Mourinho produces incredible monologue to defend Rashford’s playing time

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho blasted his critics and produced an incredible monologue, which was filled with statistics, that showed the amount of playing time given to England striker Marcus Rashford over the past two years.His frustration came after some pundits expressed concern over Rashford’s growth over the last two years. Rashford scored for England in his last two internationals but hasn’t started for United on a regular basis in the presence of Romelu Lukaku.Rashford, 20, played 122 minutes of top flight football this season, which included one start just. But, he will miss Saturday’s game against Watford as he is suspended for seeing a red card in the last game at Burnley.With so much talk going around, the question was bound to come to Mourinho and the Portuguese said that he wanted to set the record straight even if ‘obsessed’ people, who had “a problem with some compulsive lies”, would criticise him anyway.”I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but is not my fault, he’s suspended,” said the Portuguese, before embarking on an extended monologue to set out the numbers for those who were “a bit confused”.”In 2016-17: Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield,” he said.”He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take the minutes of play, he played 3,068 minutes and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes of the matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in ’16-17.advertisement.@MarcusRashford #MUFC United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2018″In 2017-18, he played 35 matches in the Premier League, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.”He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes, if you divide that by 90 it gives 29.7 matches. So with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals.”Mourinho said Rashford could not be compared to other young England players like Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin when it came to minutes played.Rashford, he said, had played “an incredible number of appearances and minutes” at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if injured or suspended…so he knows and that’s the most important thing,” he added.”(It) is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that’s why I’m going so specific about these numbers.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Azharuddin praises Tamim Iqbal for bravery after broken wrist

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin heaped special praise on Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal for batting with fractured wrist during the opening match against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2018.Azharuddin said what Tamim did in the match is an extremely difficult thing to do.”Much respect for Tamim Iqbal for batting with one hand, it’s not easy. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi use to bat with only one eye and it was not easy,” said Azharuddin.Tamim sustained the injury early on during the Bangladesh’s innings and was forced to leave the ground. However, he came back to bat after nine wickets fell. The match was eventually won by Bangladesh by 137 runs.Tamim Iqbal reveals why he went out to bat with a fractured wristTamim sustained the injury in only the third ball he faced when a Suranga Lakmal delivery struck him.He was immediately attended by the team physio but excessive pain forced him to retire hurt on two not out. He was taken to the hospital where scans confirmed a fracture and is now expected to be out of action for six weeks.When he returned to the stadium, he decided to go out to bat again as Bangladesh lost nine wickets. He then went on to add 32 runs with captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 144. The last partnership helped Bangladesh score 261 – a target which proved to be an impossible task for Sri Lanka.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVEReflecting on his decision to got out and bat despite a fractured wrist, Tamim said he took the call in the team’s interest.advertisement”I felt very brave in those ten seconds when the bowler was running in,” admitted Tamim. “I was very pumped up after hearing the roar in the stadium. I could have got out or anything else may have happened, but in that moment, I was very, very committed to the team and nation,” Tamim told ESPNCricinfo.”It was quite risky now that I think about it. My injured hand was behind me but when I played the ball, you’d notice that the hand had come in front. If I had missed the ball, it would have hit my hand.”last_img read more

Kaka: Why I turned down £100m Man City move

first_imgManchester City Kaka reveals rejected £100m move to Manchester City Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kaka Orlando City Patrick McDermott Manchester City Real Madrid Milan Serie A Premier League Transfers The Brazil star had a chance to join the club in 2009 but chose to remain at Milan due to uncertainty surrounding the club’s new owners Kaka has revealed he turned down a chance to be the face of the new-look Manchester City in 2009 and rejected £100 million move to the Premier League club.The attacking midfielder, who currently plays with Orlando City in Major League Soccer, was at the peak of his powers at that time for Milan, while City had recently been acquired by Sheikh Mansour.Citizens 4/6 for PL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. And the new owner displayed his ambitions right away, making a then-record offer for the Brazil international, with Kaka’s approval the only thing holding up the transfer’s completion.“Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word,” Kaka told FourFourTwo.“It came to the point where all of the numbers and the finer details had been discussed. The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan.“I found myself wondering what my life playing in England would be like, what my routine at this new club would be, how difficult it would be for my kids and my wife to move home. All of these thoughts were swirling inside my head.”The move caught the star by surprise as City approached Milan before making any contact with him. In fact, he did not learn of the interest until a bid was made.Kaka | AC Milan“I’d absolutely no idea that City were interested in signing me until they’d actually made their official offer to Milan. They had gone straight to Milan.”However any temptation he might have had was overshadowed by uncertainty over what Manchester City was building. That kept Kaka in Milan, at least temporarily.“I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process.“It wasn’t clear to me how the squad would be reshaped and I wasn’t convinced it would work.“I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player. It was safer to stay at Milan.”Instead, City would go on to spend over £100m on multiple players and later go onto a Premier League title in 2011-12. Meanwhile, Kaka would not remain with Milan much longer before being sold to Real Madrid later that summer.last_img read more

