Blues’ Kramaric move said to have stalled, Defoe linked with Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool are the latest club to be linked with Jermain Defoe as the former Tottenham striker seeks a move back to England during this month’s transfer window.QPR were unable to agree Defoe’s release from FC Toronto during the final hours of the previous window and are looking to finalise a deal to sign him.The Express reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers been offered the chance to sign the 32-year-old, who played under R’s boss Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and Spurs.Leicester City have also been linked with Defoe in recent months and reports in Canada say the Foxes are close to signing him.QPR are looking to do a deal with FC Toronto to sign DefoeThere has been speculation about QPR’s financial position and it has been claimed that chairman Tony Fernandes – a huge fan of Defoe who was desperate to sign him in August – is having to be convinced by Redknapp to bring him in.There has also been speculation about Defoe’s wage demands and the fee Toronto want for him.Meanwhile, reports in Spain suggest Real Sociedad’s former Manchester United boss David Moyes is looking to sign Mohamed Salah on loan from Chelsea.Goal.com say the Blues’ predicted signing of Andrej Kramaric has stalled because Croatian club Rijeka have demanded more money.Chelsea were reported to be ready to buy the 23-year-old striker, who has also been linked with Leicester, for around £8m.And reports in Italy again suggest Roma want Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Cleveland also picked up 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Jeff Green in the offseason. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is set to return to Manila.James, who is arguably the best basketball player in the world today, is making his third visit to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old James, who just led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals two months ago, will be in the country on Sept. 2 for his “Strive for Greatness Show” which will be held at Mall of Asia Arena.James was supposed to visit Manila in September 2016 but cancelled the stop due to logistical reasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking to bring another title in Cleveland in the coming season, but with a different-looking squad.The Cavaliers, who yielded the championship to the Golden State Warriors in five games, just swapped its All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for another stud in Isaiah Thomas, quality role player in Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:151.108M crowd estimate at Manila North Cemetery since Oct. 30 to Nov. 201:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India’s Mecca of Cricket, Eden Gardens not a heaven for the hosts

first_imgThe Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata holds a very special place in the hearts of all Indian cricket lovers. The iconic stadium, established in 1864, has been the centre of attraction for cricket in India and is certainly a jewel in the BCCI’s crown. (India vs New Zealand: Ganguly feels Eden pitch will not turn much)The 2001 Test at Eden between India and Australia was perhaps the greatest match held at the venue and is also rated by many as the greatest Test India has ever played. Fifteen years later the stadium is going to host yet another memorable match as India will play its 250th Test at home when they face New Zealand in the second of the three-match series from September 30th. (‘Ambitious’ Gautam Gambhir as excited as debutant after India recall)However, despite Eden being the most sought after stadium in the country, India’s record at the ground remains below average. India have played the most number of its home Tests at this ground but haven’t produced the kind of results that they would have wanted to. (Eden Gardens all set to make India’s 250th Test at home a grand occasion)Out of 39 matches played at Eden, India have won just 11 games, played out 19 draws and lost nine times. The most recent loss being at the hands of England in 2012. In the last 10 matches, India have won 6, lost 2 and drawn two games. (Indian team management asks Eden officials to prune grass off the pitch)These figures won’t impress the fans present at the ground on Friday and it also indicates India’s vulnerability at the Eden Gardens. (Injured Jimmy Neesham to miss Kolkata Test)advertisementIn terms of wins at home, the Chepauk in Chennai remains India’s most successful stadium which has seen the team win 13 of the 31 games played there. The Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi is next with 13 wins for the hosts out of 33 matches. Eden is third on this list followed by Wankhede in Mumbai with 10 wins in 24 Tests. The Green Park stadium in Kanpur, where India played the first match of the series against New Zealand and won by 197 runs in their 500th Test match, completes the top-five stadiums list with India registering seven wins there. (Need to create pressure for longer spells, says NZ coach Hesson)MOST TESTS PLAYED BY INDIA AT A HOME GROUND:Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 39Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi – 33Chepauk, Chennai – 31Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 24Green Park, Kanpur – 22M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – 21Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai – 18Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali – 12Motera, Ahmedabad – 12MOST TEST WINS FOR INDIA AT A HOME GROUND:Chepauk, Chennai – 13Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi – 13Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 11Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 10Green Park, Kanpur – 7Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali – 6M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – 6Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai – 5Despite these numbers, the Eden Gardens still is a stadium where every Indian and International cricketer wants to play atleast once in his career. When filled to capacity, the 66,000-plus stadium is a sight to behold which might put added pressure on the home team.The passionate crowd in Kolkata expects nothing less than a win for the home team which is exactly what Virat Kohli and his team will be gunning for. Victory in India’s 250th Test match and the series in the bag, would be an ideal gift for the people of Kolkata right before the start of Durga Puja.last_img read more

