‘Glad I could help!’ – Ozil delighted after Arsenal return

first_imgMesut Ozil has expressed his joy at helping Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.The Germany international’s future has been called into question in recent weeks, with the attacking midfielder struggling for game time under Unai Emery.Ozil was on the bench against Bournemouth, and missed Premier League clashes with Tottenham, Manchester United and Huddersfield Town with a back complaint. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, the 30-year-old was back to his brilliant best against Sean Dyche’s side.Ozil wore the captain’s armband during the game, which Arsenal won 3-1, and produced a phenomenal pass in the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opening goal.Following the match, Ozil wrote on Twitter: “YaGunnersYa (sic). Very valuable 3 points won. Glad I could help the team today!”The Germany international has been heavily linked with a January loan move away from the Gunners, as the club looks to get his £350,000-per-week wages off of their bill.Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir are keen on a deal, with president Goksel Gumusdag claiming the club are ready to offer Ozil the world to convince him to move to the Super Lig.”Mesut Ozil is a precious player,” Gumusdag said, as quoted by Bild .”I hope one day our paths will cross at Basaksehir.”If he wants to be with us as well, we would do anything to get him.”Ozil has scored four goals and provided three assists thus far this season, while Arsenal currently lie fifth in the Premier League table. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Five-star Man Utd blow Cardiff away

first_imgManchester United cruised to an impressive 5-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in charge.Three goals in the first half from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial and a brace from Jesse Lingard earned all three points at Cardiff City Stadium, with Victor Camaras’ penalty proving little consolation.United stay sixth in the table, but the manner of the performance, as well as the result – the first time the side have scored five times in the league since Alex Ferguson’s final game – will have been a welcome sight for the travelling fans at the end of a week that saw Jose Mourinho’s contentious time in charge come to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The new United era got off to a stunning start when Rashford blasted home a free-kick from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rooted to the spot.Almost 81 per cent of possession underlined United’s early control, and the scoreline reflected their dominance when Herrera’s strike looped off Greg Cunningham’s shoulder and into the net 29 minutes in.Cardiff were gifted a lifeline when Camarasa fired high into the net from the spot, but United’s two-goal lead was restored three minutes later, when Martial slotted beneath Etheridge after a sublime one-touch passing move involving Lingard and Paul Pogba, restored to the starting line-up.3 – Man Utd have scored three first half goals in a Premier League away game for the first time since November 2017 v Watford. Reaction. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/ENU4COALZJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018And any hope of a Cardiff comeback was promptly extinguished 11 minutes into the second half, when Lingard dispatched a confident penalty after he had been bundled to the ground by Sol Bamba.Pogba and Phil Jones were each denied by good Etheridge saves, while David de Gea kept out a good Kenneth Zohore attempt. It was 5-1 when Lingard rounded the keeper and slotted home from Pogba’s pass in the 90th minute to secure a first away league win since November 3 in style and give Solskjaer extra cause for celebration against the club he used the manage. 500/100 – Anthony Martial’s strike vs Cardiff was the 500th goal scored in the Premier League this season, in what was his 100th league game for Man Utd. Milestones. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/y8fs7lJ9En— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solskjaer has lifted the gloom’You make me happy, when skies are grey’ goes the song sung in Solskjaer’s honour by United fans, and that certainly seems to be the case at the end of a week that started with Mourinho apparently looking likely to stay in the job.United looked liberated in south Wales, playing expressive, attacking football and scoring the goals to go with it, while much-maligned players like Victor Lindelof seemed to exude confidence.Yes, Cardiff were undeniably poor and, yes, United are still sixth, but this was a match where the manner of the performance was arguably more important for the visitors than the result itself.Lingard given a licence to thrillLingard epitomised the freedom with which United’s attacking players performed. His assist for Martial’s goal and his well-taken penalty were the high points of a display full of verve, and Cardiff never quite got to grips with him.Bumbling Bamba a burdenBamba was dispossessed too easily by Pogba in the build-up to Herrera’s goal, his clumsy foul allowed Lingard to make it 4-1 and he missed a good chance for a goal. It was not his finest outing.Key Opta Facts- Since Alex Ferguson left the club, four of the five different managers to take charge of Manchester United have seen their side score 3+ goals in their first Premier League game (Moyes 4, Mourinho 3, Giggs 4 and Solskjaer 5). – Cardiff manager Neil Warnock suffered his 50th Premier League defeat, in what was his 92nd game in the competition – only Mick McCarthy (79), Danny Wilson (87) and Gary Megson (91) have reached 50 defeats in fewer games managed.- Anthony Martial has been directly involved in 70 goals for Manchester United in all competitions (45 goals, 25 assists); the most of any player for the club since his debut in September 2015.- Manchester United’s third goal against Cardiff – scored by Anthony Martial – was the 500th netted in the Premier League this season. What’s next?Huddersfield Town visit Old Trafford for the first home game of the Solskjaer era, while Cardiff head to Crystal Palace, both on December 26. read morelast_img read more

