Transfer latest: Man Utd in talks for PSG star

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd in talks for PSG star Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:55 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lucas Moura PSG Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window MAN UTD IN TALKS FOR PSG STARManchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential deal for Lucas Moura, according to Le 10 Sport .The Brazilian winger has barely featured for PSG this season and agreed personal terms with Chinese side Beijing Guoan in early December .However, that deal has yet to be completed amid reports Lucas is holding out for a move to a major European club. 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 Chelsea had previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, but now United have made an approach, although any offer for Lucas is expected to be below PSG’s valuation of the player.MOURINHO WANTS GRIEZMANN IN JANUARYAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridJose Mourinho is ready to pull out all the stops to land Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann in January, according to the Daily Star .While the plan was to go after the France international in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both sidelined, Mourinho needs reinforcements up top immediately.Mourinho is willing to offer Griezmann £300,000 a week to get him to leave Atletico and snub Barcelona, who are also after the attacker.STOKE SCOUT DEMBELEMoussa Dembele CelticStoke City watched Celtic striker Moussa Dembele draw a blank in Saturday’s Old Firm derby draw with Rangers, reports The Sun .Dembele has been linked with a string of clubs and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is not ruling out selling the forward in the transfer window follow reports of a bid from Brighton.The 21-year-old is now a target for Stoke, although he failed to add to his eight goals for the season and was replaced just past the hour mark of the 0-0 stalemate with Rangers.MAN UTD AGREE £4M KEEPER SALESam Johnstone Aston Villa Manchester UnitedManchester United have agreed a £4 million fee to sell goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to West Brom, claims TEAMtalk .Johnstone is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but United intend to recall the 24-year-old after reaching an agreement with West Brom.With Johnstone out of contract at the end of the season , United have decided to cash in during the January transfer window.RANGERS WANT ARSENAL MIDFIELDER ON LOANMarcus McGuane, Arsenal, EnglandRangers want to sign Arsenal midfielder Marcus McGuane on loan in the January transfer window, according to  The Sun .McGuane has made two substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Europa League this season and has also been linked with a move to Napoli.The 18-year-old is looking to head to a club where he will play regularly and Rangers hope that will boost their chances of agreeing a deal.MADRID TO CALL OFF HAZARD PURSUITEden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid is set to call off their pursuit of Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard according to Marca .Instead, Zinedine Zidane is planning on giving a chance to 23-year-old Marco Asensio as the club believes adding the Belgian would further hinder the Spaniard’s development.In fact, the report states belief from the directors in Asensio is so high, they have stopped any further attempts to sign Hazard.TOSUN TO COMPLETE EVERTON MOVECenk Tosun BesiktasBesiktas striker Cenk Tosun is set to arrive on Merseyside to complete a £25 million move to Everton, according to  The Sun .The Turkey international is set to become Sam Allardyce’s first signing at Goodison Park, with the Toffees offering him a £7.5m-per-year deal.Allardyce will allow forward Oumar Niasse to leave once the Tosun deal is finalised as he looks to continue his good start to life in Liverpool.ICARDI WOULD JOIN MAN UTD IF HE LEAVES INTERIcardi Inter Italian CupMauro Icardi has eyes for Manchester United if he decides to leave Inter according to Don Balon .While Icardi currently feels committed to the club as it chases a Serie A title, he is considering his options for the future.According to the report, playing for Jose Mourinho, the former manager of Inter, is a dream for the attacker.WATFORD CONFIDENT OF BEATING NEWCASTLE TO SLIMANIIslam Slimani Leicester CityWatford manager Marco Silva believes his club will beat out Premier League competitors Newcastle to sign Islam Slimani, according to the Mirror .The striker has fallen out of favor with Leicester City and seems set for an exit from the King Power Stadium in the near future.He has been linked to a move to Newcastle, but Silva thinks he will land the striker, who he worked with at Sporting Lisbon.MADRID TO SMASH TRANSFER RECORD FOR HAZARDEden Hazard, ChelseaReal Madrid are getting ready a £120 million offer to pry Eden Hazard from Chelsea according to the Sun .The offer, which would break the British transfer record, is part of an attempt to pressure Chelsea into selling the attacker with two and a half years left on his deal.If Chelsea wait until Hazard has a year left on his contract, his value would drastically drop.FORMER ARSENAL AND CHELSEA MAN TO JOIN PSGLassana Diarra MarseilleFormer Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra is ready to join Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain according to the Mirror .Diarra, who was recently released by Al-Jazira, would join on free as PSG tries works to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations following their huge summer which included the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.MAWSON DEAL HELD UP BY AYEWAndre AyewWest Ham’s chances of signing Swansea’s Alfie Mawson may depend on whether they will send Andre Ayew the other way, according to the Mirror .Ayew has struggled to reach the same heights in London that he did for the Swans, and the report states Hammers boss David Moyes will be asked to part with him in any deal for Mawson.POGBA KEY TO MAN UTD’S DYBALA MOVEPogba DybalaManchester United have lined up a move to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala and are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can play a part in the move, according to the Mirror. Pogba, who joined the Old Trafford side from Juve for £89 million in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala in Turin and is said to be close friends with the 24-year-old.Jose Mourinho has now placed Dybala at the top of his summer transfer shortlist and will call upon Pogba to convince Dybala on a move to Manchester.BARCELONA PLOT CHRISTENSEN BIDAndreas Christensen ChelseaBarcelona are considering a bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Daily Mirror .The centre-back has usurped David Luiz as one of Antonio Conte’s most trusted lieutenants, and Ernesto Valverde is in the market to sign a world-class central defender.Barca have been monitoring Christensen since his ascent into the first team, and are keen to lure him away, with the Blues set to offer him a new deal to ward off any potential interest.SOUTHAMPTON & EVERTON BATTLE FOR WALCOTTTheo Walcott Arsenal 2017Southampton and Everton are ready to go head-to-head for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Telegraph .There is reportedly an acceptance at the club that Walcott’s time is up, and both the Saints and the Toffees are now ready to exploit the situation.The Saints, flush from their sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million, believe they could reignite Walcott’s faltering career, having given him his start in the 2005-06 season.Everton, meanwhile, are in the market for a Premer League goalscorer as Sam Allardyce looks to refresh his squad. 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Pogba’s 435-day unbeaten run at Man Utd

