TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane’s deal.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have opened talks with Mane over extending his contract.According to reports from France, negotiations have already started between Mane and Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down their forward.Mane’s current contract runs until 2023, but with the Senegal international fast becoming one of his side’s standout stars, the Reds, it appears, are keen to keep the forward for the foreseeable future.The former Southampton man scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five wins from five in the Premier League, leaving them top of the Premier League table with a five point lead over Manchester City.
zoomImage Courtesy: HH Ferries Group Swedish HH Ferries Group has inaugurated the two ferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe as the world’s largest battery-powered passenger ferries on the route between Helsingborg, Sweden and Helsingör, Denmark.Held on November 9, the inauguration marks a milestone for the company’s green strategy, according to HH Ferries. The project reduces the company’s total emissions of CO2, NOx and particles by 65% when the two high-frequency ferries are powered by green electricity.The battery project on Tycho Brahe and Aurora has lasted more than three years, and with a financial scope of around SEK 300 million (USD 33.1 million), it represents HH Ferries Group’s largest single investment ever. INEA, the European Union’s executive agency for innovation and network, has supported the project with around SEK 120 million.In each port, automatic land-based charging stations equipped with industrial robots perform theconnection and maximize the charging period to enable efficient charging of each vessel’s 640batteries within a few minutes.The batteries are located on top of the ferries along with two deckhouses for transformers, converters and cooling systems.HH Ferries operates the Helsingborg-Helsingör ferry route, transporting up to 50,000 passengers and 9,000 cars across Öresund on a daily basis.Separately, the company announced that, in an effort “to show that the journey towards becoming the most sustainable transport company in the region is serious,” it will also change its name to ForSea.“With battery-driven ferries we are taking a big step forward for less emissions, smoke and noise. And we will not compromise on efficiency,” Johan Röstin, CEO at HH Ferries Group, said.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two more sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday, when police in Las Vegas revealed they recently received two reports from women saying the billionaire sexually assaulted them in the 1970s.This was the first admission from police in Las Vegas about reports filed against Wynn since sexual misconduct allegations against him were revealed last month.One woman reported Wynn assaulted her in Las Vegas and the other said she was assaulted in Chicago, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. The Las Vegas case will not be investigated because the statute of limitations in Nevada is 20 years.The victim of that alleged assault contacted the department from St. Louis on Jan. 29, three days after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.The other, filed in Las Vegas on Feb. 5, is being forwarded to the Chicago Police Department.Details of exactly what transpired during the alleged assaults was not disclosed.The billionaire has vehemently denied the allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex-wife.“In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” Wynn said in the written statement that announced his resignation last week as chairman and CEO at Wynn Resorts. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.”Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver on Tuesday said the company does not have a comment on the reports filed by the women “because this involved a company before the establishment of Wynn Resorts.”Wynn is facing scrutiny by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. Regulators in Macau, the Chinese enclave where the company operates two casinos, are also inquiring about the allegations.The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Monday set up an online form that allows people to report information on any of its active investigations. The reporting system was set up after the agency received numerous calls regarding the investigation against Wynn.Wynn Resorts has also created a committee to investigate the allegations. On Monday, the group announced it was expanded its scope to review the company’s internal policies and procedures to ensure a “safe and respectful workplace for all employees.”
