Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their defending wasn’t good enough for defeat at Manchester United.The hosts, as expected under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, looked to attack from the off and Howe’s side were powerless to prevent the goal in the 4-1 defeat.Howe said, “It’s a tough day and a disappointing performance.”Defensively we weren’t great, with the ball we weren’t great and that’s a bad mix coming to Old Trafford.”They played in the way we expected but we didn’t with them well, we didn’t defend crosses well and allowed them too much time.”They have players in every position that can hurt you, but we have to learn from this game.”The manager continued, “We’ve been through a tough period, the fixture list has been extremely unkind to us.”We’ve had a real run of successive games and the injury situation is very difficult as we have stretched resources.”Those injuries maybe meant that I had to play a system I wouldn’t have played ideally.”That’s combined with confidence but the main focus for me is that we can control our destiny, we have to change this moment and that’s where the focus lies.”
PSG launching €100M offer for Napoli midfielder Allanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are preparing a massive offer for Napoli midfielder Allan.Il Mattino says PSG see Allan as a readymade replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.And they’re ready to offer a massive €90m to convince Napoli to sell – with a further €10m due if they win the Champions League.PSG would also hand Allan a contract worth €8m-a-year.For the moment, Napoli have insisted Allan won’t leave in January, though the size of the offer could force a rethink. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Canada’s pace of economic growth slowed in the first quarter to its lowest rate in nearly two years, but the weaker-than-expected data did little to tamp down economists’ predictions of an interest rate hike later this year.Statistics Canada said Thursday the economy grew at an annualized pace of 1.3 per cent for the first three months of the year, slower than the annual pace of 1.7 per cent in the final three months of 2017. Economists had expected growth to come in at an annualized rate of 1.8 per cent for the first quarter of 2018, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The slow start to the year was largely attributed to a pull back in the real estate market amid new mortgage stress test rules and a cooling housing market. The 1.9 per cent drop in housing investment was the largest decline since the first quarter of 2009.However, economists pointed to the strong growth in March to end the quarter and suggested the report did little to change expectations for an interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada as early as July.“While the headline quarterly GDP result was a bit disappointing, even to those of us who were on the low side of consensus, the recent robust monthly readings and the strength in business investment provide a nice counterweight,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a report.“The main point is that growth for the full year still looks on track to come in around two per cent, which is very much in line with what the Bank of Canada has been expecting.”Porter noted that the economy posted growth of 0.3 per cent in March, the final month of the quarter, helped by the mining and oil and gas sector and gains in both wholesale and retail trade.“The sturdy March result provides a nice hand-off for Q2,” he said.The growth rate of 1.3 per cent for the first quarter matched the Bank of Canada’s forecast in its April monetary policy report.The central bank elected to keep its key interest rate on hold Wednesday, but raised expectations that rate hikes are coming when it dropped a reference to remaining “cautious.”Economists interpreted the change as a signal that the next rate increase would be sooner rather than later.Their rate-hike expectations largely remained in tact even as Thursday’s report showed the rate of growth for real gross domestic product in the first quarter was the slowest since the economy contracted in the second quarter of 2016.Growth in that quarter was affected by forest fires that destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, Alta., and forced the shutdown of several oilsands operations in the region.The most recent GDP report showed household spending increased 0.3 per cent, the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2015, while household spending on services increased 0.5 per cent and spending on goods was unchanged.Growth in export volumes slowed to 0.4 per cent compared with one per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The gains were mainly contributed by crude oil and bitumen and the export of services. Imports rose 1.2 per cent in the quarter.Business investment in machinery and equipment rose 4.2 per cent, while intellectual property products rose 3.3 per cent.Beneath the weaker-than-expected first-quarter growth figures, the report included “some relatively encouraging details,” said TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto.“Business investment continued to climb, partially offsetting the more modest pace of consumer spending. Income gains also remained solid,” DePratto wrote in a report.“Plus, March’s solid monthly performance indicates that momentum continued to build through the quarter, setting the Canadian economy up for an acceleration in output in Q2.”DePratto said the Canadian economy “clearly still has some gas left in the tank” and that he expected conditions will stay supportive of a Bank of Canada hike at its next meeting.Looking back at 2017, Statistics Canada revised its real GDP numbers upward for the second and third quarters.For the second quarter of 2017, the estimate for the annualized growth rate was increased to 4.6 per cent compared with a March estimate of 4.4 per cent, while the estimate for the third quarter was increased to 1.7 per cent from 1.5 per cent.