‘This is just the start’ – Rashford delighted with Solskjaer debut

first_imgManchester United star Marcus Rashford has told fans that there is more to come after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure on the bench started in style on Saturday.Solskjaer stepped into the breach this week on an interim basis after Jose Mourinho was sacked from his post as club manager.A cult hero during his playing days at Old Trafford, the Norwegian has been tasked with turning round a disappointing start to the Premier League season which has seen United lose touch with the first four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And he enjoyed a dream start at the weekend, as his new charges romped to a 5-1 victory away to Cardiff City.Rashford netted the first goal of the Solskjaer era just three minutes in, while Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who hit twice, completed the scoring.And the striker was delighted with the new boss’ impact.”He wants us to be positive on the ball and always look for the gaps. That was just the start. We’re going to improve and get better at it,” he signalled to BT Sport.”The Christmas period is very busy so it is about recovering and making sure we’re ready for the next games. We have to keep improving and go up another level.”Lingard was also pleased with what he saw from United, pointing to a more positive attitude on the pitch which paid dividends.”The lads played with a lot of energy, enjoyment and excitement. We scored five goals, which is good,” the winger stated.”When you’ve got confidence, you put yourselves in positions to score goals. That’s what we did.“We were playing higher and the full-backs were higher. We pinned them back and created a lot of chances.”United remain in sixth place after their victory, although they closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to eight points after the Blues came unstuck against Leicester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Man Utd should never be outworked

first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he warned his players that they “should never be outworked” before Saturday’s thrashing of Cardiff City.The Red Devils claimed a 5-1 win in south Wales courtesy of two goals from Jesse Lingard and one each from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial.It was the first time since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 that United had scored five in a Premier League match, and marked an ideal start to life for Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It was put to Solskjaer that this is the first league game in 2018-19 in which United had outrun their opponents – they covered 104 kilometres compared to Cardiff’s 99 – and the former Norway star stressed that such work rate is a minimum requirement.”One of the things I talked about is that a Manchester United team should never ever be outworked,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what team you play: you should run more than them and then your skills will give you a chance of winning again.”I said the same to these lads as I do back home in Molde: ‘Just work harder than them, enjoy yourselves, pass it forward, run forward, if you lose the ball I don’t mind as long as you work to win it back’, and they did.”When you’ve got players like this with quality, they’re always going to create chances.”There’s quite a few [positives]. The attitude and application of the boys when you go out there and see them, the attitude has been fantastic. The dressing room, the way they approached this game, because it’s been a difficult week for everyone and to get the focus and perform as well as they did impressed [me].”Now we can settle down and play, because that was key today. The first 15, 20 minutes, we know the energy of the crowd, we knew they were going to come long, first balls and second balls.”Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was left to rue what he described as Sunday-league defending as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season since a 5-0 loss to Manchester City in September.”I thought we started the game quite well but to concede a goal like that was Sunday league, really,” he told BBC Sport .”It was very disappointing the way we conceded those goals. You can’t keep shooting yourselves in the foot like we did.”Having said that, if you told me at the start of the season that we wouldn’t be in the bottom three at Christmas, I’d have taken that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Son hits Spurs milestone in Christmas cracker win

