Maradona: Messi needs a break

first_imgLionel Messi needs “room to breathe, a break”, says Diego Maradona, with the Barcelona star urged “not to travel anymore” with Argentina.On the back of a disappointing showing at World Cup 2018, a man who skippered his country in Russia is weighing up his options.The 31-year-old has been left out of the Albiceleste’s latest squad and Maradona believes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner should take an extended breather from international duty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I’d give Messi room to breathe, a break,” the 1986 World Cup winner told Ole.“I’d tell him to play in Europe, not to travel anymore and not let them use him.“He doesn’t need to go and play a friendly just because the team wins more often with him in it.”Argentina are entering a new era with or without Messi, with Jorge Sampaoli having left his managerial post.The search is now on for his successor, with several candidates having been mooted.Maradona has suggested that attention should be shifted back to Cesar Menotti, despite the 79-year-old having been out of management for over 10 years.The Albiceleste appear to be looking more towards the younger generation, but top talent such as Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino will not be easy to prise from Atletico Madrid and Tottenham.Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid RomaMaradona said: “If I had to choose, I’d pick ‘Flaco’ Menotti.“Simeone won’t come for a lorry load of cash to get involved with this and Poch is earning a fortune at Tottenham, and he’ll keep doing that. Afterwards there’s no one else.”Part of the problem for Argentine football, according to one of its favourite sons, is that they are not doing enough domestically to prepare themselves for international glory.“We have the cheek to call that a ‘Super League’?” Maradona said.“We don’t have pitches, balls and some teams spend two days travelling by bus. And we call that a ‘Super League’? The nerve of us!”last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more

Fort St John could see up to 20 mm of rain for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over the next few days, Fort St. John and the surrounding area are expected to see significant amounts of rain.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, an active system is coming through which could bring lots of rain starting Wednesday morning, with amounts of up to 20 mm expected for Thursday and Friday.“We’re certainly in an active period here in terms of rain. Wednesday, starting tomorrow, we got rain beginning in the morning, expecting about 5 to 10 mm but then that active period continues. For Thursday and Friday, we could see 10 to 20 mm.” Sekhon says, on average, August is a dryer month when it comes to precipitation and says we should see the rain start to taper off over the weekend and into early next week as a high-pressure system moves in.Recently, Fort St. John has been under severe thunderstorm watches as a low-pressure system moves through the area.last_img read more

Faulty Pixel users to get up to 500 from Google

first_imgSan Francisco: As part of $7.25 million worth of a lawsuit settlement, Google has agreed to pay up to $500 to the owners of faulty Pixel and Pixel XL devices that were manufactured before January 4, 2017. The proposed settlement has grouped owners of the 2016 Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones into four categories to determine the level of compensation to which they are entitled. “The highest payout is due to be owed to anyone who returned a Pixel with a defective microphone, only to receive another defective device from the manufacturer. These claimants could be paid up to $500 in the settlement. Any owners who had just a single defective device could get up to $350, while anyone who had to pay an insurance deductible could have its value repaid. Even Pixel owners who experienced no issues with their phones at all could get up to $20 from this settlement,” The Verge reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The search-engine giant first admitted that there was an issue with some of the phones back in March 2017 when it said that less than 1 per cent of Pixel phones had a “hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec” which was causing issues with calling and the phone’s voice assistant functionality. Less than a year later, the company was slammed with a lawsuit by angry owners against Google’s decision of continuously selling the phones despite knowing about the issues, the report added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The court’s final hearing on the settlement approval in the Pixel case is due to take place on June 5. Earlier in April, the search-engine giant agreed to settle a lawsuit relating to Nexus 6P devices, which suffered from a bug that could trap them in a boot-looping issue. As part of that lawsuit, Google and Huawei agreed to a $9.75 million settlement and the final decision on that lawsuit is due to be made after a hearing on October 10.last_img read more

Matthew Baldwin to transfer to TCU

Redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin (12) throws a pass down the field in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRedshirt freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin’s transfer from Ohio State is now official.After taking to twitter to announce his transfer on April 18, the now former Buckeye stated Tuesday that his transfer destination would be TCU, per reports by 247Sports.At the time he entered the transfer portal, Baldwin cited a desire to be closer to home as his motivation for leaving Ohio State.“My family and I have prayed and talked a lot about where I belong and what is best for me,” Baldwin said in the April 18 twitter announcement. “In the end, we’d feel it’d be better for me to step away from Ohio State.”TCU is located in Fort Worth, Texas, a three-hour drive from Baldwin’s hometown in Austin, Texas.Baldwin will apply for immediate eligibility with the Horned Frogs.Baldwin concludes his Ohio State career before taking a single snap. At the 2019 Spring Game he finished 20-for-36 for 246 yards through the air, with two touchdowns and three interceptions.While sophomore quarterback Justin Fields appeared to lead for the starting job at the position for the Buckeyes, he and Baldwin were considered in open competition by head coach Ryan Day.Should he be granted immediate eligibility, he’ll have four seasons available to play at TCU. read more

Ibrahimovic confirms return for World Cup

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will likely be making a return to international football for Sweden in the upcoming World Cup in Russia this summerThe LA Galaxy forward had initially retired from international football at the end of Euro 2016, but has been hinting recently that he would be open to a potential return to the Swedish national team for the World Cup.Ibrahimovic’s involvement in the tournament had been questioned, due to the star’s ties with Malta-based gambling company Bethard prohibiting him from any form of participation under FIFA regulations.Yet the star had previously stated that “FIFA can’t stop me” and has now took to Twitter to announce that his chances of making the tournament are sky high.“The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhoga #FifaWorldCup2018.” wrote the 36 year-old.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga #FifaWorldCup2018— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) 15 April 2018Prior to his retirement on 2016, Ibrahimovic was the captain of Sweden and remains their all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances.last_img read more

