Report: Stoke 0 Newcastle 1

first_imgStoke City 0 Newcastle United 1: Hughes gamble backfires as Perez strikes Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 1/2/18 AyozePerez - cropped Getty Images Newcastle United secured a well-earned 1-0 victory at Stoke City thanks to Ayoze Perez’s second-half goal. Mark Hughes’ selection gamble backfired as Ayoze Perez secured a 1-0 victory for Newcastle United at Stoke City on Monday.The Potters boss played a weakened XI at Chelsea, where his side were thrashed 5-0, in an attempt to keep key players fit for this crunch clash.However, Xherdan Shaqiri was ineffective during his 57 minutes on the pitch, Peter Crouch was isolated in attack and Kurt Zouma lost Perez for Newcastle’s winning goal. 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 A limp performance will do the under-pressure Hughes no favours as he tries to cling onto his job, with Stoke conceding for the 47th time this season – the Premier League’s worst defensive record.It was a huge victory for Newcastle, preserved by a pair of stunning late Karl Darlow saves, and Ciaran Clark will have been relieved to see Perez convert in the 73rd minute, having blazed over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box in the first half.Three points lift the Magpies to 13th, four points above the drop zone, and will boost confidence ahead of a January that could be tumultuous at St James’ Park amid reports of a takeover.FULL TIME Stoke City 0-1 Newcastle UnitedThat’s it – it’s back-to-back away wins in the @premierleague for the Magpies!!!#NUFC pic.twitter.com/72sCKdq49m— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 1, 2018Hughes appears to be in most need of January recruits, though, and his team selection at Stamford Bridge had laid bare the importance of this contest, but his side failed to grasp the nettle and Newcastle dominated the first half.Christian Atsu was off-target with two early half-chances before firing straight at Jack Butland from DeAndre Yedlin’s cutback.Darlow made a meal of Charlie Adam’s 35-yard free-kick, but Newcastle should have gone ahead on the half-hour through Clark.Perez flicked Matt Ritchie’s fierce corner into the path of Clark, no more than three yards out, but the Republic of Ireland defender shanked well clear of the crossbar.Clark soon redeemed himself with an excellent defensive header to deny Crouch a tap-in, but Newcastle remained on top, making regular in-roads down the Stoke left, where Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting offered Erik Pieters little support against Yedlin and Jacob Murphy.Choupo-Moting provided a reminder of his primary function early in the second half, darting infield and bringing a fine stop out of Darlow from 20 yards.Hughes was quick to hook Shaqiri and introduce Mame Biram Diouf barely two minutes after the Swiss had refused to chase a long ball, much to the home fans’ ire.Newcastle pressed on and Jonjo Shelvey fizzed a free-kick just wide, before substitute Dwight Gayle went to ground under a clumsy Zouma challenge, but referee Chris Kavanagh was unmoved.The visitors’ pressure finally told, however, with Stoke’s defence perhaps still ragged after Pieters’ injury-enforced withdrawal.15 – Stoke have now conceded the first goal of the game on 15 occasions in the Premier League this season; more often than any other team. Routine.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2018Yet more space down the Stoke left was exploited by Murphy, who had time to run and pick out a fine cross that left the unmarked Perez with the simple task of prodding past Butland from 10 yards.The desperate state of affairs for Stoke finally brought them to life, but Darlow denied Diouf in spectacular fashion twice inside seven minutes, first throwing out a left hand to block the Senegal international’s hooked effort and then denying the same player’s six-yard header to make sure of a precious win. KEY OPTA STATS- Newcastle have won back to back away Premier League matches for the first time since November 2014.- Rafael Benitez has lost just one of his 13 managerial matches against Mark Hughes in the Premier League (W6 D6 L1).- Today’s result was Stoke’s first home league defeat on New Year’s Day since 1988.- The Potters have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League home games – their longest such run in the competition- Ayoze Perez’s strike was Newcastle’s first goal at the Bet 365 stadium since November 2012 (first goal in four visits). read morelast_img read more

