Man City star Toure won’t rule out move to ‘a big club’

first_img1 Yaya Toure has once again opened the door for a possible move away from Manchester City by saying he would never turn down the chance to play for a bigger club.Toure has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain even though he only committed his long-term future to the Premier League champions during the summer.But the Ivory Coast international has struggled to produce his best form this season and speculation continues to link him with a big money move away from the Etihad Stadium.There are now fresh doubts over his long-term future after he was asked about a possible move to PSG in the future.Toure, speaking on French radio station RMC, said: “I don’t know. The most important thing is to continue my job, you do not know what might happen tomorrow.“It’s always an objective to play at big clubs and win trophies. The most important thing is to continue to learn. You never close the door to a big club.”Toure feels the World Cup in Brazil has had a major effect on the Manchester City squad this season and says it has played a major part in the club struggling to compete with Chelsea at the top of the table.He added:  “Everything does not happen as it should. The hard, physical work last year did not help us.“When we look at all the players in the squad, almost everyone has played the World Cup, so physically, it leaves traces.” Yaya Toure last_img read more

Southampton eye Schalke midfielder as Schneiderlin replacement

first_img1 Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka Southampton have identified Schalke star Leon Goretzka as the man to help fill the void left by Manchester United new boy Morgan Schneiderlin.United landed the Frenchman for £24m earlier this summer and now Saints have cash to burn on his replacement.They have already brought in fellow midfielder Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord but now newspaper Bild have claimed Ronald Koeman has set his sights on German anchorman Goretzka.Southampton reportedly sent scouts to watch him in Schalke’s pre-season clash with Twente at the weekend and the club are ready to lodge a bid of £11.2m for his services.last_img read more

Yaya Toure is not thinking about the future, insists Manchester City boss

first_img Yaya Toure 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is focused on the Blues’ current push for silverware and not thinking about which club he might be playing for next season.Toure’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk was this week quoted as saying of the midfielder, whose contract with City runs until 2017: “He will not move in January.“However, in the summer things can change. We are ready to listen to any offers that are on the table.”He also expressed his concern at Pep Guardiola’s potential summer appointment at the club.When asked about that on Friday, Pellegrini admitted “at the end of the season you never know what will happen with anyone”, while stressing how important it was for all players to “think in the present” rather than about the future.But he also said he was convinced Toure was absolutely of that mindset.“I don’t want to try to answer to every agent who talks about different things,” Pellegrini said.“I know what Yaya thinks. I think that Yaya is mentally absolutely involved in this season, and that he is not thinking about his future.“He wants to continue being the same important player that he has been for this team in other years.”Seluk has made remarks at various times in the past to suggest 32-year-old Ivory Coast international Toure may be set to leave City.One such occasion was at the end of last season, and when that was put to Pellegrini on Friday as he was asked how much of a problem Seluk’s comments were becoming, the manager said: “And what happened? Nothing – it was his opinion and nothing more.”last_img read more

Democratic House hopeful stumps at AVC

first_img“I decided I needed to come back to my home district and make some changes,” Rodriguez said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Democratic congressional candidate Robert Rodriguez campaigned Tuesday at Antelope Valley College by passing out fliers warning students that college-loan interest rates are rising. Rodriguez, a UCLA- and Harvard-educated former House and Senate aide who grew up in Barstow, said the rising interest rates are an outcome of college-loan vendors’ campaign contributions to politicians including his opponent, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. “We’re trying to get the big money out of politics. That’s deciding policy now,” said Rodriguez, 29, who will face McKeon, a seven-term Santa Clarita Republican, and Libertarian David Erickson in the Nov. 7 election. McKeon’s campaign staff could not be reached Wednesday for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As a result of congressional action in 2002 and reaffirmed last year in a deficit-reduction bill, interest rates on college loans to students will rise July 1 to 6.8 percent, from 5.3 percent. Rodriguez said he and a campaign staff member were at Antelope Valley College on Wednesday to inform students that they have a few more days to lock in the lower interest rate, and also advise them they need to save money, prepare now to qualify for scholarships and take other steps to afford college. “Everybody tells us the importance of education, but they make it harder and harder for us to get that education,” said Rodriguez, who said he still has about $13,000 in college loans of his own. The son of a Santa Fe railroad worker, Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master’s degree in business-government relations from Harvard University. He worked in the offices of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, and U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood. In Washington, D.C., he said he watched as McKeon and other Republicans pushed through Medicare prescription drug changes, which he opposes. last_img read more