Report: Huddersfield 0 Palace 2

first_imgHuddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2: Tomkins and Milivojevic secure priceless win Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 18/3/2018 JamesTomkins - cropped Getty Images Crystal Palace ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats and climbed out of the relegation zone with a key win at Huddersfield. James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic landed crucial blows in Crystal Palace’s battle against the drop, ensuring they left relegation rivals Huddersfield Town with a 2-0 victory.Tomkins poached the only goal from a corner midway through the first half and manned an impeccable defensive effort at the John Smith’s Stadium.It meant Huddersfield had barely a sniff of an equaliser before Andros Townsend won a 68th-minute penalty and captain Luka Milivojevic converted his sixth spot kick of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Roy Hodgson handed Mamadou Sakho and Wilfried Zaha their first starts since suffering respective calf and knee injuries last month and the extra quality they provided at either end of the pitch will serve Palace well during the crucial period to come.Palace are up to 16th, a point and a place below Town and two above the drop line. LUKA!!![0-2] #HUDCRY— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 17, 2018The match began amid a now customary din from Huddersfield’s home support but there was a collective anxious gasp in the seventh minute when Milivojevic curled a free-kick fractionally wide.Steve Mounie’s touch let him down in the 12th minute, allowing Sakho to recover from his slack pass and make a last-ditch tackle on the Town striker, while Christian Benteke had an attempt blocked as both teams pursued the all-important breakthrough.It fell to Palace in the 23rd minute after the marauding Zaha won a corner, Mounie and Jonathan Hogg failed to deal with the left-wing delivery and Tomkins prodded home at the second attempt.Huddersfield roared back at their opponents, with Milivojevic making a timely intervention as Alex Pritchard stood poised to convert Collin Quaner’s cutback.Benteke, leading the line superbly for Palace, teed-up Townsend four minutes from the end of a frenetic first half but the winger shanked a shot wastefully over.Chris Lowe’s half-time introduction in place of full-back Scott Malone gave the hosts greater thrust down the left flank but clear openings remained scarce.Tomkins thought he had a second after the hour when another Palace corner evaded the Huddersfield backline but, when the centre-back drove goalwards at the back post, Mounie was on hand to hack off the line.Back in his natural habitat in the opposition penalty area, Mounie then lashed against the stanchion – an attempt that, for all their efforts, was Huddersfield’s first shot of the match.The state of the game offered increased opportunities for Palace to play to their strengths on the counter-attack and, when Mathias Jorgensen dived in on a rampaging Townsend, Milivojevic had the chance to seal the points from 12 yards.He made no mistake, clattering his effort to Jonas Lossl’s right as the goalkeeper guessed incorrectly.6 – Luka Milivojevic has scored more penalties than any other Premier League player this season (6). Conversion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2018Lossl twice saved impressively during the closing minutes from Yohan Cabaye – another of Palace’s returnees – by which point Hodgson’s great escape was firmly back on course.Huddersfield have the spirit and organisation to survive too, on this evidence, but the lack of cutting edge in David Wagner’s side – now scoreless in three – is a gnawing concern.Key Opta Stats:- Crystal Palace have won seven Premier League away points in 2018 (W2 D1 L3), one more than they picked up in their previous 12 away games in 2017 (W1 D3 L8). – Huddersfield have failed to score in a league-high 17 different Premier League games this season. They have drawn a blank in eight of their last 11 games in the top-flight.- Palace ended a seven-match winless run in the Premier League (D2 L5), securing their first victory since a 1-0 win over Burnley in January.- Only Andrew Johnson (11) has scored more penalties in a single Premier League season for Crystal Palace than Luka Milivojevic (6).- James Tomkins scored his first away goal in the Premier League since November 2016 versus Swansea. read morelast_img read more

