10 months agoSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive deal

first_imgSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive dealby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So blank it? Let this transfer window pass? No chance. Manchester United will be active this month. Indeed, they already are. Though whether it’s a ruse for a longer term target. Or one to get in immediately. Only Ed Woodward can tell us that…The idea that United’s vice-chairman exec is going to sit this one out. That he’ll wait until the summer. Wait until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discarded for the more acceptable, marketable name. Well, given his history, that just doesn’t stack up.Louis van Gaal never asked for Angel di Maria nor Radamel Falcao. Jose Mourinho had no idea about Eric Bailly until they were being introduced at Carrington. If there is a deal to be done, then Woodward – and to be fair, in consultation with Jim Lawlor – will pull the trigger. From Italy, it’s broke in the last 48 hours. They’re in for him. Diego Godin. Turned down once in August after a beat the deadline offer. Woodward has moved late – again – with an attempt to rumble Inter Milan’s month-long negotiations with the Uruguayan’s minders.The latest is Woodward has matched Inter’s contract offer of around £2m-a-year. And with his current deal to expire in June, both clubs believe Atletico Madrid will sell for a bargain basement £3m.For the moment, those in the know – specifically in Milan – believe Godin is ready to commit to the Nerazzurri. The great irony being, it was Woodward who set this whole thing in motion six months ago. Need an explanation? Well, let’s turn to the defender’s biographer Jose Navarro, who declared on Saturday night: “Godin has not closed any deal with Inter. But the reality is that Atletico made some promises to the player, after the Manchester United bid, and they never respected it. And then they made no effort to renew Godin’s contract.”So promises broken and a deal still alive. Woodward could be in here. We know – sans Jose – United still want that cheap, experienced centre-half signing. The enquiries after Andreas Granqvist, the Helsingborgs captain, had Lawlor’s finger prints all over it. With the opportunity again raised, Inter’s intermediaries can’t be surprised by United’s eleventh hour attempt.But there’s another factor to be considered. Another player in this mix. Milan Skriniar. Inter Milan’s Slovakian centre-half. Admired by Jose Mourinho. Approved by Woodward. Before Godin, a bid of €70m was lodged for Skriniar and flatly rejected by the Italians. The player stating at the time: “I’m happy about the interest in me, but Inter decided how they decided, so I cannot say anything more about it.”And the same source making that €70m revelation is now insisting Inter’s move for Godin would be to replace Skriniar, not complement him. Further strengthening United’s hand is Barcelona – their nearest rivals for the defender – taking Jeison Murillo on-loan from Valencia just last week. Find that €70m and Woodward could have his man – so long as he steps aside for Inter to take Godin.So where does this leave Solskjaer? Well, simply in the same place as all those before him. Van Gaal, Mourinho, David Moyes… even Ryan Giggs. They had their say. Sure. But they didn’t really have power of veto. For his part, Solskjaer will surely welcome a defensive signing. He didn’t make light of having to move Matteo Darmian inside for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Reading. Just as Mourinho suffered before him, the Norwegian has found the squad short at the back. Whether it’s Godin, Skriniar or some equivalent, Solskjaer will appreciate the show of support.And he deserves it. Even battling through a labourious 2-0 win over the Royals, the manager still found a way to lift the crowd. Two five goal results. The revival of Paul Pogba. The confirmation of Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer has been delivering way beyond his brief. And he read the mood superbly on Saturday, spying the chance to give everyone inside Old Trafford a lift with the debut of Tahith Chong.It could’ve been just a ho-hum win. Expected. Forgettable. Instead, Solskjaer gave those attending something special. An ‘I was there’ moment as he gave Chong a first home appearance.Any of those ex-teammates warning against business this month. That making a major signing for Solskjaer would be wrong given he’ll be gone by June. They need to consider recent history.No matter whom is in the home dugout, Woodward will buy regardless. And if it’s to be a defender who can make an instant impact all the better. It’s the least the current manager deserves for what he’s done for Manchester United in these three short weeks. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoSouthampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarkeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have warned suitors off teenage starlet Jack Clarke.Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has joined Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola in showing interest in the 18-year-old Clarke because of his storming debut campaign for Leeds.But Leeds are adamant academy-product Clarke is not for sale and want the winger to grow with them, hopefully next season in the Premier League, reports the Mirror.Leeds have shown their faith in Clarke by handing him the biggest contact for an Under-18 player in their history and his deal has three years left to run. last_img

