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AEK Fires Soccer Coach Poyet

first_imgATHENS – Uruguayan soccer coach Gustavo Poyet was fired by AEK on April 19 just as his team was getting ready to face Atromitos in a first-round of the Greek tourney.The former coach of the English side Sunderland had earlier told reporters he would quit on his own at the end of the season but didn’t last that long with media reports saying team officials were unhappy he had announced his planned departure without telling them.Former AEK and Greek international player Stelios Manolas will take over on an interim basis.AEK finished the regular Super League season in third place with 54 points and will play in a post-season tourney with Panathinaikos, PAOK and Panionios or PAS Giannina to determine who will play in the European tournament.Poyet, 47, joined AEK in October replacing Traianos Dellas. Greece is a graveyard for soccer coaches, who are fired frequently and whimsically.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Video: Florida Great Judd Davis And New Gator Kicker Eddy Pineiro Simultaneously Hit 55-Yard Field Goals

first_imgFlorida Gators fans watching the game in the rain.GAINESVILLE, FL – AUGUST 30: Fans wait in the stands during a weather delay prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Idaho Vandals on August 30, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators found a cool way to show off their program’s kicking prowess today. Gator great Judd Davis and new Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro simultaneously hit 55-yard kicks on the same goal.Former Lou Groza winner @JuddDavis and future Groza winner @eddypineiro1 side by side from 55 … pic.twitter.com/5MElxDF2NN— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 27, 2016Davis won the 1993 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, and was elected to the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Pineiro flipped to Florida from Alabama, to the delight of Jim McElwain, and has already showed off his big leg in Gainesville. We’re not sure whose kick we’re more impressed by here.last_img read more


Stars Support Handbags For Hospices

first_imgEver fancied owning a designer bag? Do you love the look but not the price tag? Handbags For Hospices is a brilliant new fundraising event at which gives you the chance to get your hands on a bag that may previously have graced the arm of a glamorous celebrity.Davina McCall, Paloma Faith, Gemma Arterton and Zoe Ball have all donated bags for the launch event in Brighton in February 2013, which is in aid of the Martlets, the Brighton-based hospice.The top 100 bags will be part of a silent auction on Thursday 28th February, the daytime event is open from midday to 6pm, open for anyone to come along and place a bid.To buy tickets for the glamorous evening event, email info@handbagsforhospices.comDate: Thursday 28th February
Daytime Midday – 6pm
Evening 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Hotel du Vin, Ship Street, Brighton
Tickets: £5 for the evening event email info@handbagsforhospices.comFind out more about The Martlets here.last_img read more


