Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions Leaguecenter_img Pogba claimed an assist in United’s win vs Palace (Picture: Getty)Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer if the Red Devils fail to finish in the top four, according to reports.The Frenchman has been linked with a return to Turin for a number of months now, especially during Jose Mourinho’s reign in the United dugout.The two of them endured a strained relationship last year, with many suggesting Pogba’s days at the club were numbered.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, since the Portuguese left United the speculation surrounding Pogba has seemingly quietened down with him now loving his football again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTBut, it’s not all back to normal for the Red Devils, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting the 25-year-old could still return to Turin this summer if his current club do not secure Champions League football for next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are just a point behind Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League, but they face difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Gunners themselves before the season is over.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 errorsIt’s unknown how much would be needed to prize Pogba away from United, but Tuttosport claim he will not be willing to participate in Europa League football for another season.The 2018 World Cup-winner has enjoyed a return to form under Solskjaer, bagging nine goals and assisting seven others since Mourinho’s departure from the club.United’s next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.MORE: De Gea prepared to walk out on United as club refuse to meet his £400,000-a-week wage demands Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of part of his request to the President for a major disaster declaration to support state, county and local response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania.“We are grateful for federal funding that will support all levels of government as we work together to stop the spread, and support those who care for the ill,” said Governor Wolf. “But I remain unwavering in my call for the approval of the rest of my request, which will provide more direct support to our friends and neighbors who are facing financial difficulties that otherwise could be insurmountable.”Under the major disaster declaration, state, county and municipal governments, as well as eligible private non-profits can receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of eligible expenses related to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible expenses can include but are not limited to costs associated with paying overtime, or materials and equipment purchases. The declaration also provides direct federal assistance, which provides federal materials and supplies to support state and local response efforts.In the coming weeks, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will reach out to potential applicants to view the application process and necessary documentation. As the response period for the COVID-19 outbreak is continuing, the process will take weeks. All reimbursements are handled electronically.Governor Wolf said his request for other federal aid remains under consideration. His letter to the President included the following Individual Assistance programs: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation.It is not known how soon a determination will be made about the rest of his request. Governor Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, which is a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration, on March 6, 2020.See this information in Spanish here. Governor Wolf: Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved March 31, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Buyers paying millions in cash for Brisbane homes despite COVID

