Speaker blocks questions on house rentals for ministers

first_img0,000 rent packageIn a surprise decision, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, has disallowed a list of questions from the Opposition on Friday. These questions, had they been presented, sought information on the rental of buildings for governmentSpeaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotlandministers.The Opposition, in presenting the questions, noted that the issue is pertinent in the wake of recent revelations that a house was being rented for Junior Minister of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, for $500,000 a month.In addition, these payments were being made from the Parliamentary Office, and were outside of the housing allowance that is usually granted. This revelation had prompted significant backlash from the public.House Speaker Dr Scotland acknowledged that the tabling of the questions satisfied certain stipulations of the Standing Order (18) regarding oral questions without notice, and that the topic was an important one, but he nevertheless announced that he was disallowing the questions on the basis of time and place.“The question is one which is important. The question has attracted comments far and wide, and certainly it continues to attract comments and attention,” the speaker said. “But the question must be urgent and related to the business of the day. On those two counts, I have therefore disallowed this question.”The questionsThe questions which were put to the Speaker by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had called on Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to provide information on the circumstances surrounding the “administrative decision” that was taken to rent accommodation for junior and senior ministers.It also enquired into the limit on the amount of rent that could be paid, and the factors taken into account before making this decision.In addition, Nandlall had planned to enquire into whether accommodation would still be rented if the minister already owned property in the city.Additional questions for Nagamootoo had included: “Are ministries also paying rental contracts for ministers’ residential accommodations? Is this policy guided by availability of financial resources? Would the minister inform the National Assembly of the number of residential accommodations which were or are currently being rented for ministers, and the rate of rental for each of those premises from May 2015 to date?”Questions would have also been posed to Finance Minister Winston Jordan. These questions included inquiries into whether the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) or the Ministry of Finance had granted approval for these arrangements. Documents showing approval would have also been demanded to be provided to the National Assembly.Back in May of 2017, Dr Scotland had disallowed the Opposition party’s motion on the removal of the unpopular Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education.The motion was moved by Parliamentarian Priya Manickchand and submitted to the Clerk of the National Assembly on April 27. It was expected to come up for debate at the upcoming sitting the next month.In June of 2017, the Speaker had also disallowed a request from the Parliamentary Economic Services Committee to conduct public forums focusing on the issue of Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) downsizing.The Committee had made its request since May 31, 2016 to conduct these public forums in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six on specific dates between June 7 and June 30th, 2017.The request was made under Standing Order (95) 8, and the purpose of the public forums was to receive the views of the various stakeholders in the respective communities and prepare a report to be submitted to the National Assembly.In a letter dated June 5 and addressed to Clerk of Committees, Letta Barker, the Speaker had said that a public forum did not seem appropriate for the Committee to undertake.last_img read more

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Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho confirms star will sign new contract imminently

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed superstar David De Gea will sign a new contract imminently at Old Trafford.The Red Devils have been trying to get the Spaniard to commit his future with his current deal set to end next summer. 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to sign a new contract at Old Trafford Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 silverware Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted Most Popular Premier League News The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 possible standings center_img He added: “The old story of ‘I’d pay that for a striker, but I wouldn’t pay it for a goalkeeper‘ is old fashioned. The market now understands that and I am happy for the keepers.“But with David, it is a collective situation involving the player, his agent [Jorge Mendes] and Manchester United.“The agent didn’t create a war to try to achieve his objectives. He respected the club, he respected the player, the player was always keen to stay and happy to do so and the club understood how important he was.“So we have always tried to give him the conditions to make him happy, so credit to all three parties.” But Mourinho has put any worries fans had to bed by confirming the player would be putting ink to paper as soon as possible.When asked about what De Gea would cost in the transfer market given two world-record fees being paid for shot-stoppers, he replied: “His [De Gea’s] valuation is zero, because he is a Manchester United player who, as soon as possible, will sign a new contract.“He likes it here, we love him, we want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not in the market the value is zero.“A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that. A goalkeeper wins points and wins titles, so he is as important as another player.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures SORRY smart causal whoops latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won changes De Gea with the Golden Glove awardlast_img read more

