a month agoWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easily

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.” last_img

8 days agoLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madrid

first_imgLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madridby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe LaLiga has requested that the RFEF’s Competition Committee change next weekend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Council, as part of the government, is also against the game going ahead at Camp Nou on October 26: “As events are developing we consider that, in the same way as La Liga and the RFEF, for security reasons, it’s not reasonable to play this game as is planned.” Now it’s up to the Competition Committee to make a final decision after hearing arguments from both clubs. Barça are happy for the game to go ahead, while Real Madrid would like it postponed and played at a later date – and not moved to the Bernabeu. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

QA State lawmaker disclosures point to potential conflicts

first_imgThe Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators around the country and found that three out of four lawmakers had income from other employment.While outside jobs give lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, it also provides an opening for potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers’ businesses and the industries they work in can be directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. The reporting unearthed numerous examples of state lawmakers who have introduced and supported legislation that directly or indirectly helps their own businesses, their employers or their personal finances.Even then, their actions do not necessarily represent a conflict of interest as defined by state legislatures. Legislatures set their own rules about what constitutes a conflict and at what point lawmakers should recuse themselves from a vote.___WHAT ARE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?Personal financial disclosure reports are intended to help the public understand where and how government officials get their income, and whether any of those ties present conflicts of interest with their political work.These disclosures are especially important for state lawmakers. Unlike many other elected officials, legislators across the country often hold other jobs and run businesses when legislatures are not in session. The AP and Center for Public Integrity review found that at least 76 per cent of state lawmakers holding office in 2015 had outside jobs.That’s different than in Congress, where moonlighting by members has been sharply restricted since 1978.Only three states — Michigan, Idaho and Vermont — have not required such reports. In June, though, Vermont announced that it will begin requiring them in 2018.___WHAT KINDS OF JOBS DO LEGISLATORS HOLD OUTSIDE OF THEIR POLITICAL OFFICE?State lawmakers work all kinds of jobs and sometimes more than one. Lawyers and those with ties to real estate tend to dominate, but some legislators also drive taxis, wait tables, own cemeteries, judge boxing matches, play guitar in rock bands or deal in rare coins.Such outside employment gives lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, but many of those jobs are directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. That can create conflicts of interest.___HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MY LEGISLATOR’S FINANCIAL TIES?Out of the 47 states that require personal financial disclosures, the completed forms are available online in 31 states. In the remaining 16 states, those who want to view the reports might need to email a clerk or take more complicated steps such as showing their photo IDs or requesting the documents in person.The Center for Public Integrity has made it easier by putting disclosures from a total of 6,933 lawmakers in 47 states who held office in 2015 into a searchable digital library.___HOW OFTEN DO LEGISLATORS UPDATE THEIR REPORTS?In most states, the reports are filed annually. But in North Dakota, disclosures are required only in election years.North Carolina and Colorado require lawmakers to file initial reports that detail their employment and investments. Each subsequent year, though, they can file a form stating only that nothing has changed since the prior report. In these two states, you might have to collect multiple years’ reports if you want to get a complete view of your lawmaker’s disclosure. We have gathered those older files in our disclosure library.___WHAT DO THE DISCLOSURES CONTAIN?Some states ask lawmakers to detail the jobs of their spouses or children, their businesses, investments, real estate holdings or even ties to lobbyists. Others ask for little beyond the legislators’ sources of income.New Hampshire’s form contains only two sections: a checklist to declare if lawmakers believe they have a conflict in certain areas; and a space to declare sources of income over $10,000.On the Wyoming form, in addition to questions about income sources, two checkboxes ask whether the filer has any real estate or security holdings. But the lawmaker does not have to provide additional details on which stocks or where the real estate is located.___CAN LEGISLATORS VOTE ON A BILL WHEN THEY HAVE TIES TO IT?It depends on the state. In every state except Oregon and Utah, legislators can abstain or ask to be recused from voting on legislation. Most states specify that they should do so if the legislation presents a conflict of interest.But many lawmakers are still allowed to debate, and sometimes even vote, on legislation and amendments that might benefit them or their companies. Louisiana allows lawmakers to debate bills that benefit a personal or financial interest even after they have recused themselves. California lawmakers can vote on legislation even after declaring conflicts of interest if their votes are “fair and objective.”In the Idaho Senate and the Kansas House, legislators need two-thirds of the chamber’s permission to abstain.Oregon and Utah require lawmakers to vote if they are present, regardless of any potential conflicts of interest. Many legislators say frequent abstentions would keep their chambers from working properly.A reporting partnership between The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.last_img read more

