The 6 names that Mourinho shuffles to relaunch Tottenham

first_imgThe chosen ones would be Atal (Nice), Jamal Lewis (Norwich), Sabitzer (RB Leizpig) and two LaLiga players, Eder Militao (Real Madrid) and Geoffrey Kondogbia, Valencia midfielder. According to the market value of each player calculated by the specialized website Transfermarkt, Militao and Sabitzer would be the most expensive players with 40 each, followed by Kondogbia with 28 million and Atal by 25. Jamal Lewis, side of the canaries, would not reach fifteen million.After being runners-up in Europe last season, Tottenham is living a fateful campaign in which Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho after the team’s poor results, which a plague of injuries from its best players have complicated the task for the Portuguese of return it to the top of the ranking. The Spurs stayed in eighth place before the stoppage of the competition for the coronavirus, four points behind Manchester United, which marks the European zone. In the Champions League, they lost to RB Leizpig in the round of 16. “All the Leipzig substitutes would play for my team,” he assured the team of a Sabitzer who was a starter and now Mourinho wants to take north London along with five other signings. Mourinho is already preparing with Tottenham an operation valued at 145 million euros to change the spine of a Tottenham runner-up in Europe which shows signs of exhaustion after several years improving records season after season.According to Sky Sports, the Portuguese coach wants to make six signings to change his defense and strengthen midfield, confident that his forward is well covered with two top players such as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, who are currently injured. last_img read more

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‘Not snubbed’: Rivero, La Salle standouts beg off from initial Gilas pool

first_imgMessi can quit Barca, if Catalonia leaves Spain RELATED: Paras, Ravena, Perez, Sotto banner Reyes’ 2023 Gilas wishlistReyes, however, made it clear that the list is still not final and he is still open to adding a few players who he feels will be valuable in helping the country make an impact come 2023.“This is a pool. This is a list, and it doesn’t mean that these are the players who will all play in 2023 because there are still young players in current Gilas pool. It’s up to them to prove to us who belongs to that final roster,” he said.Players from Reyes’ “23 for 23” wishlist are expected to show up and take part in Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice on Monday at Meralco Gym as the squad gears up for the second leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on February.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Reyes clarified Friday that Rivero and the other Green Archers like Aljun Melecio were “not snubbed” and their exclusion from the Gilas pool was the decision of La Salle.READ: Gilas resumes training for Fiba Qualifiers on Monday FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense According to Reyes, who released the “23 for 23” list Friday morning, the school brass reached out to him to ask that their players be excepted from the pool for now as the Green Archers undergo an overhaul.“The school has actually asked us not to include any of their players first because they’re in a process of transition and reformation of their program,” he said in an interview on SportsCenter Philippines.La Salle is still reeling from the departure of head coach Aldin Ayo, who transferred to University of Santo Tomas for the Growling Tigers. Assistant coach Louie Gonzalez has since been named as the new man at the helm for the Green Archers. Abu Tratter was the lone Lasallian who made the list, but the 24-year-old slotman has already exhausted his playing years and will no longer play for the school this upcoming UAAP season.Pangilinan name dropped Rivero as one of the players who he felt was one of the possible additions to the national team pool in the future alongside current pool members Roger Pogoy of TNT, Kiefer Ravena of NLEX, his brother Thirdy, as well as Robert Bolick of San Beda and CJ Perez of Lyceum.RELATED: MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members“These are the kids that will be in the prime of their careers by that time. We have the raw materials, but we have to train and bond properly. We know that we have six years to prepare for the tournament, so it’s good for them to develop their bonding early,” he said in a previous report.The younger Ravena, Bolick, and Perez were all included in Reyes initial list.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLa Salle standout Ricci Rivero was conspicuously absent from the initial list of players Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes wants for the national team pool for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.This was despite the earlier pronouncement of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan that the likes of the high-flying Rivero were part of the future of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

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Basketball Chief Rubbishes ‘Interim Leadership’ Tale

first_imgThe formulation of an interim leadership to manage a season’s league and lead the country’s second popular sports to an election has been on the lips of some basketball stakeholders and players, owing to the continuous strife between the leadership and aggrieved stakeholders.The friction has caused five (5) meetings to end in deadlock, were organized by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The recent meeting, held at the Youth and Sports Ministry was chaired by Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, ended in stalemate coupled with a failed election, which resulted into a fight.One of the aggrieved stakeholders, Calvin Diggs of 1st division club Flames, said there is a clear-cut need to create interim leadership to restore the association to normalcy amidst fear of non-transparent and unfair election as well as the constitutional end of the Rufus Anderson’s leadership.Mr. Diggs on Saturday stressed that the continuous wasted meetings are prolonging the restoration of sanity in the association and argued that duration of six months would be quite better.A basketball player of Mighty Barolle, who begged anonymity, indicated that the Liberia National Olympic Committee, (LNOC) should only formulate the interim leadership but in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to restore order and run a league for a season and most importantly, hold elections.Interestingly, Mr. Diggs and the basketball player suggested Mr. Charles Ananaba, who they believed is very neutral in the crisis, should serve as the interim leader.