first_img“Yes,” was Scioscia’s succinct answer. On Tuesday, Matthews’ name surfaced as an alleged customer of an Internet pharmacy that was raided for illegally distributing human growth hormone. According to the story on, Matthews was prescribed Genotropin, a synthetic hormone used to treat growth deficiencies, most often in children. It was allegedly shipped to a Texas address in 2004 that was believed to be the residence of an unnamed former minor-league teammate of Matthews. Despite daily meetings with Matthews, including another Thursday with general manager Bill Stoneman, the Angels say they are not getting their information through their center fielder, but from the Internet reports. TEMPE, Ariz. – Another day, another fire for the Angels to put out with Gary Matthews Jr. Angels officials were left to answer more questions Thursday, the day of the Cactus League opener, after learning about a Sports Illustrated report that listed what type of human growth hormone was allegedly shipped to Matthews, including when and where it was sent. Matthews has apologized for having his name linked to a possible distraction and yet he apparently has left the team scrambling for three consecutive days trying to answer a new round of questions. “We’re still waiting to get all the facts, all the details on it and I don’t know how long that’s going to take,” Stoneman said. “I talked to Gary this morning and I have been in touch, obviously with his agent and (Major League Baseball). The conversations are private conversations.” At the rate that new information is released, the Angels are headed toward the possibility that Matthews could face a 50-game suspension for a first-time violation for performance enhancers. As of now, the Angels are not planning to make any roster contingencies in anticipation of a possible suspension for Matthews. “I think there will be a lot of things to consider and we don’t want to speculate on anything,” Scioscia said. On the rehab front, Scioscia admitted that for the first time, he can see a scenario where Bartolo Colon actually gets on a mound before Jered Weaver. Weaver was supposed to be doing some fine-tuning until his biceps felt better, but his progress has been slow. Colon, who has been rehabbing a more serious rotator cuff injury sustained last season, has been making significant progress. Colon had a long-toss session from 160 feet Thursday, while Weaver threw from 130 feet. “Two weeks ago I would have said no way,” Scioscia said about Colon passing Weaver in recovery. “Right now, the way Bart is progressing, it’s probably not likely, but as good as Bart feels, you start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.” Add another Angels pitcher to the list of those ailing. John Lackey, who has been dealing with a bout of bronchitis since Wednesday, is not expected to make his scheduled Cactus League debut on Saturday. Scioscia said Lackey’s first spring start is now expected to take place early next week. Ervin Santana withstood some control problems and did not allow a run in his two innings of work against the Royals in the spring opener. He did walk two batters with two strikeouts. Sean Rodriguez started a three-run, game-winning rally in the ninth inning with a leadoff double and Hainley Statia finished it off with a sacrifice fly to right to give the Angels a 7-6 victory over the Royals. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Matthews, who said Wednesday that he would not comment on the situation further, declined to address the additional information that surfaced. Manager Mike Scioscia, never one to be short with his answers, was asked if a prolonged silence from Matthews would end up making him look guilty. last_img read more

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by BrandSouth Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 22 July. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jabulani Sikhakhane Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5944 or +27 72 625 7283 [email protected] • Kershia Singh Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5819 or +27 72 623 4608 [email protected] • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag • Top marks for South Africa’s World Cup • Out of Africa, something new • A legacy of harmony and pride • World Cup: 97% of SA ‘more proud’“Our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by Brand South Africa on 22 July. Read the full speech.We gather this evening less than two weeks after the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We also meet four days after Nelson Mandela celebrated his 92nd year on this planet, 67 of which he has selflessly dedicated to bringing about a free South Africa, and since 1994, the creation of a better life for the majority of South Africans.Both the life of Mr Mandela and the hosting of the World Cup share one a common thread: the destruction of old myths and the creation of new realities and possibilities.A careful reading of Mandela’s life story shows him to be a destroyer of myths and a creator of new realities. When Mandela was sent to jail 48 years ago, he arrived on Robben Island a man who posed a serious threat to the political powers of the time. Prison guards treated Madiba and his fellow prisoners as enemies of the state. Over time, Mandela and his colleagues managed to destroy this myth and helped some of the prison guards to see a new reality, a reality that their prisoners were just as human as themselves and that they were fighting for a just cause.Because he is not bound to old myths and he is not blind to new realities, Madiba