Andy Murray to play first Grand Slam match in 14 months

first_imgAndy Murray will play his first Grand Slam match in more than a year later on Monday.Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January, takes on James Duckworth at the US Open around 6pm.The match in New York will be momentous for the Scot, who hasn’t played at the top level since Wimbledon last year.Murray, now world number 382, has admitted he has no expectations for the tournament, having played just seven matches – all best-of-three sets – in 2018. The 2012 US Open champion said: “My body feels better than it did a few weeks ago so that’s positive.“I haven’t played one (a five-set match) so you don’t know until you get out there and do it.“I played some long matches in Washington so that will help me.“My expectation is to give my best effort in the matches and hopefully my tennis will get better. My tennis is getting better all the time.” But in Duckworth he meets the only player in the tournament ranked lower than he is – at 445 – and one who knows all about the struggle to recover from surgery.The Australian has undergone three operations to fix a stress fracture in his foot as well as surgery on his shoulder and elbow since January 2017.“The foot was the biggest thing,” he said. “For most of the last year I couldn’t run, jump or hop.“It was only really after I had my last surgery that the foot started to feel good and I could run around the court. You don’t really appreciate those things until they’re gone.“It’s been pretty rough but probably the last month or so the body’s starting to feel pretty good. We’re both trying to get back and get into playing matches day in, day out. It can be a tough road.”Also on Monday, Scotland’s current number one player Cameron Norrie will look to continue his apparently relentless upward march against Australian Jordan Thompson.last_img read more

‘Showtime 5’: Fanneran takes impressive win as McNamee misses out on title tilt

first_imgRyan Fanneran was the sole Donegal winner on Saturday at the Mayhem Martial Arts & Fitness’ ‘Showtime 5’ night in Derry.By Chris McNulty at The White Horse HotelThe White Horse Hotel was packed-to-overflowing as patrons stood on their tip-toes to get a glimpse of the action in the ring on a night when Convoy native Paul McNamee, from Peak Physique, left gutted after a debatable decision defeat in a title eliminator. Of the six fighters from Donegal clubs, Fanneran was the lone man to have his hand raised in victory.Fanneran agred to his fight with Dylan Harley of Mayhem just six days beforehand.Fighting out of the Kickboxing LK/Letterkenny Muay Thai club Fanneran – making his K1 debut – came into his own towards the end of the first round.It had been a cagey beginning before Fanneran took control with a barrage of punches. When Fanneran, trained by Tommy McCafferty – the former ISKA World Light middleweight and ISKA Middleweight kickboxing champion – got into a rhythmn with his kicks, Harley was in trouble in the second round.However, Harley came out strong in the third round, but Fanneran managed to stave off the threat of the Derryman and landed a rousing finish.“Ryan is one of the most dedicated students I have and walks from the Mountain Top to the Aura Leisure cCntre no matter what the weather is for training,” McCafferty said.“His dedication to his art paid off in an excellent performance. We took the fight on late notice but I had every confidence in Ryan as I have seen what he is capable of in training. We only let them compete when they are ready.“It’s a busy few weeks ahead with lads fighting in Athlone and Dungannon before the end of the month.” McNamee went into his title eliminator with an unblemished 3-0 record.The Convoy man and Peak Physique fighter was up against Ronan O’Kane from Mayhem in what turned out to be a cracking 80kgs bout.McNamee left everything on the canvas and could reflect on a night when he gave his all, but all three judges sides with O’Kane to give the Derryman a unanimous win.McNamee had big spells of pressure in each stanza and finished the contest well on top, but O’Kane had perhaps caught the eye with the cleaner shots, even if McNamee had been the busier of the two. The fighters from Peak Physique who were in action on Saturday nightThere was plenty for McNamee and his coach, Abdul El Absy, to be happy with and it’s likely that he’ll get another shot at prizes in the months ahead, though the disappointment of a hardly-deserved defeat was evident.Peak Physique’s Hamayun Nassiry and Mayhem’s Ciaran McBride staged one of the night’s best fights that was ruled a draw at the end up.It felt like an anti-climax that there wasn’t a winner but, then again, neither deserved to lose it.Nassiry had persistent issues with his headguard during the bout, but the Afghan took the fight to McBride from the early stages.McBride grew as the fight went on and staged a brilliant last round to earn a debut draw.Nassiry tired in that third round, but it was a night when he showed plenty of good qualities.Ryan O’Donnell, also out of the Peak Physique stable, came with a big finish against Mayhem’s Matt Norby in an 85kgs bout, but it wasn’t enough to sway the judges.A belting contest had the capacity crowd on their feet. Debutant O’Donnell landed several massive shots, but Norby repelled them and it was he who was the victor by unanimous decision.El Absy and Peak Physique are a club on the rise and the PPK coach has injected real confidence and hope into novice fighters he hopes to turn into contenders.The trust from coach to fighter was obvious and is something that should stand to them as they aim to build on what will have been an encouraging“It’s not about the win or the loss, it’s about getting in the best shape of your life, meeting new people, having fun and chasing your dreams,” Al Absy said.Peak Physique youngster Oisin McCrabbe was pulled in at an hour’s notice as a replacement fought an exbition with Mayhem’s Rio Oxle while PT Kickboxing’s Rhys Boyle – another who took the fight at short notice – was stopped in the second round by Mayhem’s Ethan Mullan.‘Showtime 5’: Fanneran takes impressive win as McNamee misses out on title tilt was last modified: April 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NC Makes Little Progress in Reducing Rate of Uninsured Latino Children