first_imgPaul Pogba Pogba’s remarkable 435-day unbeaten run proves value to Man Utd Matthew Scott 04:59 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pogba - cropped Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Everton v Manchester United Premier League The France international midfielder has not been on the losing side in the Premier League for over a year, proving his worth to the Red Devils “This season, there was a Manchester United with Paul and there was a Manchester United without Paul.”Jose Mourinho has made it clear how important Paul Pogba is to Manchester United and the France international is racking up the numbers to prove it.Wearing the captain’s armband, Pogba delivered a man-of-the-match performance as United beat Everton 2-0 on Monday – Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard on the scoresheet. 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 Pogba’s tricky footwork and pass helped set up Martial’s opener and he released Lingard for the second, moving the Frenchman onto seven Premier League assists this season in just 12 appearances.Added to his three goals, Pogba has already been involved in more goals this term than he was in 30 Premier League appearances in 2016-17 (five goals, four assists).Pogba’s recent injury absences have led to detrimental performances from United. Indeed, the Red Devils’ record signing has not been on the losing side in a Premier League game since October 2016.435 – It’s now 435 days since Paul Pogba last ended on the losing team in a Premier League game (October 23rd 2016 v Chelsea). Since then he’s played in 34 games (W21 D13 L0), while Man Utd have lost five games without him in this period. Talisman. pic.twitter.com/PS8DL3s326— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2018As United try to claw back rivals Manchester City at the top of the league, they will hope to be a Manchester United with Paul more often than a Manchester United without Paul for the remainder of the campaign…last_img read more

Defiant Hughes on the brink as Stoke lose again

first_imgMark Hughes Hughes remains defiant amid pressure as Stoke crash out at Coventry Russell Greaves 02:51 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mark Hughes Stoke City Getty Stoke City Stoke City v Newcastle United Premier League The Potters were humbled by the League Two club, but the manager remains confident he can turn things around soon Mark Hughes’ Stoke City future was left hanging by a thread following Saturday’s shock FA Cup loss to Coventry City, but the Welshman insists he “can take the pressure” and turn things around.Speculation is rife that Hughes will be sacked following the 2-1 defeat at the League Two club, though the 54-year-old spoke as if he would be afforded another chance to prompt a revival.Jack Grimmer’s goal proved decisive to compound the woes of a club languishing 18th in the Premier League, leaving the under-fire Hughes with no place to hide. 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 “It’s clearly a difficult time for us,” he told BBC Sport . “When we make mistakes, they’re getting penalised.”We’re not giving ourselves the right defensive platform at the moment and when that happens you’re always vulnerable.”Clearly, the only way to quieten down the noise around the club is to win games. We need to turn it around and quickly.”We’re good enough in this league – we’ve proved it during my tenure – but we’ve got to be better in key moments.”We’re all under pressure. I can take the pressure and the focus. I’m not naive and I realise people will talk about my position.”But we’ve got good owners who will make the right decisions for the club. They have done before and they’ll do it again.”Hughes took the Stoke helm in 2013, having had spells in charge of the Wales national team and Manchester City, among others.last_img read more

