Wenger plays down Guardiola success

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City He hasn’t raised the bar – Wenger plays down Guardiola success Dejan Kalinic 10:24 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WengerGuardiola - Cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Arsène Wenger Guardiola Manchester City Arsenal The Arsenal manager insisted that the Man City boss had not taken the managerial profession to a new level Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions Pep Guardiola has raised the bar in football over the past decade.Guardiola’s Manchester City are on track to win the Premier League and face Wenger’s men in the Carabao Cup final Sunday.The Spaniard has enjoyed plenty of success with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his coaching career, including winning two Champions League titles. 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 However, asked if Guardiola had raised the bar, Wenger played down the 47-year-old’s impact.”No, because you look at Barcelona and they are still the best team in Europe,” he told UK newspapers.”You have to accept that the modern game has changed with the recruitment of the best players in a short number of clubs.”We, as managers, can maybe impart our philosophy but this game belongs to the players because the importance of the players has become bigger than ever before.”Arsenal have won trophies in each of the past four seasons, claiming the FA Cup (2014, 2015 and 2017) and Community Shield (2014 and 2015).Wenger believes his team’s history counts for something heading into the decider against City at Wembley.”When you come through such a long way, you go to the final, you don’t want to lose it,” he said.”You want to win it. At the end of the day, you have to be cool. Because Manchester City is dominating the league in the head of everybody and so maybe we are more underdogs than in the FA Cup semi-final [last season, which Arsenal won 2-1].”We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Second in Touch, where the Touch continues on and the news never lets up…* The first edition of the referees newsletter ` Whistleblower’ for 2006 has been loaded onto the TFA website, click here to download the newsletter and read about all the news from the world of refereeing: WHISTLEBLOWER- FEBRUARY 2006* The Australian Under 18 Development camp was a huge success, with all reports highlighting the excellent behaviour of the players and the effort and dedication they gave to the training. TFA would like to thank all of the players for working so hard, as well as all of the coaching and management staff who were challenged by weather conditions but still produced a brilliant program for the players. Keep an eye on the TFA website this week for a wrap up of all the news, award winners and more from what happened at the 2006 Australian Under 18’s Development Camp. * NTL is getting closer, it’s less than 7 weeks away! Remember if you’re after accommodation for the NTL, contact the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070 or 02 6652 1522 or email on [email protected] The Visitor Centre will help you find suitable accommodation and TFA will receive a commission on all accommodation booked through the centre. A great way to support TFA and the NTL event.* The current TFA poll is becoming the most popular of all time, with more than 250 votes already being placed. TFA has signed an agreement to have the 2006 Open NTL’s televised on Fox Sports and we’re wanting to know, which final out of the Mens/Womens/Mixed should be televised in full, rather than just highlights. TFA will be looking to promote the sport to those who are not involved with Touch, as well as continue to build the national profile of the sport for potential sponsors. We’re keen to know which final you believe will be most beneficial to show in full. Visit the poll on the right hand side to place your vote.* The Yass knockout is taking place this weekend with 87 teams traveling from around Australia to take part. Make sure you check the TFA website next week for the results.* The new TFA website is getting closer, it’s in the final stages of design and trouble-shooting, with TFA staff Rachel and Jon set to travel to Melbourne in early February to learn how to manage and work the new site. It will be great to have the website up and running for the NTL.* The 2006 Australian Sports Awards are being held on February 22 and the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side has been nominated for the Masters Team of the Year award after their performance at the 2005 All Nations Championships. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff, we wish you all the best for the awards!The 2006 Australian Sport Awards (run by the Confederation of Australian Sport) and also the 2006 Ausport Awards (run by the Australian Sports Commission) are both coming up in February and March. Keep an eye on the TFA website in coming weeks to see if any of our Touch players, teams, coaches or officials are recognised nationally for their hard work and achievement. * Advertising for the NTL is already proving to be popular, with several bookings already being made to advertise in the 2006 NTL booklet. Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space for purchase.This is a great opportunity for your business to promote their services amongst the Touch community, or perhaps for your Touch club to promote an upcoming social event or knockout tournament.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact [email protected] or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.* NTL referees: please ensure that where ever possible you fill in the levy/gear order form for the event and post, fax or email it back to Chris at [email protected] It is difficult for staff to process orders when there is not a levy/gear order form attached. Please avoid phoning your order in, as this is where mistakes can be made with the gear you want or your personal details.All gear is being sent out as soon as possible from when the levy/gear order forms arrive in the office. However, if you have ordered walk shorts or a new referees jacket, the wait will be another 2-3 weeks as the supplier has not yet delivered these items.* IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE NTL: All permit representatives please take note! There are some important dates coming up for the 2006 NTL-o February 8- Closing date for final submissions to the Player Poolo 10 February- Electronic submission of initial team lists dueo 1 March- Final electronic submission of team sheets dueContact Tournament Director Jon Pratt on [email protected] if you have any questions regarding these dates or the NTL.* The Melbourne based ‘Friends of Monash Touch’ have come up with a novel idea to raise some funds – by putting together & selling a 2006 calendar featuring a collection of “Touch Girls”. Check out the article on Triton Touch Clubs website for more info, and details on how to order your own calendar: MONASH TOUCH CLUB- CALENDAR The calendars are selling for only $15 each (plus P&H) , but stocks are limited, so don’t miss out!! They can be purchased by emailing [email protected]* Remember if you have anything that you would like published in the weekly Sixty Seconds in Touch column, just email [email protected]last_img