Former Ohio State football player Ray Small arrested on drug charges

Courtesy of MCTFormer Ohio State football player Ray Small was behind bars Friday morning after being arrested the previous night on numerous drug and gun charges.Small, 26, was indicted on a total of six felony drug possession and trafficking charges that were filed July 10.According to Columbus Division of Police, Small was held in the Franklin County jail after the gang unit found him in a condominium in Whitehall.The charges against Small were from an April search of his apartment in north Columbus.The indictment issued for Small said authorities captured drugs including heroin and oxycodone in addition to a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle. Another man, Anthony Jones of Detroit, was also named in the indictment for being connected with the alleged crimes.Small was caught up in the 2010 Buckeyes football memorabilia scandal, telling The Lantern he sold rings and other valuables for money. He also posted a video to YouTube in May apologizing to former OSU coach Jim Tressel among others for his role in the scandal as well as his drug problem. Small cites his upbringing in the video, saying that he did not receive much discipline and that he is “truly sorry” for his actions.Small was also indicted on drug charges and after he was found to have more than 200 oxycontin tablets in Meigs County in 2012.According to Fox 28 in Columbus, Small could face up to 33 years in prison if convicted of all charges.Small played wide receiver and returned punts and kickoffs for OSU from 2006 to 2009. He totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns in his career and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. read more

Commentary Major League Soccer should adopt European scheduling system

There have been recent talks that Major League Soccer could be adopting a schedule similar to that of its European counterparts.Currently, the MLS season begins in March and regular season play ends in October, with playoffs beginning soon afterward. If the league decided to convert to the schedule most European soccer leagues use, teams would begin their seasons in August and play until May, with a short break in December and January.Some of the most successful leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, use this type of schedule. If MLS changed its schedule, it would be more in accordance with these leagues. But what exactly would this schedule change mean for MLS?For starters, this alteration of the schedule would result in more competition in viewers and attendance, which MLS seems to be struggling with already.With its current schedule, the only other major league sport MLS has to compete with during the summer is baseball. If the league decides to go through with the change, it would be competing with the NHL, the NFL and NBA at some point during the season.If the league does change its schedule, weather would also prove to be a difficult issue in regards to attendance. With the change, MLS play would run during the winter months, and in certain cities where winters are harsh, this could cause a problem. The 2012 season set a record for MLS’ highest attendance since its first games in 1996, with an average of 18,807 spectators. Would attendance still increase or even be maintained during these cold months?In addition, some people might feel that MLS should not have to change its schedule or rules to match that of the European league. Unlike the European leagues, whose seasons end after regular season play, MLS has a playoff system, similar to that of other American sports.On the other hand, changing the schedule would align MLS to European leagues and FIFA. During the summer, there are an abundance of international games played because of it being the offseason for most leagues — but not for MLS. Players in MLS are always called up for international duty during the summer, causing them to miss many games and often become fatigued from all the back and forth travel they endure. This could easily be avoided by a change of schedule. And what of the World Cup, which takes place in the summer? The MLS will most likely take some time off, similar to what the teams have done in the past, but the league does not postpone its games for the entire length of the World Cup. MLS’ current schedule does not cater well to the needs of international players.So what does this all mean? Should MLS adopt a European-style schedule? In my opinion, it would be beneficial for MLS to alter its schedule to be more in accordance with the European leagues. Since MLS attendance has been rising in recent years, I have no doubt that soccer fans will not abandon the sport for football, basketball or hockey. The popularity of soccer in this country is growing, which can be seen through the EPL signing a huge $250 million dollar TV package with NBC here in the states. The change would also make it easier for the players, especially the players who serve international duty during the summer — they will no longer have to miss regular season games for international games.It is time for the MLS and the its to abandon its old ways, and come round to the idea of a new schedule. One thing is for sure, though; the transition, while necessary, will most likely not be an easy one. read more

