Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Land protectors fought pitched battles with Local, and State police, elements of private security firms and the National Guard to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipline. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNThe Canadian PressU.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in a 91-page decision that the Corps failed to take into account how a spill might affect “fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”The judge said the Army must redo its environmental analysis in certain sections and he’ll consider later whether the pipeline must halt operations in the meantime. A status conference is scheduled for next week.Dave Archamabault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has led opposition to the pipeline, called it “a significant victory.”Developer Energy Transfer Partners announced earlier this month that it started shipping oil to customers. ETP maintains that the 1,200-mile pipeline is safe, but the Standing Rock Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes in the Dakotas fear environmental harm.ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado did not immediately return email and phone messages seeking comment on Boasberg’s ruling. U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman said the department is reviewing the ruling.The decision marks “an important turning point,” said Jan Hasselman, attorney for the non-profit Earthjustice, which is representing the tribes in the lawsuit.“Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by builders of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Trump Administration … prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” Hasselman said.The project led to months of demonstrations near the Standing Rock Reservation and hundreds of protesters were arrested. The protests died off with the clearing of the main encampment in February and the completion of the pipeline.Boasberg rejected two earlier complaints by the tribes. One was that the construction threatened sites of cultural and historical significance and the other was that the presence of oil in the pipeline under Lake Oahe would desecrate sacred waters and make it impossible for the tribes to freely exercise their religious beliefs.“Now that the court has rejected these two lines of attack, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River here take their third shot, this time zeroing in DAPL’s environmental impact,” Boasberg wrote. He added later, “This volley meets with some degree of success.”The corps originally declined to issue an easement for drilling and earlier this year launched a full environmental study of the Lake Oahe crossing, which it said would take up to two years to complete. Boasberg, the federal judge, had rejected an ETP request to stop the study.“As we all know, elections have consequences, and the government’s position on the easement shifted significantly once President Trump assumed office on January 20, 2017,” Boasberg wrote in Wednesday’s firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian PressThe organization that delivers health programs for the Alberta government has fired two employees over a racial slur made against an Indigenous educator.Last week Alberta Health Services apologized for a text message that was sent between two workers that referred to a member of the Kainai Board of Education as a “rabid squaw.”Dr. Verna Yiu, CEO of AHS, said Monday that two employees have been terminated effective immediately.“This incident is not representative of who AHS is or what AHS stands for,” Yiu said in a release.“All AHS employees are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct, which includes treating all people with dignity and fairness.”The slur was accidentally sent to an employee of the Kainai Board of Education, which provides services for the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta.Last Friday Annette Bruisedhead, deputy superintendent of the board, said the AHS employee later apologized.Bruisedhead called the comment a severe act of discrimination and racism that would not be tolerated.At the time Ramona Big Head, the principal of the middle school on the reserve, said she was the employee being referred to in the text.She said the AHS official and many others “share the same dark, racist thoughts.”A spokeswoman for the chief and council said the incident has hurt many people.Yiu said no further information about the terminations or the fired employees would be released.“AHS is committed to advancing the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities, and we will move forward from this incident together with our Indigenous communities and all Albertans.”email@example.com
NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 10.360 Finance – Shanghai, China, 3.1 million shares, priced $16.50-$18.50, managed by Citi/Haitong. Proposed NYSE symbol: QFIN. Business: Chinese online consumer lending platform partnered with 360 Group (Qihoo).CF Finance Acquisition – New York, 25 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CFFAU. Business: Blank check company formed by the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald.CURE Pharmaceutical Holding – Oxnard, Calif., 2 million shares, priced $5-$7, managed by Network 1 Financial Securities. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CURR. Business: Developing oral dissolving film formulations of existing drugs.Chardan Healthcare Acquisition – New York, 7 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Chardan Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol: CHACU. Business: Blank check company formed by Chardan to acquire a healthcare business.Cornerstone Management – Guangzhou, China, 5 million shares priced at $4, managed by ViewTrade. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CSCA. Business: China-based private equity fund manager.Legacy Housing – Bedford, Texas, 3.5 million shares, priced $10.75-12.75, managed by B. Riley FBR/Oak Ridge Financial. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: LEGH. Business: Builds, sells and finances manufactured homes.Moderna – Cambridge, Mass., 26.3 million shares, priced $22-$24, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MRNA. Business: Early-stage biotech developing therapies based on its modified mRNA platform.Schultze Acquisition – Rye Brook, N.Y., 15 million shares, priced at $10, managed by EarlyBirdCapital/BTIG. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: SAMAU. Business: Blank check company formed by distressed debt investor George Schultze.Synthorx – La Jolla, Calif., 11.9 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by Jefferies/Leerink Partners. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: THOR. Business: Principal biotech developing immunotherapies for solid tumors.Tencent Music Entertainment – Shenzhen, China, 82 million shares, priced $13-$15, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs (Asia). Proposed NYSE symbol: TME. Business: China’s largest online music-streaming service.Uranium Trading – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced at $10, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE symbol: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Press