‘I am a serial winner’ – Conte

first_imgAntonio Conte ‘Serial winner’ Conte defends Chelsea record after FA Cup victory Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:09 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United FA Cup Videos Eden Hazard’s penalty earned the Blues a 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester United, leading the manager to hail his success at the club level Antonio Conte declared he is a “serial winner” after Chelsea won the FA Cup over Manchester United on Saturday.Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty earned a battling 1-0 win against the Red Devils at Wembley, ensuring the Italian has collected a trophy in each of his last five seasons as a club manager.Speculation Conte could leave Chelsea has intensified this term and he indicated he had the chance to return to the Italian national team, whom he led between 2014 and 2016. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 And after adding the FA Cup to last season’s Premier League crown, Conte launched a passionate defence of his record.”I think after two years the club knows me very well and if they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said. “I can’t change, nothing changes. My way is always the same. “I have worked to build a strong mentality with my players and I can’t change. And I think my past speaks very clear as a player and a manager.”You can say what you want but I am a serial winner, I also showed this in a difficult moment for the club. “I think I am showing this also today and I think we found the right way to win this trophy. I’m very happy for the players and for our fans and at the same time I’m happy for the club.”The decision to judge me – in two seasons I brought two trophies to this club. I’m very happy.”1 – Chelsea are the first team to win the FA Cup after finishing runners-up in the previous season since Arsenal in 2002. Bouncebackability. #FACupFinal— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018Conte accepted Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League is a blow, but stressed he expected the Blues to be tested throughout the campaign.The Italian again suggested he was unhappy with the club’s transfer dealings over the course of the season and claimed he had got as much as he could from the squad.”I’m very satisfied because today was very difficult, very difficult to win in this moment,” Conte said. “The FA Cup, against a really strong team like Manchester United, we are pleased because it wasn’t easy.”I’m very happy for our fans and for our players. They have deserved this win. To win an important trophy in this season for sure it was very difficult for many reasons.”As you know very well I predicted at the start of the season it would be difficult, but despite this we finished fifth and then we won the FA Cup, we lost the semi-final against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and for sure to miss a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea.”And we must be honest to say this with the players, but at the same time you have to know the real situation. This group of players did the best [they could] in this season and our fifth place was the position we deserved.”But to finish in this way, with an important trophy like this shows a great commitment and desire from my players to finish the season in the right way despite the great difficulty.”last_img read more

‘No clue’ – Klopp shrugs off Can to Juventus talk

first_imgTransfers ‘It’s not important’ – Klopp defiant over Can to Juventus claims Dom Farrell 22:32 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKloppEmreCan - cropped Getty Images Transfers Juventus Premier League Serie A Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Jürgen Klopp Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, the German says he has more important things to consider Jurgen Klopp is not concerned over speculation claiming Emre Can is on the verge of agreeing terms with Juventus as Liverpool prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.Germany midfielder Can has long been linked with the Serie A champions and a report by The Guardian on Monday claimed he would move to Turin on a free transfer and collect wages of €5 million (£4.4m/$5.9m) per season.Juve chief executive Giuseppe Marotta also said last weekend he was “optimistic about a positive end to negotiations” with the 24-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Goal reported last Thursday that Can is close to a move to the Serie A champions, although the German manager refused to confirm that information.”No clue,” Klopp replied when asked about Can’s future at a news conference. “It’s not important at the moment, to be honest.”At this moment he is 100 per cent here. That’s the only thing I’m interested in.”I really have no idea, but that’s not important to me at the moment.”If Can makes a farewell appearance for the Reds in Kiev, it will be one that looked unlikely until recently.Last month, Klopp said he expected his compatriot’s season to be over due to a back injury and Can was left out of Germany’s provisional World Cup squad.However, the former Bayer Leverkusen man made encouraging progress during Liverpool’s pre-final training break in Marbella.”It depends on his reaction [to training],” Klopp explained when discussing Can’s chances of featuring against Madrid.”Ten days ago I didn’t think it was possible that he could do what he did today and that he could do what he did in Marbella.”It looked good, really positive, but we have to wait again until tomorrow. The door is open. It’s really nice to have him back in the group. He is really desperate to be part of the game.”last_img read more

Clemson Fan Creates ‘Light It Up’ Hype Video For Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The start of college football season is just 50 days away, and this fan’s highlight video for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will get you ready for the upcoming action.Fan IPTAY SAB’s video highlights Watson’s 2015 historic season. Check it out:Watson had a spectacular 2015 campaign, winning 14 games and leading his team to the 2016 College Football Playoff national title game. The quarterback had a historic performance throughout the season, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards against Alabama, the nation’s top defense. He threw for over 4,000 yards and rushed for another thousand yards on the ground as a true sophomore; Watson remains the only player to ever  accomplish this in the history of college football.In 2015 Watson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the first time a Clemson player has been invited to the Heisman Trophy Presentation. He then won the Davey O’Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback, as well as the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards.last_img read more

VICT Completes Container Terminal in Melbourne

first_imgzoom Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), part of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), plans to start operations at its recently completed terminal in Webb Dock, Melbourne, Australia, in January 2017.In 2014, VICT signed a 26-year concession with the Port of Melbourne Corporation to build, operate and expand the container terminal at Webb Dock East.The new terminal at Melbourne’s Webb Dock will introduce fully automated operations from gate to quayside and deliver an estimated capacity of 350,000 TEU in its first phase.Phase 1 of the terminal will have one berth of 330 meters fitted with three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, 23.7 hectares of yard and off-dock area with fully automated operations from the gate to the quayside.The terminal will be able to handle vessels with a capacity of up to 8,000 standard containers. Servicing the terminal will be a 10 hectare empty container park with a working capacity of around 200,000 standard containers annually.The second phase, planned to be operational by the end of 2017, will deliver an additional two post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on a second 330 meter berth.When fully developed, the 35.4 hectare terminal will have a total of six post-Panamax ship-to -shore cranes on 660 meters of berth, and will be able to handle up to 1.4 million standard containers annually, with the empty container park’s capacity rising to 280,000 standard containers.last_img read more

