TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Sterling: Don’t mention me with Ronaldo, Messiby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling admits he’s nowhere near the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.The England winger, 24, has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or along with the two footballing icons, who have won the golden trophy five times EACH.Sterling told FourFourTwo: “Messi’s one of a kind.”Bro, if I’m scoring 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years, then you can talk to me about that – right now, don’t talk to me about Ronaldo or Messi!”I don’t want to hear that connection.”I’m not saying I don’t value myself, but those are two guys who have been doing it for 15 years.”That’s not heard of: 40, 50, 60 goals for 15 years.” read more
OTTAWA — Barack Obama’s former envoy to Ottawa has pulled back the veil on how the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper froze him out over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Bruce Heyman, who was the U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, offers an on-the-record insider account of one of the worst-kept secrets in Ottawa diplomatic circles in a new book penned with his wife, Vicki.Harper had staked a lot of his government’s reputation on getting U.S. approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, which he saw as critical to getting Alberta oilsands crude to foreign markets through the United States.But Heyman made it clear there was little he could do push the project during his initial April 2014 meetings with John Baird, then the foreign-affairs minister, and Harper and his wife, Laureen, because of internal U.S. reviews.Heyman writes that began an “ice age in relations” between his office and Conservative cabinet ministers until he, Harper and their spouses were able to build new bridges in a long delayed dinner in July 2015.TransCanada Corp. wanted to build a pipeline through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, to connect with lines carrying oil to Gulf Coast refineries, but it faced widespread opposition over concerns about possible spills and environmental damage.The plan languished for years in the purgatory of U.S. government and legal reviews before Barack Obama killed it two days after Justin Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister in November 2015. President Donald Trump has since revived the $8-billion project.Keystone set the stage for a pair of grim get-to-know-you meetings with Baird and Harper, as well as a firm but polite dressing-down from the top-ranking foreign ministry bureaucrat days after the Heymans arrived in Ottawa.Heyman’s book fills in the narrative gaps on the breakdown in relations between Conservative Harper government and the Obama Democrats. (Harper’s office did not respond to a request for his perspective.)Baird asked to meet Heyman before he’d formally presented his credentials to the Governor General and pushed the envoy on Keystone. Baird also asked if the U.S. was prepared to pay for a new bridge at the busy Detroit-Windsor crossing.“I’m afraid we are not,” Heyman told Baird, but added that perhaps their “people” could meet later to find creative solutions.“The meeting never happened,” Heyman writes.An awkward meeting in Harper’s Parliament Hill office followed in which the prime minister “did not so much as crack a smile” as small talk among them and their wives went nowhere.Days later, on Good Friday, a Nebraska court ruling further delayed Keystone’s approval, so Heyman was “summoned” to Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa for a meeting with deputy minister Daniel Jean. Embassy staff told Heyman they couldn’t recall a time when an ambassador had been “called in” like that.Jean and Heyman had a polite “back and forth” in which the bureaucrat “carefully and dutifully read out to me” from a document that stressed how important the pipeline was to the government and how “urgent” approval was required.Heyman held his ground.“In the days that followed, I noticed that all meetings scheduled with various ministers, for one reason or another, were cancelled,” Heyman writes. “Message received: I was frozen out.”Over the subsequent months, dinner invitations to the U.S. ambassador’s Rockcliffe Park mansion came back from the Prime Minister’s Office with the response: “Unable to attend.”So the Heymans went ahead with a dinner with Trudeau, then the Liberal leader, and his wife, Sophie, in the fall of 2014 that went very well. After their guests had left, Bruce asked Vicki if she’d ever met someone with Trudeau’s leadership potential.“In 2006,” she replied. “His name was Barack Obama.”In September 2014, the Harper-Heyman freezeout thawed as reports emerged that Canada was preparing to join a U.S. coalition that wanted to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq.But there was a bizarre twist: Heyman says the U.S. Embassy knew nothing about it.Reporters bombarded the PMO for details on who exactly in the White House was asking for Canada’s military assistance.“The embassy watched the Ping-Pong match while declining the many media requests for clarity,” Heyman writes. “It was obvious to me that Prime Minister Harper and his team were in a bit of a jam.”This time, when Heyman reached out to Harper’s office, his call was returned.Heyman then gave a series of interviews, starting with The Canadian Press, declaring the U.S. was inviting Canada to participate in the Iraq effort. When pressed on who asked whom first, Heyman replied that simply didn’t matter, and that Canada wanted to help was most important.“After that, everything opened up for me in Ottawa. When I asked for meetings with cabinet ministers, I got them,” Heyman writes. “The ice was beginning to melt.”Finally, the Heymans and Harpers broke bread together, in July 2015 at the prime minister’s 24 Sussex Drive residence.The wives helped break the ice and eventually “we felt the real Stephen Harper emerge” when he smiled and recalled playing the piano at The Beatles’ historic Abbey Road studio in London. That led to a lively tasting of favourite Mexican spices and flavourings.Concludes Heyman: “And with the help of the hot sauces of 24 Sussex, the ice age in relations had finally thawed.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more
APTN National NewsForty-five people were awarded the Order of Canada Friday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa for enriching the lives of others.One of them was Mi’kmaq educator Edwina Wetzel from Conne River in Newfoundland and Labrador.The award is in recognition of a lifetime of work empowering her community through education.She has incorporated Mi’kmaq history, language and culture into the province’s modern curriculum and made modern education a priority.
