Marcus Rashford: All the talk at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): The player who is all the talk at Manchester United right now isn’t listed on the 31-man squad on the back of the team’s match-day program. There’s even a section currently up on United’s website, posing the question many are wondering: Who is Marcus Rashford? Well, he is the 18-year-old rookie striker who has saved under-pressure United coach Louis van Gaal from even deeper scrutiny and who could be a potential star of the future at Old Trafford. Playing in his first match for United’s senior team as a late injury replacement, Rashford scored twice against FC Midtjylland to lead United’s recovery in a 5-1 win that qualified the team for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. With an injury crisis coursing through Van Gaal’s squad, Rashford is likely to be starting up front against Arsenal in a globally anticipated English Premier League game in front of nearly 80,000 spectators on Sunday. It’s something of a whirlwind for a player who, before Thursday, had never started a game above under-19 level and signed a professional contract at United only in 2014. Now he is the club’s youngest ever scorer in European soccer. Van Gaal is clearly excited about Rashford’s potential, but is being cautious. “It is fantastic (for him), but you have to be consistent and we are looking for consistent strikers,” Van Gaal said after the Midtjylland game, slightly puncturing the jubilant mood. “There are not so many on this earth.” Of course, these are early days for Rashford and there are plenty of examples of where great starts to careers at United didn’t come to fruition. For every Wayne Rooney, who memorably scored a hat-trick in the Champions League on his United debut, there is Federico Macheda — the Italian who scored on his first-team debut in April 2009, but has been on an unsuccessful tour of the English lower leagues ever since. Rashford looks to have the composure and technique to go places, though. Born and raised in Manchester, he comes from the same junior club — Fletcher Moss — that spawned former United players Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison. He has captained United’s Under-19 team and was the top scorer for the Under-18s last season. Against Midtjylland, he liked to get involved in play rather than just prey on the shoulder of the last defender. But his predatory close-range finishes for his second-half double showed a goalscorer’s instinct. “In the first half he ran too much out wide,” Van Gaal said, “and I said he needs to be in front of goal to score.” Rashford is arguably United’s sixth-choice striker — behind Rooney, Anthony Martial, James Wilson, Will Keane and emergency targetman Marouane Fellaini. Those five are either injured or on loan (Wilson) so Rashford is likely to start against Arsenal, a game United needs to win to keep in touch with the top four. “I watched him last night and he was quite impressive,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I know all of their players — Rashford I didn’t know.” He’ll know more about the kid come Sunday evening.last_img read more

‘Human Rights Violation’, Cuban Chargé d’Affaires Brands U.S.-Imposed Economic Blockade

first_imgMr. Yordenis Vera gives Cuba’s report on US Blockade.Cuban Chargé d’Affaires assigned in Liberia, Yordenis Despaigne Vera has branded the United States’ imposed economic blockade on the Communist Republic of Cuba as a “human rights violation,” calling on the international community to prevail on the imposer to lift it.Mr. Vera made the call yesterday, October 16, at a resort in Monrovia where he read the Cuban Report on the draft Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) entitled, “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba.”The draft resolution, which is expected to be presented to the UNGA on October 31, 2018, underscored that “the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States of America against Cuba for almost six decades is the most unfair, severe and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country.”Mr. Vera said every country has the right to decide on what system of government to institute and which will be in the best interest of their people and maintain financial and economic independence to meet the needs of their citizens, “but the United States has reneged to lift the blockade, thus leading to the suffering of millions of Cubans, mainly the elderly and the youth.”Before leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama began softening the blockade on Cuba by creating the environment for both countries to re-establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors.President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to Havana on March 20, 2016 and, following that, the first U.S. commercial airplane made a landing there in August the same year.Hoping that the succeeding administration will build on the foundation laid between Cuba and the United States, instead President Donald Trump on June 16, 2017, signed the “Presidential Memorandum for National Security,” which calls for tightening US blockade policy against Cuba.The restriction, among other things, bars the right of Americans to travel to Cuba, something which imposes additional obstacles on the limited opportunities of the American business community in that country.  The restriction sets a list of 179 entities with which American natural and juridical persons are prohibited from carrying out transactions.The new sanctions have also caused a decrease in visits from the US, and they have generated greater obstacles on Cuban companies’ economic and commercial relations with America and third country partners.Besides the negative consequences of the sanctions on the Cuban economy, Mr. Vera said, the private sector is grossly affected as well.“In recent months, the permanent persecution of Cuban financial transactions and bank loan operations with Cuba has intensified on a world scale.  This has caused severe harm to the country’s economy, especially on the commercial activities of companies and national banks in their links with international banking,” Vera said.Although the 2017 UN voting result for lifting the blockade on Cuba was favorable as 191 voted in favor, while 2 voted against, the UN has not been able to come out with a definite position to prevail on the U.S. government to lift the blockade.The tightening of the blockade, according to Mr. Vera, has come with aggressive, menacing, disrespectful rhetoric and conditions from the senior level of the U.S. government; which he said generates greater mistrust, and uncertainty among American financial institutions, companies and suppliers due to the very real fear of being penalized for their relations with Cuba.Vera said that the blockade, as far as the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals is concerned, will affect lives of millions in Cuba, which signifies failure to achieve this goal.He said this blockade and US extra-territorial relations with smaller countries will cause a hurdle for the development of Cuba’s economic, commercial and financial development.The six-decade blockade on Cuba, Mr. Vera said, has accumulated to loss of $933,678,000,000, taking into consideration depreciation of the dollar as compared to the price of gold on the international market.He also said that the blockade has caused losses to Cuba for around $4,321,200,000; stressing that it implies severe affectations in all the spheres of the economic and social life of the country.Cuba, though, has existed under the harsh US imposed economic blockade for 60 years; it has come out to be one of the Latin American countries with vibrant health and education sectors on the world index.Nevertheless, Mr. Vera said the blockade has imposed suffering on the Cuban health system, education, and the food and agriculture industries.For instance, the biopharmaceutical sector that has been the engine of growth for Cuba’s economy, cannot be exported easily to generate revenue, while the Heberprot-P used to treat diabetes and ulcers are of no demand to other countries, because it cannot be exported under the blockade.Vera said that smaller countries’ fear of not being punished by US is causing them to also stand afar from Cuba, thereby creating a heavy weight from the blockade.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liard Smith River fire still causing problems with the Alaska Highway