City slayer Townsend revels in ‘best goal of career’

first_imgManchester City’s commitment to pressing persuaded Andros Townsend to smash in his goal of the season contender.Crystal Palace claimed a shock 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium to land a telling blow against City’s Premier League title defence.Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener and Luka Milivojevic’s penalty 10 minutes into the second half ultimately proved decisive after Kevin De Bruyne reduced the arrears late on. 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 it is Townsend’s sumptuous volley from 30 yards after City only partially cleared a set-piece that will live long in the memory.”It sat up for me. I knew if I took a touch, the way Man City press the ball they would have been all over me,” the Eagles forward told Sky Sports.”I knew I had to take it first time and as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a chance.”Townsend conceded Palace had to dig in for victory against Pep Guardiola’s side, making his goal all the sweeter.”Having watched it back I think it was the best goal of my career, given the circumstances and given the opposition – probably the best side I’ve ever played against in my career,” he added.”They’re incredible. We couldn’t get near them at times. To score against these away from home makes it the best.”Palace are now six points clear of the relegation zone and manager Roy Hodgson wants to ensure they make the most of an unexpected win when they host struggling Cardiff City on Boxing Day.”It’s a good day’s work and three fantastic points that we need to make certain we don’t throw away by not doing the job we need to do against Cardiff,” he told Sky Sports.”We need three points from that game as well and not waste these three ‘bonus’ points that a lot of people didn’t expect us to get today.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solskjaer starts with most potent post-Fergie performance

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has opened his Manchester United reign with the club’s most productive attacking performance in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson.The Red Devils have endured a rather humbling fall from grace since an iconic manager slipped into retirement back in 2013.David Moyes struggled to fill the shoes of a fellow Scot, while Louis van Gaal won few admirers with his brand of football. 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? Jose Mourinho briefly threatened to return former glories to Old Trafford, as he landed three trophies in his debut campaign, but the Portuguese soon lost his Midas touch.He was relieved of his managerial duties earlier this week, with Solskjaer appointed in his place on an interim basis through to the end of the season.The Norwegian saw his tenure get off to a dream start on Saturday as United swept to a 5-1 victory over Cardiff .Marcus Rashford set the tone with an opening goal inside three minutes , and the Red Devils did not look back from there.Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who bagged a brace, also got in on the act against the Bluebirds.Not since Ferguson’s final game in charge over five years ago have United been so prolific in the final third, with Solskjaer laying down an impressive early marker as he seeks to follow in the footsteps of a coach he tasted Treble success under in 1999.5 – Man Utd have scored 5+ goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge in May 2013 versus West Brom (5-5). Gunnar. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/uc9jYCKv0C — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018 United and Solskjaer still have plenty of work to do if they are to salvage their season, but they could not have got a new era off to a better start.They remain sixth in the Premier League table for now, but belief and positivity is flooding back.An eight-point gap will need to be bridged if they are to force their way back into the top four, but that challenge now looks slightly less daunting.This is, however, not the first time that a United boss has burst out of the blocks.In fact, four of the five men to have taken the reins since Ferguson left have enjoyed goal-laden openings.Moyes saw United hit four on his bow, Mourinho three, Ryan Giggs four during a brief spell as caretaker and Solskjaer now has five to his name.The Red Devils will be looking to prove that their performance in South Wales was no flash in the pan, while building further momentum, when they play host to Huddersfield on Boxing Day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Video: Louisville Fan Reacts To Jeff Brohm’s Decision To Remain At Purdue

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm announced his intentions to remain with the Boilermakers after flirting with Louisville. The Cardinals fired former head coach Bobby Petrino during the season and were seen as the favorites to land Brohm before his announcement.Brohm, whose alma mater is Louisville, said he thinks it’s important to finish the building process he started at Purdue two years ago. In two seasons as the team’s head coach, Brohm led the Boilermakers to two 6-6 seasons and one bowl win.Most thought Brohm would leave Purdue for his alma mater, but Brohm shocked the college football world with his announcement Wednesday night.Louisville fans took the news especially hard. One alleged Louisville fan burned Brohm’s brother’s No. 12 jersey.Check it out.I was just sent this video from a UofL Fan: pic.twitter.com/DM7FXdHQEy— Mark Blankenbaker (@UofLSheriff50) November 29, 2018Brohm’s brother, Brian, also played for Louisville and currently serves as Purdue’s co-offensive coordinator.Not a good look for Louisville fans. Meanwhile, the school will now re-open the coaching search.last_img read more