The Penn State defense tackles OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett late in the fourth quarter to solidify a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When the Ohio State football team got back to Columbus around 5 in the morning following the Wisconsin game, the No. 2 Buckeyes changed up their routine. They took an off day on Sunday and watched film on Monday. Throughout the week the team tried to correct the woes in the passing game that carried over to Wisconsin from the Indiana game the week before.Once again, a sluggish offensive performance reared its ugly head on Saturday night against the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, this time it ended in the team’s first loss of 2016, 24-21 in regulation. It was coach Urban Meyer’s first loss in 21 true road games with the Scarlet and Gray.“Offensively we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(J.T. Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. We didn’t move them off the ball in the run game.”After three quarters, the Buckeyes looked to be in control. Samuel silenced the white-out crowd with an electrifying 74-yard touchdown run that put OSU up 19-7. Then, a Penn State snap went over the head of punter Blake Gillikin who recovered it in his own end zone for a safety. The Buckeyes led 21-7, then things went south.Penn State scored on a 90-yard drive in just five plays. Then, after an OSU three-and-out and a blocked punt, the Nittany Lions put three more on the board to trim the deficit to 21-17. After OSU accumulated 59 yards, Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley blocked a field goal attempt from OSU senior kicker Tyler Durbin and returned it 60 yards for the game-winning score.Albeit, the outcome wasn’t entirely the offense’s fault, but the team’s inability to gain first downs early in the game came back to haunt them late.With 4:21 on the clock for a game-tying or go-ahead score, a typical Urban Meyer offense can manage that time and score without much of a problem. For whatever reason, this year that has not been the case and it showed on Saturday. The kickoff was muffed, giving redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense difficult field position. The entire drive, the Penn State defense — ranked 102nd in the country in rushing defense prior to the game— continued to disrupt the OSU offense. Barrett was flushed out of the backfield, had little time to throw and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had nowhere to run.Barrett was sacked twice on the drive in the team’s final two plays. In total, Penn State had six sacks on the night, the most allowed this season by OSU’s offensive line.“We didn’t get our job done,” redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said. “They were playing hard and we just didn’t do it. We didn’t get it done tonight.”For the third straight week, the passing game has not been met expectations. Barrett completed 28-of-43 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, but over half of those completions were to Samuel and Weber — many on checkdowns.Barrett was forced out of the pocket on numerous occasions, but that wasn’t the problem in the past two games. Even when there was protection, Barrett often had to create more time to find an open receiver. He said after the game that the timing between the receivers wasn’t an issue.“I think it was just mental errors,” Barrett said. “It’s not looking for a hot (receiver) … not clearing out on some routes so somebody else can get open. I think that was part of it. I think we put our O-line in bad spots early on in drives, so we’re in 2nd-and-long and then we had to pass.”Moving forward, OSU has plenty of questions to answer on both sides of the ball, but the the presence of a passing game might avoid another loss that would effectively end OSU’s playoff hopes.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said. “We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging.” read more
According to the Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, his player is better than just the “fifth” top player of the worldLionel Messi ended up fifth on the final shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.And for Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, he deserved more.“We congratulate Modric for the Ballon d’Or, but Messi in fifth place is an absurdity,” he was quoted by The Sports Mole.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It is good to point out that these games are difficult because you have things to lose,” Valverde added about the match against Cultural Leonesa.“It’s a meaningful match for Cultural, but they have dropped off a bit in their league.”“These are difficult games, but we hope to give our supporters a victory,” he added. read more
