Sam Allardyce to finalise terms to become Everton boss

first_imgFormer England boss Sam Allardyce will arrive at Everton on Wednesday to finalise terms on becoming their new manager, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.Allardyce, 63, stepped in to rescue struggling Crystal Palace from relegation midway through last season but resigned before the start of the current campaign.He will replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Everton.”Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton Football Club,” the club said in a statement on their website (www.evertonfc.com).Caretaker manager David Unsworth will remain in charge for Wednesday’s league game against West Ham United at Goodison Park.Everton sacked Koeman last month after a poor start to the season and placed their Under-23 coach Unsworth in temporary charge, but results have not improved and the club are currently one place above the relegation zone.The Merseysiders are in 17th place with 12 points from 13 games after three wins, three draws and seven defeats.last_img read more

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Australia Claims Fourth YTT Title

first_imgThe Australian 18’s Boys team has come from 1-0 down in the series to claim games two and three of the series and win the division title. Their 5-4 win in today’s third and deciding match saw them win the series 2-1. 18’s Girls Australia has claimed a 3-0 series win in the 18’s Girls division following their 6-0 win in game three of the series today. The Australian 18’s Girls started game three strongly, with Shannon Rose scoring in the eighth minute before Zara Nicholas scored in the 11th minute to take a 2-0 lead at half-time.  The Dominique Du Toit scored in the fifth minute of the second half, before touchdowns to Lucy Botten, another to Zara Nicholas and Shellie Davis saw them runaway with a 6-0 win. 18’s Boys  The Australian boys have won the 18’s Boys deciding game by one touchdown, 5-4 to claim the series two games to one. After a 9-8 loss on Friday night, the Australian turned the series around yesterday with a convincing win before they dominated game three early to set up the win from the fast finishing Kiwis. Kalyn Ponga turned defence into attack in the third minute, when he ran the length of the field after intercepting on the line to give Australia an early 1-0 lead. Corey Russell set up David Richards soon after, and when a Kai Simbolon half run saw Matt Wilson score the Australians had a 3-0 lead. Ponga soon had his second touchdown of the half, before Taylor Haugh scored for the Kiwis. Australia took a 4-1 lead into the half-time break. New Zealand scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, through Rory Van Vugt and Te Hauora Campbell bringing their side within one touchdown of the Australians before Damon Moore extended the Aussies lead by two, 5-3. New Zealand scored in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, with the Aussies taking a 5-4 win and claiming the series 2-1. 20’s GirlsThe Australian 20’s Girls have continued their dominance in the 20’s Girls division, winning game three 13-3 and taking a 3-0 series win. Game three started in similar fashion to the two previous games, with the Australians taking a 6-1 lead into half-time.They further extended their lead in the second half, to take a 10 touchdown win and finish the series with three wins. 20’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys finished their 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign in style, winning their third game 10-7 on Sunday. Australia raced out to a 6-2 lead at half-time, before the Kiwis hit back in the second half, scoring five touchdowns to Australia’s four. But it was too little too late, with the Australians taking the series whitewash 3-0 with their three touchdown win.  Related LinksYTT Day Threelast_img read more

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10 months agoHazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinals

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semifinals after victory over Bournemouth.The match was six minutes away from going to penalties when Pedro’s back-heel gave Hazard a chance, with his shot deflecting off Charlie Daniels and past Artur Boruc.Bournemouth, who were aiming to reach the semi-final of a major cup competition for the first time in their history, had chances but Callum Wilson shot just wide and Lys Mousset had an effort saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea join 2018 winners Manchester City, Tottenham and League One side Burton Albion in the last four. last_img

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Notley lifts ban on imports of BC wines to Alberta

first_img“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect the interests of B.C. from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said at a news conference. “We are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”He said the federal government declined an invitation to join the province in the reference question. Horgan denied B.C. is backing down, saying the intention is to have cooler heads prevail.“This is not about politics. This is not about trade. It’s about the right for B.C. to be heard.”The province will move ahead with consultations on four other areas of its plan to protect the environment, such as establishing timeframes for responses to spills and requiring some form of restitution to cover the lost use of public resources in the event of a spill. Horgan said he wants B.C. and Alberta to be good neighbours, but the rest of Canada needs to know how strongly British Columbia feels about protecting its coastline.“I believe the federal government and the government of Alberta do not understand the depth of feeling that the transport of diluted bitumen has in B.C.,” Horgan said.Notley recently imposed the ban on B.C. wine in retaliation for a pledge last month by Horgan to reject increased levels of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline until the province reviews spill safety measures. The B.C. government is against the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada’s pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, although it has already been approved by the federal government. EDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta government accepted an olive branch from British Columbia and suspended its ban on the province’s wine Thursday in a dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took the step after B.C.’s John Horgan said his government will ask the courts if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen shipments through the province. “I think it is fair to say that in a small way today B.C. blinked,” Notley told reporters at the legislature in Edmonton. “B.C. is stepping back from the brink and abiding by the law, and this is a good thing.”Horgan said his government is filing a constitutional reference case on the issue, which has been at the centre of the heated trade war between B.C. and Alberta. In the meantime, B.C. will not proceed with proposed regulatory restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen transportation. Alberta accused Horgan of illegally trying to kill the pipeline expansion. While Notley is suspending the retaliatory ban on B.C. wine, she left her options open.“If it becomes clear that this action is, in fact, part of a deliberate strategy to harass the pipeline and its investors with frivolous or unconstitutional legal challenges, we will act immediately, and we will expect our federal partners to do the same,” she said.Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines. As for B.C.’s constitutional reference case, Notley expressed her doubts it will be successful.“I’m confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution,” she said. “I’m confident the Constitution will be upheld and we will have seen the last of these ridiculous threats.”center_img Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts to find a solution to the impasse. Notley, who had also scuttled talks to buy B.C. electricity, had been threatening further retaliatory action.Horgan said his efforts to safeguard B.C.’s interests generated a disproportionate reaction from Alberta that put an entire industry and the livelihoods of people who depend on it at risk.– With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton.last_img read more

