first_img 2 Alexis Sanchez has yet to hit top form under Jose Mourinho Alexis Sanchez is unhappy at Manchester United and on the verge of pushing for a move away from the club.That’s according to a sensational report in The Times, which claims the Chilean is disappointed with his lack of game time and a ‘negative approach’ from Jose Mourinho. United fought off interest from near neighbours Manchester City to land Sanchez from Arsenal in January, in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.The 29-year-old had been a huge success for the Gunners, scoring 80 goals in 166 appearances, and was handed a huge  £350,000-per-week deal to join United.But he has failed to hit top form during his time at Old Trafford and has been out of favour for much of this season.Sanchez has been taken off in three of the four Premier League matches he has started and was not even in the matchday squad to face West Ham last month.He enjoyed his best moment in a United shirt in their last outing, coming off the bench to score a dramatic late winner against Newcastle. Alexis Sanchez struck late to seal a 3-2 win against Newcastle But, according to The Times, that has done little to improve his mood about his situation at Old Trafford.Sanchez is said to feel he gets more praise for his defensive work than being creative in attack and is agent, Fernando Felicevich, is ready to talk to other clubs if his concerns deepen.He is pushing to start against Chelsea on Saturday after his winner against Newcastle but there is no guarantee he will, with Marcus Rashford also pushing for a place. 2last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said it would be difficult to accept Congress demand to cap GST rate in a Constitution amendment bill pending in Rajya Sabha even as he remains hopeful of passage of the key bill. He also said that there is scope to improve growth rate with reforms. “Today, every state government, including all Congress ones, is in favour of Goods and Services Tax (GST). You have every political party in Parliament which has said they will vote in favour,” he said at the India Today Conclave here. The landmark legislation, the biggest indirect tax reform since Independence, seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies with a uniform GST rate to convert the country into a customs union. “In the Lok Sabha, the Congress walked out, every other party voted in favour. The Congress party has now made a statement that it has only one issue about the Constitutional cap which is a little difficult because our tariff is not decided through Constitution amendment,” he said. The Congress, the original author of the tax reform, has called the Bill pending in Rajya Sabha as “flawed” and wants the government to cap the GST rate at 18 per cent. The legislation has already been approved by the Lok Sabha but is pending in Upper House, where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. After it is approved by the Rajya Sabha, the legislation needs to be approved by half of the 29 states so as to roll out GST possibly by October 1. Explaining the rationale, the finance minister said, it is extremely difficult to accept because every time you need to increase tariff in a given emergency, you have to amend the Constitution.advertisementThe tariff needs to be decided by the GST Council and not by a Constitutional cap, he explained.”I think thats the only glitch that remains. I would still want the Congress party to come on board. I can easily see and this is going to happen at this stage of biennial election. The numbers are significantly changing and in any case, I am reasonably confident that the numbers in the Upper House now also are in favour of GST,” he said. Asserting that it is “extremely difficult to achieve double-digit growth in the current global environment, Jaitley said there is scope for improvement from the current rate if reforms are carried on.”I dont claim that it is possible in this global environment to come any where close to double-digit growth. Its extremely difficult, its practically impossible to do that,” he said. PTI DP RR ANZ BJ MRlast_img read more

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first_imgLahore: Pakistan Wednesday appointed former captain Misbah-ul-Haq as head coach and chief selector in a bid to lift the national team’s performance. The cricket-mad nation failed to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup in July, prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to renew head coach Mickey Arthur’s tenure. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and batting coach Grant Flower were also shown the door. The PCB said Misbah will be head coach for three years. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Former captain Misbah is confirmed as Pakistan men’s national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract,” said a statement. “In line with the PCB’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and role clarity at all levels, Misbah was also named as the chairman of selectors with head coaches of the six first-class cricket association sides as his fellow selectors.” Misbah will be Pakistan’s 30th head coach — but it is the first time that the head coach will also be the chief selector, along the lines of the system in New Zealand. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAnother former captain, legendary paceman Waqar Younis, was named as bowling coach for three years. He had two previous stints as head coach. A five-man PCB committee also interviewed former Australian batsman Dean Jones and former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan before deciding unanimously in Misbah’s favour. Misbah and Younis will start with a three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s at home against Sri Lanka from September 27 to October 9. Pakistan travel to Australia in November for Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide. Misbah is Pakistan’s most successful Test captain with 26 wins in 56 Tests and 11 draws. He played 75 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20Is matches for Pakistan in a career which ended in 2017. Misbah described the role as challenging. “I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket,” he said in a press release. “We have some of the most talented and exciting cricketers, and I will like to help them train and prepare in such a way that they can play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly.”last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headed west next week with plans to give a speech to a Calgary business audience a day ahead of a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which announced the event set for May 30, says the speech will focus on securing Canada’s economic future.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question.The company has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.However, the minister also said if Kinder Morgan were to walk away from the pipeline, there are other investors willing to step in.last_img read more

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first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Brandon Phillips smiled as he fed treats to Roscoe, a Portuguese water dog who visits inmates once a month at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.Phillips, 29, is housed in the notorious jail in St. John’s, N.L., as he faces trial in November for first-degree murder in a shooting at a bar a short walk from where he’s now held. He has pleaded not guilty.“Sometimes, you know, you can be feeling down and out and it just kind of lifts your spirits a lot,” he said Thursday as reporters were invited to take in a therapy dog session.“To get this one little positive (thing), will really boost you in the long run … so when we get back out in society that we’ve got high spirits and we can really get back to community, as opposed to just being treated negatively in here all the time.”Phillips, who’s accused of killing 63-year-old Larry Wellman, a former firefighter who tried to intervene during an alleged robbery two years ago, knows there’s little public sympathy for inmates.Still, programs like animal therapy are a vital link to normal life, he said.“It’s supposed to be all about rehabilitation.”Dogs were first brought into the penitentiary last April and have been a major stress relief, Phillips said.“I love all animals — cats, dogs. I had a rabbit growing up.”Susan Green, an addictions counsellor and social worker at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, said animal therapy, yoga, meditation and art programs are among new efforts to ease tensions.“For all of our problems and some of the things you see on the media, we are a community,” she told reporters. “For a lot of men that are serving time here, they’re away from their family, they’re away from their friends.“It can be a lonely place. The dogs provide just a really lovely, natural connection, non-judgmental attention and affection. And that’s something we all need.”The jail’s original stone structure dates back to 1859, and successive add-ons have created what critics say is an unwieldy “tinderbox” that should be razed.There were 41 assaults there last year, double the number reported the year before. Other major incidents in recent years include the vicious ambush in February 2014 of an inmate in the chapel and a riot the following June that trashed a living unit, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.Provincial officials have repeatedly asked Ottawa for help to replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary since it houses some low-risk federal offenders. But plans for a new building have stalled since the oil price crash gutted Newfoundland and Labrador’s finances.Green said the penitentiary is at capacity with 175 men, most of them serving provincial terms up to two years less a day, along with those awaiting court dates on remand.Therapy dogs Roscoe and Lux, a sweet and very affectionate pit bull mix, also visited a separate unit where eight women are being held. They’re staying at the penitentiary due to overflow at the Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, about 90 minutes northwest of St. John’s.“Animals coming in is kind of like a highlight of our day,” said inmate Sonia McKinnon, 31. She said she has served 36 days for petty theft charges and is to be released soon.McKinnon knelt down as Roscoe rolled over for a belly rub.“I love animals. I love the attention that they give you.”Lux was accompanied by Michelle Tarrant, a pet therapy volunteer who was making her third visit to the penitentiary.“I feel like there’s a lot of stigma and there’s a lot of stress and anxiety around this type of environment,” she said.Tarrant has seen over and over how a dog somehow opens people up, starting conversations about pets they once had or hope to return to.“I honestly never did feel that way,” she said when asked if she’s ever nervous to be around inmates convicted or accused of sometimes horrible crimes.“I was excited to bring her in and just have someone else appreciate her as much as I do.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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