Finally, Mahesh Babu and Vamshi Paidipally have wrapped up the shooting of their upcoming film Maharshi, which is gearing up for release in May. The film stars Mahesh Babu, the Tollywood Prince in the lead role. He is reportedly sporting three looks in the film.Maharshi was recently wrapped up and Mahesh Babu took to Instagram share a post from the sets. The actor shared the picture of a huge mouthwatering cake from the sets. Looks like the crew celebrated their last day on sets in style.Here’s the post:Maharshi is the story of Mahesh Babu’s character and it will show the different stages of the protagonist’s life. Pooja Hegde, who is now a much-sought-after actress in Tollywood, has been roped in as the heroine for Maharshi. The film also stars Allari Naresh in an important role, who plays a friend of Mahesh Babu in the movie.After Maharshi, Mahesh Babu is teaming up with Rangasthalam director Sukumar. The details about the upcoming project are still under wraps. He also has another film with Anil Ravupidi.Maharshi also has Meenakshi Dixit in a lead role. Devi Sri Prasad is composing the music for the film.ALSO READ | Mahesh Babu hangs out with Karthi on Maharshi sets. See unmissable photosALSO READ: Leaked videos from Maharshi shooting spot leave Mahesh Babu and team in shockadvertisementALSO WATCH | Decoding the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu
Transfers Arsenal’s new Henry?! Aubameyang can take the Premier League by storm Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(27) Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga African All Stars Opinion A lot will be expected of the Gabon striker, who has had a similar path to goalscoring greatness as one of the club’s best ever players The story goes that when Arsene Wenger met fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry on a flight from Italy to Paris in 1999, he told the young attacker: “You’re wasting your time on the wing. You’re a No.9.”Wenger had known Henry from his time at Monaco, giving him his debut as a 17-year-old before being fired as manager less than three weeks later. Henry’s professional bow had come on the wing, with Wenger confident that his pace and skill would give opposition full-backs nightmares.Henry was kept on the flank by subsequent Monaco coaches and then, in one uninspiring season at Juventus, was even used as a wing-back by Carlo Ancelotti, unsurprisingly offering limited returns before he was allowed leave for Arsenal just eight months after moving to Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was 21 when he arrived in north London and desperate to play as a winger once more. Wenger had other ideas, though, pushing him into a central striking position as he looked to fill the void left by Nicolas Anelka up front.After a slow start, Henry admitted that he needed to “rediscover the scoring instinct, that automatic reaction in front of goal”. His first eight games came and went with no goals, as he either started out wide or from the bench.He finally got off the mark on September 18, 1999, netting the winner at Southampton after being brought on as a substitute, but, after 17 games in all competitions, he had just two goals to his name.In November, Wenger decided to start Henry alongside Dennis Bergkamp in a front two and, despite going behind early against Derby County, the Frenchman finally showed his ability as a striker with two goals to ensure victory.After the game, Wenger declared Henry’s contribution as “the start, I hope, of the conversion [into a centre-forward]”. Henry, though, didn’t just become a centre-forward; he became one of the most complete strikers in world football.He netted 24 times in Arsenal’s following 30 games. The next season, he scored 22 in all competitions, and then broke the 30-goal mark in each of the next five campaigns.In total, Henry scored 226 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, helping them to two league titles and two FA Cups, and is the club’s all-time record goalscorer. Not bad for a winger-turned-striker.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal comes much further along in his career than Henry’s. The Gabon international turned 28 in June, but went through a similar transition to Henry earlier in his career.Aubameyang is blessed with outstanding pace, which was utilised out wide in his early days in the Bundesliga by Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, in support of Robert Lewandowski. He finished his first season in the Bundesliga with 13 goals, but the jury was still out, as many of his strikes had come against the league’s lesser lights like Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg.Critics pointed to his poor strike-rate in Europe, where Aubameyang found the net just once in nine Champions League appearances. When Klopp needed a new striker to replace Bayern Munich-bound Lewandowski, he brought in Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos. Aubameyang was still being deployed as a right-winger.With Dortmund struggling in the league, having lost seven of their opening 10 games, Klopp was forced to change his approach. He shifted ‘Auba’ up top for the last 15 games of the season, salvaging something from a lost campaign to reach the DFB Pokal final and finish in the Europa League spots.Thomas Tuchel replaced Klopp and continued Aubameyang’s development as a striker. The new manager preferred to keep the ball at Aubameyang’s feet rather than have him run after it down the flanks, becoming a more rounded forward capable