He’s back! Chelsea confirm Joe Cole joining academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have confirmed Joe Cole is joining the club’s academy staff.The 37-year-old, who retired from playing in November, will work across age groups for the next six months while he continues to study for his coaching badges.Cole, who won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup with the Blues, said: “Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game and I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.”To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”Cole was in the Premier League team of the year in the title-winning 2006 season and was also named Chelsea player of the year in 2008.He joined the club from West Ham in 2003, where he was the sixth player signed at the start of the Roman Abramovich era. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Dumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany in contact with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany is in contact with Barcelona.RAC1 reports Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been in contact with Alemany about taking up a role at the Camp Nou. Marcelino and Alemany worked together at Valencia to bring the club its first trophy in 12 years when they won the Copa del Rey last year. But both have now been discarded.Alemany is currently negotiating with Valencia to let him leave his contract as the breakdown between the executive and owner Peter Lim has broken beyond repair. That would allow him leave Valencia and join another top flight team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
shaq lawson notre dame post gameHeading into Saturday’s contest between Clemson and Notre Dame, there was a decent amount of banter between the two schools – especially from a few members of the Tigers’ defense and the Fighting Irish’s offense. It apparently didn’t end with the game’s final whistle.Following Clemson’s 24-22 victory, defensive end Shaq Lawson told reporters that he trash talked Notre Dame wideout Will Fuller following the Tigers’ failed two-point conversion. He also said that Notre Dame wasn’t “ready for the environment’ at Clemson.Check it out, via TigerNet.com:Clemson, at 4-0, now has the inside track on a playoff berth, should it keep winning. If that happens, the world will be seeing a lot more of Lawson.
Advertisement ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” one of three new broadcast series to debut Wednesday night, gave a solid performance in its first outing. The Kiefer Sutherland drama pulled in a 2.3 ratings among adults 18-49 and 10 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. That’s just shy of double what the season premiere of “Nashville” did in the demo occupying the same timeslot last year in both measures.Leading off the night for ABC, the season premiere of “The Goldbergs” drew a 2.0 in the demo and 6.8 million viewers, down 17% in the demo and 11% in total viewers from last year’s season premiere at 8:30 p.m. In that timeslot this time around, the series premiere of “Speechless” held steady with its lead-in in the demo but grew in all viewers, with 7.3 million. The season premiere of “Modern Family” followed with a 2.6 (down 19%) and 8.2 million viewers (down 14%). The season premiere of “Black-ish” ran between “Modern Family” and “Designated Survivor,” drawing a 2.0 (down 17%) and 6.4 million viewers (down 12%). ABC was the only network to average a higher rating Wednesday than it did on the equivalent night last season, finishing second with an average 2.2 rating and 8 share in the demo. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
OTTAWA – Business law experts say it’s highly difficult, if not impossible, to build a firewall around a company’s potentially sensitive data and other intellectual property when it’s the target of a takeover bid.Concerns over access to such information are said to be a key reason why the federal government rejected a Chinese state-controlled company’s bid to acquire the Toronto-based Aecon Group Inc. construction firm.Earlier this week, the Trudeau government cited reasons of national security for its decision to block Aecon’s $1.5-billion purchase by CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI).A senior government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the delicate nature of the file, said there were major concerns that the acquisition would have given China access to a wealth of sensitive data and intellectual property held by Aecon from its work on some of Canada’s most-critical infrastructure.Aecon has a long history of construction in Canada and has worked on many key projects such as the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Halifax shipyard, the Toronto subway and the refurbishment of Ontario’s Bruce nuclear power facility.Colin Walker, a managing partner with Crosbie and Company Inc., in Toronto, said buying a company means obtaining all the assets that come with it, including historical information.“Some of those records may be physical and some of them may be in people’s memories — so maybe it’s hard to put a fence around that,” Walker said Friday.“The question might be, what kind of stuff could be there that would be contentious or of interest or damaging or a security threat?”Other experts in the field said that, technically speaking, mitigation agreements can sometimes be part of these deals as a way to try and shield historical information from the buyer.But such an agreement would rely heavily on monitoring and the good faith that parties involved will behave in the way they promised, said one expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity.“To the extent there were concerns about access to this sensitive information, one of the reasons that they don’t always accept these firewall arrangements is that they can’t be guaranteed that people will abide by it,” the expert said.The months-long review by Canada’s intelligence agencies looked at CCCI’s international record and its other, similar transactions and found there was seller’s remorse in some jurisdictions, the government source said.On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered few details when asked about Ottawa’s confidential decision-making process behind the rejection.