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Man City the best team in Europe, says Chelsea’s Sarri

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Manchester City remain the team to beat in Europe ahead of their Premier League trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Sarri’s Chelsea were the first side to defeat City in the league this season when they claimed a 2-0 win over the champions at Stamford Bridge in December.City suffered two more losses over Christmas but have now returned to the top of the league table, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.“At the moment, in my opinion, Manchester City is the best team in Europe,” Sarri told reporters on Friday.“(Pep) Guardiola is in the third season in the Premier League. We have to try to reduce the gap.”City coach Guardiola counted fourth-placed Chelsea among the title contenders this week but Sarri dismissed his team’s chances by calling it a two-horse race.“At the moment, I don’t think (we can win the title),” said Sarri. “We will be able to fight for the top four in this season. No more, I think.“We can win something, of course, but in the Premier League there is a fight between Liverpool and Manchester City.”Sarri was pleased with January signing Gonzalo Higuain’s instant impact at Stamford Bridge, scoring two goals in a 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town last weekend.The Italian coach expects the Argentina striker to build an on-pitch relationship with playmaker Eden Hazard, whose future at Chelsea remains uncertain amid interest from Real Madrid.“I think Gonzalo is a great player,” Sarri added. “He did very well everywhere. In Madrid, in Naples, in Milan. Maybe not very well in Milan, but he’s a great player and I think he’s very useful for Eden.“They are really very suitable to play together, I think. It’s very important for us he’s determined. I think the impact with other players will really be very good for us.”last_img read more

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PPP accuses APNU/AFC of abusing local govt system

first_img– to honour its financial campaign supportersThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is accusing the APNU/AFC coalition government of working through the local government system to honour its financial campaign supporters.The PPP Central Executive member Dr Roger Luncheon was adamant that Government has been using funds from local Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and municipalities to fulfill what he called a grand design to provide patronage to those who had supported the current ruling administration during the 2015 elections campaign.PPP Central Executive member, Dr Roger Luncheon“We must never forget (that), very early in 2015, at the beginning of the David Granger Administration, unchallenged, their spokespersons have made it clear that they have a debt, and they have to reward those who have made financial commitments to the political campaign and (are) deemed responsible for getting them in office,” Luncheon said in his usual inimitable style.He added that while it might not have been highlighted, considerable sums of public funds are involved in the operation of government systems.“At the level of the regions, appropriations are made by Parliament. In 2017, billions of dollars for current and capital expenditures were authorised for the 10 administrative regions. When we get to the 62 NDCs and the nine municipalities, we’re talking about more billions – money paid for by the residents through rates and taxes; not forgetting the subventions this year are provided to the NDCs and hundreds of millions (are) provided to the municipalities,” he said.“What the PPP wants to insist (on) is that this is a lot of money, the expenditure of which is managed by criteria. When the local government system has problems with procedures, then the possibilities and the likelihood (exist) of those tens of billions of dollars being ineffectively and inefficiently used, not for the benefit of the people, but (to fulfil) the grand design of this administration,” Luncheon asserted.Questioning the reason for the overturn of procedures that previously existed within the NDCs, Luncheon said tens of billions of dollars are involved in Government’s plans. These “ills”, he said, have not only been chronicled by his party, but (by) other organisations, including Transparency International, which is seeing little or no transparency in the operations.He said there has been no tendering by the board, and the way “they operate” in the local government system is very disturbing. “There is a level of secrecy that is associated with the outcome of Tender Board meetings,” he charged.Luncheon says the situation has a lot to do with money, and not just ordinary ineptitude and incompetence, although those traits are also being used to “fulfill a grand design to loot the small treasuries” in the local authority areas and regions in order to provide patronage to those who have been identified as worthy of receiving such.“We have called repeatedly on the administration to come clean on this matter. Disclosures have been made of the weaknesses (which) have been manipulated to serve the grand design of this administration,” Luncheon added in his disclosure.last_img read more