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police along with 4kg ganja on Wednesday night from the Anandapur area. Sleuths came to know that the ganja was intended for selling to students of various schools and colleges across the city.Police recently got tipped off about a racket being operated by some people who were supplying ganja to school students in and around the Taltala area. Based on the information, one Munni Das was arrested on March 4 opposite a school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSleuths came to know that apart from schools in the Taltala area, the racket used to target several other renowned schools across the city as well. On March 4, police had come to know from sources that someone would be going to a school located on AJC Bose Road to sell ganja. Based on the information, police reached the spot in plain clothes and kept a strong vigil in and around the school. In the afternoon, police officers noticed Das with a handheld shopping bag. After a while, sleuths noticed that Das was trying to approach some school students and was immediately detained. During preliminary search, ganja was found inside her shopping bag. Without wasting any time, police took her to the Narcotics Cell facility and started interrogating her. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, Das revealed the names of the duo arrested from Anandapur, identified as Dudh Kumar Halder and Parvina Bibi. Later, sleuths came to know that several students of renowned colleges and schools were their customers. Sleuths are now mulling about contacting the authorities of the schools and colleges whose names have cropped up in the case. Halder is a resident of Rajdanga, while Bibi resides on a footpath near 4 number gate of New Market.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 26, 2016), we talk to The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay about the Tour de France and Team Sky, which has won four of the past five Tours — perhaps because of an emphasis on analytics. (That it has a lot of money also helps.) Then, Neil Paine explains why MLB teams should always at least look to buy or sell at the trade deadline, rather than hold. Finally, we talk about Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s extraordinary year for the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks and whether she’s having the best statistical season of all time. Plus, a significant digit on Roger Federer’s announcement that he will miss the rest of the tennis season because of a knee injury.Links to what we discuss are here:Jason Gay in The Wall Street Journal asks if the Tour de France needs a financial fix to help balance competition among teams.Gay describes how the eventual Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, ran up a mountain in his cleats after crashing his bike during this year’s race.On Deadspin, Patrick Redford explains how Froome dominated this year’s Tour.And William Fotheringham in the Guardian breaks down how Team Sky’s analytics and tactics helped it to victory.Last year, Neil Paine and Nate Silver came up with the “Doyle Number.” It tells us when an MLB team should be willing to trade future talent at the trade deadline in order to try to win in the current season.Neil calculated the Doyle Numbers for this year’s teams, and the Chicago Cubs came out on top, meaning the team should try to win this season rather than hoard prospects.Jim Bowden at ESPN breaks down the trade deadline objectives for all 30 MLB teams.Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s Basketball-Reference.com page. Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight for an article about her rise.Carl Bialik writes about Roger Federer’s injury and what it means for his shot at another major title.Significant Digit: 3. That’s the number of major tennis titles won by men older than 35. All those titles were won by Ken Rosewall, an Australian whose career spanned three decades. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court. Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va.
The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics.
Javi Gracia is certain that Abdoulaye Doucoure shouldn’t rush on his move from the club because he can fulfil his European dream even with the Hornets if he will, in the end, decide to stay here.The new Watford coach knows that there are a couple of clubs interested in Doucoure and he would be keen on a potential transfer as well – but he believes that it wouldn’t be the right choice.The Spaniard spoke about his side’s talented player as he said, according to Sky Sports:Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“Doucoure is playing for a very big team, playing in the Premier League and in the future I would like him to play with Watford in Europe.”“Maybe in the future, he can play with other big clubs who play in the Champions League.”“But what I feel at this moment is that all of our players are proud to belong at this club. They are concentrated on the next match and trying to put the team as high in the table as possible.”
The UK is set to head to the polls on 23 June as an Remain/Leave referendum is held on Britains continued membership of the European Union, with a number of businesses already declaring their views on why they think the British people should or shouldnt vote for a Brexit.In the build-up to polling day, IBTimes went behind the scenes of one of Britains most iconic companies, folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle, to see what the company thought about Britains membership of the EU and what affect a Brexit would have on the company.Recent polls suggest the EU referendum is on a knife-edge, with the latest telephone opinion poll from Survation, of more than 1,000 people on 20 June, putting Remain on 45% (=) and Leave on 44% (+2), with 11% of respondents undecided.