“They made a very clear recommendation that proceeding with this transaction was not in the national security interests of Canada,” Trudeau said.He suggested the decision was made, at least in part, to maintain Canadian control of key assets — such as the energy grid.In doing so, Trudeau specifically pointed to the case of Australia, where he said people suddenly realized that “a significant portion of their energy grid, for example, is owned and controlled by a government that is not their own.”State Grid Corp., owned by the Chinese government, has sizable power assets in Australia.In 2015, CCCI acquired one of Australia’s largest engineering and construction firms. Five years earlier, it purchased an offshore architecture and engineering firm based in Houston.On Thursday, China’s ambassador to Canada said he was very disappointed with the Trudeau government’s move to reject the takeover — and that he hoped the decision was not guided by “prejudice” towards his country’s state-owned companies.Chinese state-owned enterprises, like CCCI, are no different from multinational firms in western countries in the sense that they want to expand their profits while strictly adhering to the rules of the market, Lu Shaye told The Canadian Press in an interview.Lu warned the move would “attack the confidence” of Chinese investors seeking Canadian opportunities, but said Beijing would remain committed to deepening its ties with Canada.Stewart Beck, president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, said while he thinks it’s important to trust the security-review process, he was “somewhat disappointed” by the outcome because he thinks the Aecon deal would’ve been good for Canada, even though the public might have had concerns with it.A poll by Beck’s organization found that only 11 per cent of Canadians supported investment by Chinese state-owned enterprises.“My hope is that it wasn’t a function of politics,” said Beck, who believes there are implications when it comes to Canada’s business relationship with China.“From my time in China, I’ve learned that the Chinese have a tremendous number of levers that they can pull and you just never know which lever they will pull.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
NEW DELHI: The AAP on Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. Names of candidates for the other six seats were announced by the party on March 2.Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12. The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDelhi minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party has waited long enough for an alliance with the Congress, but seeing the “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude of the grand old party, the AAP has decided to declare the name of its seventh candidate. “The AAP has declared all its seven candidates. We waited for long that all parties would join hands to beat the government but the way the Congress is behaving, irresponsibly, and has been indecisive for the past three months, the AAP has decided to take its movement (for full statehood for Delhi) forward,” Rai said. On Thursday, he had said the AAP will fight the Lok Sabha polls on the issue of full statehood and it is “late now” for talks on an alliance in Delhi. “The country is disappointed with the Congress and our internal survey shows seven percent vote share of the Congress. People feel that the Congress is not serious about Delhi, so the AAP has launched a mega campaign… The Congress is confused and everyone is giving different statements,” Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAnnouncing the name of Jakhar, Rai said he has been associated with the AAP since the Jan Lokpal Movement. He was the president of the co-ordination committee All Delhi District Court Bar Association. The other six AAP candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.
The Hague: One person was killed while several people were left wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, police said, with local media reporting counter-terrorism police at the scene. “A shooting occurred on the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht… Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” Utrecht police said on Twitter. “It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help.” Local media showed photographs of masked, armed police and emergency vehicles surrounding a tram that had stopped near a road bridge. Tram traffic in the area was halted, operator Qbuzz was quoted as saying by the ANP news agency.
New Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) Tuesday said they will combine their VSAT satellite operations in the country, with Hughes holding a majority stake in the merged entity. HCIL is a subsidiary of broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems. The combination is aimed at driving scale and efficiencies to serve enterprise and government customers in India, and according to sources, Hughes will hold 67 per cent stake in HCIL, the surviving entity, while Airtel will have 33 per cent stake. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe announcement brings consolidation to the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) industry, after similar moves seen in the past in mobile services and tower markets. VSAT is used to provide satellite based telecom and internet access to individuals and enterprise users, and is used extensively by banks and ATMs. According to Trai estimates, the total number of VSAT subscribers in India stood at 2.87 lakh as in December 2018. The net addition during the quarter was 5,512, a growth rate of 1.96 sequentially. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe subscriber base of Hughes Communications stood at about 1.03 lakh, followed by Airtel (79,604) at the end of December 2018. Other players in VSAT market include Tatanet Services, HCL Comnet, and state-owned BSNL. A market watcher pegged the size of the VSAT market at about Rs 1,000 crore, 65 per cent of which is services and the rest, products. “The combined entity will benefit from enhanced scale, improved operational efficiencies and wider market reach. The combined entity will be well positioned to leverage the demand for secure connectivity in a rapidly growing digital economy,” an Airtel statement said. Hughes will have “majority ownership” in the combined entity while Airtel will have a “significant shareholding”, it added. Hughes and Airtel did not spell out the financial details of the transaction, which is subject to requisite approvals. However, sources said current revenue of HCIL itself is roughly Rs 350 crore. HCIL is the largest satellite service operator in India, and provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments. Airtel is a significant VSAT service provider in India, offering satellite connectivity to unreachable terrains and helping businesses supplement their terrestrial networks with satellite for primary and backup connectivity. “Hughes India and Airtel announce new satellite venture to serve enterprise and government customers in India. Combination of India’s leading VSAT operators brings needed scale, efficiencies and reach to enable the networks that power Digital India,” a joint statement said. The combined entity will be positioned to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a range of products and services, and will continue to serve existing Hughes and Airtel customers. Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes Communications India, said these are exciting times for satellite broadband service providers as VSAT becomes mainstream, driven by growing demand from enterprise and government segments. “We are very excited about the synergies that this partnership will bring to the Indian ecosystem,” Banerjee said. Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront and combine the capabilities of both companies. “We are pleased to combine our VSAT operations with Hughes to serve the connectivity needs of Digital India,” he said.
