Balotelli blames his skins colour for his problems

first_imgMario Balotelli has had a lot of problems during his career in numerous clubs – and he believes that would have had much fewer problems if he had been white and blames this fact for most of his struggles.The former Italy international insisted that a lot of his problems were caused by the fact that some people are not willing to accept today’s diversity and it made the situation more difficult for him.The Nice striker spoke about his career as he said, according to Football Italia:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…In some stadiums, people chanted ‘There are no black Italians’ at me, yet I am the proof that there are.”“Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority of an error in the middle of a team photograph.”“I think that if I had been white, I’d have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes.”last_img read more

Portugal stick with Fernando Santos as head coach

first_imgThe Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have decided to retain Fernando Santos as the head coach of the national team, despite their early World Cup exitFollowing their triumphant campaign in the European championship two years ago, Portugal arrived at Russia with a new crop of young promising players beginning to emerge with their captain and all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo still at the peak form.But the Navigators fell below expectations and, after finishing as Group B runners-up, they were handed an early exit after losing to Uruguay in the last-16.But, despite the disappointing World Cup campaign, FPF President Fernando Gomes has decided to retain Santos and they will now be turning their focus on to defending their European title in two years time.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Everything has to go according to the plan. We decided to extend the contract of Fernando Santos till 2020 after our victory at Euro 2016. It was a well-considered decision,” said Gomes, according to FourFourTwo.“We understood all the perspectives and analyzed the problems, when we were making this decision. We took into account the fact that the World Cup would take place in 2018.”Since his appointment in 2014, Santos has since guided Portugal to their European triumph in 2016 and a third-place finish at the 2017 Confederations Cup.Portugal will now begin with their preparations for the UEFA Nations League, which begins in September.last_img read more

Pastore Serie A so tough

first_imgJavier Pastore says that Serie A “is certainly harder than Ligue 1” after Roma clawed back from 3-1 to a draw 3-3 with Atalanta.Pastore opened the scoring with a stunning back-heel finish just after 90 seconds in the first half, but Roma had to come back from 3-1 to draw 3-3 in a thrilling game.After the game, Pastore testified to the difficulty of the Italian Serie A, according to Football Italia.“It was a good goal, Cengiz Under gave me a smart cross and the finish went well. Fortunately, we were able to equalise eventually,” Pastore told Sky Sports Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I think after our goal, we got a bit too relaxed and allowed them to have the ball, but that is something we shouldn’t do. We came out for the second half with more intensity and managed to get it back on track. We could even have won it at the end.“My position is up to the Coach, I came here happy to play wide midfield, but well aware that I had often played in a trident attack before.“It’s certainly harder in Serie A than Ligue 1, the first two games have been such a struggle!”last_img read more

Gracia not focused on qualifying for Europe

first_imgAhead of Chelsea’s visit at Vicarage Road on Wednesday, Watford manager Javi Gracia says qualifying for European football is not in his radar.Watford are currently seventh in the Premier League table after their 2-0 win at West Ham on Saturday, but manager Gracia has dismissed any talks of qualifying for European football next season.“I prefer to work day by day, to enjoy the road, every moment, not only one result, not just at the end of the season, I like to compete with all the teams,” Gracia told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Like against West Ham [Watford won 2-0], they have a very good coach, very good players, we are in a good moment and we can compete with all of them.“Against Chelsea will be the same, I prefer to think that way than to focus only on the position of the table because we are in December and football changes day by day.”last_img read more

Hazard ranks Higuain as one of the best

first_imgEden Hazard feels the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Milan is a no brainer ranking him as ‘one of the best’ strikers in the world.Higuain could only watch the Blues defeat Spurs via spot-kicks to reach the EFL Cup Final from the sidelines.And Hazard believes the former Napoli striker will be bringing something special to the table throughout the campaign.“Diego [Costa] was sometimes not the kind of player who you can play a 1-2 with, but in the box he was amazing, he would score a goal and you won, and at the end, you would have three points,” the Belgium forward was quoted as saying by Football Italia.“That’s what we need. So I think Higuain is this kind of player and he can also link with the wingers and the midfield, but he can also be the proper striker.“This season we are playing well, but sometimes we miss the one guy just to score one goal. So we had a couple of games, where we played well but we didn’t score.Welcome to Stamford Bridge, @G_Higuain! 🙌 #CHETOT— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We finished with zero goals, but we created a lot of chances, like against Tottenham. If you have a striker who can score three goals it finishes 5-1, but at the moment it is not the case. But Higuain can do that. He is a top striker who can score everywhere.“We all know that I like to play the give and go with my striker, so if the striker just goes deep, I am going to be in trouble, but Giroud understands this, that’s why I like to play with him.“We all know that, and I think Higuain is going to do the same, and of course he is a fantastic striker, he has scored a lot of goals, when you see his career, Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, he has always scored goals.Higuain after Chelsea beat Tottenham on penalties 💪— SNM (@JackCook95) January 24, 2019“For me as a winger, you know I like to play with top players. With Chelsea, I had the chance to play with one of the best in Diego Costa for three years and I think Higuain is one of the best.“I also like to play with Olivier when he is playing, with Alvaro when he was playing. My position is more winger than number nine, but me, I just try to have fun with my striker, with the other winger, so when the striker is there it is good for me.”last_img read more

