Some of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea…Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Olivier Giroud, according to The Telegraph.The Telegraph say the Blues are poised to sign Giroud for £18m and that this will pave the way for Arsenal to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi joining the German club on loan as Aubameyang’s replacement.Earlier, The Sun claimed Chelsea will move for Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente if they cannot land Giroud.And the Daily Star claimed Chelsea are ready to let David Luiz join Arsenal in exchange as part of a deal involving Giroud.Speculation over Hazard and CourtoisEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Telegraph say Chelsea will refuse any bid from Manchester City for Eden Hazard – even an offer of £200m.The Mirror have claimed City are looking to buy the Belgian for £150m this summer and that he is boss Pep Guardiola’s number one target.There also continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.It comes after Real Madrid, who have long been linked with the Belgian, apparently missed out on the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Real were apparently keen to sign Arrizabalaga, who has signed a new contract.A number of newspapers, including the Telegraph, suggest this could put Courtois’ future in doubt.It is claimed that Real do not want him to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and could make a move to sign him.Rochdale youngster linkedChelsea are interested in Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead, it is claimed.ESPN say it has been told by “sources close to the League One club” that the Dale prospect, 16, is being monitored by the Blues and Arsenal.Midfielder Adshead broke into the first team this season and has been touted as one of the Football League’s brightest young players.Sun say Sunderland boss wants AmpaduEmbed from Getty ImagesSunderland boss Chris Coleman reportedly wants to sign Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea.Wales international Ampadu, 17, has impressed for Chelsea’s first team when selected this season and The Sun say Coleman is looking to take him to the Stadium of Light. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
How badly do Warriors fans want Kevin Durant to re-sign with the team? Well, right about now would be a good time to show him.As of now, the love for Durant is a little lacking in the All-Star Game voting.The Warriors star is no longer one of the Western Conference starters, having been supplanted by Oklahoma City’s Paul George in the latest voting for the All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday.Meanwhile, Stephen Curry has maintained his lead over Western Conference guards for the …
Brewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a planby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRhian Brewster has faith in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old whizkid made his first and only appearance for the Reds in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last month.But Brewster believes Klopp has a plan for his career.”You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly.”Just chatting to him and stuff, he says, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen,’ and I’m just waiting. I’m being patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top court will hear the appeal today of an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall.Lindsay Souvannarath was jailed in April last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a 2015 plan to shoot people at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court.The 26-year-old woman has argued in provincial Appeal Court documents that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years.The Chicago-area woman has provided five grounds for appeal, including suggesting that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had renounced anti-social beliefs.Souvannarath pleaded guilty in April 2017, about six months after Randall Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the foiled shooting plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.The conspiracy can be traced back to December 2014, when Souvannarath and Gamble began an online relationship.The Canadian Press
Washington: China on Thursday defended its fourth “technical hold” on the designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying the move would give it time for a “thorough and in-depth assessment” of the case and help the parties concerned to engage in more talks to find a “lasting solution” acceptable to all. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline ended, China put a “technical hold” on the proposal seeking “more time to examine” it. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. Asked why China once again resorted to blocking the move, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that Beijing’s decision is in line with the rules of the committee. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty”Only a solution that is acceptable to all sides could fundamentally provide a chance for a lasting solution to the issue. China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue,” he said. The Security Council 1267 Committee has clear standards on the procedures of designating terrorist organisations and individuals, Lu said. “China conducts a thorough and in-depth assessment of these applications and we still need more time, so that is why we put forward the technical hold,” he said. India Wednesday expressed disappointment soon after China put a technical hold on designating Azhar. The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that leaders of terror groups involved in heinous attacks on Indian citizens are brought to justice. Outraged by China blocking for the fourth time a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, responsible UNSC members warned they “may be forced to pursue other actions” at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy. The senior diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the frustration of the other members of the Security Council after China on Wednesday put a technical hold on the proposal.