first_imgSon Heung-Min surpassed 50 goal involvements for Tottenham in the Premier League as Christmas came early for Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Everton.The South Korea international netted a double for Spurs and laid on another for Harry Kane as the visitors ran out 6-2 victors at Goodison Park.Kane netted a double of his own, with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen capping off the final win which takes the north Londoners within six points of leaders Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But thrusting themselves into the title picture was not the only achievement to take from the afternoon on Merseyside.Twenty-six-year-old Son led the way with two goals and an assist, meaning he has contributed to 51 goals in the English top flight since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015.In 112 appearances, Son has scored 35 times and laid on 16 for his Tottenham teammates, to underline his status as a front-line star of Pochettino’s side.That was not the end of the landmarks reached by Tottenham’s players on a thoroughly successful weekend, as they extended their lead over fourth place Chelsea to five points.England captain Kane went to 11 Premier League goals for the season, scoring in the ninth different match of the 2018-19 campaign.Only Mohamed Salah of league leaders Liverpool has netted in as many separate games this term.4 – Harry Kane has become only the second player to score 2+ goals in four consecutive Premier League appearances against a single opponent, after Michael Owen against Newcastle United (Aug 1998 to May 2001). Bracing. #EVETOT pic.twitter.com/4auUYAG3so— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2018Furthermore, the former Millwall and Leicester loanee became only the second player to score two or more goals in four consecutive top flight appearances against a single opponent.Only Michael Owen’s run against Newcastle during his days with Liverpool rivals the latest record registered by Kane.9 – This is the 9th different Premier League match that Harry Kane has scored in during 2018-19; the most in the competition alongside Mohamed Salah. Collection. pic.twitter.com/FpPona5BsF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2018Goal of the afternoon went to Eriksen, whose rasping strike extinguished any hope of a second half Everton comeback.And since the Denmark international arrived in England in August 2013, no player has scored more goals from outside the penalty area in the Premier League.17 – Only Coutinho (18) has scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League than Christian Eriksen (17) since his debut in September 2013. Range. #EVETOT pic.twitter.com/f6CYahIUWP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2018He surpassed Philippe Coutinho with his 18th goal from range, as Tottenham kicked off the festive period in ideal fashion.last_img read more

Pochettino: Spurs can be real title contender

first_imgMauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have a role to play in this season’s title race after claiming a fourth Premier League win in a row.Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both scored twice as Spurs ran out 6-2 winners against Everton at Goodison Park.The north Londoners came from behind to win for the 18th time in the top flight under Pochettino, and took their points tally after conceding the first goal to 70. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Victory takes Tottenham within two points of defending champions Manchester City and four behind leaders Liverpool.And despite the calibre of the opposition ahead of them in the table, Pochettino says his side remain in the title picture.“Football is about being consistent, if we are able to be consistent and play in the way we played tonight, yes, maybe we will arrive in April as a real contender,” he told the media.“I am proud of the way we played. “I am so pleased and very proud of the performance and energy we showed today. I am pleased about the result, but of course the performance comes first.“But there is still a long way to go. “We are involved in four competitions, today was a surprise to everyone, not only the quality, but not only the energy to play after a very tough game against Arsenal on Wednesday. “The energy was fantastic after that game.”A presentable run of games gives Tottenham a chance to cement their position in the title race, with AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers travelling to Wembley before the end of 2018.They travel to strugglers Cardiff City on New Year’s Day before the FA Cup trip to Tranmere Rovers and Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.last_img read more

Matic reveals Solskjaer’s Cardiff instructions

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer told his players to run more and be more dangerous in attack after arriving at Manchester United, Nemanja Matic has revealed.Solskjaer was appointed as interim boss at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday, and got off to an emphatic start by beating Cardiff City 5-1 in his opening game.The players had come under criticism for a lack of effort under their former manager, with some critics claiming Mourinho had lost the support of the dressing room. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United had renewed energy on Saturday though, and Solskjaer was pleased with how the players implemented his ideas.Speaking to reporters after the game, Matic said of the Norwegian: “He is only two days with us but we had a few meetings. He said we need to play more forward, to be more dangerous in attack, to run more, to compete with everything and that’s exactly what we did today and we are happy because of that.”Matic was signed by United in 2017 from Chelsea for £40 million ($50m), and had previously won a Premier League title under Mourinho at Chelsea.The midfielder was then singled out by his manager last season as one of the few United players to be putting in consistent performances.Matic was a key reason United secured a second-place finish in the Premier League that campaign, and he defended Mourinho after the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years.”This is football,” he continued. “In football, this happens. We know, also, it’s not only the manager’s fault that results are not good but this is football and we have to carry on and to fight for the club.””I said after the Liverpool game we also needed to take responsibility and to do our best to play better and to win games.”United face Huddersfield Town at home on Boxing Day next time out as Solskjaer aims for a win on his Old Trafford debut as manager.They then clash with Bournemouth before a trip to Newcastle United to round off the festive period.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Cuadrado set to avoid knee surgery