“He knows the problems in basketball because he played the game – he is a neutral person, honest, hardworking, upright and good,” Mr. Diggs said.“Charles has good leadership style and he can relate to others amicably,” the basketball player said.However, Liberia’s basketball chief Rufus Anderson has rubbished any interim leadership.Mr. Anderson said he remains president of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), though his term has expired, till elections, and would honorably step down if unelected.He also trashed comments that he is no longer president of the association, according to constitution, arguing that the constitution’s call for elections has failed four times.When contacted Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Henry Yonton yesterday via mobile phone, said the Ministry awaits Minister Nagbe who is expected to arrive in the country today (Tuesday) from the United States and upon his arrival there will be another meeting where the final decision would be made.It may be recalled, last week, Anderson was hospitalized and diagnosed of ‘high blood pressure.’Mr. Anderson admitted being ill and told the Daily Observer that he needs extreme rest, which is necessary for speedy recovery.The outgoing president, for about two months has been under severe pressure from aggrieved stakeholders over his alleged financial and administrative malpractices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Toward A Better Liberian Judiciary

first_img– Advertisement – By TQ Harris, Jr. And then there’s the Judiciary – the third leg of the mighty tripod that holds up our democracy!Weaknesses within the Legislative and Executive branches of Government are often discussed extensively and are well documented. But what about the Judiciary? How has it contributed to Liberia’s backwardness, underdevelopment, and lack of progress? With constant criticism of the Judiciary coming from within and outside, it is fair to say that this branch of Government is also weak and problematic. As a result, Liberia continues to suffer and is unable to operate at its full potential. The Judiciary must examine itself and reassess its role in the building of this nation.The Judiciary no doubt is critical to Liberia’s growth, development and its overall survival. An effective Judiciary could play a significant role in bridging the gaps that exist within the Liberian society and build confidence in the justice system. Honest, unbiased interpretation of the law will provide clarity as to what is acceptable and unacceptable. Liberians need to be convinced that the law works for everyone, only the courts can do this. Unfortunately, the Judiciary has been lax in its performance, at times appearing more political than legal.In the 1986 constitution, it is abundantly clear as to the responsibilities and unique privileges of the Judiciary branch of Government. Article 65 states that “The Judicial Power of the Republic shall be vested in a Supreme Court and such subordinate courts as the Legislature may from time to time establish. Judgments of the Supreme Court shall be final and binding and shall not be subject to appeal or review by any other branch of Government.” Also, as we all know, verdicts of subordinate courts must be obeyed or appealed to a higher court. There is no other alternative.What awesome powers that rest with the Judiciary! But are these powers being used judiciously?Responsibility of jurists and the Judiciary In our system of government, when the Legislature makes the Law, the JUDICIARY must interpret the Law before the Executive can enforce the Law. So a perceived violation is only an allegation until the Judiciary has declared it a crime. Hence, an accused person, regardless of his or her offense, cannot be penalized under the law unless the Judiciary says so. With such powers invested in this branch of Government, why is there such lawlessness within the country?The issue of lawlessness is as much the responsibility of the Judiciary as is any other entity of government. Particularly, the Constitution of Liberia has conferred upon the Judiciary enormous powers which places the onus more heavily upon this branch of Government. Those that select to become jurists must understand that the bar for ethical behavior is much higher for them than for the rest of the population. After all, they willingly chose a legal career; for this, the society rightfully accords the necessary esteem and honor. To whom much is given much is required. Therefore, a jurist is obliged to comport in accordance with the standards of their chosen occupation. And he or she should find it extremely painful, upsetting and disgusting when there’s a breakdown of law and order.Liberians, in general, are aggrieved, disheartened and troubled when the credibility of the Judiciary is brought into question, and when we hear and or read comments such as the following:“Liberia Needs Objective Judiciary, Not Political.”UN Human Rights Office, 2018 “Some judges in Liberia accept bribes to award damages in civil cases…a Liberian Judge agreed that most often the decisions of judges have been influenced by bribery.”US Department of State Human Rights Report, 2016“Liberia’s Judiciary is Influenced by Corruption”US Human Rights Reports, 2015Our frustration and disappointment in the Judiciary is further heightened when a distinguished Liberian jurist makes the following comments publicly:“We as judges have allowed our fraternal relationships and love for our brothers and sisters who are lawyers to influence our decisions, which have invariably led to various disciplinary actions…when a judge is suspended for violation of one of the judicial canons, because a lawyer or lawyers influenced or misled the judge into taking the action for which he was suspended, that judge is exposed to public disrepute, while the lawyers involved behave as if they are saints.”The late Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn, Civil Law Court, Monrovia A respectable Judiciary could among others assist Liberians in taking ownership of our country and encourage the forging of stronger bonds between the citizenry. In