first_img Comment Advertisement Barcelona chief sends message to Manchester United over Philippe Coutinho transfer Philippe Coutinho looks set to stay at Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Philippe Coutinho will not be sold this summer despite reported interest from Manchester United.The Brazilian has struggled in his 18 months at the Camp Nou since sealing a £140million move from Liverpool in January 2018.Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Frenkie De Jong for £75m and are targeting his Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt, who could potentially cost even more.Speculation has been rife that the Catalans could cash in on Coutinho to fund their summer spree, with United said to be an interested party.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Apr 2019 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link421Shares Advertisement Coutinho hit back at his critics with a stunning goal against United (Picture: Getty)However, Bartomeu has poured cold water on the speculation and insisted that Coutinho will be at the club next season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Coutinho is a great player, excellent, and he’s getting better and better,’ Bartomeu told TVE.‘It’s not easy to play at Barca, he was here for six months last season and he has the confidence of the coach, he’s a global player and we expect a lot from him‘He will continue at Barca, it’s different and Barca needs different players.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsOle Gunnar Solskjaer will be handed significant funds to spend this summer but he was unable to settle on a budget with the club in a recent meeting due to the uncertainty over their future in the Champions League.United are currently outside the top four and are underdogs to qualify for the Champions League behind Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal.MORE: Anthony Joshua: Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki lead shortlist of opponents to replace Jarrell Millerlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 300 employees of both the former Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs have applied for the ‘voluntary dismissal cash envelopes’, for fear of not being hired in the ongoing recruitment exercise of the newly merged “Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).”According to reports, the annoyed and anxious   employees were seen queueing for the application forms for what is termed as the Voluntary Separation Package (VSP), which were being issued from the 1st to the 12th December.Two male employees, who requested not to be named, said a majority of effected staff was interested in the VSP offer because that severance package was more than the CSA Severance Package for those who applied for positions and do not get selected, they claimed.They said the amount of US$7,500 is allocated for all staff that have earned a minimum of a college degree, and US$5,000 for all staff who do not have a college degree. According to the two men, these amounts are higher than the CSA Severance Package, details of which they did not disclose.Unconfirmed reports say the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia has urged the MFDP to “reasonably increase the dismissal package” to be commensurate with the years of service of the employees, and also to consider the state of the country’s economy.It may be recalled that the MFDP Minister, Mr. Amara Konneh, as of Monday, December 1, launched the VSP for all employees who are not interested or are afraid to reapply for positions in the ongoing recruitment exercises for the newly merged Ministry.Accordingly, the VSP was set up to ensure the fulfillment of the goal of the “Organogram” of the Ministry which stipulates the employment of a total of 675 personnel at the end of the recruitment process in February 2015.The Organogram is part of the plan of the MFDP to recruit civil servants for the newly merged Ministry.A memorandum from Minister Konneh, dated November 18, 2014, with the objective of Transitional Updates, says the VSP being offered was still in the making. “As was indicated then and now reiterated, the VSP is simply an offer of first choice to all staff and no staff is compelled to take up this offer. All staff still interested can contact the Transition Information Center on the ground floor of MFDP,” the memo said.It added: “All staffs are encouraged to participate in the internal recruitment process for the various positions as they are advertised. Staff that apply for positions and do not get selected will only benefit from the CSA Severance Package.”When contacted, the Media Services Officer at the MFDP, Patience Senbeni, declined to comment but referred our reporter to the Human Resource Manager, Madam Comfort E. Elliot.“The best place to get information on the Voluntary Separation Package is the Human Resource Department,” Ms. Senbeni said.Madam Elliot, on being contacted, also declined to comment, and referred our reporter to the Coordinator of the Transitional Information Center, Mrs. Findley.But Madam Elliot confirmed receiving the last package of the applicants over the weekend.“I am not clothed with the authority to give you the exact number of persons who applied, but I can say we received the last package of our applicants on Friday,” Director Elliot said. “You can direct that question to the Transitional Information Center on the ground (floor),” Madam Elliot told our reporter.Interestingly, when our reporter went to Mrs. Findley, she, too, directed our reporter back to Madam Elliot or the Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Edward Eesiah.However, re-contacting Madam Elliot as well as Deputy Minister Esiah proved futile over the weekend on the excuse that they were in “meetings.”Meanwhile, 25 new directors have already been recruited by the MFDP as part of its hiring process. The directors recently underwent training at the Liberia Institution of Professional Administration (LIPA).One of the recruits for Media Services, Zoegar Q. Jaynes, a former journalist, died a few weeks ago.The hiring of Assistant Directors and Supervisors are expected to be released soon, followed by senior officers, economists, analysts and other staff at various levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he hopes to discuss pipelines, flood protection and other issues during a one-hour meeting Friday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Pallister says Trudeau could help unify the country by ensuring the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets built to allow Alberta oil to get coastal access to overseas markets.The premier says suicide rates among young men in Alberta due to economic uncertainty are through the roof and their concerns cannot be ignored.