TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says they’re focused on building for the long-term.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted everyone understands the plan.He said, “We and our global fanbase demand success and winning trophies – that target and standard has never changed. The progress on the business side underpins the football operation.”Much progress has been made on the academy, recruitment department and the training ground, and behind the scenes, so this isn’t always apparent.”These investments we have made and our commitment to Ole in March provide the building blocks for success.”We are wholly confident this approach will deliver, but it is important to be patient as we build for the future.Woodward even credited his staff for not getting distracted by the transfer rumours circulated around Old Trafford.The 47-year-old noted: “We won’t be influenced by short terms distractions.”The club was linked with hundreds of players, but despite this our recruitment department was able to approach the window in focused and disciplined way.”Danny James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined a strong squad and we also renewed contracts for players like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea. We are optimistic for the future.”The sale and loaning of players allowed the manager to involve more young players, providing a firm foundation and culture ready for building next trophy winning squad.”Much speculation is focused on recruitment and it is area we’ve evolved. The players signed demonstrate this approach is right.”The root of the club is youth-led attacking football, and it is the right way forward. Everyone from the manager, players and board remains resolute in the desire to get Manchester United to the top of English football.”We will continue to make the necessary investment to make this happen.”
zoom Hong Kong-based shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) saw its volumes decrease slightly in the fourth quarter of 2017, while revenues continued rising.Total volumes were at 1,612,733 TEUs, down by 3.3% from the same period last year when the company handled a total of 1,667,549 TEUs.The decrease was mainly due to the Intra-Asia / Australasia volumes, which plunged by 14.2% to 736,857 TEUs from 859,196 TEUs. The company’s other trades Trans-Pacific, Asia / Europe and Trans-Atlantic recorded a volume rise of 7.5%, 11% and 5.4%, respectively.OOCL’s total revenues for the quarter were up by 6% reaching USD 1.38 billion, against USD 1.3 billion reported in the same three-month period a year earlier, mostly driven by a 24.3% surge in revenue on the Asia / Europe trade.The company said that its loadable capacity increased by 1%, while the overall load factor was 3.7% lower than the same period in 2016. Overall average revenue per TEU increased by 9.6% compared to the fourth quarter of last year.For the full year of 2017, total volumes increased by 3.6% over 2016 and total revenues recorded a 15.4% growth. Total revenue stood at USD 5.42 billion, against USD 4.7 billion reported in 2016.
The Canadian Press TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year’s 50-thousand dollar Polaris Music Prize.A jury of 11 music critics, bloggers and broadcasters named the album “Power in the Blood” the best Canadian record of the last year.The folk icon beat out nine other finalists for the award including rap superstar Drake, former Polaris winner Caribou and Toronto rockers Alvvays.Sainte-Marie, who already had a crowded trophy case heading into Monday night’saward ceremony, told the audience she didn’t expect to win the Polaris and appreciated its cash prize.The award show, which was held in Toronto, was hosted by Juno-winning children’s entertainer Fred Penner.
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local):10:30 a.m.European Council President Donald Tusk says that the European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit.Tusk said in a Tweet Thursday that “the (EU) Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level.”Tusk, who chairs meetings of EU leaders, says he has sent the draft political declaration to Britain’s 27 European partners.He says the draft declaration still requires “the endorsement of the leaders.”EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Sunday to rubber-stamp the declaration and a separate divorce deal.___10:00 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet Austria’s chancellor to build support for her Brexit plan ahead of a possible Sunday summit.May plans to meet Thursday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency.The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure, but are still working to nail down a separate political declaration on their future relations after Brexit.Kurz told the Austria Press Agency in remarks published Thursday that his trip to London is designed to help May build support for the deal, which faces opposition in the British Parliament.He also says he hopes to get a “realistic picture” of May’s chances of getting majority support for the bill.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday said India was granted permission to wear camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the country’s armed forces, a gesture which Pakistan has objected to. In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said. The Pakistan Cricket Board had sent a strongly-worded letter to the ICC, calling for action against India for wearing the caps. “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday. Last month, the BCCI had asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Kolkata: Senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday instructed the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents from various districts to ensure speedy execution of all non-bailable warrants which are still pending.Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a marathon meeting with various district election officials and police personnel on Saturday afternoon to review the poll preparedness in the state. The ECI officials have asked the district administrative officials to ensure that no criminals, who are potential trouble-mongers, should remain free during the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersElection Commission officials instructed the district election officers to review all the sensitive booths in their respective areas at regular intervals and submit a detailed report to the Commission regarding the same. The deputy Election Commissioner has expressed dissatisfaction as the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar did not participate in the video conference. The Commission officials held a video conference with all the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents in North Bengal districts which will go to the polls in the first and second phases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) that the deputy Election Commissioner asked the election officers from North Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas to be extra cautious. All the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents who were present in the meeting in the city were asked by the Commission not to engage those officers who are accused of being ‘partial’. The DMs and SPs will be liable to take responsibilities if any such officers are engaged in the poll process under their respective jurisdiction. The Commission categorically mentioned that the officers accused of taking side of any political party must be kept out of the poll process. The deputy Commissioner also took a stock of the overall law order situation in various districts. He also asked the DMs to monitor the route march and area domination by the central forces in the districts. The deputy Election Commissioner also asked the district election officials to prepare and submit the list of subordinate officers if they fail to comply with the instructions. The District Magistrates have been asked to submit the list of sensitive booths under their jurisdiction. The Commission may issue necessary instructions after going through the list submitted by them. The Commission also asked all the election officials to ensure that all the banners with photographs of the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister are removed from both government and private premises. It was also learnt from the sources in the CEO office that the deputy Election Commissioner rebuked the four Districts Magistrates and two Police Superintendents. The deputy Election Commissioner also met Chief Secretary of the state Malay De and Home secretary Atri Bhattacharya in the evening. Various political parties met the deputy Election Commissioner to place their respective demands. A section of intellectuals including painter Suvaprasanna, economist Abhirup Sarkar, writer Subodh Sarkar also met the deputy Election Commissioner and said that some political parties are insulting the people of Bengal by demanding that all booths be declared as ‘super sensitive’.
New Delhi: Cash-strapped IL&FS Group will receive first set of bids under asset monetization process on Monday as part of resolution process, according to sources. The company’s board will later consider bids for Rs 8,000 crore renewable energy business that was put on the block in November 2018, the sources said. This will be the first set of bids that will be opened under asset monetization process as part of resolution process by government-appointed and Uday Kotak-led new board, they added. The group, which is sitting on the debt of about Rs 94,000 crore debt, had decided to sell assets in various verticals, including roads, education, renewable energy, and broking in November last year. The renewable assets of the group include operating wind power plants with an aggregate capacity of 873.5-mw, and under-construction such plants with 104 mw capacity. It also includes the solar power business, under which it has around 300-mw of under-construction projects. Japan’s Orix is the joint venture partner in the wind power business and the completion of sale of this business is expected to reduce IL&FS debt of about Rs 5,000 crore. When contacted IL&FS spokesperson declined to comment on the same. According to sources, nearly two dozen firms had participated in the expression of interest sought by the company that ended on December 10, 2018. Several companies, sources said, have completed their due diligence of the underlying assets. However, the completion of entire process and shortlisting of the final bidder will take a few weeks as multiple processes are involved. LIC is the single largest shareholder with over 25 per cent stake in IL&FS and Orix Corp owns a little over 23 per cent. IL&FS Employees Welfare Trust holds 12 per cent in the company. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, HDFC and Central Bank of India hold 12.56 per cent, 9.02 per cent and 7.67 per cent, respectively, in the cash-strapped company. The country’s largest lender SBI has around 7 per cent stake in the company.
London: ‘Bodyguard’ star Keeley Hawes has said that she has “only just” started asking to be paid on par with her male counterparts. The actor, who features as the female lead Home Secretary Julia Montague in the BBC thriller, said it is after the success of the show that she has raised her voice demanding equal pay. “I’ve only just asked to be paid the same to do exactly the same work as someone else. In the past, it was always a case of take it, no questions asked, because if you don’t someone else will take it,” Hawes told The Times. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe 43-year-old actor, who has worked in shows like ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘The Casual Vacancy’, credited fellow artiste Jennifer Lawrence for sparking the conversation regarding equal pay. “You need a big profile to be able to stand up for yourself. It took people like Jennifer Lawrence saying it to move things forward. It made her unpopular at the time but it’s started a hugely powerful movement. Generally, the statistics for women’s pay are still horrific compared with men’s, but it’s all moving in the right direction,” she said. Hawes features in Bodyguard opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden. Recently, Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio said he is “optimistic” that there will be a second season of the show.