Anger is more harmful than sadness for older adults and may lead to health complications – potentially increased inflammation which is associated with chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis and cancer, say researchers. The recently conducted research shows that anger can lead to the development of chronic illnesses whereas sadness did not. “Sadness may help older seniors adjust to challenges such as age-related physical and cognitive declines because it can help them disengage from goals that are no longer attainable”, said study lead author Meaghan A Barlow from the Concordia University in the US. For the study, the researchers analysed data from 226 older adults ages 59 to 93 from Montreal, Canada and grouped participants as being in early old age (59 to 79 years old) or advanced old age (80 years or older). During the study, participants completed questionnaires about how angry or sad they felt. The research examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation. “We found that experiencing anger daily was related to higher levels of inflammation and chronic illness for people aged 80 or above, but not for younger seniors,” added the research co-author Carsten Wrosch. The researchers suggest that education and therapy might help older adults reduce anger by regulating their emotions or by offering better coping strategies to manage the inevitable changes that accompany ageing.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston sets the offense during a game against Illinois on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 117-74. Credit: Brooke Profitt | Lantern photographerAs time ticked down at the Schottenstein Center in the final home game of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s regular season against Illinois, the question was not which team would score more points. It was whether OSU’s starting backcourt of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston could outscore the Fighting Illini on their own.On a warm Sunday afternoon in Columbus, No. 5 OSU (23-4, 15-1) ran past Illinois (9-18, 2-14) with an outstanding offensive showing, 117-74. The Buckeyes powered past the Illini behind an impressive offensive performance from the senior guard Alston, who scored 39 points, just three points shy of the single-game record at OSU. Meanwhile, the sophomore Mitchell had an extremely efficient day, putting in 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.Combined, the duo matched the point total of the entire Illinois team, with 74. “We played with great pace, we shared the ball (and) we shot it well. We were extremely efficient,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “There’s not much more I could ask for in terms of how our offense went today.”The Buckeyes are now on a season-high 11-game win streak and still hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Before their final game at the Schott began, Alston, along with fellow senior Cait Craft and redshirt junior Kalpana Beach, were recognized for their contributions to the program over the course of their careers.The emotional pregame turned into a high-powered first-quarter offense for the Buckeyes. The Fighting Illini held their own through the first five minutes, but quickly fell behind by double digits when the Scarlet and Gray turned to their full-court press defense. The Buckeyes finished the first quarter with 37 points, 16 of which were dropped in by the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, Mitchell.OSU followed up its first quarter outburst with another offensively charged 10 minutes. An array of Buckeyes contributed to the second-quarter barrage.By the half, the lead had bloomed to 27 points as the Buckeyes owned a 67-40 advantage heading into the locker room. It marked the highest-scoring first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray’s big lead was due in part to impressive team 3-point shooting effort, as they connected on 11 of their 18 attempts. At the midway point, Mitchell had 25 points for the Buckeyes on a nearly perfect 8-of-9 shooting. Alston added 19 points of her own.Although the Buckeyes maintained control for the vast majority of the game, Craft said she is still focused on what the team can improve on heading toward the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.“I feel that offense is something our team has, even when we’re not hitting shots, we find other ways to score,” Craft said, “Defensively is where we really need to work.”OSU showed no signs of rust coming off the break as it continued to add onto its already-impressive lead. No single player took control in the third period, but just about everyone who checked in meshed with the others and helped create scoring opportunities. At the conclusion of the third period, the Buckeyes were in control by 44 points. In the closing quarter, the Buckeyes held their own, maintaining their massive lead and spreading out playing time. The three players recognized before the game subbed out just before the end of the final quarter and were given a big round of applause by the home crowd. “I think we were really dialed in,” Alston said. “I feel like that’s how the game should be. When you make it fun and everyone is scoring it becomes contagious.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action Wednesday on the road against Minnesota (18-9, 10-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
