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Audra McDonald & Mel Brooks Among National Medal of Arts Recipients

first_imgAudra McDonald & Mel Brooks(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Robyn Beck/Getty Images) View Comments Tony winners Audra McDonald and Mel Brooks, as well as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, are among the recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts. They will be presented with their honors by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on September 22. The event will be streamed live.McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony Award in 2014 for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; the mommy-to-be last hit the Broadway stage in Shuffle Along and will appear in the upcoming live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. She is as an active humanitarian as she is a performer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Covenant House.EGOT recipient Brooks won three Tonys in 2001 for adapting his film The Producers for the stage; six years later, a musical version of his comedy Young Frankenstein premiered on Broadway. His myriad films include Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2010. The Waterford, CT estate discovers and develops new works. Shows to find their footing at the O’Neill include Avenue Q, In the Heights, Fences and [title of show].Also receiving honors at the ceremony are playwright Luis Valdez, playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, composer Philip Glass, Motown legend Berry Gordy, writer Sandra Cisneros, folk musician Santiago Jiménez Jr., choreographer Ralph Lemon and painter Jack Whitten.The National Medal of Arts was created in 1984 to honor artists and patrons of the arts. Recipients are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional members of the Broadway community to have received this honor in previous years include Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Tony Kushner, Tommy Tune, Mike Nichols, Barbra Streisand, James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury.last_img read more

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Female Brazilian Navy Officer Makes a Difference at UN Office in New York

first_imgFor the officer, this was one of the most valuable professional and personal experiences. “I feel so honored to be a female service member, a Blue Helmet, and even more to have the Brazilian flag on my sleeve. Countless times I’ve been stopped on the streets, [at the] airport, [in a] cafe and heard, ‘Thank you, Brazil!’ I have so many pictures and memories that have a special place in my heart,” she said. Cmdr. Carla Daniel believes the experience in Lebanon supports her current role with DPKO, since knowledge of peacekeeping missions encompasses practice and theory. “When I have to ask for information or give guidance, I know what it’s all about,” she said. Her completion of the UN Female Senior Police Officer Command Development course in South Africa in 2015 was also a decisive factor for her training. UN Security Council Resolution 1990 established UNISFA on June 27, 2011. The mission’s main focus is to promote dialogue between countries of the region and, above all, provide security for Abyei, guaranteeing civilian protection and facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid. In addition, service members monitor the region’s demilitarization efforts. By Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 09, 2018 Women continue to be trailblazers in the Brazilian Navy. For the first time, a female officer took on a position in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York. Brazilian Navy Commander Carla Cristina Daniel Bastos Peixoto serves as a desk officer for the Current Military Operations Service (CMOS) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), a region disputed between Sudan and South Sudan. She is the liaison between UNISFA, the Office of Military Affairs, and the troop contributing country, which, in this case, is Ethiopia. According to information from the UN, UNISFA has a total of 4,841 professionals responsible for local security, including 4,791 service members and 50 police officers. UNISFA also receives support from civil institutions. Since 2011 UNISFA’s presence greatly improved the relationship between Abyei’s rival tribes, the Mysseria and Ngok Dinka, as well as their quality of life, said Cmdr. Carla Daniel. Trailblazer in Lebanon The commander is proud to be the first Brazilian female service member to hold a position in DPKO, even though it requires a lot of responsibility. “To be a pioneer in any activity is already something that attracts a little more attention from others. Additionally, if this doesn’t go well, I could close the doors for other women or slow down the process,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. Cmdr. Carla Daniel stressed the importance of an increased female presence in areas of conflict and peacekeeping missions. For her, the violence against women became a weapon of war because it destabilizes the communities she works with, which resonates with her as a woman. “I once heard a former peacekeeping force commander say that it was more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in a region of conflict, hence the importance of female service members in areas of conflict who support, welcome, and serve as a support system for those who suffer,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. The officer has been a pioneer throughout her career. In 2014, Cmdr. Carla Daniel was the first woman to deploy with UNIFIL’s MTF as an assistant for the force commander, a Brazilian admiral. At the time, she was in charge of MTF staff and served as a civil-military coordination officer for activities in support of the local population. center_img Cmdr. Carla Daniel joined the Brazilian Navy in 1998 as a midshipman. She worked primarily in communications. She was a public relations assistant at the Marine Corps General Command in Rio de Janeiro and at the 2nd Naval District Command in Salvador, Bahia. In Brasília, she worked in the Navy’s Public Affairs Office and the Presidential Security Cabinet. She then went to Lebanon in 2014, where she worked on UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force (MTF). When she returned to Brazil in 2015, Cmdr. Carla Daniel took on responsibilities for the 1st Naval District Command’s Public Affairs Office in Rio de Janeiro. Her mission at DPKO started in December 2017 and will last for two years, under a temporary request. She is deployed in CMOS, which falls under the Office of Military Affairs which in the UN hierarchy. “Activities range from daily monitoring of the mission’s military actions, preparation of a daily situation report intended for DPKO’s military leadership, to counseling and advising military leadership in New York about operational aspects of UNISFA,” she explained. “It was an unforgettable experience. MTF’s importance for security on the Lebanese coast and, consequently, its economic stability is very well known. I never felt so much joy in showing that I’m Brazilian. I’m of Lebanese descent, and this experience makes an incredible difference for the Brazilian-Lebanese female community, with whom I keep close contact. I always get emotional when I talk about this,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel related. Importance of women in peacekeeping missions The officer met the position’s requirements: rank of lieutenant colonel/commander, degree in liberal arts, knowledge of English and other languages, previous participation in a peacekeeping mission, and completion of all career courses. “I graduated in Communications with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and I served in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL),” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. “Selected candidates have to take a written test on UN issues in English. Those who pass that phase take an oral English test based on competency and the institution’s primary values.” The United Nations made several efforts to increase female participation in missions but the increase, she said, isn’t happening as quickly because a military career requires preparation, time or a promotion for the position. In mid-July, female security forces will have the opportunity to earn additional knowledge. The Female Senior Police Officer Command Development course that targets senior military police officers, will take place in Brazil from July 10th to 16th in the city of Belém, in the state of Pará, and will include representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