10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorra

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has signed the son of Tito Vilanova for FC Andorra.Adria Vilanova is already training with Andorra, reports Sport.Adria came through Barcelona’s academy and was a highly-rated centre-back as a teenager. While with Barça B he joined Hercules on loan before moving to Mallorca B this season. His switch to FC Andorra is a step up to an ambitious club with the aim of re-finding his best football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State Fans Dominate Twitter Poll By 5-Star WR Trevon Grimes Asking Where He Should Go

first_img@TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7Trevon Grimes, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, took to Twitter to ask fans where he should commit to. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is down to six schools – Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State – and plans on committing in August. Grimes, the No. 4 WR and No. 28 player in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, created Twitter polls asking his followers which of the six schools he should attend. Ohio State dominated the poll.  @TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7 @TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product. The Buckeyes’ 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Saganash wants probe of money spent by Ottawa fighting Aboriginal rights

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCree NDP MP Romeo Saganash has asked Canada’s auditor general to probe the millions of dollars Ottawa spends fighting Aboriginal rights and title cases.Saganash sent a letter to Auditor General Michael Ferguson requesting an operational audit of the expenditures to determine whether Ottawa is using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently battling First Nations over rights.“I am asking that your office conduct an investigation into the government’s policies and practices to oppose the status and rights of Aboriginal peoples and defend itself in the courts,” wrote Saganash in the June 12 dated letter. “Such adversarial actions serve to unjustly deplete Aboriginal peoples’ financial resources and do not promote reconciliation.”The federal Aboriginal Affairs department spent over $100 million between 2012 and 2013 on legal fees, according to federal government records. The department’s own internal risk assessment found that a lot of the litigation money has been spent on losing causes.“As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly rule that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations,” according to the department’s risk profile for 2011.Ottawa has also recently twice challenged the rulings of the Specific Claims Tribunal, which was created to settle outstanding historical claims that had reached a stalemate at the negotiating table.The Federal Court of Appeal handed a loss to Ottawa earlier this month on one of those challenges, upholding the tribunal’s ruling in favour of the Kitselas First Nation.Ottawa is also challenging a tribunal ruling that sided with the Williams Lake Indian Band.In the letter, Saganash said he’s requesting the audit because federal departments have failed to adequately respond to his requests for clarity the amount of money specifically spent battling rights and title cases.“The answers to these requests…have been lacking,” wrote Saganash. “With many departments stating that this information was not ‘readily available.’”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Mexico suspends charter company in Cuba airliner crash

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities temporarily suspended a charter company which owned a passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, while Cuban media said one of three survivors died Monday, increasing the death toll to 111.Mexico’s General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a statement that the suspension was ordered to allow an “extraordinary” review to verify whether Aerolineas Damojh, which uses the commercial name Global Air, is complying with the law.Authorities also want to compile information to help with an investigation launched by the Cuban government into the cause of Friday’s crash.Cuban state radio and television stations said Gretell Landrove Font, 23, died Monday afternoon of extensive injuries she sustained in the crash.Landrove’s mother, Amparo Font, had told reporters that her daughter was a flamenco dancer and engineering student on the verge of graduation.The two remaining survivors — Mailen Diaz, 19, and Emiley Sanchez, 39 — were hospitalized in Havana in critical condition. Both are from the eastern Cuba city of Holguin.Mexico and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board have announced they would send experts to Cuba to help in the investigation, and Havana has said that Boeing, which made the airliner, is participating.The 39-year-old Boeing 737 was rented from Damojh and operated by Cuban state-run airline Cubana de Aviacion, with a Global Air flight crew.It crashed in a fireball just after takeoff Friday from Havana’s international airport bound for the eastern Cuban city of Holguin.Mexico’s aviation directorate said the company had been suspended twice before, in 2010 and 2013, but was allowed to resume operations after addressing security questions.last_img read more