London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her resignation in the coming day, said Graham Brady, the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Conservative MPs, the media reported on Saturday. Speaking to the BBC, Brady said he expects a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the 1922 Committee — an elected body of Conservative MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests — which she will do on Wednesday. He said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”. “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding (of when she will leave) at the end of the meeting.” The Prime Minister has that said she will step down when her Brexit deal is ratified by Parliament, but some MPs want a fixed date. When asked about running for the party leadership, Brady told the BBC: “It would take an awful lot of people to persuade me. “I’m not sure many people are straining at the leash at the moment to take on what is an extraordinarily difficult situation.” In March, Mrs May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement, but did not make it clear how long she intends to stay if no deal is reached. The UK had been due to leave the European Union on March 29, but the deadline was pushed back to October 31 after Parliament was unable to agree a way forward.
Then-sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State junior running back Ezekiel Elliott had one of the best seasons in Buckeye history on the way to a national title. But halfway through spring practice, he has taken little to no team reps.Elliott has been sidelined for most of spring practice after undergoing offseason surgery on his left wrist. Not only is he on the recovery trail, but the Buckeyes have a new coach at the running back position. Tony Alford replaced Stan Drayton, who bolted for the NFL’s Chicago Bears just hours after Signing Day.But what could be looked at as setbacks have actually been the opposite, Elliott said Thursday.“(Alford) and coach Drayton are actually pretty similar. The way they attack, they are very passionate,” Elliott said. “They demand hard work. Coach Alford is a guy I knew well through recruiting and so getting adjusted to him was pretty easy.”Alford came to OSU from Notre Dame, where he spent six seasons as a running backs coach, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.Alford said Thursday that while Elliott is out for the next six weeks, there is an opportunity for other running backs to step up and improve their game.“It gets some other guys an opportunity to get in there and get some quality reps,” Alford said. “Every single rep matters at all times because you are getting more of them. There’s less guys in front in line.”Alford added that just because Elliott had a successful 2014 campaign, it doesn’t mean he can take the entire spring off, even if he is nursing an injury.“The mental reps are big. Just because you had some success in the past, there’s still opportunities to grow and learn and see things,” Alford said. “The more mental reps can be very vital just as game repetition.”The newest coach at OSU said he isn’t worried about Elliott’s commitment to improve however, adding that the Buckeyes’ leading rusher is showing his desire to return the field in practice.“The one thing you love about Zeke is he is hungry. He wants to play. It’s killing him not to play now,” Alford said.With Elliott sidelined, redshirt-junior Bri’onte Dunn is one of the players who has been reaping the benefits.Dunn, who has been seeing the majority of the first-team reps at running back, said he is trying to take advantage of the opportunity as much as he can.“It’s a very great opportunity. I get lots of reps. Me and (redshirt-junior) Warren Ball get lots of reps and it’s getting me better each and every day,” Dunn said. “Coach Alford (is) really pushing us and I really have a great relationship with him.”Dunn’s extended reps have come because sophomore Curtis Samuel has been getting extended time practicing with the H-backs.Dunn said that while no one approached him about his teammate’s change of position, he took it as an opportunity to showcase his talents.“They really didn’t say nothing, they just moved him to H, and so it’s just me and Warren,” Dunn said. “As an older guy, I just took charge and went at it.”With Elliott unlikely to play in the annual Spring Game on April 18, Dunn and Ball will probably get extended playing time in the team scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. After that, the Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.