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EA Play Comes to Xbox Game Pass on Console and Android, Available December 15 on PC

first_imgea play xbox game pass all games xbox game pass ea playA selection of EA titles available on Xbox Game PassPhoto Credit: EA/Microsoft With Xbox Series S/X launching Tuesday globally, EA Play — the subscription offering previously known as EA Access / Origin Access — will join Xbox Game Pass on the same day. That will give Xbox owners, be it those on Xbox One or Series S/X, access to dozens of titles from the EA Play vault, including FIFA 20, Need for Speed Heat, Battlefield V, and new entrant Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, available Tuesday on EA Play. Some titles will also be on Android via cloud gaming. Alongside, Microsoft has announced an exact launch date for EA Play on Xbox Game Pass for PC: it’s coming December 15.EA Play is a complimentary offering for all Xbox Game Pass members. That means you don’t have to fork over anything more than what you are already paying for Xbox Game Pass, which costs Rs. 489 / $10 per month on both PC and console. These are separate subscriptions. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes both Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass for Console, in addition to free perks, Xbox Live Gold, and cloud gaming (in select markets) costs Rs. 699 / $15 per month. By itself, EA Play costs Rs. 315 / $5 per month, or Rs. 1,990 / $30 per year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As for those who enjoy the benefits of Xbox Game Pass on Android — cloud gaming is available in 22 countries, including the likes of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Spain, the UK, and the US — EA Play will come with seven titles on Tuesday, November 10. Dragon Age: Inquisition, Madden NFL 20, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, The Sims 4, and Unravel 2 are on the list.“We want players to access the games and in-game benefits they want, in the easiest way possible,” EA content strategy and partnerships senior director Autumn Brown said in a prepared statement. “This partnership with Xbox makes an impressive library of great Xbox and EA content more readily accessible. Our goal is to give players more choice to get more of what they love, and this is a way to do that.”EA Play goes live Tuesday on Xbox Game Pass for console and Android, and will be available December 15 on Xbox Game Pass for PC.- Advertisement – For Xbox Game Pass for PC members, EA Play titles will be available via the EA Desktop app — currently in beta — on Windows 10. Over 60 EA titles can be downloaded and played, from franchises such as The Sims, Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge, Skate, Titanfall, Battlefield, Need for Speed, and FIFA.ea play xbox game pass android xbox game pass ea play android cloud gamingEA titles available via cloud gaming on Xbox Game Pass UltimatePhoto Credit: EA/Microsoft- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Firm seeks US license for seasonal flu vaccine