Education Minister tours schools this week

first_imgAdd to this, an institution like HJ Robinson High, will find that it has no auditorium for mass meetings for another few months as the House of Assembly is currently set up there because repairs are underway at its regular home, the N.J.S. Francis building.  It had already been said in a House of Assembly, Ministerial statement that school students and faculty will have to wait for some repairs to be completed as the renovation and refurbishments were estimated to not be done in time for the start of Back to School.  Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Related Items:akierra missick, Education Minister tours schools this week, inspection of schools started Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – It is day one for the 2016-2017 academic school year and inspections of the various public schools has started by the Minister of Education; Deputy Premier Akierra Missick who will on Thursday update the country officially on the state of these institutions.  The Minister said her schedule includes a visit today at Grand Turk public schools, there are three; the two schools in South Caicos are set for visit tomorrow; Wednesday the stop is into North and Middle Caicos for the four public institutions there; Minister Missick is in Provo on Thursday for the six government learning facilities on this island and Friday, the Minister says she will go to Salt Cay.center_img Recommended for you Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Deputy Premier out of bounds at Electors’ Courtlast_img read more

Senator suggests standing Parliamentary Committee to fight crime

first_imgPhoto Credit: JIS Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, February 7, 2017 – Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, has suggested the establishment of a Standing Parliamentary Committee dedicated to crime reduction.Mr. Brown made the suggestion while addressing the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate this past Friday (February 3).  “This will focus the country’s attention on solution to our crime problem; hopefully show that the anti-crime fighting efforts are bipartisan and direct the attention of all our leaders to a major obstacle to economic growth and development,” he said.He further suggested that use should be made of laws already passed by Parliament to cripple enterprises that have done so much to damage the image of the country.  “Focus our police service on the outcome of increasing conviction rates of guilty criminals, through improved investigatory techniques, including the use of Science and Technology,” Mr. Brown said.  He also said partnerships among the State, Private Sector, Churches, Civil Society and the communities should be strengthened, so that criminals cannot impact the areas.The State of the Nation Debate gives Senators the opportunity to address issues of national importance. It also gives Cabinet Ministers in the Senate an opportunity to address their portfolio responsibilities while highlighting Government policies and programmes. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Parlour astonished by Unai Emerys sack demands

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has expressed dismay over recent calls from club fans to sack manager Unai Emery less than a year into his reign.Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirate last summer but has been heavily lambasted by fans following their recent struggles.The Gunners 3-1 defeat to further compounded the woes as they dropped to the sixth spot, but Parlour has urged fans to give him a chance to build his own team.“I’m amazed by that,” he told FourFourTwo via talkSPORT.“Arsenal are where they are meant to be at the moment. They’re not at the same level as Liverpool, Man City or even Spurs.“You’ve got to give this guy a chance, he needs to be backed by the club. You can’t sack the manager already and Arsenal are not that sort of club anyway.“Realistically I think you’ve got to give him a few transfer windows. I know he only brought in one player in January, but I think it’s going to take two or three windows to get the players he wants into the side.“Certainly I think he’s the man to take the club forward, and now he’s got to be backed by the board.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gary Neville on Emery: “Unai Emery is doing the best job that he possibly could do. It does need some change, but he will need time. He might even need all next season as well. We shouldn’t really be rushing Emery & #Arsenal in respect of what he’s trying to achieve at the club”— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) February 4, 2019“Any manager is going to struggle if they haven’t got players to bring in.“You expect Man City, Man United, and Chelsea to all spend and sign big players, so we’ve just got the stay in the hunt and try and compete with those clubs.“What wins you trophies is better players, that’s what Arsenal have to get if they’re going to do that, especially defensively.“Realistically it’s going to take time. You’ve got to give him a chance. To say ‘Emery Out’ already, it’s harsh.”last_img read more

Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured but alive

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured, but alive JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (KUSI) — A San Diego County man believed to have gone missing Sunday in Joshua Tree National Park was found conscious and alert but injured four days after he apparently fell, injured his head and became immobile, park officials said.Search and rescue crews found 54-year-old Paul Hanks around 4 p.m. Thursday after previously finding his pickup parked in the Maze Loop parking lot, Joshua Tree public information officer George Land said. Hanks had driven to the park from the San Diego area on Sunday, his birthday, but never checked into a hotel he’d booked in the area that night, nor the hotel he’d booked in Las Vegas the next night. Updated: 3:57 PM KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2018 Posted: March 15, 2018 Joshua Tree Search & Rescue crews put out a missing persons notice for Hanks on Wednesday, a day before he was discovered.“It appears that he fell about 20 feet (and) sustained some head injuries,” Land said. “We don’t know the exact nature of all of his injuries, but he was conscious (and) he was talking to rescuers.”The ranger said search and rescue crews were “ecstatic” to find Hanks alive and alert. The victim was airlifted out of the park Thursday evening and taken to a hospital for treatment.“Obviously, we always hope for the best, but we were getting to the point with the way the weather conditions have been, and some of the environmental concerns, it was getting critical,” Land said. “I can’t express how happy I am, and I’m sure the family is, that their loved one is going to be coming home.”Hanks, an attorney, was described as an experienced hiker who was in good physical condition prior to suffering the injury. According to various media outlets, he lives in the East County, either in Santee or La Mesa.In his biography for the Santee Legal Center, Hanks was described as a Rhode Island native who moved to Southern California “in pursuit of warmer weather to suit his outdoor interests.” He listed those interests as “tennis, bicycle riding, hiking, rock climbing and off-roading.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school

first_img Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — It started as an art contest and evolved into a political debate over free speech. Problem is, the artist painted a mural of President Trump’s bloody head on a spear on the wall of a public school.“Oh, I don’t think that’s right. I know we don’t like the President, but that’s too much. Kids will have nightmares over this,” said Monica Mora of Barrio Logan.Related Link: A political mural on the wall of Chula Vista charter school sparks controversyThe original mural didn’t stay up long. Although the artist remains defiant, she agreed to paint over the mural. Now, Trump’s head on a spear has been replaced by three local icons in the Mexican community with the words “Powerful Leaders.”“We all know he’s not well liked in the Mexican community, but that’s too much,” Mora said.Now, the artist is looking for a new location, away from a public school, but perhaps not away from public scrutiny.On social media, some have suggested Chicano Park. This is a living art museum and history lesson for Mexican Culture.“Honestly, I think I know where they are coming from, but no, this is too much. It doesn’t belong anywhere kids can see it, especially in a public park,” said Adriana Sanchez.The artist herself is trying to back away from the controversy, while stepping in it at the same time.“We will talk to anyone except you, not you, you will talk to my lawyer,” said artist Sasha Andratta. She claims she didn’t design the hateful mural, but she did paint it.The school still hasn’t revealed how this managed to be painted on public school land. But any art project in a public park requires the approval of city leaders. Chicano Park is a public park.While this is happening in San Diego, the word is out. Talk show host Sean Hannity has made this part of a national conversation.You remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction” and the reaction here has been like a tsunami. Posted: May 8, 2018 May 8, 2018 Dan Plante, center_img Updated: 12:37 PM Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, Trump Mural FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Salvation Army holds bellringing fundraiser

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With Christmas season starting, the Salvation Army Kroc Center held an all-star bell-ringing fundraiser at Fashion Valley Mall.Many volunteers rang their bells by the kettles including some familiar faces from KUSI.The fundraiser is apart of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to help serve food and toys to families in San Diego. Salvation Army holds bell-ringing fundraiser KUSI Newsroom, November 27, 2018 Posted: November 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on RFS

first_imgThe Energy & Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing this week on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Panelists included representatives from the petroleum, biofuels, livestock, automotive and restaurant industries, among others. Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board testified on behalf of the biodiesel industry. An initial hearing on the RFS held by the Energy & Power Subcommittee last month included testimony from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Energy Information Administration.Over the last several months, the Energy and Commerce Committee has also invited feedback from RFS stakeholders to a series of white papers on the standard. ASA submitted comprehensive comments on the agricultural impacts of the RFS.In his statement at the hearing, NBB’s Jobe emphasized that the law, first passed in 2005 with overwhelming bipartisan support, is working as Congress intended to diversify the transportation fuels market while boosting local economies and cutting harmful emissions. He pointed to persistent increases in gasoline prices amid the current North American oil boom as evidence of the continued need for alternatives at the pump. Jobe pointed out that the RFS has helped biodiesel become the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach 1 billion gallons of annual production.Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), a senior member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, issued a strong defense of soy biodiesel prior to his questioning of Jobe and his fellow panelists, saying, “[Illinois’ 15th District’s] biofuel production is mostly from soybeans… and other than the [renewable identification number] fraud, which is being investigated, biodiesel isn’t really part of this debate. It’s a drop-in [fuel], there aren’t any retail issues, and it’s across the market.”While the RFS, and efforts to repeal or revise it, continue to be the subject of discussion and lobbying efforts, it is unlikely that any significant legislative changes will move through the full House or Senate. The EPA does have administrative flexibility that could be exercised to make necessary changes to the RFS.last_img read more