a month agoJofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returningby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona player Jofre Mateu says former teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning to the club.The ex-Barcelona captain was expected to take up the sporting director job offered to him by President Josep Maria Bartomeu.”Although he [Puyol] has been thinking about it,” Jofre, a former Barcelona player himself said on Que t’hi jugues!”Right now I can tell you that he will not be a sporting director.”I’m 99 percent sure Puyol won’t take the position. He has other plans.” last_img read more

10 days agoChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressure

first_imgChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressureby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic admits he’s feeling the pressure of being a top American player in Europe.The 21-year-old arrived from Borussia Dortmund this surrounded by much fanfare.But he has struggled to find consistency in his game under Frank Lampard.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’.”You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.”This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.”Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Education Ministry Focused on Violence Prevention

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is taking a more proactive approach to school violence by placing focus on prevention. This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, during a special Child Month edition of the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme. She noted that while there are more than 800 guidance counsellors in the school system, along with deans of discipline, and some 200 school resource offices, “we have realised that there are so many issues that our students are being faced with, so we have to embark on more preventative approaches as against just reacting at the needs that may arise.” She told JIS News that the Ministry has embarked on an intensive training programme in basic investigative techniques, where deans of disciplines and counsellors are being equipped to respond to the needs of children. “I will say, though, we have to focus on getting our parents to play their part in ensuring that our children are prepared for school and the social challenges,” she stated. As part of the preventive approach, Mrs. McLean informed that the Ministry is seeking to modify its conflict management programme that was developed several years ago and implemented within the school system. “We are now looking back at this programme to see how we can provide some individual sessions for students; and there are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are coming on board to provide support in that regard because we have found that our students are just not able to treat with conflicts and to deal with the emotional trauma,” the Chief Education Officer said. On May 15, Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, tabled a Ministry Paper on a Behaviour Modification Programme. The programme seeks to address the challenges of anti-social behaviour by students in some educational institutions. Among the methods of intervention to be pursued is the engagement of a broad-based team consisting of representatives from the public and private sectors to design new strategies to deal with disruptive behaviours. A school-wide Behaviour Management System will also be developed and implemented in each school, with technical support from guidance and counselling education officers and territorial education officers. It will also include a school support team, consisting of school personnel, parents, representatives from the community, private sector, and state departments. Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Twists from cast wring new life out of King Lear review

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The opening of King Lear this week marks the 35th anniversary of Canadian Stage’s summer Shakespeare component of its annual programming, Shakespeare in High Park, the longest-running outdoor theatre series in Canada. This King Lear also stars actress Diane D’Aquila in the gender-swapped title role, a Canadian theatre vet who performed as Titania in the first-ever High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983.But this King (or Queen) Lear is also a testament to the mercy that outdoor theatre productions must throw themselves to the elements: even with such a storied cast and program, opening night was still buzzy with the threat of rain from dark, cloudy skies overhead, and the last-minute casting change that required director Alistair Newton to take the stage (script in hand) to play Lear’s Fool, when actor Robert Persichini had to withdraw from the next week of performances due to health reasons. Besides being a wholesome summer tradition, outdoor theatre is often the definition of “the show must go on.” (Looking on the bright side, there were no outbursts from political protesters at this performance.)READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Contrasting poll narratives

