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Confederations Cup 2017: 11 transfer targets to watch out for

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first_img 11 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich and Germany) – Having already had spells with Stuttgart, and RB Leipzig in his young career, it’s understandable why the versatile youngster would want to remain with the Bundesliga behemoths this summer. But on the other hand, if he isn’t getting regular game-time, he might be forced to move on, with Manchester United currently interested in his services. Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow and Russia) – Versatile midfielder Golovin helped his team with the Russian Premier League last season and is now being linked with a move to Arsenal. He already has 12 senior international caps to his name and could improve on that number in his homeland. At 21, if he did sign for Arsenal there is a chance he could go out on loan upon arrival, with a spell under compatriot Leonid Slutskiy at Hull rumoured to help him acclimatise to England. Jurgen Damm (Tigres and Mexico) – If you like your players fast, Damm fits the bill perfectly. Often found vying for the title of fastest footballer on the planet, the Mexican is also linked with a move to West Ham this summer. Any positive performances in Russia may well entice David Gold and David Sullivan to part with their cash. 11 Antonio Rudiger (Roma and Germany) – New sporting director Monchi might be adamant the club will keep the German defender this summer, but Inter Milan and Chelsea are circling. The arrival of Hector Moreno from PSV Eindhoven would soften the blow suffered by Roma should Rudiger leave. 11 Hirving Lozano (Pachuca and Mexico) – A number of teams have been rumoured with interest in the talented winger but, while Manchester City, Man United, and Benfica have been linked with him, PSV Eindhoven are in pole position for his signature. If they do sign Lozano in the coming days, its worth fans keeping an eye on him as he may be on the move again in a year or two. Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany) – German starlet Brandt has received interest from Inter Milan, Liverpool, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea, if reports are to be believed. And it’s no surprise given his exceptional potential. Leverkusen has a tough campaign last time out, but he still managed eight assists and three goals, and he could shine for the national team in Russia. If he does move, though, he wants guarantees he will be a first-choice player, so it might be tough to entice him for some clubs. 11 11 William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon and Portgual) – It sees the defensive midfielder has spent most of his career so far linked with a move to the Premier League. Currently, West Brom and Newcastle United are the two teams currently looking at the player, but whether he will finally complete a transfer is yet to be seen. Nelson Semedo (Benfica and Portugal) – Having seen club mate Victor Lindelof depart for Manchester United, the talented right-back might fancy pushing through a move this summer too. The Red Devils have scouted Semedo too, while Barcelona have recently had interest reported in the media. 11 Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon and Portugal) – Liverpool have been one a number of sides interested in the Portuguese starlet, who is currently impressing Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United have also got some interest in the player but a huge £43m price tag threatens to be prohibitive. A winger capable of playing on both flanks, even Benfica president Domingos Estanislau claimed he could be the ‘future Cristiano Ronaldo’. 11 We’re a year away from the 2018 World Cup in Russia – and that means it is time for the Confederations Cup.That’s right, just when you thought football was done for the summer, there’s plenty more for you to feast on.There will be plenty of stars on show too, with Germany, Portugal, Mexico among the competing sides – and those squads a number of players will be looking to impress and earn a transfer.So which superstars are likely to be high on the agenda of scouts around Europe?Click the right arrow above to find out… 11 11 11 Hector Herrera (Porto and Mexico) – A superb central midfield star, capable of infusing strong box-to-box performances with flair, Herrera has previously been linked with Napoli and Liverpool. He’s all action, loves a tackle and is also able to dribble away from trouble with ease. Alongside Jonathan dos Santos he may be a hit in Russia. 11 Mathew Ryan (Valencia and Australia) – Ederson and Jordan Pickford are two goalkeepers who have already joined Premier League clubs this summer, and Ryan could join them. His time in Spain hasn’t gone to plan but the player is still a top performer, as proven by his good form in Belgium with Genk on loan this season. Brighton and Hove Albion want him to replace David Stockdale, while other Premier League teams may well be keeping an eye on him. last_img read more

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Your Cells Work for You

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first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At a cellular level, the human body has a dizzying array of workers.  Here are a few recent examples discovered.Most of us are completely unaware of what goes on in each cell of our bodies.  If we knew, we might take better care of our team.A protein rescues cellular factories when they get stuck.  (PhysOrg)Cell repair stops during cell division to keep telomeres from fusing together.  (Medical Xpress)The circadian clock is like a symphony with many conductors.  (PhysOrg)Your walking motors get turbo-charged when they join together.  (PNAS)One of your walking motors can wave its lever arm and get others to cooperate.  (PNAS)Your cellular trash cans go through a series of checks before compacting the trash.  (PNAS)Worried about hypermutation in your antibody genes?  Enhancers take care of it.  (Medical Xpress)Your stomach does spring cleaning by bleaching away its bacteria, but the good bacteria know how to survive.  (Live Science)Surprise: those precious multipotent stem cells scientists want from embryos are already present in many of your body tissues.  (PhysOrg)A student discovered a protein that protects “genomic integrity” during meiosis.  (Medical Xpress)Live Science posted descriptions of “10 Little-Known Body Parts” so that you can “Know Thyself Better.”  Reporter Bahar Gholipour found some interesting tidbits in the knee, eye, chest, voicebox, ear, fingernails, lip, backbone, skeleton, and stomach.  The only one suggested as an “evolutionary leftover” is the philtrum (medial cleft in the lip), but Gholipour ends, “However, scientists are still interested in this little body part because it is formed during specific embryonic ages, and an unusual form of the upper lip area is a clue to disruptions during the development of the fetus.”  Maybe there’s an undiscovered function for this part that is built during specific embryonic stages.The more you know about the Creator’s art, the more you should be grateful.  After all, gratitude reduces costly impatience, Science Daily claims.  Don’t be grateful because it’s less costly, but because it’s right.  Try to fathom how many things the Creator had to design when he created man from the dust.  It’s unfathomable.  We have an omnipotent, omniscient, all-wise Creator, who deserves our love, our gratitude, and our obedience.  Start by turning around.last_img read more

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Tourist arrivals continue to grow

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first_img6 September 2010Foreign visitors to South Africa increased by more than 350 000 in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2009, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.Speaking ahead of the launch of Tourism Month last week, Van Schalkwyk said that from January to April this year, foreign arrivals totalled more than 2.5-million, compared to approximately 2.2-million in 2009, representing a growth of 16.3 percent.“Our foreign arrivals continue to reflect the consistent growth of our tourism industry, and I have no doubt that 2010 is going to be a very successful year,” he said.Domestic tourism“We have always understood, however, that the backbone of any tourism industry is its domestic market. We will continue to promote the richness of our destination to South African travellers, and during Tourism Month we have a particular focus on showcasing our local tourism offerings,” he said.Approximately 14.6-million adult South Africans undertook about 30-million domestic trips in 2009, with a total annual spend of more than R22-billion. In 2009, 75 percent of all tourist volume in South Africa was derived from domestic tourists, making it by far the biggest segment of the industry.Van Schalkwyk said the figures were also less volatile than foreign tourism and offered the industry and the country’s economy a steady income stream.“South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left campaign is specifically aimed at making travelling more accessible and affordable for all South Africans. Over the last six years we have invested approximately R70-million … underlining the fact that we are serious about strengthening domestic tourism as the foundation of our industry.”South Africa will also commemorate World Tourism Day on 27 September, this year’s theme being “Tourism and Biodiversity”.“In South Africa, the majority of our tourism offerings are rich in biodiversity,” said South African Tourism CEO Thandiwe January Maclean.” It is important for each and every South African to preserve this in order to ensure that we have a sustainable tourism offering.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Mandela quotations book published

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first_imgNelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations is a comprehensive resource on the sayings of South Africa’s former president.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The book contains over 2 000 quotations,gathered over six decades, and is expected to lower the many incidenceswhen Mandela is misquoted..(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • New Mandela book released • SA families give back on Mandela Day • Mandela’s old offices restoresJanine ErasmusThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has published a new, authorised book of quotations from the respected former president – one they hope will help his many admirers to quote him accurately from now on.Nelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations was released at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 27 June 2011, and sales were brisk at the launch function.“We wanted this to be a book of substance,” said the centre’s memory programme head Verne Harris, “and one that wasn’t necessarily based on the well-established narrative of Mandela’s life.”Under the editorship of Mandela Foundation communications manager Sello Hatang and senior researcher Sahm Venter, the new book also aims to make the task of the foundation easier as it receives hundreds of phone calls every month from people wanting to confirm Mandela’s words of wisdom.Although small in size, the book contains over 2 000 sayings by the elder statesman, gathered over six decades. They’re categorised under keywords such as responsibility, humanity, reconciliation, prison, integrity and South Africa – 317 sections in all.The prison category is divided into 26 sub-sections, including comrades, loneliness, and reflections. The South Africa section has 13 sub-categories.The book also includes a timeline of important Mandela events, and a selection of books and documentaries that were used as references.Unpublished materialThe editors, who claim that Mandela is one of the most frequently quoted people in the world, guarantee that each saying is 100% accurate. Hatang and Venter delved into Mandela’s notebooks, letters, speeches and audio material in order to put the collection together. Many quotations are previously unpublished.“We pass through this world but once,” says the quotation inside the covers, “and opportunities you miss will never be available to you again.”“Granddad doesn’t often talk openly about his feelings,” said Ndileka Mandela, daughter of Mandela’s older son Thembekile, at the event, “so this book is a priceless resource and an insight into his thoughts”.“This book is long overdue,” said politician and businesswoman Cheryl Carolus. “For years we’ve looked up to Madiba and his generation as the leaders, but today we are the frontline generation and the future is in our hands. As such, we can all benefit from his wisdom.”Ahead of his timeMandela’s sayings are presented in chronological order within each section, so the reader can track the progression of his thoughts and opinions on any matter. Many subjects are even more important today as they were a decade or two ago.In 1992 Mandela said: “Many of us find it difficult to talk about sex to our children, but nature’s truth is that unless we guide the youth towards safer sex, the alternative is playing into the hands of a killer disease.”HIV/Aids has swept through South Africa’s population in recent years, killing millions. According to the national Department of Health, until 1998 the South African Aids epidemic was the fastest expanding on earth, but it has since slowed. Incidences of mother-to-child transmission, in particular, have dropped from 8% in 2008 to 2% in 2011.“In this regard Granddad was far ahead of his time,” said Ndileka Mandela. “During a Robben Island visit, I was shocked when he asked me very personal questions about my relationships, and warned me about safe sex. You didn’t talk about those things back then.”A poignant entry from 2005 reads simply, “My son has died of Aids.”“Yes, Aids has touched our family,” Ndileka Mandela said, referring to the death of her uncle Makgatho, who passed away at the age of 54.Mandela was adamant that the cause of his son’s death should not be hidden, because treating Aids as something mysterious only adds to the stigma and misinformation that helps the disease to proliferate.last_img read more

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As Technorati Falters, PostRank Launches New Blog Ranking Tools

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first_imgDisclosure: PostRank is a sponsor of the forthcoming ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit. It’s also one of our favorite services on the web. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web Blogsearch data has been a consistent problem for PostRank, both Technorati and Google Blogsearch data has been inconsistent for the company. PostRank says it will be launching its own trackback discovery service shortly.While some meme-tracking services struggle with niches where blogs don’t heavily link to eachother, PostRank says that by tracking multiple forms of user interaction it has captured data that closely resembles what can be found from services tracking absolute web traffic to individual sites.Last month PostRank released a new analytics tool that displays social media engagement on top of Google Analytics data. The new APIs will allow 1000 requests a day for free for noncommercial use, commercial licenses are available as well. Social media analytics firm PostRank has released two Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will alow developers to track reader engagement in any group of blogs or around any single link with just 15 seconds of latency. Technorati’s announcement last week that it is scaling back and changing its blog ranking activities, and putting new emphasis on in its blog advertising network, prompted PostRank to launch their APIs now.The same API used for ranking by the AdAge 150 and the Atlantic Monthly’s new political blogger leaderboard is thus now generally available. Determining the most-closely watched bloggers on niche topics is something a lot of people want to do for a wide variety of reasons – when that determination can be made programatically you can jump into the center of a conversation quickly.PostRank looks at any RSS feed it’s given and scores all the items in those feeds for number of comments left, inbound links, times bookmarked in Delicious, being shared on Twitter and several related metrics. The company says it has agreements with many services to have data pushed to them and queries the Delicious endpoint themselves every 1 second, for example.Some good sample lists are Postrank CTO Ilya Grigorik’s favorite a href=”http://www.postrank.com/user/igrigorik/topic/cloud”>cloud computing blogs or the general list of top design blogs. The new APIs will make it easy to build lists around any topic or group and display that data on other sites.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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eBook Settlement Big Win For Amazon & Consumers

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Consumers should soon be getting a more of a price break on electronic books following approval of a settlement between the US Department of Justice and three publishers who, along with Apple, stand accused of price-fixing eBooks to compete with Amazon.com.The publishers had agreed to the settlement in April. When the court publicized the terms for a required period of public commentary, they drew a large negative response from many industry players. Critics argued that the settlement would give Amazon too much market power by removing agency pricing from the publishers’ arsenals.Agency pricing allows a publisher set the prices of an e-book, with the retailer getting a cut of the price as a commission. This differs from the wholesale model, where a book’s price is suggested and retailers can discount it to their heart’s content. Amazon used the wholesale model until Apple came along with a plan of its own.According to the DoJ’s suit, the publishers entered into agency agreements with Apple, contrary to Amazon’s way of doing things. In response, Amazon blocked Macmillan’s books from being sold on its site. Amazon eventually backed down, and the agency model became the norm across all ecommerce retailers. Another major publisher in the US, Random House, switched to agency pricing on its own in 2011.Agency pricing isn’t necessarily a problem – it’s a perfectly legitimate way of doing things. The DoJ’s issue is that Apple allegedly colluded with the five publishers to get them to all jump to agency pricing at the same time. If true, this would be a highly anti-competitive act.Under the terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote yesterday, the three settling publishers, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, will be required to end their agency agreements with Apple seven days after the settlement’s final approval. The publishers can then sign new contracts but are forbidden for two years from using clauses that limit retailers’ rights to discount.Apple and two other publishers accused in the suit, Macmillan and Penguin, have not agreed to the settlement and are continuing to fight the suit in court, which is due to go to trial in June of 2013.The American Booksellers Association was one of the vast majority of commenting parties that were opposed to the settlement.“We believe that elimination of the Agency Model will radically change the current e-book distribution system, will significantly discourage new entry, and will lead to the departure from the market of a sizable number of the independent bookstores that are currently selling e-books,” the ABA wrote to the court in June.The Authors Guild fired off an amicus (friend of the court) brief saying that “of all possible remedies to the alleged collusion, requiring three large publishers to allow Amazon to sell ebooks at a loss is among the most destructive of competition that one could imagine.”Judge Cote acknowledged the opposition to the settlement, but at the end of the day, could not let the issue of collusion go unpunished.“Even if Amazon was engaged in predatory pricing, this is no excuse for price-fixing,” Cote wrote in her order.The rest of the case will now have to go through the trial itself, but almost immediately the benefits of this settlement should be felt outside the insular world of publishing.At yesterday’s Kindle launch event hosted by Amazon, executives lauded the settlement approval and predicted lower prices for works from those publishers soon, according to Reuters.Ultimately, this what consumers ultimately care about: lower prices. Amazon’s pricing model is clearly a threat to publishers and booksellers, as the demise of Borders chain illustrates quite well. But how is Amazon’s model a different threat than, say, that of the big-box bookseller chains like Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or Borders to the smaller independent booksellers they cheerfully pushed out of the market?If Apple did indeed participate in price-fixing activity, the consequences go beyond just sticking it to Amazon. Consumers were the ones who who got stuck – with higher costs at checkout time. Paraphrasing the DoJ in its response to the Author’s Guild this week, Amazon’s model scares the beejeezus out of the publishing world, but that’s no reason to break the law.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#biz Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… brian proffittlast_img read more

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MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finalscenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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McGrady, Lobo, Self and McGraw headline Hall of Fame class

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first_imgJackson talked about being born in a box car in Missouri and rising to become a player and later a successful business executive and owner of the Globetrotters. His was the most political speech of the night, calling for unity in a divided nation, saying he does not believe the country can endure if it does not cast indifference, hatred and bigotry aside.“If basketball can be a showcase for non-discrimination, for integration, for performance-based emotions, why can’t we do that over in every part of our society?” he asked.Lobo and McGraw celebrated the growth of women’s basketball. McGraw became just the sixth women’s coach to be enshrined.“I’m grateful for Title IX and the opportunities that it’s given to women like me, who dreamed of a future where we could do the same job as a man, where playing a game could lead to a 40-year career,” she said.Lobo told a story about when her oldest daughter, Siobhan, was 5 years old and saw her father watching a UConn men’s game. She said to him, “I didn’t know boys play basketball too.”Self, 54, told The Associated Press he feels a little uncomfortable being enshrined in the middle of his career, which includes nine 30-win seasons and an NCAA championship in 2008“I hope it doesn’t mean that I’m on my last leg yet,” he said. “I think this will be motivation to try and validate it, always. I’ll work harder now that ever to validate being thought of with these other fraternity members.”Self spent part of his speech listing the Kansas basketball coaching greats in the Hall of Fame.“James Naismith, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and me; what is wrong with that picture?” he joked.Jernstedt, credited with overseeing the growth of the Division I men’s tournament and the creation of the women’s tournament, acknowledged to reporters that his class doesn’t include a superstar name like Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, but said he is impressed with what this class has meant to the sport. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Tracy McGrady raises his fists as he takes the stage for his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA scoring champion who played for seven NBA teams in his 16-season pro career. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tracy McGrady says his wife, Clerenda, has been trying to get him to say that he deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time league scoring champion couldn’t bring himself to do that, until Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t know three of four of these people very well at all before, but the contributions they’ve made are so impressive,” he said. “Hopefully now, more people will understand that and reach out and learn more about them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, and former Globetrotter and New York Rens player Zack Clayton were honored posthumously.McGrady had earlier told reporters his celebration was being tempered by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his family and neighbors in Texas.His estate in Sugar Land, Texas, suffered only minor damage from the storm, allowing him and his wife to take in the families of five relatives and friends for three days after mandatory evacuations. He also put on a Labor Day feast at a church in the Houston area for about 800 victims of the storm.“My sister was at the house, and I was trying to take her home and driving to her house. Just seeing cars under water and you don’t know if people are in there — it’s real,” he told reporters. “I’m being as vocal and proactive as I can.”Other inductees were vocal about other issues Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side He went to the podium during his induction pumping his fists in the air as the crowd chanted “T-Mac,” then celebrated his 15 years in the league.“On this day, I can finally say, ’Yes I deserve to be here,’” said McGrady, who played for seven teams, starring with Toronto, Orlando and Houston. “I am truly humbled. I’m grateful and proud to be in the class of 2017.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGrady was among 11 basketball greats enshrined Friday night.The class also includes former ABA and NBA star George McGinnis, former UConn and WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, Kansas men’s coach Bill Self, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, former Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former Harlem Globetrotters player and now owner Mannie Jackson, NCAA administrator Tom Jernstedt and former European star Nick Galis. Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket View commentslast_img read more

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Kit Carson, a football star-maker with a dark history of alleged abuse

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first_img Read more Get Society Weekly: our newsletter for public service professionals Share on Twitter After a brief teaching career in Bedford he set up a football school, which he claimed was the first in England. He was successful and his potential was spotted in 1983 by Norwich City, then a First Division side.At Norwich he brought through players who went on to win international honours including Craig Bellamy, Chris Sutton and Danny Mills. After 10 years he moved to Peterborough United, spending eight years there and working with the likes of Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies, both of whom went on to Premier League careers with Tottenham Hotspur. None of theses were complainants in the case against him.Carson’s reputation was such that in 2005 the Premier League champions Chelsea, then managed by José Mourinho, appointed him as a scout co-ordinator for the East Anglia region.Many of his players have gone on to become respected coaches in their own right, including Dan Ashworth, who was not one of the complainants, who until recently was the FA’s technical director.Those who played for or worked with Carson paint a picture of an innovative coach. In a time before sports science was such an integral part of the game, Carson insisted that his young players ate properly and put a great emphasis on mental as well as physical strength. He was one of the first to give media training to his players.He also looked towards Europe before many others, taking schoolboy players on hundreds of trips to Scandinavia, eastern and southern Europe to take part in tournaments that broadened their experience and resolve.One of Carson’s Norwich players who went on to make it as a professional and still works in the game said: “Football life with Kit was an exciting adventure. Kit had ideas which were new in England and often ridiculed by the senior staff. We were taught about the importance of a strong mental attitude, nutrition and how to prepare for training and matches.”On his website Carson claimed: “I probably know more about European grassroots soccer than almost any other youth developer in England.” It was boastful but a case could be made.Away from football, Carson seemed a respectable family man. He was married to Pauline and was a proud father and grandfather. At the time of his death he and his wife lived quietly in a riverside flat in Cambridge.But Carson was hiding a secret.Former players have told the Guardian that as adolescents they were ordered to strip naked so that Carson could check how they were developing. Some were forced to exercise, do weights or swim naked as he watched.Others have described being ordered to wrestle in muddy puddles in just their underwear both in the UK and during those trips abroad. They were also forced to massage each other with oil as Carson looked on.So routine were these practices that most of the children simply obeyed without questioning. Besides, they knew Carson was the gateway to a career in football and if they resisted they faced the boot. One player told Carson to “fuck off” when the coach asked him to strip. He says he never played for a Carson team again.The trips abroad were a perfect way for Carson to cement his relationships with boys, far from home and family.Carson was emboldened to go further with some of the boys. His death means that the claims against him will not be tested before a jury but he was facing 12 counts of indecent assault and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. The allegations concerned 11 boys.According to the particulars of the offences, the first alleged indecent assault happened at a hotel in the north of England in the late 1970s or early 80s.The incitement offence allegedly happened as recently as February 2009 in Cambridge. This is said to have involved Carson showing the complainant images of scantily clad women while he exercised.However, the bulk of the incidents took place in and around Peterborough, where Carson was academy director between 1993 and 2001.At Peterborough, Carson worked with another now notorious figure in football – Bob Higgins, the former Southampton junior coach who in June was jailed for 24 years for abusing schoolboys over a 25-year period.Higgins arrived at Peterborough in the mid-90s as the under-16s coach, having parted company with Southampton after six boys came forward to claim they had been sexually abused by him.The police have played down the idea that Carson and Higgins abused boys together or were part of a wider paedophile network but at least one former Peterborough player – Dion Raitt – has said he was sexually targeted by both men and believes they colluded.Raitt, who has waived his right to anonymity, has said he was groomed and abused by Higgins over many months. His contact with Carson was fleeting but disturbing.He remembers being called to Carson’s office at Peterborough United’s ground and made to stand naked in front of him as his future was discussed.“It was as though there had been some sort of highlight put against my name,” Raitt told the Guardian. “That’s how I feel. Either it was: ‘He really wants it,’ or ‘He’s really vulnerable.’”There appear to be similarities in the ways the men operated, from persuading their charges to regard them as father figures to using massage to normalise physical contact.Both also encouraged the boys to write to them. Higgins kept messages from his former players in which they professed love for him in his attic.Carson published scores of testimonials from his players on his website and in a book he wrote about some of the players he worked with at Peterborough. The book, which includes photos of boys posing topless during trips abroad and one image of two players sleeping shirtless in twin beds, makes uncomfortable reading.Higgins left Peterborough under a cloud with the club blaming his beliefs: he claimed to be a faith healer and “baptised” some boys in his bath.Carson tried to cover for his colleague by claiming the commute from Southampton was too much for him and saying Higgins would continue to scout for Peterborough.One of the many disturbing things about the Higgins case was that he was still working in the sport – albeit not directly with children – when the Guardian broke the football abuse scandal.The FA also faces questions over how Carson was able to continue working in football after allegations about him emerged.Carson eventually moved from Peterborough to Cambridge United and on to the non-league club Histon to work with its youngsters. Allegations about Carson were surfacing and it has been reported that in 2009 (at about the time of the alleged incitement he was charged with) his FA coaching licence was revoked. The FA has refused to confirm or deny this.In 2013 Raitt wrote to Peterborough United, reporting what Carson and Higgins had done to him. The allegations were passed on to the police but no further action was taken. The FA was also made aware of Raitt’s complaint.Despite this, Carson continued working in football. As late as 2014 he was the “official UK representative” in the UK for the Nørhalne Cup, a youth competition in Denmark. The cup manager, Per Jeppesen, said he had no idea that allegations had been made against Carson.At the time he was arrested in January 2017 Carson was claiming on his LinkedIn profile to be a UK scout for the Finnish club SJK Seinäjoki and a football consultant. The Finnish club says it had no formal link with Carson.The FA will not discuss why Carson continued to work in football after allegations about him had surfaced. A spokesman said only: “In line with our safeguarding practices, we are not in a position to comment on this matter.”When he first appeared in court in April 2018, the magistrates agreed to a request to impose bail conditions including a ban on coaching children in the UK, travelling abroad to coach young people and being involved in scouting under-18s. It is clear that right up to his death the police and Crown Prosecution Service were worried that Carson remained a risk to children.• In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Child protection Reuse this content Kit Carson revelled in his image as a star-maker with the power to help promising junior footballers realise their dreams of making it in the professional game.He relished the glowing testimonials that his former players – among them household names – provided for his website and writings and he was never short of invitations to matches and glitzy football dinners.But there was a darkness to Carson that only fully emerged after the Guardian broke the football abuse scandal in 2016.Dozens of former players, among them ex-internationals, contacted the police and the children’s charity the NSPCC to say they had been sexually abused by Carson.Carson’s death in a road crash just before the prosecution case against him was due to start at Peterborough crown court in January deprived survivors of the chance to give evidence against him.His inquest gives a few answers but questions remain, not least how a man like Carson was able to work in the professional game for more than 20 years and why even after complaints were made about him he continued to be involved in the sport right up until his arrest.Michael Sean Carson, to give him his full name, was a proud Irishman but lived his whole life in England. 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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid have Jan plans for Tottenham midfielder Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are pushing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract in January.And the Mirror says Real are then ready to follow up with a move for Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham midfielder Eriksen is into the final year of his contract and has rejected a new deal worth £200,000-a-week as he waits for Real Madrid to make their move.But Real Madrid are ready to wait until January, get Eriksen signed up and then get him for free next summer.That will only add to Pochettino’s frustrations because the current uncertainty over the Denmark midfielder’s future will drag on.The Spanish giants have also made Pochettino their No.1 target to replace Zinedine Zidane with the Real Madrid boss already under pressure despite their solid start in La Liga. last_img read more

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