Starbucks Canada closes stores for training on race bias and inclusion

first_imgTORONTO – Starbucks is closing about 1,100 Canadian locations for anti-bias training Monday afternoon in a bid to make its stores more inclusive after the April arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia locations.The four-hour training sessions that begin at 3 p.m. involve sharing experiences, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in society and talking about how employees can create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong.In a media sneak peek of the training, the Seattle-based company said the sessions will begin with a video message from Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway, where he notes that the exercises were triggered by a “very regretful event.” The April incident in Philadelphia — in which two men were arrested after a Starbucks employee called the police on them — prompted the company to close its 8,000 U.S. locations for training last month.“You may think this does not relate to us in Canada, but it does,” Conway said in the video. “The world is changing and we are not immune to the complexities or biases and neither are our customers or our communities.”Conway said Starbucks locations grapple with issues around homelessness, language barriers and “Canadians that simply appear very different from one of us,” but he believes the training will “only strengthen our resolve to make sure every customer feels welcome every time.”Following his introduction, employees will break into groups of between three and five people to go through a 68-page book of exercises.The materials ask employees to discuss the first time they noticed their “racial identity,” “had a friend of a different race who regularly visited your home,” “felt distracted at work because of external events related to race,” and “went to work with your natural hair without comments or questions from others.”The booklet references biases that negatively impact African American customers, but also asks broad questions around inclusion and diversity. It does not include direct references to issues faced by customers and employees of other races, of Indigenous backgrounds or those identifying as LGBTQ or having a disability.The workbook is supplemented with videos from Starbucks executives, including board members and founder Howard Schultz, rapper and diversity advocate Common and inclusion experts.Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner-Campbell, a Toronto-based consultant focusing on human rights compliance, diversity and inclusion, reviewed the materials Starbucks provides its stores with and said she thought it should be more tailored to Canada because the country has its own history of anti-black racism and challenges faced by stores are not uniform throughout the country.She also wanted to see more acknowledgment of not only race, but issues around appearance, perceptions around mobility and ability to pay for goods.“I would have expected them to actually address issues related to consumer racial profiling,” said Sojourner-Campbell, noting that the term is not even included in the glossary or list of themes the workbooks have, but was at the heart of the incident in Philadelphia.“That seems very odd to me… I think they could have directly responded to it with a series of scenarios about what to do if there is consumer racial profiling. Bias training only gets people to point A, understanding that they have some semblance of a bias.”She chalked Starbucks’ training up as a “public relations response,” but said it is a good way for the company to take stock of what it happening in its stores.“Do I think four hours and this commitment will prevent a future complaint about consumer racial profiling? It is unlikely,” she said. “The complaints are not driven by the intent of the business or the employee, but the experience of the individual.”She said she expected that the training would create “the Starbucks effect,” where other companies assess how they can be more inclusive and consider measures like Starbucks.In the wake of the Philadelphia incident, Starbucks said it is providing all locations with lists of ways they can access mental health, substance abuse and housing services and committing to ongoing education and development for staff.It also promised to tackle the circumstances that led to the training.“Whether a person makes a purchase or not, they are welcome in our spaces,” said chief operating officer Roz Brewer in training videos.“This includes the use of restrooms, cafes and patios — regardless of whether a person makes a purchase, they would be considered a customer.”Customers outside one of the coffee chain’s locations on Spring Garden Road, the largest downtown shopping street in Halifax, praised inclusion training, but said they were disappointed that it is necessary, given how progressive society has become.“Companies are seeing consequences because they’re losing customers, but it shouldn’t take that. Money shouldn’t be the motivator for people to have respect for one another,” said Matthew Williams, 26. “People just feel they can be racist and freely racist…There needs to be consequences to being racist.”Over in Victoria, B.C., Starbucks customer Pamela Manhas said she couldn’t help but feel an anti-bias session held over one afternoon will not accomplish much for employees and appears more of a company “PR stunt,” but said “if they are making an honest effort I can’t fault them for doing that.”With files from Michael Tutton in Halifax and Dirk Meissener in Victoria.last_img read more