first_imgThe ensuing long-drawn general elections are just around the corner. Manifestos or not, narratives in public meets and through the media are for everyone to see. Let us first take the party and alliance in power. There are four pillars to the BJP/NDA narrative. First, there is the pitch for a visibly strong nation high on nationalism and pro-active military action as illustrated through the Balakot strike post Pulwama massacre and reiterated through the Mission Shakti recently. On March 27, 2019, India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in lower orbit. The test was successful and achieved all parameters as per plans. The test required an extremely high degree of precision and technical capability. The significance of the test is that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on completely indigenous technology. With this test, India joins an exclusive group of space-faring nations consisting of USA, Russia and China. Second, there is the pitch for a stable government led by a strong-willed leader Narendra Modi and his version of BJP ably assisted by party president Amit Shah. This underplays the fact that BJP is the leading power among 24 parties in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). There are a few more strong BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh with a mass base, and there has been a litany of conflicts, major and minor, with alliance partners leading to Shiv Sena, Paswan’s LJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) being accommodated with a long rope. Alliance partners are temporarily fine as they expect a Modi-driven almost Presidential type of campaign will reap rich benefits. Third, there is an unmistakable tilt towards using the communal lingo in the polls with every passing day. The way Hindu-Muslim rhetoric is being used by the PM himself with reference to the Samjhauta blast alleged miscarriage of justice and about the strong Muslim electorate in Wayanad which Congress president Rahul Gandhi has picked up as his second seat, it is obvious that the ferocity of communal card shall be more aggressive down the line; as is seen in the speeches of UP CM Adityanath. Fourth, the BJP leadership is harping on the dynastic roots of Rahul Gandhi and several other regional political leaders of other opposition parties, and that the opposition alliances are all opportunistic and weak. And, interestingly, there is a fifth narrative, and it is a narrative in absentia. There is virtually no discourse on the very things which brought Modi to power in 2014 or have highlighted while in power; no talks on corruption at high-places, black money from abroad, double-digit GDP growth, benefits of demonetisation, digital or start-up India missions, Namami Gange, bullet train, Beti padhao beti bachao, multi-layered GST, et al. Now, let us look at the main opposition to the government. After bumbling on opposition alliances in Delhi, Haryana, Andhra, Bengal, Telangana, and being left out of UP, etc., Congress is now settling down with alliances in Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu in place. But this is surely a month late. With initial noises of a Mahagatbandhan, Congress seems to have got the successes in recent state elections a bit too much in the head. The scar of being left out of the UP battle has led them to put the two best faces, Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, to sweat it out in the sweltering summer heat and dust of Uttar Pradesh. Even the friends wonder why are they not best used in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Having apparently fumbled, the Congress narrative is picking up steadily now with the promise of its mind-boggling NYAY scheme (Nyuntom Aye Yojana) in which, if voted to power, it promises to ensure minimum income of Rs 12,000 a month for the poorest 5 crore families (20 crore people) incurring an expense of Rs 3.6 lacs crores a year, thereby ensuring the universal concept of Basic Minimum Income in India, along with all other welfare measures like MGNREGA, NRHM, etc., which cover rural, urban and tribal poor. This surely has brought back the narrative on their side, along with the promise of directly elected mayors across India to ensure better urban governance and people’s control over the same. And, ahead of BJP, Congress has now come out with their manifesto too. Apart from NYAY, the promises in the manifesto include commitment to legislate women’s reservation bill and reserve one-third of all government jobs for women, double education outlay at every level, free and compulsory school education up to Class XII in public education, review AFSPA, omit Section 124A of the IPC that is known as the Sedition Law, fill up around 30 lacs of jobs at various levels of the government, separate Kisan budget, legislate Right to Healthcare Act, GST 2.0 with a single moderate tax-rate, implement Forests Rights Act for tribal welfare in letter and spirit, abolish opaque electoral bonds, stringency against hate crimes, establish Environment Protection Authority, enact Right to Homestead Act for the rural homeless, et al. With this, Congress has surely moved ahead with an ‘inclusive development’ campaign narrative. It, however, remains to be seen how far its candidates and cadre can take these promises – music to every Indian ear – down to the grassroots.And the contrasting narratives of both the parties show some positives, in spite of the communal undertone in the ongoing campaign. While BJP scores heavily on the national pride and power front, Congress scores on specific aspects of inclusive justice, especially through its NYAY scheme. Congress will be forced to talk about handling cross-border terror, its possible outlook towards Kashmiri militancy in today’s context, and sprucing up the military arsenal of the nation. It has already got a dossier on national security prepared by the army officer who led the post-Uri surgical strikes, Lt Gen DS Hooda, and has promised in the manifesto to upgrade defence budget and military modernisation. On the other hand, unabated communal rhetoric may not pay desired dividends to BJP and the revival of Ram Janmabhoomi movement did not meet much enthusiasm of the people at large in spite of a well organised Kumbha Mela to launch the same. The Congress approach will require the rulers of the day to turn to a more development-focused narrative especially with regards to jobs, basic income, women’s issues, health and education, among other things. That surely is good for the nation. As electioneering goes ahead, it is also expected that a re-thinking on the role, independence and neutrality of the Election Commission and the media, apart from the fundamental premises of the Constitution, shall emerge. And, that, to my mind is another good outcome of this largest festival of democracy in the world: the Indian General Elections (along with assembly polls of several states too). (The author is a media academic and columnist, currently the Dean of School of Media, Pearl Academy, and earlier the Dean of Symbiosis and Amity Universities. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to open home schedule in DC Koehl