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Millen hails Pardew’s ‘terrific track record’ as Crystal Palace appointment nears conclusion

first_img Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen has said he admires Alan Pardew’s “terrific track record”, ahead of the Newcastle boss’ anticipated appointment at Selhurst Park.Pardew is in line to become Palace’s fourth manager in two years after Newcastle confirmed on Monday they had allowed their coach to talk to the Eagles.Palace have earmarked their former player as their number one choice to succeed Neil Warnock following his departure as boss over the weekend.Those talks are reportedly on the verge of conclusion, with rumours on Tuesday suggesting Pardew had already said his goodbyes to the Magpies squad.Millen, currently in his third spell as caretaker boss, still expects to be in charge of Palace’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, even if the Eagles confirm Pardew as their new manager on Wednesday, though he admits the Toon chief brings a lot to the table.“I’ve not worked with him, but I know him because he’s a local lad and so am I,” said Millen of former Palace midfielder Pardew.“We’ve got mutual friends and I know his wife and family just by seeing them around the area.“We’ve come across each other at different times with different clubs. I admire his record; he’s got a terrific track record as a manager.“I’m sure the fans will remember him with fond memories from what he’s done here, so there’s a strong link there.“The chairman knows what I can do as a manager, and I’m sure I’ll be sitting down with him again like I did before when Neil [Warnock] got the job.“If Alan gets the job you can understand why he’s been given that, because of his track record and his experience.“There’s obviously a relationship between Alan and the club.“I’m not sure how many of the staff he knows, so it would be a new person coming in with new ideas. That always gives the place a lift anyway.“You get an initial surge of energy. You’ve got that anticipation of someone coming in with fresh ideas.“The background to the club is quite stable, but the manager has changed too many times, without a doubt.“Behind the scenes it is quite stable though; we know what we’re good at as a group of players and staff, and I think we need to stick to those principles and we’ll be fine this year.”Millen has confirmed he will seek a place in Pardew’s backroom staff should the Newcastle boss complete his Selhurst Park switch. 1last_img read more

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Suspect arrested after carjacking

first_imgWHITTIER – A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of carjacking within an hour of allegedly committing the crime, officials said. A carjacking was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 10700 block of Shire Place, said Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean. About half an hour later, an officer spotted the stolen Ford F-150 only blocks away on Palm Avenue and called for backup as he followed the truck, Dean said. Before the officer could even pull the truck over, it sidewiped a parked car, striking the rear-view mirror, said Dean. The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, pulled over in the 5600 block of Palm Avenue after the minor accident and officers took him into custody without further incident, Dean said. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Report: State infrastructure gets poor grade

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California’s infrastructure is in such bad shape that the $42 billion bond package on the November ballot would make only a dent in the problem, according to a report issued Wednesday by an engineers group. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state’s overall infrastructure a grade of C-minus and said it would take an additional $37 billion annually for at least the next decade to get it up to an acceptable B grade. “These bond measures are not a panacea,” said Yazdan Emrani, co-chair of the committee that produced the report. “This is a start of a road that, hopefully, all of us will be willing to take together in investing funds in our infrastructure on a continuous annual basis, not a one-time deal.” The grade was contained in the group’s first California Infrastructure Report Card, a document based on similar reports done by the group at the national level. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe last national report card gave the country’s infrastructure a D grade. The report came out on the same day as a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California which found that voters favor most of the bonds on the Nov.7 ballot. The poll found the bonds dealing with the infrastructure were leading by margins of at least 10 points or more among likely voters, with the highest lead going to the housing bond at 57 percent support and 30percent opposition. The report card broke the state’s infrastructure into nine subjects, with levees/flood control receiving the worst grade – an F. Next were parks/open space, transportation and urban runoff, all receiving a D-plus. The highest grade, a B, went to solid waste, which was judged acceptable because of gains in recycling and advanced planning to extend landfill capacity. In the area of transportation, the engineers group recommended support for local county sales tax measures for transportation projects; efforts to streamline government approval of projects; and efforts to secure more money from the federal government. It estimated an investment of $17.9 billion a year for 10 years would be needed to bring the state’s transportation system up to a B grade. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers have made infrastructure a priority this year, agreeing on a package of four infrastructure bonds on the November ballot totaling $37 billion. An independent group added a fifth bond for water projects, bringing the combined total to $42 billion. A spokesman for the campaign committee promoting the governor/lawmaker bonds said they have always recognized the bonds alone won’t solve the problem, but he noted the funds would be leveraged to produce a greater overall investment. For every dollar the state provides through the bonds, a local agency such as a school district or city, or the federal government, might provide twice as much in matching funds for the same project, committee spokesman Paul Hefner said. “Our plan for $37 billion will \ some multiple more than that – two or three or five times that to give us good schools, good roads and other things we need for a sound economy,” Hefner said. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea 2-0 Everton: Blues stars rated and slated

