DONE DEAL: Juventus announce Andrea Barzagli returnby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrea Barzagli has returned to Juventus.The retired defender has been named a technical assistant to coach Maurizio Sarri.His official title is Technical Collaborator of the First Team and he will begin his duties as early as tomorrow.The pleasure is all ours! Good to have you back, @andreabarzagli2! pic.twitter.com/W9GDxNO37n— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 25, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY – The president and CEO of WestJet says the threat of a strike by its pilots is over.Ed Sims said the Calgary-based airline and the union that represents the pilots have agreed to a settlement process that will involve a federal mediator.If necessary, WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have agreed to use final and binding arbitration.“We are pleased with the removal of the threat of strike action, we are grateful for the role played by the government, both with their mediation services and with the offer of support with arbitration,” Sims said Friday at Calgary International Airport.“The message I can give all Canadians is that they can continue to book in 100 per cent confidence that no strike action will threaten their travel plans.”The two sides had resumed contract talks on Tuesday.The pilots were legally able to launch a strike last Saturday, but committed not to disrupt passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend as a goodwill gesture.The ALPA represents about 1,500 pilots at WestJet’s main service.Sims said WestJet hopes to reach a deal with the union no later than the end of June.He said the uncertainty about a possible strike has cost the company “tens of millions of dollars.”WestJet has said its bargaining team was focused on getting a sustainable agreement that benefits pilots, WestJet customers and the company as a whole.The airline had promised to refund tickets if flights were cancelled in the event of a strike.WestJet has said that its bookings have slowed since the union said it would seek a strike mandate, which was supported by 91 per cent of its members.WestJet’s planned launch of its Swoop ultra-low cost carrier has been a source of contention between pilots and the company.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)
BERLIN — The German version of the news and views website HuffPost is shutting down after more than five years.German publisher BurdaForward said Friday that HuffPost Deutschland will cease operations on March 31. BurdaForward had licensed the German version of the site in 2013, running its news and revenue streams.The company said its partnership with HuffPost International “was always results-oriented and constructive” but the two sides have decided to end their co-operation “because the partners are now pursuing different business strategies.”The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government and Halfway River First Nation have agreed to work together to recommend that a 6,000-hectare conservancy known as Tsaa Nuna be established in an area of cultural significance to the community.The agreement also calls for the two governments to collaborate on land and wildlife stewardship in the First Nation’s territory.A news release says there will be joint planning in a portion of Tsaa Nuna and the two sides will seek to agree on development of natural gas resources. Halfway River is to receive a share of annual resource revenue. The First Nation is to receive one-time funding of $5.8 million for health, education, language and culture, community infrastructure, economic development, human resources and environmental stewardship programs.The Halfway River First Nation is located about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and has about 280 members.
New Delhi: It’s 6 am in the morning when most of the people in the walled city are still in their cosy beds, a group of young women and men are already at work. With masks on their faces and brooms in their hands, they move to narrow lanes and bylanes of the walled city cleaning the garbage all by themselves.This group has young professionals from all walks of life who have taken up the cause to clean old Delhi streets and lanes. The group has given a name to this special cause “Safai Adha Iman” ( Cleanliness is half your faith ) and has declared a war on uncleanliness in the area. The member of the team feel no shame cleaning the area which is spread with garbaage thrown from the window of the houses in the lanes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe female members of the group are given the task of interacting one to one with the housewives in the walled city. “We are also appealing the housewives through loud speakers to throw the house garbage inside the bins we have placed ourselves in the lanes. Also, we are interacting with the women of the area to take them into confidence and tell them the importance of cleanliness which will bring good health and hyegine to the area,” said Sadia Syed, a volunteer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe male members of the group are holding a meeting with the RWAs and also the owners of food chains in the area to make a substantial change in the Walled city. The Imams of various mosques are also contacted for the same.The group is also calling for more volunteers through social media and is also appealing to youths from different parts of Delhi to apply the same concept of cleanliness in their areas. “We are doing the campaign at the micro level starting from various lanes in the area of the walled city, we are utilising the social media platforms to create awareness and also call for volunteering for the cause. We have also made vertical gardens on the walls to beautify the area,” said Irtiza Quraishi, President of an NGO Marham. The areas like lanes of Matia Mahal and Jama masjid have already started feeling the change and many lanes in Pahari imli, Gai Sayyedain, Pahari Bhjlia, Gali Andheri and Gali Mandir wali has also started looking cleaner along with others in the Walled city.