- Advertisement -Pallister also wants Ottawa to walk back recent changes to environmental rules that pipelines and other projects must address before they can go ahead.He says the same legislation threatens flood-protection projects and hydro development.Pallister also plans to discuss crime and public safety with Trudeau, given a recent spike in homicides and other violent crimes in Winnipeg.Advertisement This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIndian-American record-setting astronaut Sunita Williams along with her two colleagues on Sunday took off for her second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide started their two-day voyage at O8.10 am IST for a four-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).The Soyuz TMA spacecraft is due to dock with the ISS’s Zvezda service module at 10.22 am IST on Tuesday.Born in Euclid in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, Williams, who had earlier lived and worked aboard the ISS for six months in 2006-07, will further extend the record for the longest stay in space for a woman astronaut.Ahead of the launch, she told reporters that the test mission laid the ground for a long-standing friendship and collaboration in the space programme.She also said that she will be excited to watch the London Summer Olympics from the station and put a much more global perspective on the mega sporting event beginning July 27.Williams, a flight engineer on the station’s Expedition 32 crew, will take over as commander of Expedition 33 on reaching the space station.The trio will join the current ISS occupants – Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have been in orbit since May 17.The six crew members will work together for about two months. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on September 17.advertisementBefore they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams. She, Malenchenko and Hoshide will return home in mid-November, NASA said.The new crew members are expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.Williams, whose father hailed from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998. She was assigned to the ISS as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15.She holds the record of the longest spaceflight — 195 days — for woman space travellers.She received a Master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.Both Williams and Akihiko have experience on board the space station but had never before travelled on the Soyuz.Earlier they had travelled aboard a US space shuttle.”Getting my haircut. Next one will be on ISS!” Akihiko tweeted on the eve of the launch.For Malenchenko, one of the most experienced Russian cosmonauts, it is his fifth long-duration spaceflight.Malenchenko, who is piloting the Soyuz spaceship, was a member of three long expeditions to the Mir orbital station, the International Space Station and one shuttle flight.Russian Soyuz-family spacecraft remain the only means of transportation for crew members to and from the orbital station until at least 2015.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward reveals recruitment overhaulby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admits the club’s recruitment team has been completely overhauled.Woodward explained how changes had been made behind the scenes to their scouting. He told fanzine United We Stand: “The system wasn’t set up in the right way. Twelve scouts reporting to one chief scout was more set up to say no – too many exceptions to the process were made historically while this was being fixed.”We also have to hold our hands up and say that recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years. We feel that we now know who our best scouts are.”The idea is to recruit in a closed environment, rather than listening to the press or getting distracted by conflicting agents’ claims. We try and make cold decisions based on information.”Judge the recruitment department in the coming windows where hopefully we can get a team to be at the level we want to be.” last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The body that oversees federally appointed judges wants the Supreme Court of Canada to decide whether the organization’s disciplinary decisions are beyond judicial scrutiny — a notion lower courts have flatly rejected.In asking the country’s top court to clarify the process for firing judges, the Canadian Judicial Council argues its recommendations should be immune to legal second-guessing from Federal Court.“Given the constitutional and judicial nature of the council’s decisions, they cannot be subject to review by the Federal Court, contrary to lower court rulings,” the council says in its leave application. “That said, there is a legislative void regarding the judicial supervision of the council’s decisions.”The case arises out of a long-running fight to have a Quebec Superior Court justice, Michel Girouard, tossed off the bench. A complaint in November 2012 alleged Girouard, then a lawyer, had bought illegal drugs from a client. An inquiry committee rejected the allegations, despite its misgivings over the reliability and credibility of Girouard’s testimony.A second complaint about how the judge had behaved during the initial proceedings led 20 of the 23 judges on council to recommend in February last year that Girouard should lose his job. The three dissenting judges said he did not have a fair hearing because some council members were unilingual.Girouard asked Federal Court to set aside the recommendation he be removed from the bench.In response, the council argued Federal Court had no authority to hear the case. In essence, council maintained it was not a federal board, commission or other tribunal subject to judicial scrutiny. Council, which comprises at least 17 chief or associate chief justices, maintained its own internal appeal mechanism was more robust than an appeal to the nine-judge Supreme Court.In a scathing rebuke of council’s views last August, Federal Court Judge Simon Noel said no one — not even the country’s top judge who chairs the judicial council — was above the law.In a democracy, Noel wrote, everyone who wields public power, no matter how important their titles, must be subject to independent review and held accountable — including the council and the chief justices who comprise its membership. The judge also took specific aim at the council and its executive director for a disrespectful attitude toward the court. “It is inconceivable that a single body, with no independent supervision and beyond the reach of all judicial review, may decide a person’s fate on its own,” Noel wrote in his decision. “However prestigious and experienced a body may be, it is not immune from human error, and may commit a major violation of the principles of procedural fairness that only an external tribunal, such as the Federal Court in this case, can remedy.”The Federal Court of Appeal sided with Noel in May, saying council’s actions and decisions are administrative in nature.The council is now seeking leave to appeal from the Supreme Court.