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Mourinho upbeat as Pogba points way for Man Utd in Europe

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho acknowledges Paul Pogba’s winning display as the Frenchman comes off towards the end against Young Boys © AFP / Alain GROSCLAUDEBERN, Switzerland, Sep 20 – With Paul Pogba putting his stamp on games and Jose Mourinho in an upbeat mood, the atmosphere around Manchester United is markedly more relaxed than it was just a few weeks ago.United’s 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in Bern on Wednesday was not completely straightforward, with the visitors on the back foot before Pogba emerged to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half. But Mourinho’s side ended up thoroughly deserving their victory against a team that had won nine out of 10 games this season and were determined to impress on their Champions League group-stage debut.Pogba’s decisive contribution while wearing the captain’s armband also stretched to an assist for Anthony Martial’s third goal in the second half, and his performance came after he stood out on his 100th appearance for the club in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Watford.“If someone asks me to do that again, I don’t think it’ll go where it did,” admitted Pogba of his terrific opening goal at the Stade de Suisse, which he followed by scoring a penalty before half-time.“I’m very, very happy to have scored two goals and to have helped decide the game,” said the France star, who has four goals in total this season, three from the spot.The 25-year-old has not always enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Mourinho, being routinely dropped last season.In recent weeks, doubts have been raised about what his agent Mino Raiola might have in mind for Pogba’s future. Yet in Bern, Pogba delivered for his manager.“I don’t think he can score goals every match, but the goal he scored today, the first goal, is not different than the fantastic save (Ben) Foster had in the last match,” Mourinho said of a player who also netted for France in the World Cup final.“If he starts arriving in possible scoring positions that can be a plus for the team, so I am happy with that. The team had good stability in midfield, allowed him to go to these kind of positions.”It is now three straight wins in three away games for United, after Premier League successes at Burnley and Watford.– Delight at Dalot –Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot impressed on his Manchester United debut © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAfter speculation that he could be sacked in the wake of the 3-0 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month, the Portuguese’s mood has changed for the better.He expressed delight at teenager Diogo Dalot’s debut performance at right-back, was full of praise for Luke Shaw, and left the Stade de Suisse press room joking with reporters.“At half-time I told the players it is the third time in a row we arrive at half-time winning 2-0 — against Burnley we didn’t finish off but we didn’t concede, against Watford we concede and we were in trouble,” he said.Martial rounded out the win by marking his first start in a month by netting his first goal since January.The manager added: “I think our best period was exactly the period in the second half where we scored our third goal and we killed the game.“In the second half the players were responsible, they were ambitious, so I liked that.“But what I like most is that after two defeats, three matches away, and three victories — I don’t say phenomenal performances but three good, solid performances, and let’s go back home Saturday.”Wolverhampton Wanderers are up next, while United are also at home in their next Champions League game against Valencia.A win against the Spaniards will be a big step towards the last 16 before a double-header against Juventus, as United seek to improve in Europe following last season’s exit to Sevilla in the first knockout round.“We had a tough season in the Champions League last season — we want to do much better this season,” Pogba insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Patient dies as doctors quarrel over roles

first_imgA patient died at the Dhenkanal district hospital on Sunday as doctors wasted time quarrelling over who would attend to the victim.Trilokya Sahu (37) of Gunduraposi village under the Gondia police limit was rushed to the Community Health Centre, Gondia, when he complained of acute chest pain. Doctors immediately referred him to the Dhenkanal hospital.Relatives took him to the district hospital Outdoor Patient Department where they were told to take him to the medicine ward.Trilokya was taken to medicine ward where the doctor refused to attend to him saying it was not his case. The relatives again took him to the OPD. When the OPD doctor asked why the patient was not being attended to, it led to a spat between the two doctors. The two doctors were identified as Pragyan Das and Manoj Das.Meanwhile, the victim, who was left unattended, died. “My brother died as no doctor attended to him. It is a criminal act as the two doctors chose to fight instead of taking care of the patient,” said Rabi Narayan Sahu, brother of the victim. Dhenkanal Chief District Medical Officer Basudev Behera said it was an unfortunate incident and the matter would be investigated.Angry villagers staged a road block near Gondia demanding compensation of ₹10 lakh for the family of the deceased..last_img read more