OSU senior Logan Melander takes his turn on the pummel horse against Penn State on Feb. 13, 2016. OSU won, 444.500-433.250. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team will face Michigan in a co-ed dual meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will enter the competition with the third-best pommel horse score average in the country (68.000) and a 107-97 all-time lead against Michigan. OSU knocked off the Wolverines at a 2016 dual meet, the first time they had beaten Michigan in a head-to-head matchup since 2007.Ohio State men’s gymnastics is currently ranked sixth in the Collegiate Gymnastics Association Coaches Poll, while Michigan is ranked No. 10. With an outstanding record going for them, Buckeyes coach Rustam Sharipov said his team will undertake the competition with full confidence.“We’re not worried about the Team Up North coming to us,” he said. “It’s our home court and advantage, it’s in our walls and we’re going to have a good crowd … I’m looking forward to having a good fan base. We’re hoping to have close to 3,000 people.”While the rivalry between OSU and Michigan might be evident as the competition approaches, Saturday’s meet will be focusing on the team’s senior athletes.“It’s senior night, so most of the focus will be on five guys,” Sharipov said. “[This is] going to be the last weekend for them to compete at St. John arena. We’re talking about (redshirt senior) Jake Martin, (redshirt junior) Jake Dastrup, (senior) Logan Melander, (redshirt junior) Ryan Lemezis and (senior) Andrew Rickly.”To the seniors, Saturday’s meet will be more than a competition as they focus on doing their best while overlooking the rivalry against Michigan. “It will mean a lot. This is my fourth year here now and this is my last meet in St. john’s. The energy is always great in there, it’s always a good time,” Melander said. “There is a rivalry with the schools, but since gymnastics is such a small community we know a lot of the guys on the team and we’re pretty good friends with all the guys. Obviously that school rivalry is there, so we want to win and we want to beat Michigan, but we all know each other and it’s always a good time to go out and see some friends.” Saturday’s meet will be the last meet of the season held in St. John Arena. However, the team will participate in the Arnold Challenge in downtown Columbus on March 4.
“It’s just another weekend,” said Mark Osiecki, coach of Ohio State men’s ice hockey, of his team’s trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, this week. But that notion might be a bit of a stretch. The team, which travels by bus for most away games, made the nearly 4,000 mile excursion by air Wednesday. After three plane rides and two layovers, the Buckeyes arrived in Fairbanks at about 3:20 a.m. EST Thursday, according to Osiecki’s Twitter account, @Osiecki24. OSU began preparing for its two-game series against the Alaska Nanooks the next morning. Friday night’s series opener is set for 11:05 p.m. EST, less than 48 hours after OSU’s transcontinental trip. Sophomore forward Max McCormick, who has never been to Alaska, said his upperclassmen teammates were helpful in explaining what to expect. “I think it’s just a matter of getting the trip over with and then getting our bodies ready and getting our minds focused,” McCormick said. “We’re used to the long road trips. We’ll know how to get our bodies ready.” Although the players are primarily focused on the task at hand on the ice, they are excited about getting to visit America’s northernmost state. “We only have a few kids that have made this trip, kids are looking forward to it,” Osiecki said Wednesday on Twitter. McCormick agreed. “It’s a long trip, but other than that I think it’s a pretty cool opportunity,” he said. The juniors and seniors on the team will be making a return trip to Fairbanks after a two-game series there in 2011. The Nanooks outscored the Buckeyes, 7-2, en route to a series sweep. Junior forward Chris Crane remembered it being a “rough trip,” one in which the airline lost the team’s luggage. “You get on three different planes throughout the day, and you’re traveling for 10 hours, it definitely takes a toll on your body,” Crane said. “I’m definitely going to be looking forward to getting to the hotel there and getting settled in.” The players and coaching staff have not made any excuses for potential poor play as a result of the travel demands. “It’s what every team has to go through throughout some point in their college career,” Crane said. “We’ll be ready to go Friday night.”
Freshman quarterback Justin Fields sits at the Ohio State men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5 following his transfer to Ohio State from Georgia. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternJustin Fields and Tate Martell each walked into a full quarterback room. Martell, a freshman at Ohio State, walked into a room inhabiting three starting quarterbacks: J.T. Barrett, Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow, who transferred and eventually started at LSU.Fields walked into the quarterback room at Georgia as one of three five-star quarterbacks, joining Jake Fromm and Jacob Easton, who transferred to Washington prior to the 2018 season. But both Fields and Martell had something else in common: Both thought they had a legitimate shot at the starting quarterback job at their respective schools. And both, having each spent a year of eligibility, were proved otherwise. After the 2018 season, both Fields and Martell decided to leave their initial colleges when Fields’ decision to transfer to Ohio State led to Martell’s eventual transfer to the University of Miami. But for both Fields and Martell, the NCAA transfer rules remain the same: The player will have to sit out one season at the institution they transfer to in order to serve an academic year in residence.However, the institutions that Fields and Martell transferred to — Ohio State and Miami, respectively — can apply for a waiver that would make the athlete immediately eligible.