CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela is studying buying Russian submarines that would transform the South American country into the top naval force in the region, a military adviser to President Hugo Chavez said Thursday. Gen. Alberto Muller, responding to a Russian newspaper report that Chavez plans to sign a deal for five diesel submarines, said the government is “analyzing the possibilities” but that the money has not yet been set aside. Oil-rich Venezuela has already purchased some $3 billion worth of arms from Russia, including 53 military helicopters, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 SU-30 Sukhoi fighter jets and other weapons. Washington, which calls Chavez a destabilizing threat to the region, has voiced strong concern about those deals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Russian business daily Kommersant said Chavez would sign an initial contract for five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines during a trip to Moscow starting June 29 with the possibility of Russia supplying four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. Muller told The Associated Press that those proposed purchases would make Venezuela’s navy the region’s strongest. “Venezuela is interested in examining within a strategic context the possibility that these submarines fit our defense plans,” Muller said. Venezuela’s priority is to strengthen its navy, which “is not of sufficient magnitude to defend Venezuela’s coast and to ensure (the safety) of routes by which its exports leave,” he said. Venezuela is the world’s eigth-largest oil exporter. Russia has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran and any additional deals with Venezuela would likely further strain U.S.-Russian relations, which are broadly seen as having plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War.
By David Germain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The horror tale “30 Days of Night” had three days of box-office bite. The Sony fright flick, with Josh Hartnett leading Alaskans against ravenous vampires that turn up for the prolonged winter darkness, debuted as the weekend’s No. 1 movie with $16 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. 3. “The Game Plan,” $8.1 million 4. “Michael Clayton,” $7.1 million 5. “Gone Baby Gone,” $6 million 6. “The Comebacks,” $5.85 million 7. “We Own the Night,” $5.5 million 8. “Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas,” $5.1 million 9. “Rendition,” $4.2 million 10. “The Heartbreak Kid,” $3.9 million160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Audiences continued to choose merriment over misery as the latest crop of sober Academy Awards hopefuls, among them Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone,” Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Rendition” and Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro’s “Things We Lost in the Fire,” debuted with so-so to dismal numbers. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”, the previous weekend’s No. 1 flick, slipped to second place with $12.1 million, raising its total to $38.9 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters are according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “30 Days of Night,” $16 million 2. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”, $12.1 million
. (Image: Flickr) Despite schooldays lost to the Fifa World Cup and a prolonged public servants’ strike, South African students writing the national matric exams in 2010 managed to score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2% improvement on the previous year’s result. An elated Angie Motshekga, minister of the Department of Basic Education, announced the results on Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The pass rate for the 2009 matric – South Africa’s school-leaving qualification – was 60.6%.“We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud,” Motshekga said. “Their unrelenting determination is commendable. The class of 2010 is truly distinctive.”Motshekga stressed the integrity of the results, saying they were a true reflection of the achievement of students and that their quality had been properly vetted by the national education quality assurance body Umalusi. “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams. Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure the quality of results is the same as in other years.”The best-performing provinces were Gauteng and the Western Cape, with pass rates of 78.6% and 76.8% respectively. But all nine provinces registered a marked improvement on the 2009 results:• Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)• Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)• North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)• Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)• KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)• Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)• Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)• Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)• Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)
9 May 2014AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn head the list of nominees for the 2013 Cricket South Africa (CSA) professional awards to be announced at a banquet in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 4 June.The Proteas ODI captain and the world’s leading test match bowler are two of the five nominees for the main award: the South African Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees are Test and ODI batsmen Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, and ODI wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock.Leading nomineesDe Villiers has also been nominated for the Castle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year Award and the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year.Steyn has been nominated for Test Cricketer of the Year, the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year and the KFC So Good Award, and remarkably has all three nominations for the RAM Delivery of the Year.None of De Villiers, Duminy and De Kock has previously being named South African Cricketer of the Year, so there could well be a first-time winner of CSA’s most prestigious award.De Kock and Duminy also have two nominations each as the former has been nominated for the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and the latter for the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year.The awards cover the period from 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014. The period covers two ICC events – the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 – as well as the Proteas’ tours to Sri Lanka, where they won the T20 series, and to the UAE against Pakistan, where they won both limited overs series, as well as the home series against Pakistan, India and Australia.‘Riveting’“The individual performances have once again been riveting and are too many to mention,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“This naturally puts extra demands on our eminent panel of judges, who have the tough job of deciding the final winner in each of the various international categories.“I am tempted, though, to mention the century scored by Jacques Kallis in his final test match and the double-century scored by Graeme Smith against Pakistan. And then, of course, Dale Steyn’s bowling contributions in just about every 5est match and also the three successive ODI centuries by the young Quinton de Kock are also worthy of being mentioned.”Convenor commentsColin Bryden, the convener of the judging panel, commented: “Although it was not as outstanding a year for South African cricket as the period covered for the 2013 awards, South Africa remained high among the leading nations in international cricket. There were numerous individual performances, both at international level and in domestic cricket.