of holding up the ball and bringing team-mates into play. He even scored more than ever before, finishing second to Lewandowski in the race for the top scorer trophy with 25 Bundesliga goals.Aubameyang performed even better last season, with 31 league goals, beating Lewandowski to the Torjagerkanone as the league’s highest scorer. Despite a desire to leave Dortmund, goals have continued to come this season, with 13 in 16 league appearances and four more in the Champions League.Having proven himself as one of the world’s best goalscorers in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang has everything to succeed in the Premier League with Arsenal. Wenger has been looking for an heir to Henry since the Frenchman left the club over a decade ago, and now has finally found the complete forward he needed.After his £55 million move to the Emirates, Aubameyang compared himself to Henry, but said he would need to work hard to live up to the Gunner he shares a shirt number with.”I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry. He’s an example for us strikers. I’m really happy, like I said before,” Aubameyang said after his arrival. “He was fast and scored a lot of goals. He’s really an example. I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do.”When Henry retired from football in 2014 to become a pundit, Arsenal’s official website compiled a number of quotes from and about the Frenchman. Wenger glowed about his former forward: “What makes him special? He has a mixture of physical talent and technical ability, as well as remarkable intelligence and above all a great passion for the game.”Henry’s France team-mate Lilian Thuram described him as “a wizard with his feet and is blessed with a gift for scoring goals. His best quality is his speed while the ball is at his feet. He may be the fastest man ever to lace up a football boot. No defender in the world can keep up with him.”It would not be a surprise to hear any of the same sentiments expressed about Arsenal’s anticipated January signing. Aubameyang is one of the fastest players in the world, but also has amazing technical ability and physical talent.Wenger has long been maligned for never having replaced the key members of ‘The Invincibles’ but he might just have found his new Henry.
Let’s chat about that fourth down call in overtime. It made me raise my eyebrows, for sure, but Gundy said the deed had already been done way before that failed Mason Rudolph bootleg on third down.“We got to the fourth down and the yard or yard and a half, whatever it was, but there really wasn’t any decision,” Gundy said. “I guess there was a decision [but] I had already thought that through.“As soon as the overtime starts I had in my mind what we wanted to do if we got to fourth down, and that was to go for it unless it was out of the realm. Because I just didn’t feel like that if we kicked a field goal on the road, the crowd would have gone crazy knowing that all they had to do [to win] was score, and momentum was already against us.”AdChoices广告It’s hard to know how I feel about the call. I wrote after the game that I liked it, but I think I was saying that simply because it worked. There wasn’t enough time to process how I felt about it in the moments before it happened to get a truer idea of how I felt about the call (because I didn’t know whether it would work).“We trust J.W. We blocked the play well, and if we don’t … J.W. has a really good ability to slide sideways, turn his body and get a yard,” noted Gundy. He got a lot more than that.“I just have a lot of confidence in him, and Mike [Yurcich] made a good play call, changed up the scheme. That’s the first time we’d run that blocking scheme out of that package in this game. It worked for us.”Walsh was more blunt.“It wasn’t as pretty as you’d want it to be but at the end of the game we made plays when we had to do it, and ran the ball,” said Walsh.He’s right. And now OSU is 6-0 because of it. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Mike Gundy went on Mike & Mike this morning and *sort of* pumped up the Big 12.“The quarterback play we’re getting in this league is fantastic. We went through this four or five years ago where we had several first round draft picks. At any level, when you’re getting fantastic quarterback play, you’re going to run up some big offensive numbers. The talk will go on forever. We never really know until we get into bowl season, into playoff season.”I wish Gundy had been joined by Yurcich so we could have had Mike & Mike on Mike & Mike. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告
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Antoine Griezmann’s penalty was enough as Atletico Madrid moved up to second in LaLiga after claiming an unremarkable 1-0 win over Espanyol, as the Frenchman reached 200 career goals for club and country.Espanyol produced a fine performance given their wretched form, but Atletico just about managed to earn the victory which moves them back above Sevilla at least until Sunday thanks to Griezmann.The visitors looked considerably more threatening in the first half, with Jan Oblak having to be at his best to deny Borja Iglesias and one-time Atletico striker Leo Baptistao. 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 Espanyol’s attacking threat fizzled out somewhat after the break and Atletico made the most of that, with Griezmann’s penalty proving decisive and inflicting a sixth successive league defeat on Espanyol, their worst run since 2003. 