first_imgThis apartment at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold to a cash buyer for $4.8m.BUYERS hamstrung by COVID-19 are pouring their life savings into bricks and mortar instead of shares or holidays, paying cash for multi-million dollar properties across Brisbane.With more buyers than listings and money cheaper than ever, local agents are seeing a growing trend in the number of home hunters “with money in the bank” who are not prepared to wait out the pandemic to secure their dream home.And local agents say now is the time to buy without having to compete with interstate buyers for the best homes on the market.Joseph Lordi of McGrath Estate Agents sold a home on Brisbane’s bayside this week for a whopping $8.5 million — and the local buyer paid for it in cash.This property at 32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay, has sold for $8.5m in a cash deal.Mr Lordi said the sale of the five-bedroom home on 2300 sqm of beachfront land at 32 Sentinel Court in Raby Bay attracted seven offers — all from cash buyers — before selling to a middle-aged couple with “money in the bank”.“Cash is king right now,” Mr Lordi said.“At this price point — north of $4 million — there’s a lot of cash buyers.”The view from the property at 32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay.Mr Lordi said he had started to really notice the trend in the past 12 months, when his agency sold four properties for more than $3 million each to local buyers, and all were cash contracts.“We’re finding interstate buyer inquiry is pushing up the local buyers’ (prices),” he said.“The inquiries from interstate are still there, but they just can’t get here. I have one lady with a budget of $10 million who has sold in Toorak and is now renting, but can’t wait to get back to Brisbane to buy because that’s where she’s from.“The window of opportunity to buy without having to compete with interstate buyers is now. That’s what we’re telling (buyers) and I am noticing more urgency.”Brisbane’s bayside is attracting cash buyers, according to local agents.Mr Lordi said smaller sales around the $1 million to $3 million price bracket were to buyers who had either sold their previous home earlier in the year or had pre-approval and cash ready to go.He said some buyers were even taking their money out of shares and putting it into property instead.“I sold another one this week for $1.29 million in cash,” he said.This townhouse at 5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland, recently sold for $1.46m in cash.The five-bedroom home in Tarragindi is yet to go unconditional.Mr Lordi said he sold another property — a four-bedroom townhouse at 5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland, prior to auction earlier this month for $1.46 million in cash, and another at 36 Raby Esp, Ormiston, for $1.225 million in cash, also prior to auction.“I think people are seeing the value for money in the bayside, and the lifestyle,” he said.“We’re getting a big feeder market from inner-city suburbs like New Farm, Bulimba, Ascot.A knockdown property on a double block at 36 Raby Esp, Ormiston, recently sold for $1.225m to a cash buyer.Especially downsizers who have sold their home for $2.3 million and are getting a waterfront property with a pontoon here for the same sort of money.”“I feel people are seeing the advantages of having cash at the moment,” Mr Lordi said.Place Kangaroo Point agent Simon Caulfield said buyers were turning to property because they were getting such low returns for having their money sitting in the bank and or in the volatile sharemarket.“I think this might be the new norm,” Mr Caulfield said. “It makes sense economically, and from a lifestyle perspective.“If you do the maths on $4 million and buy a property with it versus having the money in the stock market or getting a 1 per cent return from having it in the bank, you might as well buy something nice that you can also live in and get further enjoyment from.”This apartment at 7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for $4.4m in a cash deal.Mr Caulfield has just sold an apartment in Kangaroo Point for $4.4 million to a younger cash buyer, who wanted an amazing property to enjoy because they could no longer travel.“It’s hard to comprehend that level of funds and not think; ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money to put in one asset, but it shows the level of confidence,” he said.The view of Brisbane CBD from the apartment at 7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point.Mr Caulfield said buyers at the top end were no longer prepared to wait out COVID-19 to secure their luxury home.“I think the reality has sunk in for people who have been sitting on their hands for six months. If you’ve got a lot of money, what do you do with it?” he said.“There a lot of cash buyers, but not a lot of stock, so that’s starting to create a bit of competition.”Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot recently sold a home in Hendra for $2.4 million in a cash unconditional deal to a local family.Mr McKinnon said the five-bedroom property at 36 Newmarket Street was on a 506 sqm block, with a pool and pool house.This home at 36 Newmarket St, Hendra, sold for $2.4m cash.He said he had three offers on the property before the vendors settled on the price.“As long as COVID stays away, I think we’re going to have a cracking Spring,” Mr McKinnon said.“Because people aren’t going on overseas holidays, they’re restructuring their lives and deciding where they want to live.”Mr McKinnon said a number of sale-ready properties that had been put on hold a few months ago were now coming back on the market as vendors regained confidence.“It’s just crazy money,”“I just think all these people who are now buying are saying; ‘We want a nicer house, money’s cheap, let’s buy now’.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThe front of the house at 36 Newmarket St, Hendra.And when it comes to properties, the bigger the better it seems, with the coronavirus changing buyer preferences.“I think people are very mindful they need room to be able to work from home now,” Mr McKinnon said.But buyer’s agent Lauren Moore of Lauren Moore Property said she did not recommend her clients buy with cash.This apartment at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold to a cash buyer.“Unless a buyer literally has the full amount of cash for the purchase sitting in their bank account, it’s an extremely risky move in any market, but especially in a market like this,” Ms Moore said.“There are purchasers that are prepared to take the risk, but as a buyer’s agent we guide our clients on the risks associated with making a cash offer and always recommend they discuss with their solicitors.“If one party loses a job, or the valuation doesn’t stack up and they only have pre-approval, they need to find the rest of the money to complete the purchase.”A render of The Oxlade penthouse, which sold to a cash buyer for $7m.BRISBANE’S BIGGEST CASH HOME DEALS OF 2020Address Sale price32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay $8.5mPenthouse at 80 Oxlade Dr, New Farm $7m404 Bowen Tce $2.24m3/81 Moray St, New Farm $4.8m7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point $4.4m36 Newmarket St, Hendra $2.4m5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland $1.46m36 Raby Esp, Ormiston $1.225m3 & 4/59 Byron St, Bulimba $3.075m1102/59 Byron St, Bulimba $1.95m(Source: Place Estate Agents, McGrath Estate Agents)last_img read more