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Three factors may decide fate in six Haryana seats

first_imgThe large-scale violence during the Jat reservation agitation that claimed more than 30 lives, the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases and the split in the Indian National Lok Dal a few months ago are three factors that could influence results in at least half a dozen Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana.Though the Jat and non-Jat division in Haryana is not new, but it was the large-scale violence and arson during the Jat reservation agitation in February 2016 during BJP rule that further widened the divide between the two communities. More than three years after the violence, the ghost of the stir has now returned to haunt the political fraternity in Haryana, especially in Rohtak, which bore its brunt.Seeking re-election from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat for a fourth consecutive term, Deepender Singh Hooda — though he enjoys support among the electorate — seems to have a tough electoral battle on the cards. A Jat, he has been pitted against the BJP’s Arvind Sharma, a Brahmin. It would also cast its shadow on Sonipat Lok Sabha seat where Mr. Bhupinder Hooda himself is caught in a electoral battle with BJP’s Ramesh Chander Kaushik.Besides, it could prove to be a spoilsport for BJP’s Brijendra Singhin Hisar, with reports suggesting that the Sainis, hit adversely by the reservation agitation, are annoyed with the State government for its response to the situation then. Similarly, the agitation could also hurt the prospects of Congress in Karnal and Kurukshetra tilting the scales in favour of the BJP, largely seen as a non-Jat outfit.Dera chief caseUpset with the BJP government over the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who had lent support to the party in 2014 Assembly election helping it in around a dozen seats, his supporters seem alienated this time around for obvious reasons. It could impact the prospects of BJP in Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, and Ambala, which has a significant support base for Gurmeet. The split in the INLD leading to the birth of JJP has, indeed, hit both the parties hard. It would hurt the prospects of both the parties in Hisar and Sirsa, held by the INLD in the outgoing Lok Sabha, the most.last_img read more

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Warners Bay and Chancellor taste Schools Cup glory

first_imgEden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.last_img read more

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a month agoAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldo

first_imgAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Swiss giant Novartis to buy USbased AveXis in 87B deal

first_imgGENEVA – Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis says it has agreed to buy the U.S.-based gene therapy company AveXis Inc. for $8.7 billion, part of its goal to become a leader in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.The two companies say their respective boards have voted unanimously to approve the deal, to be paid for through cash and short-term borrowing.The tender offer for $218 per share announced Monday marks a whopping 88 per cent premium from AveXis’ closing price in Nasdaq trading on Friday.Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis called the deal set to close in mid-2018 a “financially attractive acquisition with multi-billion dollar peak sales potential” even if it isn’t expected to add to core operating income until 2020.The lead AveXis gene therapy candidate is for spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, which Novartis called the top genetic cause of death in infants, in which “nine out of 10 infants do not live to their second birthday or are permanently ventilator dependent.”The top executive for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Paul Hudson, said the deal to bring in AveXis “would support both our ambition to be a leader in neurodegenerative diseases and our Neuroscience franchise priorities to strengthen our position in devastating pediatric neurological diseases such as SMA.”last_img read more

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MLAs daughter delivers Mothers Day gifts to local seniors

first_img“I was riding by the hospital recently and saw a bunch of seniors out front of the care centre, they were so nice and friendly, I just felt I wanted to do something nice for them,” said Davies. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ladies residing at Peace Villa and Abbeyfield House each received a carnation, chocolate and a card on Mother’s Day after the daughter of Peace River North MLA Dan Davies came up with the idea of doing something nice for local seniors.Bert Bowes Grade 7 student Hana Davies said she thought of the idea of giving the gifts last week. Dan Davies said his daughter got permission from the two care centres, did a budget, and got Inland Concrete to sponsor the gifts. Davies hand-delivered the surprise gifts to the residents of the two facilities at lunch time on Mother’s Day.Hana Davies handing a flower and card to Peace Villa resident Debbie Simons. Supplied photo.last_img read more

