first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd push Luca Ercolani to open new contract talksby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have kicked off talks with Luca Ercolani about a new deal.The young Italian defender has impressed for the U18s this season.TMW says Ercolani’s current deal expires in June and United have approached his agent about negotiations over a new contract.The defender is keen, though is fielding interest from home and across Europe.Ercolani, 19, has been capped at U20 level by Italy. read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

first_imgMichigan State's mascot performing during a basketball game.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 23: Michigan State Spartans mascot entertains the fans during a time out against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at the Breslin Center on January 23, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours. The LSU men’s basketball program is trying everything in its power to give itself an advantage over undefeated Kentucky. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston may have had too much fun in his recent visit to San Diego. lsuexcuseTwitter/LSU1. LSU released a letter to excuse fans from work so they could be in attendance for tonight’s game against undefeated Kentucky. 2. Ohio State running back signee Mike Weber was seen on Instagram wearing Michigan gear yesterday.3. Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves released a somewhat critical statement about quaterback Vernon Adams leaving for Oregon.  4. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was seen flying with a jet pack in San Diego. 5. Kentucky coach John Calipari is claiming that star big man Trey Lyles is “missing.” Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah156. UNC fans posted photos from Chapel Hill over the weekend as they payed their respects to the late Coach Smith.7. Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh was annoyed as he expressed his feelings via Twitter about a passenger who tried giving him advice on film. 8. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones expressed how winning the national championship still doesn’t feel real. 9. Iowa Hawkeye’s center Adam Woodbury has been proven to be college basketball’s eye poker. 10. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was photographed in an supervillain’s mask while he trained over the weekend. Video of the Day: Michigan State fan caught checking out girl’s backsideTweet of the Day: Florida Gators celebratory Tweet after CeCe Jefferson’s commitmentAnd with that, #Gators15 class is now complete. http://t.co/AE4EDMxLTO pic.twitter.com/9TGQzKYewK— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) February 9, 2015Ranking College Football’s 15 Most Difficult Schedules In 2015last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Turning to the irrigation systems, he said the $100 million will go towards the rehabilitation of irrigation systems to improve delivery of water to farms, geared at enhancing Jamaica’s agricultural productivity and food security. This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during the 2018/19 Throne Speech in Parliament on February 15. A total of $220 million will be spent by the Government on two programmes geared at expanding and improving the island’s water capacity infrastructure. A total of $220 million will be spent by the Government on two programmes geared at expanding and improving the island’s water capacity infrastructure.The projects are the construction and maintenance of rural water systems, valued at $120 million; and the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, costing $100 million.This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during the 2018/19 Throne Speech in Parliament on February 15.He said the $120 million will be spent on the repair and upgrading of rural water systems, including catchment tank rehabilitation and rainwater harvesting.Turning to the irrigation systems, he said the $100 million will go towards the rehabilitation of irrigation systems to improve delivery of water to farms, geared at enhancing Jamaica’s agricultural productivity and food security.He said in the new fiscal year, the Administration will continue to implement several projects and programmes to expand capacity and infrastructure, protect revenue, regularise service and users, and protect water sources.The Governor-General noted that the Government continues to work towards the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Expressing solidarity, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Friday issued a statement saying that it expects the Governor to provide justice to the Vice-Chancellor, professors and students who have been subjected to unprecedented harassment and assault.The release comes soon after the Raj Bhavan issued a statement on Friday morning questioning the role of Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and the police administration in providing adequate security arrangements when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar went to the campus after receiving news of Union minister Babul Supriyo remaining confined for a long time as he faced protests from students affiliated to two Left-leaning organisations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We always respect the post of Governor because it is a Constitutional post. Our expectation is that Governor must give justice to the Vice-Chancellor, professors, students. We are always with the teachers and the student communities,” read the statement issued by Chatterjee. It further reiterated that the culprits who assaulted the students including the girl students of Jadavpur University and ransacked the campus should be punished. It also mentioned that the administration played a very peaceful role to resolve the problem amicably. “One thing must be made very clear: universities are autonomous institutions and as per time-honoured tradition, police cannot enter university campus without permission of V-C,” the statement read. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDas had said on Thursday that he would not ask police to enter the campus and would prefer to resign after the Governor had directed him to do so. Jadavpur Registrar Snehamanju Basu issued a press release stating that the university believes that the campus cannot be administered with the help of police and it provokes adverse implications. “It was due to the pursuance of university’s teachers and employees, not the intervention of police, that led to the withdrawal of the blockade infront of His Excellency (Governor’s) car in the spot,” the release read. Chatterjee had earlier issued a statement on Thursday night soon after the so-called ‘rescue act’ of the Governor terming the episode of the latter’s campus visit as most “unfortunate and shocking”. The statement on Friday highlighted that the TMC sticks to its earlier stand which stated that the Governor went to the campus even after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to him and repeatedly asked him not to visit the campus and requested him to give some time to the state government to peacefully resolve the issue and bring the situation under control. The Raj Bhavan’s statement on Friday read: “Before his visit to the university, the Governor and Chancellor exhausted all possible avenues that could bring an end to the unsavoury spectacle by flagging the issue with the Director General of Police and Chief Secretary.”last_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Pakistan to discuss revival of the peace talks with the Pakistani leaders and a possible meeting with a Taliban delegation headed by the group’s co-founder and chief peace negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The visit comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met President Donald Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khalilzad also met Prime Minister Khan in New York, where he was to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, and exchanged views about renegotiating with the Taliban. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. A delegation of Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Baradar will visit Pakistan on Wednesday for talks aiming to put the peace process back on track, a Taliban spokesman has said. Suhail Shaheen announced on social media that the delegation will hold discussions with the Pakistani officials on a range of key issues. Baradar had travelled to China, Russia and Iran since the collapsing of peace talks with US last month, Shaheen tweeted. Khalilzad landed in Islamabad on Tuesday and is expected to meet foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He is expected to meet the Taliban delegation which will be first direct contact between the two sides in about a month. The talks with the Taliban delegation are expected to help revive the stalled Afghan peace process. Apart from the presence of Khalilzad in Islamabad, two American congressmen and NATO military chief in Afghanistan, General Austin Scott Miller are also in the Pakistani capital. Representative Jim Himes and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney met Pakistan’s foreign minister Qureshi on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Foreign Office here. Khalilzad’s visit is part of efforts to build trust before sitting with the Taliban and prepare them for intra-Afghan dialogue. Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan on September 28 and the winner will be announced next month. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. During the talks held in January, the Taliban signalled their seriousness by appointing Baradar as their chief peace negotiator. Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Taliban in 1994, was released from jail last year by the Pakistan government. He is believed to be the highest ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner freed so far. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before its fall in 2001 and once considered the most influential Taliban leader after Mullah Muhammad Omar.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Seven operational trade unions have called for a 12-hour bandh in Darjeeling on October 4 over the tea garden bonus impasse. On Friday, tea garden workers will abstain from attending work as well.Incidentally, a series of meetings in Darjeeling and Kolkata failed to resolve the tea garden bonus issue. While the trade unions have demanded 20 percent bonus, the management is unwilling to climb up from 15 percent. The Labour minister, government of West Bengal, has called for another round of talks on October 17 in Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWith bonus talks having failed and for the first time with no bonus being disbursed in the Hills before the festive season, the workers have switched on to protest mode. “On Friday, we have appealed to all businessmen, shopkeepers to close down for 12 hours. Even taxi drivers and vehicles should not ply, expressing solidarity with the workers. The latter will also take mass leave and abstain from work on Friday,” stated Karuna Gurung, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWorkers and trade union leaders will take part in a rally in Darjeeling on Thursday which will culminate in a symbolic hunger strike. “Two leaders from each of the seven trade unions will take part in this symbolic hunger strike on Thursday. The hunger strike will be held from 9 am till 6 pm. In each and every tea garden trade union, local unit supporters and leaders will also sit for hunger strikes on Thursday and Friday respectively,” stated S K Lama, secretary, Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union. On Wednesday, a massive tea garden workers’ rally was held in Darjeeling. After the rally, leaders of the seven trade unions held a closed-door meeting where the agitation programmes were chalked out.last_img read more

first_imgPune: The Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the ruling BJP, has fielded Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan, from Phaltan Assembly constituency in Western Maharashtra. The RPI, led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, has been given six seats as part of the seat-sharing deal between the BJP, Shiv Sena and other smaller allies for the October 21 state elections. Athawale announced the candidates in Mumbai on Wednesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Nikalje, who has been with the RPI for several years, had earlier unsuccessfully fought assembly elections from Chembur in Mumbai on the party’s ticket. “This time he expressed willingness to fight the election from Phaltan since he hails from that area and has a good network there,” said a senior RPI leader. Other five seats where RPI would be fielding candidates are Malshiras in Solapur district, Bhandara and Naigaon in Nanded district, Pathri in Parbhani and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.last_img read more