“While the main focus has traditionally been on men’s cricket, the panel was impressed by the improvement shown by the South African women’s team.”The other members of the judging panel were former Proteas’ and current television analysts HD Ackerman and Victor Mpitsang, internationally renowned statistician Andrew Samson, and senior cricket journalist Stuart Hess.All five nominees will be strong contenders for the Cricketer of the Year award.An exceptional yearEven by his own high standards, it was an exceptional year for De Villiers, who at one stage was ranked the world’s best batsman in both test matches and one-day internationals. He was South Africa’s leading run-scorer in both forms of the game and although he did not achieve the same consistency in Twenty20 internationals his dazzling innings of 69 not out off 28 balls against England was mainly responsible for earning South Africa a place in the World T20 semi-finals.Steyn produced mesmerising spells for South Africa in all forms of international cricket. He was once again his country’s leading bowler in tests but, despite his limited overs workload being managed to enable him to remain fit and fresh, he was highly effective when he played. He took 23 wickets at an average of 8.82 despite playing in only seven one-day internationals and was the go-to man during the World T20 in Bangladesh.Dramatic impactNot since De Villiers burst onto the scene has a young player made such a dramatic impact at international level as De Kock. Having made his debut for South Africa at the age of 19 during the 2012/13 season, he established himself in both the one-day and T20 international teams in the dual roles of opening batsman and wicketkeeper. He made his test debut as a late replacement in the second test against Australia and showed in his second innings of 34 that he was not out of his depth.Amla had another solid year. He was second behind De Villiers in the test averages with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 and contributed 621 runs at 38.81 in one-day internationals. Despite concerns that he might not be best suited to the requirements of Twenty20 internationals, he scored 185 runs in the World T20 as an opening batsman, with an average of 37.00 and a strike rate of 131.20.Duminy was South Africa’s leading T20 run-scorer and was third behind De Villiers and De Kock in ODIs. He made a century, which contributed to South Africa’s win in the second test against Australia. His off-spin bowling was also a valuable second string. Only Steyn and Vernon Philander took more than his 15 wickets in tests.Fans’ voteCricket fans will also have voting powers for two of the Awards on the evening: the Fans Cricketer of the season and the RAM Delivery of the season. Both awards require fans to vote for their favourite player as well as the best delivery of the season.Details of the awards can be found on www.cricket.co.za or on CSA’s official Facebook, Twitter and MXIT pages.The awards will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre and will be televised live on SuperSport 2 from 20:00.As part of the annual CSA celebrations, there will also be an awards function on the morning of 4 June to honour the achievements made in amateur cricket during the 2013/2014 season.NOMINEESINTERNATIONALSA Cricketer of the Year Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Dale SteynCastle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale SteynCastle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Ryan McLarenBlue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Dale SteynKFC So Good Award Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Dale SteynMomentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne KappDOMESTICSunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season Justin Ontong, Dane Piedt, Stiaan van Zyl (all Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras)Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season Craig Alexander (Sunfoil Dolphins), Justin Kemp (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (The Unlimited Titans)Ram Slammer of the Season Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins)CSA Coach of the Year Paul Adams (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Lance Klusener (Sunfoil Dolphins), Rob Walter (The Unlimited Titans)CSA Umpire of the Year Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Adrian HoldstockCSA Groundsman of the Year Rupert Bailey (Boland Park), Wilson Ngobese (Sahara Stadium Kingsmead), Nico Pretorius (Chevrolet Park)
Happy Dr. Seuss DayMarch 2nd 2016Today is the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Theodore Seuss Geissel – the famous Dr. Seuss. His children’s writing is world famous, and most high school and college graduations are sprinkled with gift copies of his “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” written just over 25 years ago. Dr. Seuss wrote this book when he knew he was dying of cancer. For all the fame of the Grinch or The Cat in the Hat, this was Dr. Seuss’s best-selling book. In a new book, “Stretch, How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” authors Karie Willyerd and Barbar Mistick tackle the question of how to stay relevant in our work lives. The challenges brought forth by globalization, big data, advances in technology, people living longer, and a hyper-competitive workforce make it easier to throw in the towel than ever before. Skill sets that were in high demand a decade ago may now done be performed a machine.So on this Dr. Seuss Day, please consider this an invitation to pause and reflect, not just on the brilliant work of an author and illustrator, but on the fact that his greatest work came at the very end of his life. As famous and influential as he was, he published his best-selling work – his most influential work – at 86 years of age – as he knew his life was coming to an end – the literal and figurative pinnacle of his career. We can all only hope to do the same in life and work.In conjunction with and celebration of Dr. Seuss, today is also the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. Improving literacy around the world serves everyone, and tomorrow is World Book Day. We all know the value that literacy brings, especially if you’ve read this far JIn the Uruk period, 4000-3100 BC, Egyptian cuneiforms contained early clay or stone markings, done with a reed stylus or stone etching. These pictograms were game-changers, because stories and lessons of kings and gods, animals and plants, names and histories could be shared across time and distance without the need for a human storyteller. We take it for granted today, but think of the magic that a simple voicemail message contains – traveling across time and space with our own voice to share at another’s convenience. This is what writing and reading unlocked for the ancients.As we think about the future workplace, it’s hard to place a value on our ability as humans to read. TED Talks, YouTube, and Skype all leverage digital video as a means to share knowledge. The future of augmented reality with Hololens and Occulus Rift may advance that further. Yet worldwide, people worldwide will send 8.3 trillion text messages in just this year alone. That’s almost 23 billion messages per day, or almost 16 million messages per minute.(Portio Research) Over 6 billion text messages are sent in the U.S. each day. So reading is still quite fundamental (RIF.ORG) to human communication – and likely always will be. There is nothing better than curling up with a good book – or the dopamine shot that lights up your brain from the text of a loved one. Words still matter, and they always will.Dr. Seuss would have turned 102 today. Much of his work was done using the anapestic tetrameter literary style of old English writers – supposedly influenced by the rhythm of the engines during his time in the Navy. We can all apply this to our lives – two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable. Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” follows the same pattern.Take some time to read to your kids today – or find a chance to read to others – or buy a book to support those who write for a living. This is an important day – and while we honor Dr. Seuss, we can use his success as a model for our own – to go out on top. As of this writing, we don’t know what Peyton will do, but we can all reflect on Dr. Seuss with a smile and a dream of our own.KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,you’re off to Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting.So…get on your way!
