Blow for Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland! Celtic defender rules out move

first_imgCeltic defender Virgil van Dijk has rubbished claims he is set for a January transfer window move – insisting the Scottish Premiership side do NOT want to sell him.The Dutchman has been linked with Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland but, so far, non of the Premier League sides have made an official offer.Should the defender stay at Celtic Park he would be free to face Dundee United in the final of the Scottish League Cup, after he helped the Bhoys to a 2-0 win over Rangers on his Old Firm debut.Asked about his future, Van Dijk said: “Interest is fine, it’s always good to have people watching you but I can do nothing with interest and it looks like Celtic don’t want to sell me so it looks like I’m staying here.“I’m happy here of course because Celtic is an amazing club and I love being here.” 1 Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic last_img read more

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first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Coky Mziwandi,a car guard at CliftonSecond Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Coky Mziwandi,a car guard at CliftonSecond Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: dog-walking on thepromenade at Sea Point. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Mohamed Isaacsonpulls a power slide on hisBMX bike in the suburb ofBo Kaap. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: youngsters hangout outside their home inthe suburb of Bo Kaap. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Samuel Kalule,Peter Kanyerere, and anunnamed friend sell theircrafts at Camps Bay Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: a motorcyclist onCamps Bay Drive. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: from left, NicoleMarais, Chase van Aardt,Judith Lettier and Joy vanAardt relax on CliftonSecond Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Chase van Aardtand Judith Lettier relaxon Clifton Second Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Celtics ban fan for two years over verbal insults toward DeMarcus Cousins

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Celtics indicated the fan involved was under 18 and violated team policy regarding fan conduct.“On January 26, we were alerted by DeMarcus Cousins that a fan had used racially offensive language towards him,” the Celtics said in a statement. “Immediately upon receiving the complaint, the fan, who was a minor, was ejected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The following day, per our policy regarding any reported fan behavior complaint, the team initiated an exhaustive investigation of the incident that included reviewing video from multiple angles and identifying and interviewing numerous fans, security personnel, and police in the immediate vicinity.“In the course of this investigation, we were able to conclude that the fan had been verbally abusive toward the Golden State bench, but none of the interviewed parties were able to verify the use of racially offensive language, and video evidence proved inconclusive. Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0), Aron Baynes, and Terry Rozier (12) confront Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Cousins and Tatum received double technical fouls on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Boston Celtics have banned a supporter from all games for two years for offensive comments directed to Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA team said Friday.The visiting Warriors defeated Boston 115-111 on January 26 with Cousins contributing 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes for the reigning NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Based on our investigation, the fan was issued a two-year ban from all Celtics games, and is also subject to lifetime probation pursuant to our policy. The punishment for any corroborated discriminatory language used towards any player, employee, or fan at a Celtics home game is a lifetime ban.”The Celtics shared notice of their investigation and final discipline plans with the Warriors, adding, “We express the deepest regrets that this incident happened to DeMarcus, as such behavior violates everything the Boston Celtics have always stood for.”The Utah Jazz banned a fan for life earlier this month after video emerged of a verbal exchange between the man and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Lionel Messi upset with criticism from Argentina fans Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

18 days agoReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burst

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burstby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde was proud of his performance in victory over Granada.Valverde won great praise from coach Zinedine Zidane for his display.And the youngster stated: “I’m going to offer my thing, I’m an all round midfielder.”I have the fitness to press and whenever I can I’m going to do so, until I burst legs…” “This is the beginning, nothing more,” Valverde added. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

KMC hands out footballs to 10 coaching centres

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) gave footballs to 10 coaching centres as a part of its drive to revive the tradition and football culture in Bengal.Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor in-Council (Parks and Gardens) handed over the footballs to the organisers of 10 football clubs. Each club was given 10 footballs. A friendly football match was also held in memory of Achyut Banerjee, a great football coach of the past. A statue of Banerjee was unveiled a few days ago. The football match was scheduled to be played on August 16, which got postponed due to incessant rain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee was a coach of Kidderpore Football Club. He had coached great players like Tarun Basu, Prasun Banerjee, Shymal Banerjee and Shyamal Ghosh, among others. Kumar said KMC was trying hard to revive the football culture of Bengal. “There was a time when 7 to 8 players from Bengal used to represent India. Now we depend heavily on foreign players and foreign coaches. Our attempt should be to nurture our own players and reduce our dependence on foreign players,” he said. Meanwhile, KMC also felicitated six of its footballers at the function on Monday. It may be recalled that KMC was the first civic body that had accorded reception to Habul Sarkar, one of its employees who was one of the members of the Mohun Bagan squad that had defeated Eastern Yorks in the IFA Shield final in 1911.last_img read more