saw – much earlier than most activists – an opportunity to bring an end to apartheid through talks, which he initiated from the confines of his prison cell in 1985 when he wrote to the then Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee.Mandela would later explain, “I chose to tell no one what I was about to do. There are times when a leader must move ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people in the right direction.”And since his release from prison 20 years ago, Madiba has vanquished many more myths and created many more new realities and possibilities, including that of the World Cup.In essence, our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa, and indeed, the rest of Africa.The euphoria we experienced in the past month isn’t going to last forever, but the momentum that it created, I believe, will last for many years to come. There existed a big gap between the old myth of a backward continent where lions roamed freely, and the reality of a country that is as capable as Germany in hosting a World Cup tournament.One economist was quoted recently as saying that the benefits to South Africa, and the rest of Africa of the World Cup, weren’t so much about the new infrastructure, the tourist and credit-card spending, but more about changing perceptions about South Africa and, indeed, the rest Africa.One would certainly hope that our success in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped our sceptics catch-up with reality – the reality that we, as a nation, can rise to any challenge, if we so decide.The narrative about South Africa in the international media during the tournament suggests that we did close that gap. Reporting on South Africa has been the most positive since our successful transition to democracy in 1994. Importantly, for once, South Africans were more optimistic than anyone else in the world, more confident about their abilities than anyone else in the world, and more united about the experience they were creating for both the world and themselves.Just to recap – it took six years of meticulous planning, commitment, and the use of appropriate delivery models to build the required infrastructure: from stadiums, rail, buses and rapid-transport systems, the upgrading of existing airports, the construction of a new airport, the Gautrain, to the improvements to our roads, freeways, and broadcast and telecommunication systems.We must acknowledge the role of the tens of thousands of people who participated, directly and indirectly, in this construction and enabled, at very different levels from high-level technologically skilled people to lower skilled workers, who worked together to create this “miracle” we’ve just experienced.National government put in some R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) into preparations for the World Cup, investment that we saw as part of the long-term development plan for the country, rather than funding a once-off event. We must also remind ourselves that what government was able to put into this project came from the taxpayers of this country, both in the business sector and as individuals, and it is to them also that the credit must go. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup acted as a catalyst for expanding our infrastructure base, skills development, employment creation and economic growth.More than 3-million soccer fans, both local and foreign, attended the 64 games and enjoyed the experience in our stadiums. There were over 3 000 hours of broadcast feed that included images of our extraordinary country in all its diversity. This was transmitted through fibre-optic cables and satellites to television sets in 217 countries and territories and with live content, for the first time, using 3D technology. The hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has opened the eyes of the world to who we are as South Africa and what we are capable of.We had forecast that the 2010 Fifa World Cup would add 0.5 percentage points to annual growth this year. When we take account of the spending on stadiums and infrastructure since 2006, we find that the level of GDP is about one percent higher than it would have otherwise been.The hosting of the World Cup had other benefits which are not easily quantifiable and that will be realised over time. These include a boost to our national pride that comes with the realisation that “We can do it”.The tournament undoubtedly boosted our country’s standing internationally, showcasing its capabilities in delivering world-class infrastructure on time and without imposing a financial burden on the national fiscus.Now that the event is over, having been delivered with distinction, it is time look at the lessons learnt and our future infrastructure investments.There are three key lessons we have learnt from the delivery of 2010 Fifa World Cup projects.Firstly, complex challenges should be disaggregated into a number of clearly defined undertakings with budgets and cash flow. The complex 2010 Fifa World Cup project was disaggregated into a mere 24 projects. This enabled all institutions involved to focus on what was required to deliver on time and ultimately ensure a successful event.Secondly, using clearly defined projects, we need to develop a “roles and responsibility matrix” that indicates which organisation does what work, and by when. The roles and responsibility matrix apportioned accountability and responsibility in delivering the 2010 Fifa World Cup projects. This was a highly effective instrument for delivering the infrastructure on schedule.Thirdly, the 2010 Fifa World Cup