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Zabaleta eager for Aguero to return

first_img Striker Aguero, City’s top scorer this term with 26 goals, looks set to feature in Sunday’s crunch clash with Liverpool at Anfield after missing five matches due to a hamstring problem. Ahead of the showdown, the Reds are top of the table with five more fixtures to go, four points clear of third-placed City, who have two games in hand over them. Two years ago Aguero and Zabaleta’s fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez returned towards the end of the campaign after a lengthy absence – which had stemmed from the infamous incident in Munich earlier that season – to help City overhaul Manchester United and become Premier League champions for the first time. And regarding Aguero, Zabaleta said: “It’s a good time for him to come back. “I can see why people say it’s similar to Tevez returning – although it’s a different situation. “Like with Carlos, it’s great for any team to have the best players back again – particularly at this part of the season. That’s the good news for us. “He is an important player and he is going to score goals. He is fast, he is quick. Sometimes we need a player like Sergio.” City have fared well in the run of matches Aguero has sat out, winning them all aside from a 1-1 draw at Arsenal and scoring 15 times while conceding only twice. Zabaleta believes the Blues have missed the 25-year-old frontman, but also feels it is clear Manuel Pellegrini’s men are not dependent on Aguero. “Have we missed him? Yes course,” Zabaleta, 29, said. Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta is in no doubt team-mate Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness will prove vital for the Blues’ Barclays Premier League title challenge as it nears its finale. “You always want the best players to be in the team and fit for any game at this time of the season. “But we know we also have important players like (Edin) Dzeko, Yaya (Toure) is having a great season, (David) Silva, (Samir) Nasri – we have a lot of talent in front. “That is why, even without Sergio, we keep scoring goals. We can’t just rely on him.” While City have impressive firepower in attack, in Liverpool they will be coming up against the one club to have scored more Premier League goals than them this season. The Reds have 90 league goals compared to City’s 84, and Zabaleta has stressed the need for the visitors to be mindful of their defensive duties on Sunday. He said: “Liverpool score a lot of goals – we know they have great players in front with (Luis) Suarez, (Raheem) Sterling, (Daniel) Sturridge. They are in a great, great moment. “I think we must work really hard not to concede any goal. But we have defended well for a few weeks – not conceding many goals. “We know Anfield is always a very tough place to go and get points. The atmosphere there is fantastic. It will be a great game.” City won 4-1 at home against Southampton last time out and Zabaleta has emphasised the belief the players in the Blues camp have that they can secure the club’s second Premier League crown. “Every single game now is going to be like a final,” he said. “We have belief. I think we have a great team to make success this season but it is not going to be very easy. “We need to keep working hard and keep playing like against Southampton in the second half. I think playing in that way we will have more chances.” Press Associationlast_img read more