first_imgJuan Cuadrado is likely to avoid the need for surgery on a knee injury, Juventus have confirmed.The Colombia international was sent to Germany for assessment on the problem last week and missed the 1-0 Serie A victory over Roma last Saturday.The 30-year-old has returned to Turin and will continue conservative treatment in a bid to restore him to full fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Juan Cuadrado is continuing conservative therapy with some improvement,” a Juve statement said.”At the moment, there are not enough indications to proceed surgically.”Cuadrado has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season.Despite his injury struggles, he remains fully committed to the Juve cause and has sought to play down any suggestion that he may consider leaving the club.He told Marca in November: “I think only of Juventus and to reach the goals we have set ourselves, to arrive in March and to be in a race on all fronts.“Then there will be the Copa America, it will be a great opportunity to win something with Colombia.”Juve are set to face Atalanta on December 26 before hosting Sampdoria three days later in their final match before the mid-season break.Cuadrado will play no part in those fixtures, but will be hoping to come back into contention at some point in early 2019.last_img read more

CR7-less Real a warning to Barca life after Messi

first_imgReal Madrid’s form after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a “warning” to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to former Blaugrana player Jordi Cruyff.Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giants.Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo’s absence and are eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barca – although they hold a game in hand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club’s former midfielder Cruyff urged them to learn from Madrid’s mistakes.”What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.”Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi.”It’s much more than football… it is belief.” One year ago… The moment Leo #Messi  Bernabéu Stadium pic.twitter.com/aq5QPl0nqi — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 23, 2018 Messi has enjoyed another stellar start to this season, scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions.Cruyff, a former Netherlands international, said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barca – was holding Madrid together.”You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella,” he said.”When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella.”Ronaldo has scored 12 goals and set up seven for new club Juventus as they lead the Serie A by eight points from Napoli.The Old Lady have also qualified for the Champions League knockouts and will face Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16.last_img read more

Government Committed to Peaceful and Orderly Society – Holness

first_img Mr. Holness said that in order to reduce the level of criminal activity, the Government “has passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation, which, with others to come and other initiatives to be announced, will, for the first time since our independence, empower the Government to confront the breakdown in law and order and public safety, and return Jamaica to a safe and secure place of choice”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to transforming the nation into a peaceful and orderly society, with access to world-class education and training, and high-quality healthcare.He also emphasised that this would include sustained and inclusive economic growth, job and wealth creation, and an end to poverty, particularly inter-generational poverty.Addressing a Jamaica 55 Independence Gala at the New York Hilton in Manhattan on August 26, the Prime Minister noted that a major challenge to Jamaica’s development and job creation remains citizen security.Mr. Holness said that in order to reduce the level of criminal activity, the Government “has passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation, which, with others to come and other initiatives to be announced, will, for the first time since our independence, empower the Government to confront the breakdown in law and order and public safety, and return Jamaica to a safe and secure place of choice”.The Prime Minister was referring to the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.Passed in Parliament recently, the legislation seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The Prime Minister can only declare an area a zone of special operations after the Chief of Defence Staff and the Commissioner of Police, as members of the National Security Council, have advised him so to do in writing.Mr. Holness said the Government will continue to engage members of the diaspora in the effort to secure sustained growth and development.“I am very cognisant of the fact that you, our diaspora members, are amongst our best assets, and are indeed our national treasures,” the Prime Minister said.The Prime Minister commended members of the diaspora for their overwhelming support of the recently held Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston.He noted that some 60 per cent of the attendees were first-time conference participants, which indicated that the Government’s reach continues to expand.At the function, the Prime Minister received the 2017 Award for Distinguished Leadership from the diaspora.Also receiving awards were former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, for his service to nation building; and former NBA player, Patrick Ewing, who received the ‘Son of the Soil’ Legacy award. Addressing a Jamaica 55 Independence Gala at the New York Hilton in Manhattan on August 26, the Prime Minister noted that a major challenge to Jamaica’s development and job creation remains citizen security. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to transforming the nation into a peaceful and orderly society, with access to world-class education and training, and high-quality healthcare. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Calgary police charge man for making false permanent resident cards

