Man Utd and Spurs boost as Van de Beek insists Madrid deal not done and dusted

first_imgREAL MADRID have not sealed a deal to sign Donny van de Beek, the Ajax midfielder himself has confirmed.Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to be chasing the Dutchman who was strongly tipped by Spanish media to sign for Los Blancos.2 Van de Beek, 22, was reported to have agreed a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut, while van de Beek admits the Iberian climate would be nice to play in, he insists he is yet to accept any offer to leave Ajax.Speaking to magazine Helden, the 22-year-old noted: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes.”I still haven’t said ‘yes’ to anyone, it’s all open.”I know what I have here, I’m loved by Ajax and I love Ajax.”My feelings should be positive at a club, not only that they want me but also that I fit in their style of play.”Of course, I also want to know the game time they will give me.”Rumours mounted of a January exit to Madrid before van de Beek committed himself to seeing out the current season in Amsterdam.He told reporters “we’ll see what happens later” when asked about the summer with the coming transfer market shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic and a global financial crash.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossDonny van de Beek shows his keepie uppie skills in Ajax training Previously, a fee of around £47million has been talked up with United reported to have once been close to a £20m deal.Spurs also made a play for van de Beek last year, according to Dutch media, ahead of losing playmaker Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.Van de Beek, who scored against Tottenham in last season’s Champions League semi-final, has 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this campaign with Ajax leading the Eredivisie on goal difference.2last_img read more

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PPP/C to host academic conference to honour Cheddi Jagan

first_imgIn honour of the late President of Guyana, Dr Cheddi Jagan, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will be hosting several activities throughout 2018 to mark his 100th birth anniversary. Among those activities is an academic conference and special cultural events across the country.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said on Tuesday that the aim of these activities was to reflect on the life and achievements of the late President and founder of the Party. Jagdeo said the Party also hoped to spread more awareness among the youth population about Jagan.Former President,Dr Cheddi Jagan“Most people are aware that Cheddi Jagan has given a lifetime of dedication to Guyana. That he was one of the key figures against colonialism and struggle for dignity for Guyana and independence,” Jagdeo said, explaining that Jagan’s work meant a lot for Guyanese of all walks of life.According to Jagdeo, Jagan constantly created policies that whenever he held Government, it brought benefits to the people of Guyana. “We will not approach the celebration in a partisan way, because we want all Guyanese even those who don’t support or voted for the PPP/C to understand a bit more about his life and his struggles and how his ideas and policies led to a better life for all Guyanese.”It was also noted that much of the progress made in Guyana, especially under the PPP/C Administration, originated from ideas of his. From premier to chief minister and later President, Jagan is one of the noblest icons in Guyanese and Caribbean political history.Further, activities to mark Jagan’s birth anniversary will not only be limited to Region Four (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice), but would take place in all three counties. Activities are also planned for the Diaspora, while a special edition of the Thunder Newspaper will be published to mark that occasion and reflect on his achievements.In addition, there will be several sporting events. Jagdeo also made an appeal to people to use social media to explore more about Jagan. A special website will be created soon to allow Guyanese to post comments and thoughts about the late Guyanese Head of State.“We want young people to know a lot more about Cheddi Jagan. We want Guyanese to use Cheddi Jagan as their profile picture for days, months or weeks on their social media pages. It would help to draw attention…to him and hopefully it will raise curiosity about Cheddi and what he did for this country. We would be extremely grateful for that,” Jagdeo stated.Cheddi Berret Jagan was born March 22, 1918, at Plantation Port Mourant, British Guiana. He was a politician and union activist, who in 1953 became the first popularly-elected Prime Minister of British Guiana (now Guyana). He headed the country’s Government again from 1957 to 1964 and from 1992 to 1997.The son of a foreman on a sugarcane plantation, Jagan studied dentistry in the United States. When he returned to practise dentistry in British Guiana in 1943, he became active in union and political affairs, and was first elected to the British Guiana legislature in 1947.In 1950, Jagan and his America-born wife, Janet, established British Guiana’s first modern political party, the PPP, with himself as its leader. In elections held under the new British-granted Constitution of 1953, the PPP won a majority of the seats in the House of Assembly and Jagan became the country’s Prime Minister.His subsequent programme of radical socioeconomic reforms, however, along with the strikes and demonstrations encouraged by his Party, prompted the British authorities in late 1953 to dismiss him from office, suspend the new Constitution, and send in troops to prevent the consolidation of a government that they viewed as pro-communist.Before his death in 1997, Jagan wrote several books analysing Guyana’s history and contemporary economic and political problems.last_img read more

