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.”
Chelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: To streamline processing of court and tribunal cases, the Delhi government’s revenue department has issued guidelines, asking all district magistrates to review cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report.The department warned of disciplinary action against erring officers for any lapse in compliance of guidelines.The additional district magistrates will be the reviewing officer and an officer not below the rank of the tehsildar will be the nodal officer-legal-cum-parivi officer for all cases involving revenue districts, according to the the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe nodal officer-legal will maintain the complete record of all court and tribunal cases in electronic module with fortnightly printout of same to be kept on record.”The district magistrates shall also review the court/tribunal cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report to the Legal Branch HQ (headquarters) in the prescribed format…,” the guidelines stated.The district magistrates may also bring to the notice of divisional commissioner (headquarters-II) the matters for escalating to appropriate level if any lapse on the part of government counsel is observed.
Tina HouseAPTN NewsIt may be surprising to hear Isabelle Fortin’s mother describe the young girls fall seven years ago as “lucky” – but that is how she describes it.“She fell head first into cement and she was lucky enough that when she fell her skull cracked open outwards instead on inwards,” she told APTN News. “And ever since then she lost movement in her right hand because of her fall and she was in hospital for the longest time.It has been a slow road to recover for Isabelle, also known as Izzy.A few years ago she found a sport that helped her.She started when she was seven, and now at 11 says hockey changed her life.“I wanted to join hockey because I just wanted to get stronger,” she said.To play, Izzy wakes up every weekend at 6 in the morning to attend practice or games.And it’s not a cheap sport to play – but her family has devised a way to raise money.“We did fundraiser groups, she does bottle drives where we live right now our co-op brings in empties for Isabelle to help keep her in hockey,” said Denise. “And she just brings them in once a month she does bake sales she does a lot of fundraising on the island with her grandma and grandpa.“It’s a huge community that Isabelle built and a lot of people support her and they can’t wait to see Isabelle thrive in more sports.For Izzy, her biggest memories are meeting Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jordan Tootoo.Her own star is on the rise after winning the Grindstone award for her fundraising efforts to keep herself in hockey.In November she won the 2018 Premiers Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports – making her the youngest firstname.lastname@example.org@inthehouse7
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has issued an order to Coastal GasLink after an investigation determined the company carried out cutting without having an archaeological impact assessment completed.Some of the requests within the order, from the OGC, include that Coastal GasLink submits a post-impact archaeological assessment for review by the Commission of a portion of Section 8 right of way by October 11, 2019, and that they must submit records indicating the implementation of the Pre-Construction Compliance Assurance Process and Procedure on the specific area by October 25, 2019.In August, Coastal GasLink said construction began in a number of places before archaeological assessments were complete. The company said an internal audit found there were two areas along the right of way east of Kitimat where land was cleared before archaeological impact assessments occurred.The Coastal GasLink pipeline inspired global protests when hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said it had no authority without their consent.The company said it had signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations along the 670-kilometre route to LNG Canada’s export terminal on the coast in Kitimat, including the Wet’suwet’en council.Coastal GasLink does have the opportunity to appeal this order to the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal.
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.
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured hoteliers that the government will give them maximum financial relief to revive the lucrative tourism industry hit by the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday that killed 253 people, including 42 foreigners. Tourism accounts for about five per cent of Sri Lanka’s economy, with India, Britain and China being the main markets. India is the largest source market for Sri Lanka, which received 2.3 million tourists from around the world in 2018. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAround 450,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million in 2019. President Sirisena acknowledged during his meeting on Monday with the country’s hoteliers that the tourism and hotel industries were worst hit after the string of powerful blasts ripped through three churches and as many luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500 others. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe bombs tore through three five-star hotels in Colombo: the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri La and the Kingsbury. Forty two foreigners, including 11 Indian nationals, died in the attacks. Sirisena requested Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to provide “maximum financial relief” immediately to the hoteliers, Sunday Times reported. Hotels Association President Sanath Ukwatte said hoteliers had invested large sums of money in the development of the hotels and requested the government to provide a moratorium or waiver on the capital and interest for a period of at least two years. During the meeting, the hoteliers also asked the government to hire the services of a professional public relations and communications unit to send out one message to the world. President Sirisena agreed to appoint a Cabinet sub-committee to look into the requirements of the hoteliers, the report said.
Shillong: A report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the state police to keep the business thriving.It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others consumers. The court had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by chairperson of Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Right Meena Kharkongor. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSome of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade despite knowing the antecedents, said the report, which has not been made public, but a copy of which was available with PTI. “Police are not taking any action at all and they are in connivance hand-in-hand with the peddlers,” it asserted. The narcotics are openly procured from Kalain area in Assam’s Silchar district, and sold in around 30 places in the city, including high-security areas near the gates of the Assam Rifles, and police beat house besides the city’s police bazaar area, the court said in the report. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The places where drugs are easily available usually go unchecked, with the peddlers moving at liberty,” it said. The high court has also sought improved coordination among the opioid substitution centres, narcotic cell of police, customs and the intelligence agencies to curb the growing menace. It directed the state government to set up separate jails for drug users to prevent them from mingling and influencing other inmates into becoming addicts. According to sources in the government, Additional Senior Government Advocate S Sengupta has forwarded the report of the high court to the administration. They also said the court has directed the state government to submit documents, detailing the ways adopted to stop the sale of illicit drugs in the state.
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.