Big Ten Basketball

first_imgWhile reading an Indianapolis Star article, I discovered that Big Ten basketball has 25 new rule changes which will go into effect this year.  I will elaborate on a few of these in a moment.  All of these rules are supposed to speed up the game and increase scoring.  The conference is afraid they are losing the public because of slow defensive games.The first rule is that the shot clock is reduced by 5 seconds.   The second major rule change is that the 5-second call on closely defending the ball handler has been eliminated.  Post players can expect to have an arm in their back at all times to eliminate calling fowls near the basket.  Another rule, you can expect the referee to eliminate physical play whenever the ball leaves the post area.  Simply stated, you can hold the center but you have to keep your hands off the other 4 players.I will be amazed if the Big Ten officials (after a couple of games) call anything different than they have in the past 20 years.  We will have to wait and see.last_img read more

Barcelona players vote Messi to continue as captain

first_imgBarcelona players have voted for Lionel Messi to remain captain for the new season. Messi, who asked to leave only a few weeks ago, will wear the armband next season. Something he has done ever since Andres Iniesta left the club. In fact, the group of captains – and it’s order – is exactly the same as it was last season: Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto.Advertisement Loading… All four players are La Masia graduates and it will be the third season in a row that Busquets is the vice-captain. read also:Messi starts in Barca friendly win as La Liga kicks off The vote for Messi was held amongst the players, rather than any decision made by the board or coach Ronald Koeman. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool owners wanted me to ‘develop’ Mario Balotelli

first_img “The huge blow for us was that we felt we could get Alexis Sanchez. We thought he was the like-for-like replacement (for Suarez),” Rodgers added. “We felt with Luis gone, we would get Sanchez in, it would be a smooth transition into the team – and we would bring in Rickie Lambert alongside him. “Rickie was going to be an option for us, something else in the game, but it ended up we didn’t get him (Sanchez) and unfortunately for Rickie the pressure fell upon him. That wasn’t the plan. “We think Fabio Borini is gone, Daniel (Sturridge) has been injured and all of a sudden the only striker we have is maybe Rickie Lambert. “At 32 years of age, going into a Champions League season, that’s not ideally what you need.” Liverpool’s much-criticised transfer committee was a regular bone of contention for Rodgers, who during his time in the job could not do anything other than insist he was happy working alongside others from the recruitment department and senior management as per FSG’s model. The Northern Irishman has now revealed he did not have the final say on transfers, as he had asserted, and that resulted in them missing out on the likes of Dele Alli, who subsequently moved to Tottenham where he is impressing this season. “It was a group decision. It was certainly not something I would have the sole or final say on,” he said. “You want a player in and there’s a list of players but if the player you want isn’t on that list, you then have to take the best in that group. It is the model.” On Alli, he added: “Karl Robinson, the actual manager of MK Dons, drove him down to us. He wanted to come to Liverpool. “It was just then about getting the deal done with the club and unfortunately it never got done but at that point, that Saturday evening, we thought we had him in, it was done.” Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed club owners Fenway Sports Group told him to sign the problematic Mario Balotelli after he had rejected the player. The Reds were looking for someone to replace Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014 after his £75million sale to Barcelona and, after missing out on Alexis Sanchez, made a last-minute move for Balotelli. It was a gamble which never paid off and the Italian was loaned back to AC Milan at the start of this season but Rodgers, who throughout his time in charge at Anfield insisted he had the final say on ins and outs, claimed if he had had his way the striker would have never been signed at all. Press Association “It wasn’t just a goalscorer we were after. Luis Suarez was giving so much more than that,” he told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme. “After playing AC Milan in a friendly in America I was asked a question, and he wasn’t someone I felt was suited or fitted the profile of what we were after. “He’s had issues, Mario, but he’s a wonderful talent and make no mistake. “Come the end of summer, when we were struggling to get in the type of player we wanted for that role, the ownership thought this was a player I could maybe develop. “They thought this is a £50million player that they can bring in for £16million, and I can maybe develop him how I developed a few of the other players. “When the owners want you to go down that route and there are no other options, you give it a go.” Balotelli scored just four goals in 28 appearances and Rodgers’ fear of the “circus” which surrounded him was born as there were a number of training-ground tales and questions almost every week at his press conferences. Rodgers had pinned his hopes on signing Sanchez earlier in the summer but when he went to Arsenal they were suddenly scrabbling around for replacements. last_img read more

Palm Beach County tourism leaders hoping for safe Memorial Day weekend

first_imgMemorial Day weekend will be much different in South Florida this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Now that businesses are starting to reopen, Palm Beach County tourism leaders are helping businesses prepare for a safe weekend.“In order for us to get people back to travel and stay in hotels and go to attractions, the first thing we need to is regain the trust and confidence of the public,” said Jorge Pesquera, the president of Discover the Palm Beaches.last_img