Messi leads Barcelona past Celta

first_imgLionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo as Ernesto Valverde’s side restored their three-point lead at the summit of LaLiga.With Atletico Madrid having won earlier in the day to move level at the top, Barca reasserted their authority as first-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Messi paved the way for a routine victory at Camp Nou.Messi was again at the heart of the hosts’ best play, his shot being parried to the feet of the grateful Dembele to apply the finish inside the opening 10 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentina star got in on the act himself in the final minute of the first half as Barca all but sealed the points before the interval.Barca quickly seized the initiative as Dembele pounced to nutmeg Ruben Blanco after the goalkeeper had kept out Messi’s low drive. The visitors narrowly escaped further punishment when Blanco rushed out to thwart Dembele, with Jordi Alba turning the loose ball towards goal where Nestor Araujo was on hand to intervene. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was finally called into action in the 24th minute and the Barca keeper proved equal to Maxi Gomez’s effort. Messi doubled Barca’s lead late in the half, calmly finishing from the edge of the box after Alba’s searching pass had left Celta exposed. Telepathy The Messi-Alba Connection!#BarçaCelta pic.twitter.com/uKYPPnN2WE— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 22, 2018Luis Suarez proved uncharacteristically wasteful when presented with a glorious chance to put the game to bed just past the hour mark, the forward shooting wide of the target with only Blanco to beat.Blanco had stay sharp to deny Messi a second in a brief goalmouth scramble while Celta, despite enjoying more of the ball, continued to struggle in the final third.Brais Mendez’s effort had Ter Stegen diving low to his left, but that save was as comfortable as Barca’s whole evening had been. What does it mean? Barca go clear againBarca did not seem to take too kindly to having company at the top of the table after being joined there by Atletico, but this win restored their cushion and provided a fitting end to the year. Celta, meanwhile, remain mid-table.Magnificent Messi does it againHaving played a significant role in the opener, Messi got himself on the scoresheet before the break in a display that highlighted just what a threat he is, cementing his spot at the top of the LaLiga scoring charts.Suarez outshoneSuarez was as industrious as he always is, but while Dembele and Messi both found the back of the net, the Uruguay international’s finishing was wayward, failing to find the target with two attempts at goal. Key Opta Facts:- Messi has reached 15+ goals in LaLiga for each of the last 11 seasons.- Barcelona have scored 102 league goals in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Messi has scored 47 goals in 49 games in 2018 in all competitions, more than any other player from those five divisions.- Barcelona have kept four consecutive clean sheets in LaLiga for the first time since January.- Valverde has not lost any of his 16 games as a head coach against Celta in LaLiga (W11 D5).What’s next?The two sides can enjoy a festive break now and will return to action in January, with Barca heading to Getafe in their first game of 2019, while Celta host Athletic Bilbao. read morelast_img read more

Report: Barcelona 2 Celta Vigo 0

first_imgLionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo as Ernesto Valverde’s side restored their three-point lead at the summit of LaLiga.With Atletico Madrid having won earlier in the day to move level at the top, Barca reasserted their authority as first-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Messi paved the way for a routine victory at Camp Nou.Messi was again at the heart of the hosts’ best play, his shot being parried to the feet of the grateful Dembele to apply the finish inside the opening 10 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentina star got in on the act himself in the final minute of the first half as Barca all but sealed the points before the interval.Barca quickly seized the initiative as Dembele pounced to nutmeg Ruben Blanco after the goalkeeper had kept out Messi’s low drive. The visitors narrowly escaped further punishment when Blanco rushed out to thwart Dembele, with Jordi Alba turning the loose ball towards goal where Nestor Araujo was on hand to intervene. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was finally called into action in the 24th minute and the Barca keeper proved equal to Maxi Gomez’s effort. Messi doubled Barca’s lead late in the half, calmly finishing from the edge of the box after Alba’s searching pass had left Celta exposed. Telepathy The Messi-Alba Connection!#BarçaCelta pic.twitter.com/uKYPPnN2WE— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 22, 2018Luis Suarez proved uncharacteristically wasteful when presented with a glorious chance to put the game to bed just past the hour mark, the forward shooting wide of the target with only Blanco to beat.Blanco had stay sharp to deny Messi a second in a brief goalmouth scramble while Celta, despite enjoying more of the ball, continued to struggle in the final third.Brais Mendez’s effort had Ter Stegen diving low to his left, but that save was as comfortable as Barca’s whole evening had been. What does it mean? Barca go clear againBarca did not seem to take too kindly to having company at the top of the table after being joined there by Atletico, but this win restored their cushion and provided a fitting end to the year. Celta, meanwhile, remain mid-table.Magnificent Messi does it againHaving played a significant role in the opener, Messi got himself on the scoresheet before the break in a display that highlighted just what a threat he is, cementing his spot at the top of the LaLiga scoring charts.Suarez outshoneSuarez was as industrious as he always is, but while Dembele and Messi both found the back of the net, the Uruguay international’s finishing was wayward, failing to find the target with two attempts at goal. Key Opta Facts:- Messi has reached 15+ goals in LaLiga for each of the last 11 seasons.- Barcelona have scored 102 league goals in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Messi has scored 47 goals in 49 games in 2018 in all competitions, more than any other player from those five divisions.- Barcelona have kept four consecutive clean sheets in LaLiga for the first time since January.- Valverde has not lost any of his 16 games as a head coach against Celta in LaLiga (W11 D5).What’s next?The two sides can enjoy a festive break now and will return to action in January, with Barca heading to Getafe in their first game of 2019, while Celta host Athletic Bilbao. read morelast_img read more

Mane praises Van Dijk as one of the world’s best

first_imgLiverpool attacker Sadio Mane praised Virgil van Dijk for his impact at the club, saying the Dutchman had proven to be one of the world’s best defenders.Van Dijk was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a reported £75million in January, putting him under pressure to deliver.But the 27-year-old has starred under Jurgen Klopp, whose team hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. 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? Mane, who has seven league goals and an assist this season, said Van Dijk’s fee had been forgotten thanks to his performances.”It’s been a big, big impact. We’ve all seen it. Of course at the time he signed people were thinking that the club had overpaid for Virgil,” he told reporters.”But since then everyone has forgotten about the fee because his form has been so good.”He’s done such a great job for us back there. I am so happy to have him as a team-mate.”He’s one of the leaders. You can see it in every single game. He has proved he’s one of the best defenders in the world.”Passion.   pic.twitter.com/wLAObDoa5P — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 22, 2018 Van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool during their 2-0 win over Wolves on Friday and Mane was quick to top fun at his team-mate. “I said to Virgil: ‘Finally, you have scored in the Premier League for us!’” Mane joked.“It had been a long time. Everyone is happy for him and he’s such a good player that I’m sure that more goals will follow for him.”Liverpool got a bit of help on Saturday with Crystal Palace taking a win over Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp’s men now hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. They’ll be back in action quickly, with Newcastle up next on Boxing Day and a clash with Arsenal to come on December 29 to close out 2018.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Solari credits Zidane for Club World Cup win