94′ | 1-0 | ¡FINAAAAL! ¡Cerramos el 2018 con tres puntos en el Wanda @Metropolitano!#AtletiEspanyol#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/vMfkhSoMDq— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 22, 2018Espanyol looked the more creative of the two sides early on and went close twice in the first 15 minutes, as Esteban Granero sent a chip just wide of the top-left corner, before Oblak had to be alert to tip a similar effort from Iglesias over.Oblak made another vital stop in the 28th minute when parrying Baptistao’s fierce 20-yard volley, though he had to rely on his left-hand post to stop the Brazilian’s follow-up effort.Atletico finally tested Diego Lopez just before the break – the former Real Madrid goalkeeper pushing a Griezmann volley wide.The hosts looked more solid defensively after the interval and then found themselves ahead in the 56th minute, as Griezmann emphatically slammed a penalty into the roof of the net as a consequence of Koke being felled by a wild Granero kick.Atletico should have rounded things off when Gelson Martins was tackled in the penalty area on the counter, though it had no impact on the score as the hosts held on at the other end.200 – @atletienglish’s Antoine Griezmann has scored his 200th goal in his professional career (club and country). Milestone. pic.twitter.com/2vi3bWhw6f— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 22, 2018 What does it mean? Atletico ride their luckAtletico were again guilty of producing an unimpressive performance, finding themselves under pressure a lot in the first half. Although they weathered the storm and came out unscathed, one has to assume their luck will run out eventually against better – more ruthless – opposition.Oblak proves his worth, againHaving an immense goalkeeper really does make a difference, as Oblak showed on Saturday. Not only did he produce some vital saves, he dealt particularly well when put under physical pressure at set-pieces, somehow managing to routinely clear his lines despite being surrounded.Kalinic kept quietCroatian striker Nikola Kalinic was hoping to score in a third successive LaLiga game, but he offered very little before the interval, with Naldo generally bossing him. He was then replaced by Vitolo, who injected more urgency into Atletico’s attack.Key Opta Facts- No side has kept more clean sheets than Atletico Madrid in the top five European leagues in 2018 (21, level with Juventus). – Griezmann has scored 40 goals in 2018 for club and country, more than in any other calendar year.- Atletico have picked up 50 points at Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga in 2018 (W15 D5 L1), more than any other side at home in the competition.- Antoine Griezmann has been involved in 11 goals in his last 10 games for Atletico de Madrid in all competitions (seven goals and four assists).- Espanyol have lost their last six LaLiga games, their worst run in the competition since October 2003 (also six).- Atletico faced more shots in the first half against Espanyol (10) than in any other first half of a league game at Wanda Metropolitano. What’s next?After the winter break, Atletico face a trip to fellow high-flyers Sevilla in what promises to be a feisty encounter at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while Espanyol host Leganes. read more
Thomas Tuchel believes the first half of his debut season at Paris Saint-Germain has been “almost perfect” as they head into the mid-season break 13 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.PSG defeated Nantes 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday to ensure they retained their unbeaten start to the league season, having dropped just four points in total.Not only are PSG 13 points ahead of Lille, they also have two games in hand on their closest rivals, in what has been an emphatic beginning for Tuchel in Ligue 1. 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 while PSG have been consistently impressive, Tuchel also feels their progress is noticeable.”When you look at the results, it’s almost perfect,” Tuchel told reporters after Saturday’s game. “I am very, very happy.”We can see the progress of the team, we can feel the energy of the team. Everyone was very open to new ideas. It was nice.”Saturday’s game was PSG’s first in Ligue 1 since December 5, as the champions have had two matches postponed due to the ‘gilet jaunes’ demonstrations.It had been suggested PSG looked tired and lacking in sharpness in what was a rather laboured victory over Nantes, though Tuchel is adamant the team were “amazing”.”No, I do not think so,” he said when asked if they were tired. “We had 70 per cent possession, we had 40 touches in the opposing area, we had 23 shots… It’s amazing.@TTuchelofficial ‘s end-of-the-year message for the fans Rate @PSG_English ‘s first half of the season in word? #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/o45ekBTZIB — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 22, 2018 “We played with a lot of quality. We do a very aggressive counter-pressing, we just lacked precision in the final touch, in the last pass.”In my opinion, this is a match we could’ve won by four goals. We controlled the match. We deserved to win.”We are tired, but that’s normal. The team has been amazing. I compliment my players.”The club will return to action for a cup match on January 6 but do not have a league match scheduled until six days later against Amiens. But all eyes at PSG will be on Manchester United as the two have been drawn against each other the last 16 of the Champions League.