Julian King at Underground Arts Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single “Unforgettable” and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there’s no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight. MORE INFO Beanie Sigel “The Return” Concert at The TLA Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time. MORE INFO Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” MORE INFO King Britt & HPrizm Present The Buddy System Monday, June 29 | Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Avenue | $8 Philly, two of the country’s finest creatives are teaming up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System. This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for another dope event. The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise. MORE INFO Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now. MORE INFO In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter. In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation. For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we’re resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.” Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be. Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we’ve got something for you. Check it. Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don’t miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June. MORE INFO Sitin’ In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city’s hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin’ In. This month’s show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic. MORE INFO Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single “I-69.” It’s a winner. MORE INFO Grits & Biscuits at The TLA Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop If you’re into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June. MORE INFO Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama. MORE INFO DMX at The TLA Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street’s TLA. MORE INFO Can’t-Miss Shows In Philadelphia(M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) Jodeci at Tower Theater Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25. MORE INFO Curren$y at The TLA Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°’s official contest for this show. MORE INFO SWV at World Cafe Live Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited” on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live. MORE INFO Ibeyi at World Cafe Live Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences. MORE INFO D’Angelo at The Keswick Theatre Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B D’Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D’Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. MORE INFO
Tiger Woods’s rehabilitation continues with the news that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony next week at the White House.The medal is one of the highest civilian awards in America, and Woods will be only the fourth golfer to receive one. The other are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charles Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share via Email US sports news Trump and Woods have golfed together regularly, the last time in February alongside Jack Nicklaus. Woods has been reluctant to discuss politics, and his friendship with a man unpopular among African Americans has received some criticism. Last summer, Woods was asked whether he agreed with Trump’s policies “He’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office,” Woods said. “No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”Woods will join a distinguished list of athletes who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They include Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Babe Ruth and Guardian columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Topics Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Tiger Woods Share on LinkedIn Woods will receive the award from Donald Trump, who is a long-time friend and business partner of the golfer. Woods pulled off one of the great revivals in sporting history last month when he won the Masters, ending a decade-long drought without a major. Many believed his career was over after a series of serious injuries. Last month, Trump tweeted that he intended to give Woods the medal after his victory at the Masters. “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!,” wrote Trump. Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Tiger Woods wins amazing fifth Masters 14 years after his last Green Jacket Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Donald Trump Golf Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Great morning at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida with @JackNicklaus and @TigerWoods! pic.twitter.com/mdPN4yvS8eFebruary 2, 2019 Read more
Lukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We have unsettled squadby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes there is uncertainty in his squad at the moment.Spurs are suffering since the start of the season, unable to show the kind of form that got them to the Champions League final last term.And Pochettino believes that it has to do with the transfer speculation that surrounded so many of his key players this summer.He said to reporters after their Carabao Cup loss to Colchester United: “I think we talked a lot in pre-season. We have experience in football and it’s so important the feelings were how I explained in pre-season but now it’s not about what I said in pre-season. it’s about that we knew or I knew it would be a tough situation.”When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose. That’s where we are.”Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd launch Maddison charm offensiveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain hopeful of completing a deal for James Maddison.The Manchester Evening News says the Leicester playmaker has caught the eye with a host of eye-catching performances which have seen him called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.The report also claims Harry Maguire, a close friend of Maddison, could help get the deal over the line.United tried their luck in the summer but to no avail and they’re expected to return for the midfielder.Old Trafford sources believe United’s England contingent of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard helped sway Maguire amid competition from Manchester City, who outlined their intention to move for Maguire on the day United agreed an £80million fee with Leicester.