doing so, the courts must be fair, ethical and brutally transparent. Article 21(f) of the 1986 constitution is one example of fairness in dispensing justice; it guarantees a “speedy trial”. This basic right must be respected at all times, regardless of the status of the individual.Also, discrimination, as it relates to gender, religion, race, ethnicity, or association should not be permitted under any circumstance. When each and every citizen is assured equal protection under the law, it is when Liberians shall truly believe and behave as one people under God with liberty and justice for all.Balancing courage and professional ethicsUniting Liberians through the law must be the goal of every patriotic Liberian jurist. The late Emma Shannon Walser – Liberia’s first female Judge – was a glaring example of a patriotic jurist. She was oftentimes referred to as a “progressive” because of decisions taken while serving as a judge. One such decision was her refusal to sentence an indigenous Liberian to death, arguing that “the man had been poorly represented by a State Lawyer.”  This resulted in the Supreme Court levying a fine on her in the case: “Republic of Liberia V. Emma Shannon-Walser, 27 LLR 274 (1978)—that the Constitutional right to counsel includes the right to competent Counsel.”Later, in April 1979, Judge Walser challenged the Liberian government’s detention of opposition leaders alleged to have instigated the Rice Riot. For this, she was removed from the bench by a joint resolution of the Legislature. If only there had been a few more jurists as Emma Shannon Walser, perhaps Liberia won’t be in the state it is presently.Another strong pillar of the Liberian Judicial system is its Code of Moral and Professional Ethics. This finely crafted document is a fabulous illustration of honesty, justice, morality and the principles of the rule of law. Under Rule 1—which refers to the lawyer’s obligation to the courts, it states clearly how the lawyer should not engage in any unprofessional conduct that could impugn the reputation of the courts. And, under Rule 29—upholding the Honor of the profession, it is emphatic that “lawyers should without fear or favor expose corruption or dishonest conduct in the profession before the Bar Association.” There is no doubt the Code of Moral and Professional Ethics have honorable intentions, but to be of value, the Rules must be rigorously enforced.Overhaul the justice system for the peopleIn the forward march toward a sound democracy grounded in the rule of law, the people of Liberia surely will no longer tolerate dishonest courts and bad Lawyers donning that honorable black robe only to dispense soiled justice. Because the Judiciary is equally responsible for the peace, stability, and unity of this nation, and it must not evade its responsibility.The extremely low perception of the Liberian justice system by the citizens and the International community is more than enough reason for critical assessment and the necessary adjustment. If Liberian jurists are unable to improve the overall performance of the justice system, then changes must be made. These changes might include opening up the Liberian courts to foreign Lawyers and the election of judges for subordinate courts. The people of Liberia must not be forced to accept a weak, diluted justice system that negatively impacts the quality of our lives.At the front entrance of the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia stands “Lady Justice” – the unmistakable symbol of truth, fair-play, and justice in its purest form. With her head lifted high and blindfolded, she sees only the truth and nothing but the truth. One can hardly pass-by or stand beside this dignified statue and not sense the invisible aura of its solemnity. Perhaps, as a reminder of the awesome responsibility a Lawyer has to humanity and to the State, he or she should stop for a moment and take a good look at “Lady Justice” before entering the court to transact business. Because war and peace; life and death; not to mention the rise and fall of nations hang on decisions that emanate from within the chambers of Justice.“As long as there are courageous men and women of the law, so long will the reign of the Rule of Law retain its firm hold on the greater portion of the human race.” These words were spoken in 1961 by Dr. T. O. Elias, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Today, they ring true for courageous men and women of the law wherever they are found.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) T.Q. 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Bittersweet end to 34-year-old Valley slaying

first_imgBut the cold case came to a bittersweet end this week. Bolstered by an increased staff, Los Angeles police detectives traced the fingerprint found on a newspaper ad to a career criminal posing as a stamp collector. While the police found their man, the crime will never fully be avenged – Francis J. Fico died more than a decade ago in a car crash. He would have been 66 now. “It would have been exciting 34 years ago, but now, it’s like, who cares?” said Akopian’s daughter, Ella, 60. At the time of her father’s death she lived in Stockton with her children. Her mother was distraught, so she returned home to the 4700 block of Viviana Drive. But the stark memories of that day haunted the family. They sold the house shortly thereafter. “It was very hard for my mom, to see him shot in front of her. But we don’t hold any remorse or nothing like that, what for? He’s dead,” said his daughter, a retired LAPD secretary. “Nobody could bring Dad back.” On that March evening, Akopian, 54, a semi-retired construction worker, was waiting for a visitor. He was supposed to sell part of his stamp collection to the stranger who answered his newspaper ad. That man, police say, was Fico. He showed up to the house dressed in a dark business suit. Shortly after he arrived, Akopian’s wife heard an argument erupt. It’s unclear what was said, but when she rushed to the front room she found her husband lying in a pool of blood, a single gunshot to his chest. Leads dried up The killer’s gloves and a black vinyl briefcase sat nearby. Inside the briefcase, police would find the attacker’s own stamp collection and the ad. Fico liked stamps. Police discovered a fingerprint on the ad, but there were no matches in their local database. News reports pleaded with the public for help. An article that appeared in The Valley News, a predecessor