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Cabinet’s increased gender balance welcomed

first_img27 May 2014The increased proportion of female ministers and deputy ministers in President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet is a move in the right direction, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Tuesday.“The CGE believes although 50/50 gender parity has not been reached, it is within reach and should be possible to reach in the next election,” CGE spokesperson Javu Baloyi said.The new Cabinet, announced on Sunday, includes 15 women out of 35 ministers in total, meaning women constitute about 40% of the Cabinet.“Given that in the previous Cabinet, woman ministers constituted about a third of the members … the CGE is pleased to note this as a significant step in the right direction,” Baloyi said.He added that the commission was also pleased with the increase in the proportion of woman deputy ministers; there are 20 male and 16 female deputy ministers.The CGE also commended the creation of the new Ministry of Women in the Presidency – to be headed by former Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu – saying it was an indicator of the importance of solving gender issues in the country.“The political clout that comes with the Office of the President should be an important resource for the new ministry,” he said.“The CGE can only hope that this new institutional development comes with renewed political commitment and willingness to use the positive lessons derived from the experiences of the former OSW [Office on the Status of Women] to ensure a more effective ministry, with the space to make a difference in terms of leading gender transformation in the country.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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The Insulation Empire Strikes Back

first_imgI was amused, and maybe a little surprised, to find a snail mail, printed letter from NAIMA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, in my mailbox recently. This letter, signed by the executive vice president and general counsel, was in response to my earlier post regarding batt insulation. Here is the text of the letter. Please forgive any errors, as it was scanned and run through an OCR program.REGULAR MAILJanuary 17, 2011Mr. Carl SevilleAdvisor to Green Building AdvisorSeville ConsultingRE: Green Building Advisor Article “Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?”Dear Mr. Seville:Thank you for your article emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (“NAIMA”) is aware of many qualified contractors who properly install a variety of insulation products, but NAIMA is an advocate of the importance of proper installation in order to achieve full thermal performance. Indeed. NAIMA’s published literature states: “Carefully read the manufacturer’s directions printed on packaging of batt or roll insulation to be sure the material is correctly installed.” In another NAIMA publication, it is stated that “[t]he performance of any insulation product is dependent not only on selecting the proper product but also on installing it correctly.” NAIMA also provides guidance and training materials to insulation contractors.What is true of all insulation products is that when properly installed, insulation delivers significant energy savings. What is also true of all insulation products is that all can be improperly installed. All insulation products must be installed correctly in order to achieve the intended thermal performance. The National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”) has stated that “you can choose the right insulation, but it will not do the job it’s supposed to do if it is not installed properly.” The NAHB’s statement is directed towards all types of insulation products: batt and blanket, loose-fill, rigid board insulation, spray foam insulation, and others. Therefore, to single out fiber glass batts is unfair and inaccurate. If there is a problem with batts, there is a problem with all batts, including cotton, plastic, denim, rock wool, slag wool, or any other type of batt. Moreover, the rate of improperly installed fiber glass batts must also be weighed in balance with the fact that fiber glass is the most widely used insulation product in North America. Put simply, more fiber glass batts are installed so more are likely to be improperly installed.Many insulation products when incorrectly installed not only fail to deliver their optimum thermal performance, but may cause serious damage or destruction to the building too. Just consider a few of the following examples that effectively illustrate the need to apply equitably the phrase “when properly installed.”In your article, you mention that blown-in products might have been a preferable alternative, though more expensive. As noted above, there is not an insulation product, or any other product for that matter, that is foolproof. Spray foam insulation, which must be installed by experts, can be over-sprayed or under-sprayed. For example, a Maryland inspector reported about an insulation contractor who completely foamed all the walls, roof sheathing, ridge vents, attic fan, and soffit vents. The fan and vents ceased to function. In addition, significant fire and explosion hazards exist during installation of spray foam products. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has identified several fatalities and incidents due to severe asthmatic attacks and fire/explosions associated with the use of isocyanurate-containing materials (which is one of the chemical hazards in spray foam products).Other examples of misapplication of spray foam include under-spraying that leaves gaps and holes similar to those described in your article on fiber glass batts. These gaps or voids will result in decreased R-value. If during a retrofit foam insulation is applied over a 48 inch space using only a two or three inch opening at one side, the foam will begin to expand and cure before it has reached the full depth of the cavity. This would block any more foam from filling the cavity, so random voids would result. Even proponents of foam insulation caution that “spray foam products must still be sprayed correctly.”Most other blown-in products can also be under-sprayed, fluffed, or subject to settling. For example, cellulose insulation settles over time. Third party documentation estimates that settling of cellulose insulation shows an average settling value of 19 percent. Therefore, if cellulose insulation is improperly installed without accounting for settling, cellulose insulation will lose about 19 percent of its R-value when it settles. Therefore, proper installation of cellulose insulation is required in order to improve energy efficiency. The installer must take into account installed thickness and settled thickness, which means additional product must be added to compensate for that settling factor.Too much cellulose insulation above ceilings, however, can impact the ceiling structure of the home. Based on US Gypsum weight limit recommendations for backloaded standard drywall and the installed density of shredded newspaper insulations, there is potential for ceiling drywall to sag at R-values above R-30 for regular cellulose insulation when installed over 1/2 inch ceiling drywall with framing spaced 24 inches on centers. Cellulose insulation, if improperly installed, can cause fires when the insulation is placed near a heat source. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) regulates cellulose insulation as a recognized fire threat. To protect against that fire threat, CPSC regulations mandate the proper installation of cellulose insulation: “Based on available fire incident information, engineering analysis of the probable fire scenarios, and laboratory tests, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that fire may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed too close to the sides or over the top of recessed electrical light fixtures, or installed too close to the exhaust flues from heat producing devices or apparatus such as furnaces, water heaters, and space heaters. These fires may result in serious injuries or deaths. Presently available information indicates that fires may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed even though the cellulose insulation complies with the Commission’s amended interim standard for cellulose insulation.”‘CPSC has actually issued regulations that mandate proper installation to avoid house fires, yet even a legal mandate cannot stop improper installation as attested to in the enclosed article, “Going Green May Make You See Red.” Improper installation of cellulose is so serious that this warning label must be affixed: Manufacturers of cellulose insulation shall label all containers of cellulose insulation with the following statement, using capital letters as indicated:CAUTIONPotential Fire Hazard: Keep cellulose insulation at least three inches away from the sides of recessed light fixtures. Do not place insulation over such fixtures so as to entrap heat. Also keep this insulation away from exhaust flues of furnaces, water heaters, space heaters. or other heat-producing devices. To be sure that insulation is kept away from light fixtures and flues, use a barrier to permanently maintain clearance around these areas. Check with local building or fire officials for guidance on installation and barrier requirements. Request to Installer: Remove this label and give it to the consumer at completion of job.Reflective insulation must be positioned adjacent to an air gap to be effective; otherwise heat will simply conduct through to the next solid layer that it touches. In other words, if the reflective insulation is positioned improperly, it will not deliver the intended thermal performance.If you are so anxious to outlaw insulation products, would it not be prudent to start with those products clearly identified as threats to life and safety? Certainly outlawing fiberglass batts should be a low priority. Perhaps in future columns you can join with NAIMA and many other insulation producers in advocating proper installation for all insulation products. To single out fiber glass actually does a great disservice to your readers because it suggests that it is somehow a unique issue to fiber glass when, in reality, it is an issue for the entire insulation industry.Sincerely,Executive Vice President, General CounselNorth American Insulation Manufacturers AssociationSo who is NAIMA anyway?According to its website, “NAIMA is recognized as the voice of the insulation industry for architects and builders; design, process and maintenance engineers; contractors; code groups and standards organizations; government agencies; public interest, energy and environmental groups; and homeowners. NAIMA is an authoritative resource on energy-efficiency, sustainable performance, and the application and safety of fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.”OK, so we know they represent all insulation manufacturers, EXCEPT cellulose, foam, cotton, wool, and maybe a few others I am not aware of. So, it is not surprising that the letter focused on the dangers of spray foam and cellulose insulation while ignoring any potential problems with the products NAIMA represents. I do appreciate that they thanked me for emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation products, but I didn’t really need a lecture on how wonderful their products are and how evil the competition is. I suppose what I find the most interesting is that there was no acknowledgment that the title about outlawing batt insulation was tongue-in-cheek and meant only to get the reader’s attention, which it apparently did.I suspect that NAIMA wishes I had never written the post, and that the whole issue would just go away—but somehow I think that since the letter has inspired me to write about this again, it will have the opposite effect and help promulgate this post even further.last_img read more

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Pneumonia TKO’s Muhammad Ali