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions

first_imgHe said FIFA proposals to share the Qatar World Cup with Kuwait and Oman would reinforce the feeling that the Gulf has split into two competing blocs of three countries, with Saudi, UAE and Bahrain on the other side.“From a political point of view, it [expansion] doesn’t make sense.”Even if Qatar is forced to share its World Cup, the first in the Middle East, it is unlikely to please Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, adds Krieg.“I don’t see how Saudi and the UAE get anything out of that,” he says.– Football won’t solve crisis –Yet FIFA’s plans to expand the 2022 World Cup appear to be gaining support among some football administrators.The results of a much-vaunted FIFA “feasibility study”, announced at a meeting of football’s governing body last week in Miami, backed expansion in Qatar.“We came to the conclusion, yes it’s feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met,” Infantino said, declaring himself “happy” with the finding.A final decision will be announced in Paris in June, and while the expansion plan has been gaining a seemingly irresistible momentum, some remain unconvinced.Europe’s governing body, UEFA, said expansion would create “many problems” and was “not realistic”.Campaigners warned FIFA not to neglect its own newly imposed standards on human rights when awarding World Cup host status.Any expansion would see an extra 16 matches played over the duration of the 28-day tournament and there are concerns over whether stadiums and infrastructure in Kuwait and Oman would meet exacting FIFA tournament standards.With so many issues, it is difficult to see any diplomatic dividend from the World Cup, said James Dorsey, a researcher at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and author of “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”.“I think there’s zero chance,” he said.“The Gulf crisis is not going to be solved by playing football.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; FIFA President Gianni InfantinoDoha, Qatar | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.The ambitious expansion proposal — which Infantino has optimistically stated might help Middle East peace — could see the extra matches hosted in Kuwait and Oman in 2022.But far from making a politically turbulent region more harmonious, analysts say FIFA’s proposal could deepen regional fissures and leave Kuwait and Oman, as well as Qatar, open to further political arm-twisting from the regional power bloc of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.“There is a very real risk that expanding the World Cup to include Kuwait and Oman would make these two countries vulnerable to the same sort of regional pressure Qatar has faced since 2017,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.“Particularly since Kuwait and Oman also have followed their own approaches to regional affairs.”It could also foster resentment in those countries missing out on games, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Ulrichsen added.“The idea of a regional World Cup that includes Kuwait and Oman but not Saudi Arabia or the UAE would likely be a cause of considerable bitterness in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.”– ‘Makes no sense’ –Since June 2017, World Cup host Qatar has been blockaded by the Saudi-led countries in a bitter political spat, one of the worst Gulf diplomatic conflicts for years.Saudi Arabia and its allies, which also include Egypt, accuse Qatar of promoting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh’s great political and religious rival, Tehran.Qatar denies its rivals’ allegations and accuses them of seeking regime change in Doha.For 21 months — and counting — Saudi Arabia and it allies have imposed a political, economic and travel boycott around Qatar which shows few signs of easing.Notably though, the blockading countries do not include the traditionally neutral Gulf states of Kuwait and Oman, which have been left to tread a politically precarious line.Andreas Krieg of King’s College London, who has worked as an adviser to the Qatari government, said Kuwait and Oman “both have issues with Saudi and the UAE”.Tensions have flared between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the management of jointly owned oil fields, while Oman has faced allegations that it has allowed Iranian arms shipments through its territory to Huthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.At the same time, Kuwait has been the regional negotiator in the crisis, while Oman is an economic winner from the conflict, its trade with Qatar jumping 240 per cent since 2016, according to Doha.“The Gulf dispute as it exists would be further exacerbated by having a World Cup over three countries,” added Krieg.last_img read more

Kisner keads Penn Hills into showdown at Woodland Hills

first_imgBILLY KISNER (Photos by William McBride)Penn Hills quarterback Billy Kisner rushed for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in the Indians 55-28 win over Seneca Valley, The Indians will have a showdown against rival Woodland Hills on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.ISIAH JONES of Penn Hills sprints 70 yards for a touchdown in the Indians 55-28 win over Seneca Valley TE’SHAN CAMPBELL of Penn Hills rushed for two touchdowns to help the Indians to a 55-28 win over Seneca Valley in WPIAL action. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

Fair Haven Insurance Firm Grows Again

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – A long operating independent insurance agency has continued growing with its acquisition of a Somerville agency.Boynton and Boynton, which has its main offices at 21 Cedar Ave., recently acquired another independent agency, the Genova firm, located in Somerville.It is the second acquisition and third expansion the firm has undertaken in the last two years.The state’s Department of Banking and Insurance’s Divi­sion of Insurance has approved the acquisition, which will operate as the Genova Insur­ance Agency, according to Boynton and Boynton.The Genova firm was established in 1967 by the father of Tom Genova, Anne Marie McDonough and Linda Casey, who now operate the location. The firm has specialized in personal insurance products, such as homeowners, auto, flood, as well as commercial and insurance coverage.The joining of the two will allow Boynton to provide additional depth of services for the firm’s clients, according to Jay Lynch, Boynton’s president and chief executive officer.“I am confident that the addition of the Boynton-Genova Agency will allow us to continue our growth in commercial and personal markets,” he said.“We’re always looking for opportunities to expand our presence,” said David Boyn­ton, operations manager.“We always liked the Somerville area and, when this opportunity came up, we wanted to do everything we could to make it happen,” David Lynch said. “It just made sense for both firms.”McDonough said she believed the two firms’ histories and efforts would complement each other. “I believe together we have a bright future,” she said.“It helps us out on our end by being part of a bigger agency. We now have access to more markets,” McDonough said.As for Boynton, she said, “They now have a presence in this county. So it’s a good thing all around.”Boynton and Boynton has had a long history in the Two River area, beginning in 1930. The firm’s staff has grown to nearly 93 in its three locations with the recent acquisition.Before this move, the company’s largest acquisition was a West Conshohocken, Pa. firm, located just outside Philadelphia, that specializes in medical malpractice, according to David Boynton.last_img read more