“It has become much more common now than it once was,” William Brooks, a partner of Lightfoot Law who specializes in NCAA compliance and investigations, said. “Over the last year or two, you have seen more and more of these requests granted than not, easily more than a majority are granted.” Brooks said there are a number of grounds the student can assert, but that it does have to be a stated reason that does not involve the student-athlete wanting to play next season. Fields had a different reason in mind when he came to Ohio State. During Georgia’s 38-12 win against Tennessee on Sept. 29, Adam Sasser, a former first baseman on the Volunteers’ baseball, team yelled racial slurs toward Fields on the sideline. “I don’t know whether it was Jake Fromm had a bad series or something, but this guy was really drunk, and he decides to yell out, ‘Put the N-expletive in the game. Put the N in the game,’” Michael Hebert, the football beat reporter for the Red and Black, Georgia’s student newspaper, said. Sasser, who never denied the incident and later sent out an apology, was kicked off the baseball team on Oct. 3. “It seemed like it was just an unfortunate incident that wasn’t going to affect anything,” Hebert said. However, Fields will use this incident, according to reports, as a means to gain immediate eligibility in his first season at Ohio State, teaming up with Tom Mars, the attorney who helped former Ole Miss players, including Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, gain immediate eligibility for the 2018 season after their transfers. Brooks said the incident involving Sasser already has an important element that could contribute to Fields’ eligibility. “The incident that occurred was documented. We know that it happened, so it seems like he has satisfied that part,” Brooks said. “The second part is that it has to directly impact his health, safety or well-being, and that’s what the ultimate decision will be.” But Herbert believes there is really no hard feelings between Fields and Georgia that led to his transfer. “I don’t really see Fields having animosity towards anyone,” Herbert said. “It really had a lot to do with the football decision and wanting to be at a place where he feels he could be better.” Coming into the 2017 season as the No. 2 recruit in the class, Fields had extremely high expectations, despite the level of talent Georgia already had at the quarterback position. However, throughout the season, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would bring Fields in for an occasional running play and take him back out. “Everyone was kind of confused as to what was going on with the plan there,” Herbert said. “Kirby Smart said there was no plan.” After Georgia’s 41-17 win against South Carolina on Sept. 8, Fields was filmed walking off the field telling a teammate, “I didn’t do s***. I just handed the ball off, and it was good as f***.” Fields completed one pass for eight yards and recorded one rush for three yards in the victory. Without a direct path to playing time with Fromm firmly holding the starting quarterback job, rumors about Fields possibly transferring swirled around the freshman throughout the 2018 season. After the 2018 SEC Championship, Jake Reuse, a recruiting writer for UGASports.com, said Fields was “noncommittal” when asked about the transfer rumors, saying he was focused on Georgia at that point in time. But Reuse felt a transfer was in Fields’ future. “I think that people left that interview and left that SEC Championship game feeling like it was moving away from rumor and probably more into fact sooner rather than later,” Reuse said. Fields will not be the only one trying to play next season. According to a report from 247Sports, Martell will be trying to gain immediate eligibility as well, citing the head coaching change — with Urban Meyer announcing his retirement prior to the Rose Bowl and offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over as head coach — as his grounds to play for the Hurricanes next season. Brooks said the standard to gain immediate eligibility is that the circumstance is “a documented, mitigating circumstance outside of the student-athlete’s control.” Prior to Fields’ transfer to Ohio State, Martell said he was ready to earn the starting quarterback job under Day. “I feel like it’s my turn to go out there and do my thing. I feel like I’ve earned that,” Martell said. “I’ve worked extremely hard to get to the point where I am, and each year, I keep climbing and getting better.” Due to the increasing trend of granted requests for immediate eligibility, Fields at Ohio State and Martell at Miami could both have a chance to prove their ability within their new programs starting as soon as the 2019 season.
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco believes that they were unfortunate with the decisions that were taken against them in their semi-final defeat to Liverpool in the Champions LeagueThe Giallorossi won the second leg at their Stadio Olimpico 4-2 on Wednesday night but were ultimately unable to overturn their three-goal deficit from the first leg this time around with Roma narrowly losing 7-6 on aggregate to Liverpool in what was their first semi-final appearance in the competition since 1984.But, while admitting that they made things difficult for themselves with the first goal, Di Francesco was left to ponder what might of happened had the match officials not made any “human errors” while wrongly ruling Edin Dzeko for offside and then later denying Roma a clear penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot in the box.“In the two games, Liverpool showed that they are a great team. In the second half, they were in a lot of difficulties. We complicated life for ourselves, especially with the first goal.” said the Italian, according to AS.Report: 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…On the possible penalty decision: “We’ll see on the television. The guys said that Dzeko wasn’t offside. There is not much collaboration between the referees. At the same time, they are human errors, they can get things wrong.”While disappointed to have not reached the final, Di Francesco hailed the effort of his players during the competition.“We took the symbolic chocolate medal. It’s been a long time since this team got this far. I want to always see my guys giving everything in the difficult moments like they have done.” added the Roma coach.
The Watford defender scored the equalizer against Southampton last Saturday but he still wants to prove he’s been developing well in the EPLGerman-Greek left-back José Holebas has been with Watford since 2015.He has scored five goals in over 82 matches. But on Saturday he scored his latest goal and equalized the match against Southampton in the 82nd minute.But he still wants more.“I think the draw is a good result for both teams because Southampton have showed they believe they can take the three points here,” said the defender to the club’s official website.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“But I have to also give big credit to my boys – they gave everything and I think everyone has seen that we tried everything to win that game.”“It’s always good when you score goals,” he added.“But I said it a long time ago – I don’t care who scores the goals in our team, at least we win the game. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals for me, I want the team to win and that’s it.”“[But,] it’s a big feeling – you’ve helped the team and you know that you’re going to help the team with that goal,” he commented.“We just have to be very focused now in doing our job. [We need to] listen to the coach’s ideas and be ready for the next game.”