first_imgApr 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – CSL Biotherapies, the US branch of an Australian vaccine producer, announced this week it has applied for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market a seasonal influenza vaccine in the United States.The company, with US headquarters in King of Prussia, Pa., has requested an expedited review from the FDA, with the intention of having the vaccine ready for distribution for the 2007-08 flu season, company spokeswoman Sheila Burke told CIDRAP News by e-mail. The number of doses to be made available is yet to be determined and will depend on the FDA approval and antigen yields from various virus strains.”By extending our influenza vaccine franchise into more geographies, including the U.S., our goal is to help address a large and growing critical public health need,” said Paul Perreault, executive vice president of CSL Biotherapies worldwide commercial operations, in a press release.The flu vaccine, which is intended for people 18 years and older, is a purified, inactivated, trivalent vaccine made in embryonated eggs. It will be available in both single-dose, thimerosal-free, prefilled syringes and in multi-dose vials.A clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and involving 1,359 adults at nine sites began last June to test the vaccine’s safety and immunogenicity. Results of the phase 3 study have not yet been published, Burke said.There have been 26 clinical trials of the vaccine in various countries, according to a June 2006 CSL press release. The company already supplies the vaccine in 16 other countries, including the United Kingdom.The vaccine will be manufactured in Melbourne, Australia, at the facilities of CSL Limited, the parent company. It will then be finished in Marburg, Germany and distributed out of Kankakee, Ill., Burke reported.CSL Limited plans to invest $60 million to double the capacity of the Melbourne facility to about 40 million doses per season, according to a company statement released in February. After the expansion project, the company plans to supply up to 20 million doses per season to the US market, the statement said.With FDA approval, CSL Biotherapies would become the fifth provider of seasonal flu vaccines in the United States, joining Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and MedImmune. The four companies distributed more than 100 million doses of vaccine for the 2006-07 season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:April 3 CSL news releaseCSL Biotherapies Submits BLA to Introduce Flu Vaccine to U.S. MarketFeb 7 CSL news releaseCSL to Seek Approval for US Flu Vaccine June 5, 2006, CSL news releaseFlu Vaccine Trial Beginslast_img read more

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Security Council rejects Trump’s Mideast deal but cancels resolution vote

first_imgHe called on the Security Council to be more involved in addressing the Palestinian struggle.“The Security Council cannot afford to be seen as a spectator in the maintenance of international peace and security, particularly in securing the independence of Palestine,” he said in the session broadcasted on the UN website.On Jan. 28, Trump announced the Middle East peace plan in a joint address with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The proposed plan laid out a vision for establishing a Palestinian state while also legalizing Israeli rule over settlements built in occupied territory. The plan, which was drafted without consulting the Palestinians, dictates strict conditions for them to follow, including a requirement that the future Palestinian state be demilitarized.Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, who was present at the Security Council meeting, denounced Trump’s proposal as a “Swiss cheese” deal that would give the Palestinians only a “fragmented state” without control of their airspace, territorial waters or East Jerusalem. Editor’s note: Updated with expert comments, detailsTopics : Brandishing a large map of a future Palestine as laid out by Trump, Abbas denounced the plan and warned that Israel would create an “apartheid” situation if it moved ahead with annexation. “Who among you would accept such a state?” Abbas asked the council, as quoted by Reuters.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated the world body’s commitment “to the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 lines.”Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft described her country’s plan as “specific and realistic”, offering the prospect of a self-governing and fully recognized Palestinian state while touting the possibility of an investment of more than US$50 billion in Palestine.Other council members called the Trump proposal a unilateral plan that excluded input from the Palestinians.Despite the strong condemnation during the council session, the Palestinians dropped plans for a vote on a resolution pushed by Indonesia and Tunisia that would have implicitly criticized Trump’s plan, including Israel’s retention of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.AFP reported that the United States had put heavy pressure, including threats of financial repercussions, on Security Council members and that even some European nations were hesitant.According to diplomats at the UN, the draft resolution had attracted 11 or 12 votes in favor of the passage of the resolution by the 15-member council.Another diplomat said, as quoted by Reuters, that it would have required too many compromises to get the 14-1 vote that the Palestinians had sought. The US still has the power to veto any council resolution it dislikes.A senior US official hailed the development, saying, “By not putting forward a polarizing resolution, the United Nations Security Council demonstrated that the old way of doing things is over.”Hamdan Basyar, a Middle East expert from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said that one of the possible reasons why Palestine decided to forfeit its plan was to consolidate support among rival Palestinian factions.”Even though both Fatah and Hamas rejected Trump’s proposal, they do not have any counter proposal,” the scholar said on Wednesday, referring to the ruling Palestinian party in government and the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip.Hamdan said the Palestinians would have a better chance and likely more support if they tabled the draft resolution at the UN General Assembly, where it could be passed without the threat of a US veto, but also risk being legally nonbinding.Indonesia has previously said it will consult with the Palestinians before taking any action at the Security Council.As a staunch supporter of the Palestinian struggle for statehood, Indonesia has consistently backed the cause both at the national level and in global forums such as the UN and ASEAN.But as the Palestinian position weakens in the face of a Jewish state emboldened by Washington, Indonesia and other like-minded countries face an uphill battle in consolidating further support for the cause.On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi tweeted about her visit to the leadership of Muhammadiyah in Yogyakarta to raise the issue of Palestine, in an apparent move to garner support for Palestine from Indonesia’s large Muslim grassroots.The day before, Retno also met with leaders of Indonesia’s largest Muslim group, Nahdlatul Ulama, to consult about the Palestinian cause.”We have been consistent in supporting the cause of the Palestinian people. [But] the struggle […] is not getting easier; in fact it has grown more difficult,” she told reporters on Tuesday.“It is a tough road ahead but I believe that if we talk about bringing justice, then this is what we have to do.” (tjs)– Apriza Pinandita contributed to the reportcenter_img Indonesia, together with a majority of the United Nations Security Council members, rejected the United States’ recently announced Middle East peace plan during a council debate on Tuesday but has backed down from proposing a vote for a resolution condemning the proposal.All 15 member countries except the US distanced themselves from US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century”, which was overwhelmingly considered to have failed in securing the rights and meeting the aspirations of the Palestinian people.Indonesian Ambassador to the UN Dian Triansyah Djani said the Palestinian-Israeli conflict needed a two-state solution developed under credible multilateral negotiations and guided by internationally agreed-upon parameters in accordance with international law.last_img read more

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Full salary: Manufacturing workers freed from six-month income tax burden

first_imgWorkers in the manufacturing industry will not have to pay income taxes for six months as the government has announced measures to shield the economy from weakening economic activity against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the move to temporarily exempt manufacturing workers from income tax payment (PPh 21) took aim at relieving workers’ burden caused by the pandemic. Manufacturing industries have complained of raw material supply disruption that has crippled factories across Indonesia.Twenty to 50 percent of raw materials for the country’s industries are sourced from China, Indonesia’s biggest trade partner. The government collected Rp 103.7 trillion in state revenue in January, down 4.6 percent from the same month last year. It collected Rp 84.7 trillion in taxes, down 6 percent compared to the same period last year.Meanwhile, government spending reached Rp 139.8 trillion, down 9.1 percent, from the same period last year. It resulted in a budget deficit of Rp 36.1 trillion, 0.21 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in January.Economists have predicted that the fiscal deficit could soar this year as the government spends more to cushion the negative effects of the coronavirus but at the same time state income will be lower than expected as business activities weaken amid the pandemic.Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinchThe government introduced a Rp 10.3 trillion (US$717.87 million) fiscal stimulus package to support the tourist industry and improve consumer spending to counter the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a new pandemic on Wednesday as it had shuttered factories, disrupted travel and supply chain, delayed conferences and sporting events and infected more than 120,000 people worldwide. More than 4,300 people have died.Indonesia announced its first death from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday as 34 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.Topics : “This aims for all industries to have [breathing] space in this tight situation,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in Jakarta. “Their burden is being minimized by the government.”Sri Mulyani said the government was also set to delay import tax, corporate income tax as well as expedite overpaid tax repayment in the second stimulus package. She, however, declined to say how much revenue the government was expected to lose from the new stimulus package.The minister has warned that economic growth could weaken to 4.7 percent this year from 5.02 percent in 2019 amid increasing business disruptions caused by the pandemic. Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia (BI) has said that it was likely to trim economic growth outlook in 2020 at this month’s board of governors meeting on March 18 and March 19.[RA::BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, trade]last_img read more

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Ander Herrera tells Manchester United his demands to snub PSG and stay at Old Trafford