Cristiano Ronaldo to break scoring duck on Sunday against Sassuolo

first_imgJuventus and Sassuolo would clash on Sunday and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident his star player Cristiano Ronaldo will break his scoring duck during the match.He also beckoned the Portuguese star to win the FIFA world player of the year award.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner skipped Portugal’s Nations League win over Italy in order to concentrate on Juventus after failing to score in their opening three Serie A games.“Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will score and break the ice,” Allegri told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against second-placed Sassuolo, according to The News.“I don’t expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games, everyone was waiting for Ronaldo and he set up (Mario) Mandzukic.”“I believe tomorrow could be his day.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Juventus boss also wants the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to lift the FIFA world player award for a sixth time following his performance for Real Madrid last season.“With no offense to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.Ronaldo has already netted 44 goals for Real Madrid during the last season part of which includes 15 in the Champions League that is on the way to a third straight title.“This is where the season starts in earnest.”“Our first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.”last_img read more

Woman bids for PLP Leadership HannaMartin steps up for the job

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If she wins, Glenys Hanna Martin would be the first female elected party leader in the country and the first for the Progressive Liberal Party which has a strong heritage of raising up indomitable women. Hanna-Martin about 24 hours ago in a spirited press conference held in the Englerston constituency announced that she will indeed challenge current interim leader, Philip Brave Davis and any others for leadership of the PLP. Hanna Martin is the four-time Member of Parliament for Englerston in Nassau, which is one of the four constituencies which was retained by the PLP in the May 2017 General Elections.Hanna-Martin is already an historical figure within her party, having served as the first woman National Chairman. In her announcement, the mother and grandmother spoke of the distinctions of The Bahamas and Bahamians and reflected on the iconic political movements she witnessed in a front row seat; she said it is time for The Bahamas to move from this place of challenge to a place of harmony.Hanna-Martin set her sights on becoming a change agent for the education system, saying a #PLP under her watch would invest more concretely in the human capital of The Bahamas.Throwing their support behind Hanna-Martin were former ministers and women politicians, Melanie Griffin and Hope Strachan, who agree that Glenys is more than the next leader of the PLP, but the next Prime Minister of The Bahamas.Other areas focused on by #GlenysHannaMartin were health, transformation of inner city communities, substandard housing and scarcity of food. Hanna-Martin said she also plans to modernize the PLP, making Bahamian people the subject and not the object. Over 10,000 people watched the announcement on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Elections Related Items:#GlenysHannaMartin, #magneticmedianews, plp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Hanna-Martin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader, calls for party reform Bahamas: Brave wins, Cooper wins, Mitchell wins, Lynes wins for new PLP leadershiplast_img read more

JAMAICA New Members of Parliament sworn in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 9, 2017 – Kingston – The three newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in today (November 7) during the sitting of the House of Representatives.They are Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern, Dr. Norman Dunn; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding; and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Dr. Angela Brown Burke.After taking the Oath of Office, the MPs were welcomed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.The members were sworn in after victories in the recently held by-elections on October 30. This followed the retirement of the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Dr. Omar Davies from representational politics. The seat for St. Mary South Eastern was left vacant following the death of Dr. Winston Green in August.As a result of the by-elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party now has a 33-30 majority in the Lower House.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more