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Thailand junta poised to retain power

first_imgBangkok: Thailand’s election results were due Monday, with the junta appearing poised to hold on to power in a vote that saw its main rival diminished but vaulted a new pro-democracy force into the kingdom’s politics. Sunday’s poll — seen as a referendum on the military — was the first since a 2014 coup, and was held under new rules written by the junta to ease its transformation into a civilian government. Despite that, analysts had not expected the army-linked Phalang Pracharat party to win the popular vote, given mounting anger at junta rule and the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai — the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Thai politics is unpredictable, and as preliminary results trickled in Sunday, Phalang Pracharat — with coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha as its candidate for prime minister — clung to the lead, racking up more than 7.6 million votes with 93 percent of ballots tallied. “This will give them… popular legitimacy and more credibility,” Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said. Phalang Pracharat had nearly half a million more votes than Pheu Thai, despite the track record of Thaksin whose parties have won every vote since 2001, drawing on loyalty from the rural and urban poor. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrayut’s party is on track to cobble together the 126 votes in the lower house it needs for a parliamentary majority, in combination with a 250-seat upper house Senate that is appointed by the junta. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s main English-language newspaper, splashed “Prayut return ‘likely'” across its front page on Monday. The poll pitted a royalist junta and its allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire-turned-politician Thaksin and featured an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters. As the results came in, dismay rippled out across the pro-democracy camp, with prospects diminishing of an anti-junta coalition squeezing into power. The Election Commission unexpectedly postponed the release of fuller results until Monday afternoon, including the number of lower house seats won by each party. The Election Commission has said it will finalise the results by May 9. But questions quickly began to percolate on social media over an election that saw a massive 1.9 million ballots invalidated, setting the stage for disputes. Turnout was a tepid 64 percent, much lower than forecasts. Election night was full of surprises, with the new, youth-focused Future Forward party led by telegenic billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit taking more than five million votes, which could make it Thailand’s third-biggest party. And on the eve of the poll, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a cryptic statement urging people to support “good” leaders against those who create “chaos.” Another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king’s elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister via a party linked to Thaksin. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup, and has lived in self-exile since 2008. The administration of his sister Yingluck was also the victim of a 2014 power grab by the military. The Shinawatra-aligned Pheu Thai party has vowed to accept the results but said it needed more “clarity” on the outcome before it took a stance.last_img read more

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AIIMS imposes conditions for holding event doctors term order arbitrary illegal

first_imgNew Delhi: A section of AIIMS faculty members have termed as “arbitrary and illegal” the administration’s imposition of conditions for holding a session to discuss caste discrimination at institutes of higher learning, and said it was an attempt to curb their fundamental rights.The organisers have postponed the event, which was to be held on Monday, in protest and have also sought revocation of the terms. A group of doctors, belonging to the forum AIIMS Front for Social Consciousness, had decided to hold a discussion on the topic “Ambedkar’s views on Social Relations: Caste discrimination in Institutions of Higher Learning” and had written to the administration to book a lecture hall for the same. In its reply, the AIIMS registrar issued certain directions for the event to be conducted. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”No society/forum/association has been allowed to host or participate in the event. No political discussions should be held. No press/media coverage should be done and no press release should be issued without specific approval of the Director AIIMS, as this is being held within the AIIMS premises,” the conditions stated. Professors from the Hindu college and the IIT-Delhi, besides some faculty members, were scheduled to participate in the event. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe response from the administration triggered a resentment among a section of doctors who termed it as an attempt to curb their fundamental rights and held a meeting with the director. In a communique to the AIIMS administration over their response, a senior doctor representing the group said the order was “arbitrary and illegal” by any parameter of democratic governance and that it prompted them to hold a meeting with the director over the proposed meeting. The faculty members said the director conveyed that after the election gets over on May 19, the conditions will cease to exist.last_img read more

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Ronaldo will miss Portugals friendly against Belgium

first_imgThe Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a break after his long and tiring season with his club so that he would be totally fit in his return before World Cup kick off.Seleccao is scheduled to have the warm-up game against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday night. Yet, instead of joining his teammate, Ronaldo is in tennis court with his fellow, Miguel Paixao to keep fit during his short break.According to Mirror, Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos said that he deserved his rest after playing in 49 games in one season.  He also said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is on holiday,”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I won’t bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he’s put in so much effort and is tired. I don’t have to talk with Cristiano. Hopefully he can have a great holiday and he can come back in good condition. That’s the important thing.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on 15th June.last_img read more

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