“It was a unique game. I always liked to come to the stadium, I always liked the environment, which is exciting. The first game was a dream. When I entered the field I almost had a blackout.”He may have suffered a few nerves when making his Benfica debut, but Gedson Fernandes’ performances for the transitioning Portuguese giants haven’t been that of a player overawed by his fast-tracked inclusion into the first-team.The 19-year-old made his Primeira Liga, UEFA Champions League and full international debuts all within a matter of months, quickly leading to apparent interest from European heavyweights such as Juventus. 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? His recent seventh-placed finish in the Golden Boy ranking proved testament to how well he has settled into the senior set-up with Benfica, while his impactful performances in the Champions League qualifiers were worth their weight in gold for the Eagles, who along with their new prodigy have been taken aback by his ability to have such an effect on their season so far.”I did not expect it to happen so quickly. I appreciate the confidence [shown by the coach and everyone at Benfica],” Fernandes said. “My colleagues really help me. The team has grown immensely. We have worked a lot, we have several goals to reach. I am very happy here.””I was speechless, I was not expecting it, but I’m happy. It’s a sign that the work is being done well. It’s a unique feeling, something inexplicable, I’m in one of the best clubs in the world, it’s my home, that’s where I graduated.” Technically proficient with an athletic build and an eye for goal, Fernandes has completed over half of his attempted dribbles and won more than 50% of his aerial duels this season, as well as boasting a passing accuracy of over 82% in the Portuguese top-flight and the UEFA Champions League.His ability to distribute the balls is mirrored by his skills to win it back; Fernandes completes on average two tackles a game and wins 3.5 fouls per game in the Primeira Liga; the fifth-highest in the league.Such well-rounded statistics promise a bright future for Fernandes, who is being monitored by the likes of Juventus and Manchester United. If his progress in 2019 rivals the strides he made in 2018, it won’t be long before the precocious young Portuguese starlet is propelled among the footballing elite.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been unfairly criticised for his performances this season, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says.The 25-year-old has only managed six goals in all competitions in 2018-19 and was not always guaranteed a regular starting spot during former manager Jose Mourinho’s final few weeks in charge.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City on Saturday in his first match as caretaker boss, but Lukaku was absent after missing training in the build-up to the trip to Wales. 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? Despite his struggles at club level, Lukaku is a key part of Martinez’s Belgium side, scoring 14 goals in as many games in 2018.And the former Everton boss thinks the scrutiny on the striker’s scoring record for United is often unfairly used against him.”There is a negative way of assessing Romelu’s performance for Manchester United,” he told The Sunday Times.”When Rom scores, everyone expects him to score, and when he doesn’t, he is almost directly the reason United haven’t won.”But Rom is ready for that challenge. He will never hide away. He understands what is expected of him. “For Belgium, he has shown he’s one of the best number nines in the world and I don’t understand why he’s being treated in a manner which he doesn’t deserve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing for his first game back at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager having won his first game in charge of the club. On Saturday, United scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge in 2013. Shorn of ex-manager Jose Mourinho, United were far too powerful for Cardiff City, who succumbed to goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.Huddersfield provide the second of four extremely winnable league games in a row for United. As well as Cardiff and the Terriers, United will play Bournemouth on December 30 and Newcastle on January 2. Solskjaer therefore has a strong chance of taking 12 points from 12 and re-aligning United’s season, which was becoming listless under the Special One.Man Utd Injuries United will be without their highest wage earner Alexis Sanchez, who former manager Mourinho ruled out until the new year with a hamstring problem. 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? Chris Smalling was a late withdrawal for the loss against Liverpool at Anfield and is not expected to return to the starting line-up.Fellow centre-back Marcos Rojo has only started one game all season and has been absent from the last two matches due to injury.Scott McTominay meanwhile has missed the last couple of games due to a knock.Romelu Lukaku has been absent due to a personal issue and is not expected to be back in time for the game against Huddersfield.Man Utd Suspensions Neither side is missing any player due to suspension. Midfielder Nemanja Matic is one caution away from a domestic ban having picked up four yellow cards to this point.Man Utd Starting Line-UpThe handbrake was off during the Cardiff game with United playing fluently and with pace.Against a relegation candidate at home, Solskjaer will be expected to take the game to the opposition and deliver better performances than Mourinho produced during the end of his reign.The temptation to persist with the same XI, fitness permitting, will be strong.Therefore he could well persist with the front three he picked in Cardiff, having seen all three score, and Paul Pogba will keep his place in the team with Mourinho now banished.Depending on fitness, United could opt to shuffle the pack at the back too.Huddersfield Team News Aaron Mooy heads Huddersfield’s list of injured players. He tore a knee ligament in early December against Arsenal and is at the centre of a club versus country row with Australia over his potential to play in January’s Asian Cup.Captain and midfield tempo-setter Jonathan Hogg missed the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday with a knee injury of his own but manager David Wagner hopes to have him available