0 How do you know a storm is really serious? Maybe when it smashes a 20-foot structure into Lake Michigan.Photographer Ann Barbeau of Manitowoc, Wisconsin told me she enjoys the shore of the Great Lake daily. On Monday, she was out near Manitowoc’s South Pier Light Navigational Beacon just as the storm turned fierce.”I was out this morning taking pictures of the waves,” Barbeau said, noting that she was using sports mode on her camera to take multiple photos at once. “This big wave came in, and as soon as it cleared, the light tower was gone.”The series of 16 photos, which Barbeau posted on Facebook and allowed CNET to reproduce here, show a gigantic wave crashing into the 20-foot structure, then hiding it from view. When the waves clear — like an evil magician’s trick, the beacon is gone.”I looked in the water, and it was floating for about five seconds, then sunk,” she said. “I looked around and cleared my eyes because I couldn’t believe what I just witnessed.”The stunning crash created multiple emotions for Barbeau, who says she felt, “sad, bad, (and) super-excited at the same time.”Some news reports said that a lighthouse was washed away, and the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse does indeed stand at the end of the city’s north pier. But that wasn’t what fell into the water, Chief Eric Olson of the US Coast Guard confirmed to Green Bay’s WFRV news. The lighthouse still stands.Instead, it was the nearby beacon that Barbeau saw crash into the lake, a victim of the strong waves and wind that hit its 20-foot-tall fiberglass tower.”It’s an aid to navigation,” Olson told WFRV, “but certainly still an important beacon and we’ll definitely look to address the fact that it’s missing.”The event took place around 8:30 a.m. CT Monday morning, and no one was injured. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.Olson told the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter that the Coast Guard will search for the beacon, and that it does need to be replaced. He also told the paper he’s not aware of anything similar happening on the lake in the past. Whoa! https://t.co/ZXIuDrEwOE— Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (@htrnews) January 7, 2019 Share your voice Olson told WFRV that the beacon will be replaced in the spring, and said the strength of Monday’s waves, aided by the direction in which they were crashing, caused the beacon to wash into the lake.”The waves got very large and the direction was directly into the break wall,” he told the station. “It’s not a common occurrence, but in the end Mother Nature sometimes wins.”For Barbeau, it was a once-in-a-lifetime lake walk. “What a crazy experience!” she wrote on Facebook. Tags “Rest In Peace, South Pier Lighthouse,” wrote Manitowoc mayor Justin Nickels in a tweet. (He probably meant “beacon,” but the hyperbole is understandable.) “We can now add this to our upcoming attractions in our Marine Sanctuary along with the shipwrecks. In all seriousness, the Coast Guard has been notified about this since it is their lighthouse. All will be well.” Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Marvel at a sea of award-winning underwater photos 32 Photos Rest In Peace, South Pier Lighthouse. We can now add this to our upcoming attractions in our Marine Sanctuary along with the shipwrecks.In all seriousness, the coast guard has been notified about this since it is their lighthouse. All will be well. https://t.co/Jzpc5ZlKiK— Mayor Justin Nickels (@mantymayor) January 7, 2019 Post a comment Sci-Tech read more
A Baltimore police officer shot and wounded a 13-year-old boy after spotting him with a Daisy Powerline 340 BB gun, pictured right. sen Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Baltimore. At a news conference police displayed the BB gun, right, next to a semi-automatic handgun, pictured left, to show how similar the models look. Commissioner Kevin Davis said, this is not a toy. Police say the boy ran from officers and disobeyed their orders to drop the weapon. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)BALTIMORE (AP) — A 13-year-old who was shot by Baltimore police had turned toward the officers with a replica gun still in his hand when one officer fired two rounds, striking the teen in the shoulder and leg, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Thursday.The teen was shot Wednesday afternoon in East Baltimore and is being treated in a hospital. Police say he was holding a BB gun that closely resembles a handgun.Davis said two officers assigned to the intelligence section, who were both in plainclothes, were returning from a meeting at department headquarters about 4 p.m. when they spotted the boy with a basketball in one hand, and what they thought was a firearm in the other. Davis says the officers identified themselves and the boy ran. When the officers caught up with him about 150 yards away, Davis said the boy stopped running and turned toward the officers, with the replica gun still in his hand.Police did not name the boy.At a news conference Thursday police identified the policeman who fired his service weapon as Officer Thomas Smith, a 12-year departmental veteran. He has been placed on routine administrative duty. A second officer was present during the incident but didn’t open fire; that officer is a six-year veteran.The teen was shot on the one-year anniversary of the civil unrest that exploded across Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport van.At a news conference held at the scene Wednesday, Davis said there were still many unanswered questions.