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 31 Mar 2019 8:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link425Shares Herrera is a wanted man (Picture: Fantasista/Getty Images)Ander Herrera is demanding a new £200,000-a-week deal in order to stay at Manchester United, but club chiefs are reluctant to buckle to his demands.The Spanish midfielder is out of contract this summer and is heavily tipped to leave Old Trafford.French giants Paris Saint-Germain have tabled a lucrative offer to the midfielder, while Arsenal are also thought to be keen on landing the 29-year-old on a free transfer.PSG are the favourites to secure his signature, having put a deal on the table worth close to £200,000-a-week with bonuses included.ADVERTISEMENT Ander Herrera tells Manchester United his demands to snub PSG and stay at Old Trafford Solskjaer wants him to stay (Picture: AFP/Getty) Manchester United 2-1 Watford: Press conference with SolskjaerTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:22FullscreenManchester United 2-1 Watford: Press conference with Solskjaer is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Herrera currently earns £130,000-a-week and United have offered him a fresh £170,000-a-week contract in order to extend his stay in Manchester beyond the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for him to stay, United’s hierarchy are refusing to go any higher, according to the Mirror.‘Ander has been a fantastic squad player and the offer we have made him reflects that,’ a source told the Mirror. ‘We want him to stay. He can be a big part of the future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.‘But we have gone as far as we can. We can’t be held to ransom. We have to be realistic about what his value to the club is.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsShould Manchester United cave in to Ander Herrera’s demands?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Berahino happy to feel wanted