to the Daily News, asked the public to call West Valley detectives with any information. But as the days and then years wore on, leads dried up. By 2005, Nixon and Bradley had long since died. The Iraq war had replaced Vietnam. Time had marched on, and there on the shelf of the cold-case unit sat an old, thin folder. There was the description of the suspect – 25 to 30 years old, Caucasian, dark brown or black hair, 5 feet 9 inches tall. There was a police report with a description of the evidence: the gloves, the suitcase. But there wasn’t much else. So Detective Rick Jackson filed a request to search the national database for the fingerprint that would match the one found on the ad left near Akopian’s body. With more than 9,000 homicide cold cases backlogged in the LAPD’s system, he knew it would take a while to get a match, if there even was one. “It’s been decades of neglect,” said Lisa Kahn, a forensic science adviser for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “It will take a long time before we are really able to catch up.” A fingerprint match Last year, to deal with the onslaught, the LAPD doubled the homicide cold-case unit’s size. Then this year, Jackson finally got an answer to his two-year-old request after it ran through a national database. The print matched Fico, a career criminal in and out of prison most of his life. At 20, he had been arrested on suspicion of robbery. At 30, he had robbed a New York bank, been convicted of carrying weapons and by all accounts had made crime his profession. But by the time police tracked him down – for perhaps his most heinous crime – he was long dead. He was killed in a 1995 car crash near his home in Spokane, Wash. And though he matched the suspect description, police remained unsure if he was the killer until they talked to his widow, who confirmed his identity from mugshots. She told detectives that her husband was fond of stamps and once told her, “Stamps are like old money, like gold.” “It was a shame,” said Detective Richard Bengston of the LAPD’s Cold Case Homicide Unit. “We would have liked him to be alive so that there could be more closure in this case.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the year Watergate roiled the country’s political establishment. The grueling Vietnam War lumbered on. And Tom Bradley was elected Los Angeles’ first black mayor. And that same year George Akopian, an avid stamp collector, was gunned down in his Tarzana living room. If not for a single fingerprint filed inconspicuously inside a folder with thousands of other cold case files, the March 18, 1973, homicide might have just been left to a family’s memories. The killing of that middle-class San Fernando Valley man, which briefly headlined local news broadcasts, stumped police and left relatives grieving before falling into the shadows. last_img read more

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A garlic clove a day won’t keep cholesterol away

first_imgA number of previous studies in people have shown that garlic can reduce cholesterol levels, but many were sponsored by supplement makers. Others were conducted using poor methodology, making their conclusions suspect, Gardner said. A federal government-commissioned review of 1,800 studies on the health benefits of garlic found that while studies lasting less than three months showed an improvement in cholesterol levels, longer studies did not. Still, garlic supplements remain popular, with U.S. sales now topping $150 million a year. The Stanford researchers say their study is the first independently conducted, long-term study to examine whether both raw garlic and garlic supplements can reduce cholesterol in people with moderately high cholesterol. The $1.5 million study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, was published in Monday’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. An editorial accompanying the study noted that “the jury is still out” on whether garlic can improve overall heart health, even if it doesn’t lower cholesterol. Too much LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol, can increase the risk of heart disease, and patients are encouraged to lower it through diet, exercise and medication. The 192 participants in the study had cholesterol levels high enough to merit trying diet or exercise to lower them, but not to require cholesterol-lowering prescription medication. SAN JOSE – Garlic stinks for lowering cholesterol, a new Stanford University study says. The study’s conclusions may disappoint the many Americans who take garlic and garlic supplements in hopes of controlling the high cholesterol levels linked to heart disease. They’re wasting their money, says Christopher Gardner, a nutrition scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a senior author of the study. “It works in a test tube, on cells. In rats, it works,” Gardner said. “In humans, nothing. We are very disappointed with the results, but it was an excellently done study.” Researchers gave the subjects either raw garlic, Garlicin-powdered garlic, Kyolic-aged garlic or a placebo six days a week for six months. Raw garlic was added to condiments for the more than 30,000 sandwiches made for the study. The participants ate the equivalent of a clove of garlic each day, a bit more than a standard garlic supplement pill. Alan Kornfield was surprised to find out he had been given placebos during the study, and dismayed by the overall results. “I’m really, really disappointed, because we love garlic,” said the 47-year-old San Mateo man who, with his wife, often adds garlic to whatever they’re eating and is now using the drug Lipitor to control his cholesterol. “I was hoping to do anything to avoid prescription drugs.” Researchers monitored everyone in the study to make sure they didn’t gain or lose weight, which can affect cholesterol levels, and Gardner said the subjects didn’t significantly change their exercise or diet habits. In monthly checks, researchers found that the participants’ levels of LDL cholesterol remained nearly constant throughout the study.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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IRISH BUSINESSES BEING HIT AGAIN WITH NEW COSTS, SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad that proposals by the Minister for Social Protection to transfer sick pay costs for the first 2-4 weeks to employers would place an additional and unjust burden on Irish businesses.Senator Ó Domhnaill raised the issue this week while moving an adjournment debate in the Seanad on the matter. He said that in particular, smaller and medium sized enterprises will be under pressure at a time when many employers are struggling to exist.