Man accused of killing Cree woman in Ottawa has multiple versions of

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Adrian Daou wanted out of segregation so badly he was willing to confess to a murder to make it happen – the murder of Jennifer Stewart, a Cree mother who was brutally killed in Ottawa August 2010.“I was thinking of telling you guys something I did to go to the pen tonight. I’m just trying to get out of (segregation) … I’m just looking to get more room,” Daou, 24, told two Ottawa police detectives in a jailhouse interview on Feb. 25, 2013, the first of two confessions the jury heard Monday in the first-degree murder trial.It doesn’t work that way, the cops tell him.“Jennifer … I did it,” said Daou. “ I did the crime.”“You killed Jennifer?” one of the officers asked.“Yep,” he said – with a knife, specifically a military knife and he did because “he wanted to get his anger out.”The jury trial entered its third day Monday with the jury already hearing from a jail guard and a pathologist. Daou, despite confessing twice, has pleaded not guilty. Stewart, 36, was struggling through addictions when her body was found Aug, 20, 2010 by a person walking their dog.The jury heard Monday Daou say he lured Stewart to a location on Alice Street in the Ottawa community of Vanier where he “cut, cut, cut” her in the pitch black of a parking lot next to a small apartment building just before midnight.But when pressed he told police the “murder weapon” was an axe and he hit her on the head “four to seven” times.“That’s the truth. I swear on it. I took an axe and that’s when …,” he said stopping himself.He had been angry for a while knowing he was going to jail for six months for trafficking drugs.Soon his anger turned into the idea of murder he said.“My goal for that day was to kill someone,” said Daou who spotted Stewart walking near Montreal Road and offered to sell her some “dope” for $20.The police asked why Stewart.“Why her? I was looking around and she was the one who came up as the best possible choice,” he said.Police asked if Stewart offered anything else to him and Daou quickly said she didn’t.They ask again later, this time point blank if it was sex she was offering in return for drugs.“Sorry, it’s a legitimate question,” one of the officers said.Again, Daou said it wasn’t. He said she had money on her.So they walked through the community to the spot Daou said he wanted to kill her, close to the home he was sharing with his dad and brother at the time.But police wanted to know more. They rushed to a judge to get an order to remove Daou from the jail and take him to the police headquarters for a formal interview the next day.This time the jury didn’t just hear Daou admit to killing Stewart, they got to see him as this interview was videotaped.“The murder … I killed Jennifer Stewart. I’m the one who did it. Nobody else,” he said off the top.Then jury heard Daou explain he was a budding rapper and killing someone would help his career.But really it was while he was at work that day that he knew he was going to kill someone.By the time he got home, smoked some weed and drank a bottle of liquor he was ready.Male or female, it didn’t matter: “It was about the killing.”Dressed in cargo shorts, a hoodie and Nike “gangster” shoes he set out on his bike around 8 p.m.He drove around Vanier, stopping near a liquor store to smoke another joint.Then he saw Stewart, just past 10 p.m. walking by herself. This time he remembered it was on Marier Street near Montreal Road. She was on the right-hand sidewalk.She wore a black coat and black jeans or “something.” No purse.He rolled up beside her and offered her some “dope.”This time it was for sex – the dope for a sex act.He said she agreed and followed.“She was, I guess, her usual way. She didn’t look like a happy person,” said Daou who had mentioned he sold drugs to her a couple times in the past so they sort of knew each other.They walked to the spot and he told her to wait by the corner of the building so he could rush home and get the drugs. This time in the interview he recalled the exact address: 120 Alice Street.But he was going home to get his axe and put on goggles.Police interrupted him.Det. John Monette, who was doing the interview, had concerns.“Right now, I’m not convinced you’re telling me the truth,” said Monette who asks Daou to show where he hit Stewart with an axe.Daou tries to explain but then asks for paper and pen.As he’s sketching he stops and asks what the weather is like.It was four degrees outside, Monette said.“Sometimes I try to remember, but this time I’m going to remember good,” said Daou. “I feel better (here) than in that little cell.”He shows he hit Stewart “five or six times” in the head and Monette asks if she ever put her hands up to defend herself.Daou said no, never.The jury had already heard Stewart fought like hell to save herself, so much so both of her hands were nearly severed.He showed Monette how hard he hit Stewart with an axe, vicious blows that struck his foot but never hurt him.After he killed her, Daou said he jumped through several backyards, went home to shower and put all the clothes in a bag. He said there was no blood on any of the clothes. He wrapped the axe in a red coat and put it in his room.He hopped back on his bike to go smoke another joint.During this trip he stopped to get a Red Bull and on his way back home went by the murder scene and poured a little out “to honour” Stewart.Then he stayed up writing lyrics before going back to work the next day.The trial continues Tuesday.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