Mercedes and Ferrari sign up for new Netflix F1 series

first_img Reuters LondonJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 12:00 IST Mercedes and Ferrari agreed to be part of a Netflix documentary series. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMercedes and Ferrari will soon be seen in a Netflix’s documentary series named Drive to SurviveThe top 2 decided not to be part of the first season of the series that was released earlier this yearThe 2nd season of the Netflix F1 series will be aired in year 2020World champions Mercedes and Ferrari have agreed to take part in a second Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ documentary series due to be aired next year, Formula One announced on Wednesday.The first 10-part documentary series filmed in 2018 and released this year focussed mostly on teams further down the starting grid after the top two decided not to be part of it.A behind-the-scenes look at the championship, it was well-received by fans and sponsors.Mercedes, the dominant team of five times world champion Lewis Hamilton, are celebrating their 200th start as a Formula One constructor at this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.They also plan to race in a special livery to commemorate their 125th year in motorsport.Hamilton, winner at Hockenheim last year, goes into the halfway mark of the season with a 39-point lead over Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.Mercedes have won nine of 10 races so far in 2019.Also Read | F1: Lewis Hamilton pips Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to win record 6th British GPAlso Read | Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix to end Mercedes’ unbeaten streakAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Formula OneFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Netflix Next Mercedes and Ferrari sign up for new Netflix F1 seriesWorld champions Mercedes and Ferrari will be seen in the second part of Netflix documentary series ‘Drive to Survive’.advertisementlast_img read more

Every Student to Be Placed in Full Five-Year High School

first_imgStory Highlights Statistics from the Ministry of Health show a 22 per cent reduction in the number of live births in Jamaica for the period January to March 2017, when compared to the same period in 2016. All students sitting the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be placed in a full five-year secondary-level institution.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that for the first time in the country’s history, there will be no need to place students who take GSAT in a junior high school’s grade-seven class.He said that given the reduction in Jamaica’s birth rate in recent years, coupled with expanded capacity at the secondary level, more space has been created for students to be placed directly in a high school.Statistics from the Ministry of Health show a 22 per cent reduction in the number of live births in Jamaica for the period January to March 2017, when compared to the same period in 2016.“The total number of students who have been registered this year (to do GSAT) is 39,093. There is still a trend in a lower and lower number of students sitting the GSAT over the last couple of years, because the birth rate has been falling,” Mr. Reid said.He was addressing a press conference on Tuesday (March 20) at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.Meanwhile, the Minister said there are four schools that remain on shift, and the Government is working to transform them over the medium-term.Students sat Mathematics and Social Studies on Thursday’s first day of GSAT and will sit Language Arts, Communication Task and Science on Friday (March 23).The 2018 sitting of GSAT will be the last in Jamaica’s history. The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will replace it as the national placement examination in the 2018/2019 academic year. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that for the first time in the country’s history, there will be no need to place students who take GSAT in a junior high school’s grade-seven class. All students sitting the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be placed in a full five-year secondary-level institution.last_img read more

Maersk Line Settles Competition Case with Russias FAS

first_imgzoom Danish boxship giant Maersk Line has reached an agreement today with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) to settle a competition case regarding Maersk Line and other shipping lines’ use of price announcements to the Russian market.As explained, the deal is subject to payment of a settlement fee worth USD 230,000 by Maersk Line. Furthermore, the previous FAS decision on a fine of approximately USD 12 million will be terminated, the shipping company said in a release.The case was launched in 2013 and concerned behavior which is legal in other jurisdictions.Danish carrier stressed that this behavior was previously investigated by the EU and not deemed an infringement of EU Competition Law. The investigation concerned behavior of fifteen container shipping companies, including Maersk.The European Commission claimed that since 2009, major global container shipping companies had been making regular public announcements on price increases for transport services on routes to and from Europe, signaling future price intentions to each other and harming competition.The carriers in question also included China Shipping, CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen, Hamburg Süd, Hanjin, Hapag Lloyd, HMM, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, UASC and ZIM, according to the EC.However, Maersk said that FAS found no evidence of cartel behavior in the case. Under a unique provision in Russian Competition Law, FAS had initially concluded that Maersk Line and the other shipping lines’ use of price announcements constituted a non-cartel concerted action.“The case concerned a unique Russian provision that does not exist in other countries. This agreement shows the commitment of both parties to find a solution that creates clarity for the future. We look forward to continuing our engagements in Russia”, says Camilla Jain Holtse, Head of Competition Law at Maersk Line.Under the proposed deal, Maersk Line will cease public price announcements for cargo to Russian ports. Instead, it would inform its customers of prices or Russia specific corridors via email or a password protected webpage.Further, Maersk Line has offered and will sign up to voluntary industry guidelines for price announcements.The company added that the guidelines are also aligned with the principles Maersk Line voluntarily adopted when the EU Commission in July 2016 closed its competition case, finding no infringement of EU competition law in 14 shipping lines’ use of price announcements.“We welcome FAS’ decision to opt for international regulatory standards. FAS has recognised the global nature of liner shipping and the compelling need for a coherent regulatory approach. This is a very positive international precedent as it supports our global industry to apply an aligned global regulatory approach,” adds Jain Holtse.last_img read more