first_imgSantiago Solari shared the credit for Real Madrid’s record-breaking Club World Cup triumph with former head coach Zinedine Zidane.Solari, the replacement for Zidane’s short-lived successor Julen Lopetegui, led Madrid to their first title under his stewardship with a 4-1 win over Al Ain in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.Victory means Madrid have won the tournament three years in a row and their fourth triumph in the competition moves them clear of rivals Barcelona as the Club World Cup’s most successful team. 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? Solari, though, was quick to pile praise on Zidane, who surprisingly stood down in the wake of winning Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League crown at the end of the 2017-18 season.”We are happy, these players deserve it, they have come here after a lot of work and a lot of wins,” Solari told TVE.”We put a finishing touch to that third consecutive Champions League, it is a feat of the club, this group and other coaches.”We are also here thanks to Zidane. It will be difficult to match in the future.”Listen to what goalscorer @lukamodric10 said after helping us become WORLD CHAMPIONS! #RMCWC pic.twitter.com/oO6FTjYLCI— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018Marcos Llorente was among Madrid’s goalscorers in the final, the 23-year-old midfielder scoring his first goal as a professional with a half-volley from the edge of the penalty area.Llorente was overlooked throughout Zidane’s reign but has grown into a key role since Solari took charge, following Lopetegui’s sacking after just four months in charge.”They are all Madrid players and they all work to be able to do what they do in the field,” Solari said. “Marcos has always worked a lot, and he deserves the credit.”A first trophy for Santiago Solari as @realmadriden manager #ClubWC pic.twitter.com/cogKjGUgyy— #ClubWC  (@FIFAcom) December 22, 2018Solari’s opposite number Zoran Mamic felt a gruelling Club World Cup campaign caught up with his tired Al Ain side in the final.”The first thing is to congratulate Real Madrid because they deservedly won it, with good football,” he said.”We have not been able to compete, it’s the fourth game in days and that has weighed on us. We had a great tournament, nobody thought we were going to get here.”We had opportunities in the first half, but we missed them and at this level we pay when Real Madrid are in front.”We would have liked to have more days of rest, but everything is set up and we cannot say anything, I sincerely believe that we have done a good job.”last_img read more

Report: Juventus 1 Roma 0

first_imgJuventus dealt a fresh blow to Eusebio Di Francesco’s job security in a routine 1-0 win over an outclassed Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Champions League semi-finalists last season, Roma have been a shadow of their former selves this term and were no match for the Serie A champions despite the narrow final scoreline.Mario Mandzukic’s commanding header, his eighth league goal of the campaign, gave Juve a deserved half-time lead and they were rarely troubled in restoring an eight-point gap to second-placed Napoli, who earlier beat SPAL 1-0. 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? Robin Olsen’s string of stellar saves ultimately achieved little more than keeping the score down as the under-pressure Di Francesco was left to defend a run of just one victory in seven competitive matches.How did you celebrate this moment from @MarioMandzukic9? #JuveRoma #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QdEqdHOq11— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 22, 2018Roma encountered intense early pressure and only an in-form Olsen prevented them from slipping to an earlier deficit.The Sweden goalkeeper brilliantly denied Alex Sandro in the seventh minute and was at his athletic best in turning a Cristiano Ronaldo shot around the upright.His saves only prolonged the inevitable as Juve’s opener arrived in the 35th minute, Mandzukic towering above Davide Santon and heading in Mattia De Sciglio’s cross.Ronaldo must have felt a sense of deja vu when Olsen frustrated him with two fine saves in quick succession prior to the hour, causing the Portugal attacker to kick out at the post in irritation.Massimiliano Allegri’s men twice had late goals disallowed on their way to sealing a record 16th victory in 17 Serie A fixtures. Giorgio Chiellini was adjudged to have fouled the Giallorossi goalkeeper, before substitute Douglas Costa’s stoppage-time strike was overturned on VAR due to Blaise Matuidi’s crude challenge on Nicolo Zaniolo in the build-up.What does it mean? Di Francesco in dangerThe goodwill Roma boss Di Francesco built up during an excellent 2017-18 campaign could soon evaporate if results do not turn.There are just two points separating his team and 12th-placed Parma after 17 matches, with considerable January investment seemingly the only antidote to a sub-par run of results.Brilliant Bentancur makes seamless comebackRodrigo Bentancur returned to Juve’s starting XI following a one-match suspension and got straight back to dominating the midfield.Though still only 21, the midfielder is a key cog for Allegri and demonstrated as such by topping the match count for tackles while rarely wasting possession.Santon switches offGranted, there was a mismatch in size at the far post, but Roma needed right-back Santon to be more than a mere step ladder for Mandzukic’s opener.The former Newcastle United defender paid the price for not assessing his surroundings and his regular turnovers impeded Roma’s attempts to rescue a result.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have gained 49 points in the first 17 games of the season – a joint-record in the top five European leagues.- Juve have also won 31 league games in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Ronaldo was responsible for 10 of his team’s 20 shots in this game.What’s next?Both clubs are back in action on December 26 as Juve head to mid-table Atalanta and Roma entertain Sassuolo. read morelast_img read more