NAFTA Deadlock on hard issues as round concludes under cloud of question

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Another round of NAFTA talks wrapped up with all key issues still deadlocked Tuesday as negotiators prepared to leave Mexico City with a plethora of question marks lingering over the trade deal.The negotiators made progress on a variety of technical files, nearly concluding some less-controversial chapters such as digital trade, sanitary measures, customs enforcement and telecommunications.But on hot-button files like autos, dairy, dispute resolution, and a U.S. idea to make it easier to terminate NAFTA, they cite no real progress. Sources from host country Mexico described a lingering standoff on multiple fronts, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed back in Ottawa.”I think our approach is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst,” Freeland said outside the House of Commons, describing the state of the talks.”Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality. As I’ve said, we want a good deal, not just any deal.”Canada and Mexico spent this round taking shots at the logic of some controversial U.S. proposals — demanding details about how they would work, and delivering presentations illustrating how they would hurt the U.S., too.That approach has frustrated the U.S. side.The Americans say that instead of delivering lectures, the other countries should be making counter-proposals.”I remain concerned about the lack of headway,” said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer. “Thus far, we have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.”I hope our partners will come to the table in a serious way so we can see meaningful progress before the end of the year.”Some media reports described the dynamic of this round as Canada and Mexico teaming up against the U.S. The front-page headline Tuesday in Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper declared, “Mexico and Canada form a common front against the U.S.”But some Mexicans vehemently rejected the idea of an organized Canada-Mexico tag-team.They said, for instance, that there are no pre-session strategy hurdles between Canada and Mexico. They said these countries simply have mutual interests on a few important files, such as autos, dispute settlement and professional visas. ”(But) gang up on the U.S.? No, no, no,” said one Mexican source, speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter.Mexico demonstrated at this round, however, that it’s willing to play hardball.It showed that two can play at the game of zero-sum thinking and hostile tit-for-tat. On the issue of Buy American, the Mexicans said they could respond with equivalent Buy Mexico policies for public projects — and the biggest loser would be the U.S. That’s because American companies do more construction business in Mexico than vice-versa, they argued.”We would all lose,” said another Mexican source familiar with the talks.”But the U.S. loses more.”The Mexico City round ended with uncertainty on multiple fronts. Two major question marks are: will President Donald Trump start pulling out of NAFTA as a negotiating ploy? And what happens if a deal isn’t done by the end of the current schedule of talks, now extended to March?One thing the Mexican sources are adamant about is if Trump makes good on his threat to start the NAFTA cancellation process as a bargaining ploy, they will refuse to negotiate under that pressure — and would rather let the U.S. withdraw.They said it’s impossible to negotiate with such a metaphorical gun to the temple; every concession would be seen as Mexico caving. They said they would simply allow the U.S. to walk away, accelerate trade talks with Brazil and Argentina and expand trade with Canada in meat, wheat and energy, where Canadian suppliers would pick up some of the U.S. slack.”There’s the door,” one Mexican said, pointing at an actual door.”We will send a couple of decrees to the Senate (of Mexico) saying that (from) this moment forward, U.S. goods and persons are no longer going to be traded under NAFTA preferential provisions.”Canada has not drawn such a hard line.The politicians leading the talks have attempted to turn down the public pressure. Freeland, Lighthizer and Ildefonso Guajardo skipped this round and will skip another round next month in Washington.They will be back at the table in the next round in Canada, in late January, in Montreal. The politicians will review progress made, and begin assessing next steps for the February and March rounds and what happens thereafter if there’s no deal.The Mexicans say they’re fine to keep negotiating after that — even though there are national elections there and in the U.S.last_img read more


OGC partnering with First Nations on restoration projects

first_imgDuring the summer of 2018, the project working group initiated field sampling and site-specific prescriptions.OGC says earth work followed in the early fall and was completed by the FNFN’s contractor and employees.According to OGC, Native plant seeds collected during the early fall were provided to a local nursery in preparation for spring planting.FNFN Chief, Curtis Dickie, says these projects show that the First Nations are taking environmental responsibilities to the next level, adding that these projects are a great source of employment.“This opportunity is an example of First Nation’s people taking our environmental responsibilities to the next level. These projects will provide our people with employment and with the state of the local economy the partnership is very uplifting and we hope this partnership can be used as an example and create other opportunities to collaborate with the Commission going forward.”Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, says this type of restoration work is part of the reconciliation process with First Nations to build a better future. “Our government is dedicated to reconciliation, and we are working with First Nations to build a better future. With this initiative, we are partnering with the Fort Nelson First Nation to make sure to protect the environment and restore oil and gas sites.”OGC is also working with other Treaty 8 First Nations to launch pilot projects, funded through OGRIS and the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund, to jointly explore restoration practices on orphan oil and gas well sites in their territories. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will be restoring former oil and gas industry sites to their natural state, as part of a partnership with First Nations of Northeastern B.C.The OGC will be restoring former sites by utilizing funding from the B.C. Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society and will be working with the Fort Nelson First Nation to restore borrow pits in the Clarke Lake area.According to the Commission, they will be restoring the former industry sites by using ecologically suitable and culturally appropriate restoration techniques.last_img read more