had an immovable deadline that all parties had to work towards and therefore an overall program with individual project schedules, targets and deadlines was prepared. This kept the overall project tight with little room to manoeuvre and miss deadlines.These lessons will be taken forward in our public sector infrastructure program, where R846-billion ($115-billion) has been committed over the next three years.We have budgeted that R261-billion ($35-billion) will be spent this financial year, increasing to R300-billion ($40.7-billion) in financial year 2013.More than 45% of these funds are committed to the electricity, freight rail and ports sectors. Investing significant resources in these sectors will ensure security of supply of electricity, improved quality of freight and shipping services and therefore growth in our exports, specifically mining and the manufacturing base.The transport sector plays an important role in connecting our economic nodes to markets and households. As the economy grows, the capacity on the primary road network, the rail network and the container terminals at Ngqura, Cape Town and Durban Harbours will be increased. Along with this investment, operational efficiency must improve.There is intensive work taking place presently to formulate a long-term infrastructure investment plan. Similarly, we are working at different funding options for both social and economic infrastructure. Once completed, this plan will ensure that South Africa has a sustained and sustainable infrastructure delivery plan.President John F Kennedy once said, “It is not the wealth of the nation that builds roads, but the roads that build the wealth of a nation”. This applies particularly to rural areas, where improved transport infrastructure often makes a big improvement.Well-developed and maintained infrastructure is essential for a nation’s productivity and, ultimately for economic growth and job creation. The infrastructure development process itself leads to job creation and boosts demand for certain goods.But the indirect benefits of infrastructure improvements on economic activity are probably more important: ensuring that the lights remain on, that there is clean drinking water in the taps, and that people and goods can move around the country efficiently and be shipped abroad quickly and at reasonable cost are crucial to support new investment, raise the productivity of workers and increase exports.All of society benefits when goods and services can be accessed more easily and are more widely distributed throughout the country; something that is not possible if facilitating infrastructure is absent or not functioning properly.It is for this reason that infrastructure development is a key priority, not only in South Africa but in most emerging market countries today. It is for this reason also that the developed world is taking a second look at emerging markets, because there are many more new possibilities in these markets that don’t exist in the developed world itself today, or for the foreseeable future.The significant resources we committed before the World Cup to strengthen our regional and international integration, by improving infrastructure at our air and land ports of entry and increasing the flow of visitors through our borders will stand the country in good stead for attracting investors and tourists.But the most important legacy of the World Cup is the renewed confidence in us as a nation that the hosting of the tournament has brought about. The conversation in South Africa today is how to build on this to tackle our most pressing social challenges: public education, health, and unemployment.Confidence is a key ingredient in any successful endeavour. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, wrote that confidence is made up of positive expectations for favourable outcomes.“Confidence influences the willingness to invest – to commit money, time, reputation, emotional energy, or other resources – or to withhold or hedge investment. This investment, or its absence, shapes the ability to perform. In that sense, confidence lies at the heart of civilization. Everything about an economy, a society, an organisation, or a team depends on it.“Every step we take, every investment we make, is based on whether we feel we can count on ourselves and others to accomplish what has been promised. Confidence determines whether our steps – individually or collectively – are tiny and tentative or big and bold.”We took one big, bold step in 1994; we took another one in 2010. The question for us as South Africans is when will we take the next big one? It is big and bold steps that we, as a country, must take if we are to put an end to poverty and unemployment.President Zuma said earlier today, when briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet Lekgotla, that government will soon meet business and labour to discuss how best to improve the quality of life of our people. Those meetings should lay the basis for an agenda that all South Africans should rally around, as they did for the World Cup – an agenda of how best to position South Africa to benefit from the new reality and new possibilities – the new reality of a world with multiple poles of growth.Developing countries such as South Africa have abundant, profitable investment opportunities for industrial development and projects that can improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. South Africa and the rest of Africa can be another source of global growth.Through the delivery of the infrastructure and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we have created a new reality and opened up new possibilities for South African and the African continent, as a destination for long-term investment.The challenge for us, as it was for the soccer teams in the final match, is how to operate well as a team. The group of players that operated as the better team came out as victors at the end, and I am sure we will be able to do the same as we take on our next set of challenges as South Africans.last_img read more

