Lazio may have tied Antonio Candreva down to a new deal last September but, following the announcement Steven Gerrard is set to leave Liverpool, things might just change.The Italy international has been a long-term target for the Reds and the club was rumoured to be willing to pay £24m for him in January.And his thunderbolt free-kick against Verona at the weekend will be noted as just another reason why Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers should do all he can to land Candreva.The strike, his sixth of the season in Serie A, helped Lazio remain third, just one point behind Roma but 15 behind league leaders Juventus.And you can see the beastly shot below… 1 Liverpool target Antonio Candreva
I then progressed to Juventus in May last year and Cristiano Ronaldo followed! The transition has been all that I expected and more. There are big differences in terms of fitness days, rest and recovery, nutrition and technical adaptation that have all helped me to develop further as a player, which is what having a new experience is all about – getting better. I have had a few embarrassing moments with the language, including asking for a plate of dog at a team dinner which was met with hysterics, but I aim to be able to give a post-match interview in Italian by the end of the season. So the pressure is on.It was fantastic to end the year scoring a hat-trick and finish with nine goals and six assists in 11 league games. If someone had told me that would be my goal return so soon into my time at Juventus, I would have definitely taken it. I guess when you see Ronaldo hitting the ground running with the 10 plus goals, I can only be inspired to do the same. I hope to continue this form with some silverware to show for it at the end of the season.Unfortunately I cannot say the same in terms of progression for other areas of the game such as racism. We saw specific incidents in 2018 that instead demonstrated regression. Whether it was a banana skin thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, racial abuse hurled at Raheem Sterling or the targeting of Sterling by sections of the media, I think 2018 was a wake-up call for the game. We need to do more and be even firmer to eradicate racism. However, on a positive note, there seems to be much more openness in discussing how to deal with this problem.Racism is a part of life and it is naive to think it is going to be eradicated. Here in Italy the year ended with monkey chants aimed at the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the match against Internazionale on Boxing Day. As Carlo Ancelotti requested, the game should have been stopped and the referee should have taken more control of the situation in the same way he would do if there was a bad tackle. If a player has been affected by racist chanting, then it is up to the officials to stop the game and make sure a message is read out to the supporters asking them to stop. Most clubs say they will not tolerate any forms of discrimination – that cannot be something that is just said. It needs to be acted on.In 2019, if such incidents happen again, I am more concerned about the punishments. I liked the immediate action that will have a direct impact on Inter by closing part of the stadium for two matches. I would also like to see points docked or entire stadiums being closed if it continues. I believe clubs will start doing something only when it really has an effect in terms of points. If they are deducted three points when they are trying to win the title, then they might take it more seriously. Many will say the punishment handed out to Inter was not enough but once upon a time nothing happened at all, so at least there has been progress. Hopefully fans will see that shouting racist abuse has a negative effect on their team and that will stop them doing it. 2019, World Cup fever No 2: England and Scotland go for glory in France Read more The turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.On the pitch if I could summarise 2018 in one word it would be progress. Progress for the England men’s team who, perhaps unexpectedly, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. They continued that momentum by qualifying for the Nations League finals beating top nations such as Spain with the exciting, fearless brand of football we have all been craving to see from England. I was fortunate to be at many of England’s games in Russia working for ITV, which again exemplified the progress within the media working as a female pundit at the men’s World Cup. We now see so many female footballers contributing their opinions on men’s football on a weekly basis to the extent it is becoming normal. Long may that continue in 2019. comment Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sportblog Topics Share on Pinterest England women’s football team Football European club football Share on WhatsApp Juventus England Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content We are only six months away from the Women’s World Cup in France. It is amazing how once the year starts it all seems that much closer. After such a positive World Cup for the men in Russia I hope the same can carry on to the women’s team, although they are in a slightly different position, given the women have reached back-to-back World Cup semi-finals and have bigger expectations. In