first_img 14 14 Cesc Fabregas – 8 – Afforded time and space to dictate play from midfield. Scored the opening goal with a fine outside of the boot finish, and created numerous chances for his teammates. 14 David Luiz – 7 – Solid at the back, and made the effort to get forward. However, his passing was wayward and could have been punished by better opposition. 14 Substitute: Michy Batshuayi – 6 – Added pace to Chelsea’s attack, but never troubled Pickford in the Everton goal. Thibaut Courtois – 6 – click the right arrow to see the remaining Chelsea player ratings – Never troubled, Courtois was forced to make just one save against a lacklustre Everton side. 14 N’Golo Kante – 8 – His typical self in the middle of the park, breaking up play and moving possession forward in a tireless performance for the full 90 minutes. Cesar Azpilicueta – 8 – His usual steady self in defence. Got forward well and sent in a perfect cross for Morata to head home. 14 Substitute: Andreas Christensen – N/A Subsitute: Tiemoue Bakayoko – 7 – Still working his way back to full fitness, Bakayoko was composed on the ball in midfield. One powerful run forward, beating three men, showed his potential. Victor Moses – 6 – Energetic down the right flank, Moses helped in both attack and defence. However, he slowed down a number of Chelsea attacks in refusing to cross the ball, instead preferring to come inside. 14 14 14 Marcos Alonso – 7 – Continued his strong start to the season with a dominating performance on the left flank. Never troubled by Holgate, Alonso spent most the game breaking into Everton’s half to aid Chelsea’s attack. 14 14 Chelsea eased to a 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday afternoon, making it six points from three games at the start of the Premier League season.The Blues never looked troubled by a poor Toffees side, who appeared far off the required pace of the game.Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring before Alvaro Morata doubled the lead with a fine header, and Chelsea really should have made it four or five before the final whistle was blown.So, how did Antonio Conte’s men perform at Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings for the Blues… Willian – 7 – Consistently found space behind Everton’s defence, combining well with Pedro. He was a livewire in the final third, and really should have had a goal to cap a fine performance. 14 Pedro – 7 – The Everton defence were struggling to pick him up, as he kept running into space between the lines. Failed to make the most of numerous chances he created. Alvaro Morata – 8 – Scored and assisted a goal in a solid performance. Looked lazy at times, however, and didn’t attempted to chase various balls played beyond the Everton defence. Antonio Rudiger – 7 – A much improved showing from Rudiger flowing his shaky start with Chelsea. Though he still looks clumsy at times, he was never troubled in a composed display. 14 14last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSanta Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. WEDNESDAY North Newhall workshop will focus on development planning for the area north of downtown Newhall, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-4330. Teen Scene Unplugged, 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4965. Democracy seminar, titled “Unequal Consequences,” 7 p.m. at 25439 Via Macarena, Valencia. Call Carole Lutness at (661) 755-3772. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. THURSDAY Toastmasters Club No. 9641 will meet, 7-8 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891 or e-mail Dan@InfoMagic.Biz. North Newhall workshop will focus on development planning for the area north of downtown Newhall, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-4330. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the meeting at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Introduction to Watercolors on Rice-paper class, 1:30-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Second of three sessions. Call (661) 259-9444. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Peer Counselor training, 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $10 for all three sessions. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will clear trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Poets in Person poetry reading group will meet, 10 a.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 254-7866. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Volunteer training class, 1-4 p.m. at the William S. Hart Museum, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. First of four sessions. Call Sabina Miller at (661) 254-4584. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Fantasy football tips: Hidden gems for your Dream Team