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said.The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.“He went into the hospital this morning,” Gunnell said in a phone interview. “He has a mild case of pneumonia and the prognosis is good.”Gunnell declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized. No other details are being released due to the Ali family’s request for privacy, he said.Ali appeared in public in September to attend a ceremony in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. He did not speak.Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and devoted himself to social causes. He traveled the world on humanitarian missions, mingling with the masses and rubbing elbows with world leaders. Ali received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2005.The Muhammad Ali Center, in Louisville, is dedicated to Ali’s humanitarian causes and also showcases his boxing career.Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Berrien Springs, Michigan; and in Louisville.(BRUCE SCHREINER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Tata Communications: Now sole Indian on the Formula 1 grid

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Singapore, Sep 17 (PTI) The split second decisions that reigning world champions Mercedes take during a race are a result of real time data provided by Tata Communications, Formula 1’s connectivity partner since 2012 and now the only Indian presence in the paddock. The Pune-based provider of telecommunications solutions and services is also proud of its association with Mercedes since 2013. Under the new owners, Formula 1 has embarked on an intense digital journey in times when more people are live streaming race content than watching it on television. “Tata Communications will play a critical role as we enable a new vision at Formula 1,” sport’s CEO Chase Carey had said after taking charge. While the Formula 1 teams and drivers get all the attention, working tirelessly behind the scenes during every race is Tata’s talented team on track and as well personnel back at its UK base. Come to think of it, the listed company, formerly known as VSNL, is the only major Indian presence in the sport after the unceremonious exit of Vijay Mallya from Force India last month. No Indian driver has made it to the pinnacle of motorsport since 2012 and the race in Greater Noida was dropped after three seasons. “We are very proud of what we are able to achieve with Formula 1. The sport is a capability showcase for us, the place where our world-class technology meets top-notch engineering. The association also means that we are constantly contributing to innovation in the sport,” Tata Communications Formula 1 boss Mehul Kapadia told PTI on Monday.advertisement While the company is powering Formula 1’s digital revolution, it provides Mercedes uninterrupted on track data which the German giants can share with their men back at the factory in Brackley, England. The close strategy calls that the team is able to make will be a lot tougher if it was not for the seamless data provided by Tata Communications. The owners of one of the largest submarine cable networks in the world also work with 20 plus broadcasters, enable radio communications besides generating reams of data. “Formula 1 has come a long way and has fully embraced technology. When we started, it operated on speeds lower than of a broadband. Now you can expect constant innovation, not only to keep itself connected on cutting edge technology but also to enhance the fan experience,” added Kapadia. PTI BS SSCSSClast_img read more

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Liga MX Talking Points: Top teams meet

