first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgMatthijs de Ligt now feeling settled at Juventusby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt now feels settled at Juventus.Juve splashed out €75m to sign De Ligt from Ajax over the summer.“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.“Right now, things are going well. I was Ajax’s captain and there I was able to have my say, whereas here I had to find my place. Now I feel like I’ve found it and I’m happy about it.“Italy is known as a country with defensive teams, but the trend is changing: just look at how high they defend.“We have a new Coach and I’m not the only one who has yet to adapt. Unfortunately, I started badly, but it’s about improving every day and every game.“It’s what I’m doing and it’s going well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge tightened bail conditions on a South American soccer official charged in the FIFA bribery scandal after prosecutors surprised the courtroom by accusing the defendant of threatening their star witness by making a slashing motion on his neck as the witness testified at trial.The dramatic twist in federal court in New York came after Alejandro Burzaco, a former marketing executive from Argentina, spent the day accusing Manuel Burga and two other soccer official co-defendants of taking bribes in exchange for their help securing broadcasting and hosting rights for tournaments.Burzaco testified that his firm gave Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation, $3.6 million in bribes during the course of their relationship. He claimed that when he agreed in 2015 to co-operate against officials charged in the case he became the target of death threats.After news of Burzaco’s co-operation broke in Argentina, his brother, a former law enforcement officer, called him with inside information that authorities there had received “an instruction to shut me down,” he testified, choking back tears. That meant something needed to be done “for me not to say anything in the U.S., including killing me,” he added.Once Burzaco concluded his testimony and the jury had gone home for the day, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen to jail Burga, saying he had left Burzaco visibly shaken by twice staring at him and using the slashing motion. A lawyer for Burga claimed his client was merely scratching his throat.The judge stopped short of locking up Burga, instead cutting off his access of phones and computers and placing him under house arrest at a home in Brooklyn. Burga already had been on GPS monitoring but had some privileges to leave the home.The judge said that while one security video of the courtroom was inconclusive, she would return to it on Thursday after reviewing a second tape prosecutors say backs up their claim.“All the facts surrounding this give me grave concerns,” the judge said.Earlier Wednesday, Burzaco testified that media giants Globo, of Brazil, and Televisa, of Mexico, teamed with a marketing firm to make a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to help them secure lucrative broadcasting rights to the World Cup in 2026 and 2030.Burzaco said that the deal was struck with longtime FIFA finance committee chairman Julio Grondona at a 2013 meeting in Zurich. He also has implicated Fox Sports in a separate bribery scheme. Fox, Globo and Televisa have denied any wrongdoing, and none of them is charged in the case.Burga, Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout have pleaded not guilty to charges they took part in a 24-year scheme involving at least $150 million in bribes that secured broadcasting and hosting rights for soccer tournaments around the globe. Burzaco has testified that, along with the $3.6 million his firm gave Burga, it directed another $4.5 million in bribes to Napout and $2.7 million to Marin.More than 40 other officials, business executives and entities have been charged. Many, including Burzaco, have pleaded guilty in hopes of receiving reduced sentences.One former Argentine government official killed himself Tuesday just hours after Burzaco testified that he, too, was involved in taking bribes.Jorge Delhon, a lawyer who worked in the administration of former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, jumped in front of a train in Buenos Aires. He had not been charged in the case.A ministry official in Buenos Aires province confirmed the death. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject.“I love you all,” Delhon wrote in a suicide note to his family, the ministry official told the AP. “I can’t believe (what’s happening).”Burzaco testified that he bribed Delhon and others in exchange for TV production rights to soccer matches.In other testimony Tuesday, Burzaco told the jury how Grondona, who died in 2014, claimed in several conversations that he was owed millions of dollars for his 2010 vote as a member of FIFA’s executive committee that helped Qatar land the World Cup, soccer’s most prestigious tournament.The account appeared to back up persistent suspicions that the Qatar vote was rigged and that the influence of Grondona, the senior vice-president at FIFA and head of the Argentinian football association, was for sale.Burzaco also seemed to confirm long-held allegations that FIFA bidding rules were broken by a vote-trading pact between Qatar’s bid for 2022 and the joint Spain-Portugal bid for 2018 hosting rights that Russia eventually won.After Qatar’s vote victory, beating the United States in a final round ballot, unproven allegations were made that Qatar paid the Grondona-led Argentine soccer federation tens of millions of dollars.Burzaco said in court he could not verify the truth of allegations about Qatar.Defence lawyers are set to cross-examine Burzaco on Thursday.___Associated Press writers Graham Dunbar in Geneva, Claudia Torrens in New York and Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show the man said the bribe was $4.5 million, not $9.7 million.last_img read more