Libyan parties open new round of UNbacked political talks aimed at restoring

Since the last round of talks ended on 26 March, participants have had the opportunity to consult with their constituencies and key stakeholders on a proposal on a comprehensive solution to end the conflict in Libya and in Skhirat, parties are expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the Draft Agreement on the Political Transition in Libya.“The main goal of this round that we start today is to agree with all the participants on what could be a final document,” said Bernardino León the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya. “Parties should be aware that we will try to achieve the maximum they can get, and that after this round of talks it will be very difficult to get more than that.”Mr. Leon stressed that the dialogue process represents an important opportunity for Libyans to stop the bloodshed and end their suffering and he joined UNSMIL in urging them to seize the opportunity to put their country back on the road to stability and prosperity. “I would like to start today by calling on the parties to be flexible, to be generous, to be ready to make concessions,” said Mr. León. “They cannot get everything, that’s obvious. Or we can also reach the point in which they think it is not enough and it is better to continue in the situation Libya is today. I Hope this will not be the case.”Mr. León said he hoped negotiators understood the urgency of agreeing the main elements for the unity Government and he added that further work would go on to talk with armed groups. “It is very important to listen to them, to explain what we are doing because there won’t be a final solution for Libya if the armed groups are not involved,” he said “We are equally working with Egypt to prepare the meeting of the tribes, which is also a very important track.”While remaining positive about the prospects for success if participants remain realistic and align their aims with a changed mood in the country, Mr. Leon condemned in the strongest terms airstrikes that took place this morning on Metiga airport. “Nobody can accept that there are airstrikes in a moment in which one of the delegations is taking off coming to the dialogue,” he said. “It is an extremely negative move. I’m not going to say only that this in unacceptable. Of course, it is unacceptable. But we hope that there will be an investigation [into] who is behind this attack and we hope that an explanation will be given to the international community.”Mr. Leon pointed to other recent incidents that painted a grim picture of where Libya is currently, including reports of the sinking of a boat carrying 400 migrants and bombs against the Korean and Moroccan embassies. “We have seen more terrorist actions in other areas of the country,” he added. “This is Libya today: Terrorism, no controlling of their borders, people dying every day in the Mediterranean, airstrikes, more fighting. It cannot go on. It simply cannot go on. The patience of the Libyans is finished and the patience of the international community is finished.” read more

Historic England in hot water after suggesting Cornish pasty was invented in

first_imgThere was uproar in 2009 when a pie maker from Devon was awarded the prize for the UK’s best Cornish pasty at the British Pie Awards.Organisers later said they had omitted to include a disclaimer on the application form which stated all entries must be from Cornwall.A similar debate rages between the two counties over cream teas, which David Cameron found to his cost when he visited a Devon café in 2015.“In Devon, it’s jam first and cream on top?” he asked, before firmly being told that for Devonians it was the opposite. Controversially, I understand the Cornish pasty may have been invented in DevonCelia Richardson, Historic England’s director of communications When asked to name inventions local to the area, she replied: “Controversially, I understand the Cornish pasty may have been invented in Devon.”DJ Gordon Sparks said: “We love you, Celia. You can come again!” However, Rosewarne Manor, a restaurant in Hayle, Cornwall, tweeted: “Let’s get something straight. A Cornish pasty cannot, by definition, be made in Devon. Anyone ever heard of a Devon pasty catching on?”Cornwall Live reported that people had called the claim “sacrilege”, saying: “This is not OK, Historic England. You will not take our pasties!”Ms Richardson’s remark was based on a book by Dr Todd Gray, an Exeter University academic who claimed the pasty originated in Devon. He cited a document found at Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, dated 1509, which refers to a cook charging for “labour to make the pasties”. It is not until 236 years later, according to Dr Gray, that a written record appeared in Cornwall. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lets get something straight. A #Cornish pasty cannot, by definition, be made in Devon. Anyone ever heard of a Devon pasty catching on?— Rosewarne Manor (@RosewarneManor) June 16, 2017 Historic England waded into controversy yesterday after an executive suggested the Cornish pasty was actually invented in Devon.The organisation is running a campaign to highlight the birthplaces of great inventions, from trainers – Bolton – to the bungee jump – Bristol.Celia Richardson, its director of communications, appeared on BBC Radio Devon to promote the campaign. Ms Richardson said: “We want to know which parts of England people think have changed the world. This was always going to bring out the country’s competitive spirits – and nothing defines local character like food.”last_img read more