Arsenault Barton Chang and Hanomansing new hosts of The National

first_imgTORONTO – A revamped edition of “The National” will be more nimble, multiplatform and “truly national” when four new but recognizable hosts who vary in age and background take the helm of CBC’s flagship newscast this fall, the public broadcaster vowed Tuesday.Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing have been tasked with shepherding in the refreshed version of the “The National” as the network attempts to break free of the traditional solo news anchor following the retirement of Peter Mansbridge.All four journalists, who will be stationed at various locations across the country, have a storied history with the CBC and have contributed to “The National” over the years.Arsenault, 50, a senior correspondent, will be based in Toronto; Barton, 41, known for her hard-hitting interviews on “Power & Politics,” will remain in Ottawa; Chang, 34, will stay at the Vancouver studio; and Vancouver-based Hanomansing, 55, long considered a front-runner to replace Mansbridge, will relocate to Toronto.“If there are four of us, we’re not all going to be on the show every night all the same,” Barton said in an interview following Tuesday’s news conference to reveal the changes. “We are all going to be able to pitch things, go after breaking news, travel.”The CBC also plans to change some of the show’s format to make it feel more timely in a digital age when news breaks on social media.The new “National,” which will debut Nov. 6, will have a digital component and air live across all six time zones, allowing the hosts to track developing stories in real time. Traditionally, the newscast tapes at 9 p.m. ET and repeats the same broadcast for the West Coast, unless a major breaking story is unfolding.“I think what it means is the stories don’t get locked into the format. The stories dictate the format,” said Arsenault. “That’s where we’re really going to be able to be flexible, because depending on the nature of the story, we’re going to be able to shift and move just to give it the context that we need, and you can’t do that in a traditional cast.”Being spread out will also allow the hosts to jump in and anchor directly from the scene of breaking news in their respective areas.“To not simply report from there but to own a part of the program, that’s going to completely change the dynamic of what ‘The National’ is, it’s going to change the feel of it, it’s going to change the flavour of it,” said Chang.Arsenault added they’re not “playing with the format” but rather “realizing the culture of what people expect from their journalists now.”“They expect not just the news but they expect the context immediately, as thoroughly as they can get it and as widely as they can.”Mansbridge officially left his longtime post at “The National” on July 1, nearly a year after announcing his retirement.His replacements said they’d heard rumours there would be multiple hosts but didn’t know about each other until Friday.“There’s still a lot about the show we don’t know,” said Hanomansing. “We haven’t been able to publicly talk to our colleagues about this stuff. We need to be briefed and read-in and get active and be involved in the development of the program from here on in. And I need an apartment.”The CBC said it looked inside and outside of the organization to find new talent for “The National.”Editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said going live will cost more than the current delivery of the show, as will the digital pieces being added.But “the net budget is actually neutral in the context of news,” she added.“The National” managing editor Steve Ladurantaye was recently reassigned after what the CBC called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation. McGuire said they’ll reassess what happens to him in the context of “The National” in September.Manbridge offered his seal of approval in a tweet shortly after the announcement.“A great move into the future with four excellent journalists taking the anchor helm at the National,” he wrote.Members of the public gathered at Tuesday’s press conference seemed to agree.“I think it’s a good selection,” said Ursula Mausberg of St. Catharines, Ont.“I think it’s good because each one can concentrate on their area. I think it’s variety…. I’m looking forward to it. I like that they’ve selected a woman.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated when Peter Mansbridge stepped down at ‘The National.’ He retired in July.last_img read more

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi gives thumbs down to provincial budgets cuts to