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Talking Points: Top-two matchup, Cruz Azul’s playoff fight lead Jornada 15 Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 11:05 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aviles Hurtado Monterrey Ronaldo Schemidt Liga MX Monterrey Puebla v Pumas Cruz Azul v Tigres UANL Querétaro v Atlas Monterrey v América León v Veracruz Necaxa v Lobos BUAP Guadalajara v Tijuana Toluca v Morelia Santos Laguna v Pachuca Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Querétaro Pumas Tigres UANL Atlas América Toluca Santos Laguna Las Aguilas & Rayados meet at the summit, while Paco Jemez’s group looks to avoid collapse. Goal previews the weekend in Mexico… Three more weeks remain in Liga MX before the playoffs begin. Some teams have four games left on the calendar but for most there will be this weekend, next weekend and the weekend after the international break to secure a Liguilla spot.It’s going to be an enthralling conclusion to the Apertura’s regular season before the grand fiesta begins. Who will be on the guest list? Let’s take a look at what these matches will tell us about the final eight:Match of the Week … Monterrey vs. AmericaOribe Peralta Club AmericaWhile many of the league’s teams are sweating about extending their season, all eyes will be drawn to the top of the table with No. 1 Monterrey hosting No. 2 America this weekend at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. Monterrey’s last league defeat there was in May, and Rayados bounced back from a stunning defeat to Puebla with a 1-0 win over Pumas last weekend. America, meanwhile, struggled to a 1-0 defeat against Necaxa in its final contest of the busy three-match week teams had after the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Oribe Peralta and Darwin Quintero were rested in that contest but America will rely on them to test a Monterrey back line that has been quietly excellent. “We’re strong,” America manager Miguel Herrera said. “We analyzed the match against Necaxa, in which we lacked concentration.”Monterrey is a strange team in that it dominates teams without appearing to dominate them. The side runs little and moves the ball infrequently. When Rayados do take off or connect a dangerous pass, they are nearly impossible to stop. America must limit the chances it provides if it has any hope of snapping the home side’s six-match home winning streak.The task could be easier if Monterrey is without Rogelio Funes Mori, who has missed training this week because of a knock to his calf he took in the midweek cup contest. Still, between Aviles Hurtado, Dorlan Pabon and Carlos Sanchez there will be a challenge for America to head home not having conceded.It’s a big weekend for … Edgar MendezEdgar Mendez Paco Jemez Cruz AzulCruz Azul got off to an undefeated start to the tournament but now the faithful are fearing that they’re on track for another disappointment. If La Maquina miss the Liguilla, it will extend the club’s miserable streak to seven consecutive tournaments without a postseason berth.The frustration is building, with the team sitting in the eighth and final Liguilla place after last week’s embarrassing 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Lobos BUAP. This week, Cruz Azul is back home in Mexico City to take on Tigres. It’s not the opponent coach Paco Jemez will want to see, but the club’s players are still confident they can return the team to its former greatness.”Greatness isn’t lost. I have no doubt about this. What has been achieved in 53 years, the titles won in Mexico and the international titles are there,” goalkeeper Jesus Corona said. “We’re going through a drought, and we’re the ones responsible for that. We’re going to keep working, looking for the team that can win championships. It’s by fighting we’ll be able to return Cruz Azul to the golden years.”A good step would be getting into the postseason, but a win against Tigres this weekend won’t come easily. Saturday’s visitors have won four of their last five and allowed just one goal over that spell. That’s why Edgar Mendez needs to step up for Cruz Azul. He’s currently tied with Felipe Mora for the lead in goals but the scoring hasn’t been there lately. Cruz Azul’s last three goals came from the penalty spot, with a 4-1 win over then-last-place Pumas the last time the team scored from open play. A breakthrough against Tigres is needed to get momentum heading back in the right direction ahead of a trip to Morelia and a visit from Veracruz to close out the regular season and for the club to have any chance to continue it into the playoffs.Keep an eye on … Liguilla hopefuls on the roadGustavo Bou TijuanaThree playoff hopefuls on the outside looking in take to the road this weekend in need of a result. Atlas, sitting ninth with 19 points and one fewer match played than its rivals after the postponed contest against Tigres, is in the best shape and heads to Queretaro. That’s another boost for Jose Cruz’s team with the Gallos Blancos reeling and adapting to life under a new coach after Jaime “Jimmy” Lozano was fired.Behind Atlas in the table is slumping Tijuana, which travels to face Chivas. It’s been an easy road trip for most teams, with the reigning champion yet to find a victory at home this tournament. Xolos need to find the back of the net after struggling to generate attack in their previous matches. Pachuca is the reigning CONCACAF Champions League winner but might get some unwanted extra time to get ready for the Club World Cup. They have a Sunday night showdown against a resurgent Santos Laguna team that now has a working attack but is still giving up too many goals to make a shocking push into contention for the top eight. Victor Guzman, Keisuke Honda and Edson Puch need to find their rhythm in Torreon for Tuzos to have any shot at leapfrogging Atlas and Tijuana and contend for a place.The consolation for these clubs is that they’re not out of it. Teams in worse situations have, improbably, made the Liguilla in recent tournaments.Quote of the WeekMatias Almeyda Alan Pulido Chivas“It makes you feel bad because he’s someone who gives it all every day. On the field, we’re performing, and we’ve failed him. It hurts us because he’s someone who has given everything for us. Matias is someone who has made a difference in our lives and it’s painful not have been able to match that up with results this tournament,” – Jair Pereira, Chivas center backWith Chivas’ league campaign over but the cup campaign continuing, Pereira spent much of his time at Thursday’s news conference speaking about Chivas coach Matias Almeyda. It’s been a poor tournament for Chivas, with Pereira’s injuries coming into play in the back line’s struggles. That doesn’t seem to have fallen on Almeyda, though, who is still being linked with jobs in various parts of the world. Pereira said he wouldn’t be surprised if Almeyda does leave Chivas in the near future, but that the team has enjoyed getting to know the coach and would be worse off without him.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino demands Spurs find killer instinct as Liverpool await

