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10 months agoGalatasaray, Marseille join battle for Tottenham striker Llorente

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Galatasaray, Marseille join battle for Tottenham striker Llorenteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente is heating up.Llorente is prepared to leave Spurs next month after being restricted to a bit-part role this season.The centre-forward has talked up a return to former club Athletic Bilbao, however they’re not alone in their interest.Fotomac says Galatasaray and Marseille are also interested in Llorente.The 33 year-old’s contract runs out at the end of this season. last_img read more

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10 months agoGuardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City have a big opportunity to chase down Liverpool with a victory on Thursday night.A victory will see City reduce the gap to the league leaders to four points.And Guardiola knows all three points will go a long way to keeping their title hopes alive.”I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” Guardiola added. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.”At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It’s a good challenge for us.” last_img read more

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Imrans gameplay

first_imgNo matter the ulterior motives behind Pakistan PM’s unanticipated statement admitting the presence of 30,000 to 40,000 active militants on his soil, it was pleasant news for India, who has forever been arguing the same, majorly due to being hurt by the activities of the same militants. No one expected Imran Khan to state what he did during his visit. To put facts in line, Imran Khan cited the presence of militants, whose numbers draw a sharp contrast to those mentioned by Pakistan Army in April 2019. Following a crackdown on religious extremist institutions through FATF strictures, the Pakistan Army spokesperson had outrightly denied any presence of terror organisations in the country. However, Imran Khan notified the international community of at least “40 militant groups” active in the period following 9/11. Numbers provided by Khan also failed to match those submitted to FATF by his country and for this, Pakistan certainly has drawn up swords against it in the run-up to the next meeting of FATF in October where it faces the threat of being blacklisted. It can be examined that in Schedule-4 of Pakistan’s Anti-terrorism Act, the government was found to have only listed 8,000 active militants. Imran asserted the presence of as many as 40,000, if not more, which is about five times the mentioned number. Five times the number–no matter the expedited recruitment by terror outfits in Afghanistan and Kashmir–cannot be materialised in such a short span. Pakistan lied or its PM lied. Chances of former are higher since intelligence might as well corroborate the fact presented by Imran Khan. This reality, however, does not seem to aid Pakistan much in its deal with FATF. It is implied that Khan’s statement regarding the number of militants will draw abject criticism from the international community firstly for concealing the truth, followed by more cause to blacklist Pakistan at FATF meeting in October. But, the pertinent question which pops out of the box is whether PM’s statement in front of the international community was to atone to his country’s earlier lies and succumb to the FATF pressure or insert a wild card-type move for Pakistan to relay back up, this time with none other than US’s support. While the US-visit gave the much-needed boost to bilateral ties between the US and Pakistan, it is yet to be seen what impact would it have over Pakistan’s future. Through Imran Khan’s visit, Pakistan has surely brought back US attention to its shores; more so with the Afghanistan policy. The convergence of interests of both the US and Pakistan as far as Afghanistan is concerned is important in the wake of ongoing negotiations between the Taliban and the United States; Pakistan can hope to play a central figure in these negotiations. Afghanistan issue indeed has the capacity to bring back Pakistan and the United States on regular terms with the latter resuming military exercises that it had curbed last year along with security assistance. It is to be acknowledged that US’s interests will be better served through outright cooperation from Pakistan than through a rough patch–as was on display since last year. But, what Pakistan hopes to take away from Khan’s visit is the acknowledgement for honesty and support thereafter. It must not be forgotten that Pakistan remains under tremendous financial stress and Imran Khan has been doing whatever he can to rescue Pakistan from the shambolic economic status it was in when he assumed office. Under the vigilance of anti-terror financing watchdog FATF, Pakistan’s compliance with FATF’s Action Plan is the only way for the country to avoid getting blacklisted. Last time around, its all-weather friend China, as well as two more allies, came to its rescue when India and the others had assumed the adamant stance of blacklisting Pakistan and thereby isolating it from the global economy. Since then, Pakistan has been wary of the dangers that lie ahead if it does not live up to its commitments–curbing terror financing on its soil. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIrrespective of the honesty on display by Khan over the presence of militants, India would not shy from offering a mention of this fact that seems to have violated FATF’s confidence. For long, India has suffered the brunt of these terror outfits operating from Pakistani soil. Even in Khan’s term, the Pulwama carnage is a testament to this. Khan’s acceptance of a fact India has been always assured of is definitely a step in the right direction. But acceptance alone will not yield the desired results of global peace and anti-terror environment. Pakistan has to do more. Hafiz Saeed’s arrest was also a positive sign but his constant bails only signify lapse of commitment upon which Pakistan must dedicatedly build in order to avoid embarrassment at the FATF meeting. It would be interesting to see how Khan’s US card plays for an embattled Pakistan in the FATF gathering, given how US’s support and endorsement for Pakistan’s stance on anti-terrorism can turn the tables!last_img read more