Pochettino: Titles the next target for Tottenham

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can live up to expectations and become a title-winning side when they move into their new stadium.Tottenham’s stadium has been plagued by delays after initially been scheduled for a September opening, but the club anticipate the ground being ready in early 2019.On the field, however, their progress has not stalled, with Tottenham guaranteed third place in the Premier League heading into Christmas, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s fixture with Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Pochettino, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United at the end of the campaign, wants Tottenham to take the next step.”We are going to have one of the best facilities in the world, the training ground with the new stadium,” he told Sky Sports.”On the football side, all that we are building here will be in the same level. When you add and mix it all together it is going to be the time to win titles and deliver what the people expect.”We still have not won a trophy, but I think we have won more than that, because after four and a half years’ work together, to have a contract for another four and a half years is a massive achievement in the current climate. To create that is a massive achievement for us.”A classic from @J_Klinsmann against our upcoming opponents! #COYS pic.twitter.com/1bLJXicbQY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 22 December 2018Since Pochettino arrived at the club in 2014, Tottenham have become an established top-four side, while the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli have excelled under the Argentine’s guidance.”The platform that we have created here in Tottenham is the most important, the platform we created between all the coaching staff – in the academy and the first team. The platform we created is more important than one person,” Pochettino added.”It’s a very dynamic situation, football is so dynamic. The platform always improves players and the team. That platform is always changing because you always have to improve in football, you are learning in the same process.”That is important for the club to sustain and maintain the ideas in the way that you work.”Having progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, Tottenham are also in the hunt for the first domestic trophy of the season and have an Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea coming up in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘I don’t want to upset this guy again!’ – Poch responds to Man Utd rumours

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham need to be focused despite rumours linking the Argentine to Manchester United.The Spurs boss has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford next season after Jose Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday, and is yet to rule himself out of the job.Tottenham’s press officer angrily interjected during his news conference on Thursday to stop further questions about the rumours, but reporters again probed Pochettino after his side’s thrilling win over Everton on Sunday. 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? “A lot [of] rumours happen. I don’t want this guy to get upset again [pointing to Spurs press officer]. We need to be focused. We will do our best to try to be successful,” Pochettino said.The speculation is sure to continue until the end of the campaign as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only been appointed on an interim basis until then, meaning United are yet to appoint a permanent successor to Mourinho. Zinedine Zidane, who is out of work after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, has also been linked with the job, while rumours have emerged that Real could look to hijack United’s bid for Pochettino and take him to the Santiago Bernabeu.Many onlookers have pointed to Pochettino’s past at Southampton, where he refused to be drawn on speculation that he would leave for a bigger club, only to move to White Hart Lane in 2014.A move to either the Liga giants or the Red Devils would surely be hard for Pochettino to turn down, but Spurs fans will be hopeful he sticks to his word and steers them to a fourth successive top-four finish.His side certainly showed encouraging signs in their first outing since the aggressive rumours emerged, claiming a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.Spurs face Bournemouth and Wolves at home next on Boxing Day and Saturday respectively before travelling to Cardiff City to round off a busy festive period.last_img read more

Mooy missing from Australia’s Asian Cup plans

first_imgAustralia have accepted Aaron Mooy will play no part at the Asian Cup, meaning a call up for James Jeggo.Mooy suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal on December 8 and was ruled out for eight weeks by the Premier League strugglers.Football Federation Australia (FFA) optimistically named Mooy in their 23-man squad on December 20 but have conceded the midfielder will not be fit following consultation with Huddersfield’s medical staff, an independent specialist, and FFA’s high performance coordinator – senior physiotherapist, Phil Coles, over the weekend. 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? Socceroos boss Graham Arnold said: “It is disappointing to lose Aaron for the tournament. However, it was important that we left no stone unturned in exploring every option to get Aaron on the pitch for Australia in the UAE.”We will remain in close contact with Aaron and Huddersfield Town during his rehabilitation and trust that he will make a successful return to action.”In making the assessment on the injury we agreed Aaron would need at least another month to return to fitness. In a best-case scenario, this would mean he would not be ready to play until after the quarter-final stage [January 24-25, 2019].”With so many games in such a short period we felt it would be best to bring in a player that is fully fit and ready to go from the outset.”Mooy’s misfortune means opportunity knocks for Austria Vienna’s Jeggo.Arnold added: “James has been performing really well in Austria and is a fantastic character, so we are very happy to have him join the squad.”Initially James was very unlucky to miss out, but sometimes these things happen in football and we are glad we can provide him with this opportunity.”James has thrived at club level playing in a defensive midfield role and with three attacking central midfielders already in the squad, we felt we needed someone with James’ attributes to provide some depth in that area.”Australia remain confident Hertha Berlin midfielder Mathew Leckie will be fit despite sustaining an injury at the weekend.last_img read more