Gerard Pique completes FC Andorra takeover

first_imgGerard Pique has completed his takeover of First Regional Catalan Division side FC AndorraThe Barcelona defender’s investment group, called “Kosmos”, had an offer approved for by Andorra’s board members with 206 of the 207 votes going in their favour.Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Pique will act as Andorra’s president with ex-Barca players Gabri and Albert Jorquera entering coaching roles at the club.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The General Assembly of FC Andorra has unanimously approved the transmission of its assets in favour of an Andorran company jointly managed by different investors, including Kosmos,” said a statement on Sky Sports.“Kosmos welcomes the decision made by the club. The company adds this project to its global portfolio linked to sports, media and entertainment ventures.”Andorra, which was first founded in 1942, currently plays in the Primera Catalana at a fifth level of the Spanish division after previously competing in Spain’s third tier (Segunda Division B) between 1980 and 1990.last_img read more

WanBissaka is shinning at Crystal Palace

first_imgThe 21-year-old is having the time of this life since being promoted into the first-team in 2016.Defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a product of Crystal Palace youth system since he joined in 2008.And it was in 2016 when he was promoted into the first-team squad, where he has appeared in 31 occasions.He’s been playing very well and is learning from his teammates at the English Premier League club.“Training up against Wilf [Wilfred Zaha] and Yannick Bolasie toughened me up,” Wan-Bissaka told the Goal.“When I was younger my playing style was like Wilf’s, so that sort of gave me a heads-up, but he’s still a tricky one.”“As an ex-winger, you get a sense of what they’re trying to do: which way they might go, how they’re thinking. You can anticipate things easier,” he added.“When Roy Hodgson changed my timetable to full-time with the first team, I knew I was making progress.”The youngster played one match for Congo’s U20 squad in 2015, but in 2018 he was called up to England’s U20 team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.He has been promoted to the U21 side and is eligible to play for the senior squad of the Three Lions.“Yannick spoke to me about Congo, and it was an option, but my parents said they’d support me either way.”“As a kid, playing for my country was a dream. It would be such a huge honor.”Wan-Bissaka has played 31 matches in the Premier League. His debut season in 2017-2018 allowed him to wear Crystal Palace’s jersey in seven occasions.Then in the current season, he has earned the chance 24 times so far. And it doesn’t seem like he will stop soon, as he is getting better and better each time.🚗 Cheikhou Kouyaté🎓 Aaron Wan-Bissaka🤓 StatmanAnd more!It’s the latest episode of the Official Palace Pod…👉— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Reopening of Public Schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 28, 2017 – Providenciales – As a result of the passage of hurricanes Irma on 7th September and Maria on 21st September, 80 percent of public schools suffered damages affecting approximately 4,014 students.  Immediately following the passage of the storms, the Government engaged the services of a local engineering company as well as an international engineer NGO group – UK SARAID to conduct a detailed assessment of the structural integrity of all public schools.    The degree of damages to public schools ranged from minor to severe, but all were certified structurally intact.However, given the extent of the damages in two of our schools and the potential noise impact associated with the construction environment coupled with the potential risk to our students, the Government decided to relocate all students from the Oseta Jolly Primary and the Eliza Simons Primary  into alternative temporary locations.Providing a safe learning environment is paramount and returning students to a state of normalcy by getting students back to school is a priority of the Government.  We appreciate that parents have been very understandable during this difficult time and we ask for your further patience.   The Government devised a three-prong approach which will be implemented simultaneously to return our students to school.Strategic Approach 1As can be appreciated, the senior students such as Forms 4 and 5 in the high schools and the Grades 5 and 6 in the primary schools should be preparing for examinations. As such, it is critical to return these students to the classroom.   Priority will be given to these classes in schools which were heavily impacted.Strategic Approach 2While these students are settling in their schools, the Ministry of Education will continue with the needs assessment and fine tune its plans to usher the remaining students into school within the following week(s).   This would entail, but will not be limited to, completing minor repair works to existing infrastructure at the schools thus making more classrooms available, or finalizing plans for alternative spaces for our students.Strategic Approach 3The Government is beginning the process of reprioritizing its capital programme, and in many cases has already commenced the repair work in all impacted schools, with the vision to rebuild stronger, better schools.   The Ministry of Education will remain engaged with parents throughout this process and provide continuous updates directly and via the media on progress being made to fully return our students to a state of normalcy.In keeping with the strategic approach outlined above, and acting on the recommendation from the Director of the Environmental Health Department, the following public schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands will be open to the specific classes of students as of Monday, 2nd October 2017:School Island/location Forms or GradesDoris Robinson Primary Middle Caicos All GradesHubert James Primary North Caicos All GradesClement Howell High Providenciales Forms 4 & 5 (report to the Long Bay High for classes) Ianthe Pratt Primary Providenciales Grades 6 students from the three public primary schools (Oseta Jolly, Enid Capron & Ianthe Pratt)Please note:The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College will resume classes on Tuesday, 10th October 2017.Students who attended the Mary Robinson Primary School on Salt Cay will be prioritized for placement into public schools on Grand Turk.The Ministry of Education will issue a follow-up release within the coming days to advise of plans to resume schooling for students of the H. J. Robinson High, Ona Glinton Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, Marjorie Basden High, Iris Stubbs Primary, Raymond Gardiner High, Adelaide Oemler Primary, Enid Capron Primary, and the Oseta Jolly Primary.Recognising that many students and their families may have suffered great personal loss, the Ministry of Education is relaxing the wearing of uniforms for the remainder of Term 1.   Parents are expected to ensure that their children are appropriately dressed.Press Release: Hon. Karen Malcolm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more