first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Winks hits back at ‘Spursy’ claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks has dismissed claims of a “Spursy” defeat to Wolves on Saturday.Winks was not having it after only a second defeat in 15 matches for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.“I have to be careful about this…” he said. “We are doing really well. We have had one defeat since ­Arsenal away.“We have had some fantastic results in the Champions League and the Premier League and it is important to remember how well we are doing and not get carried away with a defeat.“Listen, when people use the word Spursy on social media, that is their own opinion. They are ­entitled to that. But inside the club we know how good we are, we know how far we can go, we have belief, regardless of this result.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title ­contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top.“We have high expectations ourselves and, if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home, we get frustrated at that. It shows how high our standards are at the moment and how ambitious we are.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat has left the dressing room feeling very down. Everyone is fuming, but it is football. We are still in the race.”Spurs now have to pick themselves up for a tricky New Year’s Day trip to Cardiff.Winks added: “The mood in the dressing room was very calm. ­Everyone was very quiet and kept themselves to themselves.“Everyone is gutted — frustrated as well. The most important thing is to reflect on it and then go into the building bright and smiley and feeling positive and try and get ourselves ready for the next game.“We can’t keep that negative ­energy around, because otherwise it can affect matches.” last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Dubai-based terminal operator DP World has launched new arbitration proceedings in London against the Government of Djibouti over the latter’s decision to terminate the concession contract with the company for Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT). “To protect our interests, we have been compelled to commence a new arbitration on February 20, 2018 against the government in London, seeking a declaration that the contracts are valid and binding on the government and to obtain urgent interim relief,” the company said in a statement.As World Maritime News reported yesterday, Djibouti terminated the concession contract awarded in 2006 to DP World for the operation of DCT.DP World dubbed the move “illegal seizure of control” and a culmination of the government’s campaign to force the company to renegotiate the terms of the concession.Those terms were found to be “fair and reasonable” by a London Court of International Arbitration tribunal in February 2017, when the court ruled in favor of DP World in an arbitration case dating back to 2014.To remind, Djibouti launched legal action against DP World for alleged bribing of Abdourahman Boreh, the head of the country’s port and free zone authority, to secure the 30-year concession to run DCT. DP World was cleared of all charges of misconduct.In the aftermath of the court decision, i.e., since December 2017, the Government of Djibouti has sought to enforce the law against the concession contract for the terminal, the Dubai company added.” This effort culminated in a final demand that the contract is renegotiated by February 21, 2018, and the termination of that contract by Presidential Decree on February 22, 2018 and expropriation of all of the assets of Doraleh Container Terminal SA,” the company statement reads.“We consider the law, the attempt of the Government to enforce its terms, the purported termination and expropriation to be in breach of the Government’s obligations under its agreements with us, in force since 2004, and international law.  Moreover, the Government’s conduct is particularly oppressive and cynical,” DP World added.“We demand that the Government ceases its unlawful conduct and continue to work as partners with us in the same spirit of cooperation that has been in place for the last 18 years, which has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars of direct and indirect benefits to Djibouti and enhanced its attractiveness as a leading investment destination in East Africa.”The terminal operator said that the dispute would not have any material financial impact on the group.DP World holds a 33 pct equity stake in the port of Doraleh, Djibouti, which has a capacity of 1.25 million TEU.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgMUMBAI: David Warner had little opportunity to stake his claim for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad as he served a year-long ban for ball-tampering and so it is no surprise to see the batsman cranking out the runs in the Indian Premier League. Cricket Australia slapped former captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner with 12-month suspensions, which expired last week, for the Cape Town scandal and the duo are expected to be included in the 15-man World Cup squad. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTwo months out from the World Cup in England, Warner showed he had lost none of his marauding form by smashing 85 in 53 balls in Hyderabad’s IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. The 32-year-old continued in the same vein against Rajasthan, the day after his international ban ended, scoring 69 off 37 deliveries, and then remained unbeaten on 100 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Warner leads the run-getters’ list and has also notched three consecutive 100-run partnership for the opening wicket with Englishman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering 114 against Bangalore. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The 12 months has done me well,” Warner said after putting up the highest opening stand of 185 with Bairstow on Sunday. “I’m nice and refreshed. “What a terrific innings here by Jonny, and a fantastic partnership by both of us.” Warner’s Sunrisers trail only three-times champions Chennai in the early stages of the Twenty20 tournament. Led by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Super Kings look unstoppable and have won all three of their matches. At the other end of the scale, Dhoni’s protege and current India captain Kohli has a mighty task on his hands if he is to lead Bangalore to a first IPL title after losing their first three games. Despite having Kohli and talismanic South African AB de Villiers in their ranks, Bangalore’s batting has already failed twice. They were all out for 70 in the IPL opener against Chennai and bundled out for 113 on Sunday against the Sunrisers, losing by a huge margin of 118 runs. The tournament has already seen some epic highs, such as a Super Over finish between Kolkata and Delhi, but also some disappointments and controversies.