Ó Domhnaill said: “The proposals put forward by Minister Joan Burton would have a major negative impact on job sustainability and, in turn, a negative impact on economic recovery. “Data from the National Competitiveness Council shows that the cost of doing business in Ireland remains higher than the Euro Area and the EU27 averages. Therefore, the idea that introducing this change would somehow bring Ireland into line with other EU countries is a very narrow minded, anti-jobs and indeed flawed view being expressed by this Government.“It is very important at this economically challenging time for the Government to support jobs and employers and, therefore, this current proposal. If implemented, it would create irreversible damage and would drive some struggling businesses to the point of closure and hence genuine employees would ultimately lose their jobs.”In response on behalf of the Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State, Seán Perry, said the scheme is being considered in the context of the need to reform the social welfare system to bring it into line with practices in other countries in this area.He said the Social Insurance Fund would, of course, continue to provide supports for extended periods of illness “All of the issues around statutory sick pay will be discussed in the course of the wider process associated with the preparation of Budget 2013 and any decisions which might be taken by Government on the possible introduction of such a scheme will be considered in that context,” he said.Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded by saying: “The Government response to the adjournment debate is very disappointing and shows very little regard for job creation or job retention. Employers are already making a contribution for sick pay by paying social insurance contributions.” IRISH BUSINESSES BEING HIT AGAIN WITH NEW COSTS, SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR was last modified: July 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bush’s best face

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card One of the few unexpected pronouncements in Bush’s address was when he said the nation is “addicted to oil” and that he would call for cutting imports and developing new technologies like ethanol so that in 20 years America might only need a quarter of the oil it now consumes. There were words of hope in the speech – tax breaks for health care costs and thousands of new math and science teachers – but such troubling issues as the loss of tens of thousands of auto industry jobs were largely glossed over. If there was much lacking in the president’s speech, what of the Democrats? Freshman Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine offered the Democrats’ alternative, attacking the Bush administration for enacting bad policies and managing the nation’s affairs poorly. Sounding a lot like conservatives of the past, he talked about competency and common sense, about trying to solve the problems Americans face. But he, too, lacked concrete alternatives and did little in the way of answering the No. 1 issue of our time: Global terrorism. In essence, both sides played to the nation’s desire to find unity but neither hit a compelling note that is likely to achieve that. Bush was right in saying that “to confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another.” He said he “will do my part,” but there was nothing in the speech to suggest that he will back off his ideological beliefs. And there was nothing in the Democratic response to suggest that America is about to enter an era of civil public discourse. And that is something that ought to worry us all. We are a nation divided against ourselves in far too many ways. This is a time when we all must have a high tolerance for the uncertainties we face, and a high tolerance for each other’s point of view. That is the real state of the union, and we will see in the coming months if our leaders will reach out and bring us together.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Bush played to his strengths: His unbounded confidence in America and its future and his unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy across the globe. A lame-duck president facing midterm congressional elections with his public approval ratings low, Bush played it close to his vest on a wide range of domestic issues, offering no major initiatives. “The state of our union is strong, and together we will make it stronger,” Bush declared even as he touched on growing public concerns about the policies and direction of his administration. While Social Security reform, health care and many other domestic issues were only touched on, Bush answered critics of his policies on Iraq with his unequivocal commitment to see the War on Terror through to victory. last_img read more

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Read the full transcript of Arsene Wenger’s brilliant insightful interview

first_img silverware Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 8 Arsene Wenger shortly after being appointed as Arsenal manager in 1996 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsene Wenger found it tough in his later years at Arsenal You have to manage the players, the press, the board, the fans…There are three main elements to management. The first is the style of play and the results. The second is the individual development of the players. Some people work incredibly hard on the players without seeing the results.Thirdly, the structure and values you want to integrate into the club. This is more of a moral responsibility and boils down to your values. It can give your club a new dimension on a global scale.You often talk about values. What do you mean? What are values in football? Values in a coach?Values in football are about finding all that is beautiful about team sport. It’s self-expression in a collective setting. Shared pleasure over individualism. Expression of beauty together is more beautiful than expression of beauty alone. And respect of your teammate, your opponent, the fan, the ref.And most importantly, never accepting mediocrity. It’s the ultimate value in my eyes. In the sense that you must demand it of yourself. You must not accept where you are. You must be generous. You must always give more.And what if you told us what you regret sacrificing to have this career?I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me. I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones. Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers and I always answer yes. They have all the qualities; they’re intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skillset, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed. It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night.You wake up at 3am thinking about team selection, tactics, formation…After 22 years at Arsenal, what’s next for Arsene Wenger?I’m asking myself the same question! Do I keep doing what I’ve been doing, what I know. Or do I share all the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years in a slightly different way? That’s the question I need to answer in the next few months.Let’s go back to the arrival at Arsenal. Lots of animosity between England and France at the time but one meeting changed your life.Yes. David Dein, who brought me to Arsenal. January 2, 1989, I was in Turkey and had to fly via England. At the time, men and women weren’t allowed in the same stand at Arsenal, which is unbelievable to say now, the women sat with the visiting fans. I was still smoking back then and got a light at half-time from David Dein’s wife.We started to talk, and that night I was invited to dinner and since he had a boat on the Cote D’Azur and I was at Monaco – we stayed in touch. He often came to matches in Monaco and told me: ‘This is interesting what you’re doing here, I’d like to hire you one day.’I met Peter Hill-Wood when I went to Japan who expressed reservations about hiring a foreigner in England. During my time in Japan they called me and said they wanted me for sure, and that’s how it happened.(Dein now joins the conversation on the phone) Latest Arsenal FC News REVEALED gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings 8 8 And what if you weren’t from Alsace?If I’m not Alsacien, above all I’m a citizen of the world. I have no real taste for borders…Arsene Wenger, you love Bob Marley – not many people know that…I love Bob Marley. He’s pure class, in a chill kind of way. And his music was surprising for back then. Also, there’s something so sad about the fact he died at 35. He loved sport, music… for me Jamaica reminds me of that. Sport and music go together very well I find.How did it all begin?It all started in a little restaurant. The local football team used the restaurant as headquarters in a small town outside Strasbourg. I heard only football, and religion. In the morning, religion from everyone and then football was the distraction.I took part in all the conversations that the team’s organisers would take part in. From a very young age. Five or six. I understood quickly that the team wasn’t great. I started going to the games with my emissary.I believed only God could help them at the time. I would read and recite prayers during the game, at half-time while watching them play. I can tell you it’s better to have a good centre-forward than a hymn sheet.Was it the team that your dad coached?He created a team because he saw I was fascinated with the game, I was about 13 when I started playing. The team didn’t have a coach. It’s remarkable that until the age of 19 I didn’t have a coach.What’s remarkable is that I’ve had such a long career in football despite this. It’s incredibly fortunate.You played at Strasbourg and then were a coach at 33. Did the desire to coach come from this lack of coaching?Well firstly I wasn’t convinced that I had the qualities to be a coach given I hadn’t had an illustrious playing career. And I wasn’t convinced I had the natural authority either.I found myself propelled into this job by the people around me and what they saw in me. Something I didn’t see. I started out with players older than me.One weird paradox is that I’ve never struggled for authority, even with the older player, without screaming.The shock in your career was in 1996 – you become the foreigner in the Premier League. You went from unknown to ubiquitous almost instantly. Was that surprising?Well yes because there was this image in England that foreign managers couldn’t be successful. There had only been two or three before me.They didn’t want any foreigners and there were tons of theories about how a foreign manager could never win anything: ‘It’s too hard’.I came in incognito, from Japan. Which I loved. I did enjoy coming back to Europe, but I fully anticipated going back if it didn’t work out. Arsene Wenger with the Premier League trophy in 2004 Arsene Wenger has given a wide-ranging and candid interview in his native France.Speaking to RTL host Christine Kelly, the former Arsenal boss opened up over his regrets about staying at one club for too long, the sacrifices he has made in his life and the values he holds dear. Arsene Wenger rates Thierry Henry as the best player he coached How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Arsene Wenger has always been an animated figure on the touchline Arsene Wenger has been a manager for more than 30 years Christine Kelly: David Dein, you hired Arsene Wenger at Arsenal yes?David Dein: Yes, I can confirm this!Arsene Wenger: David! What are you doing here?!Dein: Hey Arsene!Wenger: You really are a magician!Dein: You say that but you’re the one with the magic wand, as always Arsene.Kelly: David is actually in between two flights here so quite difficult to speak.Wenger: Yes of course. I must say, he’s an incredible logistician. You cannot imagine this, he’s a one-man travel agency.Kelly: David, what are Arsene’s qualities as a coach?Dein: Quite simply, he’s an incredibly intelligent person who knows football like the back of his hand. He has incredible integrity, he’s organised, motivated and has a great sense of humour.What people don’t know is that Arsene can be incredibly funny, an evening with him is never, ever boring. I hope he’ll continue to use his magic wand in whatever he goes on to do.Kelly: Thank you to David Dein, in between connecting flights.