offer rejected

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd have €65m Skriniar offer rejected Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:15 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Milan Skriniar Inter Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd have €65m Skriniar offer rejectedManchester United have had a €65 million (£57m/$76m) approach for Inter defender Milan Skriniar rejected, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport . The 23-year-old Slovakia international has reportedly drawn the interest from the likes of both the Red Devils and Barcelona, however, the Serie A side consider him untouchable.De Gea signs five-year Man Utd dealDavid de Gea has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News   reports. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Spain international suffered a rough night in his World Cup opener against Portugal, but has committed to the Premier League side, ending Real Madrid’s hopes of luring him to La Liga.Pogba dismisses Juventus returnPaul Pogba has dismissed reports linking him with a return to Juventus from Manchester United .The 25-year-old flattered to deceive at times for United throughout this season, sparkling only intermittently, and reports have suggested that Juve could attempt to buy him back, after selling him for a then world-record fee of £89 million (€101m/$118m) in 2016.However, France international Pogba has brushed aside those suggestions, insisting he is solely focused on the World Cup.Read more here West Ham back in Pastore talksWest Ham United are back in talks regarding a potential £17.5 million ($23.2m) deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, according to Sky Sports . Initial discussions regarding a move for Pastore were put on hold after the Argentine asked for wages of £190,000 ($252,000) a week.However, with PSG willing to sell Pastore this summer, West Ham have reopened negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement.St Clair leaves Chelsea after rejecting new dealChelsea have seen highly-rated midfielder Harvey St Clair opt against signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge and instead complete a move to Venezia.The 19-year-old had been on the Blues’ books since joining their U8 team, progressing through the ranks to make his bow for the U18s at just 15 years of age.He was highly regarded in west London, but he has opted to continue his development elsewhere.Read more here PSG willing to pay £90m for KanteParis Saint-Germain are ready to sanction a £90 million ($119m) deal for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante, according to the Mirror . The French giants see the midfielder as a perfect fit in their side, and are ready to make a massive offer to land his services. Kante is in the third-year of a five-year deal with the Blues. Nice want HartNice are ready to offer Joe Hart an escape route from Manchester City, reports the Daily Mail .The 31-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan, at Torino and West Ham, and his poor displays saw him dropped from the England squad ahead of the World Cup.Patrick Vieira is the current manager of the Ligue 1 club, and holds a tentative interest in signing the goalkeeper, having previously worked with Hart at City.Coleman lines up Benteke bidChris Coleman is keen to sign Christian Benteke for Hebei China Fortune, according to the Daily Mirror .Benteke struggled throughout the 2017-18 season, scoring just three goals, but Coleman remains a big fan of the forward.Palace paid £27 million (€30m/$35m) to sign Benteke from Liverpool, and a Chinese transfer may be their best hope of getting their money back.Xhaka commits to ArsenalArsenal have announced midfielder Granit Xhaka has committed his future to the Premier League club by signing a new “long-term” contract.Switzerland international Xhaka featured in all 38 Premier League games in the 2017-18 season, starting 37 and making a single appearance off the bench.Read more here Neymar offered to BarcelonaBarcelona have been offered the chance to bring Brazilian star Neymar back to the club by Paris Saint-Germain, Marca claims.Having left the La Liga giants for the French side in a world-record deal just last summer, PSG have made contact to see if the Catalans would be interested in a return, with the club having missed out on French star Antoine Griezmann. The report claims that a return remains unlikely, with the Spanish side struggling to find the financial resources to make it work. Sarri camp confident of Chelsea jobMaurizio Sarri’s camp are confident he will land the job as Chelsea manager, according to the Independent . The move has been at a standstill, despite Napoli having already landed Carlo Ancelotti as Sarri’s replacement, but the manager’s agent is set to speak to the Italian club this weekend in an attempt to make the move possible for Chelsea. Bournemouth’s Mepham bid rejectedBrentford have rejected a £10 million ($13m) bid from Bournemouth for defender Chris Mepham, Sky Sports reports. The Premier League side had already seen a bid of £5.5m reject in the winter window and have once again been turned down as they try to land the promising 20-year-old. Kante waiting on Conte decision N’Golo Kante is waiting on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea decision before seeking a transfer away from the club, according to Metro . Paris Saint-Germain are interested in landing the midfielder, but Kante wants to know who will be managing Chelsea next season before making any decisions on his future. Alisson agrees personal terms with MadridRoma goalkeeper Alisson, a Liverpool target, has agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid, Gianluca Di Marzio claims. The only thing missing now is an agreement between the clubs, with Roma having put an €80 million (£70m/$93m) pricetag on the goalkeeper, while Madrid ready to make an offer of €60m plus bonuses. Rooney could make D.C. debut in JulyWayne Rooney’s D.C. United debut could come as soon as July 14, the Mirror reports. The MLS transfer window doesn’t open until July 10, but the forward has applied for his work visa and the move is edging closer to completion. Spurs keeping tabs on GotzeTottenham are keeping an eye on Mario Gotze’s situation with Borussia Dortmund, according to Football London . Reports claim that the World Cup winner could be had for as little as £18 million ($24m) this summer, and Spurs are among the Premier League sides interested in a possible move. Tottenham land Colombian midfielderTottenham have reached an agreement with Boca Juniors over the signing of midfielder Wilmar Barrios, Antena 2 claims. The report claims that the 24-year-old is a personal favourite of Mauricio Pochettino, who has wanted to manage the player since he joined the Argentine side. Bale to fight for Madrid spot under LopeteguiGareth Bale has decided to stay at Real Madrid and earn his spot in the team under new coach Julen Lopetegui,  ESPN  claims.Bale has been heavily linked to a return to the Premier League amid his recent struggles and even suggested after the Champions League final that he could be on the way out of the Spanish capital this summer.However, the attacker has a new optimism about his future at Madrid and is hoping to make an impression under the new coach instead of leaving. 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10 months agoBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today