Arsenal will need €80m to prise Pepe from Lille

first_imgArsenal, and any other suitor of Nicolas Pepe, have been made aware that it will cost €80 million (£72m/$91m) to secure the Lille winger’s signature.The talented 23-year-old has emerged as a target for leading sides across Europe.The Emirates Stadium has been mooted as one possible landing spot for the Ivory Coast international. 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? Lille, though, are aware that they have a prized asset on their hands and will not be parting with him unless a hefty price tag is met.The Ligue 1 club’s sporting director, Luis Campos, told Telefoot of Pepe: “I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him.“All the top clubs in the world have their eyes on him, and that’s normal, but the president has been clear.“The idea is for him to continue at the club.“In contrast, with my experience in football, I would say that if a club arrives with a big number and can convince the player… I would sell him for €80 million.“That’s the price tag, but you’d have to convince the player and he’s been a big part of us being in second place.”Nicolas Pepe Lille Amiens 09152018Pepe has certainly enjoyed a productive opening to the 2018-19 campaign.In just 19 Ligue 1 appearances this term, he has contributed 12 goals and five assists.It is that productivity which has him attracting admiring glances from afar.Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who got a good look at Pepe during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, is said to be a big fan.The Gunners already have plenty of creativity on their books, but the opportunity to bolster those ranks will not be passed up if an opportunity presents itself.last_img read more

IPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th time

first_img 12 24 Mid off Mid Wicket Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 1 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 16:00 (Local Time) covers not out Square Leg Mid on Amit Mishra (DEL) A. Mishra (DEL) Sherfane Rutherford S. Rutherford 1 Kagiso Rabada (DEL) K. Rabada (DEL) Super Over third Man 2 0 7.25 1 Scorecard m 187/5 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shikhar Dhawan advertisement 1 third Man Delhi DEL Sandeep Lamichhane S. Lamichhane 6s 133.33 0 2/31 (4) 2 Point 164/7 ( W. Sundar 19.2 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed Delhi DEL Washington Sundar W. Sundar c Shreyas Iyer b Kagiso Rabada AB de Villiers de Villiers c Axar Patel b Sherfane Rutherford Bangalore batting BLR batting 7.75 B 4s third Man No data available! Parthiv Patel (wk) P. Patel (wk) c Axar Patel b Kagiso Rabada c Axar Patel b Kagiso Rabada Mid on 20 0 (20.0) 195 0 covers 0 Square Leg Top Batsmen Top Batsmen c Sherfane Rutherford b Axar Patel 142.10 o 2 Navdeep Saini N. Saini 0 171/7 Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: KN Ananthapadmanabhan (IND), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) 10 c Rishabh Pant b Ishant Sharma 32 135.29 Amit Mishra A. Mishra Mid off 50 (37) 3 Mid on 17 Square Leg 26 0 0 (20.0) Mid off Point 1 7 89.47 covers fine Leg 0 All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg Bangalore covers Delhi beat Bangalore by 16 runs 4 Mid off Mid Wicket Umesh Yadav U. Yadav not out 27 0 Virat Kohli (c) V. Kohli (c) c Sherfane Rutherford b Axar Patel Square Leg third Man 6.5 wd Bangalore BLR 3 Match Ended 0 24 (20.0) c Rishabh Pant b Amit Mishra Mid off Mid off 0 1 100 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Kagiso Rabada K. Rabada 0 Mid Wicket Mid on view full scorecard 0 third Man third Mancenter_img Mid Wicket 36 Marcus Stoinis M. Stoinis not out All batsmen are considered right handed 1 c Shikhar Dhawan b Amit Mishra All batsmen are considered right handed Delhi Bowling DEL Bowling 0 Square Leg 0 31 IPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th timeVirat Kohli held up nine fingers and even did a fist-pump towards the Royal Challengers Bangalore after losing his 9th toss in this edition of the Indian Premier League Heinrich Klaasen H. Klaasen c Rishabh Pant b Amit Mishra 0 Square Leg 160/6 ( G. Mann 18.4 Overs) , nb 23 – Point graphs 3 Point fine Leg commentary Mid Wicket 1 Extras: 5 runs (B: 0, LB: 3, WD: 2, NB: 0, P: 0) fine Leg Point Bangalore BLR c Shreyas Iyer b Kagiso Rabada 1 Mid off 0 187/5 Shikhar Dhawan (DEL) S. Dhawan (DEL) 4 Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 46 vs 2 39 Fall of Wickets Shreyas Iyer (DEL) S. Iyer (DEL) Shivam Dubey S. Dubey c Shikhar Dhawan b Amit Mishra All batsmen are considered right handed 16 not out 19 6 third Man All batsmen are considered right handed (20.0) Point fine Leg 171/7 6 Mid on 0 68/2 ( V. Kohli 7.2 Overs) , fine Leg 52 (37) 111/5 ( S. Dubey 13 Overs) , 2 Mid Wicket 103/3 ( de Villiers 11.3 Overs) , fine Leg Mid on r Match Ended 1 50 63/1 ( P. Patel 5.5 Overs) , 0 Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off 1 17 w 4 Axar Patel A. Patel Square Leg 19 fine Leg e/r 2 0 Point 40 0 Ishant Sharma I. Sharma 1 Mid on 0 Mid on covers Ritayan Basu New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 17:16 IST Virat Kohli signalled to the dressing room after he lost the ninth toss in 12 matches in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli lost the toss in RCB’s crunch match against DC on SundayKohli has been quite unlucky with the toss in IPL 2019, having won only 3 so farKohli gestured to the dressing room after losing the toss to Iyer at the KotlaVirat Kohli lost the toss as Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Delhi Capitals for the ninth time from 12 games so far in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. IPL 2019, DC vs RCB – Live scoreDelhi skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to elected to bat first. As Iyer was speaking to the toss Anjum Chopra, the broadcast presenter, Kohli was seen signalling something to his dressing room.The RCB skipper put up nine fingers to suggest the nine times he has not won the toss and then followed it up with a little fist-pump.As a matter of fact, RCB went onto to win the previous three games in which Kohli lost the toss. Bangalore though need to win every game, including against Delhi, to keep their chances of making it to the IPL playoffs.IPL fans were quick to notice the move from the Team India skipper and social media was flooded with hilarious reactionsHere are a fewKohli after losing the toss fir 9th time #RCBvDC pic.twitter.com/PYpYSMSKCsAgent47 (@NaSavNenSasta) April 28, 2019Lost 9 out of 11 tosses. Toss lo neeku chaladaridram vundi virat annnaaa. …. King kohli daaaa pic.twitter.com/JQVHZMpy75Manikanta Swami (@Manikan77884196) April 28, 2019It’s time for the early Sunday game in the IPL. Kohli called wrogn at the toss, Delhi batting first. Anjum Chopra rings the bell. #DDvRCBRick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) April 28, 2019I totally fail to understand how on Earth Virat Kohli loses all the tosses….half of the matches are lost during the toss only for @RCBTweets as bowling order is weak….this pisses me off totally @IPL @StarSportsIndiaadvertisementThe Tumblr Girl (@xheymundox) April 28, 2019Kohli believes in Loss the Toss, Win the match theory since last 3 matches.Paidhi $ivastava (@BeingKohlicious) April 28, 2019kabhi toh toss jeet lo @imVkohliCricket Freak (@naveensurana06) April 28, 2019Virat Kohli’s reaction to losing the toss was superbRidwan (@rid_aman) April 28, 2019Shreyas Iyer after winning the toss, said that Delhi have made just one change, bringing in Sandeep Lamichahane for Chris Morris.RCB, meanwhile, made three changes – Heinrich Klaseen, Shivam Dubey and Gurkeerat Singh in for Moeen Ali, Tim Southee and Akashdeep Nath.”When you lose six games in a row, the only thing you have in control is to come out and enjoy your cricket,” Kohli sid at the toss.”That’s something we’ve done in the last five games. We could have won five in five, but the key is to not take any pressure now,” Kohli added.When asked about RCB’s playoff chances, Kohli said, “I think the teams that are ahead of us are looking at the playoffs more than us. Wherever the results take us, we are happy with that.”Playing XIs -Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.Also Read | Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso Read | Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RRAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow shreyas iyerFollow IPL 2019 4 R 2 Mid Wicket covers Delhi (20.0) covers 150 covers 29 171/7 Toss: DEL elected to bat 0 2/29 (4) Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal 0 Square Leg Indian Premier League, 2019 0 c Axar Patel b Sherfane Rutherford 0 Point 108/4 ( H. Klaasen 12.2 Overs) , view more view less Gurkeerat Singh Mann G. Mann c Rishabh Pant b Ishant Sharma S/Rlast_img read more