terms of the world rankings and the previous tournaments I think the expectation will certainly be for England to win it because we have the level of experience to make that happen. Now the draw has been made I think it is important England start the year keen to build momentum in the friendlies leading into the tournament.In the Premier League we see Liverpool in pole position in the title race. I mentioned at the beginning of the season that Liverpool would be the challengers to Manchester City after the former’s fantastic Champions League run last season. Jürgen Klopp has shown how great a manager he is by building such an exciting team with a defensive core in Virgil van Dijk that has been unshakeable. Finishing 2018 unbeaten is no mean feat but we have all seen Liverpool falter in the title race towards the end of the season when it really mattered, such as in 2014. 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zoom Singapore’s container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) recorded a 52.7 percent decrease in its profit for the first quarter of 2017, which dropped to HKD 375.9 million (USD 48.3 million) from HKD 794.2 million (USD 102.05 million) posted in the same period last year. What is more, profit attributable to unitholders of HPH Trust went down to HKD 166.9 million in the first quarter of this year from HKD 554.9 million seen in the same period last year, a drop of 69.9 percent.From January to March this year, HPH Trust’s revenue and other income decreased by 6.3 percent to HKD 2.6 billion from HKD 2.8 billion posted during the three-month period last year.On January 1, 2017, Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), a member of HPH Trust, COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals Limited (ACT) started to co-manage and operate 16 berths across Terminals 4,6,7,8, and 9 in Kwai Tsing, Hong Kong.Combined container throughput of HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT (collectively HPHT Kwai Tsing) increased by 3.2 percent in the first three months of this year when compared to the same period of 2016, primarily due to higher transshipment cargoes.“The roll-out of the co-management arrangement is progressing well. HPH Trust is confident to deliver the expected cost and operational synergies in 2017,” HPH Trust said.However, container throughput of HPH Trust’s Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) decreased by 1.4 percent from January to March 2017, primarily due to weaker empty and transshipment cargoes.“In addition to the economic performances of the US and Europe, HPH Trust’s performance is also impacted by the outcomes of the structural consolidation within the container shipping industry and the consequent rationalisation of services,” the business trust further said.“Due to adverse market conditions…, shipping lines will continue to deploy mega-vessels, reform their carrier alliances and expand the coverage of vessel-sharing schemes in 2017 … Against this setting, HPH Trust is well positioned to be the preferred port of call given its natural deep-water channels and … mega-vessel handling capabilities,” HPH Trust concluded.
Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Sept. 13———COURT UPHOLDS DEL MASTRO CONVICTIONS: A former federal politician has lost his bid to have his convictions for electoral offences overturned. The Ontario Court of Appeal said Wednesday it is upholding Dean Del Mastro’s 2014 convictions on three violations of the Canada Elections Act. Del Mastro was convicted of overspending, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 he made to his own campaign, and filing a false report during the 2008 election.———PM TO LEAD DELEGATION TO UN: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will address the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. It’s part of a packed New York schedule for the prime minister. He will lead the Canadian delegation to the start of the assembly’s 72nd session and give his speech on Thursday. Trudeau is also to be honoured with a Global Citizen Award at the Atlantic Council in recognition of his leadership on inclusiveness, diversity and economic growth that works for everyone.———U.S. INVITES CANADA TO CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tells The Canadian Press there is still time to convince the United States not to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord and an unexpected meeting scheduled for New York next week might be the first step in that direction. McKenna is one of about 12 environment and climate ministers from the world’s largest economies who were invited by the White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn to a breakfast meeting in New York during the United Nations General Assembly meeting week to discuss climate.———CALGARY MAYOR SEEKS TO REVIVE ARENA TALKS: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city remains at the negotiating table for a new NHL arena even though the Flames have declared they’ve pulled out of talks. Flames president Ken King says the NHL team is frustrated with “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations. Nenshi said Wednesday the city remains “ready to negotiate in good faith” and that “council understands the importance of the Flames to this city.