Key budgetary goal to help women enter workforce would lift economy analysis

first_imgOTTAWA – One of the predominant themes of next week’s federal budget will be increasing the workforce participation of women — and recently released internal documents point to big economic benefits for Canada if it can help more women enter the job market.The Liberal government has said improving the economic success of women and promoting gender equality will be among the primary objectives of next Tuesday’s budget.Options on the budgetary table include narrowing the pay equity gap, ensuring more gender equality in boardrooms, easing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and opening up more funding opportunities for female scientific researchers.These types of commitments could feed into Ottawa’s efforts to hit another overarching target for this government: raising the needle on long-term growth.A briefing note prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.If nothing changes, the memo to Morneau estimates potential growth will “remain low” over the next 15 years at 1.7 per cent.But the analysis says raising the workforce participation rate of women by 4.5 percentage points by 2032 would lift Canada’s potential growth to about 1.9 per cent.With the intensifying negatives from Canada’s aging workforce, growth isn’t expected to pick up its pace without help. The briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, said the rapid pace of growth in 2017 is “not sustainable,” particularly as temporary economic factors fade and interest rates continue to rise.The document lists higher female labour-market participation among four broad policy goals that will boost potential economic growth.One of the others calls for raising immigration levels of skilled workers by 15,000 each year as a way to increase annual growth by 0.1 percentage points. Another is upping the participation rate of workers aged 55 to 64 years old — in line with those in top-performing countries — for an annual growth injection of 0.2 percentage points.The fourth policy option in the document is redacted.Next week, the Liberal government will table the first federal budget to scrutinize all its commitments through a gender-equality microscope.The Canadian Press obtained another briefing note that revealed the “proposed gender-equality framework” presented to Morneau last August.A senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public, said the memo was an early version of the pillars examined for the budget. They noted, however, the gender-budgeting road map has evolved since that time, following consultations with experts.The document contained a detailed exploration of the gender gap in labour-force participation and underlined the importance of creating conditions to help more women enter the job market.It said the gender workforce divide narrowed considerably over the last few decades — from nearly 39 percentage points in the late 1970s to nine in recent years.However, the memo said the improvements have plateaued and are largely unchanged since the early 2000s, despite rising educational levels among women.“Higher representation of women in the labour force has led to higher incomes for Canadian families and, in turn, real economic gains,” said the note, also obtained under the Access to Information Act.The document noted that Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than those in many industrialized countries and identified them as a group with potential to further raise their work-force participation.Several stakeholders who participated in the government’s gender-related consultations last year are hoping the budget will contain measures such as dedicated leave for new fathers or non-birthing parents, cash for the Liberals’ promised pay-equity legislation and, possibly, something more on child care.There are expectations the budget could contain many commitments aimed at helping women — from trade missions designed for female entrepreneurs, to mentorships aimed at women, to setting aside a significant share of public contracts for women-led businesses.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month to say Ottawa will proceed this year with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value in federal jobs as a “first step” towards getting more women into the workforce. He also said it’s time for serious looks at parental leave and child-care policies.Trudeau cited estimates by global consulting firm McKinsey and Company that narrowing the gender gap in Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.Last month, Ottawa also announced the winners of a $50-million program designed to teach digital and coding skills to more than one million kids — with a special emphasis on encouraging underrepresented groups like girls to get involved.The president and CEO of Actua, an organization that received $10 million of that amount, said creating more opportunities for women to join the workforce, particularly in rapidly expanding innovative industries, makes “huge economic sense.”“We’ll be facing even more workforce shortages in the future in these fields,” said Jennifer Flanagan. “We can’t afford to leave out half our population from the opportunity to fill in those workforce gaps.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John man busted at wheel of bait car in Kelowna

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. — A man originally from Fort St. John was arrested in Kelowna on Sunday evening after he allegedly stole a Bait Car. At around 9:50 p.m. last Sunday,  members of the Kelowna RCMP members were advised by dispatcher that one of the city’s Bait Cars had been activated. Dispatch was able to provide live video feed updates to pursuing officers as the male suspect drove northbound towards Lake Country.Members from the Lake Country Detachment were advised of the vehicle’s location, and once police were in position the vehicle’s engine was disabled. The driver was taken into police custody without incident. 37-year-old Kenneth William Fawcett of Fort St. John has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited.  Kelowna RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith said in a release that Fawcett is “a well known Prolific Offender and has a lengthy criminal record for vehicle thefts and other property related offences. In any given community prolific offenders account for 80 percent of all crime committed. Be rest assured our members will continue to identify, locate and arrest these individuals and hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed.”It’s not know whether Fawcett has been released from custody, or when he is due to make his next court appearance.last_img read more

Man clobbered to death with stone

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was beaten to death with stone in Sangam Vihar area in South Delhi. Police claimed that the accused then chopped his body and dumped it in the forest areas.Police identified the accused as Akash, a resident of Sangam Vihar area. “On 7 March around 2 am they received credible information about the murder case in the forested areas of street number 12 in Shooting Range road,” said police sources. They further added that the team nabbed the accused from Sangam Vihar and during questioning he claimed that he had killed one Saroj who lives in F2 block (Sangam Vihar) by beating him with stone. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further stated that after killing he disposed of the body into pieces and hide it inside the pit in the forested areas. The staff took the accused to forest and started searching. “There were marks of dragging and the blood stain on the ground. Later the accused pointed through the weapon of offence “stone”, said police sources adding that the accused told them that after killing he dragged the body of the Saroj. Moving further police team found that there were fresh mud and stone inside the pit. “After removing mud and stone a sack was found containing the body pieces including the head, legs,” police said. Police further claimed that the accused had some personal enmity with the deceased. “Three years ago he was beaten up by the deceased and to take revenge of that incident he hatched the murder plan,” police said. A case under sections 302 and 201 of IPC registered.last_img read more

Marc Gasol Is Joel Embiids Kryptonite

To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions. read more