first_imgBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Bruce is expected to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today.The vastly-experienced Bruce has been Wednesday’s top target to succeed Jos Luhukay following the Dutchman’s sacking last month after just under a year in charge at Hillsborough.An agreement has now been reached with the former Aston Villa boss on a contract understood to be worth around £2m a year and he will take charge ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Luton Town.Wednesday will become the tenth managerial role for ex-Manchester United captain Bruce, who turned 58 on New Year’s Eve. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Montreal isnt properly following Quebecs flag protocol complainants

first_imgMONTREAL – There’s a flap in Montreal over the Quebec flag.Two Montrealers are accusing the city of violating rules set out in provincial legislation that state the Fleur-de-lis should have “precedence over any other flag or emblem” and be displayed in certain designated places.A lawyer for the two retired Montreal journalists championing the cause says legal action could ensue if the city fails to act.Lawyer Hugo Vaillancourt said he and his clients looked further into the matter after they approached him.“We did an analysis to know whether Montreal was respecting the laws,” said Vaillancourt. “What we found was that there were numerous infractions in the city.”Vaillancourt said one obvious violation was the absence of the Quebec flag from Montreal’s council chamber.He says the Fleur-de-lis was also missing from several recent official events involving dignitaries and that the order of the three flags that fly in front of city hall is incorrect.“According to our interpretation (of the law), that means for Montreal’s city hall, when there are three flags displayed, the Quebec one must be in the middle,” Vaillancourt said.On Thursday, the Canadian flag was flying in the middle with the Quebec and City of Montreal flags flanking it. In contrast, the Quebec flag is on the middle pole outside city hall in Quebec City.The provincial Justice Department confirmed it sent a letter to Montreal’s director general last January outlining the fact that rules weren’t being followed.A letter provided by the department written by deputy justice minister France Lynch noted the flag wasn’t displayed during official events.“Allow me to remind you of the importance of complying with the protocol,” Lynch wrote.A city spokesman said it has taken note of the government’s correspondence and that the policy is under review.“We are currently analyzing the different historical and legal elements related to flag etiquette,” Gonzalo Nunez said in an email. “The city’s flag policy dates back to 1996, so the current administration has pursued the policy of previous administrations.”Vaillancourt said other municipalities might also be flouting the rules, but it would require further investigation.In the case of Montreal, a formal notice letter has been drafted and will be fired off if nothing changes.“It’s a reminder that Montreal is in the province of Quebec and it must respect the Quebec law,” said Vaillancourt. “It’s not up to a municipal official to make distinctions to the law where there aren’t any.”last_img read more

