RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Former Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has found a new club.The ex-City and Barca man has signed for Real Betis. The La Liga outfit will welcome the 37-year-old on a single year contract.It includes the option for another year as well.Bravo will reunite with former City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who has been with the Spanish team since the start of August.Betis shipped 60 goals last season, and Bravo will be expected to usher in an era of improved defensive output from the team.They have also signed Martin Montoya from Brighton to play right-back. Tags: Claudio BravoManchester CityReal BetisSpain
Chennai: Out-of-favour India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday said that Virat Kohli-led team would dominate the ongoing World Cup like Australia did in 2003 and 2007.India have posted impressive wins in both their World Cup matches so far, against South Africa and Australia.“…India will go on to dominate this World Cup like Australia did in 2003 and 2007,” the bowler said after launching the ‘Ashwin Foundation’, which aims to help young cricketers at his Gen-Next Cricket Institute.The lanky Tamil Nadu cricketer said India’s spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been doing well for a while now.“Chahal and Kuldeep have been doing well for a while now. Chahal has performed well in the World Cup also,” he added.On off-spinners not being preferred in the playing XI these days, Ashwin said that things would soon change.“I think off spin is not very much (seen these days). The commodity in the game has changed. A lot of cricketers are right handers and requirement of left-arm spinners are lot more. But I think what goes comes around.“Requirement of off-spinner in shortest format has become lesser but if you look at the IPL this year it was Harbhajan Singh and myself…I did not necessarily bowl offspin, it is perception and it will change, if you give can yourself a chance,” he said.The 32-year-old informed that he would be leaving for England on June 23 to play for county side Nottinghamshire in the second half of the season. He had turned out for Worcestershire last time.“I will be leaving for England on June 23 to play for English county team Nottinghamshire. Let us see how it goes.” Meanwhile, Ashwin has handpicked eight youngsters who would be provided scholarship and kits on behalf of the foundation run by him and his wife Prithi.“As a young cricketer I always felt infrastructure and coaching standards could be better and now I’m in a position to help impart state of the art coaching methodologies to kids who have the required skill sets but don’t have the financial aid to continue their dream of playing cricket,” he said.The foundation would also aim to create awareness among trainees of Gen-Next Institute about the importance of eye donation and right to vote and safe driving. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 30 (PTI) A bustling metropolis and a conservative capital of South Sumatra province, the co-hosts of the ongoing Asian Games — Jakarta and Palembang are like chalk and cheese. The two cities paint a contrasting picture even though Indonesia as a whole deals with rising Islamic influence in its sociopolitical landscape. Jakarta seems like any other modern city, welcoming you with a sea of skyscrapers which are tall enough to hide the poor pockets of the Indonesian capital. The hijabs that are a must for the women in Palembang, make way for the flowing locks in Jakarta. There is only one thing that unites them: their endless love for Bollywood and its famous son — Shahrukh Khan. Expectedly, due concerns were raised when it was decided that Palembang will be partially hosting the Asian Games alongside Jakarta. “Yes, there were concerns. We were not sure if there were enough hotels in Palembang to meet the huge demand during the Games. The city is also traditional, a bit on the conservative side,” Muhammad Buldansyah, media head of Games organising committee, INASGOC, told PTI. “But then we had the infrastructure in place and little time. In addition to that, South Sumatra governor was more than supportive.” Palembang is not an international city, certainly not the best advert of Indonesia, but the fact that it had a sporting history, having hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2011, proved to be the clincher. Jakarta, being the capital and host of 1962 Asiad, was a natural choice.advertisement Originally, Surabaya, country’s second largest city, was picked to host the Asian Games but in the host city race, it lost to Hanoi in 2012. As things would pan out two years later, Indonesia was chosen as the host country by Olympic Council of Asia following Vietnam’s pull-out owing to financial constraints. It left Indonesia with four years to prepare with business tycoon Erick Thohir at the helm of affairs. Most of the infrastructure was in place, a full-fledged sport city in Palembang and a state of the art sports complex in the heart of Jakarta, but multiple cities hosting the world’s second biggest multi sporting event for the first time posed a stiff challenge. “It was a huge challenge but it was important for the economy of both the cites. This (two cities hosting) could actually be the way forward for the Asian Games,” Thohir had said in the lead-up to the event. Buldansyah, on his part added: “There were challenges, especially in Palembang, but the OCA was satisfied with the facilities. It gave its go ahead and we tried our best.” Traffic, terrorism and crime were also a major concern. But Indonesia put out all the stops to ensure a fairly smooth conduct of the Games. With three days to go for the closing ceremony, it won’t be pre-mature to say ‘a job well done’. PTI BS SSCSSC
