Man City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t dropping his pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.De Jong is preparing to move from Holland in 2019 and has courted interest from across Europe – including Barcelona and PSG.Indeed, De Jong’s father has talked up a move to Barca.However, Telefoot says City remain in contact, where Guardiola is driving the move.The Catalan is convinced De Jong can fit seamlessly into his system and has made his addition a priority for next year. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Josh Dobbs SurpriseTennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs is known for being a fan-favorite, and for his accessibility for the Vol supporters that love him. So maybe it isn’t that shocking to see what Dobbs did over the weekend.In conjunction with Special Spaces of Knoxville, Dobbs gave 5-year-old Tennessee fan A.J. Cucksey the surprise of a lifetime. Cucksey, who is stricken with an inoperable brain tumor, received a new play room stocked with UT memorabilia. Best of all, he got to hang out with Dobbs, who has known the boy for some time. Warning: these videos might make you choke up a bit. This boy has an inoperable brain [email protected]_dobbs1 @SpecialSpacesUS did something pretty cool for him. Watch at 11. pic.twitter.com/FNy5kjaGRe— Casey Wheeless (@WVLTCasey) April 24, [email protected] Here is a video I took today of Aj singing Rocky Top to Josh Dobbs. Thought you might want to see it 🙂 pic.twitter.com/7srV4ZhRis— Steve Winfree (@KnoxSportsGuy) April 24, 2016It’s easy to see why Dobbs is such a beloved figure in Knoxville. To watch the entire featue from WVLT, click here.
A Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) is being offered by the Government of Jamaica to eligible public sector workers. Eligible public sector workers are permanent employees of the Government of Jamaica between the ages of 50 and 59 years except health professionals, security forces, correctional officers and teachers.The SERP operates under specified terms, including:It is the employee’s choice to apply for the SERP.The head of an organisation will decide which applications can be approved.Organisations will be able to replace approved SERP participants only up to the value of 15 percent of the savings generated by the SERP.Incentives are built into the SERP.Re-employment of persons who retire under the SERP will be restricted.Applications under the SERP must be submitted to the relevant Human Resource Management section of each organisation by 16 February 2018 and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to this date.Among the incentives included in the SERP is the offer of two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment in lieu of accumulated vacation leave. The SERP is designed, as far as possible, to ensure that the process is fair and takes into account both the needs and preferences of the employee as well as the needs of the employer to ensure that the organisation remains sustainable. The option to apply under the SERP is strictly voluntary and is expected to contribute to reducing the size of the public sector wage bill as a percent of GDP.To apply to the SERP, in addition to meeting the age criterion, applicants must meet the following criteria:Be permanently employed to the Government of Jamaica;Have ten years’ qualifying service with the Government of Jamaica; andBe eligible to retire early as per the rules of the PensionsThe SERP is being offered at this point in light of the recently passed Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 which adjusts the terms under which public sector workers will retire. The new Act, among other things, will gradually increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 years; facilitate mandatory contributions by all pensionable officers towards their pension; and harmonise the legislation governing public sector pensions in a single statute.
LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. says a U.S. District Court judge gave his preliminary approval Tuesday to a US$290-million settlement of lawsuits stemming from the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.As part of the deal agreed to in December, Quebec-based Valeant (TSX:VRX) will pay US$96.25 million, with co-defendant Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. paying the rest.Valeant spokeswoman Lainie Keller says approval is subject to submission of final papers and associated hearings.She says that the company continues to believe the resolution of the litigation is in the best interests of the company, enabling it to focus its attention and resources on the transformation of Valeant.Both companies have said they are admitting no wrongdoing by settling. The lawsuit accusing them of insider trading was brought by shareholders who sold Allergan stock in the two months before the US$51-billion bid was launched.Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman has said he believes the lawsuit was without merit but settling will save resources required for a lengthy litigation.
Sophomore goalie Christian Frey skates near his goal during a game against Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center on March 6. OSU lost, 4-2. Credit: Alexis Soares / Lantern photographerIn the final home game of their collegiate careers, OSU’s eight seniors were the stars on the ice one last time.The senior class helped lead the team to a 5-2 victory over the No. 15 Golden Gophers on Saturday.“Led by our seniors, no question,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “We talked a lot about it today and in video session, you can’t script a book any better than what happened tonight, but again, you’re led by eight pretty quality young men. But I credit the team because it takes all 27 guys to get it done, and all 27 guys jumped on board and everybody wanted to do it for the seniors, but more importantly for the program.”Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey’s backhander off a rebound from senior forward Darik Angeli put the Buckeyes in a 1-0 lead.The Gophers notched two tallies in the second period, but senior forward Matt Johnson tied the score at 2-2. OSU then added three goals in the third to take the win.This weekend proved to be a big one for junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple as he scored his first two goals of the season in back-to-back nights against the Gophers.“Two goals in two games, it’s pretty special,” Dalrymple said.OSU’s defense held the game for the Buckeyes by not allowing one of the best power-play units in college hockey to score on its four power-play chances.“That’s a scary team on the power play when you’re clicking at the right percent. They have so many weapons,” Rohlik said. “I think our guys decided it just doesn’t matter, you have to go out and kill a penalty and our guys just jumped the boards and got the job done.”After Minnesota coach Don Lucia decided to pull his goalie late in the final period Saturday to allow the Gophers to add an extra attacker, the Buckeyes took advantage.Led by the stick skills of senior forward Tanner Fritz, the Buckeyes scored twice on an empty net. Fritz assisted junior forward Anthony Greco on the first, and scored the second himself, marking his last home goal as a Buckeye.“I think the hockey gods were shining down on me a little, but definitely nice to go out that way,” Fritz said.Fritz, who leads the Buckeyes with 26 points and has had a point in each of his last six games, said this win was one to remember.