(Dein leaves the conversation)Wenger: He’s a great friend, an exceptional man. We’ve always stayed close, very close. He’s had difficult patches and I have as well, but we’ve always been close.He’s a visionary. Absolutely. I must tell you this because not many people know but he has visited 85 prisons out of 102 in the UK to help the prisoners – he goes to hundreds of schools as benevolent work during the weekend.He also does a huge amount of charity work with FIFA. He’s also one of the key instigators of video replaysAh yes, video. Your great passion. Five or six games a day is it?Yes. No furniture at home just videos. I did my genotype exam and they told me I had the addictive gene. I just used it entirely in my professional life, it could have been used on something less beneficial for me.Some more quick-fire questions. Which player left the biggest impression on you?The most talent of those I’ve coached… Thierry Henry probably.center_img 8 LATEST You had some difficult moments with the English press – the tabloids – how did you cope? They literally tried everything to put you off, to destabilise you.They ran a lot of stories. A lot of lies. Listen, it’s a public-facing job and as such you are subject to attention, to rumours. You deal with it by staying focused on the task at hand and letting rumours and lies be exactly what they are. If there’s nothing concrete behind it, then it won’t stick.And that’s where we see the famous stress resistance. You revolutionised English football, how? Nutrition, training, attention to detail.I always try to make it, so people love football. As 13 and 14-year-olds, kids are drawn to the playground, to play the game, to love the game.When it becomes a job, it becomes about ‘having to’ rather than wanting to. You ‘have’ to train, you ‘have’ to win, you ‘have’ to score. At that point it becomes less fun.I always tried to develop a philosophy around the desire to play the game. To cultivate that desire.You won the title unbeaten in 2003-04. What was the secret recipe?Effectively we were unbeaten for a year and a half. 49 games. It’s an interesting detail because when we won the title in 2002 I told the press my dream was to win the title unbeaten.I got lambasted as pretentious, arrogant etc. We lost the title the next season to Manchester United. In 2002-03, I asked the players why we didn’t win the title. They said, ‘it’s your fault’. I asked why.They said: ‘you put too much pressure on us.’ And it’s interesting because I told them the only reason I said it was because I truly believed it. And then they did it. Which proves two things.One, sometimes we don’t put the level of ambition high enough. We don’t dare, we’re scared. But you must set the bar as high as possible. Two, sometimes you must plant the seed and wait for it to grow. It provided a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the Premier League’s greatest ever managers.Wenger was also briefly joined during the interview by former Arsenal chairman David Dein. You can read the full transcript below…Arsene Wenger, if you were President of France, what law would you pass?I would introduce football as an obligation, everywhere, absolutely all over France. Every single school.If there was one moment you could remove from your life?All the defeats.There haven’t been many…More than you think, each is a scar for life. Each will forever be a great disappointment.What would be your ultimate fantasy object to have?I don’t really have one, maybe the team playing with the harmonious excellence all teams sometimes reach but for a full game. Everyone playing on the exact same wavelength for a whole match, it’s so rare. These moments make the job worth suffering.And what if you told us your biggest mistake?Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years. I’m someone who likes to move around a lot, but I also like a challenge. I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at times. And what if you told us your greatest fear?My biggest fear is to lose the ability to be physically independent. I enjoy my mobility, I like exercising. A real fear of mine.And if you had to ask for someone’s forgiveness?All the people who I’ve made suffer. In my line of work, we are constantly making decisions that punish people, while making others happy. When you work with a 25-man squad, it’s basically making 14 people unemployed every Saturday or Tuesday.Also, the players for whom I never managed to find the key to helping them reach their potential.And what if you had to change career with someone else?Anyone who has the potential to have a positive effect on people’s lives. A politician or someone who discovers a revolutionary cure.And what if you could spend one evening with someone, without anyone ever finding out who?An evening of conversation? Or…. philosophising? I’d like to spend an evening with Moses. What did he think of the ten commandments? Effectively our first constitution – I find it well constructed, what did he think?And what if you told us your darkest sin, the one you keep all to yourself?My taste for patisseries. I’m from Strasbourg. I eat them every day.And then the jogging?Yes.And what if you weren’t in football?I’d be somewhere in a competitive field. I love competing. There’s two types of competitiveness. Those who hate to lose, and those who love to win. We’re all in some way a mix of the two and I think I hate losing more.In general, those who love to win more are attackers. Those who hate to lose more are defenders. And which player would you like to have slapped?Oh there’s quite a few. All the big mistakes, in big games, I won’t name names; they’re stronger than me.Which journalist would you most have liked to strangle?Not oneNo?No… maybe Christine Kelly.(Kelly laughs)OK, OK, and which match made you the happiest?Probably beating Barcelona when they were at their highest highest peak. They were unbeatable. The football from both sides was exceptional.Which player are you most proud of signing?Erm… The ones I’m most proud of are the ones that cost little but turned out to be top class. Toure, Henry, Campbell, Anelka.What about your worst recruit?Oh there’s quite a lot! It’s a job which is complicated, measuring the worth of someone who joins your club. The key is to not be too stubborn and force the issue; realise the mistake and move on. Don’t be scared to make mistakes.What is the perfect player for you, tactically, physically, ability-wise?There’s no perfect player. They all have flaws. For example, Messi is the most perfect of them all because he can make others play and he can score himself, but he has weaknesses, contrary to what some people think.If you analyse his game, he’s not very good in the air, he’s not great defensively. But you don’t make a living out of your