Priyanka to visit Sonebhadra on Aug 13 to meet tribals

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will visit Ubha village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonebhadra district to meet family members of the tribal community who were killed in a caste carnage last month. A Congress leader told IANS that the visit will take place on Tuesday. He said she will visit the village where at least 10 people of Gond community died in caste violence over a land dispute. Her visit comes almost three weeks after Priyanka Gandhi was detained in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh when she was going to meet the family victims. A day after her detention at the Chunar fort by the district administration, the members of tribal community walked for almost 70 km to meet Priyanka Gandhi.last_img

Clashed over Bible verses Board votes to shut down Alberta Christian school

first_imgCAMROSE, Alta. – An Alberta Christian school that clashed with its school division over teaching certain Bible verses may be forced to shut down.The Battle River School Division voted last week to close Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alta., southeast of Edmonton at the end of the school year.The relationship started to fray about a year ago when the school division asked the school to stop teaching certain Bible verses that discussed sexuality.School division trustees said that they believed the verses could contravene Alberta’s human rights code.School board chairman Kendall Severson said that was eventually dealt with, but the bigger issue was a lack of co-operation.The school argues the division’s attempts at censoring biblical references in the curriculum are illegal and wants the courts to stop the closure.“I guess it was the unwillingness to work together for a communications protocol on how we communicate with each other and dealing with issues that arise,” Severson said, pointing to an ongoing legal challenge brought against the division by the Cornerstone Christian Academy Society.“We can’t work together with an organization that’s got legal action against us, and not willing to come together and work on an agreement.”Deanna Margel, the society board’s chairwoman, said there is a “great misunderstanding” of what faith means in today’s culture.“What is happening at the school is a good opportunity for people to discuss their different ideas and talk about how we deal with those things,” she said.“Anybody familiar with the Christian Bible will recognize that there are many, many, many passages of Scripture that are offensive to even those of us who follow Christ.”Parents are already considering their options if the legal fight fails.“Many different parents (are) doing many different things: some going to home schooling, some having to drive their kids 40 minutes to 45 minutes away,” said Gabe Vorhees, who sends his four children to Cornerstone. “None of us really want to be part of this school division.”He said his family was happy with the division before it decided to close the school, but doesn’t trust it anymore.Vorhees said he believes there’s a lot of internal animosity.“We are people of faith and we’re a community of faith and we choose to forgive, but we also have rights.”If things don’t go their way in court, the school society’s backup plan is to reopen as a private school in the fall. Margel acknowledged that would make for a busy summer for the school society, because that would involve a lot of paperwork under tight timelines.Cornerstone teachers also have a choice to make. They are employees of the school division, so staying on at a revamped Cornerstone would mean giving up their jobs with the public school board.(iNews880)last_img read more

Mr Seaga Hailed by St Anns Bay Mayor as Thoughtful and Fearless

In an interview with JIS News, Mayor Belnavis credited Mr. Seaga as being the driving force behind the development of the resort town of Ocho Rios. Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, says former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, was a “thoughtful, strong and fearless leader” whose stellar contribution to national progress spans several sectors. Story Highlights “Ocho Rios was a small fishing village and he essentially made Ocho Rios into a great resort town and one of the major tourist destinations in the western hemisphere,” he said. Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, says former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, was a “thoughtful, strong and fearless leader” whose stellar contribution to national progress spans several sectors.In an interview with JIS News, Mayor Belnavis credited Mr. Seaga as being the driving force behind the development of the resort town of Ocho Rios.“Ocho Rios was a small fishing village and he essentially made Ocho Rios into a great resort town and one of the major tourist destinations in the western hemisphere,” he said.Mayor Belnavis said that Mr. Seaga influenced his decision to enter politics.“The reason I am in politics is strictly attributed to him. When I first met him, I was moved by his compassion and his forthrightness. Quite frankly, Mr. Seaga was a meticulous man in everything that he did and that resonated with me,” he added.Mayor Belnavis was among mourners paying respects at the St. John’s Anglican Church in Ocho Rios, St. Ann was on Friday (June 7), where Mr. Seaga’s body was lying in state.Persons from all walks of life poured into the halls of the church to view theflag-draped casket, while the honour guard stood watch.Students from various institutions across the parish also turned out to honour the life and service of Mr. Seaga, who was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister.Minister of Transport and Mining, the Hon. Robert Montague; and Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Shahine Robinson, also joined members of the public in paying final respects.In an interview with JIS News, Minister Robinson hailed Mr. Seaga for his “monumental contribution” to the development of the nation.She said he played an integral role in her political career.“He was like a father to me. In the 2001 by-election (in North East St. Ann), he made sure that I ate, he made sure that I slept, he made sure that I was in good spirits all the while. I don’t think I can ever repay him for what he did for me in that first by-election. Even though persons thought that I wouldn’t be able to win, because of his faith and his trust in me, I did the work that was necessary,” she said.For his part, Minister Montague remembered Mr. Seaga for his good sense of humor and for the instrumental role he played in rural development.“He did studies in Boxton, St. Catherine and from there he worked to develop rural communities,” he said.“The festival movement, the hundred villages programme, the HEART Trust/NTA and the Self-Start Fund; these are things that speak to rural development and giving rural people a chance to shine,” Minister Montague noted.One mourner, Shirley Blackford from North East St. Ann, related her fondness of Mr. Seaga, stating that his legacy as a great leader will live on.“I am here to pay my last respects to a great man because I know that he was great from before he died and that he contributed a lot to Jamaica,” Mrs. Blackford told JIS News. read more