first_img latest 11 11 Wesley (Aston Villa) – Selected by 0.9 per centTake a dive into the unknown with Villa, who could be a real force this season.Club-record signing Wesley headlines a list of 12 new arrivals at Villa Park, with more than £130m spent.He is certain to lead the line following Tammy Abraham’s return to Chelsea, and we expect him to be prolific.The 22-year-old grabbed 13 goals and seven assists for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League last season, and crucially, he’s owned by less than 1 per cent of players and costs just £2.5m. LIVE on talkSPORT 11 Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) – Selected by 0.6 per centMr Sheffield United just loves scoring goals.He averages more than a goal every two games for the Blades and, you guessed it, he takes their penalties!Only 0.6 per cent of players have taken a punt on the 33-year-old, which is probably a reflection on Sheffield United’s hopes for the new campaign.But at £2m, he’s sure to bag you some points. targets TROPHY LATEST deals 11 Early signs in pre-season suggest Emerson could be first choice at left-back for Chelsea Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Images – Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Getty Images – Getty It can be a stressful time, but fear not, because here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve done all the work for you.Obviously, your team will contain the likes of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah, but everyone picks those guys.Mini-leagues are won and lost on differentials, the hidden gems with low ownership who bag a load of points.So, without further ado, here they are… Josh King could easily reach double figures this season FAREWELL Ings is deadly from 12 yards Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) – Selected by 0.7%This is an interesting one. We’ve fallen out of love with Marcos Alonso, who was once a fantasy football manager’s dream.And it seems that Chelsea have, too. Following a dip in form under Maurizio Sarri last season, Alonso lost his place to Emerson at left-back.So there’s every chance Emerson will retain his spot under Frank Lampard. It’s a punt, but you could have Chelsea’s first-choice left-back, owned by 0.7 per cent of players, for £2.5m. Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. 11 11 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Portsmouth vs Birmingham (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Its easy to forget Sanchez is quite good at football on his day Sign up to Dream Team now Getty Images – Getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Deeney’s Watford start the season with some favourable fixtures Mark Noble (West Ham) – Selected by 0.2 per centProbably the most rogue option on this list, given the fantasy football golden rule of staying away from defensive midfielders.But, we can’t stress this enough: there’s going to be loads and loads of penalties next season because of VAR.Noble, who costs £2m, relinquished penalty duties to Marko Arnautovic for a short while last season, but with the Austrian gone, the Hammers captain should be back on spot-kicks this season.West Ham possess plenty of pace and trickery in attack, with the likes of Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson, all of whom are likely to fool defenders in the box. Getty Images – Getty Josh King (Bournemouth) – Selected by 0.8 per centPenalty takers are your bread and butter this season, with the introduction of VAR.And, somewhat surprisingly, Bournemouth’s man on spot-kicks is owned by just 0.8 per cent of players.His record is pretty good, too. Last season, the Norwegian successfully converted five of his six penalties.Plus, he remains prolific from open play, netting 12 times in total last term.He can be yours for just £3m. Wesley opened his Villa account during pre-season Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Selected by 0.1 per centFor some strange reason, the Seagulls playmaker fell off the grid last season.Nonetheless, he could well be rejuvenated this year by the arrival of Neal Maupay at Brighton.Not only does this boost his chance of assists, with a dynamic frontman to link up with, it also means Glenn Murray will probably lose his place in the team, leaving Gross on penalty duties.The 28-year-old is also on corners, free-kicks, you name it – and literally no-one has him.He’s owned by 0.1 per cent of players and costs just £2m. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – Selected by 0.7 per centI know what you’re thinking, but hear me out.Imagine, just imagine, if Sanchez returned to form and you were one of the 0.7 per cent of managers who picked him for just £2m?The forgotten man at Manchester United scored twice at the 2019 Copa America and looked to be regaining some confidence. Pascal Gross was a fantasy football favourite during the 2017/18 campaign 11 Getty Images – Getty REVEALED Billy Sharp was central to the Blades promotion-winning campaign last season Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Danny Ings (Southampton) – Selected by 0.5 per centIt’s rather surprising that Danny Ings is owned by just 0.5 per cent of players.He represents another cheap penalty taker, at £2m, and given Saints paid £20m to sign him permanently this summer, you would expect him to start. Max Aarons (Norwich) – Selected by 0.9 per centThe youngster is this season’s Matt Doherty. You heard it here first.Owned by less than 1% of players and priced at just £2m, the 19-year-old right-back is sure to get plenty of assists for a free-scoring Norwich side.Aarons notched three goals and six assists from defence last season, earning him the Championship’s Young Player of the Year prize.However, don’t expect too many clean sheets – Norwich conceded 57 goals on their way to the Championship title last term. 11 Getty Images – Getty New job 11 Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Troy Deeney (Watford) – Selected by 0.8 per centNobody appears too keen on Watford this season, with none of their players selected by more than 1% of Dream Team managers.But they’ve got a decent opening four fixtures, with none of the top six until the fifth gameweek, and Deeney is deadly from 12 yards.With Gerard Deulofeu a potential doubt for the opener against Brighton, Deeney is almost certain to start as well.He’s available for £3m. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Images – Getty Max Aarons will be bombing down the wing all season 11 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 11 The Premier League is almost back and with it comes the return of Dream Team and you can still sign up here!Only three days remain to get your team sorted for the new campaign, before the deadline strikes on Friday night. Noble could see his fantasy football points soar with the introduction of VAR last_img read more

