first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 One Italian intermediary, who handles several high-profile coaches, has said United representatives have been in touch with more than one Italian coach in recent weeks to sound them out about moving to England. While no names have been identified, Massimiliano Allegri, the former Juventus coach, is understood to have resisted interest from LaLiga and Serie A to leave himself clear for England – and particularly the United job. Read Also:Gent striker urged to wait for Man Utd Indeed, on the ground in Manchester, there remains a confidence the board, including vice-chairman Ed Woodward, are fully behind Solskjaer – though there remains the expectation that his team will produce Champions League football next season.center_img Manchester United chiefs are testing the managerial market in Italy as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team battle for a top four finish. Erling Haaland is the subject of interest from a number of European clubs including Man Utd. With United sitting in eighth position, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea, there is pressure on Solskjaer to secure Champions League qualification. And Tribalfootball.com has been informed United’s directors aren’t sitting on their hands and instead are sounding out potential replacements for the Norwegian.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions “The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI  — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCourts in China’s western Xinjiang region have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life for terrorist activities and other crimes, the Xinjiang government said, the latest in a slew of prosecutions targeting militant separatism.The sentences come after Beijing has vowed to crack down on religious extremists and separatist groups, which it blames for a series of violent attacks in Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Muslim Uighurs, and elsewhere.Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest, a claim Beijing denies.Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, is crucial to China’s growing energy needs. Analysts say that much of the proceeds have gone to the Han Chinese, stoking resentment among Uighurs.The latest sentences were handed out last Wednesday by courts in 11 counties and cities in the Kashgar region, Xinjiang’s official Tianshan news website said late on Sunday.It did not identify the ethnicity of those sentenced, but they had Uighur names.Those sentenced were accused of crimes such as “being involved in organising, leading and participating in a terrorist organisation, inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination”, bigamy, drug trafficking, robbery among other crimes, the Tianshan news report said.China has been on edge since a suicide bombing last month killed 39 people at a market in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi. In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming.There is now a “competitive race” among various areas to arrest and sentence Uighurs, Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, the largest group of exiled Uighurs, said in an email.advertisement”Uighurs who have revolted and expressed dissatisfaction against China’s repression are now accused of terrorism,” Raxit said.At least 380 people have been detained in the last month in a sweeping crackdown on violence in Xinjiang.State media last month reported a public mass sentencing, reminiscent of China’s revolutionary era rallies, attracting a crowd of 7,000 at a sports stadium in Yining city in the northern prefecture of Yili.Around 200 people have died in unrest in Xinjiang in the past year or so, the government says, including 13 people shot dead by police in a weekend attack on a police station.last_img read more

first_imgSpalletti hails Mourinho: His legacy still felt at Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has no problems with Jose Mourinho being linked to his job.The former Manchester United manager has been mentioned as Spalletti’s successor – and the Italian has no problem with it.He stated, “A possible return of (José) Mourinho to Inter? “It seems to me to be a good thing. Because thanks to its 18 months, Inter has become a team coveted by the best players and the best coaches at the European level.”Without these 18 months (Mourinho) we would not be here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Man City boss Guardiola defends Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva.The latter was involved in a racism row after he posted a picture on social media that compared a young Benjamin Mendy to a graphic on a popular chocolate.Many accused Bernardo of racism, but Guardiola does not believe that is the case.”Honestly, I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola told reporters about the furore surrounding his Portuguese midfielder.”They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.”Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him.”The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.”If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.”There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.”I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake.”Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded – nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard has secured a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel conversion contract from Dutch oil and gas services provider SBM Offshore.Under the contract, the shipbuilder is to convert a very large crude carrier (VLCC) into an FPSO, which upon completion, will be deployed to the Liza field, located 193 km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block.The shipyard’s work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules.Keppel informed that the converted FPSO will have a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil and will be capable of producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. The vessel will have a gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million standard cubic feet per day and a water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels of water per day.The company added that the deal is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s upcoming trade mission to France will include a stop at Michelin’s head office.The French tire giant is the largest public sector employer in the province and McNeil, who leaves Sunday for a week-long visit, said he wants to explore any potential interest the company has in expanding its operations in Nova Scotia.McNeil said while no such plans have been brought to his attention, the visit to the company’s headquarters south of Paris, is more than just a courtesy call to senior executives.