Fast Furious 9 filming begins

first_imgLos Angeles: The shooting of “Fast & Furious” is underway, Hollywood star Vin Diesel has announced. The 51-year-old actor, who reprises his role as Dom in the action film franchise, took to Instagram to share the news on Monday. “First day completed! Blessed beyond words. #Fast9 2020,” Diesel captioned the video. In the clip, he can be seen with co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who plays his wife Letty in the films. “Can you believe it, Letty? Can you believe it? We just completed our first day and it feels like a miracle,” Diesel said. Nathalie Emmanuel, who is returning as hacker Ramsey from Furious 7, also took to social media to mark the beginning of day one. “Day one of shooting Fast and Furious 9 today… The team is back together,” she wrote on Twitter. Many actors like Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson will return along with latest addition WWE wrestler-turned-actor John Cena.last_img read more

Elders discuss how to bring Indigenous wellness centre to NWT

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsThe Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (AIWF) is hosting 23 Dene, Inuit and Métis elders from across the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife to discuss how a proposed healing centre should practice and deliver healing.“My vision is that when you come into the building there should be a little area for inuit people,” said AIWF board member Rassi Nashalik. “Inuit learning with let’s say a Qammaq with a Qulliq everything in it to make it more welcoming with elders sit there. Everything to make it comfortable to enter this building.”The vision for the centre is to serve the needs of the NWTs 30 First Nations, Inuit and Métis in a distinctly Indigenous way.AIWF has already made agreements with the City of Yellowknife to dedicate two hectares of land with waterfront access to a wellness centre, with plans of setting a canvas tent by the summer.But before any of that can take place, input from elders is needed.“You know elders are really the main people that will be overseeing the project but delivering those services as well too,” said board member Nicole Redvers.AIWF is currently completing a funding study – but expects the centre to cost upwards of $10 million.But more important than the price tag is the mandate. The centre would operate independently of government-funded health care in the NWT.“It has to be accepted by both Inuit, Dene and Métis,” said Nashalik. “It’s their building it has to be attractive, culturally, traditionally and comfortable.”Over the gathering, there has been an emphasis on how elders can prevent youth suicide and tackle addictions.“I hope that the centre would have people with knowledge in area of psychology, indigenous psychology traditional forms of healing,” said Dene board member Francois Paulatte. “To work with young people and that we can maybe take this to the communities through mobile talks.”The centre will also focus on connection with the land, to people and to oneself.“You could go right from traditional food to medicines and hopefully this centre would have a greenhouse that would have traditional medicine growing all year round,” said Paulatte.The AIWF is in the process of receiving charity status, after that, the foundation will move forward with design concepts.There is no date for construction to begin, but board members are hoping for funding that reflects the TRCs reccomendation number 21, which calls for the creation of a healing centre in the NWT.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img read more