DiBella, Team B.C. drops a thriller in shootout at Canada Winter Games

first_imgElla Matteucci of Frutivale assisted on a goal by Nicole Medori Saxvik North Vancouver to give Team B.C. the lead. But Canada’s most western province could not hold off the late charge by Manitoba to secure the victory.Team B.C. advance to the contest by pounding Nova Scotia 8-2 Friday in relegation action. Karoline Huber of Kelowna scored twice to lead Team B.C.Team B.C. lost 4-0 to high-powered Quebec in quarter final action Thursday to drop into the relegation round.Team B.C., which includes Nelson Minor Hockey product Aimee DiBella, lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision Wednesday to Team Saskatchewan to drop into 1-3 in Pool A play.

Team B.C. opened with a 4-0 loss to Alberta Sunday.

Team B.C. then lost 4-1 to Ontario Monday. DiBella had two minutes in penalties.

DiBella & Company finally got a win Tuesday, defeating Team Newfoundland & Labrador 4-0.

Along with DiBella on Team B.C. is Kootenay Wildcats teammate Daley Oddy of Cranbrook.

Matteucci played last season for the Cats but this year is playing in Wilcox, Sask., at the Notre Dame Hockey Academy.

During the first week of the Canada Winter Games, Team B.C. Men’s squad backed into the playoffs before reeling off a string of victories to claim the gold medal.

The Team B.C. squad include Luke Bertolucci of [email protected] The movers and shakers at B.C. Hockey made a ton of changes to improve the results of the female provincial team on the national scene. However, while the province did better its final resut the best the squad to manage was a sixth-place showing at the  Canada Winter Games in Halifax.Team B.C. fell 2-1 in a relegation thriller to Team Manitoba Saturday as the Canada Winter Games wrapped up.Team Alberta defeated Ontario 3-2 to claim the gold medal while Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3 to win the bronze.Team Manitoba scored with Team B.C. clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the game before capturing the contest in a shootout.last_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner wants new striker signing

first_imgHuddersfield boss Wagner wants new striker signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner wants to buy a striker next month.Wagner lamented their poor finishing in defeat at Manchester United yesterday.The German said, “Unfortunately we’ve seen a game we’ve seen all season. “We were beaten by two world-class strikes and David De Gea made a world-class save from (Laurent) Depoitre.”A big reason why we lost is because we weren’t clinical. If we can solve this problem, and perform like this, we can collect more points.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modis brother

first_imgNew Delhi: The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Nehal Modi, brother of Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2 billion PNB scam case, officials said on Friday. They said the global arrest warrant against the Belgian national Nehal, 40, has been issued on charges of alleged money laundering that is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate. Nehal Deepak Modi was born in Antwerp, Belgium and he knows languages such as English, Gujarati and Hindi, according to the RCN. Nehal has been named in the charge sheet filed by the ED in this case and he has been charged with destruction of evidence. Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are alleged to be the main perpetrators of India’s biggest bank fraud that came to the fore last year. The Punjab National Bank is stated to be duped of nearly Rs 14,000 crore in this scam.last_img read more