Royal Institute of British Architects in racism row and issues gagging order

Elsie Owusu was one of the architects behind the new UK Supreme Court buildingCredit:Elsie Owusu OBE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Voting closes tomorrow and Owusu, who helped redesign Green Park underground station and the Supreme Court Building is polling narrowly behind Northern Irish architect Alan Jones, according to Building Design magazine. The winner, who will serve a two year term as RIBA president, will be announced on Thursday.Ms Owusu told the Telegraph: “People at RIBA tend to think I am talking about people putting masked sheets over their heads and burning crosses on other people’s lawns, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about unconscious bias which results in some people of whatever stripe having a poorer relationship with the profession than others.” “I am therefore obliged to ask that you cease and desist from making further, damaging public statements about the RIBA, whether in the press, at the Hustings, on social media or any other public forum.”The 65-year-old Owusu, who was born in Ghana, is looking to become the first black president in the institute’s 184-year history.  In 2015, after an unsuccessful bid to become vice-president, she said the decision was “tantamount to institutionalised racism”.Afterwards, she received a letter telling her to “think very carefully about what you say and do” while also telling a story about an ancient ruler condemning one of his subjects to death.She said: “It does seem to be that when people take office at RIBA they become something else. They change from being nice fluffy creative architects to being, just bossy and sometimes downright unpleasant.”In response to Ms Owusu’s claims that RIBA is driving diversity away with “institutional racism and structural bias exists”, a RIBA spokesperson said: “Like any long-standing institution, the RIBA has weathered many changes and had to adapt to the times. We know there’s more we can be doing to update our own governance and processes, to ensure all members feel represented and that we are fit for the future; this work is already underway at the Institute. We have a range of initiatives in place as part of our commitment to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession as a whole. For example, our national schools programme, which has connected 17,000 young people from all different backgrounds with over 340 architects, inspiring them to take an interest in architecture. Architecture is about people and building communities, and to do the best job the profession and the Institute need to be as diverse as the communities we work with every day.” A racism row at the Royal Institute of British Architects has led to the organisation sending a “gagging order” to one of the candidates standing for its Presidency.Elsie Owusu OBE, the first chair of the Society of Black Architects, was handed a cease and desist letter by the honorary secretary of RIBA after making allegations including claims of institutional discrimination and racism at the organisation.RIBA, which represents 44,000 architects, sent Ms Owusu the threatening letter last month, after she publicly questioned the £180,000-a-year salary of Chief Executive Alan Vallance.They argued that her behaviour was a “flagrant breach of confidentiality, is unsubstantiated and is damaging to RIBA and its chief executive officer.”Kerr Robertson, who wrote the letter, said that Owusu had breached the guidelines for RIBA presidential elections “in a serious and repeated fashion,” citing her previous claims of institutional racism as an example. He added: “These public statements are very damaging to RIBA’s reputation. Elsie Owusu was part of the team that designed and built the new UK Supreme CourtCredit:Paul Grover Elsie Owusu outside the Supreme court The UK Supreme Court In response to the letter, they added: “As outlined by the Charity Commission, trustees have a duty to act in the best interests of the charity at all times. All three presidential candidates were advised that they are required to conduct themselves in accordance with trustee requirements for the duration of the election campaign. Should anyone act in a manner that breaches their role, fellow trustees are required to address this. In this case, a number of public statements had been made about the RIBA in contravention of the election campaign guidelines and the RIBA followed the due process.” read more

Opposition to challenge Nagamootoo sitting in Parliament while acting as President

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJoint Communique issued following meeting with President, Opposition LeaderJanuary 10, 2019In “latest news”Ramkarran says PM can sit in Parliament while acting as PresidentAugust 30, 2015In “Politics”Granger out of Guyana; controversy brews over Acting President’s appearance in National AssemblyAugust 24, 2015In “Politics” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“I believe the honourable Prime Minister is squatting in the House! It says, as part of our Constitution, ‘During any period when the Minister is performing the functions of the office of the President, his or her seat in the National Assembly shall be regarded as vacant.”Those were the words of Leader of the Opposition Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who outlined that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s continued presence in the National Assembly is in violation of the constitution, and will not go unchallenged.His contention arose from the fact that while President David Granger is away in Cuba seeking treatment for non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, the task of acting President has fallen to Nagamootoo.On the final day of budget debates, Jagdeo zeroed in on the matter during his contribution to the debates. He cited Article 178 (4) of the Constitution, which states that any Minister performing the functions of the office of the President has to vacate his seat in the National Assembly during that period.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is currently acting as PresidentArticle 178 (4) goes on to state that the seat of the acting President “may be temporarily filled in accordance with any provision made under article 160 (3). At the expiration of the period, the person temporarily filling the seat shall vacate it, and the seat shall thereupon be resumed by the Minister.”The perusal of the estimates of Budget 2019 begins today. The Ministry of the Presidency is the first Ministry to be examined, followed by the Office of the Prime Minister. And Jagdeo made it clear that his party will not look the other way should Nagamootoo, who is a lawyer by profession, show up in the chambers.“In accordance with these provisions of the Constitution, we have had this Prime Minister come here over and over when he is acting as President, in violation of our Constitution, squatting in the Parliament contrary to the practise of the past; and we have allowed this to happen,” Jagdeo said.“We plan, Mr Speaker, to raise this on Monday when we come to consider the estimates. His presence will not be missed in the House. I’m sure they can find another member of the APNU side to perform the functions (of Leader of Government business),” Jagdeo said. read more