Barbara Barca, right, a survivor of the stampede at a crowded nightclub, cries as she leaves police headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on 16 June. Photo: APSeventeen people were killed at a crowded nightclub in Venezuela’s capital Saturday after a tear gas device exploded during a brawl and triggered a desperate stampede among hundreds gathered for a graduation celebration, government officials said.Interior minister Nestor Reverol said the incident at the “Los Cotorros” club in the middle-class neighbourhood of El Paraiso left eight minors dead and five injured. Eight people were detained, including two teens believed responsible for setting off the tear gas canister.Family members wept and embraced one another after identifying the remains of their loved ones at a nearby hospital. Outside the club, several mismatched shoes, including a sandal with a puckered red lip decoration, lay on the sidewalk.“All I know is my son is dead,” Nilson Guerra, 43, told local journalists.More than 500 people were believed to be inside the club when the fight broke out. Julio Cesar Perdomo said his injured son told him the tear gas was launched from inside a bathroom and that partygoers tried to flee but found the club’s door closed. Pictures posted by Reverol on Twitter show a narrow staircase leading to a metal door.“The kids couldn’t leave,” Perdomo said.Officials did not provide any information to confirm or deny Perdomo’s account.The club is officially called “El Paraiso” but is more widely known as “Los Cotorros” or “The Chatterboxes.” Photos shared online from previous celebrations at the club show a dark interior with wooden tables and a stage upfront where DJs shuffled songs. Green painted metal bars and gates covered the doors and windows.Outside, a faded sign on the red brick building read “We’ve opened!”Jesus Armas, an opposition councilman who lives in the neighbourhood, said the Interior Ministry should explain how a civilian was able to obtain tear gas canisters that should only be utilized by state security forces. He also urged authorities to investigate whether the club had permission to hold several hundred people inside.“That’s not a big space and that should not be authorized,” he said.He added that other violent incidents had taken place inside the club, which is frequently used by the Ecuadorean immigrant community for parties and political events. Several campaign signs for Ecuadorean politicians were hung outside the building.Police have detained the owner of the club for “not guaranteeing adequate supervision and preventing the entry of any type of weapon.” No information on the owner’s name, exact charges or current whereabouts was immediately provided.“The establishment has been ordered closed, and we are investigating in coordination with the public ministry, which is directing the criminal investigation,” Reverol said.Caracas is one of the most violent capitals in the world and the country is engulfed in a deepening economic crisis that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee. The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence estimates about 26,600 people were killed in 2017.The crime wave, coupled with a clattering economy, has extinguished much of Venezuela’s once vibrant nightlife and left many families hesitant to let their teenage children out after dark. Relatives of those inside the club said the party was a celebration for the graduating class of several different high schools. Some parents had been hesitant to let their children attend.Haide Berrio, the aunt of a 17-year-old boy killed in the melee, told local media she went running out to find her nephew in the middle of the night after hearing about the commotion at the club and knowing that he was attending the party.Relatives of the boy found him among the dead and said he was killed by asphyxia.Her eyes sunken in grief, she said all the family wants now is for the club to be permanently closed and the owner held responsible.“I am asking for justice,” she said.Many victim relatives echoed her call for accountability.Yoanna Aponte said her 16-year-old cousin died after suffering cranial trauma when she tried to escape and was crushed by the stampede.“She fell to the ground,” she said between wails, “and all the kids stumbled over her.”
The State Senate seat in Baltimore’s 41st legislative district of Baltimore City left vacant by Nathaniel Oaks resignation last month won’t be filled before the current session of the Maryland General Assembly ends April 9. Instead, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee will organize an interview process for residents interested in finishing Oak’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 2018.Veteran legislator Nathaniel Oaks resigned his Maryland State Senate seat after accepting a federal plea deal. (Courtesy photo)The Central Committee is accepting resumes from interested persons now through April 13, according to Del. Angela Gibson, 41st District chair for Baltimore City Democrats. Eligible candidates must have lived in the 41st district for at least six months, be at least 25 and a Democrat.“I’ve had phone calls and been in a lot of discussions about it (the process to fill Oak’s seat) but those who are really interested and serious will submit their resumes to the post office box. There are no walk-ons, no other way to get involved in the process,” Gibson told the AFRO.Interviews with all candidates who submit materials to the Central Committee will then participate in a public hearing on April 17, where each applicant will discuss their qualifications and interest in finishing Oaks’ Senate term. The interview will be conducted with a committee composed of State Central Committee members from the 41st. The committee will then select a candidate to recommend to Gov. Larry Hogan.“The process is transparent and all open to the public,” said Gibson. Joining Gibson in selecting Oaks’ replacement are 41st District Del. Bilal Ali, former Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, Wanda Wallace, George Smith and Chezia Cager. Oaks is also a voting member of the committee.Oaks unexpectedly resigned March 28 and on March 29 he pleaded guilty to two federal corruption charges. As part of a plea agreement, eight other charges were dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17.“The person who is recommended on April 17 will fill the remaining current term of Sen. Oaks, ending December 31 of 2018,” Gibson said, distinguishing the Central Committee’s process from the upcoming Democratic primary for the 41st district senate seat. Jill P. Carter and J.D. Merrill, the two candidates for that seat are already in heated debate. Carter, a former Delegate representing the 41st, is director of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights. Merrill, son in law of former Gov. Martin O’ Malley, has denied interest in the special election to fill Oaks’ remaining term and challenges Carter to steer clear of seeking the short-term appointment as well.“I hope Jill Carter joins me in declining to apply as well. The Central Committee should nominate a qualified neutral candidate to complete the remainder of the term,” Merrill said via his Twitter account. The Democratic Primary is scheduled for June 26 with early voting starting June 14. Carter, for her part, has expressed interest in filling the position.“The Governor must act within 15 days on our recommendation to him,” Gibson said, describing Hogan’s responsibility in what some have disparaged a politically charged process.“Our job is to represent the interests of the 41st District and secure the best process and representation possible.”