Grange Girlz Were Valiant Against Brazil

Story Highlights The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match on Sunday. Minister Grange who has been to see the team to express appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encourage them ahead of their next games, said:“They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out. They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country. They demonstrated courage and determination. I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches. The Jamaicans lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble. The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match on Sunday.The Jamaicans lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble.Minister Grange who has been to see the team to express appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encourage them ahead of their next games, said:“They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out. They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country. They demonstrated courage and determination. I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches.I also encourage head coach Hugh Menzies and his team who have guided the Girlz on this historic journey.And I continue to commend Cedella Marley for being the team’s inspiration.I told them to know that they can continue to count on me as their Minister and #1 cheerleader and on the support of the government and the people of Jamaica.Let us continue to support them.”Jamaica will face Italy on Friday in their next game. read more

Parliament to Begin Debate on ICT Authority Bill Shortly

Parliament is expected to begin deliberations shortly, on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority Bill, which seeks to improve the use of technology across Government. She said that by moving forward with the legislation and embarking on other technology-driven initiatives, the Government is demonstrating that it is “very serious” about putting the society on the path to being a knowledge-based and digital society. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, in making the disclosure, said that the provisions will serve to “put all of Government on the same technology platform.” Parliament is expected to begin deliberations shortly, on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority Bill, which seeks to improve the use of technology across Government.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, in making the disclosure, said that the provisions will serve to “put all of Government on the same technology platform.”She said that by moving forward with the legislation and embarking on other technology-driven initiatives, the Government is demonstrating that it is “very serious” about putting the society on the path to being a knowledge-based and digital society.Mrs. Williams was speaking at a post-Collision conference debrief at the Canadian High Commission on Waterloo Road, St. Andrew on Wednesday (June 5).The Bill, which was tabled by Mrs. Williams in Parliament last month, seeks to enable consolidation and delivery of services across Government through a range of modalities; and establish a mechanism for development of the directives, codes, standards and guidelines for the acquisition, use and management of ICTs.In addition, the legislation aims to equip and retool ICT staff in order to increase the efficiency and productivity of the workforce, and ensure the security and reliability of ICT-related systems and services.It will also facilitate transfer of the functions of eGov Jamaica Limited and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to the ICT Authority to be established.Mrs. Williams said the Bill is “a beginning step in putting Government on a single platform,” noting that more services can now be accessed online, with others to come on stream.The Minister informed that she recently took a Science, Technology and Innovation policy to Cabinet, which will further propel the growth of technology in Jamaica.“We are hoping that when it gets laid in Parliament and we go through additional public consultation, that this document will be a live document… because we are really interested and serious about growing the technology industry in Jamaica,” she said.In the meantime, Mrs. Williams was provided with a first-hand account of the experiences, major lessons learnt, and new ideas coming out of the Collision Conference, which took place from May 20 – 23 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Canada.A 17-member delegation, representing 13 local organisations, attended Collision, which is North America’s fastest growing technology festival.Following the debriefing, Mrs. Williams expressed interest in several of the ideas brought forward, particularly in the areas of sports and cyber security.“I need you to put on your collective hats to say, how do we come together in a structured way to move (the ideas) forward,” she charged the team.In her remarks, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, said Canada has long been recognised as the “hotbed of technology” and has been dubbed the “silicon valley of the north.”She noted that best practices and lessons in ICT from Canada can be utilised to the benefit of Jamaica, and to strengthen connections between the countries. Story Highlights read more

Jamaica Aligned to the Development Process – PM Holness

Story Highlights The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has always been aligned through the development goal process and Jamaica established its own national development framework, Vision 2030. He said the national goals are also aligned with and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Prime Minister was speaking during a meeting with the Director General of the United Nations office in Geneva Mr Michael Møller. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed the critical importance of strategic development planning. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed the critical importance of strategic development planning.The Prime Minister was speaking during a meeting with the Director General of the United Nations office in Geneva Mr Michael Møller.The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has always been aligned through the development goal process and Jamaica established its own national development framework, Vision 2030. He said the national goals are also aligned with and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.In that regard, Mr Moller welcomed Prime Minister Holness’ appointment to co-chair along with France and Qatar UN Climate initiative to raise funds for climate financing by 2020.Prime Minister Holness noted that his role is not only about mobilising the global resources but also mobilising global attention to the issue of climate change.The Prime Minister also met with the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Mr Roberto Azevêdo.Prime Minister the Most Hon Andrew Holness shakes the hand of the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Mr Roberto Azevêdo. The discussions focused on trade of the future which includes the digital economy. The Prime Minister noted that many countries will now have to grapple with the issue of a borderless economy and trade, and they must find creative ways to ensure that digital platforms are regulated but also safe, and secure.The Prime Minister wrapped up his visit with an engagement with the Diaspora and diplomatic communities in Switzerland.Earlier, Prime Minister Holness had been invited to give the keynote address at the 108th International Labour Conference on the occasion of the International Labour Organisation centenary. read more