Lady Mariners Fall to UMaine Farmington

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Nicole Poland of the Mariners makes a diving catch in centerfield.—MIKE OLESThe Lady Mariners dropped two games to the UMaine Farmington Beavers on Saturday, losing 6-0 and 12-3 in a North Atlantic Conference double header at Ritchie Field. The Lady Mariners fall to 2-11 on the year and 0-4 in the NAC, while the Beavers improve to 3-5 and 2-2 in the NAC.Maine Maritime’s only hit in the first game came in the 7th inning when Megan Russell (Peru, ME) laid down a bunt single to break up the no-hitter. Mallery Stanley (Standish, ME) gave up 9 hits and 3 walks, taking the loss for MMA. In the second game, Kayla Higgins (Sullivan, ME) led the MMA offense, going 2 for 2 with 2 home runs and all 3 MMA RBI’s. Mallery Stanley took the loss for MMA, giving up 15 hits over 5 innings. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all)last_img read more

Sammy lifts Peshawar Zalmi to Pakistan Super League title

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan, (CMC) – Captain Darren Sammy’s cameo proved critical as his Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiator by 58 runs in a final overshadowed by security concerns, to lift the Pakistan Super League title here Sunday.In the first high profile match played here in eight years, Zalmi tallied 148 for six off their 20 overs at the Gaddafi Stadium, with opener Kamran Akmal sustaining his good form with 40 and Sammy arriving at the back end to deliver a stroke-filled unbeaten 28, and earn Man-of-the-Match honours.In reply, Gladiators never recovered from a dodgy position of 13 for three in the fifth over and crumbled to 90 all out in the 17th over.Lahore fans express their delight at cricket’s return to Pakistan,.Zimbabwe’s Sean Ervine, drafted in for the final, top-scored with 24 while captain Sarfraz Ahmed chipped in with 22, but they were just two of three players in double figures.Following the final which was played under tight security amidst fears of a terrorist attack, Sammy praised Pakistani superstar Shahid Afridi for influencing his decision to play in the championship game.“To me it’s just more than a game. It first started in the draft. Lala (Afridi) made the big announcement that I would be the captain,” the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain said.“This trophy means a lot. Lala influenced my decision to come here. I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar. It is an amazing day. We thought with the new ball we did well. If we get 150-160 it would be a good total. We did get to 148 and our bowlers have been doing well this tournament.“The Peshawar is not just a cricket team, we do a lot for the fans, the foundation. Thanks to the PCB, and the PSL. I am glad I came to experience the atmosphere here. Even though Peshawar came out on top, cricket was the real winner in Lahore.”Gladiators were without their main stars, Englishmen Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tyman Mills all of whom refused to play in the final over security fears.Former West Indies and current Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder, Rayad Emrit, along with Ervine and South African Morne van Wyk, were drafted in as last minute replacements.Sent in, Zalmi were powered by Akmal who put on 42 for the first wicket with Englishman Dawid Malan (17) and a further 40 for the second wicket with West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, who made 19 from 17 deliveries with two fours and a six.When Zalmi lost five wickets for 30 runs in the space of 40 balls, Sammy arrived to blast a four and three sixes off just 11 balls – in a 36-run, unbroken seventh wicket partnership with Barbados-born England all-rounder, Chris Jordan (8 not out), to give Zalmi momentum late on.Seamer Emrit was the best bowler with three for 31 from his four overs.Gladiators were never in the run chase after losing their first three wickets cheaply and their best stand came between Ervine and Anwar Ali (20), with the pair posting 35 for the sixth wicket.Once the partnership was broken, the last five wickets fell for 18 runs with all-rounder Emrit finishing on six not out.last_img read more

FIFA launches legal action against Blatter and Platini

first_imgFIFA has launched legal action against former president Sep Blatter and former vice-president Michel Platini in order to recover more than £1.5m.Two million Swiss francs (£1.54m) was transferred to Platini, 64, on 18 January 2011 after Blatter, 83, approved the “disloyal payment”.Earlier this month, a FIFA governance committee unanimously ruled the illicit funds should be repaid.If they are repaid, the funds will be put back into football development.In addition, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed the “gift” from world football’s governing body was an “undue payment”.In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport in July, Blatter said he was “an honest man” and had begun legal action against Fifa for the return of 60 personal watches.Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of Fifa ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and he is serving a six-year ban from football.He alleges false information was spread in relation to money received by him after the 2014 World Cup.Blatter and Platini both deny any wrongdoing.(BBC Sport)last_img read more