QUINTON, Okla. — The family of one of five workers who were killed in an Oklahoma gas well explosion in January says the drilling company didn’t act upon multiple warnings that its safety equipment was in disrepair.Parker Waldridge’s family alleges in a Dec. 4 amendment to their wrongful death lawsuit that a “cascade of errors and multiple departures from safe drilling practices” by drilling company Patterson-UTI Drilling led to the blowout near Quinton in January .The lawsuit alleges that at least two days before the explosion, the rig superintendent, manager and several other Patterson employees received email results of a laboratory test warning of problems with the rig’s accumulator. It says the warnings even came with a “skull and crossbones graphic (literally).”The Tulsa World reports that the families of each dead worker and a worker who was badly injured have filed lawsuits over the explosion.Patterson and Red Mountain Energy, the well’s owner that hired it, issued statements blaming each other.The Associated Press
Srinagar: Over 40 security personnel, including an officer, and seven civilians were injured on Monday as clashes broke out in Jammu and Kashmir during protest against the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in Bandipora district, police said. Youths held protests and pelted stones at security forces at several locations in Baramulla district in north Kashmir, a police official said. Forty-seven personnel of the security forces were injured in the clashes at Mirgund, Chainabal, Harnath, Singhpora, Jheel Bridge, Kripalpora Payeen and Hanjiwera areas of the district. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh An assistant commandant of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) received injury on his head, the official said. Seven civilians were also injured in the clashes, he said, adding all of them were stable. A shutdown was also observed in Kargil town as locals took out a rally over the incident. The protesters raised slogans in support of their demand for exemplary punishment to the accused who is in police custody, the officials said. They said the shops and business establishments remained closed in the entire town as local residents assembled under the banner of Imam Khomeni Memorial Trust and took out a massive rally. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Students joined the rally which went round various parts in the town and concluded peacefully at Kalon Rahim Khan Chowk. The vice chairman of the trust, Sheikh Bair Shakir, urged the government to deal with such heinous cases on fast track basis and ensure exemplary punishment to the culprits in a time bound manner. Congress rebel leader and former MLA Asgar Ali Karbali expressed solidarity with the family of the victim and said the people of Kargil would not remain mute spectator to such gruesome incidents. “We want our society a better place for every one especially the girls and the women. The government should ensure investigation of rape cases on fast track basis and deliver speedy justice to the victim by setting up special courts,” he said. The three-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, prompting the Jammu and Kashmir Police to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident.
BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet the back court of Syracuse men’s basketball. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives down the lane during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 79-69. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Confetti fell. Tears streamed. Banners were raised. Players hugged each other. Parents snapped pictures. The team was honored for its conference title.But Ohio State was not the team on the podium celebrating. Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper and redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga sat in their hotel room watching Louisville celebrate its ACC championship title on TV as they waited for their game to begin later that night. “I just remember telling her, ‘Yo, I’m trying to feel like that later. I really need that feeling. Look how much fun they’re having out there,’” Mavunga said.With just a few hours between the Cardinals’ two-point win against Notre Dame and Ohio State’s game tipping off, the two Buckeyes began to get hyped up watching what they hoped to do later Sunday night.“Just watching that game and then also South Carolina-Mississippi State,” Harper said. “All those games going on, it’s like, ‘Man, we’re next.’”A few hours later, the confetti fell, tears streamed and banners were raised.The Ohio State women’s basketball team celebrates its Big Ten championship win. It defeated Maryland 79-69 on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorBut this time, it wasn’t coming from Mavunga’s and Harper’s TV. They were Big Ten champions, having just defeated Maryland 79-69 in the conference title game. They transformed those thoughts into a reality.“I turned around as soon as I heard one of the bursts of confetti and I was just like, ‘That’s what it was. That’s what they were going through a couple of hours ago and now this is me in this situation,’” Mavunga said.A couple hours prior, many people had doubts about whether the Buckeyes could knock off the Terrapins. The two teams met in College Park, Maryland earlier this season and the game was not close. Maryland smoked Ohio State, winning by 30 points to hand the Buckeyes their second loss in a row. The Terrapins held a plus-17 rebound margin, dropped 99 points and went 11-for-18 from 3-point range. They had their way in every area of the game.But Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff believes the loss actually helped the team in the long-term.“On that particular night earlier in the year, they really gave us a beat-down, and probably the best thing that happened to us,” McGuff said. “Like Woody Hayes used to say, ‘Nothing cleanses the soul like an ass-kicking.’ So we got cleansed that day. Sometimes you need that.”That cleansing followed a home loss to Michigan and preceded a defeat at the hands of Iowa, which dropped 103 points on Ohio State. But the Buckeyes responded by winning eight of their final nine games and claiming a Big Ten regular-season championship. Still, Ohio State had to prove it could beat top-level teams. Those eight wins came against the eight lowest-ranked teams in the conference.On Sunday, the Buckeyes left no doubt. They opened the game making four of their first 18 shots, falling behind five points after a quarter, but responded with a 27-9 second-quarter run. Down the stretch, Maryland made a run to come back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit and came within two points. But senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drilled two 3-pointers and ended the Terrapin threat. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun dribbled the clock out to seal the win.“And once it went five, four three, two, one, I was like, ‘Yes,’” Mitchell said, letting out a sigh of relief. “We finally reached our goal we wanted to accomplish and we accomplished it.”Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga raises the net above her head after the Buckeyes beat Maryland 79-69 to win the Big Ten tournament championship in Indianapolis on March 4, 2018. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorSenior forward Alexa Hart, who started her first three games of the season immediately broke down in tears and searched for people to hug. She, along with Mitchell, senior guard Asia Doss and redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman lost to Maryland by three points in the conference tournament championship game their first season in scarlet and gray. The redemption only made the win sweeter.“Freshman year, we got here, we came up short. The last two years after that, we came up short,” Hart said. “I just think that at this point of time, we kind of grew as a team and it was just like we need to let people know that Ohio State can make it that far.”For the first time in four years, players from a non-Maryland team took turns climbing the ladder under a basket and cutting a slivers of the net. At least, most players took a sliver. Mavunga, on the other hand, cut the remainder of the net off the basket after her teammates took their pieces and put it around her neck.“Oh yeah, that’s not coming off,” Mavunga said in the locker room with the net still draped around her neck. “I’m going to take a shower and put it back on. I’m really going to take this one and I’m going to really remember this forever because I’ve never won a conference championship tournament.”Next, she and Harper will try to envision the next possible confetti-dropping, net-cutting moment: the Final Four.In the meantime, Mavunga and Harper will enjoy the moment they already envisioned, then made happen.
FIFA have now officially announced that there will be a change in the selection process for the Player of the Year award with the number of candidates set to be reduced from 23 to tenThe football global governing body will select 10 male and female candidates for each award with the likes of Ronaldo Nazario and Frank Lampard representing the judging panel for the male section, while Mia Hamm and Maia Jackman will be among the judges for the female prize.FIFA have explained that the two lists of their candidates will be announced on July 23, just eight days after the World Cup final has been played at Russia’s Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Football fans, national team captains, head coaches and more than 200 media representatives will subsequently cast their votes to decide who will be crowned the best players and coaches.Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best Men’s Player Award last year, while the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens was crowned Best Women’s Player.Zinedine Zidane was named as the Best Men’s Coach with Sarina Wiegman scoping the female award of the prize.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.The voting deadline is August 10 and the names of the winners will be announced on September 24 during the FIFA gala in London.Below is the full list of judges:The panels who will decide #TheBest shortlists have been announced! ????Some amazing names will be choosing the candidates for the men’s and women’s player and coach awards ?? pic.twitter.com/vXLkPcU5Q0— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 4, 2018
Loris Karius has written an emotional letter to Liverpool fans thanking them for their support after joining Besiktas on a two-year loan.Karius,25, made two crucial errors in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in May, while he also struggled for form during pre-season.Liverpool subsequently paid a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma, with the Brazilian taking over as first choice between the posts.Karius is now keen to rebuild his reputation in the Turkish Super Lig after making 49 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.Everybody at #LFC wishes @LorisKarius the best of luck during his loan spell. ?https://t.co/TNB7Rt2SJXVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2018“Proud to be part of the famous Besiktas family now,” Karius wrote on Twitter.“Your welcome at the airport yesterday was simply overwhelming! I will give it my all to win with Besiktas.“A big Thank You goes out to all of the Liverpool fans for the support until now – you indeed never let me walk alone.”
Ryan Giggs has warned his side to be cautious of Luka Modric as Wales will face Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.Wales were drawn in Group E alongside Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.Giggs, who became Wales manager in January, is confident of his team’s chances of qualification and was happy to be in a five-team group.The 45-year-old while happy with the draw, singled out Croatia as the biggest threat for his team as they aim qualification.Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It’s a five-team group so I think you’ve got to be relatively happy with that,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“It could have been worse, could have been better.“There are some tough teams in there, Croatia being the stand-out one. In Modric, they’ve got one of the world’s best players.“They’ve got some really, really outstanding players. A team that’s just full of character never gives up. So we’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”