first_imgThis is after the government boosted the fund to great fanfare in 2015 by $11 million. David Eggen, who was culture and tourism minister in 2015 said at the time: “The success of Alberta’s cultural industries sector, particularly our film and television industry, is an important piece in our move toward a more diversified, sustainable economy … We have only begun to tap into the incredible potential of this industry.”According to Bill Evans, executive director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, that $11 million was a one-time addition and the new budget actually added new media funding. But he said in a statement Friday that the net drop of $3 million is “not good news for our industry. However, considering the current economic climate, it’s not as bad as we were expecting.”Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the $34 million slated for the fund includes a “one-time” $5 million through the Capital Investment Tax Credit, which he said will support film and television production and fund two new pilot grant programs supporting interactive digital media and post-production, visual effects and digital animation.“Alberta’s cultural industries play a significant role in the government’s plan to diversify the economy and we continue to look for opportunities to support the sector,” he said.AMPIA is part of a group of contributors to Alberta’s film industry that has been lobbying hard in recent months, saying Alberta needed to make changes quickly to take advantage of the fact that Canada’s current production centres, Toronto and Vancouver, are operating beyond capacity.Beyond the size of the fund, the group is lobbying against a funding cap on the fund’s production grant, which provides incentives for film and TV projects. The fund can contribute up to 30 per cent of all eligible Alberta expenses, but is capped at $5-million per project.In the past, there was flexibility in the fund for ongoing series that continued to employ workers and generate economic activity. In 2014, changes were made to the fund by the then Conservative government that prevents new television series from applying more than once, which is not favourable for higher-budget fare and ongoing television series.Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures, which co-produced AMC’s Hell on Wheels and co-produces FX’s Fargo, set up production of its sci-fi series Van Helsing in Vancouver rather than Alberta in early 2016, at least in part because of the cap.IATSE local president Damian Petti said Friday he, too, is disappointed in the budget, but the film union leader also called for an entirely new model that would rely more on tax credits, an incentive that lowers the amount of tax owed the government used in many jurisdictions in Canada and elsewhere to attract film shoots.“The industry has been struggling,” he said. “The model is becoming antiquated. It’s time for a tax credit, which has been a proven success story in other jurisdictions. The fund has severe limitations compared to a tax credit. So, there is disappointment as the community hoped we could overcome the limits to the cap. (But) we’re an outlier. We’re the only jurisdiction not to have a labour-based tax credit.”Petti also said he believes the government wants to support the film industry.“The minister met with stakeholders. Minister Miranda wants to work with industry so industry needs to unite and work with the ministry. I believe that is a sincere offer.”Evans from AMPIA points out that film and TV production generated $262 million in economic impact compared to $2.2 billion in B.C. He said his group “will continue to advocate for a change in the way the provincial incentive program works … ” but he worries film jobs and investment will leave the province.Nenshi stressed the film industry in Alberta is a key to diversifying the economy.“As I’ve said many, many times, filmmaking is not a nice, fun-to-have industry, it’s an industry that needs to grow significantly in Alberta because it supports a lot of jobs and a lot of good jobs,” he said. “It’s very, very difficult for us to grow that industry if we can’t be competitive with funding in the way that other jurisdictions in other provinces are.”In other culture funding, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts received a $5 million increase in funding that had been promised earlier.With files from Annalise Klingbeil and Eric Volmers, Postmedia Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Calgary’s mayor is panning an Alberta provincial budget that on Thursday cut funding to the Alberta Media Fund used to entice film and television projects to shoot here.“I’m very disappointed, and this is one that requires more analysis, but it looks like the province has rejected our request to increase the Alberta Media Fund,” Nenshi told reporters Thursday. “That’s about bringing filmmaking into the province and instead of increasing the fund from $36.8 million to $50 million, they seem to have cut it … which is really strangling a very important industry in a growth phase, here in the province, very early on. That’s a very bad thing.”A “budget highlights” section on the Alberta government website pegs the fund for next year at $34 million, a drop from nearly $37 million. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

China to cut taxes keep currency stable to counter slowdown

first_imgBEIJING — Senior Chinese economic officials say they will slash taxes, step up spending and help resolve financing problems of private and small enterprise to help counter the country’s worst slowdown since the global financial crisis.The officials said Tuesday that Beijing will keep its monetary policy stable but flexible. A deputy central bank governor, Zhu Hexin, said the People’s Bank of China was confident it can keep the value of the Chinese yuan steady.The officials were outlining plans for 2019 that were set at an annual policy meeting in December.In July-September, China’s economic growth sank to a post-crisis low of 6.5 per cent compared with a year earlier despite government efforts to stem the downturn by ordering banks to lend more and by boosting spending on public works construction.The Associated Presslast_img read more

PM should stop using individuals opinion to spread venom Cong after Pitrodas

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP should stop using an individual’s “personal opinion” to “spread venom”, in an apparent reference to comments by Sam Pitroda on Balakot air strike which have triggered a political row. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said his party has “unequivocally” said the Pulwama terror attack was a “grave national security failure” of the Modi government. Balakot air strike was a shining example of the valour of the Indian Air Force and Pakistan’s terror outfits like JeM and LeT and others will never succeed in their evil design, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Modiji and BJP should stop using an individual’s personal opinion to spread venom! Instead of hiding behind the sacrifice of our armed forces, PM must answer to Nation on — jobs crisis, agrarian distress, demonetisation & GST disasters & economic downturn,” Surjewala tweeted. Prime Minister Modi, using the hashtag ‘Janta maaf nahi karegi’ (people will not forgive) in a tweet, attacked Indian Overseas Congress chief Pitroda for reportedly saying “Eight people(26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation(Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here &attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tagging a news report carrying Pitroda’s remarks, Modi said, “The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces. Shame!” “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew — Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India- we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest!.” Several BJP leaders, including BJP chief Amit Shah, slammed Pitroda for his remarks. Amid the controversy, Pitroda on Friday asked the government to come out with “more facts” on the Balakot air strikes, and said that he was “baffled” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reaction to his question which he was entitled to ask. Surjewala too slammed Modi’d remarks and alleged that Prime Minister Modi was “busy shooting films in Corbett Park” and giving a speech as nation mourned Pulwama martyrs. The Modi government was “clueless as RDX, MI carbines and rocket launchers were smuggled in to be used in Pulwama”, the Congress’ chief spokesperson said. The BJP government released Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and other terrorists, he said.last_img read more