IntierraRMG provides mine cash cost data

first_imgIntierraRMG and World Mine Cost Data Exchange (Minecost) have aligned to jointly provide market-leading cash cost data on an exclusive basis in IntierraRMG’s database subscription packages. IntierraRMG will also market Minecost’s cost curves and dynamic cost curves. Mine operating cost estimates and comparative rankings are widely used by investors and lenders to assess and forecast the financial value or performance of mining companies, and in the assessment of financial options for mine development or expansion. The mining companies themselves use mine cost models to benchmark their own performance against competitors and to better understand the economics of the industry.Peter Rossdeutscher, IntierraRMG’s Managing Director, said; “The market has moved from being price-focused to cost-focused, so we are delighted to be working with World Mine Cost Data Exchange. Integrating their proven and valuable cash cost information with the depth and breadth of mining data inside IntierraRMG will benefit the market significantly.”Minecost says it “is the leading source of mine cost spreadsheet models and operating cost information based on confirmable, peer-reviewed engineering and production data from around the world. Operating cost data is verified against publicly-available information and proprietary sources and then used to construct detailed engineering-based mine cost models of all of the world’s major metals mines.”Mike Farrell, Principal of Minecost stated; “All our models rely on engineering-based activity analysis and costing and include cost curves showing the operation’s comparative cost ranking against all other mines in the industry. Most importantly, all the models are extensively road-tested and peer reviewed, the data is current and quality assured, and all data sources are disclosed. We only model mine costs when we have dense data and when we fully understand the flowsheet. It is this detailed model analysis and costing which drives our cost curves”Mining industry investment analysts require mine cost models to forecast earnings, while bankers need mine cost models to assess project finance options and project creditworthiness. Mine cost data is also used to draw embedded cost curves showing industry competitive rankings in snapshot form.The IntierraRMG models are ‘editable’ and contain all the necessary formulas to allow users to change most of the operating inputs and assumptions and make projections. Users may run the models using their own input variables and different prices and exchange rates to see impacts on production costs.last_img read more

Juventus president arrives to meet Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus president Andrea Agnelli has arrived in Greece to meet Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his €100m moveThe Portuguese superstar is currently on a summer break in Greece following a long season that saw him lead Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, as well as leading Portugal at the World Cup recently.But Ronaldo now appears set to complete a stunning move to Juventus with the club hoping to sign him shortly on a four-year deal with Real set to receive €100m for their star asset.Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that Agnelli had taken a private jet on Tuesday to fly to the Greek city of Kalamata with ESPN confirming that he intends to meet RonaldoFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Meanwhile, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has also posted a photo on Twitter of the Juventus president at Greece on Tuesday.WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Pictures of Juventus president this morning at Pisa airport leaving for Kalamata, Greece, to meet Cristiano Ronaldo— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 10, 2018last_img read more

Confusion in NJ after ruling on samesex marriages

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. — With the advent of same-sex marriage in New Jersey, couples are thrilled and, in many cases, confused about how to proceed.Advocates and others are claiming that the state of New Jersey did not give ample instructions to town clerks and others on how to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Same-sex marriages were scheduled to begin Monday at 12:01 a.m. The New Jersey Supreme Court last week refused to delay a lower court order for the state to start recognizing marriages.The case, however, is still on appeal.Several couples planned to marry minutes after the state began recognizing the unions. Yet other said they had not been able to get a license. New Jersey law requires that couples wait three days between obtaining a license and getting married.“There’s a lot of mass confusion and it boils down to the fact that the state should have issued guidance a week ago,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality.last_img read more