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LaLiga teams apply to play league match in Miami

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Speaking in regard to the new approach, Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil said: “Atletico works every season to expand and improve our brand across all continents and this match in the United States will allow us to keep working on this.“Furthermore, we will be able to bring Spanish football closer to fans who live outside of our country. It will be a great occasion that marks the future.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Getty Images – Getty 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ latest update The landscape has shifted since last year, with the federation reported to be discussing playing the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.The 2018 final was played in Morocco, while the Spanish federation also approved playing the rescheduled final of South America’s premier club competition, the Copa Libertadores, in Madrid last year when a neutral venue was required after an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus by River Plate supporters forced it to be postponed. stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Atletico Madrid and Villarreal want to play a LaLiga match in Miami in December.The clubs and LaLiga have applied to the Spanish federation (RFEF) to play the December 6 fixture at the Hard Rock Stadium, which is home of the Miami Dolphins.Local kick-off time for the match would be 4pm, which is 10pm Spanish time. Getty Images – Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 8.27%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen The federation refused permission in September last year when Barcelona and Girona tried to move a league fixture, due to be played in January 2019, to the US. FIFA president Gianni Infantino also came out in opposition to the move.The RFEF cited the impact on the integrity of the league competition, the effect on season ticket holders and also on broadcast rights holders when it rejected the earlier application. 2 Atletico Madrid want to play a LaLiga game in Miami appointed Michael Owen discusses his move to Real Madrid from LiverpoolMoving the game would need sign-off from the Spanish federation, UEFA, the North and Central American confederation CONCACAF and US Soccer.FIFA issued a statement following the announcement, which read: “When considering the previous Spanish LaLiga match that was proposed to take place in Miami, the FIFA Council took the position that, as a matter of sporting principle, official national league matches should take place in the country where the clubs come from, and not in a third country.” Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son targets Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Santi Cazorla is playing superbly this season with Villarreal on target Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future last_img read more