Support for Plastic Ban Remains High – NEPA

He noted that the public has been kept informed about the policy through public education and sensitisation sessions in communities across the island. Chief Executive Officer, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight, says public acceptance and support for the Government’s ban on single use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene (Styrofoam), remains high. Story Highlights “The acceptance has been great. We have seen remarkable behaviour and attitude changes among members of the population,” he said, while addressing the ‘Let’s Talk Environment and Planning’ panel discussion and forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 5. Chief Executive Officer, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight, says public acceptance and support for the Government’s ban on single use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene (Styrofoam), remains high.“The acceptance has been great. We have seen remarkable behaviour and attitude changes among members of the population,” he said, while addressing the ‘Let’s Talk Environment and Planning’ panel discussion and forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 5.He noted that the public has been kept informed about the policy through public education and sensitisation sessions in communities across the island.“Our teams have been in the field and we have done publications,” he added.Mr. Knight said the policy has also received rave reviews worldwide.“Just last week, the Miami Herald had a very thoughtful article on the Government’s policy action. The policy is well received and by our calculations, we would say the policy has a 95 per cent support among the population but also from the wider Caribbean and worldwide,” he said.Mr. Knight lauded all the agencies that have been instrumental in the enforcement of the ban, particularly the Jamaica Customs Agency.He said the support from the agency has been excellent in preventing the banned products from entering the country.The forum and panel discussion, held on World Environment Day, was part of activities in observation of  National Environmental Awareness Week from June 1-5 under the theme: ‘A Better Environment Equals a Better Life, Do the Right Thing.’The ban, imposed by the Government on January 1, 2019, also covers the importation, manufacture and distribution of the plastic materials.The bags banned are those commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and others with dimensions of 24 inches by 24 inches or less.NEPA has been charged with the implementation of the policy. read more

Mourners Pay Tribute to Edward Seaga

Story Highlights The mourners, most of whom were dressed in black, white and green, said although they were not unable to go inside the church or the church yard, it would be remiss if they did not stand on the streets surrounding the church to say goodbye. The former Prime Minister died on May 28 at a hospital in the United States where he was receiving treatment.  He was 89 years old.   “He was one of the best Prime Ministers because of the things he did for the poor. He built houses and helped to provide education. The day he died, it was his birthday, and in the morning I posted his photo in my Whatsapp status for his birthday. When I heard he died that day, I cried. I literally cried because I respected that man so much,” Ms. Morgan told JIS News.     Hundreds of mourners whose lives were impacted by the leadership and contribution of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, flooded the streets surrounding the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in downtown, Kingston, during his State funeral, on Sunday (June 23), to pay their last respects.The mourners, most of whom were dressed in black, white and green, said although they were not unable to go inside the church or the church yard, it would be remiss if they did not stand on the streets surrounding the church to say goodbye.One of the mourners, Mr. Michael Robinson, who is an artist and past student of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, said Mr. Seaga was one of the first persons who invested in his talent and encouraged him.That investment permitted him the opportunity to receive tertiary level certification, travel to other countries and show his work to the world, and for this, he is forever grateful.“I am from the community of Denham Town [one of the communities of West Kingston where Mr. Seaga served as the Member of Parliament for 43 years], and I was sponsored by Mr. Seaga to attend Edna Manley in 1995. He did a lot for Jamaica. I am a self-taught artist with painting and he invested in my talent,” Mr. Robinson told JIS News.“That investment has allowed me to travel to a lot of cities and countries, such as Belgium, Germany, United States of America and many more,” he said.Another mourner, Mr. Shawn McNamee, told JIS News that he loved Mr. Seaga as much as he loves his parents.“He implemented a lot of institutions in this country, which have benefitted a lot of my friends. He implemented the HEART Trust/NTA and I have a lot of friends who went to the Runaway Bay HEART Academy, been trained as chefs and now they are working on ships all over the world. That’s a big thing for me,” he said.Coronation Market Vendor, Ms. Pauline Johnson, who has been selling for over 30 years, said Mr. Seaga ensured market vendors were comfortable when he served as Prime Minister. That was her main reason for standing in the streets to pay her final respects before he was laid to rest.“He has done a lot for Jamaica. He saw to it that we [the market vendors] were all taken care of,” she  said.Mr. Fitzroy Graham recalled Mr. Seaga as a good Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston.“He has done work that many still don’t know about. Since his death, I am actually surprised at many things I am hearing that he did. He was always there for poor people. We will never stop loving him and that’s why we’re here to pay our last respects,” Mr. Graham said.Another mourner, Terri-Ann Morgan, who travelled to Kingston from St. Elizabeth, said watching the State funeral on television would not be enough for her. She had to attend the funeral, even if it meant she had to stand in the street and watch it on a screen near the church.“He was one of the best Prime Ministers because of the things he did for the poor. He built houses and helped to provide education. The day he died, it was his birthday, and in the morning I posted his photo in my Whatsapp status for his birthday. When I heard he died that day, I cried. I literally cried because I respected that man so much,” Ms. Morgan told JIS News.Mourner, Mr. Henry Anderson, said he has fond memories of Mr. Seaga when he served as Prime Minister and visited his community in St. Thomas.“When my mother was alive, she loved him because of what he did for us in the community, so I had no choice but to love him too,” Mr. Anderson said.Sisters, Sharon Campbell and Veronica Mills, who embraced each other on the streets, said Mr. Seaga positively impacted their lives when they were younger, and even though one was not feeling well, they braved the heat from the sun, and came out to pay their last respects.“He did what he could [for us]. Many came after, and have not done what he did. He built houses for poor people, he built schools, he built health centres and assisted the hospitals, both in Kingston and rural parishes. He was a great man and for that I respect him,” Ms. Campbell told JIS News.Her sister gave a more personalised recollection of his contribution to her life. “When I lived in St. Mary as a young girl, I never forgot how he built a clinic for my community. He helped us to get water and electricity. I also remembered how he helped me to get a piece of land, and for that, I had to come out and pay my last respects today,” Ms. Mills said.Mr. Seaga served as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989 and was also a member of the first Parliament of independent Jamaica.He also served as Member of Parliament for West Kingston, where Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens are located, for 43 years.The former Prime Minister died on May 28 at a hospital in the United States where he was receiving treatment.  He was 89 years old.Mr. Seaga was buried in National Heroes Park. read more