first_img Pinterest The Liverpool game was supposed to have been the first one at the rebuilt White Hart Lane but that hope faded some time ago. The delays on the new stadium have vexed the club and supporters alike and it feels as though no week is complete without rumours of further problems. Tottenham say that they will not move until November, at the earliest. Nobody would be surprised if it turned into the new year.Pochettino has been beset by issues since the summer, when nine of his most important players reported late for pre-season after their exertions in reaching the final weekend of the World Cup. He maintains that he was relaxed about the club signing nobody during the transfer period (Liverpool, by contrast, spent £156.3m on four new faces), although it is easy to imagine that stance being tested as the schedule intensifies. features Pochettino took steps to address it and he even went public on the eve of the Watford game at his press conference to warn Spurs would “crash” if they bought into the hype that followed Old Trafford.It made no difference. In Pochettino’s words, his team played the first half “as if it were a testimonial”. He added: “It was like we thought: ‘It is a nice afternoon in Watford, Elton John is in the stands.’ It was like going to Hyde Park with my child.”The Liverpool game was always going to be big. But when Pochettino offered further detail on those frustrating days before Watford, shining a light on the issue he is obsessed with tackling – that of his squad’s mentality – he made it even bigger.“After Manchester United, all the signals from the team were that we were going to crash,” Pochettino said. “We cannot talk about winning the Premier League [after Old Trafford] and the job is done. You needed to come in and ask for more training. Of course, I am the guilty one because I saw but I could not change the situation. We weren’t right in the way we prepared and that is why it’s still so painful.“To win now against Liverpool can change the mood and the perception but if we win, we would then have to win against Brighton next Saturday because you need to be consistent. It’s not to be focused and right in one game and then the job is done. Football is about energy over 10 months.” Liverpool must show improvement at so-called big six, says Jürgen Klopp Share on Messenger Mauricio Pochettino Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Facebook Davinson Sánchez reacts at the final whistle as Spurs lost their unbeaten record at Watford. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Read more Tottenham Hotspur Twitter Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Reuse this content Pochettino has been without Son Heung-min for the last three matches, after giving him permission to play for South Korea at the Asian Games. The good news was that Son’s team won gold to earn an exemption from military service but the bad is that he has done a lot of travelling and must now battle fatigue. Harry Kane, meanwhile, has also been under the microscope. Has his form dipped? The remorseless questioning is a by-product of his A-list status.In the face of such a buffeting, Tottenham have made a largely positive start to the season but Pochettino has highlighted the difference between perception and reality on more than one occasion of late, offering the impression that there are problems beneath the surface. Chief among them is what goes on between his players’ ears.“It is about attitude and saying: ‘We are aggressive and we try to win,’” Pochettino said. “We need to be focused for 95 minutes. If not, if you are disrespectful, you always pay in football. If it is not today, you pay tomorrow. Pochettino’s preparations for Liverpool have not been ideal. Like every top manager, he has been unable to work fully with many of his players because of their international commitments. But he has lost Dele Alli to an injury sustained on England duty, which has represented a blow, and it has been possible to detect a degree of friction between Tottenham and the Football Association over the matter.Then, there has been the Hugo Lloris drink-driving conviction, a distracting episode that has brought a slew of negative headlines. Now that the gory details of just how drunk the captain was have been revealed in court, he faces a challenge to refocus on his football, although that will have to wait. The club say they expect him to be out for “several weeks” with the thigh injury he sustained against United.“We arrive after two weeks and we didn’t talk too much about Liverpool,” Pochettino told reporters. “You learn today that football is not only what happens on the pitch, it’s many things that happen around and we need to be ready to deal with all these situations that, in the end, affect the result. I am learning a lot.” Read more “To respect the opponent is to score one, two, three, four, five, 10 goals. To not show respect is to think: ‘They are a poor team, we play so slow and 2-0 or 3-0 is enough. Now we wait for the end of the game.’ To show respect for the opponent is to go and kill with every single action. That is how I understand football.” Share on Pinterest Lucky Lloris will refocus on football after life lesson, says Pochettino Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: Sign up for our free daily football email. Tottenham v Liverpool quiz: how well do you know their history? Mauricio Pochettino laughed a touch uneasily and made the symbol for a telephone with his thumb and little finger. “If we play in the same way against Liverpool as we did against Watford, rather than take off players, I will be on the phone to say: ‘Houston, we have a problem,’” he said.The Tottenham manager has had the international break to stew upon the 2-1 loss at Watford and it feels as though it will take more than a redemptive victory over Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime to flush it from his system.Watford hurt him badly, and not only because his team were guilty of switching off twice to concede goals at set pieces and, in the process, throw away a 1-0 lead. Pochettino knew that something was wrong after the breakthrough 3-0 away win over Manchester United in the previous game. He had felt it. The players were a little too self-congratulatory. Read morelast_img read more