Systems to Be Established to Guarantee Equity in Education Sector

Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government will move to establish systems that guarantee equity within the education sector. The Minister was speaking at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Region Four consultation, held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, St. James, on Friday (June 14). According to Mr. Samuda, societal inequities have been influencing students’ educational outcomes, and as such, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities, so that every child can maximise his or her true potential. Story Highlights Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government will move to establish systems that guarantee equity within the education sector.The Minister was speaking at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Region Four consultation, held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, St. James, on Friday (June 14).According to Mr. Samuda, societal inequities have been influencing students’ educational outcomes, and as such, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities, so that every child can maximise his or her true potential.“The only way to achieve that and the level of success that we want to achieve is to establish mechanisms that will give every child, regardless of their station in life and the community from which they spring, an opportunity to start on an even basis,” the Minister said.He said the perceived disparity between the qualities of outcomes, especially at the secondary level, must be remedied, as far too many parents measure the success of their children at the primary level by their placement in a traditional high school.In that regard, Mr. Samuda said greater focus will be placed on every institution in order to build the capacity of every school to respond to the needs of students, based on their intellectual need.“The reason a preference exists… is because there is not an equal level of opportunities that exist across the board, so that every school can rise to the level and on the basis that a child can be guaranteed the best in the country,” he added.The series of regional consultations are being held to allow school administrators the opportunity to raise issues or concerns that they may have with the Minister and other personnel from the Ministry. read more

PEP Results Are Available

The results for the first cohort of grade-six students who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination are now available for principals, teachers and parents to access. The results were released by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Friday (June 21). The results for the first cohort of grade-six students who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination are now available for principals, teachers and parents to access.The results were released by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Friday (June 21).PEP has replaced GSAT as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.The grade-six students were tested in three stages with a Performance Task Test on March 27 and 28, an Ability Test on February 26 and a Curriculum Based Test on April 16 and 17.During a press conference at the offices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information today, Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said based on the students’ performance, it is evident that the education system at the primary level is moving in the right direction.“The results from students’ performance in the various subject areas show that less than 10 per cent of all students are at the Beginning Level. This means that less than 10 per cent of the students who sat the examination demonstrated limited or no evidence of the required competencies and skills for readiness in grade seven in all subject areas,” Mr. Samuda said.Some 42,846 students were registered to sit the exam, of which 22,298 were males and 20,538 females.Mr. Samuda said that based on an analysis of the students’ performance per subject, 40 per cent of students who sat Mathematics demonstrated proficiency or advanced proficiency in the concepts, procedures and application of skills required by the National Standards Curriculum; 55 per cent of students for Language Arts; 49 per cent of students for Science, and 63 per cent in Social Studies.Parents of grade-six students will be given a new Student Summary Report with a standardised scaled description of their children’s performance in all subject areas of the examination. PEP has replaced GSAT as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. Story Highlights read more

Caribbean Countries Urged to Be Diligent in Negotiating Foreign Direct Investments

Jamaica’s Special Investment Ambassador to India, Senator Aubyn Hill, says Caribbean countries need to be diligent in negotiating foreign direct investments to ensure they secure offers that are in their best interest.Citing the People’s Republic of China which has invested heavily in the region, as an example, Senator Hill emphasised that Caribbean countries’ should seek to maximise in this development by leveraging their comparative advantages to, among other things, attracting tourists from the Asian nation, while highlighting the need to bolster trade with in order to boost exports.He was speaking on the theme ‘The C Factor: Optimizing China’s Role in the Caribbean’ during the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) 37th Annual Conference, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Meanwhile, Senator Hill, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), said recent loan negotiations between Jamaica and China, containing provisions for Jamaican subcontractors to be named, are demonstrative of the extent to which the country is able to benefit from the multiplier effect of investments.This, he added, is a significant precedent to ensure that other potential investors are aware that with their investment, there needs to be local subcontracting and knowledge transfer, adding that “you must negotiate well when you are negotiating”.The ICAC Conference, which was hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on July 20 and 21, attracted approximately 600 of the region’s accounting and business professionals.Key focus areas for discussions were information technology; education; business best practices; climate change; trade; and health. He was speaking on the theme ‘The C Factor: Optimizing China’s Role in the Caribbean’ during the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) 37th Annual Conference, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Citing the People’s Republic of China which has invested heavily in the region, as an example, Senator Hill emphasised that Caribbean countries’ should seek to maximise in this development by leveraging their comparative advantages to, among other things, attracting tourists from the Asian nation, while highlighting the need to bolster trade with in order to boost exports. Story Highlights Jamaica’s Special Investment Ambassador to India, Senator Aubyn Hill, says Caribbean countries need to be diligent in negotiating foreign direct investments to ensure they secure offers that are in their best interest. read more