Southgate: England lack big players

first_imgEngland Southgate: England stars must prove themselves as big players Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 06:54 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gareth Southgate Getty Images England Lithuania v England Lithuania WC Qualification Europe With his team booed during a 1-0 win over Slovenia, the Three Lions manager has pleaded for fans to lay off and support the players Gareth Southgate says England’s stars cannot be considered “big players” until they prove themselves on the world stage.Although England sealed World Cup qualification with a 1-0 home win against Slovenia on Thursday thanks to a late Harry Kane strike, they have often struggled for cohesion during the campaign.17/4 for England and Lithuania draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Bored home fans floated paper aeroplanes on to the Wembley turf ahead of Kane’s late impact, although England’s effectiveness in an unbeaten qualifying run is not in doubt.But while England’s squad features Champions League winners such as Gary Cahill and players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who have moved for big transfer fees, Southgate believes his men have not yet done enough to be considered among Europe’s elite.”Well, are they big players until they win?” Southgate retorted to reporters on Saturday. “We’re talking about ‘big players’ because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League.”But when we are in semi-finals, finals and winning trophies then I think we’re big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. I am the same as a coach, so I don’t disassociate myself from that. We can’t consider ourselves to be big players. “Big players are [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Ramos, [Sergio] Busquets, [Toni] Kroos, [Sami] Khedira, [Manuel] Neuer – I could go on. That’s what big players are.”We create a bubble in our country around the [Premier] League because of the money, because of the profile of it. [But] we have it to prove. No problem. These guys are hungry to prove it.”Ready for our final @FIFAWorldCup qualifier— England (@England) October 7, 2017Dele Alli is among the leaders of the current crop of talent in the England squad and the Tottenham midfielder is set to return from suspension for Sunday’s trip to Lithuania that concludes the Three Lions’ campaign.But Southgate stressed that Alli – who was banned for the Slovenia win after making an offensive gesture during a qualifier against Slovakia and was booked for diving in his last Spurs appearance – still needs to improve areas of his game.”Dele is an interesting player,” Southgate said. “If you analyse his game closely he’s a scorer of goals and he’s not necessarily the link player Adam [Lallana] is.”So players and their particular skill-sets, and areas where they are effective, are not always what’s commonly perceived. Dele’s biggest strengths are arriving in the box, timing his runs, finishing and scoring goals.”If he can add consistency into his touch and creativity of pass into that, he’ll be a better player than he already is.”The whole team needs to be more streetwise. By streetwise I mean managing periods of pressure in games, and how we deal with that. Understanding the right thing to do at the right time. That applies to us, definitely.”It’s one of the areas we have to be better at if we’re ahead in games, or if one team is down to 10. You manage moments in games, and that’s the key. A key area we’ll focus on more going towards the summer.”last_img read more

Quebec premier apologizes to First Nations Inuit for discrimination

first_imgQuebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Thoughtful Fathers Day gifts in 2019