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1 dead, another missing as boat explodes off Waini Coast

first_imgThe body of one person has been recovered while another is missing and fear dead after a speedboat, carrying nearly two dozen passengers, exploded on Sunday morning off the Waini Coast.The incident occurred sometime after 07:00h about 10 miles off the Waini River mouth in Region One (Barima-Waini).Guyana Times understands that the boat was ferrying approximately 21 passengers from neighbouring Venezuela to Charity on the Essequibo Coast when the incident occurred. Both Guyanese and Venezuelans were on board the vessel at the time.Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis confirmed the tragic incident, but could not divulge further details. He told this publication on two occasions, “The ranks are still out there.”Nevertheless, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley told this newspaper that 19 persons on board the vessel have been rescued while one body was discovered. The deceased, he stated, is said to be a Venezuelan.Meanwhile, one of the survivors – an elderly Venezuelan woman— was severely burnt during the explosion and was rushed to the Mabaruma District Hospital.Up to late Sunday evening, arrangements were being made to have her medevacked to the city for further treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to reports, the two outboard engines backfired, causing a fire. This created panic among the passengers.As the flames quickly spread throughout the vessel, the passengers were forced to jump into the water. Some attempted to swim to the shore, which was in sight, while others were picked up by rescuers.The elderly woman, who is said to be in her 70s, had held onto the burning vessel as it sank; hence, she sustained first-degree burns. An investigation was immediately launched into the explosion.last_img read more

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Developer sues CRA, says agency oversteps

first_imgA North Hollywood-based developer filed suit Wednesday against the Community Redevelopment Agency, accusing it of overstepping its authority by limiting future development in the area. JSM Capital said the agency is placing more demands on developers and making it too expensive to build in the NoHo Redevelopment Project area. The CRA recently adopted what it called “development guidelines” that seek concessions from developers – even those who were receiving no public money – on everything from project size and affordable housing requirements to architectural issues, said Ben Reznick, attorney for the firm. “We just think that they are taking too much authority and that they did this without including the development community in its discussions,” Reznick said. “They also didn’t include property owners in the area.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut officials with the CRA defended the agency’s actions Wednesday. “The CRA followed all state procedures and requirements in adopting the design for development. We worked collaboratively with the Planning Department,” Executive Director Cecilia Estalano said. “We presented it to the neighborhood council on three separate occasions.” 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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England fans rave about midfielder after Belgium display

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has endured a rather inconsistent tournament in Russia, to say the least.After coming on against Colombia in the round of 16 game, he played below par but scored the winning penalty in the shootout.Similarly, in the game against Belgium, he started poorly, but had a spell in the second half where everything just seemed to click.Preferred to Jordan Henderson in the midfield pivot role, the 24-year-old started galloping forward at will – almost scoring the goal of his life! Eric Dier has turned into Luka Modric— Ben Fox (@Ben_Fox23) July 14, 2018 England secured fourth place at the World Cup after succumbing to defeat to Belgium in their third place play-off.Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard ensured it was a disappointing finish to the tournament in Russia for Gareth Southgate’s men.In a game which was meant to mean very little, apparently no-one told Eric Dier. Eric Dier playing like Pirlo 👀— Jason van-Haaren (@Jasonvh9) July 14, 2018 Eric Dier has been really good in 2nd half in an extremely lackluster England team #BELENG— danish gandhi (@andreasloftager) July 14, 2018 2 Dier was *this* close to one of the goals of the tournament Eric Dier showing how daft any claims that he’s a limited footballer are today. Showing a bit of everything. Had to be Alderweireld though. Fantastic covering.— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) July 14, 2018center_img Dier nearly scored an absolute beauty for England 2 eric dier out here pulling strings like prime cesc fabregas.— Kolade (@officialkolade) July 14, 2018 Eric Dier is a man on a mission today.— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) July 14, 2018 After playing a neat one-two with Marcus Rashford, he chipped the ball over the onrushing Thibaut Courtois before watching in agony as teammate Toby Alderweireld cleared off the line.It seemed to spark the versatile Spurs man into life, as he adopted the creative responsibilities for the Three Lions in the middle of the park and began to dictate play.Fans were quick to notice his vast improvement, and took to Twitter to celebrate him. Check out the best reaction below! #BELENG Eric Dier was excellent!— henrynyash (@henrynyash) July 14, 2018last_img read more