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The Tom Herman Contract Details Have Been Released

first_imgThe Tom Herman contract at Texas is a large one.After being hired as Texas’ head football coach, reports immediately came out about what his contract could look like. Now, the wondering is over as the details of his five-year deal have been released.According to USA Today, Herman is set to receive $28.75 million in basic compensation under financial terms for a five-year deal which was approved Saturday by the board of regents.As far as a year-by-year breakdown, he’ll be receiving a raise each season.“Herman will be paid $5.25 million during the first year of the deal, and his compensation is scheduled to increase by $250,000 in each subsequent year.”Year one: $5.25 millionYear Two: $5.5 millionYear Three: $5.75 millionYear Four: $6 millionYear Five: $6.25 millionHere is a look at his non-guaranteed incentive payments via USA Today:screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-6-47-39-pmHerman is now the sixth highest-paid college football coach in the nation. Herman was making $3 million as Houston’s coach.last_img read more

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Excited to test New Zealand’s bench strength in T20 series against India: Williamson

first_img Press Trust of India WellingtonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 17:35 IST India vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson will be keen on helping New Zealand win the T20I series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson said he isn’t ruling out the chances of him opening in the T20I seriesAny form of international cricket against a quality side is good preparation for World Cup, says WilliamsonKane Williamson also said New Zealand are keen on managing Tim Southee’s workload in the lead up to World CupThe deflating ODI loss behind him, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson Tuesday said he is excited about the prospect of testing unheralded players against a “top” team like India in the T20 series, starting Wednesday.New Zealand have drafted in two debutants — all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and right-arm pacer Blair Tickner — in the T20 squad besides all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijen, who has played just one T20 and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert (8 T20s). The Kiwis lost the five-match ODI series 1-4.Williamson said with Martin Guptill ruled out due to a back injury, some rookie players will be in action in the three-match T20 series against India.”Martin (Guptill) has been ruled out of the series because of a back injury. We have a different squad altogether with some new faces. We are going to see some debutants throughout the series and it is really exciting,” the Kiwi skipper said on the eve of the opening T20.”It’s a positive thing that a number of guys are getting opportunities to have those experiences against a fantastic Indian side.”Will Kane Williamson open for New Zealand?With Guptill not in the scheme of things, Williamson didn’t rule out the possibility of opening the innings in the T20 matches.”At this stage we are going to look at the surface, we are not decided just yet. We are looking to pin down the balance. There are a number of all-rounders which will affect the positions I suppose,” he said when asked about New Zealand’s possible opening combination.advertisement”There are a number of guys who could potentially fill that role. Obviously (Colin) Munro is expected in the top-three. Power players could potentially move up the order or it could be me,” he added.Tim Southee’s workload in focus ahead of World CupWilliamson emphasised on the need to balance experienced pacer Tim Southee’s workload going into the World Cup which will start May 30 in the UK.”Tim (Southee) has played a huge amount of cricket. He is a massive part of our side. He is a leader in the group,” he said.Williamson said any form of international cricket against a quality side is good for the preparation of the team.”Obviously it is the shorter version of what we can expect in the World Cup but it is another great opportunity to play international cricket against what is a very strong opposition. Any time you get opportunities to have those experiences it’s always good,” Williamson said.”It’s (World Cup) not that far away now. Any opportunity you get to play in international cricket is beneficial. It’s (T20s) still an important fixture especially against a competitive side like India. So, I think all the people involved in the series will get a lot out of it.”Williamson admitted that it is always tough to adapt from one format to the other in quick time.”It is always a challenge to adapt from Test to ODI to T20. It does require adjustments in mindset. Whether it’s bowling or batting you need to try and adapt quickly,” he said.”We would look to try and get things right in terms of executing our plans, we want to step up a little bit. Obviously, it’s a different format but it’s exciting that we have new group.”Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Rishabh Pant a great asset for India, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya reunites with brother Krunal in New Zealand for T20I seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Tim SoutheeFollow T20I series Excited to test New Zealand’s bench strength in T20 series against India: WilliamsonWilliamson said with Martin Guptill ruled out due to a back injury, some rookie players will be in action in the three-match T20 series against India.advertisementlast_img read more

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