first_imgMany photographers have ventured into video production and cinematography since the DSLR video revolution. There’s a fairly steep learning curve, but it can be overcome.On the surface, photography and cinematography seem very similar. After all, in many cases you can shoot high resolution stills and video on the same camera, and many general principles (such as lighting) remain relatively consistent between the two formats. However, there are some notable differences between the two art forms that seem to challenge photographers who are breaking into cinematography.While there are endless tips, workarounds, and suggestions out there for photographers transitioning to video, I’m going to focus on just two issues that are fairly common: stabilization and lighting.1. Rethinking StabilizationFor photographers, stabilization devices (most commonly tripods) are used as a means to capture photos with slower shutter speeds (such as low-light shots) without generating any motion blur. Outside of these types of situations, many photographers prefer to shoot handheld whenever they can because it allows them to work quickly and organically.Once photographers start shooting video, most quickly realize they can’t shoot handheld nearly as much as they’re used to… or at least not in the same way. Micro-jitters and rolling shutter become problematic when shooting handheld (no matter how steady your hands) so consider investing in a shoulder rig, cage, glider, or any other type of stabilization device if you plan on shooting handheld with a camera that has a small form factor.Strobes vs. Continuous LightingMost photographers primarily use strobes (as opposed to continuous lights) and therefore need to understand some of the quirks of lighting with traditional film lights. There are many differences that you need to get used to, even though many of the same principals remain — lighting ratios, color temperatures, etc.One of the biggest issues to look out for is light flicker. With still photography, flickering lights are not an issue as a still frame obviously will never exemplify that problem. With video, however, it can be a real issue. For example, you may be shooting under a fluorescent light source and not realize until you’re in the editing room that your footage has a terrible flicker-effect on it. Always keep your eyes peeled for this potential issue, especially when dealing with fluorescent lights or LEDs, as they’re prone to flickering on camera.Another thing to be aware of is the amount of power needed to run continuous lights. Sometimes photographers are used to working with off-camera flashes, which are battery powered and can be taken just about anywhere. It can be frustrating when they realize lighting even the most simple scene on location can become that much more difficult when you’re dealing with lights that require a generator to run.There are countless little snags like this that you’ll experience when transitioning to video, but like anything — with experience it will all become second nature.Got any tips for folks jumping from photography to video production? Share your experiences in the comments below! If you need stock photos, check these beautiful royalty-free photo collections at Shutterstock.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a mega digital blitzkrieg on Saturday to extend its social media reach ahead of Assembly polls. The party kickstarted the ‘karyakarta kartadharta’ campaign to connect new members from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and aims to focus on the youth and lure them into the party fold. The party is confident it could pull new members from social media platforms which has a mass appeal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, said State party unit chief Chandrakant Patil. The BJP also held a orientation session for its spokespersons and members of the Information Technology (IT) cell on Saturday. The campaign, party leaders said, aims to galvanise youth in districts and villages with the target of adding 2,50,000 members from the digital platforms in just three days. On the first day, 8,279 members and social media users joined the party, he said.Senior leaders said they have maximum reach on social media, including Twitter, as compared to Opposition leaders and this would be an advantage for them. “We are focussed more with this campaign on college students who are attracted to PM Modi. Lot of the first-time voters want to choose BJP and Mr. Modi as their first choice,” Mr. Patil said. The party had earlier this year launched a drive to enrol nearly one crore new members ahead of Assembly elections in October. Leaders present during the launch had said the party is set to rule for the next 25 years with a strong member base and would receive 50% votes in the next elections if could achieve the target before the polls.last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Public denials can be tricky, I guess, when it is only a few years since Everton were fined £45,000 at another Premier League tribunal after inviting Jamaal Lascelles, then of Nottingham Forest, for