“Council believes that any review of recommendations in respect of the removal of a judge must recognize the constitutional dimensions of such recommendations,” the organization said in a statement. “Council seeks clarification of those constitutional principles from the Supreme Court. This includes whether such recommendations may be the subject of review and, if so, by whom.”The judicial council has come under harsh criticism from the courts and others in recent years.One high profile case that sparked outrage involved unilateral action against a prominent Ontario Superior Court judge who had accepted a six-month law school deanship. In an interview in March, Chief Justice Richard Wagner told The Canadian Press that the council needed sweeping internal and legislative reforms of its disciplinary process.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone during the team’s 24-17 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. With only Kyle Boller and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was selected by the Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft on Aug. 22, on their roster, Oakland completed a Tuesday trade that brought former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the team. Pryor, Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback, may have a chance to lead the Raiders offense as a result of Campbell’s injury, but not this season. After being suspended for first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, Pryor departed OSU on June 7 to pursue a professional career, and was selected by Oakland in the third round of supplemental draft. Pryor was suspended from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, and was not on the Raiders’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Though Pryor will join the Raiders’ active roster this week for Oakland’s game against Kansas City, Vittorio Tafur, a Raiders beat writer for the San Fransisco Chronicle, said Pryor won’t be seeing the field any time soon. In addition to dropping on the team’s depth chart as a result of the trade for Palmer, Tafur said Pryor was nowhere close to being ready to play. “Palmer is going to come in and be the starter,” Tafur said. “Pryor missed five weeks on suspension with no practice time, so he probably goes back to being a project.” Tafur added that Pryor, who would be the third-string quarterback behind Palmer and Kyle Boller, will benefit from watching from the sideline. “That will give (Pryor) plenty of time to learn going into training camp next year,” he said. “I think this is probably good for (Pryor).” Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com, agreed with Tafur. “At this point I don’t see Pryor being a very viable option,” Noon said. “Could (Pryor) go in there and do a little something here or a little something there for a set or something? Sure, but the NFL game is not built the way the college game is.” Pryor quarterbacked for three seasons at OSU, though his entire junior season, which included a victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, was vacated. Pryor, along with five other players, received improper benefits in the form of tattoos for selling OSU football memorabilia. Former coach Jim Tressel also failed to self-report the violations and knowingly fielded a team with ineligible players. Tafur said the Raiders won’t attempt to experiment with Pryor at other positions. “It’s been clear that the plan, as of now, is definitely quarterback (for Pryor),” Tafur said. “I think they’ll definitely give him a full training camp before they decide to alter that plan. I’m sure in the back of their minds, there’s always the possibility. As of now, Pryor is strictly a quarterback.” Noon added that there are no certainties, given Pryor’s employer. “But we are talking about the Oakland Raiders,” Noon said. “If there’s ever a team to sit there and kind of do things sideways, it would be the Raiders.” read more

The Buckeyes give a shout out to the crowd after they defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a series win against Maryland and a road win against Pittsburgh, Ohio State (22-10, 6-1 Big Ten) continued its winning ways Friday, beginning a three-game home series against Rutgers (16-19, 0-7 Big Ten) with a 2-0 victory.Ohio State sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice earned her 13th win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless softball, allowing four hits and two walks. Senior Morgan Ray finished the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, earning her second save of the season.With five hits heading into the fifth inning, Ohio State added a run to the scoreboard. Until the Senior left fielder Bri Betschel singled through the right side, scoring freshman center fielder Meg Otte scored for the first run of the game.Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was impressed with the performance of Otte, who recorded two hits in three at bats, scoring one of Ohio State’s two runs. “As a freshman, she figured [out] a lot. I think she is putting all together now,” Schoenly said. For Betschell, this win means more than just the performance of one player. It shows the consistency of the team as a whole. “It’s always good to have a Big Ten win,” Betschel said.  “I didn’t have a great game in the middle week. So, coming into today, I was just trying to keep it simple, and that’s exactly what I did.”The Buckeyes soon extended their lead an RBI double to center field from senior second baseman Emily Clark, scoring Betschel.Schoenly said the game tonight was very competitive, taking advantage of Rutgers senior pitcher Whitney Jones for nine runs on two hits in six innings. With games on Saturday and Sunday, chances to extend Ohio State’s winning streak,  Clark said the Buckeyes will keep doing what they can do. “Coming off a win, I think we are just trying to be intentional what we do and control what we can control,” Emily said. Ohio State will take on Rutgers in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

Illegal immigrants make landfall

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Around 11:31pm on Monday 24th July 2017, the Coastal Radar Station operator contacted central after a suspected illegal sloop was detected at 3.3 miles from North West Point.Police and Immigration Officials were dispatched to the area, but by the time they arrived persons had already off the wooden blue boat and it was partially sank. Officers continue to make checks between Malcolm’s Beach and North West Point where several persons were seen and fled into the bushes. One female was apprehended and detained and is being processed by immigration.A continued search is presently ongoing in the areas mentioned above.The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more