first_imgThis week is National Latino Week of Action, as agencies and organizations work to connect Latino communities with health coverage.Data in a report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and National Council of La Raza indicates that while North Carolina is making slight progress in increasing coverage of Hispanic children, there is much work to be done. Rob Thompson, a spokesman for NC Child, explained why the state should work to do better for the children, a vast majority of whom are citizens.“Hispanic children are becoming a larger proportion of people in our state and in our country,” he said, “and so when those children are growing up, uninsured, not as healthy, that has a statewide impact on our entire well-being and our economy.”While the data marked a success, Thompson said a disparity exists between Hispanic children and the larger population, with about 10-percent of them lacking coverage, compared with 5 percent for all children. The report suggested that states can remove additional barriers to enrollment by offering Spanish-language materials and outreach programs.Sonya Schwartz, a policy fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, said data shows that health coverage benefits the whole child for a lifetime.“Healthy children are healthy learners,” she said. “We have some new research available, and it shows that health coverage for children is linked to better health throughout childhood. It’s linked to school success, and it’s linked to improved financial security for their families.”Nationwide, there was a reduction of 300,000 uninsured Hispanic children from 2013 to 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Thompson said the Tar Heel State could be a larger part of the success story if lawmakers opted to take advantage of all opportunities available.“In the states that have made the biggest gains, a large portion of them have actually taken the federal funds to close the coverage gap for low-income adults,” he said, “and so that’s one thing we can do in North Carolina if we want to continue to make progress on insuring Hispanic children.”North Carolina ranks 44th in the country when it comes to the number of uninsured Hispanic children, and is one of 10 states with the largest overall number of Latino children.The report is online at ccf.georgetown.edu.last_img read more

Pride sweeps Wisconsin Rapids Junior Legion tourney

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Marshfield’s Nutz Deep Pride U16 Baseball team finished another weekend undefeated as it went 4-0 at Witter Field, in the annual Wisconsin Rapids U17 Junior Legion baseball tournament July 5-7.The Pride boys led off the tournament with a 9-7 victory against a very strong pitcher, in Wisconsin Rapids’ Erik Steinhilber.  Steinhilber went undefeated as a varsity hurler this past Wisconsin Valley season at 4-0, with an excellent 1.45 ERA.Pride then beat a Lake Geneva squad, 19-1. In the next win against another U16 squad from Rapids, Pride put up 12 runs against the opponents three. The tournament championship was sealed with a 5-0 win over a scrappy Auburndale team.“We were fortunate to put up the number of runs we did, although the focus at the plate needs to get a little better,” Coach Tim Kraus said. “Our pitching for the most part has been our biggest asset. You’d think that after scoring 45 runs in 4 games, hitting wouldn’t be a concern, but that is (what) we need to continue to improve on, especially going forward into some real quality upcoming tournaments.”Pride will travel to a “Midwest Invitational Tournament” in Bettendorf, IA, July 12-14.last_img read more

