Marcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was sorry to hear about Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.Marcelo had some words of comfort for his old boss.”[His sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” said the Brazilian at a Club World Cup media conference.”It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”The 30-year-old emphasised the togetherness in the group when asked about the club’s success and what it stems from.”It comes from the union we have within the dressing room,” he added.”The base of team has been playing a long time together, which has brought us to where we are now.”But we still have a lot of hunger to win trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest linkby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Babb believes Liverpool till have a weakness in their rearguard.Despite an impressive record of goals conceded this season, the Reds were breached twice as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad.And Reds legend Babb believes Dejan Lovren is the problem player within the team.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “To say that Aguero specifically targeted him, I am not so sure.”But, if you look across that back line, you would probably say the weakest link is Dejan Lovren – and that proved to be [the case], pretty much last night.”He had a sketchy game at best. Some of his distribution was poor, [the] decision making.”Even towards the end, when Liverpool were pushing forwards and (Virgil) Van Dijk was up, he (Lovren) was playing straight balls into the box – and you would probably say you need to angle them, so there is a better chance for the second ball and the knock down.”But what do you say about Sergio Aguero? He is genuinely a world-class striker and a great asset for City.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.”
Redknapp: No big name player wants to join Solskjaer’s Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an “impossible” job on his hands at Manchester United.He also doubts whether big-name players will want to join the club in January due to their current state.Redknapp told Mirror: “Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton . Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around. And now Ole is struggling with it.”I think Ole has an impossible job. As I said, Van Gaal had it, Mourinho had it, Moyes had it. They are all top managers. None of them could turn it around.”People say ‘go and get five or six players’. But where are they going to get them from? Where are they? Who are they playing for? Are they going to move to Man United?”You’re not going to get Harry Kane. They’re not going to go and get Raheem Sterling. Where are they going to find them from? Easy to say they need them but where are they going to find them?”It’s easier said than done to build a new team. It’s a very long-term job they have on their hands.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
RED DEER – Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have overwhelmingly voted to merge forces.Party members voted 95 per cent in favour of the deal, which would see the creation of a new United Conservative Party.The deal needed 75 per cent support to be approved.PC Leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean have been criss-crossing the province in recent weeks to drum up support for a merger.If both sides approve the deal, it will spell the end of the Progressive Conservative brand that governed Alberta for almost 44 years. That run ended when Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP won a majority in the 2015 election.A merger has been kicked around in various forms for a decade, but caught fire a year ago when Kenney launched his successful bid for the Tory leadership.More than 50,000 Tories and about 40,000 in the Wildrose had signed up to vote.There had been pockets of resistance amid concerns the new party would move far to the right on social issues and open a spot for other parties to grab centrist voters.Former PC president Katherine O’Neill left the party after Kenney’s leadership win in March and now runs Alberta Together, a political action committee looking to attract progressive conservative voters, perhaps through the Alberta Party.If the PCs approve the deal, it will launch a leadership race that already has three participants. Jean and Kenney have said they’ll run, and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer is already campaigning. Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has said he is also considering it.As per the unity agreement, joint committees would be struck to get the machinery of a new party in place with constituency associations and candidates. The goal is to be ready for the next election set for the spring of 2019.Uncertainty remains over what happens if one side fails to ratify.Kenney has talked about a possible Plan B including some form of co-operation, such as the two sides not running against each other in certain constituencies.
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms’ rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai.The men set up camp in tents and at the old tennis pro shop at the shuttered resort, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii.” Hurricane Iniki forced its closure in 1992.“They simply just showed up and started squatting,” said Chad Waters, one of the partners of Coco Palms Hui, the company leading the redevelopment.Police were called, trespassing citations were written, and a judge last month issued an order to evict them.Since then, a stream of protesters has come and gone, with some days just a few demonstrators and others dozens camped out at the resort near an ancient Hawaiian fishpond in the community of Wailua.It’s the latest example of Native Hawaiian activists taking a stand on cultural issues and sacred places, such as challenging a giant telescope planned for a Hawaiian mountain and blocking the U.S. military from using an uninhabited Hawaiian island as a live-fire testing site.The protest also comes amid continued activism by indigenous groups across the U.S., who have rallied over issues ranging from sports mascots to environmental causes such as the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.Attempts by The Associated Press to reach the two men in the Coco Palms case — Noa Mau-Espirito and Charles Hepa — by phone and online for comment were unsuccessful. However, Mau-Espirito last year told The Garden Island newspaper: “We have title to the land. We’re not camping. Our goal is to get all the families who have royal patents in Wailua back on their land.”The judge disagreed with the men, ruling their claims don’t give them the right to occupy the property.For Kaukaohu Wahilani, who flew from his home on Oahu to Kauai to support Mau-Espirito and others, it’s about standing up to the wrongs committed against Hawaiians — all the way back to the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom 125 years ago.“That was the place of kings, that was the place of alli,” he said, using the Hawaiian word for ruler or royalty. “It was a sacred place, and it still is.”He and other Native Hawaiians want the area called by its traditional name, Wailuanuiahoano.At least 50 protesters gathered at the site, bracing for law enforcement action, as the judge’s 6 p.m., Jan. 28, deadline to leave the property approached. But no police showed up, and the protesters remained.