About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Butt insists Man Utd fortunate to have Solskjaer as managerby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United head of first team development Nicky Butt says the club are fortunate to have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.Academy graduates Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Brandon Williams, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood have all featured this season.And Butt says the Norwegian’s experience of working in the academy and being a young player at the club is vitally important in his role.”He’s really approachable, knows the club inside out, what it takes to be a footballer here,” Butt said of Solskjaer.”Even though he wasn’t an academy member, he came as a very young boy and was lost, didn’t know what to do and embraced the club and ended up becoming one of the family.”We’re fortunate at the minute that Ole is in hotseat. He’s coached in the academy, he did his coaching badges with academy players and coaches, so he knows pretty much everybody right down to the Under-12s in the club and that can only be beneficial.”
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s three roadshows on Kolkata’s streets on the last day of campaign for the final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, just hours before the Election Commission’s campaign ban kicks in at 10 pm, witnessed tremendous response from her party workers and the common people alike.Hundreds lined up on both the sides of the streets as the first roadshow hit Diamond Harbour (DH) Road on a hot Thursday afternoon after it kick-started from Thakurpukur 3A bus stand. People tried to get a closer look at the charismatic leader giving her security personnel and police a tough time. Roadshows were conducted in favour of Mala Roy and Mimi Chakraborty contesting with Trinamool Congress’ tickets from South Kolkata and Jadavpur respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe rally grew bigger in size as it marched down DH Road with the joining of thousands of Trinamool Congress supporters. People started congregating as the news of Banerjee taking part in roadshows reached the local residents of Thakurpukur, Behala, Taratala areas and to those living on either side of DH Road. Braving the heat, the roadshow witnessed a sea of people while passing through Behala. Many were found queuing up on both sides of the road while some of whom tried to capture the moment on their mobile cameras. People waved at Banerjee when she passed Behala Chowrasta area and shouted slogans in her support. Banerjee did not disappoint them and reciprocated by waving back at them. People gathered with TMC’s festoons and flags across the entire stretch. The first roadshow concluded at Taratala. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe second rally began at Sukanta Setu in the evening and ended at Gariahat. It went past all the important locations of South Kolkata. In some areas, women were found blowing conch shells to hail Banerjee who has emerged as the key challenger to Modi and the saffron party and will play a major role in forming the next government at the Centre. As the roadshows touched down the streets, TMC activists and leaders shouted political slogans to oust the Narendra Modi government from the Centre. The slogans resonated in the air as the roadshows crossed various lanes and bylanes of the city. People who came for shopping in Gariahat witnessed the mammoth rally. The third roadshow kicked off at Ballygunj Phari and ended at Harish Chatterjee Street, near her residence, later in the evening. Support for Mamata remains unwavering with the masses chanting anti-BJP slogans as she made her was along the areas for her rallies. Concerns over national issues remain foremost on the voters’ minds, who gathered in hundreds for the final chapter of the campaign before the state goes to polls in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 19.
The world is also eagerly waiting for the outcome of 2019 Lok Sabha elections in India. International media is abuzz with the assessment of the political situation that will emerge after elections in India and its impact worldwide. Global eyes are focused on the question whether Narendra Modi will return as the prime minister or not? None of the world press or psephology experts or think tanks seem assured for Modi getting a clear majority for his Bhartiya Janata Party to form the government this time. Major American news publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek and Time magazine have expressed serious apprehensions about Modi’s return in the editorial comments, articles and news reports published during the past one-and-a-half month. TV Channels CNN, CBS, Fox and ABC have aired programmes discussing the possibility of a change in government in India after these elections and its impact on Indo-American relations. Time magazine has recently published a controversial article and named Modi as India’s ‘Divider-in-chief’. It said that ‘world’s largest democracy is more divided than ever’ and questioned whether India can endure five more years of Modi government? The New York Times has published numerous opinion pieces discussing ‘can India’s prime minister maintain the power he has grasped?’ The Economist sees the current contest as a ‘struggle for India’s soul’. A perceptive observer pointed out that under Modi, India’s ruling party poses a threat to democracy. The adjectives and verbs used for the leader: despicable, dangerous, brutal, disaster, alienating, bullying, controlling, hounding, impetuous, wayward, excessive, and flamethrower. In an article published by The Washington Post, there are strong mentions of the failure of Modi’s promise to transform India. ‘In the world’s biggest election, India’s Narendra Modi pushes fear over hope’, says the article and continues hammering Modi by telling the readers that ‘five years later, those lofty expectations have not been met. The economy is not creating enough jobs, while farmers are struggling with debt and rising costs.’ Financial Times, Britain’s leading business daily, in its coverage of India, is extensive. It has published an article with the title ‘Narendra Modi cannot take the backing of Indian business for granted’. The article underlines that ‘one of the most vital challenges facing Modi government is the dire state of the country’s state-owned banks, which account for two-thirds of national banking assets and have been hamstrung for several years by a mass of non-performing corporate loans.’ An article published by Le Monde in France says, ‘Fundamentally, the real issue at stake in this election is the Constitution in India of a left-wing coalition, both egalitarian and multi-cultural, the only coalition capable of beating the pro-business and anti-Muslim nationalism of BJP.’ While discussing Indian election scenario in detail the article strongly mentions, ‘Modi is massively funded by big Indian businesses.’ Newspaper La’ Figaro also did not trail behind in giving space to raising serious doubts against Modi rebounding in 2019 elections. Channels such as TV 5 Monde have also aired programmes expressing doubts over Modi’s return after elections. Similar doubts have been raised prominently in various news reports in British newspapers Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times, and The Telegraph. The discussions on major TV channels like BBC, ITV Network, and Channel Four also depict an uncertain picture of the outcome of India elections. A lookup of Australia’s channels – ABC, SBS, Seven West Media and newspapers such as Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Herald Sun also suggest that international media has been unsure of Modi’s come back as prime minister throughout the electioneering in India. Canada’s Toronto Sun and The Globe and Mail newspapers were full of news stories that depicted a totally confused polling trend. Community television and radio channels of Canada have also been strongly supporting a similar scenario. Ebullience in the Middle East and the Arab world over Indian elections had been phenomenal. Channels like Geo TV, Orbit Channel, Dubai TV, Bahrain TV, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabia and publications such as Gulf Tribune, Gulf News and Khaleej Times played exuberantly in discussing poll prospects for Modi and his BJP. Indian prime minister’s ‘radar remark’ had a very strong negative impact on the image of India’s leadership quality validating question about the future of our country in case BJP returns to power. Khaleej Times wrote, ‘It’s a pity that the Indian Air Force had to learn from Modi that it takes only a few cumulus clouds to dodge air radars.’ Participants in panel discussions on Star News of Japan and Channel 5 of Singapore observed that BJP will not be in a position to cross 200-mark in Indian Parliament after the elections. When RSS ideologue and BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav expressed his apprehensions on getting a clear majority by his party in an interview, his sentiments got vide coverage in international media. The scholars associated with various think tanks in different country quoted Madhav in support of their argument that it is not easy for Modi this time to reappear in a similar position that he enjoyed in 2014. In African countries too, the trepidation about Modi’s unscathed position was no less. TV and print media in the whole of Africa was blowing with debate on BJP’s chances of return. Channels – RTB, TV Africa, Multi TV, RTG, EM TV, Tele Sahel, and Sky NEWS transmitted a number of shows focusing on India’s elections and in most of them, the assumption of the uncertainty of the outcome was strongly sunny. Newspapers Asianet Africa, Sunday Times and Die Son especially lend coverage to elections in India with headlines that suggest that it’s not a cakewalk for Modi this time. Media in China, though did not communicate that it is absolutely sure of the arrival of the current government in India again, always indicated its inclination for ‘a more stable coalition in India’. China Central Television, Beijing Television and CCTV-13 built up an argument that even if BJP does not get a clear majority, it will enjoy the position of the single largest party after the elections and would be in a situation to form more well-built political alliance than the current opposition allies. People’s Daily, Global Times, China Daily and Shanghai Morning Post have been ferrying the similar ruckus. Hong Kong’s TVB channel showed discussions on similar lines and HK newspapers such as South China Morning Post, Headline Daily, and Oriental Daily News also gave shape to this idea. In an article published by Global Times of China, it indicated that five years of Modi did not yield required fruits by saying, ‘The country needs an efficient government, which is capable of addressing public issues, such as increasing employment.’ It also raised a question, ‘Even if it is said that India’s election is the best demonstration of democracy, will it produce a government which can realise its goal? Or is it just a show?’ To see the response to this inquest, wait only for three more days. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. Views expressed are strictly personal)
Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Buklic (13) spikes the ball while team watches on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorAna Beatriz Franklin and Vanja Bukilic traveled long distances to play volleyball at Ohio State.Franklin’s Brazilian and Bukilic’s Serbian influences have merged their cultures and volleyball techniques among them and their teammates. From the way they drink their coffee to the way they behave on the court, the players had some adjustments to make upon joining Ohio State’s team.Both Franklin, a junior outside hitter, and Bukilic, a freshman opposite hitter, came from countries that do not offer college volleyball opportunities. It’s volleyball or education. This did not satisfy the desires of the two then-high school students. “It was really important to me to get a good education,” Franklin said. “I knew I wanted to keep playing volleyball at a really high level and I wanted to get my degree and go to college so coming here to play in the Big Ten was a win-win.”It was a win-win for the team as well. Franklin leads the team in service aces with 23 this season. Bukilic leads the team in kills with 240. Both girls had a similar decision to make when it came to leaving their home countries and moving to the United States. It was the same aspect of the team that drew them to this program rather than any other team they were being recruited for: team chemistry. “I decided to come here right when I visited,” Bukilic said. “There was always a good atmosphere. We were all just hanging out and it was fun being with them. The chemistry and coaches are the main reason I came.”Head coach Geoff Carlston traveled internationally to welcome both girls to the team and ease their nerves about leaving home to come to Ohio State. “Once I met the girls and the coaching staff, I knew it was the right place for me,” Franklin said. “Geoff went to Brazil to recruit me and he met my family which meant a lot and once I got here to campus, I just knew.”Carlston was the only volleyball coach from the United States who went to Brazil during the recruitment process. FloVolleyball, an international volleyball news organization, ranked Brazil as the No. 1 volleyball country, with the United States ranked No. 2.Styles of volleyball vary across the world. The basic rules, positions and terminology are consistent, but everything else was an adjustment for Franklin and Bukilic. “First when I came, it was hard because there is a completely different system for everything,” Bukilic said. “The style of playing is different, it is a faster game here and a lot of substitutions with the front and back row. It was hard at the beginning, but now I just got used to it.” Franklin noticed a difference in other ways. “Here, it’s a lot more physical, but at home, it’s a lot more technical,” she said. “I think it made me a better player, having to adapt a lot and change to fit the game here.”Culturally, Ohio was a whole new world. Aside from the stereotypical cornfields and cows that everyone expects when moving to the Midwest, the girls faced cultural adjustments that took more time getting used to. “People always bring coffee with them here,” Bukilic said. “At home you sit down, have a cup of coffee, talk with friends; but it’s busy life here and everything is so fast. I like it but sometimes I need to just sit and enjoy the moment.”Without visas, Bukilic’s family is not able to come to the United States to watch her in action. She mentioned YouTube as a go-to site for her family to watch her play.Bukilic plans to return to Serbia to play professional volleyball after graduation. Franklin is less certain of her future, both with volleyball and life. “I really try to stay in the moment and take one day at a time,” Franklin said. “There are a lot of great opportunities here and I would love to stay involved with OSU after graduation, but it’s hard to know. I still have two years left and there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.”
Tottenham is no longer looking to secure Wilfried Zaha after finding out Crystal Palace kept the Premier League winger monetary value at an incredible £70million.Zaha has been one of the high-profile targets Tottenham have been considering to secure since they’re determined to back coach Mauricio Pochettino in the transfer window this summer.The 25-year-old had a superb season at Palace and assisted in keeping them in the Premier League. Despite now representing Ivory Coast at international level, he would still crucially count as a homegrown player in their Champions League squad next term due to coming through Palace’s academy.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.It seems Palace have no intention of selling Zaha as it’s obvious he is one of their backbone assets, they also put him in a similar bracket as Riyad Mahrez, who could soon be joining Manchester City from Leicester for £75m, but instead of cashing in, Roy Hodgson’s side are actually planning to offer Zaha another new contract, according to Standard Sport.He agreed on a five-year deal with Palace worth around £110,000 a week in May 2017. The plan then was to scare off other clubs from pursuing him and as we can see, that’s really the case too.Tottenham see Zaha as an upgrade on the inconsistent Erik Lamela, as well as an option to play up front.