NEW DELHI: BJP chief Amit Shah’s first roadshow in Kolkata ended with violence, arson and a police lathicharge Tuesday as the rallyists clashed with students holding “Amit Shah Go Back” posters. Shah called it an attempt to “strangulate democracy”. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.Violence erupted Tuesday evening at the gates of Calcutta University. Some students in the campus allegedly shouted anti-BJP slogans and BJP supporters rushed at them with rods. Policemen stepped in to prevent a clash. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkLess than a kilometre down College Street, Amit Shah’s van passed by Vidyasagar College but rallyists following him allegedly charged at the students standing with “Go Back Amit Shah” posters. The BJP supporters rushed into the campus, set motorcycles on fire and vandalised the bust of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar – a 19th-century educationist and social reformer. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the college in the evening. The police initially used batons to bring the crowd under control. Later, several people were arrested for the violence, a police officer said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenA BJP delegation, comprising Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, GVL Narasimha Rao and others went to the Election Commission Tuesday evening over the clashes. Shah said while clashes erupted police remained a mute spectator. He said he was told by police that the permission for the roadshow ended near the college and that he will be taken to the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda on Bidhan Sarani. Banerjee hit right back, calling Shah a “goonda”. “If you lay your hands on Vidyasagar, what will I call you other than a goonda,” she told a rally in Behala in the city. “I hate your ideology, I hate your ways,” she said and announced a protest rally on Thursday against the vandalisation of the bust of Vidyasagar. Gautam Kundu, principal of Vidyasagar college said, “The BJP supporters carrying party flags barged inside the office and started abusing us. They tore papers, ransacked the offices and union rooms and while leaving desecrated the bust of Vidyasagar. They locked the gates and set bikes and motorcycles on fire”. A few students were injured by the BJP supporters, he said.
El Jaddida – A new scholarly review conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) affirms the various risks of laughter on people.“Laughter is Medicine” has been around for a long time until researches carried by the BMJ unveiled the hidden drawbacks of laughter.According to the same study, laughter may cause jaws to dislocate, hernia to pop out, asthma attacks, headaches, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm), ribs to break if laughter is fierce and urinary tract problems when laughter is suppressed. However, despite the erstwhile drawbacks, doctors do not deny the advantages of laughter.For instance, it can reduce anger, anxiety and stress.It can also reduce cardiovascular tension, blood glucose concentration and risk of myocardial infarction.In short, before you decide to put a frown on your face, a nice smile is the best gift to give people around you. Smile and the world will smile back to you.
Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days before No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) hosts No. 24 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten), the Buckeyes released their Week 11 depth chart, leaving the majority of the depth chart unchanged except for two changes on special teams.For the first time this season, freshman Blake Haubeil was listed as the co-starter with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger at kicker. Nuernberger is 10-for-12 in field goal tries this season with his only two misses coming during Ohio State’s Oct. 7 matchup against Maryland. Though he drilled his lone field goal attempt against Iowa, it was a near miss as the ball appeared to fly above the left upright. Nuernberger is listed as the team’s kickoff specialist. However, Haubeil kicked off against Iowa. The only other change was redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber being listed as a co-starter with redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell as the kickoff returner. Sophomore H-back K.J. Hill was the listed backup kick returner despite being the co-starter on last week’s depth chart. Weber returned six kicks for Ohio State against Iowa and averaged 17.2 yards as the returner due to Campbell missing the game. Campbell has averaged 36.6 yards per return through nine kick returns this season, and has been cleared to play against Michigan State.Ohio State’s game against the Spartans kicks off at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
George Saville, the Northern Ireland midfielder, is happy with his upgrading move from Millwall to Middlesbrough.It is known that the Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has a technical reputation of playing past his midfielders in directing the defense to play long passes and quick past the midfield.According to The Irish News, Saville has been caught in an awkward moment when he was confronted with his take on this issue in an interview, whether he had consulted Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans about their days under Pulis: “Yeah, we touched on it a little bit obviously, but they were wishing me the best going into it and, speaking to them, they told me what I needed to know and be ready for….Official: Ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel joins Middlesbrough Andrew Smyth – January 24, 2019 Middlesbrough have announced the shock signing of ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel on a short-term dealThe Nigeria captain, who featured at last summer’s World Cup in Russia, previously…“The style of play is not like the fantastic football Manchester City will play, but he is effective and he knows how to win football matches and in the Championship that’s what it is about and getting out of the league.“You have two games every week and it’s non-stop for the nine months. For me, Tony knows how to win football matches and that’s all I care about.”
The Brazilian superstar defeated nine other candidates for the FIFA award with nearly 15 percent of the voteWith 14.73 percent of the vote, Orlando Pride and Brazil’s footballer Marta has won The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the year award.The forward beat nine other candidates that were selected on September 3rd of this year.She came on top of Dzsenifer Marozsán and Ada Hegerberg, both players from Lyon Women.Marta has the most honors won by any footballer, man or woman, in the world.She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in five occasions.Marta has been playing professionally since the year 2000 when she debuted with Vasco da Gama in her native Brazil.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.She then went to play with Santa Cruz, Umea IK, Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, and Tyreso FF.Most recently she was three years with FC Rosengard, and since the second semester of 2017 with the Orlando Pride.With Brazil she has played 133 matches, scoring 110 goals.Congratulations, Marta 👑Winner of #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/aCxCn2TIFy— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) September 24, 2018