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary police along with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said they’ve arrested a man for multiple identity theft and fraud cases.In September 2018, the CBSA intercepted a shipment from China containing 3,066 counterfeit holographic stickers, believed to be intended to be used on Canadian and American permanent resident cards.Garrit Glen Engligh-Schleiermacher is charged with eight criminal code offences related to fraud and identity theft, including uttering a forged document, identity fraud and possession of forgery instrument. pic.twitter.com/TUzWAvaVp1— Jenna Hamilton (@j_hamilton04) January 24, 2019After a three-month-long investigation by Calgary police, a man was arrested on December 29, 2018.READ THE FULL REPORTCalgary police executed a search warrant on a storage locker near 77 Avenue and Heritage Drive S.E., which investigators say revealed evidence of fraudulent identity document production.Police also discovered the man had apparently created and was living under, false identities to avoid warrants for his arrest.Garrit Glen Engligh-Schleiermacher is charged with eight criminal code offences related to fraud and identity theft, including uttering a forged document, identity fraud and possession of forgery instrument.Garrit Glen ENGLISH-SCHLEIERMACHER is charged with eight criminal code offences related to fraud and identity theft, and 21 unrelated warrants. Anyone with info regarding additional alleged offences is asked to contact us or @StopCrimeYYC. Details: https://t.co/Tg92Ep0lSs #yyc pic.twitter.com/g0zBCBtFya— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) January 24, 2019Engligh-Schleiermacher was also wanted on 21 outstanding warrants for unrelated offences.Police are asking anyone who has information about this case or Engligh-Schleiermacher to come forward.last_img read more

Vancouver Granville community leaders voice support for MP Jody WilsonRaybould

first_imgVANCOUVER — When Jody Wilson-Raybould was demoted in cabinet, a rabbi in her Vancouver Granville riding reached out to her with a message from the Bible. It quoted Joseph, who said after a betrayal: “You meant it for bad, but God meant it for good.”The intention of the note was to convey that sometimes what looks like a curse can actually be a blessing. While it’s too soon to tell whether that’s the case for Wilson-Raybould, community leaders say recent events have not shaken their strong support for their MP.“She is very down-to-earth and extremely honest. She never promised something that she couldn’t or wouldn’t try to deliver. And she was really curious,” said Dan Moskovitz, the head rabbi of Temple Sholom, who wrote the encouraging note.“I just thought she was a lovely person and still is.”Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week amid allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her when she was attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. She was later demoted to Veterans Affairs Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied that his office directed her on the matter and has said that the departure of treasury board president Scott Brison necessitated the cabinet shuffle. On Monday, his closest adviser, Gerald Butts, resigned as his principal secretary, while denying any impropriety.In the Vancouver riding she has represented since 2015, supporters are disappointed Wilson-Raybould is no longer in cabinet but are respectful of her decision. Reverend Steven Epperson said many members of his Unitarian Church of Vancouver are more left-wing than the governing Liberals, but they deeply admire Wilson-Raybould.“They think that what’s happened is a tragedy,” Epperson said. “We’re not privy to what’s going on behind the scenes, but I think we’re all aghast at the kind of covert and overt discrediting of her that’s going on in some Liberal circles. I think it’s shameful.”Many church members, regardless of party affiliation, want to find out the truth and hope Wilson-Raybould remains in politics and continues to represent the riding, he added.Both Moskovitz and Epperson described Wilson-Raybould as a principled, committed MP who met with them and supported their initiatives, including programs to help refugees and people struggling to find affordable housing.Several community leaders in the riding expressed pleasant surprise when they expected brief meetings with Wilson-Raybould but she stayed for 45 minutes to an hour.Walter Wells, of the community group the Vancouver Odd Fellows, said Wilson-Raybould was extremely friendly when she sat down with him to discuss a charity contest for high school students to visit Parliament.“I was very conscious that she was a busy person and we’re just some small, local charity,” he said. “I kept expecting to get out of my chair and say, ‘Thank you for your time and goodbye,’ but she kept asking about our history, our membership and our purpose. … To me, (she is) not a typical politician at all.”Wells said he supports her “more than ever” after her resignation from cabinet.“It seems to me that she’s taken a principled stand,” Wells said. “I am so inspired by what I think is going on with her, and disgusted by what I think is going on with the Prime Minister’s Office.”Wilson-Raybould has not explained why she quit and has cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse comment. She has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she may say legally.The Vancouver Granville Liberal Riding Association said in a statement it stands in full support of Wilson-Raybould and her important work for the community and Canada.Marpole Oakridge Family Place holds an annual community gathering and Wilson-Raybould has attended every year since she was elected, said Andrea Krombein, literacy outreach co-ordinator.“She’s talking to whoever wants to speak to her. People are gathering around her. She’s acknowledging everybody. She’s focusing on one person at a time. She’s truly, truly, listening,” she said. “You can actually see from her body language, what she’s saying, that her goal is to connect and educate and reassure.”Krombein said while no one knows what really happened, she has no doubt Wilson-Raybould has been completely professional.“I feel that she’s probably working through it the best way she can. It does not change our impression of her at all.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Netflix series Seven Seconds all about blood seeping into the ground