Mayor of Miramar Invites Jamaican Businesses

“As a municipality in the US, it is my responsibility to ensure that the information is available and put the specific partnerships together, for example, you may need a US business partner, in terms of capital,” the Mayor pointed out. He was addressing a session of the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, on June 19. Mayor of Miramar in Florida, USA, Wayne Messam, says the city wants to attract Jamaican companies, as it is the fifth largest Jamaican diasporic location.He was addressing a session of the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, on June 19.“We have a foreign trade zone and as long as you are creating a job, for example exporting guava jams and packaging that in Miramar, you can do so tariff-free,” Mayor Messam shared.He noted that the city has been working with franchisees and educating them on how to get business licences and identify markets suitable for their products.“As a municipality in the US, it is my responsibility to ensure that the information is available and put the specific partnerships together, for example, you may need a US business partner, in terms of capital,” the Mayor pointed out.He noted that there are many things that can be done to facilitate private entities that would like to expand into the US market.“Because we have spent a significant amount on detailing the establishment of our infrastructure, we want to leverage this now. We are open for business. The city of Miramar is open to facilitate opportunities, because I believe as ‘diasporans’ it is our responsibility to be intentional in the way how we can expand our culture and reach,” the Mayor said.Interested franchisees may communicate their interest to the Mayor’s Office in the City of Miramar at: www.miramarfl.gov or 954-602-HELP (4357). Story Highlights Interested franchisees may communicate their interest to the Mayor’s Office in the City of Miramar at: www.miramarfl.gov or 954-602-HELP (4357). read more