first_imgParis: Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to the French Riviera on Sunday for the final leg of his European tour, as France’s Emmanuel Macron looks to forge a united European front to contend with China’s global ambitions. Xi’s trip will begin in the Mediterranean city of Nice and a stop in the nearby principality of Monaco before face-to-face talks with Macron. On Monday, the two leaders head to Paris for the official state visit, marking 55 years since Charles de Gaulle broke ranks with the West to establish diplomatic relations with the Communist nation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US A series of cooperation deals on nuclear power, aerospace and clean energy initiatives, some involving lucrative contracts, are expected to be signed. But Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while also pushing back against Beijing’s growing clout. Europe’s distrust of Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation telecom networks worldwide, is emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “We have a lot to do together in terms of climate action, in terms of multilateralism, but we also have to defend our own interests,” Macron said in Brussels on Thursday. He has lauded the EU’s “awakening” to the challenges posed by China, which the bloc now labels a “rival” despite becoming Europe’s biggest trading partner. “The reality is that the world has changed significantly — China is not the country it once was, and we are dealing with a very major partner,” a Macron aide said ahead of Xi’s visit. On Tuesday, Macron and Xi will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to explore “points of convergence” ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month. Xi arrives in France from Italy, which has angered its EU partners by formally joining China’s “new Silk Road” initiative for a string of maritime, rail and road connections aiming at expanding Chinese trade. Macron is expected to press his call for increased “reciprocity” regarding market access to China, in particular Beijing’s demands that foreign companies hand over vital technological know-how in order to invest in the country. “If we’re going to talk about a new Silk Road, then it must be one that goes in both directions,” Finance Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM television on Friday. Telecom giant Huawei is another fraught issue at the centre of a dispute over the rollout of crucial 5G mobile network infrastructure. The US is pressuring European allies to not use the Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications. Yet so far France has not ruled out using Huawei gear — and Monaco has already signed a deal with the Chinese giant to roll out a 5G network as soon as this year. Beijing has bristled at the suspicions, accusing Washington of trying to escalate President Donald Trump’s trade battle with China. “China is hoping that Europe can show more autonomy (on Huawei), which would be better for future cooperation,” said Xu Tiebing, a professor of international relations at China’s Communication University in Beijing. Despite the many sources of friction, France’s goal is to engage China as a closer partner as Washington makes a pointed withdrawal from global affairs under Trump’s “America First” policy. For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support of the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamic extremists in Western Africa. China has been investing heavily in a diplomatic offensive across Africa, promising to help build infrastructure projects as part of the new Silk Road, officially called the Belt and Road Initiative. Aides say Macron will press Xi to ensure such projects are fair and explore the participation of French companies amid allegations the deals could load African countries with unsustainable debt loads. He is also expected to urge Xi to commit to the ambitious global bid to cut carbon emissions, though analysts note that China is still building dozens of coal-burning power plants. France also plans to voice concerns about rights abuses against China’s Uighur Muslim minority, including allegations of mass internments in the restive Xinjiang province. “China talks about defending multilateralism and humanity’s common future to anyone wanting to listen, but the reality is very different,” said Emmanuel Dubois de Prisque, a China expert with the Thomas More Institute in Paris.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: To stave off any haircut in Jet Airways, the lenders of the company have already started approaching prospective investors, informed sources said on Friday. Accordingly, the lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) have approached various prospective buyers from conglomerates to a global private equity firm for sale of their stake in the financially challenged airline. Sources said that Tata Group, TPG Capital and Delta-Air France-KLM are among the companies approached by the lenders. When contacted, a Tata Group spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on market speculation.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are very serious about their exposure to Jet and how to come out of the situation. They may have given interim relief but there is no surety that the company won’t go into the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) process,” a source close to the development said. Corroborating the first source, another industry insider said: “Initial feelers have been sent. This is a standard procedure but talks are in a preliminary stage. The lenders are scouting for companies that can not only give them an exit but also sustain the size of the airline. Thus far, an Indian diversified conglomerate, global PE fund house and even other global airline companies have been approached through various channels.”last_img read more