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Catalysts of change

first_imgIn a few months, my term as the head of a large non-governmental organisation comes to an end. I thought I should write about the sector and inform readers of the things that I learned and discovered in my four years of work. The first thing is about the quality of people who work in what is called civil society, meaning the groups that are linked by common interests. They are called activists and their organisations are often called NGOs. I have found that some of the brightest Indian people are attracted to this line of work and we should all be proud that this is the case. The salaries offered in the sector are nowhere near the corporate world and that makes is all the more remarkable that bright young people are to be found in large numbers in this field. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe second thing is about the nature of the work that they do. You have people who have worked for decades on issues such as manual scavenging or physical disabilities or primary education. Of course, this is noble and meaningful work. But the other aspect of this is that such people carry with them expertise and understanding which is absent elsewhere, including in the government. This brings me to the third point that in India it is not easy for such individuals and institutions to work with the government. The state in India, meaning the bureaucratic and political apparatus, is quite closed-minded and often arrogant. There is a master-servant relationship with the citizen, even if the citizen has worked on the issue for much longer than the bureaucrat that she is engaging. Also Read – Insider threat managementBecause I work for an organisation that is also global, I can report that in other democracies, particularly in those of Europe, the relationship of the state with civil society is much close than it is in India. There is respect for the work done by the activists in those nations whereas in our country these individuals and groups are usually considered to be a nuisance. The fourth thing that people may not know or have considered is the value that these activists and NGOs bring when the government actually engages with them. The United Progressive Alliance set up a group of people from civil society and called this group the National Advisory Council. Most of the people in this group were activists and NGO-wallahs. They told the government to legislate such laws as the Right to Information and MGNREGA and so on. If these laws have remained and if they are thought to be still popular, it is because they were the result of the sort of thinking that the government was incapable of. There is no question to my mind that things like the Right to Information are transformative. Along with their vote, RTI is the most powerful tool in the hands of the common person. The fifth thing is that these activists and NGOs bridge the chasm that exists between our middle class and the poor. The middle class finds it easy to roll the window up at the beggar on the traffic signal and we work in environments that are secluded. Issues like farmer suicide and agrarian distress do not mean anything to most of us because we have no real contact with that reality. It is the members of the middle class like activists and NGOs who have personal and sustained contact with these non-middle class issues that are able to connect us to other Indians. The sixth thing is that on issues where most Indians have made up their minds, it is the activists and NGOs who have subtlety and nuance. Because of the nature of our mainstream media, the information that we receive on Adivasi rights or Dalit rights is limited. We only have one side of the story when it comes to Kashmir. Our understanding of violence in the Northeast and its causes is poor. However, the activists and the NGOs have engaged with this at much deeper levels than most of us. Here is an example that you might not be aware of. In 2012, an NGO called EEVFAM moved the Supreme Court saying that the armed forces’ encounters in Manipur were fake. The court ordered some judges to inquire into this and found that the NGO was right. Because of this, the number of encounters and killings in Manipur fell from about 200 to only a handful as the armed forces knew they were being watched. You will not get this information from the regular media. It is the presence of NGOs and activists that has safeguarded constitutional rights. A democratic state needs the presence of large numbers of activists and organisations that work on things that affect society as a whole. Most of us individuals are not interested in things that do not concern us directly. We should be supportive of those who work on things for all of us, even if we sometimes disagree with some of the things that they say. (The author is head of Amnesty International India’s operations. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Modi Mamata go after each other in battleground West Bengal