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Mens gymnastics coach Miles Avery resigns

Ohio State men’s gymnastics coach Miles Avery resigned his position with the team Wednesday to pursue other opportunities. “We appreciate everything coach Avery has done to keep Ohio State as one of the elite men’s gymnastics programs in the nation,” said Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, in a press release. “He has built traditions, sustained success and positively impacted the lives of our student-athletes, developing them into leaders academically, athletically and personally.” Avery will be exploring different ventures including gymnastics camps, clinics and public speaking. “If ever I was going to do it, now’s the time,” Avery told The Lantern. Avery served as assistant coach with the Buckeyes from 1989 to 1997 and took the reins as head coach in 1998. In his 13 years at the helm for the Buckeyes, he earned one NCAA title and five Big Ten championships. He is a three-time recipient of USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year and five-time recipient of Big Ten coaching honors. “One of the highlights of my college coaching career is that I could win an NCAA title at home,” Avery said. His coaching expertise extends beyond his work with OSU. He served as assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic teams in the last four Olympic games. Last season, former Buckeye Brandon Wynn won a national championship with an NCAA-high 16.3 on rings, etching his name in the OSU record book. Wynn is one of six Buckeyes who earned a national title under Avery. “We’ll see if hopefully Brandon Wynn makes that next run and that I can be there at the next one (Olympic games) to help him achieve his goal of being an Olympic medalist,” Avery said. The decision is effective immediately and assistant coaches Blaine Wilson and Doug Stibel have been named as interim co-head coaches. Wilson and Blaine are in their seventh and 10th seasons, respectively, with the Buckeyes. Avery has complete confidence in the tenacity of the pair. “Without a doubt Blaine Wilson, three-time Olympian, that just about says it all,” Avery said. read more

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PN MP asks for more protection of the unborn

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Nationalist Party MP Claudio Grech proposed that the ‘foetus’ (or (tarbija fil-ġuf as he said in Maltese) should be included in the legal definition of minor. He proposed this amendment to the Child Protection Act while speaking in Parliament Monday morning during a discussion concerning financial estimates of the Embryo Protection Authority.During the same debate Labour Party MP Etienne Grech said that all government members were against abortion.Show your true intention – C. Grech to GovernmentGrech said that his proposal gives government the opportunity to reveal its true intentions about the protection of the unborn as it would send a strong signal that government truly believed that the unborn deserved protection as human beings.The PN MP added that pregnant women who were facing difficulties during their pregnancy and were considering abortion should be given more help by a beefed up package of  social services, whether provided by NGOs or the government. Grech said that also couples with infertility issues should be helped.PN MP Claudette Buttigieg said that couples who preferred not to have children or could not have children should be treated with great sensitivity. She also appealed to government to provide more psychological help to couples using IVF.We are against abortion – Etienne GrechEtienne Grech, a PL MP,  said that all government members were against abortion. He added that though research on embryos, genetic modification and surrogacy were still illegal, there should be more discussion about the potential legalization of surrogacy.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more