“I was kind of hoping (police) would have showed up at 6 because we had a lot of people there,” said Wahilani, a Native Hawaiian activist who considers himself a subject of the Hawaiian kingdom.Last month, the defendants filed a document stamped the “Hawaiian Judiciary Court of the Sovereign,” saying the judge in the Coco Palms case needs to surrender to law enforcement or face “immediate arrest.” In court documents, Judge Michael Soong called the filing nonsensical “legalistic gibberish.”Five to 10 people have been at the property this week, Waters said.He and his partner requested help from state sheriffs.Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety, said only that the sheriffs are working toward a resolution with the property owner, Kauai police and the protesters. “For safety and security reasons, we are not at this time, free to discuss any strategies that may be utilized in any related enforcement action,” Schwartz said in a statement.Demolition began in 2016, with the goal of reopening in mid-2018. The clash has caused delays, so the developers hope to start construction soon after the protesters leave, Waters said.The renovated hotel will have 350 rooms, including 22 master suites and about 50 junior suites. Hyatt will manage the hotel once it’s reopened.Wailua was the political centre of Kauai long before the resort opened in 1953 and Presley’s character crooned the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” while holding his bride’s hand and boarding a raft to cross a lagoon.It’s where chiefs were born and lived, said Lilia Merrin, a teaching assistant at the University of Hawaii’s Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Because of its high amount of surface water, it was ideal for loi, irrigated fields for farming the starchy vegetable taro, a staple crop, she said.Growing up in Wailua, Merrin knew of Coco Palms mostly as the hotel where family friends worked in service jobs before the hurricane. She learned about its Hawaiian significance in college. “If we understand these places, we can better protect them,” she said.Coco Palms Hui has planned since 2014 to set aside land at the resort for a community non-profit that will offer lessons in Hawaiian culture, including hula, lei making, Hawaiian language and ukulele.The non-profit also will provide hotel workers with a guide about Hawaiian culture and the historic Wailua area. The fishponds and lagoons are on the state historic registry and will be preserved.Tyler Greene, the other partner of Coco Palms Hui, has said the resort will help the island by supporting “healthy and vibrant activity for both the residents and visitors,” according to The Garden Island.The Coco Palms fight was inspired by what protesters accomplished against the Thirty Meter Telescope, which they said would desecrate sacred Mauna Kea, Wahilani said.Construction stopped in 2015 after 31 demonstrators were arrested on the mountain for blocking the work. A second attempt to restart construction ended with more arrests and crews retreating.The project is now tied up in legal battles.“Mauna Kea brought us together, and since then we’ve done amazing things,” Wahilani said.
OTTAWA — Senators are to resume a special sitting today to examine a back-to-work bill that would force an end to rotating strikes at Canada Post as the walkouts enter their sixth week.Bill C-89 was debated in the upper chamber on Saturday after the Liberal government fast-tracked the legislation through the House of Commons.But despite an initial plan to continue debate — and possibly hold a vote — on Sunday, senators chose instead to give themselves an extra day to digest hours of witness testimony on the labour dispute.A Senate official says final debate on the legislation is expected to begin by mid-afternoon (2 p.m. ET), likely followed by an early evening vote.The bill could receive royal assent and become law a short time later, which would force striking postal workers back to work by noon on Tuesday.However, the legislation could be delayed by a number of factors, such as amendments.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said their negotiators remained at the bargaining table Sunday, hoping to reach contract agreements in advance of the bill’s passage.Negotiations have been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Picket lines were up Sunday at Canada Post facilities in northern Ontario, as well as in parts of British Columbia.CUPW vowed to continue the walkouts Monday to back its contract demands.The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level.The union’s national president has called the back-to-work bill a slap in the faces of Canada Post employees and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of turning his back on postal workers.“We condemn this hypocritical act by a government that promised to defend workers’ rights, claimed to stand for equality for women, and claimed to stand for expanding and defending the middle class,” Mike Palecek said in a weekend statement on the union’s website.“It’s unacceptable for any government to violate workers’ charter rights.”Palecek said the union would decide this week how to fight the back-to-work bill once it becomes law, adding “all options” were on the table.The former Conservative government forced an end to a lockout of postal workers during a 2011 dispute by enacting back-to-work legislation, which was later declared by a court to be unconstitutional.But the Liberal government’s bill is “different,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said shortly after the legislation was tabled in the Commons, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts.The legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Failing that, a settlement could be imposed either through a decision from the arbitrator or by choosing from one of the final proposals put forward by Canada Post or CUPW.Once enacted, Bill C-89 would impose fines of between $1,000 and $50,000 per day on anyone found in contravention of the Act, and up to $100,000 per day against Canada Post or the union if they are found guilty of violating its terms.Canada Post said it expected to make about 30,000 deliveries of parcels to Canadians over the past two days — a far cry from the 500,000 deliveries that a company spokesman said was normal for a late-November weekend.“Weekend deliveries occur during the holidays to keep pace and balance the workload through the week,” said Jon Hamilton.“In 2017 we delivered 3.6 million parcels on holiday weekends.” Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press
Cannes: Bollywood actress Diana Penty made a sparkling debut with a glittery gold ensemble at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. For her look, the “Cocktail” actress chose a ravishing mini golden tassle dress by Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti. Diana, who is a part of the film gala as part of an association with vodka brand Grey Goose, paired the dress with embellished sheer golden knee-length heeled boots by the same designer. The 33-year-old actress attended the grand Chopard party with nude make-up and lips. She completed her look with sleek middle-parted hair. Apart from Diana and actress Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi will be seen at the Cannes red carpet for the brand this year. Diana began her modelling career in 2005. She made her acting debut in 2012 with the romantic-comedy film “Cocktail”, and later featured in films like “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, “Lucknow Central”, “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran” and “Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi”.