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How Maxx Crosby went from one college offer to Raiders wild card

first_imgThe first time Maxx Crosby met with his coaches at Eastern Michigan, he stunned them.Not with his quick twitch off the line. Not with his knack for leaving quarterbacks on the ground. Not with a ferocity that earned him the nickname “Mad Maxx.”Chris Creighton was stunned because it was June, and just five months prior the EMU head coach had watched Crosby play high school basketball weighing around 250 pounds. Now Crosby sat in front of Creighton on Eastern Michigan’s campus, 40 pounds …last_img

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MTN-Qhubeka becomes first African team to compete in le Tour

first_imgSome of the riders on team MTN-Qhubeka. (Image: MTN-Qhubeka)The MTN-Qhubeka cycling team has made history by becoming the first African team to be invited to race in prestigious Tour de France in July. The announcement by the race organizers Amaury Sports Organisation was a dream come true for members of the African team.Five of the twenty teams that take part in the toughest road cycle race are by invitation. Other teams invited are: the German squad Bora-Argon 18, who raced in 2014 under the Netapp-Endura banner, and the French teams Cofidis, Europcar and Bretagne-Séché Environnement.MTN-Qhubeka principal, Doug Ryder, admits that he almost fainted when he received the invitation. “When I received a text message from Christian Prudhomme saying welcome to the Tour de France asking me to call him back, I simply could not contain myself, I shouted to my wife and then things started going crazy. I have been waiting my whole life for this news. The pressure over the years of getting partners and riders to believe in this dream is finally a reality.“We have so many people to thank that have been a part of this journey and I know our riders and staff will be the most motivated team in the world right now ahead of our 2nd training camp starting this weekend. We will not only ride in the Tour, we will compete and we will have the support of the whole continent behind us.”MTN-Qhubeka is supported by MTN, the telecoms company, Samsung and Qhubeka, a volunteer organisation. Qhubeka means progress and aims to help rural communities by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve the environment or community.A DREAM COMES TRUEAfter a seven year wait, the MTN-Qhubeka team is eyeing stage wins and a jersey at the race. Ryder said: “It’s been years of hard work and getting people to believe in this project and to believe in the potential of African cycling.“African sport has always been good, especially endurance running, and our theory was always if we can get more kids on bicycles in Africa, can you imagine how we can transform cycling because of the endurance running talent that has just been so successful over the last 30 years. For us to go to the Tour de France as the first African-registered team, that door will literally never close now.”While it is a historic moment for World and African cycling, for the MTN-Qhubeka team receiving a wild card invitation to le Tour is a dream come true for the entire MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team,“This will be the first time an African registered team will take part in this, the biggest cycling race in the world. We are extremely proud to be able to represent South Africa and Africa on one of the biggest stages in world sport,” it said in a statement on their website.The riders will tackle 21 stages, covering 3 344km in total before the 2015 Le Tour finishes on the famous Champs Elysees on 26 July. The ASO also announced the 20 teams that will take part in the Critérium du Dauphiné and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are delighted to have been included in this event as well. The Critérium du Dauphiné is a World Tour event starting on the 7th of June which will be vital in their Tour de France preparation.Brian Smith, general Manager of MTN-Qhubeka, revealed to the BBC that the Nelson Mandela Foundation was keen for the team to mark Mandela Day. “They have made it clear they would like to see an African team in the Tour de France, and maybe wearing a special jersey of 67 for Mandela Day.“I feel extremely proud to be part of a bit of African cycling history. It’s been a lot of hard work from many people and today has been very emotional. This is a new chapter for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and we hope there will be many more chapters to come. This team is about making a difference and we are looking forward going to the Tour and making sure we make all our partners and supporters happy.”The teams riders include: Natnael Berhane, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Theo Bos, Gerald Ciolek, Steve Cummings, Nicolas Dougall, Tyler Farrar, Matthew Goss, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, and, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg to name a few.last_img read more