first_imgView Liard Smith River Fire in a larger mapCrews continue to battle the wildfire raging at the Junction of the Smith and Liard Rivers.The fire, now estimated to cover more than 20,000 hectares, or 200 square kilometres, and only 15 per cent contained, has now crossed the Smith River to the northwest, and continues to grow in that direction.- Advertisement -At last report, the 88 firefighters and aircraft are concentrating their efforts on protecting the Alaska Highway, and nearby structures, and are burning off land on the eastern edge of the fire, to increase the fuel free guard in that area.At this point, the Alaska Highway remains open to traffic, but officials say heavy smoke may force another closure, between Fireside and Liard Hotsprings – and travelers are advised to consult read more

Premier League round-up: Leicester off bottom with Swansea victory, while West Brom and Everton win

first_imgLeicester City have moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Swansea at the King Power Stadium.The Foxes are now in the relegation zone purely on goal difference, having drawn level on points with 17th placed Hull City.Elsewhere, there were victories for West Brom, Everton and Stoke.Leicester 2-0 SwanseaLeonardo Ulloa, a late replacement for David Nugent who suffered a tight calf in the warm-up, got the game’s first goal, when he smashed home Wes Morgan’s assist. Nigel Pearson’s side were nervous throughtout the encounter but sealed the win just moments before the full time whistle when Andy King turned in Esteban Cambiasso’s rebounded free-kick.Crystal Palace 0-2 West BromWest Brom took the lead early on when James Morrison was left free in the box, and he headed home Chris Brunt’s corner. Craig Gardner all but confirmed the result with a stunning shot, which flew past Julian Speroni in the Eagles’ goal. The result means the Baggies are eight points off the relegation zone.Everton 1-0 BurnleyThose two results meant it was critical for Burnley to leave Goodison Park with a positive result. The Clarets didn’t manage it though and slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Everton. Ross Barkley had the chance to open the scoring for the home side, but his penalty was well saved by Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal. They did gain the lead before half-time though when Kevin Mirallas, another man who missed a vital penalty earlier this season, found the back of the net with a smart strike. The Clarets’ task was made even harder when Ashley Barnes was sent to the stands just before half-time after being shown two yellow cards.Stoke 2-1 SouthamptonIn the other 3pm kick off, Stoke came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory against Southampton at the Britannia Stadium. Morgan Schneiderlin knocked in Jose Fonte’s header to give the Saints a lead at the break, but the Potters equalised through Mame Biram Diouf’s bizarre goal early in the second half. And Mark Hughes’ side secured the victory when Charlie Adam’s volley found the back of the net with six minutes remaning.Premier League results:Crystal Palace 0-2 West BromEverton 1-0 BurnleyLeicester 2-0 SwanseaStoke 2-1 Southampton 1 Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his goal against Swansea last_img read more