New Brunswick village lowers straight flag after public backlash

first_imgCHIPMAN, N.B. – A New Brunswick village has taken down a “straight flag” after a single day, following a public backlash locally and beyond.Chipman’s village council issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the flag was raised as a sign of support for all groups in the community, but it was removed as a result of “unintentional attention,” and based on residents’ feedback.“The straight flag is being seen as a flag of privilege and anti-minorities which our community and our council does not support,” Mayor Carson Atkinson wrote.“This flag distraction is a lesson for us and for other rural communities such as our own.”The statement said “no harm or hate was intended,” and that the village of 1,200 remains “an open welcoming community.”The flag was raised Sunday afternoon with Atkinson saying it met the village council’s criteria because it “recognizes, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”Atkinson said it was important to celebrate everyone in Chipman, and said the council previously voted to raise the rainbow flag representing the LGBTQ community.“Whatever your personal persuasions, political or religious views, or country of origin, we welcome you in our community and ask for your volunteer efforts to help make Chipman a more open, dynamic and attractive community for all citizens,” Atkinson said in a Sunday speech.Comments have poured in on the village’s Facebook page from residents and neighbours criticizing the decision as harmful towards the LGBTQ community and urging the town to take down the flag — three black stripes over a white background.By Monday afternoon, the flag had been removed from its spot beside a main road.Chipman’s office assistant, Janette Fanjoy, said on Monday that the rainbow flag had been raised for the week of June 24, and the straight flag had also been scheduled to fly for one week.Faith Kennedy, who works with youth in the community, said she was surprised the council approved the straight flag.Kennedy was one of a number of residents who requested a rainbow flag fly for the village’s first pride celebrations this year, although requests for a rainbow crosswalk were not approved.Kennedy said she had read in the local newspaper about the idea of a straight flag being presented to council, but didn’t expect the mayor and councillors to approve it.“Heterosexuals have never had to fight, we’ve always been accepted,” said Kennedy.“I personally hope that this doesn’t represent the better part of our village. I was raised here and I would like to think that this isn’t really what our village is about.”Justin Smith, who grew up in the neighbouring village of Minto, N.B., said in an email Monday that he sees the raising of the straight flag as a “display of hate” that sends a disappointing message.“There has been a lot of emotions that come with seeing community leaders act in this blatantly insensitive manner,” Smith wrote.As a member of the LGBTQ community, Smith said he celebrates pride after years of living with disrespect and bullying, and said he sees it as a way to honour those who have been killed over their sexual and gender identities.Smith said he hopes the council will issue an apology and resign.“The LGBT pride movement wasn’t born out of a celebration of sexuality, it was to bring visibility to an oppressed and marginalized people group,” Smith wrote.“The sad irony here is that raising a so-called ‘straight pride’ flag … is a prime example of the discrimination that we have faced and still face today.”Helen Kennedy, executive director of human rights group Egale Canada, said she wasn’t familiar with the straight flag — and Sunday’s ceremony was the first time she had heard of it being raised in Canada.Kennedy said the council’s decision to raise the flag was “unfortunate and unnecessary,” and said it likely stems from a lack of understanding of the real symbolism of the pride flag, as well as a lack of understanding about the hardships faced by Canada’s LGBTQ community.“When the LGBT community recognizes an event like pride or sees the pride flag flying, it is an indication that their community is potentially a safe space for them to be and to live,” Kennedy said.“I think it’s really unfortunate that the community has done this because it further marginalizes LGBTI people and it makes them feel really unsafe in their communities.”Kennedy said the incident in Chipman highlights the importance of educating the public about the realities faced by many LGBTQ people in Canada, such as lack of access to health care, housing and employment, was well as high incidents of homelessness.She said she hopes the village will take the opportunity to discuss the realities of being a marginalized person in a small community, and the message that raising a “straight pride” flag sends.“It really flies in the face of those who are the most marginalized in our society.”-By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

2018 CBC POETRY PRIZE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe jurors for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize are poet Jordan Abel, writer and social worker Kai Cheng Thom and singer and songwriter Ruth B. The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on November 14.In addition to a cash prize of $6000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will be published on the CBC Books website. The four other finalists will each receive $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will be published on CBC Books.The finalists for the CBC Books French-language Prix de poésie were also announced this morning. More information about those finalists can be found at Radio-canada.ca/icionlit under the “Prix de poésie” tab.For more information on the CBC Literary Prizes, please visit CBCBooks.ca..About CBC BooksHome to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit www.CBCbooks.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Canada Council for the ArtsThe Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.About Banff Centre for Arts and CreativityFounded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Montreal – CBC BOOKS, CBC’s online home for literary content, together with partners the Canada Council for the Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, today announced the 2018 finalists for the CBC Poetry Prize.The finalists are:Sanita Fejzic of Ottawa, Ontario for MotherNeil Griffin of Victoria, British Columbia for Canadian Immigration Services Citizenship ExamNatalie Lim of Vancouver, British Columbia for ArrhythmiaJulie Mannell of Toronto, Ontario for Phone Sex with a One Time Lover on the West CoastBola Opaleke of Winnipeg, Manitoba for The Autobiography of WaterThese poems were selected from more than 2600 submitted from across the country. Each of the shortlisted poems are available to read on CBCBooks.ca.center_img From left: Bola Opaleke, Julie Mannell, Natalie Lim, Neil Griffin and Sanita Fejzić. (Submitted by the writers, see individual pages for credit) Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more