first_img “You mature quicker, playing a man’s game, you have the senior lads that help you along with it as well. “I would say maybe I learned that the harsh way last season. But I don’t regret any of it, it’s made me who I am now so I just look forward.” Berahino, a committed Christian, turned 21 in August and this month tweeted ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?’. It was something which resonated with him due to his faith and what he has experienced in his short career. “It was something I was watching on TV. I am religious, it was a Christian thing and this question was asked to viewers. I sat down and thought, ‘What a brilliant question’,” he said. “You get caught up in this world, you want to do certain things that really don’t have a value. We do a lot of things, you think in your head it is a massive thing, but really it doesn’t have value. I am not perfect, I will never say I am perfect or the best Christian, but I try. “People out there will look at me and say how can I be a religious person, look at the amount of stuff you did in the past. At the end of the day, you get judged for what you do in the past. “When I look back, sometimes I can’t believe how I have got myself here. I think it is the faith that I’ve kept, always praying to God and asking for forgiveness for what I’ve done.” Last December’s sacking of Steve Clarke affected Berahino and his form dropped under replacement Pepe Mel. He scored just three goals after Boxing Day as the Baggies beat the drop by just three points, finishing 17th. Alan Irvine replaced Mel in June and has won back-to-back games ahead of the Clarets’ visit. Berahino scored a late winner in the 3-2 Capital One Cup victory over Hull on Wednesday and insisted new the head coach has rekindled his belief. “Losing Steve Clarke kind of touched me, I kind of lost myself. Those things happen,” he said. “I have played under four managers now so I am learning each day. “Alan has brought that self-belief back into me, I kind of lost that at the end of last season. And he’s given me freedom to play and express myself which I think is really important. “The more you talk to me the more we will get on and the more you will probably get out of me. I will know what you are looking for and I can show you what I can give.” Saido Berahino has admitted he felt alone at West Brom last season. But the honest striker feels he has banished any demons which threatened his career before it had barely begun. This year he is the Baggies’ three-goal top scorer after returning to training early in the summer to get back on track. It is a far cry from the end of last season where a video of him inhaling laughing gas, a legal high, emerged in April, just weeks after a dressing room bust-up with James Morrison. It was a turbulent end to a season where Berahino announced himself with a hat-trick against Newport County in the League Cup. A goal against Arsenal and the winner at Manchester United in September then catapulted him into the spotlight. And after his roller-coaster breakthrough campaign, which included his England Under-21 debut, Berahino is a changed man. “Because my family are always pushing me, there wasn’t a point last season when I felt, ‘Wow, I’ve hit rock bottom here’. I always knew I could go again,” he said ahead of Sunday’s home game with Burnley in the Barclays Premier League. “But I felt more alone than rock bottom. There was no-one I could go to in the club and get advice from. “Things have changed as last season I don’t think the seniors knew who I was. “Now we’ve got that relationship, they understand me and I understand them. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Spotlight intensifies on under-fire Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_img It was a decision which infuriated Mourinho, who made his displeasure known to the fourth official and assistant referee. Matic was then shown a second yellow card for a touchline foul on Diafra Sakho. It was an unnecessary challenge in the circumstances as defenders were covering. Silvino Louro, one of Mourinho’s assistants, was apoplectic and sent to the stands. When Mourinho did not emerge on the touchline for the second half, instead being found in the West Ham directors’ box, it became apparent that he, too, had been dismissed at the interval. West Ham appeared more distracted than Chelsea, who looked better with 10 men, and Gary Cahill equalised only for Andy Carroll to head in a deserved winner for the Hammers. Mourinho did not speak to the media, in breach of Premier League regulations. But the likely fine is the least of his worries, with the FA awaiting Moss’ report. It is not expected to automatically trigger the stadium ban, as that sanction, which is subject of an appeal, appears to relate specifically to rule E3 and improper conduct surrounding comments on officials. Further disciplinary action awaits for Mourinho, though, while Chelsea can also anticipate a fine for having more than five players yellow carded in the game. Seven cautions were issued against them. Cahill, who spoke to the broadcast rights’ holders, felt the fine margins went against Chelsea, illustrating their season in microcosm. He told Chelsea TV: “It’s a summary of our season sometimes. “You’re talking about the smallest of margins. At this moment in time they’re going against us, not for us. “What do you do? Do you sit back and feel sorry for yourselves? Of course you don’t. “You need to keep going. You pick yourselves up and go again, work even harder to make this turnaround and the good times will feel even better. “When you have a result like this you want to play again tomorrow. It’s better that games are coming thick and fast.” The Blues issued the first managerial vote of confidence in Abramovich’s 12-year ownership in the wake of the Southampton defeat and there is no sign of a dramatic change of heart – yet. The 52-year-old Portuguese faces a fierce test of his credentials in the next 10 days, with Chelsea travelling to Stoke at the start of the defence of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Next is the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League, before another tricky Stamford Bridge contest against Dynamo Kiev, one of two sides above Chelsea in Champions League Group G. The three matches could kick-start Chelsea’s season, or see Mourinho depart after a campaign which has lurched from one storm to the next. Mourinho first must await the submission of referee Jonathan Moss’ report, which the FA will receive by Monday, into a fractious finale to a first half in which West Ham were largely on top. After Mauro Zarate’s opening goal, Chelsea felt a succession of decisions went against them. Kurt Zouma had a header cleared off the line, with only goalline technology proving no goal had been scored, before Nemanja Matic was booked for hauling down Cheikhou Kouyate as he led the counter attack. Next Cesc Fabregas thought he had scored from Willian’s pass, only to be adjudged offside. Jose Mourinho faces further scrutiny from the Football Association and may have tested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s patience with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at West Ham. Chelsea have now lost half of their opening 10 fixtures in defence of the title they won in May after a first-half implosion at Upton Park, when Mourinho was sent to the stands at half-time. Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the October 3 loss to Southampton, can expect further disciplinary action. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League Andre Russell is KKR’s billion dollar man: Chris Lynn

first_imgAndre Russell was awarded as the man-of-the-match. Kolkata Knight Riders have won three out of four games.Chris Lynn has called Andre Russell the “billion dollar man”. It is unbelievable and entertaining for us. He (Russell) keeps doing it. He is a billion dollar man for KKR,” Lynn added. Russell’s brutal hitting came after Virat Kohli (84 off 49) and AB de Villiers (63 off 32) recreated their “magic” with a delightful 108-run stand to take RCB to 205 for three.KKR were kept alive in the chase through opener Chris Lynn (43 off 31), Robbie Uthappa (33 off 25) and Nitish Rana (37 off 23) before Russell singlehandedly got the job done in the death overs.(With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: Opener Chris Lynn has called Andre Russell the “billion dollar man” for Kolkata Knight Riders, overwhelmed by the Jamaican’s explosive hitting in the IPL. Needing 66 runs off 24 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, KKR were up against it before Russell came in and smashed an unbeaten 48 off 13 balls to complete the job with five balls to spare. His knock comprised seven sixes and one four.”We keep putting him (Russell) in tough situations and he keeps lifting his game. He is just too good. 215 was probably par on that wicket,” Lynn said after the game. “Both teams gave opportunities. We dropped Kohli and ABD and RCB also dropped a couple of chances. We had luck on our side. Change of fortune for us. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

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