When the No. 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball team first faced No. 7 Penn State earlier this season in Hawaii, it turned from a luau into a nightmare.The Buckeyes are seeking revenge as they welcome the Nittany Lions into St. John Arena tonight. Ohio State (10-6, 5-1) steps away from conference play as they face what coach Pete Hanson calls one of their toughest opponents of the season.“Penn State is a very good team,” Hanson said. “They have several outstanding players including four All-Americans. This is a big challenge for our guys.”Senior Ted Schoenfeldt said he also recognizes the talent that Penn States has on its roster.“Penn State has always had a very strong volleyball program, and this year they continue to be a big physical team,” Schoenfeldt said. “They have a lot of talented athletes on their roster, and have several guys who can be a threat both attacking and from the end line.”The Buckeyes are going to have to elevate their game if they want to avoid a repeat of their earlier season matchup. OSU was dominated in all aspects of the match, falling 3-1 (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25). “We need to match their physicality,” junior John Klanac said. “Working on first-swing kills and transition offense is a must when you play a team like this.”“We are preparing to serve Penn State hard to try to drive them out of system as much as possible,” Schoenfeldt said. “By forcing them into bad pass situations, it will make it much easier for us to deal with their offense and gang up on guys with our block.”Ohio State has the luxury of facing the Nittany Lions in St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes are undefeated and have yet to drop a set.“It always helps [playing at home],” Hanson said. “Our guys feel really good playing at home and it allows them to relax and be comfortable.”Having those familiar faces supporting the Buckeyes was something lacking in Hawaii, but Schoenfeldt said the fans really helps the team “get pumped to win big games.”While Penn State is a marquee opponent, it has no effect on the Buckeyes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball conference standings. However, facing an elite opponent may resonate on OSU in upcoming MIVA play.“Being able to play against a high caliber Penn State team will allow us to hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to playing teams that we come into knowing that we’re the better team,” Schoenfeldt said.Hanson sees this matchup as a measuring stick to see how far the Buckeyes have come this season.“This is a very good match to play to keep working on things and helping our guys improve and get better for the later matches we will have with the MIVA opponents,” Hanson said.OSU will meet the Nittany Lions at least one more time this season with a match at Happy Valley, but they could also face Penn State in the NCAA Semifinals or championship if both teams win their conferences.“Playing a good team like this, there never is really a dull moment,” Klanac said.
Pakistani foreign affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaks during a press conference in Multan on 19 February 2019, following the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India. Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, prime minister Imran Khan said on 19 February as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared. — Photo: AFPPakistan’s foreign minister appealed to the UN secretary general on Tuesday to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir, that India blamed on Pakistan.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, facing an election by May, has warned Pakistan to expect a “strong response” to the bombing claimed by a Pakistan-linked militant group, raising fears of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors.“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote to UN secretary general Antonio Guterres.“It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions,” he wrote, blaming India for deliberately ratcheting up its hostile rhetoric for domestic political reasons.The Pakistani appeal follows days of rising tension between the old rivals after a suicide bomber blew himself up near an Indian police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least 40 paramilitary police.Jaish-e Mohammad, a militant group said to be based in Pakistan which wants the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to be part of Pakistan, claimed responsibility but the Pakistani government has denied any involvement.“Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” Qureshi said.“India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident,” he said.Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir, a former princely state on the border between India and Pakistan, has been in dispute since the partition of India in 1947.Control is split between the two countries but each claims the region in full.The neighbours have fought three wars since 1947, two of them over Kashmir. They have fought countless skirmishes along their de facto border, which the United Nations monitors, in the Himalayan region.Pakistan ‘ready to talk’An AFP report from Islamabad says: Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, prime minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.Khan used a nationally televised address to demand Delhi share proof of Islamabad’s alleged involvement in last week’s suicide blast, which killed 41 people in Indian-held Kashmir and unleashed a fresh diplomatic crisis over the disputed Himalayan region.The attack, which has triggered nationwide anger in India, was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.Indian officials have said those behind the blast will pay a “heavy price”. The Indian military also said Tuesday the bombing had been “masterminded” by Pakistan, and specifically its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence branch.If India attacks, “Pakistan won’t just think to retaliate. Pakistan will retaliate,” said Khan in the address.Islamabad has denied involvement. “If you have some actionable intelligence about involvement of Pakistanis, give it to us, I guarantee you that we will take action,” Khan said Tuesday, adding that Pakistan was “ready to talk” about terrorism with India.It was “easy to start a war”, he said, adding that he hopes “better sense will prevail”.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars in connection to the dispute.India has long accused Pakistan of harbouring militants that launch attacks on its soil, including banned groups such as JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks which left scores dead.Islamabad has repeatedly vowed to crack down on the groups if Delhi provides evidence of involvement.Khan said on Tuesday that if any militant group was using Pakistani soil to launch attacks, “its enmity is with us. This is against our interest”.Pakistan was also accused by Iran last week of sheltering the perpetrators of an attack which killed 27 Revolutionary Guards, while Kabul and Washington have long claimed that Islamabad offers safe haven to the Afghan Taliban.- ‘Defuse tensions’ -With anger building in India, prime minister Narendra Modi faces increased pressure to act as his Hindu nationalist government is expected to call a national election within weeks.Indian forces have staged operations since Thursday’s attack while anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir sentiment has spread across the country, fuelled by social media including widely shared false news reports.On Tuesday the Indian army said three JeM militants were killed in a gun battle a day earlier.Two of them were Pakistanis, including the group’s “chief operations commander in Kashmir”, lieutenant general Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon told a press conference in Srinagar.The Indian government has already withdrawn trade privileges for Pakistan, ended police protection for four Kashmiri separatist leaders, and halted some cross-border services.Earlier Tuesday, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pleaded with UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to intervene in the escalating row.”The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions,” wrote Qureshi in a message shared with journalists.On Monday Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” the situation during a high-profile state visit by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad. He is also due in India this week.Kashmir is one of the world’s most militarised zones, with some 500,000 Indian troops deployed to fight a rebellion that broke out in 1989.Scores of armed groups are now involved.Tens of thousands of people, mainly civilians, have died in the conflict. Violence has spiked since 2016 with almost 600 killed last year, the highest toll in a decade.Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan warned that any action by Delhi against Islamabad could disrupt peace talks with the Taliban.Pakistan is “playing a very important role” in the months-long push led by the US for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, said Zahid Nasrullah. A fresh round of negotiations is set to begin next week.
The Obama adninistration and the State of Texas are at odds again over the state’s Voter ID law.The Department of Justice, DOJ, today accused Texas officials of misleading voters and poll workers regarding what kind of ID is required to cast a ballot.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The Texas Voter ID law was struck down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last month which ruled it was in violation of the Voting Rights Act.In a court filing, the DOJ says the state’s educational materials regarding the newly expanded Voter ID requirements are misleading and restrictive.State officials say the language in the materials complies with the federal court order. Share Below is an excerpt from the court filing, which can be read in its entirety below:“Rather than educating voters and poll officials about opportunities to cast a regular ballot for those who “do not possess SB 14 ID and cannot reasonably obtain it,”the State has recast that language to limit the opportunity to cast a regular ballot solely to those voters who present SB 14 ID or who “have not obtained” and “cannot obtain” SB 14 ID.That standard is incorrect and far harsher than the Court-ordered standard it would displace. By recasting the Court’s language, Texas has narrowed dramatically the scope of voters protected by the Court’s Order. Moreover, the standard the State’s training and educational materials currently describe has already been rejected by this Court and the Fifth Circuit.At this critical stage, such materials should maximize accuracy and minimize confusion. Texas’s materials do neither.”Texas officials have been visiting communities across the state in an effort to educate voters about the new requirements.