It took 7,596 miles for Mari Hole to find a school that felt right to her academically and athletically, but both she and the rest of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team agree it was worth every mile. The first 5,323 miles took place when the junior outside hitter left her hometown of Oslo, Norway to play at UCLA. The last 2,273 came when she decided to transfer to OSU after her first two years. It was all a part of an unusual journey for a girl who did not even start playing volleyball until six years ago. Hole said she played soccer and skied growing up but got into volleyball eventually because her mom’s side of the family plays. It eventually led to her decision to come to the U.S. “My mom played a year at Hawaii back in ‘86 or something so I kind of always heard of the possibility and she always talked about it so I decided to give it a try,” Hole said. “I was lucky enough to get a scholarship.” Hole now leads the team with her 282 kills and 323.5 points, both fifth-best in the Big Ten. It was the perfect addition for the 13-6 Buckeyes who lost 802 kills and 41 percent of their points from their two senior outside hitters last year . “It was kind of just like a big deep breath-and-relax kind of thing because we were kind of short on outside hitters,” senior libero Sarah Mignin said. “We really didn’t have any experience so having a player who did play in a big conference in the Pac-10 really helped us.” Hole was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in her first year at UCLA but a change of coaches and several other factors led to her decision to transfer. “I wasn’t too happy about my athletic situation and then academically there wasn’t anything I really wanted to study and I was kind of done with the culture there,” Hole said. “So it was kind of one of those things I decided to give something else a try.” Coach Geoff Carlston was looking for a player at the time, said he heard through the grapevine about Hole and got an official release to start talking to her. “We had the stats and saw a little bit of YouTube video but it was mostly just talking to people,” Carlston said. “We hadn’t seen her a lot because she didn’t play a lot her sophomore year.” Hole narrowed the transfer down to four schools that she visited and said academics played a major part in where she looked because UCLA did not have a major she wanted to do. Both Hole and fellow junior and outside hitter Emily Danks said Hole’s visit to OSU went really well. “I remember we were sitting around at someone’s house watching “The Bachelor” and just hanging out and everyone just thought she was the coolest girl ever,” Danks said. “We were all here coaching camps one night and Jayme, our assistant coach, came running down the ramp and said Mari is committing and it was like a big celebration.” Danks, Carlston and Mignin all agreed Hole is leader on the team and a big part of their success. “The kids love her and she feels really comfortable here,” Carlston said. “She’s just a great student, works hard, just everything across the board. We couldn’t ask for a better person to join our team.” Comfortable is the key word for Hole. Hole said she never felt that way in her two years trying to transition from Norway’s culture to the West Coast culture of Los Angeles and of the U.S. in general. “In Norway since it’s such a small sport, it isn’t a business,” Hole said. “Just to realize how big the sport really is. How much people put into it and how the support system around it is a big difference.” Because of its low popularity in Norway, Hole said volleyball was played more for fun, but now after two years she is used to the system and how it works here. “The more comfortable I get,” she said, “The more confident I get as a player and that’s when I play good.” The biggest challenge Hole still faces in the U.S. is missing her family back in Norway, with whom she is very close. “I love being home, so it’s never fun leaving,” Hole said. “That will probably never get easy, but it’s kind of one of those things when you get th
After a six-tackle, 2.5-sack performance against Penn State, Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.Bosa, who leads the Big Ten in sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (11.5) clinched Saturday’s game for the Buckeyes when he brought down Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in double-overtime.The award is the first for Bosa, and he becomes the first Buckeye to win the award since former OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier won it last November following a 20-tackle performance against Indiana on Nov. 23.Bosa, who has started every game this season, started 10 games as a true freshman in 2013 and tallied 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was also named Athlon’s Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.