“We are going to look for opportunity,” he said. “We are going to ensure that Michelin recognizes that this province is open for business.”McNeil said while the province would not offer a financial package to entice companies during the trip, there are programs they can take advantage of like the capital tax credit for large corporations.Last week, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan expressed concerns ongoing NAFTA talks could threaten Michelin’s North American operations. He said a “significant impact” was likely if U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade demands are adopted.But McNeil said Thursday he believes the current uncertainty around the trade agreement is not an impediment to landing more investment.“We are going to be proactive,” he said, when asked about his plan to push the province as a place to invest.The French manufacturer has three plants in Nova Scotia, providing well-paying jobs to more than 3,000 people. The plants are located in Granton, Bridgewater and Waterville.McNeil noted that land has already been tabbed around the firm’s Waterville plant in the event Michelin should want to expand its Annapolis Valley operations. He said there is also capacity at the Granton plant.The trip will also see McNeil meet with government officials and other businesses in the aerospace, digital media, and food and hospitality sectors.Other companies on the agenda with Nova Scotia ties include video game publisher Ubisoft and two aerospace firms, Thales Group and Stelia Aerospace (formerly Composites Atlantic).According to the province, Nova Scotia exported more than $90 million worth of products to France in 2016.Primary exports included seafood and aircraft parts.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec-based professional service firm WSP Global Inc. is expanding its U.S. presence by agreeing to purchase Berger Group Holdings Inc. for US$400 million ($520.8 million).The U.S. firm operating under the name Louis Berger is active mainly in transportation, infrastructure, environment and water sectors, along with master planning.It has about 5,000 employees, mainly in the U.S. along with Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America.Founded in 1953, Louis Berger’s American operations account for about 70 per cent of US$480 million in annual net revenues.Its portfolio includes service contracts for the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Statue of Liberty, the George Washington Bridge, the World Trade Center and most recently emergency management services for temporary power in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria.The company has been selected as part of a joint venture to provide project management services to build Qatari capital Doha’s first metro and supervise construction of three stadiums for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.The acquisition is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter will be funded through a loan from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.WSP expects to realize about US$15 million in cost savings within one year and incur US$50 million in integration and restructuring costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:WSP, TSX:CM)last_img read more

first_imgFRANKFURT – European Central Bank policymakers view slower-than-expected growth as a temporary hiccup and believe that the 19-country eurozone’s upswing remains solid amid strengthening wage growth, the group said in a note released Thursday.The written account of the bank’s July 26 meeting says policymakers thought any dip in output “would be largely temporary.” However, they warned that global trade tensions posed a risk to their outlook.When meeting, policymakers were armed with the news that growth had eased to a quarterly rate of 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, after 0.7 per cent at the end of last year. Growth remained at 0.4 per cent in the second quarter.At their meeting last month, ECB policymakers viewed the upswing as “solid and broad-based” with support from “strong consumption fundamentals, notably ongoing employment growth.”Officials were more confident of achieving their goal of a sustainable inflation rate of just under 2 per cent in coming months, since at the time of the meeting it had hit 2.0 per cent in June and more workers were winning wage increases. The latest figure from July is 2.1 per cent.Inflation, they said, was supported by “the ongoing strengthening in wage growth.”The improving inflation backdrop is the main reason why the ECB has said it will end its stimulus program at the end of the year. However, it has said it will keep rates at record lows for longer to support the recovery — its main interest rate remains at zero while the rate on deposits the ECB takes from commercial banks is at an unprecedented minus 0.4 per cent.The negative rate was a penalty aimed at pushing banks to lend excess cash instead of keeping it at the central bank. The bank says it is confident enough that inflation is heading toward its goal that it can end the 2.4 trillion-euro ($2.8 trillion) bond purchase program, which pumped newly created money into the economy to raise weak inflation and slow growth in the wake of the eurozone’s 2010-2012 debt crisis.The ECB is well behind the U.S. Federal Reserve in withdrawing the emergency stimulus measures deployed in the wake of the global financial crisis a decade ago. The Fed is already raising rates amid strong growth and is letting its bond pile run down as the bonds are paid off, steadily withdrawing monetary stimulus.Stimulus withdrawal will have wide-ranging effects. The money added to the system during the stimulus by global central banks pushed up the prices of assets such as stocks and real estate, and encouraged companies and governments to borrow, in some cases excessively. Ending the stimulus should reverse those trends and put pressure on both financial markets and countries that have heavy debt loads. That is why the ECB is moving slowly as it heads toward the exit.last_img read more