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Stink bug damage in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants, Inc.Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 20 years.First discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing.This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt. For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug check out these Ohio State resources.last_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan labels KKR supporters as best in the world

first_imgClose to one lakh people turned up to watch the felicitation of the newly crowned IPL championsOverwhelmed by the support his team received from the fans, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan today said he has never seen such enormous backing for a team.Close to one lakh people turned up to watch the felicitation of the newly crowned IPL champions by the state government.”I don’t think any other state or country in the world has this kind of support for their sporting heroes. Many, many thanks to all of you.Thank you Kolkata for supporting us for our second win,” he said at the team’s felicitation at the Eden Gardens, organised by the state government and CAB.”Our success for KKR which is run by Venky Mysore and captained by Gautam Gambhir is just because of you. I thank all of you bowing my head on behalf of my team,” he said.”Humko aapki taaliyan bhi Pasand hai aur gaaliyan bhi (we appreciate both your love and flaks)… We will keep working hard and keep entertaining you.” KKR supporters are spread everywhere not just in Kolkata, he said and quoted a popular dialogue from his movie ‘Don’: “Don ko agar koi pakad sakta hai woh KKR ke supporters hain….”last_img read more

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UK terror threat level reduced to severe; 11 in custody

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, May 27 (PTI) Britains terror threat level was today reduced to “severe” from “critical” after a “significant amount of police activity” led to the arrest of 11 suspects linked to the suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.The terror threat level now indicates that an attack remains highly likely rather than imminent. The Army troops deployed as a result of Operation Temperer will be reduced from Monday night.Prime Minister Theresa May made this announcement after leading a meeting of the governments emergency committee Cobra this morning.She said “significant activity” by the police during the last 24 hours led to the threat being reduced.She said: “The public should be clear about what this means – a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely. The country should remain vigilant.”It had been set at “critical” in the aftermath of the bombing in Manchester.Earlier, a new arrest this morning has taken the total number of men being held in custody over the suicide bombing in Manchester to 11.Greater Manchester Police had arrested another man overnight on suspicion of terrorism offences as part of its ongoing investigation into the attack on Manchester Arena on Monday that claimed 22 lives.”As part of the ongoing investigation into the attack on Manchester Arena, two men aged 22 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act,” a Greater Manchester Police statement said.”As it stands, 13 people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which two people have since been released without charge. A total of 11 men remain in custody for questioning,” the statement said.advertisementThe arrests were made after searches in Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, where a controlled explosion was used to gain entry into an address.Greater Manchester Police had arrested another man overnight on suspicion of terrorism offences as part of its ongoing investigation into the attack.The cousins of the bomber are believed to be among those arrested. A 34-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy who were also arrested have been released without charge.Investigators believe 22-year-old Manchester-born suicide bomber Salman Abedi, from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a terrorist network and their focus had been on intercepting his wider network.Abedi was known to UK security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review”, according to reports.In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedis younger brother 20-year-old Hashem and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the countrys interior ministry.Meanwhile, heavy armed presence is being rolled out for what is termed as a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK – an annual holiday on Monday making it a weekend packed with lots of public events.Security is being increased at football cup finals at Wembley Stadium in London and the Great Manchester Run.Britains senior-most counter-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, had said that Scotland Yard had reviewed security at more than 1,300 events across the country and people could be “100 per cent confident” they were doing everything possible to protect them.”Whatever events you are going to – whether you are going shopping or to sporting events or music events, Id encourage the public to carry on. What they will see is many more police officers – some armed, some unarmed – out there to protect the public,” he said.About 1,000 armed police officers have been freed by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament under Operation Temperer, triggered as a result of Britains terror threat level being raised to “critical” – which has since been lowered. PTI AK NSA PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

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