Kane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton, Everton and England boss Sam Allardyce has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would leave Tottenham for Manchester United.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger of losing his job at United, several reporters have linked Pochettino to the top job at Old Trafford.Given the poor form of Tottenham, it is possible that a Pochettino exit could happen in the winter or summer.But Allardyce believes the Argentine coach would be better off staying put because Spurs have a superior squad to United.Metro quote “Big Sam” as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Darius Rucker Notre DameESPN radio personality Mike Golic, a Notre Dame grad, and country star Darius Rucker, a South Carolina fan, made a bet prior to the women’s Final Four game between their two schools. Notre Dame won, so Rucker lost the bet. He paid up last night. Here he is singing the Fighting Irish fight song to Golic on stage at a concert. Here’s for all you Notre Dame fans… @dariusrucker #FightSong pic.twitter.com/rD7KqUE3CX— kenzz (@mblessingg) June 28, 2015Enjoy it, Notre Dame fans.
outbackEach bowl week, before teams engage in fierce competition on the field, they sometimes participate in friendly competition off it. Such was the case with Tennessee and Northwestern tonight. The two teams are in Tampa for the Outback Bowl, and both squads made it out to Splitsville for some pool and bowling. Who are you rooting for in tonight’s bowling competition, @Vol_Football or @NUFBFamily?? pic.twitter.com/Vt0x6cDGAq— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015The game is heating up! #FootballInParadise pic.twitter.com/9TVFg62XAW— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 28, 2015. @NUFBFamily is in full swing pic.twitter.com/99hVZNvJBr— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015Looks like a good time is being had by all. We don’t think the players will be as friendly on the field as they were on the lanes though.
The ECC’s new NSP, replaces the previous NSP 2008/2013, which officially ended on September 30 this year. The Government has increased its budgetary support of early childhood and special education from three per cent to some 14.6 per cent or $11 billion for financial year 2013/2014. The development of early childhood education in Jamaica remains a significant focus of the Government and forms part of its strategic priorities for this financial year. Story Highlights Acting Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Michelle Campbell, is calling on members of the public and private sectors to explore ways of increasing support to early childhood development in Jamaica.Speaking to JIS News in an interview recently, Mrs. Campbell says that while the Commission remains resolute in fulfilling its mandate to improve and develop the early childhood education sector, funding support remains a major challenge.“As an agency of the Ministry of Education, we are very limited on the resources that we can provide. We have our mandate, but we need financial support. We need the public and private stakeholders to come together and invest in early childhood education,” she remarks.She acknowledges that the churches and other private entities have supported the institutions, “but we now feel that it is time that everyone comes together and look at this as a long-term investment.”The development of early childhood education in Jamaica remains a significant focus of the Government and forms part of its strategic priorities for this financial year.As such, the Government has increased its budgetary support of early childhood and special education from three per cent to some 14.6 per cent or $11 billion for financial year 2013/2014.According to the Ministry of Education, this increase is in recognition of the crucial role the sector plays in the overall success of the education system.Mrs. Campbell notes that while this increase is welcomed, much more is needed for the optimal performance of the sector. She urges public and private sector groups to form partnerships with the ECC and the Ministry of Education to invest in early childhood education, pointing out that this is an investment not only in the people of Jamaica, but also in the overall development of the country.“You won’t always see the results right away, but you will see the result 20 years from now, when that child is an adult. You will see the result of your investment, when our children are educated, when they have jobs that can support their families, when they become productive citizens, giving back to their communities and their country,” she points out.Mrs. Campbell also encourages individuals and small groups to donate their time and resources to the early childhood institutions in their communities, noting that all contributions are welcomed, no matter how big or small.“It’s amazing when you have individuals calling in to donate fire extinguishers to institutions, though it might seem small, it is a huge donation, because that’s a part of the ECC’s standards – making sure that our institutions are safe,” she states.“The donation of books is also appreciated, because in the classroom we promote pre-reading skills. The children need the books so they can learn how to turn the pages and know what words and letters look like,” she points out.The Acting Executive Director informs that finance and resource mobilisation is one of the main focus areas under the Commission’s newly implemented National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2013/2018.The ECC’s new NSP, replaces the previous NSP 2008/2013, which officially ended on September 30 this year. The plan was developed with funding support from the World Bank.It also focuses on public education, which aims to increase public awareness to drive and foster greater support and involvement in early childhood development initiatives across the country.“Our stakeholders felt that the Commission was not out in the public enough, that persons were not aware of the functions of the Commission and what we do for the sector. So we developed a whole new internal process under public education and this will help us to reach our stakeholders, such as our parents and the wider public,” Mrs. Campbell points out.The new plan also includes elements that were brought over from the NSP 2008/2013, which include parenting; preventative health care; screening and early intervention for children and families at risk; high quality early childhood institutions; and trained early childhood practitioners.Mrs. Campbell points out that the ECC’s NSP is aligned with the Ministry of Education’s own National Strategic Plan, in an effort to ensure that it provides maximum support to the Ministry and the sector.“The areas that we focus on all speak to the Ministry’s plans. We also report monthly, quarterly and yearly to the Ministry to ensure that they are aware of all our activities,” she says.“We also have a board member, who sits on the board of the Ministry of Education, so they are well aware of our activities and provide us with guidance. We are following their plan and their vision for the sector,” Mrs. Campbell informs.In the meantime, she tells JIS News that the Commission is quite pleased with the Ministry’s increased focus on early childhood education, “because it now places us at a stage where everyone realises how important early childhood education is to our country’s development”.“The Minister clearly understands the development of the whole child and how different the learning experiences are for each student and this is a critical aspect of early childhood education,” she says.The ECC was established in 2003 by the Early Childhood Commission Act. Its functions include advising the Minister on policy matters relating to early childhood care, education and development in Jamaica, including initiatives and actions to achieve national early childhood development goals; assisting in the preparation of plans and programmes concerning early childhood development; and monitoring and evaluating the system.
LONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc.But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal many ministers view with skepticism.The British government confirmed that the negotiating teams had reached a draft agreement and the Cabinet would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the proposal. Its support isn’t guaranteed: May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU on the key issue of the Irish border.A spokesman for chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn’t yet finalized and the bloc would “take stock” Wednesday.Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.Officials have said for weeks that agreement on divorce terms and a framework for future U.K.-EU relations was 95 per cent complete, and for several days negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps.The main obstacle has long been how to ensure there are no customs posts or other checks along the border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain and the EU agree that there must be barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process — but they have differed on how to achieve that.Irish national broadcaster RTE said the draft agreement involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, to eliminate the need for border checks, with special provisions for Northern Ireland and a review mechanism to oversee its functioning.A sticking point in talks has been Britain’s insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary. The EU says that in order to guarantee an open border, it can’t have a time limit.The pound rallied on news of a deal, rising 1.5 per cent against the dollar to $1.3038.But May faces pressure from pro-Brexit Cabinet members and lawmakers not to agree to an arrangement that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should “chuck it out.”May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay.If there is no agreement soon, U.K. businesses will have to start implementing contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit — steps that could include cutting jobs, stockpiling goods and relocating production and services outside Britain.Even with such measures in place, the British government says leaving the EU without a deal could cause major economic disruption, with gridlock at ports and disruption to supplies of foods, goods and medicines.On Tuesday, the European Commission published a sheaf of notices outlining changes in a host of areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They point to major disruption for people and businesses: U.K. truckers’ licenses won’t be valid in the EU, British airlines will no longer enjoy traffic rights, and even British mineral water will cease to be recognized as such by the EU.The EU said Tuesday it was proposing visa-free travel for U.K. citizens on short trips, even if there is no deal — but only if Britain reciprocates.Meanwhile, official figures suggest Brexit is already having an impact on the British workforce.The Office for National Statistics said the number of EU citizens working in the country — 2.25 million— was down 132,000 in the three months to September from the year before. That’s the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.Most of the fall is due to fewer workers from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, said the prospect of Brexit “has clearly made the U.K. a much less attractive place for Europeans to live and work.”___Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Over the next five years, the City has budgeted $256 million for capital projects.Joy says the City has a current debt capacity available of $76 million, with $14 million available for the debt servicing capacity.“What we have available to us is a $76 million that we could go into debt for which we wouldn’t want to do necessarily. The debt servicing capacity, that we have available to us is $14 million if we wanted to go into debenture to pay for something.”In 2019, the capital budget includes four-laning of 100 street up to Northern Lights College for $5.9 million, $5.5 million for renovations at Centennial Park, $2.8 million for the new RCMP building with more money budgeted for that project in 2020 and 2021. The list of projects in 2019 also includes a fire training centre for $1.5 million and sewage lift station upgrades worth $4 million.Joy says the new RCMP building’s funding will be covered by both the PRA and Municipal debentures if it will be a fully integrated building. He also adds that the lease payments from the RCMP will help cover the debentures.“A big one coming up, obviously, is the RCMP building and if it’s a fully integrated building, with the Provincial side and the Municipal side, will be financed with about 60 percent PRA money and 40 percent will have a debenture issued. The lease payments that we charge to the RCMP will match the debt servicing obligations of the debenture.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John presented Council with the draft capital budget for 2019-2023 at a recent Committee of the Whole Meeting.David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services, presented Council with the draft capital budget.The capital budget covers longterm projects like roads, sidewalks, buildings and machinery. This budget is not funded by property taxes, but other revenue streams including the Peace River Agreement with the Province. Joy also said that the debenture will still have to go to a referendum by explaining to the public that the Provincial portion will not affect the tax rates.This meeting was the first of many public budget meetings that have been scheduled and served as an introduction to the 2019 Capital Budget. Further direction will be provided at future meetings.The deadline for the budget to be finalized is May 15, 2019, with City staff planning to have it finalized and approved by Council sometime in April.
Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in a game on Oct. 11 against Minnesota State. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team faces its first major road test as the team travels to Minnesota for a battle between two top dogs of the Women’s Hockey Collegiate Association Conference. The No. 4 Buckeyes (5-1-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) will face off against the No. 3 Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0 WCHA) in an early matchup in conference play with two games this weekend. Coming off two victories the previous weekend against Minnesota State, Ohio State will try and build off that momentum in the hopes that it will negate the home field advantage that the Gophers will have. Head coach Nadine Muzerall said facing Minnesota on the road is nothing new to this team, and last season’s trip to Ridder Arena saw the Buckeyes win both games, one of which in a shootout. “It’s nothing different. Every year Minnesota is ranked in the Top 8, and often times ranked even higher,” Muzerall said. “They’re three, we’re four right now. It’s going to be a couple of great games. They have the home crowd advantage playing in Ridder Arena, but it’s nothing this team hasn’t seen over the past two years.”Senior forward Nicole Schammel leads the Golden Gophers with nine points on the season, tied for No. 3 in the NCAA. Minnesota also has three other players in the Top 20 in scoring: sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle, junior defenseman Patti Marshall and senior forward Kelly Pannek.The Minnesota offense is tied for No. 4 in the nation with 4.33 goals per game, and is tied for No. 6 with 1.50 goals allowed.The Buckeyes will have plenty of key weapons to look to as they try to come away with wins this weekend, most notably freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli, who was named WCHA Player of the Week for her performance against Minnesota State the past week. In only the second game of her Buckeye career, Braendli notched a shutout, stopping all 22 shots against her throughout Friday’s 4-0 win. On Saturday, she allowed one goal, but saved 33 shots and kept the Buckeyes in the game through overtime. In total, she ended the series with a .982 save percentage. “The goal that was scored off of her was tipped off a skate,” Muzerall said. “So, when she is able to see the puck, she tracks the puck well. She’s very well positioned, and is relaxed, calm and poised.”Another player that highlights for Ohio State is sophomore forward Emma Maltais. Maltais led the team last season in points scored and is starting this season doing the same thing. In just six games played, Maltais already has 10 points, tied for the lead in the NCAA.“You need dynamic players like Emma in this league,” Muzerall said. “Teams like Wisconsin and Minnesota are filled with them. She’s a phenomenal athlete both on and off the ice and it shows leading the league in points last year. Her commitment to excellence is very impressive.” The Buckeyes travel to Minnesota to play games at Ridder Arena at 8 p.m on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
AS Roma’s Cengiz Under has spoken of the sensation he felt playing against his childhood hero Lionel Messi, after their shock win against BarcelonaThe Giallorossi produced one of the biggest and surprising comebacks in the history of the Champions League on Tuesday night, where they overcame a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to defeat Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progress to their first semi-final appearance since the 1983/84 season.Under was on the bench for the decisive encounter, but came on for Patrick Schick in the 73rd minute and played a critical role by assisting Kostas Manoles nine minutes later for the decisive goal.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In an interview with Sporx, the Turkey international was still getting over the sensation of having played against Messi and revealed his delight with the win.“I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi,” said Under, according to Football-Italia.“That’s how it was since I was 10. Playing on the pitch with him was indescribable, and obviously I’m delighted with this win.”
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked about Valladolid, the state of their pitch and the controversial plan for the Blaugrana’s trip to Girona on January 27 being played in the US and this is what he says:“The newly-promoted teams play with enthusiasm early on. They still have the joy of promotion on their minds and channel it on to the field,” he said as quoted by Football Espana.“They’re a dangerous team, so we must take that into account. It’s not normal to relay the pitch four days before a match, although Camp Nou isn’t at its best either.“The players are an important part of the show. They have a voice and something to say. They only want to be heard.”Finally, does Valverde believe Real Madrid are weakened by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit?Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a similar situation to ours with Neymar, which gave us the strength to grow. I see them in the same way,” he concluded.“I want to win the Champions League like everyone else, as well as La Liga. It’s normal to get excited.”Barca squad for Valladolid: Ter Stegen, Ezkieta; Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Arthur, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munir