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: The new Netflix series Seven Seconds is a searing drama charting a tapestry of bad decisions made by working-class people who are just trying to get by, with the effects of those decisions dragging volatile social and domestic tensions screaming to the surface. Facebook Twittercenter_img “The Killing had an ethereal quality to it,” Sud told Metro, moments after the Seven Seconds premiere party wrapped this past Friday. “But Seven Seconds is of the earth. It’s all about blood seeping into the ground.” Veena Sud is shown in a handout photo. A new Netflix crime drama is tackling the issue of racial tensions resulting from police misconduct in the U.S. and it was created by a Canadian. Toronto-born writer-producer Sud, whose previous credits include the “The Killing,” says she came up with the idea for “Seven Seconds” after “turning on the television and seeing black men and young children being shot almost on a nightly basis.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-JoJo Whilden/Netflix MANDATORY CREDIT But as dark as the program gets, it never once feels forced or fabricated. It’s a gritty, intelligently written, directed and performed entertainment that serves as a mirror to the very real struggles facing average Americans. The series is the brainchild of Toronto-born writer and producer Veena Sud, the executive producer behind long-running Canadian series Cold Case and the creator of the mesmerizing hit Netflix show The Killing. And while comparisons to The Killing will be inevitable, the two programs take a different esthetic approach to their grim subject matters. Advertisementlast_img read more

APTN Reporter Jorge Barrera talks about the rising tensions over DAPL pipeline

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Fez to Welcome a Moroccan Jewish Memorial Museum

Rabat – Is Fez going to have its first Moroccan Jewish Memorial Museum? According to Mehdi Qotbi, the president of the National Foundation of Moroccan Museums (FNM), there are ongoing discussions to create the museum. Following Qotbi’s visit, Wednesday, July 18, to the Jewish Cemetery of Fez and the Batha Museum with the wali (governor) of Fez-Meknes, the governor of Fez prefecture, Essaid Zniber and the mayor of Fez, Driss Azami Idrissi, he announced that discussions are underway to determine the progress of the project. The project is in line with FNM’s strategy which focuses on all cities in Morocco.“No region today will be forgotten,” Qotbi said, noting that Fez remains “the memory of the country, that of a people and a culture.” “This place of memory will carry a strong message from Fez to the world,” said Qotbi to MAP. He added that it is “necessary and important for this common memory to be highlighted, memory that should not hide an essential part of our culture which is Judaism.”For the president of the Jewish community of Fez, Oujda and Sefrou, Armand Guigui, the visit aims to highlight the places of memory of the Jewish community of Fez. As for the mayor of Fez, the initiative will promote the civilization, culture, and history of Fez. read more