Man shot in Holts Summit, arrest made

first_imgAuthorities confirm a shooting in Holts Summit.Police say a man was shot several times just before midnight Friday on North Summit Dr. near Weststar Dr. He is in stable condition at a Columbia hospital at last check.Officers arrested someone over the shooting. They’re not releasing that guy’s name yet.(This story was last updated at 9:12 a.m. Friday.)last_img

Proposed Biodiversity Pact Bars ‘Climate-Related Geoengineering’

first_imgScienceInsider has obtained draft text from negotiators at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, in regards to a proposed bar on geoengineering research. If it is passed, the language could broadly affect a whole field of research still taking shape. That emerging field is laid out in a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the field, released today.The statement, proposed to be part of the official communiqué of the meeting, declares that “no climate-related geoengineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, until there is an adequate scientific basis on which to justify such activities and appropriate consideration of the associated risks for the environment and biodiversity”. The text goes on to define geoengineering as either techniques that reduce the amount of sunlight striking the ground or suck carbon out of the atmosphere. In an e-mail, geochemist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington slams the proposed text as making “no sense.” He says the words “may affect” could “devastate” efforts to do even small-scale experiments that would not have climatic effects. Also, he says, by not saying “may affect negatively,” the statement could actually bar efforts that would increase biodiversity, such as increasing the biodiversity of a farm for the purpose of large-scale sequestration of carbon using plants.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But Pat Mooney of the ETC Group, a Canadian environmental group, called the proposed text a “a step in the right direction. … It’s important that governments are recognizing that there should be controls on who messes with the thermostat.” By including the broad phrase “may affect,” he said, the language would serve a “precautionary” role in controlling actions whose impacts may be unknown.The meeting runs for two more days, but negotiators say that the text is unlikely to be revised.It’s unclear how the statement might be enforced, as nations have not considered CBD decisions “legally binding” in the past. One hundred sixty-eight countries are signatories to the CBD treaty; the treaty has not been ratified by the United States. But it has had effects on several scientific research areas, including genetically modified plants. A joint India-Germany experiment in ocean fertilization—one type of geoengineering —was nearly scuttled last year when two German ministries argued over the relevance of a CBD bar on such work at sea. After some paperwork, the experiment was allowed to progress.Full proposed text:8 (w) Ensure, in line and consistent with decision IX/16 C, on ocean fertilisation and biodiversity and climate change, in the absence of science-based, global, transparent and effective control and regulatory mechanisms for geo-engineering, and in accordance with the precautionary approach and Article 14 of the Convention, that no climate-related geoengineering activities (1) that may affect biodiversity take place, until there is an adequate scientific basis on which to justify such activities and appropriate consideration of the associated risks for the environment and biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural impacts, with the exception of small scale scientific research studies that would be conducted in a controlled setting in accordance with Article 3 of the Convention, and only if they are justified by the need to gather specific scientific data and are subject to a thorough prior assessment of the potential impacts on the environment. (1) Without prejudice to future deliberations on the definition of geo-engineering activities, understanding that any technologies that deliberately reduce solar insolation or increase carbon sequestration from the atmosphere on a large scale that may affect biodiversity (excluding carbon capture and storage from fossil fuels when it captures carbon dioxide before it is released to the atmosphere) should be considered as forms of geoengineering which are relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity until a more precise definition can be developed. Noting that solar insolation <>is defined as a measure of solar radiation energy received on a given surface area in a given hour and that carbon sequestration is defined as the process of increasing the carbon contact of a reservoir/pool other than the atmosphere. and 9 (n) Taking full account of the views and experiences of indigenous and local communities, small farmers, fishers and livestock keepers, compile and synthesize available scientific information on: 1. The possible impacts of geoengineering techniques on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural impacts; 2. Governance options for regulating geoengineering activities; and 3. Options on definitions and scopes of geoengineering, and make this information available for consideration at a meeting of the SBSTTA prior to the eleventh meeting of the COP; (alternative to 9n) (n bis) Taking into account the possible need for science-based global, transparent and effective control and regulatory mechanisms, subject to the availability of financial resources, undertake a study on gaps in the existing related mechanisms for climate-related geoengineering relevant to the CBD, bearing in mind that such mechanisms may not be best placed under the CBD, for consideration by the SBSTTA prior to a future meeting of the COP and to communicate the results to relevant organisations.Meanwhile, the GAO report highlights more than $100 million worth of federal science projects that might be relevant to various geoengineering approaches. Only a few projects, costing a total of $2 million, are directly related to the field.last_img read more