METAIRIE, La. — Severe storms caused a New Orleans area Trader Joe’s store to lose power, prompting the chain to donate more than 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of perishable groceries to a food bank.News outlets report the Metairie store lost power for most of the day Thursday and contacted Second Harvest Food Bank about donating the food.Food bank spokesman Jay Vise says the donation included refrigerated and frozen items and will be distributed across 23 parishes. The food bank’s chief impact officer, Melanie McGuire, says it’s often hard to come by highly nutritious and perishable food donations.The Associated Press
Jammu: An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said. One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
New Delhi: The central zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Sunday undertook massive clean-up operations near Nizamuddin Dargah and Humayun Tomb area in an attempt to remove illegal encroachments that were causing major traffic congestion problems in the area. This action from the municipality comes after the Delhi High Court demanded that substantive measures be taken to this effect based on a plea filed by the Jamia Arabia Nizamia Welfare Educational Society (JANWES). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring the clearing operation, SDMC stated that they demolished 42 temporary sheds and ‘tripals’ and removed several petty articles including iron grills, benches, and refrigerators. Officers from the Licensing and Health and Veterinary departments along with Delhi Police staffers carried out the clearance operations in what SDMC said was an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the streets leading towards the Dargah. The SDMC said that they also issued notices to two kiosks in the area, asking occupiers to remove them, failing which central zone officials will take necessary steps. However, this comes on the back of repeated orders from the High Court regarding clearing up the area, according to an observation made by a bench last week. While hearing the JANWES plea, the court had noted that SDMC and police officials were busy blaming each other and thus delaying clearance operations. It had asked SDMC Commissioner and DCP Traffic to appear before it on April 16.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that his side are still in control of the Serie A title race, after losing 1-0 to rivals Napoli on SundayThe reigning champions suffered a shock home defeat to their title rivals at Turin with a late Kalidou Koulibaly winner allowing Napoli to reduce the gap to just one point between the sides in the Serie A standings with just four matches remaining.The victory in Turin has restored Napoli’s title aspirations with fireworks and exuberant fans diving into the fountain at the Piazza Trieste e Trento on the streets of Naples.But Allegri is certain that Juventus, with their slender point lead, still have the advantage.“We are still top of the table, we still have the advantage,” said Allegri, according to Sport360.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Now we have a rest day, then we have to prepare for what I think really will be the decisive match for our season against Inter Milan (next Saturday).“I think the title race will remain open until May 20. There’s nothing you can take for granted in football.”The Juventus coach admitted that the team’s hectic schedule played a part in their dismal performance: “To the lads I can’t say anything, we play 57 games in a year, the others do not.”The defeat marked Juventus’ second at their Allianz Stadium in the Serie A with the Turin side having previously lost to Lazio back in October.
Guillem Balague has revealed that Arsenal had interviewed 10 different candidates for their managerial vacancy, before opting for Unai EmeryThe Gunners have been actively pursuing candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates with likes of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri having been strongly linked with the post.However, recently these two candidates have since been ruled out and, as of last week, Mikel Arteta was believed to be the favourite for the vacancy after holding talks with the board.But now Emery has shockingly emerged as the leading candidate for the role, despite not being able to speak English.Balague confirmed that Arteta had indeed come close to receiving an offer, before Arsenal eventually decided in favour of Emery.“Arsenal have been speaking to ten different managers, ten different candidates, and it got to a point where they had to make a decision,” he told Sky Sports.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Some of the candidates did not have much similar to each other. They were looking for a series of things which eventually led them to make Emery the number one candidate.“Arteta was one of those ten and came closest but at the end maybe the lack of experience worked against him. I’m sure from minute one he would have said he lacks experience himself. He had other things which Arsenal were impressed about.“Emery has the experience, has won trophies and done it with director’s of football wherever he has been. Valencia, Sevilla and PSG as well.“I’m not sure about this thing about embodying the shadow of Arsene Wenger – that is dangerous. He is his own man. He will work within the structure, he will make the team flexible. He will sharpen everybody up and will make sure the players come out onto the pitch knowing their obligations and responsibilities.“There has been a lot of [emphasis] in training and you will see that in the way Arsenal shape up in the future.”Emery won seven trophies in his two seasons at PSG, before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel.