Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 10:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Jonny Evans reveals how Man Utd players reacted to ‘genius’ Sir Alex Ferguson signing Sir Alex Ferguson pulled off one of the greatest transfer coups of the Premier League era by signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Jonny Evans has revealed Manchester United’s 2012/13 Premier League title-winning squad were left ‘stunned’ when Sir Alex Ferguson won the race to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal. The former Gunners captain parted company with the north London club in acrimonious circumstances and appeared destined for Manchester City after becoming disillusioned with the direction the club he had served eight years had taken.Juventus were also in the running to sign the prolific striker, but Ferguson’s powers of persuasion ultimately proved decisive. Van Persie joined in a £24million deal and rewarded his manager’s faith by powering the Red Devils to another title. AdvertisementAdvertisementRecalling the mood at the club upon Van Persie’s arrival, Evan’s told the Guardian: ‘It was a genius signing, to get someone from one of your rival clubs, where he’d been [for so long] – everyone was shocked.’ADVERTISEMENTVan Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during his maiden campaign at United, but Evans was particularly taken with the way his teammate was able to work out and execute premeditated plans. Comment Advertisement Robin Van Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2012/13 season for Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Recalling a pivotal 3-2 win at Chelsea, Evans said: ‘We’d been working in training on trying to get Ashley Young running in between the right-back and right centre-back. ‘There was a moment where Robin caught everyone out and tried a reverse pass with his right foot, into Ashley’s path. Branislav Ivanovic ended up getting sent off for being the last player [when fouling].‘To be able to carry out this kind of plan made Robin the manager’s dream. There are other moments that stand out, too. His goal against Arsenal in his first game against them at Old Trafford – he did so with his [supposedly weaker] right, and you think: “This guy can score”.’United sealed the title following a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on a momentous evening. Van Persie, memorably, scored all three goals including a quite stunning volley after Wayne Rooney had played a 60-yard pass into his path. ‘Not many people take that shot on. It’s still ridiculous, now,’ Evans said. ‘Most would think: ‘Just get it under control.’ The run, the way he pulls off the defender’s shoulder, the way he finished: just world class. He’d been doing stuff like that in training. More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I was marking him one day and the ball came to his chest on the edge of the box, and he set it up as if going to volley with his left. As I went to block, he’s volleyed it over my head, back on to his right foot, and volleyed it into the net. All in one movement.‘He had this unbelievable finishing ability: left foot, right foot, with great power in his shots. The speed he got on the ball when putting it in the net was frightening. He was a natural-born finisher.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Bruno Fernandes broke down in tears after talks with Manchester UnitedMORE: Manchester United must offer more cash upfront to beat Chelsea & Dortmund to Jude Bellingham transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’ resigns by: – March 26, 2014 94 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share The Vatican did not elaborate further on the bishop’s futurePope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of a senior German Church leader suspended over his alleged lavish spending.The Vatican made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been accused of spending more than 31m euros (£26m) on renovating his official residence.The cleric, dubbed the “bishop of bling” by the media, offered to resign when the scandal broke last October.In response, Pope Francis temporarily suspended Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and instructed a Church commission to investigate the matter.Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of senior clerics whose lifestyles seem too lavish.‘Docility’ callOn Wednesday, the Vatican said the inquiry found that the senior cleric could no longer exercise his ministry.The Church called on the diocese of Limburg to accept the decision “with docility” and to work toward restoring a “climate of charity and reconciliation”.The bishop’s official residence in Limburg (L) has been described as luxuriousGermans made clear what they thought of the cleric during a carnival parade in Mainz in early MarchThe Vatican did not further elaborate on the future of Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, but said he would get a new position “at the opportune time”.Auxiliary Bishop Manfred Grothe has been appointed to run the Limburg diocese.Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and his luxury lifestyle have become infamous in Germany, where many people pay a Church tax to the state. The tax raised 5.2bn euros for Catholics and 4.6bn euros for Protestants in 2012.At the heart of the criticism was the refurbishment of the cleric’s official residence, originally set to cost 5.5m euros.German media reported that the quarters were fitted with a 15,000-euro bath, a conference table for 25,000 euros and a private chapel worth 2.9m euros.The bishop was also under fire for a first-class flight to India to visit the poor.The story attracted heavy coverage and stoked controversy among Catholics.It was in Germany that Martin Luther launched the Reformation five centuries ago in response to what he said were excesses and abuses within the Church.BBC News
23 Apr 2020 A letter from our CEO Golf in England has never before faced so many difficult challenges and in such a short space of time as it has done since restrictions were put in place to combat the threat of COVID-19.The unprecedented, but necessary, decision to close golf courses from 23 March has had a profound effect on our game.This was not a call we took pleasure in making – however, it remains the correct and responsible decision during a global pandemic and at a time of national emergency.Throughout this period of disruption, however, England Golf has never shied away from facing this crisis head on by working for and on behalf of our clubs and counties.Much of this work has, necessarily, gone on quietly behind the scenes.Even though we took the decision to furlough the majority of our staff, a core workforce has remained to act on behalf of our stakeholders and champion golf’s cause while being respectful of the wider public health concerns.From the outset, we have worked in partnership with the other home unions, industry partners, The R&A and collaboratively with the PGA, BIGGA and GCMA on a number of golf-related matters.One example is the production of an ‘essential maintenance guide’ for greenkeepers in order that courses may be cared for at a level that will allow the game to return when it is safe to do so.We have also been proactive in our dealing with government and, in particular, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Topics have included:Making our view clear to the DCMS on the issue of public access to golf course landLobbying government on the rateable value loophole that has prevented golf clubs potentially accessing fundsOf course, there remains a great appetite to discover the date when it may be safe for golf to return.England Golf will continue to work in support of government and with them to move towards that day.When golf does return, this great game of ours must be ready to do so in an organised and responsible manner.The enthusiasm for golf’s return after an enforced hiatus is to be embraced.However, it is important that everyone who loves the game is guided by the simple message – Play Safe, Stay Safe.England Golf will soon provide golf clubs with a series of guides to help plan the final steps on the journey back to playing the game.While we cannot yet circle a date in the diary, it is right to put in place a proper framework to allow golfers to tee it up at the appropriate time and with the necessary infrastructure already in place.The following areas will be covered:Golfer communicationsStaff and volunteersOngoing business supportFacility and course managementPlaying the gameIt is realistic for golf clubs to expect restrictions on opening of facilities, requirements for social distancing and adaptations to the usual playing etiquette even after any easing of lockdown.Restarting the game on this basis will be a challenge. There is a key responsibility to balance the issue of public health while at the same time ensuring the vitality of our sport.Golf will play a prominent role in the nation’s sporting recovery – when the time is right.By working together, we can make sure this happens with our affiliated clubs and counties at the heart of the matter.Jeremy TomlinsonChief Executive, England Golf Tags: Coronavirus
Image Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 609ahdNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsxrkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb0xb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hxjtrWould you ever consider trying this?😱7zfCan your students do this? 🌚2z4oRoller skating! Powered by Firework It has been more than fifteen years since Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his place in the Indian cricket team. From numerous personal achievements to captaining India to the ultimate glory in the 2011 World Cup win, the former skipper earned the nickname of ‘captain cool’ for his level headed approach to even the trickier situations in the game. However, sometimes the nerves got better of even the cool captain, and there have been instances when Dhoni’s angry side was revealed, and his former teammates Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan reveal one such incident during his playing career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe two retired cricketers were present in the latest episode of Star Sports’s ‘Cricket Connected’, where Gautam Gambhir recalled the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup days. It was Dhoni’s first World Cup as the Indian captain, just a couple of months prior to the historial World T20 victory in the same year.Speaking about the world cup, Gambhir memorised that there were a number of incidents when the calm and composed Mahi was seen throwing a fit towards his teammates for bad performance.Advertisement “People say that they have never seen him (Dhoni) lose his cool, but I have on a couple of times. It was during the 2007 World Cup and in other World Cups, when we haven’t done well,” Gambhir said on the show.And it was not just the Men in Blue, the Chennai Super Kings squad also experienced the angry side of Dhoni for doing silly mistakes in a match, Gambhir, the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain went on: “He’s human and he’s bound to react as well. It’s absolutely fair enough to do that. Even at CSK, if there’s a misfield or if someone has dropped a catch.” Advertisement “Yes, he’s cool, he’s probably much cooler than the rest of the other captains. Much cooler than me for sure!” Gambhir, who himself was known for his composed attitude on the 22 yards added.One particular incident that Irfan Pathan still promptly remembers during 2006-07 when he saw the rage of a young Mahi during training .“During the warm-up, we had a game where the right-handed batsman would bat with the left-hand and vice-versa. After we finished the warm-up, we used to get into our practice.” Pathan recalled a practice drill.“So, during the warm-ups, there were 2 teams. Once MS Dhoni was given out which he didn’t think he was. He threw his bat and made a dash to the dressing room and came late for the practice. So, he does get angry,” the former all rounder added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-ABD reveals who are the Federer and Nadal of modern day cricket!Mithali Raj reveals what she needs to accomplish before retiring from international cricket! Advertisement
Photographs by Bongani NkosiWhen one walks into the University of Johannesburg’s campus in Soweto, it’s immediately apparent that creativity was a requisite in designing the township’s first state-of-the-art academic facility. The campus boasts some splendid buildings, many of which are named after struggle icons – this makes the campus more relevant to the community of Soweto and to South Africa.• Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image. Buildings at UJ’s Soweto campus are named after struggle icons. • Download high-resolution image This lecture building is named after prominent teacher TW Khambule. • Download high-resolution image The ceremony on 4 February marked the official opening of the campus. • Download high-resolution image Leadership studies form the core of UJ’s curriculum. • Download high-resolution image The campus’ little freedom square. • Download high-resolution image UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg speaks. • Download high-resolution image Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaking at the opening ceremony. • Download high-resolution image Members of the UJ Choir singing their voices out. • Download high-resolution image Dr Nthato Motlana was a prominent Soweto businessman and Nelson Mandela’s physician. • Download high-resolution image First year students were welcomed during the ceremony. • Download high-resolution image The campus was designed to inspire creative thinking. • Download high-resolution image This one is named after Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica composer Enoch Sontonga. • Download high-resolution image A student dashes past Bram Fischer building. • Download high-resolution image The campus will serve the Soweto community. • Download high-resolution image Some creative designers were roped in to produce a sleek campus. • Download high-resolution image A lecture building named after late Pan-Africanist icon Robert Sobukwe. • Download high-resolution image It’s open to students from all over South Africa and the world. • Download high-resolution image The campus is not far from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. • Download high-resolution image The government invested R450-million to the campus’ revamping. • Download high-resolution image The campus was formerly part of Vista University. • Download high-resolution image This one is named after the late Bram Fischer, a human rights lawyer. • Download high-resolution image UJ is one of South Africa’s leading universities. • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIES
Cape Town was voted as Africa’s leading travel destination.(Images: Cape Town Tourism) The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town was nominated in the World’s Leading Hotel category. MEDIA CONTACTS • Tammy White Account manager: Cape Town Tourism +27 21 671 2640 RELATED ARTICLES • SA improves tourism competitiveness • Grooming the future of tourism • SA’s wine tourism best in the world •SA becomes business tourism hubAneshree NaidooSouth Africa’s three major cities – Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg – shone at the World Travel Awards – Africa held on 16 October at the Safari Park Hotel & Casino in Nairobi, Kenya.Hailed as “The Oscars of the travel industry” the World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged globally as the ultimate travel accolade, rewarding world-leading hospitality brands.Voting for the competition is online and encourages travel and tourism executives and business and leisure tourists to vote for their favourite destinations, resorts and game reserves, among others.The World Travel – Africa Awards turns the global spotlight on the continent’s leading leisure and commercial destinations, and sees some African nominees, like South Africa, breaking into international categories.South Africa ranked high in international category nominations, but stood out in the Africa heats, winning 32 awards out of 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort.The awards also saw East African state Kenya score honours. Up in the air In the air travel category, South African Airways was Africa’s Leading Airline, while OR Tambo International Airport edged out Cape Town International, King Shaka International and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta to be named the top airport in Africa. Destinations South African tourist attractions dominated in the Africa’s Leading Tourist Destination category with South African ports also racking up nomination honours in the Leading Cruise Port category.Breezy Cape Town was named Africa’s Leading Destination as well as the top destination for Meetings and Conferences. In a nominee coup, Durban and Johannesburg also garnered runner-up honours. The Durban International Convention Centre was named Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre. Durban city was hailed as the Leading Cruise Port in Africa. Other notable awards included Africa’s Leading Luxury Train for The Blue Train and Africa’s Leading Conservation Company for Shamwari Game Reserve. HotelsIn the hotels category, South Africa was strongly represented, winning 12 awards out of 25. Winners included Sandton, Johannesburg’s The Regent (Africa’s Leading Apartment Hotel); the Johannesburg Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa (Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel); Johannesburg’s Sandton Sun (Africa’s Leading Business Hotel); Johannesburg’s The Palazzo at Montecasino (Africa’s Leading Casino Resort); Cape Town’s Pepperclub Hotel & Spa (Africa’s Leading City Hotel); The Westin Cape Town (Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel); the North West province’s Sun City Resort (Africa’s Leading Family Resort); and the Limpopo province’s Legend Golf & Safari Resort (Africa’s Leading Golf Resort).The Taj in Cape Town was named Africa’s Leading Hotel Residencep; Thanda Private Game Reserve was named Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge and Ellerman House Villa One, Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa.CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy, comments: “This is another feather in the cap of Cape Town and the Mother City’s tourism offering – right off the back of another accolade in the Condé Nast Readers Choice Awards for 2013.“This is really good news for Cape Town and its tourism businesses – these awards are great marketing opportunities as they assist in promoting our destination globally and keep the Mother City top of mind among potential travellers.“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners in the Africa category, particularly those from our home town, Cape Town.” International nominations Cape Town scooped a nomination for World’s Leading Travel Destination and a nomination for World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination. Durban saw a nomination for World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination 2013.Johannesburg’s Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa was nominated for World’s Leading Boutique Hotel; The Westin in Cape Town garnered nominee honours as a world’s leading conference hotel; Johannesburg received a nod as a leading business travel destination and Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel was a World’s Leading Hotel nominee. Limpopo province’s Legend Lodges, Entabeni Private Reserve, received a nomination as a leading private game reserve.Graham E. Cooke, president and founder, World Travel Awards said: “We are proud to have held these awards in Nairobi after recent events, to not only show support for the Kenya Tourism Board but Africa as a premier tourist destination that creates jobs and drives a significant part of each country’s GDP (gross domestic product).“Africa is a very competitive region for our World Travel Awards, and these winners continue to serve as an example of the most luxurious and innovative brands with unique hospitality products and services. Tonight’s recipients strive to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold our ceremony here in Kenya, regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.”
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View comments Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Last week, another rookie, Xavi Zubiri, fired the winner against FEU that sent the Green Archers to the Final Four.“They (rookies) have really contributed and are actually playing like veterans,” said Ocampo, a member of the last La Salle team that won a UAAP title in 1998. “Now we are one step closer to our goal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagunsan-Chan opens two-shot lead LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All signs seem to be pointing to a a special year for De La Salle’s rookie-laden side in UAAP Season 81 football tournament.Freshmen Jovan Marfiga and Shanden Vergara found the back of the net as De La Salle continued its amazing run by dethroning defending champion University of the Philippines with a thrilling 2-1 victory on Thursday to reach the finals for the first time in four years at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Masbate-born Marfiga headed home the opener in the 20th minute off a fine delivery from skipper Jed Diamante, but the Fighting Maroons equalized through King Miyagi’s scrappy goal just before halftime.La Salle, however, stayed resolute defensively, before Vergara’s opportunistic strike against the run of play gave the Green Archers the goal that will send them to the finals next Thursday to face either Ateneo or Far Eastern U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsVergara, a recruit from La Salle Zobel, who hails from San Carlos City provided a clinical finish from just inside the box after controlling a long ball from near the halfline.“It’s not just Shanden (Vergara), but the rest of the rookies who made the team this year,” said La Salle coach Alvin Ocampo, a former national team standout. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.”
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to entertain a plea by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) seeking land to manage garbage at the Ghazipur landfill site, saying that dispute of departments is to be resolved at the administrative level.The green panel said the issue of availability or suitability of the site for the landfill and its allotment is to be sorted out between the EDMC and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in accordance with the law. “We have considered the matter. We find difficult to pass further orders on the applications. The matter pending before the tribunal already stands disposed of. Inter se dispute of departments is to be resolved at administrative level. Jurisdiction of the tribunal is to provide remedy to a victim for environment protection against action taken in violation of norms,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Rules are in force which have to be followed. Applicants do not have grievance against the authorities which may fall under Sections 14 and 15 of the NGT Act, 2010,” it said. The green panel also said that it was leaving the issue to be dealt by the authorities concerned without expressing any opinion on merits at this stage. The saturation of the Ghazipur landfill site and the non-availability of alternative land to manage garbage had prompted the EDMC to move the NGT. The EDMC had moved an application, seeking direction to the DDA to hand over a piece of land at Sonia Vihar and a plot at Ghonda Gujran for solid waste management facilities on a priority basis.