at Old Trafford.Likewise Rajiv Van La Parra could come back into contention.Danny Williams, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Tommy Smith are all listed injured while Ramadan Sobhi also missed out against the Saints for a Huddersfield side now on track for relegation.TV Channel & Kick-off time The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00pm GMT (09:00am ET) on Wednesday, December 26. No live coverage is available in the UK. In the US, the game will be shown on NBC Sports Gold.Best Opta Match facts Manchester United have lost just one of their previous 14 games against Huddersfield in all competitions (W10 D3), with that one defeat coming away from home (1-2 in October 2017). Huddersfield are looking for their first away win against Manchester United since September 1930, when they won 6-0 in a top-flight clash. They’ve failed to win any of their last 15 trips in all competitions since then (D5 L10). Huddersfield have failed to score in seven of their last 10 games against Manchester United in all competitions, netting just four goals in total in this period. Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford against Yorkshire opposition (W26 D6). The last Yorkshire side to win away against Manchester United in the top-flight were Sheffield Wednesday in April 1986. Manchester United haven’t lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1978-79 (0-3 versus Liverpool), winning 14 and drawing three since. Manchester United find themselves outside the top five positions of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the third time in six seasons since Alex Ferguson retired (also in 2013-14 and 2016-17). Under Ferguson, United were never outside the top five places on Xmas Day in any of the 21 Premier League seasons. Premier League games involving Manchester United have seen 64 goals this season; no club have witnessed more goals in their matches (scoring 34, conceding 30). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to become just the fifth Manchester United manager to win both of his first two league matches in charge, after TJ Wallworth, Matt Busby, Dave Sexton and Jose Mourinho. After going 19 Premier League games without a goal, Jesse Lingard has scored four goals in his last four games for Manchester United, including a brace last time out against Cardiff City. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in three appearances against Huddersfield Town in all competitions, with all three being scored last season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
In Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have found a player that is “John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic all rolled into one”, says Jamie Redknapp, with the Dutchman potentially the best Premier League defender of all time.The Reds invested £75 million ($95m) in the Netherlands international back in January, making him the costliest player in his chosen position.While breaking transfer records can be considered a gamble, those at Anfield have seen their show of faith richly rewarded. 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? Van Dijk is considered to have contributed significantly to Liverpool becoming Premier League title contenders, with there few obvious weaknesses in his game.Former Reds star Redknapp believes the 27-year-old is the finest all-round defender he has ever seen, telling the Daily Mail: “We are only halfway through the season but already nobody comes close to Virgil van Dijk in the race for Player of the Year. He is the one player every team would love to have in their side.“Think of the best defenders in Premier League history — John Terry, Rio Ferdinandand Nemanja Vidic. Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one.“He reads the game like Terry and is a lovely passer, getting the ball out of his feet and spraying 30-yard balls. Van Dijk is blessed with the pace of Rio, too. Rarely do you see him caught out in a one-v-one situation.“While he is not as aggressive as Vidic, he has that same warrior spirit and will to win. He is calm, cool, composed in the air and is a brilliant leader.”Redknapp added on Van Dijk’s potential to cement legend status while landing major honours: “Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender. I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.“To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.“If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.”Van Dijk has been an ever-present for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, helping them to cement a standing at the top of the table.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who remain unbeaten through 18 games, have opened up a four-point lead on reigning champions Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele has signed a professional contract with Celtic that ties him to the Scottish champions until 2021.Dembele has progressed through the youth ranks at Celtic at an alarming rate , playing for their Under-20 side in 2016 at just 13.The 15-year-old’s rise has seen him linked with Chelsea and Manchester City but he will begin his professional career at Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers expecting him to be challenging for a first-team place soon. 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? “My goal is to play for the first team,” Dembele told the club’s official website. “As soon as I can, I’m going to try to get into the first team, 100 per cent.”In the reserves, every training session, every game – it’s all to prove myself to the manager that I can play in the first team.”He added: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone, and I’d like to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me.”I’d also like to thank everyone for the training I’ve received, the discipline I’ve been taught, and the advice I’ve been given all the way.”Getting attention at a young age has been hard. You need to be strong mentally, you need to stay grounded, and you just need to get on with everything that you do on a daily basis.”Seeing players come through the academy and into the first team gives you hope, because you know they’ve taken the same path.”That means you’ve got a chance to make it into the first team if you work hard and give it your all.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the chance to force himself ahead of Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane on Manchester United’s managerial wish list, says Wes Brown.The Norwegian, who formed part of a Treble-winning squad back in 1999, has returned to Old Trafford on an interim basis in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.His reign got off to a perfect start with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff, with a side considered to have been released from their shackles now being tipped to push themselves into top-four contention. 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? Were they able to end the season inside that Premier League pack, then Brown sees no reason why the Red Devils would want to look anywhere else for a permanent appointment.The former United defender told talkSPORT as various names continue to be linked with a high-profile post: “I haven’t seen Man United play like that in a long time.“You could see everyone was enjoying it [against Cardiff] and obviously for the previous manager they weren’t doing that, so there was something wrong.“Ole has gone in there, got the smiles back on and just said ‘go and play’.“If Ole can keep this going then I can’t see a reason why we can’t make the top four. The lads will scare a few teams if they keep playing like that.“Personally, I think it would be great if Ole gets the job full-time. I would like to see him stay if he did well.“Obviously he’s been told it’s until the end of the season, but that could always change, you know how football is.“If he can start producing, keep winning and playing like that, anything can happen.“It’s nice saying we would like Pochettino and Zidane, but it’s not as easily done. If Ole did okay I don’t see a reason why he couldn’t stay on.”Were United to express an interest in keeping Solskjaer on, then a compensation package would need to be agreed with his current employers at Molde.A similar deal would need to be done in order to lure Pochettino away from domestic rivals Tottenham, and breaking him from a long-term contract would not come cheap.No settlement would be required to land former Real Madrid boss Zidane, but he has no previous experience of English football from a glittering playing and coaching career. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, articulated their positions on the matter during Tuesday’s (September 26) sitting of the House of Representatives at Gordon House, during which members were updated on the Government’s disaster relief response to several of the affected territories. Story Highlights There is consensus between the Government and Parliamentary Opposition on the need for Jamaica and other regional countries to take the necessary measures to ensure that there is no break in government operations in the event of a major disaster.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, articulated their positions on the matter during Tuesday’s (September 26) sitting of the House of Representatives at Gordon House, during which members were updated on the Government’s disaster relief response to several of the affected territories.Mr. Holness, who noted that the recent development of two Category 5 hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean was unprecedented, described it as a sign that regional governments “ought to prepare themselves for this new phenomenon”.He said the immediate challenge for small island nations like Jamaica is the resulting breakdown in security that those natural disasters can create “which is happening right across the region”.“If it were to happen on a larger scale, the repercussions could be devastating,” he noted.In that regard, Mr. Holness said there is need for significant focus on matters such as the continuation of the governance structure, “because you could have a disaster that so dislocates the institutions of the society that you literally have a break in government.”“So, we gave a directive to the National Disaster Preparedness Committee to look at the Continuation of Government Plan which would (focus on) where Government would operate from; who are the people who you would have to bring together; the communications; and the connectivity, just to ensure that if any disaster of epiphenomenal levels were to occur, that you would not have a break in government and, subsequently, a break in law and order,” he said.Mr. Holness, who said that the Government is “looking at this matter in a very serious light,” noted that the undertaking will require “some investment” as “just writing out a continuation of government plan is not going to be enough… you are going to have to build it out”.He advised that the Government continues to benefit from the services of an expert from the Government of Mexico, who, he said, is conducting assessments of the extent of preparedness and readiness by key State agencies, while expressing confidence that “Jamaica has a very good disaster response mechanism”.“Where we may fall short is on actual resources, equipment and infrastructure. But I think the governance mechanism for disaster response is there,” the Prime Minister noted.Against this background, Mr. Holness urged members of the House of Representatives to pass the proposed new Building Act, which will serve to support attendant engagements.“We have made certain policies known regarding mandatory evacuations (and) building in areas that are considered to be at-risk (and) vulnerable. The Government will ensure that the policies, laws and regulations, in this regard, are enforced,” he said.For his part, Dr. Phillips, who lauded the Government for committing to assist several of the hurricane-affected countries, said CARICOM Heads of Government and other supporting entities must commence the discourse towards initiating longer-term responses to natural disasters.Additionally, he said that the region needs to “reach out to the wider international community in providing support for our regional plans”. There is consensus between the Government and Parliamentary Opposition on the need for Jamaica and other regional countries to take the necessary measures to ensure that there is no break in government operations in the event of a major disaster. For his part, Dr. Phillips, who lauded the Government for committing to assist several of the hurricane-affected countries, said CARICOM Heads of Government and other supporting entities must commence the discourse towards initiating longer-term responses to natural disasters.
WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.The flurry of subpoenas came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a brisk schedule for discovery in the case alleging that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.The subpoenas target more than 30 Trump-linked private entities and the federal agency that oversees the lease for Trump’s D.C. hotel. Subpoenas were also being sent to the Department of Defence, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and the IRS, all of which have spent taxpayer dollars at the hotel.Other Trump entities that officials plan to subpoena include those related to his D.C. hotel and its management.The Maryland attorney general’s office confirmed the targets of the subpoenas to The Associated Press as they were being prepared Tuesday.The subpoenas focus on answering three questions: which foreign domestic governments are paying the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where that money is going and how Trump’s hotel is affecting the hospitality industry in the District of Columbia and Maryland.To help answer those questions, the subpoenas are asking for records of payments to Trump from state government and federal agencies that patronized the hotel. They’re also seeking information proving that hotel revenues are going to the president through his affiliated entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. Most of the records are being requested back to Jan. 1, 2015.The Justice Department declined to comment. Neither the Trump Organization nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment Tuesday.Trump’s Justice Department lawyers have previously argued that earnings from such business activity as hotels stays don’t qualify as emoluments. And in court papers last week challenging the judge’s decision to move the case forward, Justice lawyers objected to any discovery on a sitting president in order to avoid a “constitutional confrontation.” They also argued that any discovery would “be a distraction to the President’s performance of his constitutional duties.”Trump’s Justice Department lawyers filed a notice to the court Friday indicating it plans to challenge the Maryland judge’s decision to allow the case to move forward in a Richmond, Virginia, court. The president’s notice that he may seek a writ of mandamus — to have the appeal heard by a higher court — is considered an “extraordinary remedy” that’s hard to prove and partly rests on showing Messitte’s decisions to be clearly wrong.Because Trump was also the first president in modern history to not release his tax returns, any responsive records would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump’s business empire as well as his Washington, D.C., hotel.There is no indication yet that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, both Democrats, would push for the president’s tax returns, at least in this initial round of legal discovery, given the sensitive nature of such a request and likely additional delays it would cause. But tax returns for some of Trump’s business entities, including the state and federal tax returns for the Trump Organization, are also being requested.There is a separate federal lawsuit involving the General Services Administration, which oversees the lease for the hotel with the Trump Organization. Democratic lawmakers last year sued demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president.The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any “elected official of the government of the United States” from deriving “any benefit.” Trump and his daughter Ivanka, a senior White House adviser, both retained their stakes in the property.The plaintiffs’ prior preservation subpoena filing requested documents that concern “marketing to foreign or domestic governments, including members of the diplomatic community” for 23 Trump-linked entities, be saved. Other noted categories for preservation include documents that would identify guests of the hotel and those who have rented event space, details on all finances and “operating leases, permits, licenses, tax payments or credits to or from foreign or domestic governments.”Maine also received a subpoena, likely because its governor, Republican Paul LePage, stayed at Trump’s hotel in Washington when he had official business to conduct, including discussions with the president. Representatives for LePage’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.On one of those trips last year, Trump and LePage appeared together at a news conference at which Trump signed an executive order to review orders of the prior administration that established national monuments within the National Park Service. President Barack Obama had established a park and national monument in Maine over LePage’s objections in 2016.If there are no delays, legal discovery would conclude in early August.___Follow Tami Abdollah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/latamsTami Abdollah, The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Delhi City court here Saturday summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on June 7 on a complaint over his remarks that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling”.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal was hearing a criminal defamation complaint filed against Tharoor by Delhi BJP leader Rajeev Babbar, who has said his religious sentiments were hurt by the Congress leader’s statement. Tharoor had claimed in October last year that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Prime Minister Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivlinga”. He had termed it as an extraordinarily striking metaphor. The complaint says, “I am a devotee of Lord Shiva…. However, the accused (Tharoor) completely disregarded the sentiments of crores of Shiva devotees, (and) made the statement which hurt the sentiments of all Lord Shiva devotees, both in India and outside the country.”
New Delhi: Emphasising that allegations of corruption are not covered in the exemption given to the CBI from the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has advised the agency director to sensitise its RTI processing officers about the provision.Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha quoted an order of the Delhi High Court wherein the Intelligence Bureau was directed to provide information pertaining to allegations of corruption to an applicant. Like the Intelligence Bureau, the Central Bureau of Investigation has also been listed in the list of organisations exempted from the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHowever, this exemption does not extend to records held by the agency which pertain to allegations of corruption and human rights violations and they are subjected to provisions of the RTI Act. Sinha was hearing a matter wherein an RTI applicant had sought to know status of his complaint alleging irregularities in the allotment of LPG distributorship by the officers of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in Jaipur. Denying the information, the CBI cited exemption given to it by the central government.