Varanasi Not Priyanka but Congs Ajay to take on Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday ended the suspense over the candidature of Varanasi Lok Sabha seat by declaring Ajay Rai, who placed third in the 2014 election, as the party’s nominee for the seat instead of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Notably, Priyanka Gandhi had expressed her willingness to contest from the seat only on the wishes of party president Rahul Gandhi. The seat is currently represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress announced its nominee for the seat on the day PM Modi started a mega roadshow in Varanasi as a prelude to filing his election papers on Friday. The Congress reportedly debated pitting Priyanka Gandhi, often called its ‘Brahmastra’, against PM Modi but caution won out. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Millennium Post was the first to report that Priyanka Gandhi would only be fielded from Varanasi if Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati agrees to extend her support as the Samajwadi Party (SP) was ‘ready’ to withdraw the candidature of Shalini Yadav, whose name was declared by the SP on Tuesday. Shalini Yadav, the daughter-in-law of a former Congress lawmaker as the opposition candidate from Varanasi. In 2014, Ajay Rai finished a poor third in Varanasi, with only 75,000 votes. The Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal came second with around two lakh votes. None of them came anywhere close to the Prime Minister’s 5.8 lakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPriyanka Gandhi had said that till now that she would contest from Varanasi “if the party asks me.” Since, she joined politics in January and was appointed one of the two general secretaries in-charge of the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh, there had been a buzz about the party fielding her against PM Modi. Priyanka Gandhi was given charge of eastern UP, which includes Varanasi. Her three-day boat campaign last month also ended in Varanasi, and this was read by many as more proof that the Congress was ready to go for broke. Priyanka Gandhi did nothing to stop the rumours. During an interaction with Congress workers who wanted her to contest from Raebareli, her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, she said, “Why not Varanasi?” While campaigning in UP, Priyanka Gandhi has often spoken about what she calls PM Modi’s neglect of Varanasi as he roamed the world. “I was stunned to hear from people in Varanasi that in five years, the PM didn’t get time to go to a single village, visit even one family in his constituency,” she has said in rally after rally, accusing PM Modi of running a government indifferent to the poor. Taking a dig at Priyanka after the announcement, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao claimed that she “chickened out” of the contest after toying with the idea. “Like brother, like sister. Rahul Gandhi runs away to a faraway constituency and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra chickens out of a contest after toying with the idea. Naamdars have already conceded big defeat to the kaamdar PM Narendra Modi ji,” the BJP leader said in his tweet. Varanasi votes on May 19 in the last phase of the national elections. The results of the seven-phase polls will be announced on May 23.last_img read more


Tressel Suspended juniors to return for senior seasons

The five juniors suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season pledged to return for their senior seasons, coach Jim Tressel told the media Thursday. Tressel said he required each player to commit to staying a Buckeye for one more year before granting them permission to travel with the team. The NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas last week after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. The players must also repay between $1,000 and $2,500 each. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting was suspended one game and ordered to repay $150. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their status. The suspensions, however, were pushed back until the start of next season after the NCAA decided the rules education offered by the OSU compliance department was not up to NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. “They are in the family, they are on the trip, they want to be Buckeyes in 2011,” Tressel said. “They are very remorseful for judgments they have made and they are anxious to have a great experience at the Allstate Sugar Bowl as all of us are.” Posey announced his intention to stay for his senior year during a press conference Tuesday in which the five apologized to Buckeye Nation. Should any of the five forgo his senior season, he would escape NCAA punishment. “If indeed they wanted to stay a part of our family and make the trip and have a chance to participate in one of the greatest games of all time, the Sugar Bowl, they would have to make any decisions based upon their future NFL [career] prior to us going to the bowl game,” Tressel said. “We didn’t think it would be fair to the NCAA or fair to the other people involved in the process that if someone were able to participate and have no consequences down the road. “Those decisions were made by our young people and I am excited to say that all the guys that were involved, knowing that they had options, like playing in this game and leaving, in their minds that could have been an option but it wasn’t.” The players sold Big Ten championship rings, jerseys and gold pants charms they received after beating Michigan. Disappointed that his players would relinquish such significant memorabilia, Tressel sent the group to the home of former Buckeye and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. “They said, ‘Coach, how can we let the former players know that we feel terrible about what we did?’” Tressel said. “And I said, ‘Gosh, I don’t know. Archie Griffin is the head of our alumni association, the CEO, and his office is across the street. Go see if he’ll take a visit.’ He wasn’t in the office that day, but he said, ‘You know what, come out to my house.’ He said, ‘The kids might get a different perspective when they look at my basement and see how important some of those things are to me.’” read more