first_imgPoetry has the power to change, transform and bring in a better social order said, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha on October 2, 2019.Inaugurating the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) at KIIT, he said, “We are celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the epitome of peace and non-violence. And, as the world congress of poets is all about promotion of poetry as a natural and vital network connecting poets to the world’s need for cooperation and peace; for us here, creativity coupled with peace and non-violence is taking new strides.” Also Read – The Puja carnival”Odisha is a land of cultural pluralism having a rich and enviable tradition of poetry. The worldview in the immortal lines of our 19th century poet Bhima Bhoi in the UNO Headquarters, which is now illuminating and igniting million minds.” he further added. Speaking on the occasion Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India stated, “Poetry is the way to develop mutual understanding between us. Indian literature and poetry is very ancient. We can develop universal brotherhood and peace through poetry. Our rigved is the ancient poetry of the world. ” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraProfessor Ernesto Kahan, the 1st Vice President, World Academy of Arts and Culture also extended his thoughts on the occassion by saying, “WCP is increasing day by day in terms of quality and quantity. Its main motto is world brotherhood and peace through poetry. We can bring change in the world through poetry.” Dr Maurus Young, President, WCP shared that India is the land of poetry. And, he has seen many WCP, but this World Congress is unique and marvellous. he also thanked Dr Achyuta Samanta for organising the event. Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and President, 39th P gave the welcome address, while Dr María Eugenia Soberanis, General Secretary, World Academy of Art and Culture proposed the vote of thanks. On this occasion of 39th WCP conferred D Litt on Eminent Writer and Poet, Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond; Eminent Artist, Ganesh Haloi; and presented Gandhi Prize for literature to eminent Gandhian and Anthropologist, Acharya Bhabananda. Poets from 82 countries unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and paid tribute to him early in the morning before the event. They also inaugurated the public library Karamchand (Gandhi Library) and celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with the 27500 students of KISS.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Thursday said foreign firms in the e-commerce sector should not use the platform for indulging in predatory pricing and getting into deep discounting to force small retailers out of business. Speaking at the India Economic Forum here, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said the e-commerce platform is not expected to become a platform either for predatory pricing or to use muscle power of large capital at low volumes available which allows companies to source cheap, get economies of scale in sourcing and maybe offer discounts which in some sense throw out small retail out of business. We are very clear about it . Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThese remarks assume significance as concerns were raised by the government and small traders over circumventing norms related to FDI in e-commerce by certain e-retail companies in the sector. Goyal said that he held a series of meetings with both Indian and foreign players, including from the US, in the e-commerce sector to understand their issues. He said that there has been absolutely no change in India’s stance as far as e-commerce is concerned and in fact, India provides a very stable and predictable regulatory framework. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”India is very clear, considering our domestic political compulsions and having about 120-130 million people dependent on small retail which is about 50-60 million small retail shops through the length and breadth of the country providing employment, which means effectively addressing the lives of nearly half the population of the country. This small retail is a very sensitive subject,” he said. He said that his party BJP is very clear that it cannot let small retail die and therefore it has restricted FDI in the multibrand retail sector at 49 per cent. E-commerce is expected to be an agnostic platform. It’s a platform for trading and a platform which provides opportunities to buyers and sellers in an agnostic fashion to work together, he said. I’ve repeated it on more than one occasion, please don’t go to super smart chartered accountants or lawyers who misguide you and help you stay within the letter of the law but very often don’t let you recognise the spirit of the law. I’m again and again trying to explain to everybody that the spirit of Indian law is protecting small retail and I think every country in the world would like to protect employment, work and livelihoods of their people, he said. Goyal added that in that spirit, the government welcomes all e-commerce companies to India to work as an agnostic platform for people to trade-in. Don’t become the principal player directly or indirectly or through structured formats. Don’t try to look at structures which can fall within the ambit of the law but in some sense break the spirit of the law. That is the clear position of the government and it will remain so. We have been clear about it for decades as far as the BJP is concerned, he said. Speaking at the session, US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross said they understand the political sensitivity of small retailers, farmers and other groups. I think it’s a question of how rapidly things change. If a hundred years from now, India still has as many small retailers as now, it would have held back the growth of the country immensely.last_img read more