Friday will be a massive day of Touch Football at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, with day three of the 2014 National Youth Championships and day one of the 2014 State of Origin Series, and you can watch plenty of it live!Please find below the links for the live stream games on the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel for Friday. Please note, the link for the Open’s games by production company, Power Productions is below as well, starting from 4.00pm on Friday. NYC8.50am – QSST v NSWCCC (18G)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwAqImfhNv0 10.30am – Brisbane City Cobras v BMTA Mustangs (18G)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_rIzjiiVMI 11.20am – NSWCIS v BMTA Mustangs (18B)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_D2M94164Q State of Origin1.00pm – Women’s 30’s game onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q9XyAEPyW0 1.50pm – Men’s 30’s game onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTTGJvAFins 2.40pm – Women’s 20’s game onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjfJ62mR8Ik 3.30pm – Men’s 20’s game onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUqTz0NiW0s Open’s Origin gamesPlease click on the link to be taken to the broadcast over the two days:https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries Stay tuned to the website for the links for Saturday’s live stream schedule. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC).The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below:www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auAll of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC and SOO events, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below.Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtags #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014)Related LinksLive Streaming
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho lauds relentless Man City teammate Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernandinho has lauded Bernardo Silva following his performance in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.Silva ran 13.7 kilometres, the most of any player in the league this season, to help reigning champions City reduce their gap to the league leaders by four points.The Brazilian said: “I think he showed his class.”He has showed his technique so many times, but today [Thursday] he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team. He is so important for us.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev reveals open ended Chelsea offerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev has recalled the open ended offer he had from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.The CSKA Moscow legend, 29, played in a trial game at the Blues early in his career, with former manager Avram Grant rejecting the chance to sign him.But club owner Abramovich told the Russian midfielder he would bring him to the club if he just said the word.Dzagoev recalled: “It’s true that Abramovich told us if we want to go to England, we just need to tell him.”But at the time, the situation was a very confusing one for me. So, I decided to stay with the club.”Dzagoev stayed in Moscow and has gone on to play over 300 times for CSKA – while adding 59 caps for Russia.The midfielder also revealed he was never approached by Arsenal or Tottenham, despite being linked with the two Premier League sides down the years.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite Trump’s promises as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.A week after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they worked on for private clients within two years of going to work for the government.But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump’s top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 37 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.Though the waivers were typically issued months ago, the Office of Government Ethics disclosed several more on Wednesday. The White House had previously released more than a dozen waivers granted to its staff.One allows FBI Director Chris Wray “to participate in matters involving a confidential former client.” The three-sentence waiver gives no indication about what Wray’s conflict of interest might be. The FBI declined to comment Thursday.Before returning to the Justice Department last year, Wray represented clients that included big banks and other corporations as a partner at a law firm that paid him $9.2 million a year, according to his financial disclosure statement.Trump’s executive order on ethics supplanted a more stringent set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2009 to avoid conflicts of interests. Nearly 70 waivers were issued to executive branch officials during Obama’s eight years, though those were generally more narrowly focused and offered a fuller legal explanation for why the waiver was granted.Craig Holman, who lobbies in Washington for stricter government ethics and lobbying rules on behalf of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said just five of the waivers under Obama went to former lobbyists, most of whom had worked for non-profit groups.Although he was initially optimistic when Trump issued his executive order, Holman said Wednesday, “It is now quite evident that the pledge was little more than campaign rhetoric. Not only are key provisions simply ignored and not enforced, when in cases where obvious conflicts of interest are brought into the limelight, the administration readily issues