IndianAmerican Neomi Rao sworn in as judge of powerful DC court

first_imgWashington: Neomi Jehangir Rao, a prominent Indian-American lawyer, has been sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second from the community to be a part of the powerful court considered next only to the US Supreme Court.Rao, 45, was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday. She will replace US Supreme Court Judge Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was nominated by President Donald Trump for the top post. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBefore being sworn in as the US Supreme Court Judge, Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was marred by sexual misconduct allegations, was a judge at the United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Joined by her husband Alan Lefkowitz, Rao took the oath on the Bible.According to a White House schedule, Trump participated in the swearing-in ceremony.Born in Detroit to Parsi physicians from India Zerin Rao and Jehangir Narioshang Rao is the second Indian-American after Sri Srinivasan to be part of the powerful court said to be next only to the US Supreme Court. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySrinivasan was appointed during the previous Obama regime.Nominated by President Trump during Diwali celebrations last November, Rao was confirmed by the Senate last week by 53-46 votes.”She is going to be fantastic. Great person,” Trump had said about his nominee.In her previous role as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget, she played a key role in regulatory reform.Rao’s confirmation and her swearing-in for the prestigious court has been a low key affair for the Indian-American community. This is in stark contrast to the nationwide celebration by Indian-Americans when Srinivasan was confirmed and sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to her service as OIRA Administrator, Rao was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.She founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress.She has served in all three branches of government, including Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W Bush.Rao also served as counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.In between government service, Rao practised in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in international law and commercial arbitration.last_img read more

USA is the leader of world terrorism Iran

first_imgTehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the US of being the real “leader of world terrorism”, hitting back after Washington blacklisted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. Tehran was quick to retaliate on Monday by declaring US troops “terrorists” following Washington’s move, which was welcomed by Iran’s regional arch-rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia. It was the first time that Washington has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group, meaning that anyone who deals with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could face prison in the United States. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?” an angry Rouhani demanded in a speech broadcast live by state television. Rouhani hailed the Guards for fighting terrorism since their creation in 1979, and accused US forces of having always been involved with terrorist groups or acts of terrorism. “You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region… you are the leader of world terrorism. “Who is propagating and encouraging terrorism in today’s world? Who wanted to use ISIS (the Islamic State group) as a tool?” Rouhani asked, saying that the US is “hiding” the leaders of the jihadist organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Revolutionary Guards are the ideological arm of the country’s military and deeply embedded in Iranian political and economic life. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Guards on their National Day, saying they were at the “forefront’ of defending the country and its interests, according to his official website. He lashed out at US officials, saying: “Their vice and deceit will return boomerang on them, leading the enemies of the Islamic Republic such as (US President Donald) Trump and those around him at the US ruling apparatus to go down the drain.” To support his accusations, Rouhani cited the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 in July 1988 by missiles fired from the US naval ship the USS Vincennes. “You have done everything imaginable. Which force was it that shot down our civil airliner in the waters of the Persian Gulf?” he said, adding that it was aimed at intimidating Iran. “You wanted to tell the Iranian nation that we do not have any red lines, you wanted to say that we also kill children, you wanted to say that we also kill women,” Rouhani said, concluding that the US was transmitting “a message of terrorism in the whole world.” The US move comes on top of Trump’s decision last year to pull the United States out of an international deal with Iran that was meant to lift crippling economic sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Washington had been encouraged to blacklist the Guards by Trump’s allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, which both cheered the declaration. “The US decision (follows) the kingdom’s repeated demands to the international community to address the issue of Iranian-backed terrorism,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying on Tuesday. The source welcomed the US move as a “practical and serious step” in curbing what the kingdom describes as Iranian meddling in the region. The US decision came hours before an Israeli election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a close race for re-election. In a statement, Netanyahu thanked his “dear friend” Trump who he said had responded to a “request of mine”. In a statement carried by the Iranian official news agency IRNA, the Supreme National Security Council declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism” and its forces in the region “terror groups”. Quickly adapting to the decision, the semi-official Fars News Agency, close to ultra-conservatives, described the US casualties in the latest suicide bombing on a military convoy in Afghanistan as “terrorists.” In a report on the attack, Fars said Tuesday: “American army terrorists killed in Afghanistan.”last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more