BOJ Conducts Diaspora Survey

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is conducting a survey to get a deeper understanding of the diaspora’s involvement in the Jamaican economy.The survey, which will be used to inform policy decisions, will cover a broad range of topics, such as remittances, the potential sectors for investments and the types of investments that are of interest to the diaspora community.A ‘pulse’ survey was administered at the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held recently at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The BOJ was one of several government entities at the ‘Government at Your Service’ pavilion at the event.Deputy Governor of the BOJ, Dr. Wayne Robinson, told JIS News that the conference provided an opportunity to engage members of the diaspora.“The responses we got are very encouraging. We have exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of responses. That is very encouraging,” he said, adding that the data collected will be analysed in order to refine the questions to be administered.Dr. Robinson revealed that a previous survey done by the BOJ had focused on the recipients of remittances.“We thought it was important to use this occasion to engage with the senders, that is, members of the diaspora,” he said.He noted that the study will garner information through different sources, such as remittance businesses. Contact will also be made with the diaspora through various associations, especially in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.Dr. Robinson said the compilation and analysis of the data should be completed by the latter part of this year.“We hope to conclude the process, probably sometime in the last quarter of this year,” he added.“The research findings will enable us to provide advice on policies that can help Jamaica to achieve its objectives, economic growth and employment, which would benefit not just Jamaicans living here but Jamaicans who are living abroad as well,” he continued.Dr. Robinson, who is in charge of Economic Policy and Research, said that the diaspora community is very important to the Jamaican economy. He noted that the annual remittances in Jamaica are running at about US$2.2 billion.“That is roughly about 16 1/2 per cent of the gross domestic product, so it is very significant,” he added.Jamaicans living abroad can contact the BOJ at 876-922-0750 or via its Facebook Page @CentralBankJA or email: info@boj.org.jm for further details. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is conducting a survey to get a deeper understanding of the diaspora’s involvement in the Jamaican economy. A ‘pulse’ survey was administered at the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held recently at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The BOJ was one of several government entities at the ‘Government at Your Service’ pavilion at the event. Story Highlights The survey, which will be used to inform policy decisions, will cover a broad range of topics, such as remittances, the potential sectors for investments and the types of investments that are of interest to the diaspora community. read more

Young Trainees Urged to Show Positive Attitude in the Workplace

Principal of the HEART College of Hospitality Services, Shorna Myrie, gave the advice as she addressed a job readiness seminar at the HEART College of Innovation and Technology in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 11. Young trainees under the HEART Trust/NTA National Unattached Youth Programme (NUYP) are being encouraged to adopt a positive attitude as they prepare to enter the workforce. She told the youngsters that their attitude will determine their success and failure as they deal with the various situations, challenges and personalities in the workplace. Story Highlights Young trainees under the HEART Trust/NTA National Unattached Youth Programme (NUYP) are being encouraged to adopt a positive attitude as they prepare to enter the workforce.Principal of the HEART College of Hospitality Services, Shorna Myrie, gave the advice as she addressed a job readiness seminar at the HEART College of Innovation and Technology in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 11.She told the youngsters that their attitude will determine their success and failure as they deal with the various situations, challenges and personalities in the workplace.“Though you have been getting the experience in terms of developing your technical skills, what is even more important to have as you transition into the working world is the right attitude,” Mrs. Myrie said.“Some of you who are in this room will excel because you have the right attitude. Others, when you walk away from here, if you do not adjust the attitude that you have now, when you go out there you will not survive,” she noted.Mrs. Myrie further advised the trainees to prioritise career growth over salary.“You have to start somewhere and you have to build your competence and go in there and show people the abilities you have. That is how you are going to learn, that is how you are going to grow,” she said.The NUYP provides opportunities for unattached youth to get certified in various skills such as cake baking, housekeeping, bartending, tour guiding and business administration. The training period is six to nine months, depending on the skill area.The seminar saw presentations on topics such as employers’ expectations; becoming an entrepreneur; financial literacy; and budgeting. There was also viewing and judging of trainees’ skills and business pitches. read more

Employers Encouraged to Use LMIS

Story Highlights Employers and training institutions are being encouraged to partner with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, through the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), to build Jamaica’s workforce. Employers and training institutions are being encouraged to partner with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, through the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), to build Jamaica’s workforce.The Ministry’s LMIS is a web-based driven job-matching facility that pairs jobseekers and employers.Senior Labour Market Analyst in the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit at the Ministry, Shane Palmer, said part of the Ministry’s approach is to undertake sector studies, national labour market studies and research activities to provide information to jobseekers and employers.He pointed out that the information from studies and researches are used to populate the LMIS with labour market information, adding that the results from sector studies have shown that business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism are the major growth areas in Jamaica.Mr. Palmer said that the Ministry provides career development services and training opportunities, which are labour market driven.“What we want is to help persons to understand the importance of registering with the system’s skills bank,” he said.Meanwhile, Systems Development Manager, Dwayne Walters, is assuring persons that the LMIS platform is secure.“It is important for the Ministry to run a secure platform, with the rise of cybersecurity threats. We have introduced a secure socket layer (SSL), which is a first for the LMIS site, to ensure the security posture for the application,” he said.For his part, Director of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) and Labour Component Coordinator of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Integrated Social and Labour Support Programme within the Ministry, Lyndon Ford, said the Ministry engages stakeholders through different outreach strategies such as forums, workshops and exit readiness activities.“We make linkages in terms of engaging stakeholders to see how best we can improve the skill sets acquisition by actually going into training institutions and have jobseekers trained and graduate, and we also visit schools to participate in career day and job fair activities,” he said. The Ministry’s LMIS is a web-based driven job-matching facility that pairs jobseekers and employers. Senior Labour Market Analyst in the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit at the Ministry, Shane Palmer, said part of the Ministry’s approach is to undertake sector studies, national labour market studies and research activities to provide information to jobseekers and employers. read more