weaknesses, you make a living out of your strengths, therefore the coach must emphasise the strengths as much as possible and put players around this person who hide his weaknesses.And what if you hadn’t been Arsenal coach, say in 2010, would you have become the French national team manager instead of Raymond Domenech?Yes, I’ve had the opportunity numerous times to be France manager. I’m not sure if it was before or after Domenech. Maybe both… I’ve always been more interested in the day-to-day aspect of management. I find it much more stimulating.It is a question I’ve been asking myself, if I should become a national team manager. A national team manager takes charge of ten games per year. In a club, you take charge of 60. My drug is the next match, so…And what if you weren’t coach of Arsenal, you would have taken charge of Paris Saint-Germain when the Qatari owners came in?Maybe, maybe.And what if you weren’t coach of Arsenal, PSG might have won their first Champions League title already?No I don’t think so necessarily. PSG is in the middle of an enormous collective enterprise, where the goal mustn’t be the Champions League trophy. The Champions League trophy should be the consequence of a long road of growth and hard work within the club.A trophy of this stature is not really a realistic programme to chase – there’s six or seven clubs at the same level so it’s a matter of luck, it’s not chaseable. 8 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 8 NEW ERA 8 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Arsene Wenger was a surprise choice as Arsenal manager in 1996 8 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won getty Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade And how do you keep the concentration after 10, 20, 30 matches?That’s the difficult bit. Very difficult. Man is easily satisfied with what he has. The team needs to constantly be fed new ambitions, new targets. ‘What is your next level?’We all tend to wallow in comfort. We don’t want the pain. Unfortunately, without the pain you don’t reach a higher level. Without making the conscious decision to ask yourself: ‘What am I aspiring to? Where do I want to go? What is my goal?’ You stay where you are.It has nothing to do with elite sporting ability. Elite sport is not made for everyone. There’s a personality expert I work with and the key factor isn’t the intensity of the motivation, it’s the endurance of the motivation. You could call it tenacity.It’s who can go Monday to Sunday, not just Tuesday to Thursday.Let’s talk about your footballing philosophy. How do you see football nowadays and generally?My vision is that normally you need to win and win with style. Winning should be the result of the quality of your playing style and how you express yourself on the pitch.All my life, people have told me that we need to win on Saturday. As a coach, I know that – but how?I like to think that the paying fan wakes up the morning of the game and thinks ‘ah yes, my team is playing today’ and he will be transported to a more beautiful world than his daily routine.I like to set myself the ambition to give him this hope, this excitement about coming to see the team play – even if I know I will let him down sometimes.You can’t be a coach if you don’t have this ambition. Otherwise you stay in something mediocre. You must want to please people with football.What, for you, is the definition of a good coach or manager?Someone who manages to get the most out of his squad. From a collective expression point of view and in terms of results.The best coach in the league isn’t necessarily the one who wins the title. No. But nobody can measure this. You can’t. You can’t measure a coach because you can’t measure if he’s managed to reach the full potential of the squad.That’s why my ultimate ambition was to win a league title unbeaten. Because even if someone beats me at that, they can’t do it that much better. Arsene Wenger says goodbye to Arsenal fans after 22 years What books do you like?Sociology, philosophy…I’ve bought you two, you choose.That’s very nice, I’ll pick ‘Confiance en soi’. It’s something we need more and more in modern society I believe. It’s easier than ever to doubt one-self.Secrets from the dressing room. Any skeletons in the closet? What do you tell them before a game?You need to have a talk which is adapted to the circumstances. It’s not always the same opponent. Your team doesn’t always have the same energy levels – you need to have a good understanding of the energy levels in the team.So let’s say we have a team low on energy, what’s the team talk before the game?I don’t accept this level of energy. This level of energy in the dressing room will result in disaster. We will not meet our objectives. It’s time to wake up. You, over there, I saw you in the warm-up, you’re not ready. Do you realise what you’re about to do? Are you ready?You need a speech adapted to the circumstances. And when you’re at Arsenal you’re always the favourite so you need to remind them that they need to win, and they need to get in a zone which always them to express themselves.This zone, you go into it little by little. The big, big trap for the elite sportsman is that he remembers a time when he was flying. When everything was easy. We dream of returning to that level as and when we wish but, you get there little by little.By starting with the basics, playing simple and realising everything gets easier from there.last_img read more

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Jurassic Park Revision #76: Bonehead Dinosaurs Not Head-Butters

first_imgPachycephalosaurs, or bone-heads, were dome-headed dinosaurs with skulls nine inches thick.  Interpretation: they rammed each other like rams, or head-butted jeeps filled with hapless human tourists in the movies.  Wrong, reports National Geographic in the March 2005 issue: research by Jack Horner and Mark Goodwin has shown that the thick skulls, surprisingly, could not have survived hard impacts.  Moreover, the fossils show no signs of head-butting damage.  Since the skull didn’t make a very good crash helmet, maybe the boneheads used it for love.“It may have helped in species recognition or for attracting a mate, the paleontologists speculate.”  Whatever works is cute by definition.  Speculation is fun.  It’s especially fun when it overturns the previous speculation.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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