———PM WRAPS UP CABINET RETREAT ON DEFENSIVE: Justin Trudeau has wrapped up a cabinet retreat on the defensive over a number of issues that are likely to plague his government when Parliament resumes next week. The prime minister was peppered with questions about the cost of his controversial Bahamas vacation last Christmas, which is under investigation by the federal ethics commissioner. He also faced questions about pot legalization, peacekeeping delays and his controversial tax changes.———EQUIFAX HACK LIKELY AFFECTED FEW CANADIANS: Equifax Canada’s customer service agents are telling callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to be affected by the massive hack announced last week. The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff say that Canadians who have an Equifax account in the U.S. could be at risk of having their data compromised, such as those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.———ONTARIO PREMIER DEMANDS RETRACTION FROM OPPOSITION LEADER: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked the leader of the Opposition to retract comments he made about her or face legal action. The premier’s lawyers wrote a letter to Patrick Brown on Wednesday, saying the Progressive Conservative leader had told reporters on Tuesday that Wynne was standing trial in a Liberal bribery case. The letter said Wynne is not on trial or even under investigation, but is rather offering voluntary testimony and co-operating with the court process, therefore Brown should retract the comments and apologize.———RCMP OFFICER KILLED IN N.B. CRASH: A Nova Scotia Mountie who worked to educate the public about the need to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles was killed Tuesday after being struck by a utility van while helping motorists change a flat tire. Const. Frank Deschenes, a 12-year veteran of the force who worked out of the Amherst detachment, died at the scene when the van collided with his police car and an SUV shortly after 6 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway near Memramcook, N.B. RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said the preliminary investigation has determined Deschenes stopped to assist two people change a tire.———MONTREAL GIVING BRITISH GENERAL THE BOOT: Calling it a “stain on our history,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Wednesday a street that honours a British general who supported giving smallpox-laced blankets to Indigenous Peoples will be renamed. “Goodbye Jeffery Amherst,” Coderre said at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Amherst Street, located just east of downtown and in the city’s gay village, is named after the general who wanted to “exterminate” native people during the 1700s, Coderre said.———CANADA SHORT ON PEACEKEEPING PLEDGE: There are growing signs that Canada won’t meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country. The price of admission is clear in leaked UN documents obtained by The Canadian Press: Defence ministers attending must be ready to pledge specific forces to the UN, if they haven’t already done so. Canada has yet to make any definite pledge, despite being the host of this year’s summit, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t commit Wednesday to a decision before mid-November.———
OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – There has been an emergency debate on Parliament Hill to address the oil price differential crisis.There weren’t many MPs present from any party during this debate, but there was still some fiery rhetoric.Lakeland Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs languished that this crisis has been met with silence.“A combination of empty platitudes with hostile attacks and legislation and policy that have only made things so much worse.”She bemoaned the Trudeau Government’s inability to get pipeline projects built.“Even the prime minister in Calgary last Thursday had the gall to say ‘this is very much a crisis’. It’s three years of a crisis for Alberta and the prime minister’s messages to Canadians, to the world and his policies caused it.”Calgary Centre Liberal MP Kent Hehr countered that this issue runs deeper.“If I look at the regulatory changes in 2012, which they said ‘this will allow us to move forward on energy projects’ clearly and in no uncertain terms, those changes did not work.”PEI Liberal MP Wayne Easter accused the Tories of playing politics during this crisis, laying the blame on solely the Liberal government without mentioning the Harper Government’s failures.“This crisis has been a long time coming. This government has worked hard to get pipelines in place.”Easter explained the one thing he agrees with from the Conservatives, is that something has to be done to find stability.“The only way we are going to get there is to find solutions in this place instead of rather playing this partisan political game.”Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel fired back about accountability.“This government will not admit responsibility or failure. They need to do that. They need to repeal these bills and bring back certainty energy sector.”This is all coming as Rachel Notley is in Toronto Thursday touting Alberta oil. She will be speaking to the Toronto Board of Trade and oil price differential will likely be a topic of conversation along pipelines to get oil to market.