first_imgTamluk/Jhargarm (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of doing “cheap politics” over cyclone Fani, claiming she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity. He alleged his efforts to talk to state government officials to take stock of the situation too was “scuttled” by Banerjee. Modi also accused Banerjee of “religious intolerance”, and said people were being arrested for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He dared the chief minister to have him arrested for the chant hailing the Lord. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Today, I am back from Odisha after reviewing the situation in the aftermath of the cyclone. I had called ‘Didi’ twice to discuss the issue with her. I waited for her to call back, but she did not respond. “She is so arrogant that she did not speak to me. ‘Speedbreaker’ Didi is more interested in doing cheap politics instead of tackling the situation,” Modi told election rallies in Tamluk and Jhargram. Cyclone Fani left a trail of death and destruction in Odisha and also hit parts of West Bengal. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Modi said even today he wanted to speak to Banerjee and state officials to take stock of the situation but the chief minister did not allow that to happen. Banerjee responded to the prime minister’s criticism, saying she could not talk to him because she was camping in Kharagpur to monitor the situation as the cyclone advanced towards West Bengal. Addressing an election rally in Gopiballavpur sub-division of Jhargram, Banerjee said Modi had indeed called her for a meeting at Kalaikunda, where he landed for an election meeting after touring cyclone-battered Odisha. “Are we his servants that we have to go wherever he beckons? Now he will allege that I have not responded and not extended cooperation. “My (poll) meeting at Jhargram today was already fixed. Election is on in West Bengal, while it is over in Odisha. Why should I share dais with an expiry prime minister during election time?” Banerjee shot back. A huge controversy has erupted over Modi’s failure to get in touch with Banerjee to discuss the situation that obtained in the wake of the cyclone. As he could not get through to the chief minister, Modi had called up Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. He, however, spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress had accused the prime minister of by-passing the chief minister in disregard for the federal structure of the polity. A senior central government official had, however, rejected the allegation, claiming Modi called up Banerjee who did not return it. Modi on Monday invoked Lord Ram at his rallies and said people in West Bengal were facing hurdles even in following their religious beliefs. “In Bengal, people face obstacles even while performing pujas and religious rituals. Things have reached such a point that if you chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, you will be put behind bars,” he said. The prime minister was obviously referring to a recent incident where three people were arrested allegedly for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ when Banerjee’s convoy was passing by. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. While hailing Lord Ram with the chant at his Jhargram rally, Modi dared Banerjee to have him arrested. “Didi has thrown people into jail for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. I thought of greeting her with the chant so she can throw me behind bars, too. I will then serve the innocent people who are in jail for chanting in praise of Lord Ram,” he said. “The arrogance of many a mighty gets shattered in front of the Lord. You too will lose your arrogance, Didi,” Modi said. Addressing an election rally in Bishnupur, Banerjee snapped back, insisting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was a slogan of the BJP , which used it during elections. “Does Ramchandra become BJP’s election agent when polls come?” she asked, asserting the slogans of the people of Bengal were “Vande mataram” of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and “Jai Hind” of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Referring to the recent comments by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Modi said it is fashionable for communists to abuse religion. “I can understand if communists abuse religion. Even those who have Sita and Ram in their names don’t respect religion. It is fashionable for them to make derogatory references to our holy books and our religion,” Modi said. Yechury had recently said Ramayana and Mahabharata were specimens of Hindu violence. On the UN designating terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar a “global terrorist”, the prime minister said, Banerjee did not welcome the development fearing her “votebank” will get angry with her. Modi claimed the TMC would win hardly 10 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, and Banerjee’s dream of becoming the prime minister with the help of ‘Mahamilawati’ alliance will be dashed. “Your model of chomki and dhamki (threat and intimidation) will no longer work in Bengal. You cannot snatch away the right to vote freely and fairly. Your political ground is fast slipping away. People have decided to defeat her. She has lost her mental balance.” he said. Modi said West Bengal under Banerjee was known for “triple T — Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax”. In local parlance, ‘tolabaazi’ roughly means organised extortion. Maintaining that the state has already seen three political ideologies -Naampanthi (people who rule by using the name of family–Congress), Vaampanthi (Leftist), Daam aur Damanpanthi (people who rule through corruption and oppression–TMC)– Modi said time has come for it to adopt “Vikaspanthi” (people wedded to the ideology of development) represented by the BJP.last_img read more

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Real Madrids Karim Benzema to Celebrate New Year in Marrakech

first_imgCasablanca- An increasing number of Celebs choose Morocco’s red city as their top, go-to-place for the most exceptional experiences. According to a picture posted by Le360, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has chosen to celebrate the New Year in Marrakech. The Spanish royal club’s striker had already celebrated his birthday in Marrakech in 2011, in the presence of another French soccer star, Paris St Germain’s Jérémy Ménez. The French star was not the only international celeb to celebrate his birthday in the cheerful city.In 2002, the American Rap star Puff Diddy threw his 33th birthday party in Marrakech. Benzema seems to have fallen for the red city’s enchanting magic, as he now chooses to celebrate New Year there. The Colombian diva Shakira had also been one of the international celebs to be enchanted by Jama El Fna’s enthralling atmosphere. The superstar was among the famous singers invited to Rabat’s Mawazine 2011. Having heard of the red city’s entrancing beauty, Shakira seized the opportunity to head to Marrakech and have a memorable shopping experience. A video of her in Marrakech’s most beautiful areas, wearing a white Arabian Abaya went viral on YouTube.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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