waivers from the ethics rules.”Asked about the waivers, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said, “In the interests of full transparency and good governance, the posted waivers set forth the policy reasons for granting an exception to the pledge.”An analysis by the AP shows that nearly half of the political appointees hired at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump have strong industry ties. Of 59 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about a third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers or other corporate clients. This is the very type of revolving-door conflicts of interests that Trump promised voters he would eliminate.Most of those officials have signed ethics agreements saying they would not participate in actions involving their former clients while working at the EPA. At least three have gotten waivers allowing them to do just that.Erik Baptist, a top EPA lawyer, worked until 2016 as senior lawyer and registered federal lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade group for the oil and gas industry. According to disclosure reports, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that sets minimum production quotas for biofuels to be blended into gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.Baptist signed an ethics agreement pledging to recuse himself from any issues involving his former employer. But in August, McGahn granted him approval to advise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on issues surrounding the renewable fuel law.McGahn wrote that he was exempting Baptist from the ethics pledge because “his deep understanding of the RFS program and the regulated industry, make him the ideal person to assist the administrator and his senior leadership team to make EPA and its renewable fuel programs more efficient and effective.”Pruitt, a Republican who was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as an elected official in his home state of Oklahoma, proposed modest cuts last summer to production quotas for ethanol and other biofuels, despite promises from Trump to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone.“Scott Pruitt has called on yet another fossil-fuel industry lobbyist … to help him tear down important protections for the American people,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “And the White House plays along, granting the lobbyist an ethics waiver.”Jeffrey M. Sands previously worked as a top lobbyist for Syngenta, a major pesticide manufacturer. Following a request from the EPA, McGahn determined it was “in the public interest” to allow Sands to work as Pruitt’s senior adviser for agriculture.Dennis “Lee” Forsgren, the deputy assistant administrator helping oversee the EPA’s enforcement of clean water regulations, was allowed to work on the EPA’s hurricane response efforts involving the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe in Florida for whom he was a registered lobbyist up until 2016.“All EPA employees get ethics briefings when they start and continually work with our ethics office regarding any potential conflicts they may encounter while employed here,” EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said when asked whether the ethics waivers violate the spirt of Trump’s executive order.At the White House, another former lobbyist with ties to the oil and gas industry is advising Trump.Michael Catanzaro, special assistant to the president, was given a waiver to participate in policy matters relating to methane regulations and environmental programs including the Clean Power Plan, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the National Air Quality Standard.The Treasury Department asked McGahn for three waivers. Anthony Sayegh, appointed as the assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a Fox News contributor. His waiver allows him to “participate in matters involving his former client.”Brian Callahan, the top lawyer at Treasury, was granted a waiver concerning issues involving his former position as general counsel at Cooper and Kirk PLLC. The law firm represents Fairholme Funds, which recently filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency.McGahn’s waiver allows Callahan to participate in discussions about policy decisions pertaining to housing finance reform, even though “some of these discussions could at some point touch upon issues that might impact the litigation.”The State Department got five waivers. The former law firm of Edward T. McMullen, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, represented Boeing. The Swiss government recently announced its intent to purchase military equipment and accept bids from American companies.Another waiver allows communications director Heather Nauert to work with employees of Fox News even though she used to work as a broadcast journalist for the network. Nauert is identified in the waiver, which was heavily redacted before release, by her legal name, Heather Norby.At the Pentagon, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver got a waiver allowing him to “participate in any particular matter involving specific parties,” including his former client: the Japanese government.Health and Human Services asked for waivers for senior counsellor to the secretary Keagan Lenihan, a registered lobbyist who recently worked for a pharmaceutical and health services company, and for HHS chief of staff Lance Leggitt, who recently lobbied on behalf of his law firm’s health law practice group.Agriculture Department policy adviser Kailee Tzacz is allowed to “participate personally and substantially in matters regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” a guide that offers nutritional information and recommendations.McGahn’s waiver didn’t offer much detail into the potential conflict Tzacz’s appointment would pose. But other records show she most recently served as food policy director for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade organization representing producers of corn starch, corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.Before that, she lobbied on behalf of SNAC International, a trade association for snack food manufacturers.___Follow Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck , Linderman at http://twitter.com/JulietLinderman , and Lardner at http://twitter.com/rplardner