Ohio State moving on with strongarmed Cardale Jones at the helm

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) waits to have the ball snapped to him during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn his six seasons as the head coach at Florida, Urban Meyer started just three quarterbacks.In what is now his third season in Columbus, Meyer is getting set to start his fourth quarterback at Ohio State.Cardale Jones, a redshirt-sophomore quarterback from Cleveland, is set to make his first career start in the Big Ten Championship Game, and Meyer doesn’t seem to be worried.“Cardale, it’s going to be his first start. Obviously a really good environment against a very tough defense,” Meyer said Monday. “But it’s not like he’s not taking snaps with the one offense or understands the concepts. So he has a very good understanding (of the offense).”Jones is set to take over for redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, who fractured his ankle in the fourth quarter of a 42-28 win over Michigan on Saturday. Jones has appeared in seven of OSU’s 12 games this season, accounting for 324 total yards and two touchdowns.The Glenville High School product was named the backup to senior Braxton Miller in the spring before being passed by Barrett just days before Miller tore his right labrum, ending Miller’s season before it started.The demotion was something Jones’ position coach and co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman said was not easy for the quarterback to handle.“I think that was tough for him. But him and I spoke at great length and great detail on numerous occasions about how to handle it,” Herman said Monday. “He has done nothing but be a great example of how to handle that. He stayed engaged in every game plan. He has taken that role very seriously and I am proud of him for it.”Being demoted from the second-string spot in the fall wasn’t the only time Jones has had to face adversity in his Buckeye career, as a now-infamous tweet describing his dislike for college classes earned him a one-game suspension in 2012.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein has continued to make fun of the tweet on social media of his own, and even with the media.“Not playing class today?” Elflein asked the media as they gathered around him on Monday.Elflein said with a smile that he and some of his teammates continue to joke about the tweet.“Oh yeah, all the time,” he said.On the field, the Buckeyes are preparing to take on a Wisconsin defense that ranks second in the country.Meyer said after Saturday’s win over Michigan, though, that he does not anticipate the game plan changing much with Jones in the lineup. But Herman said he does see some differences in the style of each quarterback.“(Jones is) a big dude. Probably doesn’t have the same short range change of direction that J.T. has, but (he has) long-range speed and the ability to open it up in stride. He is pretty fast,” Herman said. “I am excited to see what he can do. I think he has got a chance to be pretty effective.”While Jones might be effective, both Herman and Meyer acknowledged that they have discussed limiting his carries against Wisconsin.“We’ve had a mini conversation about that already,” Meyer said. “That will be continued throughout the week. We have to win this game. We’re not saving him for next week or the week after. We’re not saving anything.”Herman agreed, adding that the quarterback run is an important part of setting up the Buckeye offense.“In order to run the football, I don’t think you can ever take out the way we do our business,” Herman said. “You can never take out the QB read element of it. The called and designed quarterback runs, we will probably take a few of those out.”Herman stressed that the members of the OSU team should not expect Barrett-like numbers from Jones, but should expect that he will manage the game well.“The guy (Barrett) has accounted for 45 touchdowns in 12 games. So I think what our team needs to understand is, is Cardale going to come in and account for seven touchdowns in this game? Probably not, and doesn’t need to,” Herman said. “He shouldn’t have that weight put on him. To expect that as a teammate, I think would be a little bit false.”While Herman doesn’t want too much pressure put on Jones, he characterized Jones’ arm strength by rating it as “eleventy-billion.”Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said Monday that he agrees with his coaches in that he doesn’t believe the offense will change, but added there will be a lack of familiarity with Jones at the helm.“I think it is definitely a big transition just because it’s the magnitude of the game we are about to have this weekend,” Elliott said. “I don’t think the game plan will change much from last week to this week.“It’s his time, so J.T. went out, it’s the ‘next man up’ mentality. We are upset for losing J.T. but we got to keep it moving.”The OSU offense will look to do just that Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis against Wisconsin. read more


Mbappe reveals French Olympic dream

first_imgKylian Mbappe revealed that he next intends to star for France at the OlympicsThe 19-year-old striker has already risen to the top of the football world following his exploits at Russia in the summer, which saw France claim a second World Cup title.Over the past year alone, Mbappe has won every domestic honour available in his home country at Paris Saint-Germain with a club European title the only thing lacking from his already extensive trophy haul.However, speaking at his hometown of Bondy on Wednesday, Mbappe declared that he intends to emulate PSG teammates Neymar and Marquinhos by winning gold at the Olympics.The pair won gold for hosts Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I still have a lot of things to do,” Mbappe told RMC Sport. “I want to accomplish everything.“With France, I still have the European Championship to win. I would also, why not, like to compete in the Olympics. Then, with PSG, we all know what [the Champions League] is missing there.”Mbappe is on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or and the Kopa Award for the best under-21 player.However, winning football’s most prestigious individual award in the Ballon d’Or can come later as far as Mbappe is concerned.He said: “Ballon d’Or talk is unwelcome here. We can talk about that at a later date.”last_img read more