‘Angel Di Maria doesn’t buy into Louis van Gaal’s philosophy… he wants PSG move’

first_imgDaily Telegraph football journalist Mark Ogden joins The Sports Bar to discuss all the latest transfer news involving Manchester United.Ogden reveals Ashley Young’s future at Old Trafford is in real doubt with the winger out of contract next season and yet to be offered an extension.He also claims Angel Di Maria is desperate to leave United for Paris Saint-Germain, and says Louis van Gaal is set to swoop for Barcelona winger Pedro should the Argentine depart.On Di Maria, Ogden said: “I don’t think he is going to stay at United. I think they will get the deal done and then make a move for Pedro.“The suggestion with Di Maria is his wife is really unhappy in Manchester and also he just doesn’t buy into Van Gaal’s philosophy.“Managers and players have to connect and I don’t think Di Maria and Van Gaal have hit it off.”last_img read more

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte acquitted in match-fixing trial

first_img Antonio Conte 1 Italy head coach Antonio Conte is clear to take charge of Chelsea in the summer after being acquitted of charges pertaining to sporting fraud, an Italian judge has announced.The 46-year-old, who will move to England and Stamford Bridge after leading Italy at the European Championship, had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011.Cremona-based prosecutor Roberto Di Martino had asked for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and fined 8,000 euros (£6,300), but the former Juventus coach, represented by lawyers, was on Monday acquitted by judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi during a preliminary hearing.Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio welcomed the decision, telling Italian newspaper Il Sole: “I am highly satisfied with the court’s acquittal of Antonio Conte.“Finally his position has been clarified and my confidence in him has never been in question. Now we are all the more focused on the Euros.”In 2012 Conte, who has always denied any wrongdoing, served a four-month ban imposed by the FIGC in connection with the case, which is known in Italy as ‘Calcioscommesse’Conte on Monday evening marked the end of a “nightmare period” in his life by publishing a statement on his official Facebook page.“Four years ago, a search of my house at 5am ushered in a nightmare period that at times I felt would go on forever,” wrote the Lecce-born tactician.“Those who stood by me, and who know me best, know how much I have struggled with the idea that my name might be associated with the shameful world of match-fixing.“Today finally draws a line under this ugly story.“I thank my family and the many people who never believed even for a moment the words which presented a false image of my lifestyle.“As I have already said to those who were trying to judge me, I am a sportsman and I know no other way to achieve success than through sacrifice and total dedication.“It was a terrible experience and I have faced it head on. This is demonstrated by the fact that I decided to take part in the process, as I have always done in life, rather than looking for loopholes.“To all those who never doubted my honesty, I want to express my gratitude, and reassure them that I have emerged from this testing time as a stronger and more highly motivated person.”last_img read more


first_imgShaun Coyle leaving Letterkenny Court. (North West Newspix)A man who attacked a woman after putting his hand up her skirt and touched her privates after a party for his grandson’s First Holy Communion has been fined €1,000.Shaun Coyle, 66, attacked neighbour Olive Allen as they were socialising in a bar in Carrigans. Ms Allen had been enjoying a drink with her boyfriend when Coyle approached they couple in a drunken state in the Carraig Inn.Coyle initially slapped Ms Allen in the back and said he could have both of them shot.But they made friends and he bought Ms Allen and her boyfriend Robert Cole a drink.However, Coyle retuned later in the evening and began chatting to the couple again telling Ms Allen that if he was 30 years younger he would fancy his chances with her.Mr Cole left to have a smoke outside and a row ensued between Ms Allen and Mr Coyle.It was then claimed that Coyle, a fisherman from Castletown, St Johnston, then put his hand up Ms Allen’s short skirt and a fight ensued.Ms Allen, 46, of Transallagh, St Johnston, kicked Mr Coyle in the stomach and then threw a bottle at him.Ms Allen admitted that she had ben barred form the pub as a result of throwing the bottle at Mr Coyle.Both Mr Coyle and Ms Allen appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with assaulting each other during the incident on May 17th, 2014.Pictures of both Ms Allen and Mr Coyle’s injuries after the fight were produced in court.Giving her evidence Ms Allen, who was sobbing in the witness box said “He put his hand up my skirt and he should not have. He touched my privates and he just can’t do that. I fought back but he was clawing my face.”She claims din her evidence that Mr Coyle had often been ‘sleazy’ in his conversation with her but that she had just ignored it.Mr Coyle admitted having words about his daughter with Ms Allen but denied that he ever put his hand up her skirt and touched her inappropriately.He said “No I did not. I put no hand up no skirt. There were three men had to hold her of me.”He claimed that she had attacked him and that she struck him in the face, knocking off his glasses and causing him to fall to the floor.After hearing the evidence, Judge James Faughnan said he was satisfied that it was Mr Coyle who provoked Ms Allen and dismissed the charge of assault against her.Judge Faughan asked Ms Allen what she wanted to happen to Mr Coyle and she replied that she simply did not want what happened to her to happen to anybody else.Solicitor for Mr Coyle, Kieran O’Gorman said his client had undergone a serious operation and had no previous convictions of any kind.The judge said Ms Allen’s injuries were self evident and that they were nasty injuries and fined Coyle €1,000, giving him six months to pay the money.MAN WHO ATTACKED WOMAN IN BAR AND PUT HAND UP HER SKIRT FINED €1,000 was last modified: January 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackCarriganscourtdonegalOlive AllenShaun CoyleSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur stadium news: Contractor Mace reveals issues behind delays