first_imgRabat – The Moroccan government has ratified a law allowing the building of two hospitals funded by the United Arab Emirates in Casablanca and Rabat.The Moroccan government has approved a law pertaining to two projects funded by UAE to build the Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rabat and the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital in Casablanca.Mustafa Al Khalfi, Minister of Communications and spokesperson for the Moroccan government, said during a governmental meeting: “the two projects are aimed at enhancing the healthcare services and medical education in Morocco, as well as providing free treatment to the poor.” Mustapha Al Khalfi added that the two projects aim at the development of higher education and scientific research in the field of health sciences. The two hospitals will establish higher education institutions and vocational training centers in order to encourage researches in the medical sphere.According to the Emirate News Agency, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has offered “a grant of $100 million (MAD 367 million) in order to build the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 27, 2017 – Nassau – In a prepared recording, Graeme Davis, President of Baha Mar is trying to reassure naysayers that the sale and April opening of Baha Mar is real.  Davis says that over 13,000 people applied for jobs at the region’s newest resort and shared that the casino, once operational will be the largest in the Caribbean.During that pre-recorded message, the President of the company said Chow Tai Fook is not a mirage, that the jobs coming and resort opening are all real and that Baha Mar is poised to be one of the country’s largest employers.  Davis is not just trying to convince the Bahamian media about the real-ness of the opening either, in a Travel Weekly magazine article skepticism is expressed.However, the writer who was also given a tour of the property with Davis and Scott Allen, General Manager of the Grand Hyatt leading the way said what he saw was amazing and convincing.  Grand Hyatt is to be the anchor property and Baha Mar will not open with 1800 rooms but with 200 with the plan being to have all three properties operational by winter 2017-2018.In the article it is said that the 18 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course will open on April 1st, that the Casino opens in Spring and that Hyatt, which lost $250 million in conference bookings when Baha Mar failed to, plans to recoup those losses and more eventually.  A soft and first opening is set for April 21st.Photo credit: Brian Major#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassauopening#GraemeDavis#BahaMaropeningreal Related Items:#BahaMarNassauopening, #BahaMaropeningreal, #GraemeDavis, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding hopes his consistently strong performances this season don’t go unnoticed by England coach Gareth SouthgateAfter struggling to break into the Arsenal team under former boss Arsene Wenger, Holding has featured regularly under new coach Unai Emery.Holding has made 12 appearances this season with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions.Now Holding, who previously represented England at U-21 level, is hoping that Southgate is keeping an eye on him.“I think this is my best run in an Arsenal shirt,” Holding told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Consistency-wise, it’s been 12 games consistently playing to a good level, not playing because someone is injured but on merit. That gives you more confidence.“Gareth Southgate has brought a refreshed feeling to England with a lot of young lads. If you’re playing well in the Premier League week in, week out, as we saw with Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk, you’re going to get chances.“You want to be a part of what they are creating at the moment. Obviously what they did at the World Cup and there is the Euros in over a year’s time.“It’s a great time to be involved with England so why wouldn’t you want to be.”Arsenal will face Bournemouth away this Sunday in a Premier League match.last_img read more


first_imgFor all the fuss that Newsweek is chaperoning a new era in journalism with the print and online versions soldered together, Newsweek, in fact, is a throwback to another century.This is because everything that appears in the magazine is dictated by one person’s tastes. The big question is this: can Tina Brown’s world be of constant interest to a couple of million people?On one hand, I admire her extreme confidence; but on the other, I worry that she’s sometimes off the mark.Take this week’s cover with Kate (Kate the Great) Middleton. Is there anything that Newsweek can bring to that royal party that People and US wouldn’t do better? The deck announces “In a world gone to hell-thank God, a wedding”. Really? A wedding is going to bring back ten thousand tsunami victims, exile Kaddafi to Switzerland, bring back $1.20 a gallon gas and stop the ice cap from melting?In fact, Newsweek‘s cover is relying on what makes The Daily Beast fun: gossip. Every cover line is either a gossip story (Kate, Madonna’s African charity) or a gossipy take on an existing story (male-rape in the military, Sarkozy’s supposed war advisor, Syria’s evil ruling class). But is any of this indispensable?There’s