“Why this young man chose to leave his home with a replica semi-automatic pistol in his hand, I don’t know,” he said. “Why this young man chose to flee on foot when he was approached by two Baltimore police officers, I don’t know. Why that young man chose not to drop the gun and comply with the officers’ commands to stop? I don’t know that either.”The boy told a Baltimore Sun reporter from his hospital bed Thursday that he was in pain and felt “bad.”Davis says that after the shooting, the teen’s mother, Volanda Young, told officers it was a BB gun. She also told The Baltimore Sun that she was home at the time of the shooting, and that her older son ran up to her home, banged on the door and told her his brother had been shot.Young told the newspaper that when she ran into the street she saw the boy lying on the ground in a pool of blood, and that when she tried to leave the scene to call the hospital she was handcuffed and driven to the police station for questioning. The experience, she said, “was humiliating.”Davis on Thursday told reporters that the officers who handcuffed Young “made a judgment call given what was happening in that emotional moment,” adding that she was not charged with a crime and rather “treated as a witness.”At the news conference two guns were laid out on a white tablecloth: the replica gun and a near-identical handgun.“A replica is not a toy gun,” Davis said.The replica is a Powerline 340 Daisy .177-caliber BB gun which can be purchased online for about $15. The legality of such a replica gun, however, is unclear. Department spokesman T.J. Smith said city ordinances ban certain types of BB guns that use gas or compressed air, and investigators are “working through whether this fits into the category of what’s banned.”Regardless, Davis said officers don’t need to wait until a firearm is discharged to engage in deadly force.“The only way to tell which one of those guns in front of you is real or not is to be on the receiving end of that gun as you’re staring down the barrel of it and the trigger is pulled,” Davis said Thursday. “That’s not something the community wants police officers to be in a position to know, whether a gun is real or not when a bullet is fired at us.” read more
Feeling unsafe at school may hamper a student’s learning potential and also contribute to more emotional problems, warns new research. “We found that students who felt safer were more attentive and efficient in the classroom. These students also reported fewer symptoms of depression, such as feeling unhappy and having difficulty enjoying themselves,” said one of the researchers Caroline Fitzpatrick, Professor of Psychology at Sainte-Anne’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Making sure that students are engaged and attentive in the classroom can contribute to long-term success above and beyond intellectual capacities such as reading or math skills,” Fitzpatrick noted.The researchers used data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development– an ongoing study that began in 1998 with a cohort of 2,120 five-month-old infants – to investigate whether feeling unsafe at school interferes with classroom engagement.They also considered whether this association is expressed through reduced student well being, including symptoms of depression and aggressive behaviour. The findings, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that being a victim of school violence and feeling unsafe both contribute to symptoms of depression, which are detrimental to students’ learning potential. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, factors typically linked to feeling unsafe, such as bullying or school violence, only partly explain why students feel less secure. “We know from some of our previous research that youth who experience chronic poverty and those living in ‘bad’ neighbourhoods also tend to feel less safe at school,” Carolyn Cote-Lussier from the University of Ottawa explained.“We think that this might be the case because teenagers who live in disorderly, disadvantaged neighbourhoods ‘carry’ their fears to school every day,” Cote-Lussier noted.“The features of the physical environments in which schools are located are also really important. For example, green spaces and well maintained buildings are likely to make youth feel more at ease,” she said. read more