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: An on-field injury followed by some controversial statements off the field saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the Mumbai Indians player wants the focus back on his game and was instrumental in helping MI beat Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. A brilliant 8-ball 25 was followed by bowling figures of 3/20 from his four overs as the all-rounder was rightly handed the Man of the Match award. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking after the game, Pandya thanked all those who have supported him through his tough time. “The injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” he said. Pandya said he was waiting to get some game time after spending hours at the nets. He also added that he is hitting the ball really well at the moment. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment,” he said. While Pandya played a cameo at the end, he was well supported by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard as he hit an unbeaten 17 off just 7 balls. The experienced campaigner said that Pandya was doing a fabulous job for the team. “Taking into context, the Pandya boys are doing really well. He has a clear mind and has been hitting the ball very well. As a team, we strive on momentum. It’s good for us, we have been batting pretty well, it’s just a matter of improvement,” he said. On his own little cameo at the end of the MI innings, Pollard said: “Whenever I get a chance, I try to make a difference and contribute to the team.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition seeking permission for Muslim women to enter mosques to offer prayers. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre and asked it to respond to the plea filed by a Pune-based couple. The bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners that it will hear the matter because of the apex court’s judgment in the Sabarimala temple case. “The only reason we may hear you is because of our judgment in the Sabarimala temple case,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On September 28 last year, a five-judge constitution bench headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination. In the current petition, the couple has sought the apex court’s direction to declare as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” the practice of prohibiting the entry of Muslim women into mosques to offer prayers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Referring to constitutional provisions, the petitioners have said there should not be any discrimination against any citizen of the country on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex and place of birth. They have added that a life of dignity and equality is the most sacrosanct fundamental right and a Muslim woman cannot be prohibited from entering a mosque. During the hearing, the bench sought to know from the petitioners’ counsel as to whether Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque in foreign countries. The counsel informed the bench that Muslim women were allowed to enter a mosque at the holy Mecca and also in Canada. However, the bench asked the counsel whether the fundamental right to equality could be asserted against non-State actors. “Can you invoke Article 14 of the Constitution and claim equal treatment from another human being?,” it asked. The petitioners’ counsel told the court that the mosques in India were enjoying the benefits and grant extended to them by the State.last_img read more

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first_imgPrague: Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. “I would not resign because I have been saying from the beginning that this is a political process,” Babis told the DNES broadsheet which he owns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 64-year-old agro-chemicals mogul pegged by Forbes as the second-wealthiest Czech is suspected of abusing EU funds to build the luxury Stork Nest resort and farm near Prague in 2007. He allegedly took the farm out of his sprawling Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding to make it eligible for a subsidy awarded to small companies before eventually putting it back. Charged by police in 2017, Babis and several others — including his wife, brother-in-law and daughter — are suspected of subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If I weren’t in politics, nobody would have heard about the Stork Nest,” Babis told DNES. “People keep plotting affairs against me, delving into the past. This affair is 12 years old,” he said, calling charges against his family “incredible filth”. President Milos Zeman, who could remove the embattled prime minister, said Thursday he would not do so. “An indicted prime minister is not a sentenced prime minister,” said the 74-year-old pro-Russian, pro-Chinese veteran leftwinger and a staunch Babis ally. The prime minister’s populist ANO movement leads a minority coalition government with leftwing Social Democrats.last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool have agreed to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a world record fee of £66m, reports the Liverpool EchoThe Brazil international emerged as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in European football after replacing the Juventus-bound Wojciech Szczesny as Roma’s new number one last season.After many standout performances in both the Serie A and the Champions League, Alisson had caught the interest of many European giants for a move this summer with Real Madrid leading the way.But with the La Liga side set to now sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea this summer, Liverpool look set to sign Alisson themselves.This new development comes, despite Roma president James Pallotta having stated back in April that they had no interest in selling.“We have no intention of selling him,” said the 60-year-old.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I mean zero at all. I’m sure some people will probably come in with some bids, but I don’t have any interest in selling him, he’s a great goalkeeper.”But it appears that Liverpool have got their man.The Reds have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the past 12 months and appear to have increased their efforts following Loris Karius’ blunders in last season’s Champions League final.Earlier this week in fact, Liverpool had a £60m bid rejected by Roma but they appear to have made a breakthrough in talks with the club now prepared to make Alisson the expensive goalkeeper of all-time.With a fee now having been agreed on, Liverpool can now officially approach Alisson and begin discussing personal terms,While the signing of the Brazilian goalkeeper will increase Liverpool’s spending this summer to over £150m, Jurgen Klopp has decided that it is a necessary addition to his squad as they look to mount a challenge for the Premier League title in the new season.last_img read more