Debate on the Trust Act 2019, which seeks to provide a modern legal framework for the governance of Trusts, opened during Friday’s (June 7) sitting of the Senate.Leader of Government Business, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill, pointed out that regulation of the conduct of Trustees is governed by the 1897 Trustee Act, which she noted “is clearly no longer in sync with today’s commercial climate or indeed, common law.”As such, the Bill is intended to implement a strong, modern, clear and comprehensive law that will support measures for the modernisation and diversification of the economy.It will, among other things, codify the common law, repeal the 1897 Act, provide savings and transitional provisions for continuity, and preserve the validity and enforceability of Trusts legally created.“The Bill seeks to not only update the legislative framework but it seeks to address the needs of a modern economy in which the investment community has increased its use of Trusts as a vehicle to enhance the returns that may be earned on the assets that are comprised in the Trust,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith pointed out that stakeholders in the international financial services sector as well as domestic trust service providers will be supported by this legislation.“We have already taken action to support the corporate governance environment through amendments to the Companies Act and the passage of two new partnership Acts, and passage of this Bill will be another significant step in furthering the mandate of the international financial services regime,” she noted.She noted that the Bill includes provisions that will strengthen the regulatory environment and accountability standards to which Trustees are to adhere, and further bolster the protective measures for persons affected by the terms of a Trust, or who provide services related to the Trust, inclusive of Trustees.“These measures include the appointment of enforcers to ensure that the terms of the Trust are executed by the Trustee,” she said.The Bill further identifies the property that may be held in Trust and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees.It includes provisions for the keeping of accounts, impartiality, the giving of information, the separation of Trust and property, and the preservation of Trust property.The Bill also provides for the power to relieve Trustees from personal liability and indemnification of Trustees by beneficiaries, and for the settlement of actions against Trustees by alternative dispute resolution.Debate on the Bill was suspended until a date to be announced. Debate on the Trust Act 2019, which seeks to provide a modern legal framework for the governance of Trusts, opened during Friday’s (June 7) sitting of the Senate. Leader of Government Business, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill, pointed out that regulation of the conduct of Trustees is governed by the 1897 Trustee Act, which she noted “is clearly no longer in sync with today’s commercial climate or indeed, common law.” As such, the Bill is intended to implement a strong, modern, clear and comprehensive law that will support measures for the modernisation and diversification of the economy. Story Highlights
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring Jamaicans living abroad that the Government is taking national security seriously, with significant investments made over the last two years to strengthen the country’s security architecture.He noted that this year alone, the Government is spending close to $20 billion, which is “the highest that has ever been spent on national security in Jamaica”.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last evening (June 16), said that security is being prioritised in order to ensure that the country can effectively respond to the challenges of the modern world.“We… have to be able to secure ourselves, not just from the conventional threats, but from the new and emerging threats, for example, in the cyber domain,” he said.The Prime Minister said that the country also has to be able to protect its borders, especially in light of transborder illicit activities such as trade in guns, drugs, human trafficking and others.These activities, he pointed out, foster the growth of criminal gangs.The Prime Minister noted that the Government has put in place ‘Plan Secure Jamaica’, which he noted “is working very well”.He said that the Plan not only focuses on crime but securing the country’s banks, ports, telecommunications, tourism, new logistics operations, the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, among other areas.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister implored members of the Jamaica Diaspora to use their influence to help in addressing crime and violence in the country.He said nationals living overseas could be particularly useful in encouraging their relatives in Jamaica to support the work of the police.“There has to be a genuine confrontation about supporting law enforcement, providing information to law enforcement and allowing law enforcement to do their work and supporting them in their work…I believe the diaspora can have a very powerful influence in that conversation, in that call back home,” he said.The Diaspora Conference, which continues on Monday (June 17) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, 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 will target 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.The conference concludes on Thursday (June 20). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring Jamaicans living abroad that the Government is taking national security seriously, with significant investments made over the last two years to strengthen the country’s security architecture. The Prime Minister, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last evening (June 16), said that security is being prioritised in order to ensure that the country can effectively respond to the challenges of the modern world. Story Highlights He noted that this year alone, the Government is spending close to $20 billion, which is “the highest that has ever been spent on national security in Jamaica”.
Story Highlights Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is encouraging citizens to purchase reusable containers, including shopping bags, in order to cut down on waste that goes to the landfills. “The NSWMA is strongly advocating for persons to buy reusable stuff; that’s why we support the ban on single-use plastic bags. We want to encourage the reduction of waste we generate as a country,” Mr. Gordon told JIS News. He is also urging the entertainment industry to adopt the practice of using reusable utensils. Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is encouraging citizens to purchase reusable containers, including shopping bags, in order to cut down on waste that goes to the landfills.“The NSWMA is strongly advocating for persons to buy reusable stuff; that’s why we support the ban on single-use plastic bags. We want to encourage the reduction of waste we generate as a country,” Mr. Gordon told JIS News.He is also urging the entertainment industry to adopt the practice of using reusable utensils.He said that since the January 1, 2019 ban on single-use plastics, a number of event organisers have invested in reusable products. However, more players in the industry need to get on board.“When you have a party and all the cups and plates are thrown out, we have to find somewhere to put them and some of these plastic things take up to 500 years to break down,” Mr. Gordon pointed out.Meanwhile, Board Director at the NSWMA, Camille Facey, said that the agency is in the process of acquiring 100 new garbage trucks.“We intend to look at plastic separation, which will require a separate truck to collect plastic items. Getting these additional trucks is critical to doing some of the things we expect to do in the next two years,” she noted.As of February 2019, the NSWMA has received 42 of the 100 trucks as part of its efforts to increase service delivery.