UPDATE Man tried to ram officer drove recklessly police say

first_imgVancouver police and sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly ignored an officer’s attempts to pull him over for a traffic violation, tried to ram the officer’s patrol car and led him on a short, 70 mph pursuit.Michael A. Stanton, 64, soon stopped and surrendered in far-east Vancouver and was arrested on suspicion of felony assault for the ramming attempt, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. Stanton also was held for a previously issued misdemeanor warrant.The incident began at about 2:17 p.m. Wednesday when Officer Roger Evans radioed that a suspect driving a maroon GMC Sierra pickup had tried to ram his patrol car.The officer gave the chase up Northeast 162nd Avenue to Fourth Plain Road at speeds reaching 70 mph.Meanwhile all nearby police and sheriff’s deputies responded to the officer’s rare “Code Zero” alert, meaning an officer needs help in a life-threatening emergency, Kapp said.At Fourth Plain, the driver turned right and proceeded east at 60 mph, then turned on Northeast 182nd Avenue and 83rd Street. At times, he drove into oncoming traffic and around blind corners, Kapp said.last_img read more

I205 lanes start to clear after fallen boat removed

first_imgEmergency crews have removed a boat that fell off a trailer Thursday afternoon on on the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge south of Government Island.The Oregon Department of Transportation warned at 4:30 p.m. that two of four southbound lanes will be blocked for hours, with lengthy delays for southbound drivers. The boat was removed and lanes cleared just before 6:30 p.m.Traffic remained heavy on both sides of the bridge.last_img

Coast Guard approves CRC bridge permit

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard on Friday granted a crucial permit allowing the Columbia River Crossing to build a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.The agency’s blessing had been one of the major hurdles still standing in front of the project, declared dead three months ago. Instead, the $2.7 billion effort appears to be gaining momentum with Oregon now in the lead. Washington largely pulled out of the CRC financially earlier this year after lawmakers in Olympia adjourned without authorizing any money for the project.The Coast Guard’s blessing clears the way for a new Columbia River span with 116 feet of clearance over low water. CRC planners scrambled to reach that number last year after initially designing a fixed span at just 95 feet high — a level dismissed as too low for the economic and navigational needs of the river. The existing I-5 Bridge offers up to 178 feet of head room when lifted.The revised height of 116 feet still isn’t high enough to accommodate all existing traffic on the river. Earlier this year, the CRC reached mitigation deals with three upriver manufacturers whose largest products wouldn’t fit under the proposed bridge. The agreements would pay the companies a combined $86.4 million.Vancouver-based Thompson Metal Fab would receive the largest share of that, at almost $50 million. But the manufacturer has supported the CRC, and Thompson President John Rudi said Friday he welcomed the news of an approved bridge permit.last_img read more

Poll No heroes in shutdown GOP gets most blame

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one standing tall in Washington.“So frustrating,” Martha Blair, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, said of the fiscal paralysis as her scheduled national parks vacation sits in limbo. “Somebody needs to jerk those guys together to get a solution, instead of just saying `no.”‘The Associated Press-GfK survey affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the shutdown, as happened when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around.Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.Most Americans consider the shutdown a serious problem for the country, the poll finds, though more than four in five have felt no personal effect. For those who have, thwarted vacations and a honeymoon at shuttered national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts on the job and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints.Asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats or the tea party for the shutdown, Blair, an independent, said yes, you bet. All of them. She’s paid to fly with a group to four national parks in Arizona and California next month and says she can’t get her money back or reschedule if the parks remain closed. “I’m concerned,” she said, “but it seems kind of trivial to people who are being shut out of work.”last_img

Interchange project a beginning and end

first_imgState and local leaders on Tuesday kicked off a project that will add a new interchange to the Interstate 205 corridor at Northeast 18th Street.A rainy ground-breaking ceremony near the freeway represented a beginning and an end of sorts. Construction on the new interchange, which aims to improve safety and travel times in the area, will start in earnest next month, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. But the $40.6 million effort is the final project in Clark County funded by a pair of gas tax increases passed in 2003 and 2005.“After this, there are no more big projects” without a new state transportation funding package, said Bart Gernhart, an assistant regional administrator with WSDOT. And several speakers, including a few state lawmakers, went out of their way Tuesday to suggest they hope something materializes in the near future.“Hopefully, we can come up with a transportation package that we can all get behind,” said Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.Attempts to pass a funding package in Olympia have come up short two years in a row. Whether the idea gains any traction in 2015 remains to be seen.The 18th Street interchange is a companion project to an earlier effort that remade part of a convergence that joins I-205, Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 112th Avenue. The next phase will add an offramp connecting northbound I-205 directly to 18th Street, and an onramp from 18th Street to southbound I-205. The project will also put a new roundabout on 18th Street to the west of the freeway.last_img read more