Walker makes most of senior season

Senior Andrea Walker has seen it all in her four years playing basketball at Ohio State, but this season has been her most productive yet.Walker has already matched or surpassed her highest career output in rebounds, points and assists with six games still remaining, but her stat line won’t be compared with the best players in the nation.Walker has played backup to two of the best centers in OSU history while on the team: Jessica Davenport and junior Jantel Lavender.“I don’t really care about minutes. As long as our team is winning, I’m happy here,” Walker said. “I think that I’ve gotten better playing against the best centers.”Walker’s 6-foot-5-inch frame allows her to dominate smaller players while on the floor, but it also helps her to push Lavender to the brink in practice to help her get better. Sometimes, it can become a little more than just a practice.“I think there have been days where me and [Walker] get really physical. We get mad at each other sometimes,” Lavender said. “I think we make each other better everyday … because we always play each other hard.”Walker also has to play the role of senior, one of only four on the team, to help get OSU through the tough times of the season, like the past couple weeks.She does so not only with her words, but also her play, as she recorded 28 minutes and 15 points, her highest totals of the season, in OSU’s 67-62 loss to Indiana on Jan. 31.Walker has really been part of the rise of OSU women’s basketball. Since her freshman year, OSU has had 100 wins and 19 losses and has made the NCAA Tournament each year. Her freshman and sophomore years, OSU was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but in her junior year they advanced to the Sweet 16.Although she doesn’t make headlines, her team feels that people don’t understand how good she really is.“I think people don’t give her enough praise and attention. I think she’s long and can block shots,” Lavender said. “People don’t give her enough attention as far as recognizing her abilities to defend the post and alter people’s shots. She can score in the post just as well as anybody.”Walker has had better averages in almost every statistical category since starting Big Ten play, one of only a few players on the team to do so.The Buckeyes will need her production to continue as they enter a tough stretch in their schedule over the next five games when they face Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State. OSU lost to Purdue once already and didn’t put away Wisconsin or Michigan State until late in the game when they last played. read more

Maurizio Sarri thinks he needs more time to make Chelsea top

first_imgOn the eve of the Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City, Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri asked for patience after his team suffered two defeats in their last three Premier League outingsAfter an outstanding start of the season, the Blues have struggled to maintain the impressive performance in the past few weeks, having failed to secure all three points in three out of their previous four league clashes.After running unbeaten in 18 games across all competitions, the London outfit has suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. What’s more, they allowed the returnees, Wolverhampton Wanderers, to come back from a goal down and clinch a 2-1 victory last midweek.However, former Napoli manager believes he needs to get some time to help his side return to the top of the Premier League.“What happens if Guardiola had no time in City? Maybe the best team in the world (would not have been) City in the last year,” he told Evening Standard.“My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.“For him (Guardiola), it’s impossible to improve 20 players in the first season.“He told me, in the first season, you have to work only on 14, 15 players otherwise you are in trouble.“You need a season just to understand the real situation here (in England).”With Chelsea expected to take on the Citizens on Saturday’s afternoon, Maurizio Sarri is poised to take Guardiola’s scalp as his team trails the unbeaten Premier League leaders by ten points.last_img read more

Didier Drogba reveals role in Kante joining Chelsea

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed the role he played in the club signing N’Golo Kante.The Chelsea legend has revealed he encouraged the Blues to make a move for Kante after he helped Leicester City to their fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016.“I’m very proud of him,’ said Drogba, according to Daily Mail. “I’m glad he chose Chelsea and the club listened to my advice, that they chose him. I’m glad I did not make a mistake.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I told them that we should not miss him. When? I told them when he started at Leicester.”Kante has also established himself as an integral member of the French national team, helping the team achieve World Cup glory in 2018 in Russia.Drogba enjoyed two separate spells at Stamford Bridge, firstly between 2004 and 2012 and then in 2014-2015, helping the club secure their only UEFA Champions League triumph in 2012.last_img read more