Japan Casino School Osaka to open new establishment in Shinsaibashi

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions If IRs are indeed realized in Japan, there will inevitably be a strong demand for several thousand local croupiers. One major overseas IR operator has already expressed its intention to hire Japanese people soon and so recruitment from casino training operations like Japan Casino School is rising.According to the school, more than 700 students have graduated so far with a number of them working in overseas IRs, cruise ship casinos and domestic amusement casinos. The school opened last year in April.Principal Masayoshi Oiwane told IAG, “We are opening a Shinsaibashi classroom in the Shinsaibashi arcade to double our course offerings in Osaka and to accept more students on to these courses.“I am very excited to be involved in the education of Osaka residents so they will be able to make the most of the IR opportunity and run a school loved by its neighbors.” Japan Casino School, Japan’s first specialized training institution for casino croupiers, has announced that it will open an Osaka school on 7 April in Shinsaibashi.The school, which is the organisation’s second in Osaka, aims to develop the skills required for people looking to work in the casino industry as the prospect of an IR opening in Osaka in 2024 moves closer to becoming a reality. It offers a General Short Course of three classes a week for three months, a General Course of three classes a week for six months and a General Long Course of two classes a week. These are provided in such a way that they are accessible to a wide range of people, including those already working in other positions and homemakers. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

Chinas lunar rover delivers bewitching new views of the far side of

first_img Chinese lunar rover makes tracks on the far side of the moon China’s lunar rover makes unexpected discovery on far side of the moon Enlarge ImageThe Chang’e 4 lunar lander appears at the top of this image, snapped by the Yutu 2 rover. CNSA Here’s your obligatory reminder of an ongoing space triumph: China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander is still illuminating the far side of the moon. Following some epic views of the barren lunar surface delivered upon arrival in January, the hard-working Chang’e has now dropped a couple of additional snaps from its magnificent, empty space-office.  The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is investigating the largely unexplored part of the moon that faces away from Earth. It’s not quite Pink Floyd’s dark side, but it is a mysterious place. Post a comment Chang’e 4 explores the moon NASA isn’t the only space agency trying to land on the… Tags Chang’e 4 and its Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2) rover landed in January, marking the first time a nation had soft-landed on the moon’s far side. Over the last seven months, the solar-powered lander and rover have gone into sleep mode during the long lunar nights. They then wake up during the lunar day and get back to work. They just went dormant again on Tuesday, but not before sending back some new looks at the far side.One of the views shows the rover looking back at the lander in the distance. The other shows the rover’s zig-zagging tracks left in the lunar dust.change4moontracksChina’s Yutu 2 rover left these tracks on the moon. CNSA Andrew Jones, a reporter who follows China’s space program, said the rover continues to drive on the moon’s surface, but that no roving distance has been released for its activities during its seventh lunar day, covering a time period of about two weeks on Earth. 6:56 Share your voicecenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 11 Photos 0 Besides imagery, the mission is turning out some intriguing science discoveries, including research into the composition of the lunar surface and mantle. Chang’e was also loaded up with life when it first touched down — a tiny ecosystem that contained seeds, fruit fly eggs and yeast. The seeds sprouted but were sadly not long for the lunar world and died when the temperature in the mini habitat plummeted.The rover and lander are expected to snooze for a couple weeks before reawakening for the next round of sunlight, science and snapshots.China is readying another lunar mission, Chang’e 5, which is expected to launch later this year. It will be a particularly notable mission because it aims to return lunar samples to Earth for the first time since Russia’s Luna missions in the 1970s.The exploration mission is intended to bring back up to 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of moon rock and a subsequent mission, Chang’e 6, is set to do the same before 2024.Ultimately, the Chang’e program will facilitate CNSA’s aspirations of landing a crewed mission on the moon at the turn of the next decade. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more