good news however. Newsweek has greatly improved its design and overall packaging.1. The cover: There is now more than a single cover line, which was the last regime’s limit. There are at least five stories and, most important, cover story number two, above the flag.The bad? There’s no eye contact from Kate. Maybe it’s a deliberate choice not to have eye contact this time, but eye contact has proven effective on covers because it makes them more accessible. Out of 69 covers on my local newsstand, I counted 65 with people and all of them were looking at the reader.2. Pictures: They were considered a nuisance under the last regime but they’re back. And most of them have captions.Best new addition is NEWS GALLERY, which consists of several double page pictures from around the world with long captions, something that would have been unheard of a few weeks ago.There are a number of mini picture essays. Most are gossip-based and superficial. Dumbest of the bunch is a group comparing Kate to Diana. Did you know that they both wore khaki sweaters? Now you do, thanks to Newsweek.3. Navigation: It goes from a D before to an A now. The body type is easier to read, the headlines come with decks and there are pull-quotes to break-up grey pages.4. Graphics: There’s a concerted effort to bow to the state of the art with side bars, info-graphics and time-lines.The most ominous is a two-page chart right out of the old SPY magazine called THE DESPOT INDEX which compares ten dictators around the world.The stuff is fun; however, by no means indispensable. Did you know that Kim Joong-Il’s trademark is matching pajamas? Did you know that Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko’s vice is roller-skating?Now you know, thanks to Newsweek.5. Pet Peeves:*Dumb section names: “The Big Fat Story” is especially irritating.*Me-too graphics: “Conventional Wisdom” which sports arrows pointing up and down looks like it’s been xeroxed out of Time.*Gratuitous pictures: A full page portrait of a model pretending to be a repentant Marine illustrates “The Military Secret Shame”. It’s clearly not a news picture, but will everybody know it?last_img read more


first_imgMy parents fight over everything. I’m in 8th standard and feel like running away at times. Is there something I can do to sort it out?Neha, HaryanaWhy don’t you express your mind to your parents? May be you can write a letter or mail them. I can understand how difficult it is. But, you have to stay put till you grow up and move out. Tell them exactly the pain, the agony and explain clearly. Sometimes we are blind and have to be told directly. Wish you good luck dear! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My uncle (my father’s brother-in-law) has a habit of touching me at every opportunity. He tries to be over friendly and cracks sleazy jokes! This truly irritates me! How can I stop him?Devika, New DelhiTell him – STOP! If politeness doesn’t work, be rude and be firm. Whenever possible, avoid him completely. Just vanish when he’s around. Otherwise, just warn him that you will tell your family about his acts. This should be sufficient for him to understand and behave sanely. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy husband gets violent during sex. We are married for 5 months and he has hit me a number of times, he bites and I have bruises all over. He says he finds pleasure that way. Is this normal?Name withheld, New DelhiHe believes in masochism — deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abusive. Your husband is a sadist too! Well, many couples do enjoy this kind of a sexual fantasy. But, it seems you are not comfortable at all. I suggest, you be firm and tell your husband that you don’t like it. Hope he understands you soon and making love becomes enjoyable for you. My son is 19 years old. I have got to know from his friend that he’s involved in a relation with a 36-year-old divorced woman. We are shattered! Please advise!Mrs. Mehta, NoidaPlease have a friendly chat with him. Not as a mother but as a friend. Understand his reasons for being involved with someone who is that many years older and a divorcee as well. The relationship that the two share could be pure friendship and may be you are reading too deep into it. Most of the times what we hear is half or no truth. Don’t worry too much yet, be there with him. He surely needs a good companion and sometimes sheer loneliness make us walk lanes that we otherwise would have avoided.My wife is too religious. Almost 15 days a month she sleeps separately and gives the excuse of her ‘guru’ for not having sex with me! We are married for two years and this is affecting my sex life badly. What to do?Animesh, ManaliThis is really sad! Just tell your wife that her guru and she are forcing you to look for fun outside marriage! She needs to understand you and maybe she is not realising what she is losing by being unreasonably ‘religious’! No woman would want her husband to look for physical pleasure outside, hence I hope she will change her life to accommodate your happiness as well.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_imgThe Belgian Council of State has struck down a 2008 agreement whereby Liberty Global-backed cable operator Telenet acquired the homes served by the Interkabel cable networks owned by Flemish municipalities.The Council, acting on a complaint by Telenet rival Belgacom, ruled that Interkabel should have been open to competitive offers.The Interkabel-Telenet agreement of 2008, which Telenet acquired 800,000 TV homes served by four municipal operators – Integan, Intermedia, PBE and WVEM – expanded an earlier agreement from 1996 that allowed Telenet to market broadband and telephony services to InterKabel customers.last_img