first_img“[A cable net roof] requires all of the structure to be completed in order to begin.“The roof was always scheduled as one of the last activities and is now due to be substantially complete at the end of August.” Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has been delayed by wiring problems, the chief executive of contractor Mace has explained.Spurs have had the opening of the ground, built on the site of White Hart Lane, delayed indefinitely after problems with critical safety systems. gameday cracker latest Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense How the south stand of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium currently looks on August 23. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes predicted revealed highlights silverware MONEY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? impact possible standings SORRY Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds has revealed the ground is behind schedule because of wiring problems with the fire detection systems.Speaking to Building, he said: “Issues with critical safety systems were identified.“This is linked to the fire detection contractor encountering higher than usual electrical wiring faults.” Latest Football News silverware whoops Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings smart causal gameday The inside of Tottenham’s new stadium on August 23. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT But a lack of reasoning behind the problems had left supporters fuming as they face playing at Wembley until around November at the earliest.Now, though, they have more answers about the current situation. 2 Most Popular Premier League News And he took the chance to inform fans that the images of the unfinished stadium were misleading.He added: “Many of the outstanding external elements of the build are cosmetic and are not required for the stadium to open for the first football game.“Follow up meetings continue to take place with trade contractors where the situation and planned timetable are being reviewed to rectify and re-test.“We shall then be in a better position to outline the revised timetable for opening. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL minor team boss Stephen Friel has named his panel for this year.However he says the squad will change with players impressing at their clubs will be invited to join.The county’s first Championship game is away to Cavan on May 20. The training panel is listed below:Minor panel: John McGarvey  (Cloughaneely), Dairmuid Spratt (Bundoran), Jimmy Coyle (Fanad), Eoin McHugh (Kilcar), Raymond McNamee (St Mary’s), Ryan McHugh (Kilcar), Darragh Mulgrew  (St Eunan’s), Conor Parke (St Eunan’s), Kieran Lynch (Letterkenny Gaels), Stephen McBrearty (Kilcar), Conor McBrearty (Gaels), Conor McCormick (Carndonagh), Gary Kelly (Red Hugh’s), Colm Melough (Red Hugh’s), Simon Cuffe (Buncrana), Conor Harkin (Burt), Calum Gallagher (Naomh Brid), Brendan McNellis (Ardara), Shaun McCafferty (Cloughaneely), Aodhan McGinley (Kilcar), Ciaran Thompson (Naomh Conaill), John Fitzgerald (Cloughaneely), Oisin Carr (St Eunan’s), Peter McLaughlin (Buncrana), Mark Gallagher (Naomh Conaill), Conor Cairns (St Mary’s), Daniel Mullarkey (Malin), Kieran Keown (Aodh Ruadh), Kevin Hearn (Ardara), Kevin McNern (Naomh Columba), Kevin O’Loughlin (Buncrana), John Rose (St Naul’s). GAA: DONEGAL MINOR MANAGER NAMES SQUAD was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAminor panellast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have investigated five sudden deaths in County Donegal this weekend.A spokesman has confirmed in the past hour that they are no longer treating any of the separate incidents as suspicious.Under Garda guidelines, all sudden and ‘unexplained’ deaths must be investigated. Officers had to seal off the scenes of five homes in Falcarragh, Lifford, Liscooley, Castlefin and Churchill.In Falcarragh and 78-year-old woman passed away on Saturday night. It’s thought she may have fallen down stairs.In Churchill the family of a 51-year-old man is in mourning. The State Pathologist’s office was informed but after investigation, Gardai have included the death was not suspicious.Such a high number of ‘sudden deaths’ over two days is very unusual.  GARDAI INVESTIGATE FIVE SUDDEN DEATHS IN THE COUNTY was last modified: July 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI INVESTIGATE FIVE SUDDEN DEATHS IN THE COUNTYlast_img read more