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South Africa: We Fix

first_imgVictoria Clarke, who was chief communicator for Donald Rumsfeld, the American secretary of defence, has just published a memoir. The title is “Lipstick on a Pig”. Clarke’s message to those of us who toil in the vineyard of public relations is that if the client has a pig of a story to tell, putting lipstick on it won’t make it any prettier or more saleable.Did I mention Clarke is no longer at the Pentagon?At IMC, we don’t use lipstick. At least not on pigs. We don’t have to. For one thing, we have a great story to tell. For another, nobody is pressing us to hide the bits that aren’t so great. We have challenges in this country, serious ones. They are part of the story. We must never deny it.  In a very important way,  they are part of what of makes our story great.‘Getting things fixed’You see, what makes South Africa the amazing place it is is the extraordinary capacity of our people to meet challenges head on and find solutions.If we’re sometimes a little testy with each other, it’s because we’re impatient with those whose sole contribution is to moan about what’s wrong. But we’ve got lots of time for people who are ready to work on the practicalities of getting things fixed.IMC’s US country manager Simon Barber tells me there’s a garage not far from Washington, which advertises its services in a striking way.  The owner has hoisted a seriously wrecked Volkswagen beetle on the top of a telephone pole and on the side of the beetle, he has painted the words We Fix.  The shop lives up to its motto.  Its mechanics do tough jobs well.Everyone here will, I hope, be familiar with our pay off line for South Africa, “alive with possibility”, but what is it that makes the slogan ring true?  What make this one of the most exciting places to be in the world today?By way of at least a partial answer, our country manager proposes another slogan, borrowed from his local garage: “South Africa — We Fix.”‘Finding solutions’South Africans have established a terrific track record of fixing what others have written off as terminally broken and of finding solutions where others have despaired.Few observers really believed that South Africans would come together the way they did in 1994. As the American columnist Roger Cohen wrote in the International Herald Tribune the other day:“That apartheid’s demise would be violent was almost universally accepted. The swimming pools of the white-owned villas in the leafy northern Johannesburg suburbs would run red with blood; the whites would flee; and the African National Congress would wreck the strongest economy by imposing doctrinaire communism.”Didn’t happen. Instead we have representatives from every troubled corner of the planet — from Iraq,  Palestine and Israel, from Northern Ireland to mention just a few – coming to us to see how we pulled off what actually did happenHow did we do it? Oceans of ink has been spent on this topic, but perhaps the best short explanation I’ve seen came from President Mbeki is his speech to parliament  on the tabling on the TRC report in 2003.“At a critical moment in our history,” he said, “we came as a people to the conclusion that we must, together, end the killing. We took the deliberate decision that a violent conflict was not in the interest of our country nor would it solve our problems.“Together we decided that in the search for a solution to our problems, nobody should be demonized or excluded. We agreed that everybody should become part of the solution, whatever the might have done or represented in the past. This related both to the negotiating of the future of our country and working to build the new South Africa we had all negotiated.”In a nutshell, this is the spirit of  “South Africa – We Fix”.Ordinary people  doing extraordinary thingsI wish everyone would drop, once and for all, the word miracle from the lexicon of descriptions for this country’s achievements. It reeks of  low expectations. And it misses the point. South Africans are not miracle people.We’re quite ordinary human beings with an extraordinary diversity of knowledge, wisdom and talent, who makes things work.And the more we’ve been able combine the splendid diversity of our human capital, the better we’ve made things work.Consider our constitution, ten years old this year. Some people still grumble that it’s a hodgepodge of compromises cobbled together to meet a deadline. Depending on where they’re coming from, they wish there had been fewer protections for property rights or that second generation rights to housing, health care, clean water and the like had not been included or that there had been greater recognition of group rights or that we opted for something other than list based proportional representation.But look at the South Africa the constitution has helped build, precisely because it was able to encompass the full diversity of genius in our country.We are today a tolerant and stable society because everyone came away feeling ownership in the result. And we have a strong economy because our leaders knew to the realize the ambitious social agenda we set for ourselves in the constitution, we would have to create the wealth to pay for it. And what helped us create the wealth? Peace, stability and property rights that are just as secure as they are in the US.