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first_imgDavid Luiz refuses to rule out a Chelsea title challenge this season, despite recent result not going in their favourAgainst expectations, Maurizio Sarri’s side got off to a strong start for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign by winning their opening five matches.But a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last month derailed their title hopes with Chelsea since suffering another loss at Wolves recently.The Blues now trail leaders Liverpool by 11 points, albeit with a game in hand, and appear set for a season-long top-four battle.But Brazilian defender Luiz, who has won the Premier League across his six seasons at Chelsea, is refusing to throw in the towel yet.“Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” Luiz told Sky Sports.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”The former Paris Saint-Germain player is certain aiming for the title is a realistic objective for Chelsea.“Yes, I think so but with humility, with our feet on the ground, thinking step by step,” Luiz added.“Of course we lost some points and it could be better for us at the moment but everybody knows in this league everybody can win against everybody.“It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”Chelsea will host Leicester City today at Stamford Bridge with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).last_img read more

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first_imgLet’s talk about the most important matches that Neymar is set to miss with PSG during the announced 10 weeks he will recover from his injury.Now that we know for certain how much time Neymar is going to miss without playing a single match for PSG, those ten weeks carry several matches that the Brazilian player will certainly miss and there are many details to break down about the huge mistake the club is making.The French giants have reached the decision of letting the doctors take a “conservative” approach to his recovery, which means that they decided the player wouldn’t go through another surgery because they don’t want him to be completely out for the rest of the season at the club.The problem with this choice is that the injury is on the very same metatarsal that Neymar received surgery last season, the player was already having second thoughts about the recovery process from the first intervention and he even decided to change the stud patterns on his football boots from hard ground to artificial ground out of fear of twisting his ankle during practice.Neymar is clearly going through a difficult process and he is feeling pressured for not delivering the expected results at PSG, which is why he permitted the club to make this decision of not having surgery for him.Official: Neymar out for up to 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury. The Paris forward will miss both round of 16 ties against Manchester United. #UCL pic.twitter.com/VDYPZBx1EL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 30, 2019The Brazil medical staff does not agree on this decision of Neymar not going under the knife again, they feel that the player could risk his right foot to an even greater extent if he doesn’t get this problem completely fixed once and for all.But what the Brazil medical staff thinks has very little influence on what happens to Neymar, because they are not the ones who pay for the player’s wage as Paris Saint-Germain does.The National Team manager’s words from last week about fearing that Neymar could miss the Copa America take a whole different context now that we know the club made this decision, he really is scared that the player can suffer an even greater injury because he will be risking himself after coming back from that “conservative” treatment period that PSG described on their press release this Wednesday.This pressure that the club is putting on the player, only adds up to the pressure that Neymar is putting on himself because he still hasn’t made the decision to play a different style of football and he may never want to reduce the risks he takes in doing so because he feels that he owes it to the fans.We’ve discussed that the player needs to take a lesson from the Ronaldo Nazario rule book, and start playing un a more practical manner.PSG confirm Neymar’s injury will keep him out for 10 weeks.He will miss both UCL games against Manchester United and the quarter-finals, if PSG go through. pic.twitter.com/ugM2KBaLWnOpinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 30, 2019The key matches Neymar will miss for PSGOut of the 10 weeks that Neymar is set to miss for PSG, there will be a total of 12 matches in all competitions that the player won’t be available for manager Thomas Tuchel.But since the club has already practically secured another Ligue 1 trophy, there are at least 7 matches that Neymar can easily miss without a problem and nobody will complain about them.However, five of those matches are considered crucial or high risked and the Brazilian forward is set to miss all of them. We start with this weekend’s Ligue 1 match at Olympique Lyonnais, which is Paris Saint-Germain’s most complicated rival in the French competition.Just three days later, the French giants will have to play a crucial Coupe de France match against Villefranche. Six days later we have the first of two “finals” against Manchester United in the Champions League, a match that will sorely miss Neymar and will take place at Old Trafford.After nearly a full month of unimportant Ligue 1 matches, we have the Red Devils’ visiting Parc des Princes on March 6 and Olympique Marseille’s visit eleven days later for Ligue 1 before Neymar allegedly makes his expected return.But we stand by our claim, he should’ve gone under the knife.Neymar has been ruled out of action for 10 weeks 🤕He is set to miss the following games:Lyon (A)Villefranche (A)Bordeaux (H)Man Utd (A)St-Etienne (A)Montpellier (H)Nimes (H)Caen (A)Man Utd (H)Nantes (A)Dijon (A)Marseille (H)Toulouse (A)Strasbourg (H) pic.twitter.com/UkmU4xz012— Goal (@goal) January 30, 2019Why do you think PSG decided to not let Neymar get another surgery when he clearly fractured his right foot again? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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