AC Marriott Hotel Represents the Type of Investment that is Designed to

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the new 220-room AC Marriott Kingston Hotel development, represents the type of investment that is designed to create economic opportunities and address social issues such as unemployment, which the Government is focused on promoting.The US$55 million hotel, which slated to be officially opened on Monday (June 17), resulted from a partnership forged between the Sandals Resorts International Group, headquartered in Jamaica, and global hotel chain, Marriott International.Mr. Holness who, on Friday (June 14) toured the establishment, situated on Lady Musgrave Road, with Sandals Group Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, highlighted the fact that 219 of the 220 employees are Jamaicans.He told JIS News that information on their background suggest that “many of them are young people who were not employed before or had no prospects before”.The Prime Minister further pointed out that a number of them are coming from households, “which, probably, did not have an income before”, adding that “prospectively, for the next five years, they now have an income”.“It’s very important that the public understand the synergy between economic investment and social development. This is not just an investment that is going to [yield] profit for an investor. It is an investment that will provide income for households… placing people at the centre of development. All in all, I think everyone wins with this kind of development,” he added.Mr. Holness further pointed out that State agencies and initiatives such as the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), HEART Trust/NTA, and Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, were pivotal in preparing and positioning them for consideration and selection.For his part, Mr. Stewart said the Group is pleased with the high calibre team of employees who have been recruited, noting that “many of them [are] recent school leavers in the last several years”.He said training for the staff has been facilitated through development programmes provided by Marriott International, as well as the Sandals Corporate University.The service delivery focus areas include: banqueting, events, excursions, housekeeping, transportation, and tours.“We have been able to prove in our company that Jamaica can compete at the absolute highest standards with training and development,” Mr. Stewart added.Meanwhile, Mr Stewart said Sandals’ decision to embark on the hotel development stemmed from its view that “there has never been a better time to invest in Jamaica” noting, among other things, that “consumer confidence is at an all-time high”.“We feel more proud and confident today than the day we turned the soil on this project. Jamaica continues to rise and I think that under the leadership of our Honourable Prime Minister, the future of Jamaica is [going to experience] a boom. The next generation of Jamaicans should feel very proud to be a part of this journey… it’s quite awesome,” he added.Mr. Stewart told JIS News that reservations have already been received for approximately 20 per of the rooms, while the establishment has been booked for over 40 conferences and events.He advised that the conference facilities can comfortably accommodate over 600 persons Story Highlights The US$55 million hotel, which slated to be officially opened on Monday (June 17), resulted from a partnership forged between the Sandals Resorts International Group, headquartered in Jamaica, and global hotel chain, Marriott International. Mr. Holness who, on Friday (June 14) toured the establishment, situated on Lady Musgrave Road, with Sandals Group Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, highlighted the fact that 219 of the 220 employees are Jamaicans. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the new 220-room AC Marriott Kingston Hotel development, represents the type of investment that is designed to create economic opportunities and address social issues such as unemployment, which the Government is focused on promoting. read more

More Than 4000 Persons Find Jobs Through LMIS

Since the recent upgrading of Jamaica’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), some 4,208 persons have found jobs, while the system has attracted 1,300 employers and 23,000 jobseekers.Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, said the LMIS has had a “significant impact” on the labour market in Jamaica.“The LMIS has become a national employment portal, with career practitioners and educators now using it to make informed decisions,” the State Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the LMIS website and mobile application, held yesterday (June 17) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Internet-based system has three major components – the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), the Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) and the Skills Bank. It was established to link prospective employers with employees through a web-based medium.A major function of the ELE is the provision of career counselling to jobseekers, tips on résumé writing, interview and job search techniques.Mr. Mayne told his audience that the system is part of his Ministry’s continued quest to “reduce unemployment and to minimise the existing skills gap in the labour market”.He pointed out that the website is now more user-friendly, and features improved job-matching capability, easier navigation, and is more contemporary.The mobile application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for use on multiple mobile devices, such as the cellphone, tablets and laptops, and will soon be available for Apple devices.“I implore all business owners and corporate human resource managers to register on the LMIS portal, and we will help you find the right talent to suit your needs. To all persons seeking a job, regardless of your age or level of qualification, register to the portal and start your journey of finding that job that matches your skills,” the State Minister said.The system was developed with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and partners such as New Employment Opportunities (NEO), and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE). Since the recent upgrading of Jamaica’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), some 4,208 persons have found jobs, while the system has attracted 1,300 employers and 23,000 jobseekers. Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, said the LMIS has had a “significant impact” on the labour market in Jamaica. “The LMIS has become a national employment portal, with career practitioners and educators now using it to make informed decisions,” the State Minister said. Story Highlights read more