Casablanca- The national economy is expected to grow by 2.4 pc in 2014, against 4.4 pc in 2013, said, Wednesday in Casablanca, High Commissioner for Planning, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami.This growth will help create 60,000 jobs, he said at the presentation of the “2014 Forecast Budget”, adding that the unemployment rate is expected to reach 9.8 pc at the national level in 2014 , against 9.1 pc a year earlier. “This year will be marked by an increase in global demand for Morocco by 4.7 pc up from 1.6 pc in 2013, and a downward trend in commodity prices on international markets,”Lahlimi stated, noting that the average price of oil increased from 104.1 dollars per barrel in 2013 to 103.8 in 2014. He said the price index for non-energy commodities would be marked by a further decline of about 4.2 pc, compared to the 1.5 pc in 2013.In terms of sectoral developments, the High Commissioner for Planning stated that the growth of non-agricultural activities is expected to be 3.6 pc, instead of 2 pc in 2013.In terms of domestic demand, Lahlimi said it will continue to be the driving force of national economic growth, contributing 2.6 points against 2.8 points in 2013.The contribution of external demand to growth in gross domestic product (GDP) would remain negative (around 0.1 percentage points in 2014), down from 1.6 points in 2013, he said.The forecasts for 2014 are established on the basis of an average scenario for agricultural production during the 2013-2014 crop year, and the new fiscal and budgetary measures announced in the 2014 finance bill, including expenditures, and subsidies.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Ohio State has a hard time losing when center Jantel Lavender records a double-double. Lavender’s 22-point, 22-rebound game against Indiana on Wednesday was her eighth of the season and 65th of her career — good for more than any other active Big Ten player. The Buckeyes are 8-0 this season and 54-11 over her four-year tenure when she registers double-digit points and rebounds in a game. The 22 rebounds were a career-high for the 6-foot-4 center. “I take a lot of pride in (rebounding). I know that when we rebound, when we get fast breaks and we can push the ball because I throw good outlet passes and (point guard) Sammy (Prahalis) is a great outlet player,” Lavender said. “I know if I get her the ball, we can get fast break layups and we like to play fast. It’s fun.” Lavender was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and came into Wednesday night second in the country in scoring at a clip of 24.7 points per game. Her 11.3 rebounds per game lead the Big Ten. The Cleveland native has scored double-digit points in every game she has played going back to middle school. Lavender’s current collegiate streak of 116 games of scoring in double-figures is only nine games shy of Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas’ NCAA record of 125 consecutive games. “I just know that my teammates need me to rebound. I know that if I’m rebounding well then we’re flowing a little bit better,” Lavender said. “I know if I can get those offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds we can run into our offense a lot quicker.” Suffocating defense Only once has coach Jim Foster’s man-to-man defense allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field this season. It was against Geno Auriemma’s UConn Huskies, who tied the NCAA record for most consecutive wins Dec. 19. “Our energy on defense is terrific and it’s a good thing for us. It just gives us different looks that we can throw at another team’s point guard,” Foster said. “We can throw five or six different people of various lengths and quickness” at them. Indiana shot 36.5 percent on field goals Wednesday, largely because of Foster’s pressure scheme that focused on switches and close-outs on shooters. Lavender’s length on the interior prevented the Hoosiers from getting many good looks in the lane. Sophomore guard Amber Stokes provided 15 valuable minutes off the bench, scoring a career-high 10 points and providing the Buckeyes with energy with her on-ball defending on the perimeter. “I love playing defense,” Stokes said. “When coach puts me in the game, I’m going to pressure the ball.”
Under the terms of the agreement signed on March 8, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to construct the project. FERC extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project by four months. The agency cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has announced that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. Dubler: “BP and ExxonMobil possess world-class LNG expertise which may help AGDC responsibly advance this project with maximum efficiency for the benefit of Alaskans, and I welcome their collaboration.” AGDC Interim President Joe Dubler said in a statement late Friday: “Our respective organizations share an interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska’s stranded North Slope natural gas.”