first_img For the foodie Dad See at 23andMe Handy Thermapen Adult beverage aficionado $100 at ThermoWorks Gift him the ultimate personalized gift: a DNA report! 23andMe offers kits that will tell your dad all about his ancestry for $99, and you can add health information for a total of $169. 23andMe’s database can link him up with long-lost relatives if he chooses, and the comprehensive health reports can tell him everything from a predisposition to Type 2 Diabetes to lactose intolerance. He’ll receive a saliva collection kit; once that’s mailed back to the lab via the prepaid package, dad can expect his report to appear online in three to five weeks. $6 at Amazon Live-streaming video drone $10 at Uncommon Goods Glasses for the perfect pour Have the kiddos fill out the 50 prompts in this cute book, and give Dad a sweet keepsake for Father’s Day. The 4.5×3.25-inch tome is small enough to tuck away for whenever he needs a boost.  This drone is just straight-up fun, especially if Dad is into flying gizmos. The Sky Viper Journey includes GPS, professional-grade ArduPilot firmware, video streaming and other technology similar to much pricier drones. It’s durable, lightweight and great for beginners. Best for ages 12 to adult, so bigger kids can fly the drone with dad. Get it with extra batteries so you can fly and charge at the same time.  DNA Report Maximum relaxation Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 See All See at Amazon Read more At-home massage If he spends a lot of time driving, everyone will feel safer with the Tools of Life Emergency Hammer tucked away. This handy tool can cut through seatbelts and break windows in case the unthinkable happens. And it’s only $6 so really, can you afford not to get it? Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast A custom book for Dad $34 at Amazon $122 at Walmart There are cheaper temperature sensors out there, but if the Dad in your life is serious about grilling, he’ll appreciate the Thermapen Mk4. Rated the No. 1 cooking thermometer by America’s Test Kitchen, the Thermapen is the best at what it does, and you can tell the difference. Available in 10 different colors, it displays a reading on the backlit display in two to three seconds. The Thermapen is waterproof, has a 3,000 hour battery life (it takes AAA batteries) and folds up for easy storage. What’s not to love? • $72 at Blue Bottle Coffee A really cool cooler Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze Practical slippers These Teva slippers have been seen in campgrounds and urban environments alike; they’re just that popular. A cushion-y slipper/shoe hybrid with a rubber sole, the Ember style is available in five colors (moss, navy, black, gray, blue). They’re sturdy, water-resistant and comfortable. What more could Dad want in a slipper? reading • Thoughtful Father’s Day gifts in 2019 $35 at Amazon See at Soothe Massage Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide On-the-go guy Quality coffee subscription Is dad a coffee connoisseur? Gift him a subscription to Blue Bottle. The most popular option is six months of whole bean goodness, delivered right to his door. Six ounces will be delivered every other week for a total of 12 shipments. A three-month subscription (six deliveries) runs $72. The blends will vary each week, adding to the caffeinated excitement. Outfit an outdoorsy Dad Post a comment Sky Viper Journey Drone Spigeglau’s set of glasses are perfect for the craft beer drinker. They’re designed for maximum flavor enhancement, and the set comes with four different glasses: India Pale Ale (holds 540 ml), Stout Glass (600 ml), American Wheat Beer Glass (750 ml), Barrel Aged Beer Glass (500 ml). These durable, lightweight glasses are even dishwasher safe. Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad Tags Emergency car tool See at Caskers See also Splash out for the top-of-the-line Yeti travel mug and he’ll never commute with cold coffee again! The Rambler 30 oz. is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and its sturdy stainless steel construction is engineered to last. The new model features a MagSlider Lid, which is a magnetic opening that lets you fully clean the lid. The Rambler fits in standard cup holders and comes in a rainbow of colors and prints, from camo to seafoam. Wonderful whiskey What I Love About Dad 0 Personalized presents Does he want a Yeti cooler but balks at the price tag? RTIC makes a very similar product for much less money. This durable model keeps ice cold forever (like up to 10 days). The perfect choice for a camper or fisherman. Or anyone who has some beverages they need to keep frosty! RTIC has a variety of sizes, from the personal 20 qt. to the giant 145 qt. The 45 qt. fits 36 cans inside.  Read more Father’s Day provides the opportunity to show good old Dad how you feel. If you’re looking for a great gift to express your love, look no further. We’ve compiled an awesome list of the latest greatest products, practical presents, and fun goods to gift your favorite father. Whether he’s a serious foodie, a kid at heart or a sentimental type, you’re bound to find something amazing here. And once you hone in on your perfect gift (perhaps it’s the video drone?), you can simply click to order and voila — it will arrive at it’s gifting destination. So you can kick back with Dad and enjoy your time together. And maybe he’ll even grill you up a nice meal, or share his mini arcade game. Thanks, Dad!Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $45 at Amazon Gadgets Share your voice Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart What parent couldn’t use a massage? Send one to Dad with a gift card from Soothe. A vetted massage therapist (along with their massage table and accoutrements) can be at his door in an hour after booking online. Soothe offers everything from sports massages to couples massage, a win-win! Payment options include a one-time massage ($128), a monthly massage (20% off), or a yearly membership (25% off). Splashy travel mug Whiskey drinkers will appreciate this bottle of straight rye, and you can even get it engraved for just $15 extra. Inspired by traditional Rock & Rye recipes using citrus and rock candy, Hochstadter’s Slow & Low incorporates orange peels and honey to create its mellow, slightly sweet flavor.last_img read more

Rajshahi woman slaughtered

first_imgA woman was slaughtered by miscreants at Jitpur in Tanore, Rajshahi on Wednesday night. The deceased is Zohara Begum, 50, reports UNB. After separation with her husband Helal Uddin, she used to stay with her son Jahangir Alam at the village.Quoting locals, police said a group of miscreants stormed the house of Jahangir around 9:00pm and swooped on his wife Rumi Khatun with sharp weapons.As Zohara came in the rescue of Rumi, the attackers slit her throat, leaving her dead on the spot.Locals took injured Rumi to Tanore Upazila Health Complex.Officer-in-charge of Tanore police station Rezaul Islam said they were trying to arrest the culprits.last_img