Members of Diaspora Encouraged to Adopt More Health Centres

The call comes from Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who reminded the diaspora that the Ministry now has “about 20-plus clinics lined up for adoption”. More members of the Jamaican Diaspora are being encouraged to support the Government’s Adopt-a-Clinic initiative, which seeks the help of volunteers in building the capacity of health centres. “This Adopt-a-Clinic [initiative] is an amazing opportunity to engage health at the community level, and it’s needed now more than ever because of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the lifestyle issues,” he said. More members of the Jamaican Diaspora are being encouraged to support the Government’s Adopt-a-Clinic initiative, which seeks the help of volunteers in building the capacity of health centres.The call comes from Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who reminded the diaspora that the Ministry now has “about 20-plus clinics lined up for adoption”.“This Adopt-a-Clinic [initiative] is an amazing opportunity to engage health at the community level, and it’s needed now more than ever because of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the lifestyle issues,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the third plenary session for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (June 18).The programme, which was launched in 2017, is designed to encourage Jamaicans, the Jamaican Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica to “adopt” a clinic in communities with which they are familiar, or elsewhere in Jamaica.“The [idea] is to commit a certain amount of resources, either in cash or kind. There is an accountability arrangement that shows you how that is spent, statements are sent [as well as] pictures. You come once a year, and you can engage,” Dr. Tufton said.Under the Adopt-a-Clinic Programme, the Ministry has earmarked 100 health centres across the island for support from local and international individuals, groups and corporate entities, with the aim of strengthening primary healthcare facilities. A total of eight health centres have been formally adopted to date.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton also called for the Jamaican Diaspora’s support in further building out Centres of Excellence in health, digitising health information systems, supplying drugs and sundries, and building human resource capacity through training.The conference, which runs from June 16 to 20, is being hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.This staging targets expanding and building pathways for the diaspora and Jamaica to work together to prepare effectively for the future within the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which incorporate the core goals of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan.The focal areas for dialogue, as well as the expected outcomes of the conference, take into consideration important global trends and their impact on the future marketplace and the workplace as well as critical Jamaica-Diaspora partnerships. Story Highlights read more

PICA to Roll Out Online Application Systems for Immigration and Citizenship

Story Highlights The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will shortly roll out its online application systems for immigration and citizenship services.PICA’s online Passport Application Portal was recently tested by delegates at the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference, held from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The agency was one of several government agencies that offered express service and government-related business at the ‘Government at Your Service’ pavilion, a fast-tracked one-stop-shop exclusively at the conference.Director of Customer Service, PICA, Stephanie Gordon, told JIS News that the new system will allow Jamaicans to apply for or renew their passport online at www.pica.gov.jm, pay for the service and have it delivered to them.“We will be introducing the online passport application service as well as the online citizenship application,” she said.Ms. Gordon said a number of persons had visited the booth during the Conference to apply for passports and to enquire about Jamaican citizenship.“We turned around their applications in a day, so persons were able to get their passports before they returned home. People made use of the opportunity to do their renewals while they were here, instead of waiting while they are overseas,” she added.Ms. Gordon said that applications for citizenship were also received from second-generation Jamaicans and from persons who are married to Jamaican nationals.The Director said that the agency’s outreach programme has been fulfilling the needs of Jamaicans abroad.“We do have a number of outreaches throughout the year. We have been in the UK, Canada, US as well as in the Caribbean, so in order to reach our customers where they are, we take our services to them,” she added.Ms. Gordon said that PICA offers its services at community activities and exhibitions, in partnership with Missions overseas. “This provides an opportunity for persons to interact with us and get their issues resolved,” she said.She noted that persons are sometimes hesitant to apply for their passports because they don’t have some of the requisite documents.“So, when we are there we can interact with them to get their issues resolved and to find a solution to the situation they may have,” Ms. Gordon said. PICA’s online Passport Application Portal was recently tested by delegates at the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference, held from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The agency was one of several government agencies that offered express service and government-related business at the ‘Government at Your Service’ pavilion, a fast-tracked one-stop-shop exclusively at the conference. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will shortly roll out its online application systems for immigration and citizenship services. read more