‘Steadily rising  growth’Ten years ago, how many of you honestly would have thought we’d be sitting here in 2006 with inflation and interests rate at historic lows, enjoying 87 months of steadily rising growth, with our government in a position to launch a massive capital expenditure program while running budget deficits that are the envy of fiscal hawks the world over?Would you have projected that our stock market would have been among the world’s top performer’s in 2005, posted a total return of 47 per cent? Would you have said we’d be attracting more FDI than India?How many of us really foresaw the creativity and energy that our fusion into a new nation would trigger, or it how would take our economy onto a new plane?Our economy is in the midst of an extraordinary tectonic shift. You see it in the retail sales figures, you see in the explosion in new car sales (and traffic jams), you see it the now almost routine windfalls of unforeseen tax revenue.Maybe we have all underestimated our capacity as South Africans to get things fixed. But other are starting to catch on.‘Doing difficult things well’One of IMC’s guests, Roger Bate, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute has been telling people after touring the country with us last November: “South Africans seem to specialize in doing difficult things well.”Roger was part of  a group of American science writers to take a look at our science and technology.  We called the 10-day tour South African Solutions.  We took our visitors to Anglogold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine. We took them to Sasol. They saw fuel elements for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor being manufactured at Pelindaba. They met AIDS researchers doing groundbreaking work at Chris Hani Baragwanath. They saw state-of-the-art winemaking at Tokara. They went to the opening of the Southern African Large Telescope – and spent the night at the Karoo Hotel in Sutherland, which I have to tell you is not on the typical tourist trail.And that was just the half of it. They met biologists, anthropologists, geneticists, nuclear physicists, software engineers, geologists, hydrologists, and more. And to help put it all in context for them, we took them to Robben Island and Hector Pietersen Memorial and its stunning museum, we showed the high points and the low points of Soweto and we had them stay at bed and breakfasts in Orlando West, where, needless to say,  the hospitality was beyond compare.This group will never think or write about South Africa in the same way after that trip. It was impossible not to come away from those ten days without agreeing with Roger Bate that South Africans do difficult things well.Getting from June 16, 1976 to April 1, 2006 the way we have is no mean feat. It has taken guts, it has taken resourcefulness and a great capacity for lateral thinking, it has taken patience and determination, it has taken teamwork and a talent for human relations. Our politics has not been for amateurs or sissies.Teamwork and collaborationWhile perhaps not in quite the same league of accomplishment, digging gold out of a sliver of a seam three kilometers underground is no mean feat, either.  It too takes guts, resourcefulness and lateral thinking,  patience and determination, and, yes, a great capacity for teamwork and collaboration.  It’s not for amateurs or sissies, either. The pressure down there makes the rock hot to the touch. To cool it at the Mponeng mine, Anglogold Ashanti has had to build the largest snowmaking machine in the world.To anyone here who hasn’t been down one of our deep mines, I strongly recommend it – it’s an outlook changing experience. In every sense, it helps you understand what we’re made of. Let’s say it again. South Africans do difficult things well.Every sort of difficult thing: From building prize-winning catamarans to inventing respirators that may save countless miner’s lives using gold as a catalyst to turn deadly carbon monoxide into CO2.From solving the riddles of a nuclear reactor technology that will reinvent the industry to uncovering the secret lives of dinosaurs from the fossilized residue of the DNA.From designing software that will track down and deter corruption to converting the might of the Congo River into light for a continent.From inventing the world’s first truly economic photovoltaic solar panel to revolutionizing the care and treatment of AIDS patients in resource poor setting by designing new testing equipment and harnessing the Internet for long distance diagnostics and patient monitoring.Most difficult of allAnd yes, we do that most difficult of things. We make great wine. Congratulations to Vergelegen for being named best new world wine of the year by Wine Enthusiast in New York.And let’s not forget great films. Out of South Africans’ wondrous fusion comes Oscar-winner Tsotsi. Tsotsi is a vital window on the South African condition. It reminds us that we still have much to fix. Poverty, crime, disease.  But in its message of redemption, not to mention the enormous talent it puts on display ,  Tsotsi also reminds us, and the world, that we have it in us as South Africans to do the fixing.South Africa. We don’t put lipstick on a pig. We fix.Yvonne Johnstonlast_img read more