Climate passports for victims of climate change

first_imgSpeakers at a roundtable titled ‘Security Implications of Climate Change’ organised by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) in collaboration with The Daily Star on Tuesday.People in countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change should be trained in skills to facilitate their migration to other countries. There should be provisions for climate passports. Adaptation strategies should also be put into place and the countries responsible for climate change must also come forward with pragmatic action. These were some of the recommendations put forward by experts at a roundtable held yesterday, Tuesday, at The Daily Star Centre in the capital. The roundtable, ‘Security Implications of Climate Change’, was organised by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) in collaboration with The Daily Star.Presenting the keynote, BIPSS president ANM Muniruzzaman, also the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, said that the impact of climate change was so wide that states would not be able to manage it in the classical manner of disaster management. The discourse of security was closely linked to climate change. It was a major security issue that posed as a serious global threat and could heighten existing social and political tensions and lead to new ones.The key impact areas of climate change, the paper pointed out, included increases in global temperature, melting glaciers, extreme weather events and more.One of the fallouts of climate change, said Muniruzzaman, was food security. But 2050 the risk of hunger could go up by 10 to 20 per cent, by which time the world population could have increased by one-third. ‘Reduced agricultural productivity is potentially the most worrisome consequence of climate change,’ he said, adding that hunger was significantly worse in countries with agriculture systems that are sensitive to rainfall.Water security was another threat of climate change, with global demands for water to increase by 50 per cent by 2050.Climate change was also likely to exacerbate health security, according to the keynote paper.Development was threatened too, as climate change could drive more and more people towards poverty unless concerted action was taken.Poverty, energy security, hard security dimensions, nuclear vulnerability, sea level rising, human displacement and other crises were also highlighted. The paper presented response mechanisms to the issue of climate change. These included an expansion of global information and early warning systems, the role of the military, contingency planning, sharing and exchange of information, technology and expertise, comprehensive adaptation, an intentional and regional policy framework, an effective migration strategy, public awareness, political will and cooperation, and, importantly, global consensus.Climate change expert and director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD) at the Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB), Saleemul Huq, said that climate change was not just a major challenge, but it was also an opportunity. Given the inevitable displacement of tens of millions of people due to climate change, there was need to help them to adapt. There was need to invest in children.“If we don’t help the displaced people,” he pointed out, “they will all end up in Dhaka. But other towns can be developed with schooling, economic activities, health facilities, and so on, to make this climate-resilient migrant-friendly towns.”On the international level, Saleemul Huq pointed out, there was the matter of global responsibility. The developed countries which are displacing our people must then take some of them, he said, highlighting the need for ‘climate passports’. He said that the people needed to be educated, to be trained into becoming doctors, engineers and a qualified skilled workforce so that when they migrate, they will not be destitute, but will be good citizens.Former director general of the department of disaster management under the ministry of disaster management and relief, MA Wazed, said that adaptation is the best way to deal with the situation. It was necessary to have capacity development, and good disaster management policy. This would need technical and financial support.Dr Imtiaz A Hussain, professor of the global studies and governance programme of IUB’s School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, highlighted the need for pre-emptive measures when it came to climate change. One such measure was to do away with the use of plastic products and replace these with environmental friendly products such as jute.Moderated by Shahedul Anam Khan, associate editor of The Daily Star, the roundtable was also addressed by The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, executive director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Atiq Rahman, and others.last_img read more

District Attorney Closes Probe Into Paxton Legal Defense Gift

first_imgShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneKen Paxton speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association General Meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017*Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a statement from a Paxton spokesman.A $100,000 donation to Attorney General Ken Paxton‘s legal fund did not constitute bribery, Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley said Friday in announcing her office had closed its investigation into the gift, which came from a CEO whose company was under investigation for fraud.Wiley’s office originally opened its probe on Oct. 5 after Paxton accepted donations from James Webb, whose diagnostics company was investigated after it allegedly billed the government for Medicaid and Medicare services conducted without proper medical supervision. Webb’s company ultimately paid $3.5 million in a settlement. Webb had given the donation to Paxton, who has been facing securities fraud charges since 2015, to help him pay for growing legal bills. Wiley’s office investigated if the donation constituted a bribe, as Paxton’s office was involved in the investigation into Webb’s company. Paxton’s office, however, said the U.S. Attorney General’s office was primarily handling Webb’s case. Paxton has disclosed accepting at least $547,000 in donations toward his legal fees.Wiley said in a news release Friday that as Webb and Paxton had previously had a “personal relationship” and “attorney/client relationship,” the donation did not constitute bribery.Paxton’s team said the “exoneration is the latest in a long line of baseless taxpayer-funded investigations.”“We are pleased, but not surprised, that Attorney General Paxton was once again cleared of false allegations,” Paxton campaign spokesman Matt Welch said in a statement. “He is resolute in his commitment to defend the Constitution and carry out the job he was elected to do.”  Sharelast_img read more

Police Three Fort Worth Bank Employees Shot Two Suspects Sought

first_img Share AP Photo/Emily SchmallA Fort Worth police officer and vehicles are seen outside a Veritex Bank in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, July 19, 2018, following a shooting which took place inside the bank. Police are searching for two armed suspects after three bank employees were shot but are expected to survive. Officers initially responded to a robbery call Thursday, but Sgt. Chris Britt says investigators are trying to determine whether the shootings were part of a robbery attempt “or what exactly was going on.”Police searched for two armed suspects after three North Texas bank employees were shot Thursday morning but were expected to survive.Fort Worth police tweeted “suspects still on the loose” following the gunfire around 9:30 a.m. Thursday inside Veritex Community Bank.#UPDATE 3 people shot, suspects still on the loose, injuries not expected to be life threatening. No suspect descriptions… 2424 Merrick St.— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) July 19, 2018Officers initially responded to a robbery call but were trying to determine a motive for the shootings, according to police spokesman Sgt. Chris Britt.“At least two suspects, we don’t have a description on them, went into the bank. This call came out as a robbery,” Britt said. “They’re trying to determine if this actually was a robbery or what was going on.”Amid the search for suspects, police surrounded a Fort Worth house while awaiting a search warrant. Further details weren’t released.MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky said three women were shot and suffered serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.Two women were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, while the third woman was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, according to Zavadsky. Names of the victims were not immediately released.The bank is in a stand-alone building on the west side of Fort Worth, along a commercial boulevard that’s near the city’s well-known arts and cultural district.#UPDATE on bank shooting— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) July 19, 2018last_img read more