unauthorised talks at Goodison Park, including a tour of the stadium and training ground. Or if you remember that when it comes to pinching another club’s manager Everton were landed with a £75,000 fine, plus £50,000 in compensation, for “indirectly inducing” Mike Walker to leave Norwich City in 1994. Everton, in short, have more tap than Tommy Tune, with separate allegations now also surfacing about an illegal approach to an academy player from Cardiff City in 2016.The question is whether football cares enough to shift this culture and, frankly, I’m not sure that battle can be won. Other measures can be put in place, however, and Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, says his members have been discussing whether a transfer window should be opened to determine when it is OK, and when it is not, for clubs to approach working managers. The idea would be to restrict movement to January and the summer, though it is hard to be too enthused. A better plan, surely, would be to impose the same rule they have in Italy to prevent anyone managing two clubs from the same division in one season.In the meantime, Everton have apparently lodged a counter‑allegation that Watford offered Silva their manager’s job when he was still under contract at Hull City and, as such, that it is pretty rich for them to be complaining now. Even if there is something in that, however, it is undermined by the fact Hull have not issued a complaint. Watford have – and the Premier League could, in theory, deduct points if the verdict goes against Everton. Just as, in theory, Uefa could throw clubs with racist crowds out of European competitions, but never do. Far more likely, it will be a fine, again. A big fine, perhaps, but nothing too harrowing for a club of Everton’s wealth, with the fifth highest net spend in the league over the last five years (higher even than Liverpool). If Hasawi goes to Charlton they will face a right carry-onFor the sake of Charlton Athletic, a club that have endured enough, let’s hope it is not true Fawaz al-Hasawi, the bewildering former owner of Nottingham Forest and creator of what is known by the River Trent as the Carry on Kuwait years, is planning to bring his unique style of leadership to the League One club.Hasawi, pictured being shown round the Valley, made such a shipwreck of his previous club a reasonable argument could be made that his name should already have a large cross through it on what used to be known as the fit‑and-proper-person test.Unfortunately for Charlton, that would mean relying on the Football League and, having watched the club drowning under Roland Duchâtelet’s ownership, I wouldn’t hold too much confidence in the relevant people thinking it is time to throw a bit of rope into the water. Anyone with a long enough memory might also recall Liverpool’s previous with Christian Ziege of Middlesbrough, resulting in a £20,000 fine from the Premier League, or the pursuit of Clint Dempsey, when it needed a written apology to persuade Fulham to withdraw an official complaint, and wonder how many other players could be added to this list – including, if Arsène Wenger is to be believed, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Wenger, of course, wanted everyone to believe Arsenal would never resort to these kind of tactics, wearing his halo so tight you wondered whether he might be in danger of giving himself a headache. Others within the sport would probably accept that every club breaks the rules this way, just some more brazenly than others. Alex Ferguson, fair to say, would have been at the higher end of the scale if you believe the story of him sending a Manchester United shirt to Joe Cole, then a teenager in West Ham’s academy. The shirt had the No 10 and came with a hand-written note saying: “This is your number when you play for Manchester United.”It is the same abroad, with considerable evidence that the leading Spanish clubs, in particular, regard the rules in the same way that Uri Geller used to view spoons: they are there to be bent. It is just the practice has changed over the years. Once, it would be the manager or chairman making contact with a player. Nowadays, it is a more convoluted process, involving a chain of agents and intermediaries. It is the same message delivered in a different way, to protect the people who would ultimately sign off the deal. That is maybe the problem. The elite clubs are so rich these days, the only punishment that would truly hurt is a points deduction. In which case, a proper system needs to be put in place to deter the clubs. For a first offence, the relevant club would be fined and made to pay compensation. Another incident within a three-year period could mean, say, a point docked. And a third strike? It is all negotiable, but how about a three-point deduction and the threat of a one-window transfer ban?As it is, very few of these disputes even get this far and there has never been a single one that has resulted in anything but a fine. The world will carry on turning and football has got by so far without this kind of totting-up procedure. But is it any wonder, with the system we have now, that Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and all the other clubs with money might think it is worth taking the risk?Hereford’s haste a bleak sign of the times for PellegriniPeter Beadle might not be a familiar name to everyone but there is a reasonable argument, based on pure win percentages, that he could be the most successful manager in English football.Beadle took charge of Hereford FC – the club formed in the aftermath of Hereford United