“It’s an awesome feeling, something that I’ll remember and cherish down the road. I can look back on this and be proud of what I’ve done,” Fritz said.But the Buckeye captain’s hockey career isn’t over yet, as OSU is set to travel to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in its final series of the regular season.“We enjoy this win. We played a very good hockey team,” Rohlik said. “We are going into their senior weekend and we have to become a better team starting on Monday and that’s our focus. If we can continue to do that, hopefully we can cause some success.”Puck drop in Madison is set for 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Allegri’s defensive tactics worked yet again in Juventus’ 0-0 draw in Rome. Radja Nainggolan’s red card destroyed Roma’s chances of grabbing what would’ve been a deserved victory.Roma’s last match was a 1-0 away victory at Cagliari. It was a game that followed Roma’s CL semi-final exit, so Di Francesco fielded a mixed team. Against Juve, though, he didn’t have that luxury. Today’s lineup was: Alisson Becker on goal, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus and Kolarov in the defense, Pellegrini, De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan in midfield, Under, Dzeko and El Shaarawy in attack. Juventus had to deal with AC Milan in the Italian cup final, something it did in impressive fashion, recording a convincing 4-0 win. Six players were missing in Allegri’s lineup from that encounter: Buffon, Asamoah, Benatia, Cuadrado, Khedira and Douglas Costa. They were replaced by Szczesny, Alex Sandro, Rugani, De Sciglio, Bernardeschi and Higuain. Barzagli, Matuidi, Pjanic, Dybala and Mandzukic rounded up the starting eleven.Roma missed a good opportunity in the 8th minute. Pellegrini cut out a pass in Juve’s half, opening up a 2-on-1 situation with Edin Dzeko. His pass to the Bosnian was a bit behind, forcing him to have to adjust and shoot with his weaker left foot. The shot went wide. In a similar situation a few moments later, Nainggolan stole the ball from Pjanic and headed towards Juve’s box. He chose to shoot instead of passing it to Dzeko and his attempt went high over the bar. 25 minutes in, Roma was clearly the better team. Juventus’ players were happy to sit back and wait for the hosts to break their defensive formation down. Definitely not something you would expect from a champion.Tagliavento awarded the first yellow card of the game to the former Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Add a couple of lost balls that led to Roma counter attacks and you have an idea of what kind of performance we were seeing from the usually dependable Bosnian. Juve needed a point to secure the Scudetto and it was playing like it. At the break, it was Roma 0 – Juventus 0.25 minutes had passed in the second half and the most interesting moments were a Dybala disallowed goal and a Kolarov long-range effort that was blocked. The first substitution of the contest was made in the 67th minute, when Fernando Bernardeschi was replaced by Douglas Costa. Then, Radja Nainggolan, who had received a booking a few minutes earlier for pulling on Alex Sandro’s shirt, made a clumsy foul from behind on Dybala. The referee had no other choice but to show him a second yellow. In the 73rd minute, Gonalons substituted Pellegrini.Nainggolan’s red card changed the complexity of the game, as Juventus spent more time in Roma’s half than it did during the entirety of time prior to the send off. However, Allegri’s squad showed no desire to do more than simply pass the ball around while waiting for the remaining minutes to tick away. Eventually, the final whistle came. The viewers’ suffering ended and Juventus’ title celebration began.
Kylian Mbappe has put an end to rumours linking him with a switch to Real Madrid this summer by insisting that he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain after an impressive World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old became the first teenager to score in the final since Brazil legend Pele in 1958 against Sweden to score France’s fourth goal in their 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday.Mbappe’s four goals in seven appearances at Russia also saw being named the FIFA Young Player of the World Cup with Croatia captain Luka Modric being named the Golden Ball winner.But with PSG under pressure to meet the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by UEFA, there have been some suggestions that the Ligue 1 giants may sell the young star to Real Madrid this summer in order to ease their troubles.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But Mbappe is adamant he will be at the Parc des Princes next season.“I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them,” he said, as stated on beinSPORTS.“I am at the beginning of my career.”Mbappe scored 21 goals in all competitions last season for PSG.
What a guy! Shortly after helping Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 on Saturday, N’Golo Kante later apologised to a fanThe France international played the full 90 minutes of the five-goal thriller London derby and impressed once more in his more advanced midfield role.Chelsea got off to a strong start at Stamford Bridge by racing into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes with goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata.Arsenal levelled the scoreline before the end of half-time thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.But Marcos Alonso turned home Eden Hazard’s cross to seal the three points for Chelsea.It meant that Arsenal had lost their first two games of the season for the first time in 26 years.Chelsea 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.And Sharky, a Gunners supporter, approached Kante afterwards and explained to him how sad he felt about the result.“Just met this man. Told him I was an Arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy,” Sharky wrote.Just met this man. Told him I was an arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy ? pic.twitter.com/L8sukTnc7L— Sharky (@afcSharky) August 19, 2018
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up on his frustration on being without a job since he left the London side.Rumours were rife that he was very close to agreeing on a deal to take over AC Milan, but the man himself insisted it was “fake news”.Though he hasn’t yet confirmed where his next job will be, the veteran is keen to get back into coaching.“I don’t feel retired at all but I feel frustrated,” Wenger told Football Italia via BeIn Sports.“I am basically a competitor and what I miss – honestly there are many things I don’t miss at all, like all of the stuff around the game you have to deal with.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“But of course, the day, the competition, the achievement that you can do together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups, and downs with others, of course, you miss that because I spent my life in that“I’m not finished. People always want to put you in cases, like you are retired or you are finished. People want to finish you completely when you have got older.“But as long as you have an appetite for life I will go on.“One advantage I have from 35 years in the game is sharing what I know with other people and if you don’t do that then life is useless.“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to the people.”