Kim Putin vow to deepen ties at first talks

first_imgNorth Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin vowed to seek closer ties as they met for the first time on Thursday, in talks aimed at countering US influence.Putin emerged from the meeting in Russia’s Vladivostok saying that like Washington, Moscow supports efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent nuclear conflicts.But he insisted that Pyongyang “needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty”, and took a veiled swipe at the US for trying to strong-arm North Korea.”We need to… return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” Putin said.The summit in the Far Eastern port city came with Kim locked in a nuclear stand-off with the United States and Putin keen to put Moscow forward as a player in another global flashpoint.The two leaders greeted each other warmly, shaking hands and sharing smiles, at the start of meetings on an island off Vladivostok that lasted nearly five hours.Putin, known for delaying meetings with international guests, was waiting for Kim when he emerged from his limousine.Both men said they were looking to strengthen ties that date back to the Soviet Union’s support for the founder of North Korea, Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung.- Borscht, crab, dumplings -Kim said he hoped to turn the modern relationship with Moscow into a “more stable and sound one” while Putin said the visit would give a boost to diplomatic and economic ties.Putin said he supported Kim’s efforts to normalise relations with the United States and hoped to find out “what Russian can do” to help with the issue of denuclearisation.The two later shared a lunch that included borscht, crab salad and venison dumplings, Russian news agency TASS reported.Putin told reporters after Kim departed that he would fill in Washington on the results of the talks.”There are no secrets here, no conspiracies… Chairman Kim himself asked us to inform the American side of our position,” said Putin, who was due to fly on to Beijing for another summit.Kim, who arrived a day earlier in his armoured train, was expected to stay in Vladivostok until Friday for cultural events that Russian media have reported will include a ballet and a visit to the city’s aquarium.The meeting was Kim’s first with another head of state since returning from his Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump, which broke down in February without a deal on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.It followed repeated invitations from Putin after Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures last year.Since March 2018, the North Korean leader has held four meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, three with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, two with Trump and one with Vietnam’s president.At the meeting with Trump in Hanoi, the cash-strapped North demanded immediate relief from sanctions, but the talks broke up in disagreement over what Pyongyang was prepared to give up in return.Russia has already called for the sanctions to be eased, while the US has accused it of trying to help Pyongyang evade some of the measures — accusations Russia denies.There were no concrete announcements or agreements, but analysts said Thursday’s meeting was valuable to both sides.”For North Korea, it’s all about securing another exit. China talks about sanctions relief but it doesn’t really put it into action,” said Koo Kab-woo, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.”For Russia, North Korea is elevating it back to one of the direct parties, on the same footing as China.”- North Korean labourers -Among the issues that were likely discussed was the fate of some 10,000 North Korean labourers working in Russia and due to leave by the end of this year under sanctions.Labour is one of North Korea’s key exports and sources of cash. Pyongyang has reportedly asked Russia to continue to employ its workers after the deadline.Moscow was a crucial backer of Pyongyang for decades and their ties go back to the founding of North Korea, when the Soviet Union installed Kim Il Sung as leader.The USSR reduced funding to the North as it began to seek reconciliation with Seoul in the 1980s, but Pyongyang was hit hard by its demise in 1991.Soon after his first election as Russian president, Putin sought to normalise relations and met Kim Jong Il — the current leader’s father and predecessor — three times, including a 2002 meeting also held in Vladivostok.China has since cemented its role as the isolated North’s most important ally, its largest trading partner and crucial fuel supplier, and analysts say Kim could be looking to balance Beijing’s influence.While ties between Moscow and Pyongyang have remained cordial, the last meeting between their leaders came in 2011, when Kim Jong Il told then-president Dmitry Medvedev that he was prepared to renounce nuclear testing.His son has since overseen by far the country’s most powerful blast to date, and launch of missiles which Pyongyang says are capable of reaching the entire Umainland.last_img read more