OSU women’s volleyball players get set for a serve during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena is set to host the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the first time this season during the 10th Annual Sports Import D.C. Koehl Classic.The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, facing off against Northern Illinois (3-1) at noon and No. 14 Florida State (2-1) at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles again on Sunday at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off of a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. The Buckeyes fell to Wyoming in their opening game, but they bounced back to defeat both Butler and South Dakota in three sets.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he’s happy with the way his team responded to the initial loss and is ready to be at home for the first time this season.“I’m excited for the team, especially our freshmen,” Carlston said. “We played in front of a huge crowd, actually, at Wyoming, but to play in front of a large crowd that’s your home and not at a mile high is going to be much better for us.”Setter Emily Ruetter, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, said she’s excited for her first home match in a Buckeyes uniform and thinks the home crowd will give the team a boost.“It’s so much better playing on your home floor,” Ruetter said. “Based off what I’ve heard, St. John brings in quite an awesome crowd, so it’s going to be even better having all of those people here.”Junior libero Valeria León, who, along with junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, was named to the all-tournament squad at the Rumble in the Rockies, is focused on helping her team more moving forward.“I don’t really care about the individual awards, I just try to make my team better,” León said. “So I’m going to keep working on that.”Team adjustmentsAs the team heads into this weekend’s games, OSU has been working on improving its blocking, shot selection and overall consistency on defense, Carlston said.“I think (in) the Wyoming match, we just sort of forgot the things that we can do, and that will happen when you’ve got people in your face,” he said. The Buckeyes had 21 shots blocked by the Cowgirls in their season-opening match.Carlston said the team has to go back to what is worked on in practice for the upcoming matches and improve overall confidence, trust and consistency.Injury reportJunior outside hitter Kylie Randall did not play in any of last weekend’s matches as she works her way back after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last season and an elbow injury that she sustained in the team’s first practices this year.There’s no timetable for Randall’s return to games, but she is practicing and Carlston is pleased with her progress.“She’s back, full-go and she’s looking pretty good, actually, for a kid who’s played six times over the last (year),” he said.The rest of the team is feeling well from a health standpoint, Carlston said.Looking aheadFollowing this weekend’s action in Columbus, OSU is set to head back out on the road for the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 11 and 12. read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more