Watch Hakim Ziyech’s Best Free-Kick Goal for Ajax

Rabat – Moroccan-Dutch football star Hakim Ziyech scored an astonishing free-kick goal on Thursday for his Dutch team AFC Ajax.The young player scored the winning goal against Excelsior at the 86-mark mark. The game finished with a 3-1 victory for Ajax.The footballer has been delivering great performance with the Moroccan football team during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. He is also expected to take place in the tournament’s next phase, scheduled to take place next summer in Russia. Morocco was placed in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran. The Atlas Lions will play their first game against Iran on June 15. read more

Recreational marijuana retail store opens in Alaska city

KODIAK, Alaska — An Alaska city’s first recreational marijuana retail store has opened for business.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday that High Rise in Kodiak held a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday before it began selling marijuana products and accessories.Alaskans voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2014.Owner Jack Schactler says High Rise had 411 customers on opening day.The store will sell to customers over the age of 21 with expected opening hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.Schactler says the store offers pre-rolled joints, bulk marijuana weighed to order, as well as cannabis concentrates that can be smoked through a pipe.Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Phillips attended the opening and says “there’s obviously a lot of demand” for the new business.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Press read more

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet in September – UN

21 August 2007Greek Cypriot leader H.E. Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat will meet on 5 September at the official residence of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia, the island’s capital, it was announced today. The decision was reached by Rasit Pertev and Tasos Tzionis, the principal aides to the two leaders, who held a 45 minute meeting this morning at the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) headquarters, in the presence of Wlodek Cibor, the Mission’s Senior Adviser.UNFICYP Force Commander General Rafael Jose Barni and Mr. Cibor welcomed the aides to their headquarters before the meeting commenced. read more

Daya warns of new threats

“I visualize the need to follow a policy, based on national priorities, adopting a “preserve the good, discard the bad and acquire the new” approach while working in brotherhood and unity. Today’s army is not simply a labour force but a motivated, diverse and qualitatively productive, “human resource” and I firmly believe our human resource as a formidable strength could add a special value to national development as members from the most disciplined and well-organized workforce in the country,” added.He also said that over a thousand soldiers have been deployed in UN peace-keeping missions and their service has been commended by both UN officers and other foreign officers. Ratnayake said that a fully-fledged professional Army, rich with exemplary conduct and different skills at all levels that can face any challenge at anytime is the timely requirement. He said that in order to overcome these challenges, he believes the army should undergo a restructuring programme to suit to new technological needs and innovative strategies that would help to meet with those challenges, and similarly to enhance knowledge, using the sea of experience acquired from the battlefields. Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has warned that as as the country heads towards political reconciliation, new forms of threats may emerge against national security.Threats emanating from overseas separatist extremists are leading, the army media unit quoted him as saying after assuming duties today. “It is my intention to further expand this project and enable more and more members to serve such peace-keeping missions by implementing necessary plans while providing guidance and leadership in this direction,” he said.He said that the army has come a long way not only in structure, numbers and military hardware, but also in professionalism and its reputation and sustaining the image and its dignity, gained through unparalleled sacrifice, is therefore the most sacred duty of every serving member.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pedestrian dies after hit by oncoming car

A man is dead after being hit by an oncoming car after slipping while crossing the road.The incident occurred at the intersection of Rymal Road East and Upper Centennial Parkway in Hamilton.Staff sergeant Jack Langhorn told CHCH the 66-year-old victim was not using a crosswalk.The man died sometime after 11 p.m. Friday night. He is from the east end of Hamilton, but his name has not been released as police are still working on notifying next of kin.The 82-year-old driver was in a 2011 four-door Mazda and cooperated fully with police. No charges have been laid. Police are still completing their investigation. read more

UN chief appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as UnderSecretaryGeneral for Management

Ms. Beagle is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and has over 35 years of experience in political, development and inter-agency work of the Organization. According to a statement issued today, she also has extensive knowledge and experience in the management of human resources, finance, budget, information technology, administrative services and operations. She has made important contributions in leading and advancing change management initiatives in the Secretariat and at the level of the UN system, the statement read. She is an International Gender Champion and co-Chair of the Champions Working Group on Change Management, it added. Ms. Beagle was formerly the Deputy Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva (2008-2009) and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management (2005-2007). She joined the Organization in 1979. In the statement, Secretary-General Guterres also noted that he is grateful to Yukio Takasu, the former Under-Secretary-General for Management, for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. read more

This Years Sweet 16 Is Downright Odd

Round of 32Buffalo1376 With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Sweet 16Kansas State968 Round of 64Davidson1261% RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers. Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group read more