being wound up – in 2015 and led them to league titles in each of his three full seasons. In his first year, they won two cup competitions and reached the final of the FA Vase. The following year, promotion was confirmed with six games to spare and last season they won 36 out of 46 league matches. Beadle’s record from 138 games is 107 wins, 18 draws and 13 defeats, with 365 goals scored and 105 conceded. It is a win ratio of 78.9%.All of which us brings us to the newsflash on Hereford’s website that Beadle is now their former employee, eight games into their first season in National League North. “This is not a decision the board has taken lightly and it is made with a heavy heart,” the chairman, Ken Kinnersley, said of the manager’s sacking. “However, the directors are in unanimous agreement that now is the right time to make a change.”Kinnersley says the club’s ambition is to reach the Football League and, plainly, Hereford’s opening run of three wins, two draws and three defeats, leaving them in 12th position, was not good enough now we have moved into age where even the smaller clubs appear to operate on knee‑jerk reflexes.It’s even worse higher up and in the case of Manuel Pellegrini, four games into his role as West Ham manager, you have to wonder where it will lead if his team lose again at Everton on Sunday. West Ham have started the season with four defeats and the last time that happened, in 2010-11, they were relegated in bottom place. A fifth defeat would represent the worst start to a season in the club’s 123-year history and it won’t get any easier. The next two league fixtures will be against Chelsea and Manchester United.On the one hand, it feels ridiculous to be talking about Pellegrini’s job being under threat in mid-September. On the other hand, that is the narrative of modern-day football and I doubt Peter Beadle imagined, five weeks into the season, he would be turfed out either. Read more Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Nottingham Forest fans protesting against Fawaz al-Hasawi in January 2017. Photograph: Tom Jacobs/Reuters Premier League Manuel Pellegrini ploughs on as anxiety grows at pointless West Ham | Jacob Steinberg Facebook comment Read more It is also a routine part of daily football life, whether we like it or not, and I wonder how many clubs are currently rubbernecking in Everton’s direction, and thinking it might easily have been them, now the Premier League has commissioned an independent inquiry to examine the Marco Silva affair.Watford, presumably, would never dream of approaching another club’s employee and, having pursued Everton so vigorously over this complaint, they had better make sure that remains the case if they want to avoid allegations of double standards. Yet it is easy to understand why Watford feel so aggrieved and maybe it’s no surprise that the club at the centre of the allegations have not tried to persuade us they would never behave this way. Sportblog Mick Channon (second left) was tapped up when on an England tour, by Peter Swales (left) – an FA official and also Manchester City chairman. Photograph: Mike Forster/Daily Mail/Rex/Shutterstockcenter_img Pinterest Nobody should be surprised. It’s been going on for years, decades even, and you have to marvel when the clubs who turn it to their advantage work themselves into such a froth of moral indignation when they get a taste of their own medicine.Liverpool, for example, when they cancelled a pre-season friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach on the basis they suspected the German club had gone behind their back to try to entice Rhian Brewster away from Anfield. A victory for the greater good, you might think, if it were not for all that awkward business with Virgil van Dijk last year, when Liverpool ended up offering Southampton what is commonly known as a humiliating apology. Or the fact Liverpool were fined £100,000 and banned from signing academy players for a year, having been caught trying to poach an 11-year-old from Stoke City, promising to pay his school fees and, according to a considerable list of allegations, offering his family all sorts of other inducements including all-expenses-paid trips to tournaments abroad, £50 cash in hand for the boy every time he trained at their academy and the money to replace his father’s faulty car exhaust. Facebook Watford Twitter Everton v West Ham United: match preview Everton Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The most blatant “tap” I ever heard about goes back to the days when it was quite the norm for the members of the FA’s international committee to use their positions as a way of making clandestine approaches to players from the England team.It was June 1977 and England had just played Brazil as part of a tour of South America, minus Don Revie on the pretext the manager was flying off to watch Italy, one of their opponents in the World Cup qualifiers (in reality, Revie was negotiating his contract in United Arab Emirates as part of his own exit strategy). The players were relaxing by the pool at their hotel on Copacabana beach when Peter Swales, the chairman of Manchester City, wandered over, as bold as brass, to ask Mick Channon for a word under his own parasol. Everyone knew what that meant. “Off to Manchester City, Mick?” was the gist of it when Channon returned. And he was – his transfer from Southampton went through the following month. Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Everton’s Marco Silva unfazed by illegal approach investigation Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more