Trump Blames Both Sides For Charlottesville

first_imgAPPresident Donald Trump talks about North Korea during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Latest on President Trump and the Charlottesville, Virginia violence (all times EDT):4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump says the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, were “also very violent.”Trump is calling those protesters the “alt-left.” He says there is “blame on both sides” after the deadly violence over the weekend.After his initial statement on the Charlottesville violence, Trump was criticized for appearing to condemn both the white nationalists and those who were protesting them. He tried to clean up his remarks Monday.Trump says some of the facts about the deadly violence in Charlottesville still aren’t known.___12:15 p.m.President Donald Trump is blasting the CEOs who resigned from his manufacturing jobs council in the wake of the violence stemming from a white supremacist rally this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of one counter-protester.The president says on Twitter, “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, announced his resignation Tuesday, a day after a raft of departures by CEOs heading large U.S. corporations.The heads of pharmaceutical giant Merck, the sports gear company Under Armour and the tech firm Intel decided to leave the advisory council. Trump initially criticized the violence on many sides, rather than singling out the white supremacists. The president on Monday later said condemned groups tied to racism.Trump has not said if who will join his council as replacements.___6:00 a.m.The leaders of four minority House caucus groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the removal of White House staff aides Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy,” says the letter dated Monday. “In this time of tumult in our country, Americans deserve a leader that will bring us all together and denounce those who seek to tear us apart.”By Errin Haines Whack___3:35 a.m.President Donald Trump is back in the New York skyscraper that bears his name as the furor over his reaction to race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend shows few signs of dying down.Protesters on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue tried to spoil Trump’s homecoming Monday night with signs bearing messages like “stop the hate, stop the lies” and chanting “shame, shame, shame” and “not my president!”After two days of public equivocation and internal White House debate, the president condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday, declaring “racism is evil”.In a hastily arranged statement at the White House, Trump branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.”The groups are “repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Matter of excellence

first_imgThe tenth edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is all set to celebrate the best of theatre and stagecraft. META provides a concrete platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set design, costume and light design, direction and performance.  It aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. Nominations for this year’s edition have been declared which are handpicked from hundreds of entries by the jury that comprises stalwarts like Anup Hazarika, Deepa Punjani Krishnan, Sajitha Madathil, Sudhir Tandon and Vinod Nagpal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury will pick winners in 13 categories including Best Play, Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Light Design, Best Innovative Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble, and Best Choreographer.A Straight Proposal directed by Happy Ranajit and produced by Unicorn’s Actor Studio  (Delhi, 1 Hour 45 Minutes, Hindi), Aaydaan directed by Sushma Deshpande and produced by Awishkar Theatre (Mumbai, 2 Hours 20 Minutes, Marathi), Chitrapata directed by Manjunath L Badiger and produced by Samasthi (Bengaluru, 85 Minutes, Kannada), Dhou… The Wave directed by Gunakar Dev Goswami  and produced by Purvarang  (Guwahati, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Dreams from my room directed by Chingtham Banikanta Singh and produced by Pan Manipuri Theatre  (Manipur, 50 Minutes, Manipuri), Fall of a King- Burha Manuhor Babe Desh Nai directed by Palash Protim Mech and produced by Oftas  (Assam, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Kaumudi directed by Abhishek Majumdar and produced by Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation and Indian Ensemble  (Bengaluru, 2 Hours 5 Minutes, Hindi), Matthi directed by Jino Joseph and produced by Kathuparamba Malayakalanilayam  (Kerala, 1 Hour 30 Minutes, Malayalam), Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari directed by Sanjukta Wagh and produced by Beej  (Mumbai, 65 Minutes, English), Still and Still Moving  directed by Neel Chaudhuri and produced by Tadpole Repertory  (Delhi, 95 Minutes, English, Hindi) are the plays that are nominated in the best plays category.The nominations for the best directors are – Happy Ranajit, Sushma Deshpande, Manjunath L Badiger, Gunakar Dev Goswami, Chingtham Banikanta Singh, Palash Protim Mech, Abhishek Majumdar, Jino Joseph, Sanjukta Wagh and Neel Chaudhuri. When: March 27 Where: The Taj Mahal Hotellast_img read more

Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have seized weapons and drugs after stopping a car on the A34 this afternoon. Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a white Seat Leon on the busy Red Hill stretch of the road between Stafford and Stone. A package was thrown from the vehicle during the incident – with the carriageway closed while police searched for it at around 2.15pm today. Two teenagers were arrested as part of the county-wide drugs operation. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A suspected drugs package was eventually located and knuckle dusters and machetes were also seized from the vehicle. “A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy from Oldbury in the West Midlands were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply (unknown) and possession of offensive weapons. “The suspects remain in police custody and enquiries are on-going.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group, who patrol the M6 and A500 in North Staffordshire, helped to stop the vehicle. A spokesman said: “A stolen vehicle was located on the A34 in Staffordshire Police area. Tactics put in place to prevent a pursuit and vehicle stopped. “Two arrested.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more