Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hinted at playing a full-strength squad against Leicester in the Premier League opener on Friday.He asked for helped from all the players, who returned late from their World Cup holidays and said that he will give players who are ready at least 20-25 minutes at Old Trafford.Several United players, including Sweden’s Victor Lindelof and England pair Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones, returned to training just last week. However, they have already played against Bayern Munich on Sunday in United’s last pre-season friendly at the Allianz Arena, where they lost 1-0.However, due to lack of options after a ‘drab’ transfer window so far, Mourinho has hinted that the likes of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku could also play a part against Leicester.Also read – Herrera defends Mourinho after ‘strange’ Manchester United pre-season in USAGreat to have you back guys. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/3XH2ayWAQ8Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2018Mourinho told MUTV he expected Rashford to get better as the week progressed.”Lindelof the same, Jones the same and let’s see if one of the others is ready to give us a help, 20-25 minutes. Any help that can come from them, is welcome,” Mourinho said.Mourinho has been in a very bad mood throughout his club’s pre-season tour and has even taken sly digs at the club’s current executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, for not being able to bring in the players he asked for.Also read – Jose Mourinho bookie’s favourite to ‘get the axe’ first in Premier Leagueadvertisement”If we don’t make our team better, it’ll be a difficult season for us,” Mourinho told MUTV after United’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday.”The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.”My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.”In this window, United have bought three players in Diego Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred. While Dalot is more of a transfer for the future, Grant has been brought as a bac-up goalkeeper to David De Gea and Sergio Romero. Brazil’s Fred is the only player that Mourinho can inject straight into the first-team.Also read – Jose Mourinho suggests holidaying Manchester United players to return earlyUnited are in for Toby Alderwiereld and Jerome Boateng and United are also in for another attacker but if Jose’s words from a few days back are to be believed, he will only have one more addition.”I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not am not going to get which is not a drama,” Mourinho had said few days back.It lookes like he will get one more centre-back at least but Woodward will have his work cut out to add to the squad as the transfer window in England closes on August 9 before the season kicks off.
ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.
The Government is projecting 2.5 per cent economic growth for Jamaica over the 2018/19 fiscal year.This is according to 2018/19 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, on Thursday, February 15.Continued strengthening of most industries, particularly Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry; Mining and Quarrying; Hotels and Restaurants; and Electricity and Water Supply is expected to drive this growth.This is based on increased demand associated with projected higher levels of employment and investments; growth in external demand for Jamaica’s goods and services; strengthening of competitiveness in some industries, following plant upgrades during 2017/18; improvements in the business environment; the roll-out of major strategic investment projects; and recovery from the negative impacts of flooding and excess rainfall last year.Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry, which was severely impacted by adverse weather, is expected to rebound by seven per cent and also benefit from stronger linkages with the Hotels and Restaurants sector, which is expected to grow by four per cent.The Fiscal Policy Paper indicates that the projected outturn for Hotels and Restaurants is predicated on, among other things, increased visitor arrivals resulting from anticipated growth in the global economy and Jamaica’s reputation as an award-winning world leading tourist destination.The increase in visitor arrivals is expected to be driven by a spike in hotel room stock and more flights into the island. The Fiscal Policy Paper further points to a projected 25 per cent growth in Mining and Quarrying based on the continued increase in the global demand for aluminium, which is expected to lead to higher demand for alumina.The document further notes that the industry’s growth will be supported by increases in the capacity utilization rate at local refineries, especially JISCO/ALPART in Nain, St. Elizabeth, where the management continues to make significant investments to improve the plant’s operations.Additionally, the local industry is expected to benefit from market diversification, particularly targeting the Asian bloc.The Electricity and Water sector is projected to grow by 2.5 per cent, based on increased business activities and housing stock, which are expected to lead to higher consumption of these utilities, facilitated by greater levels of production.
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is offering supportive words for U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft after a suspicious white powder was found in an envelope addressed to the American embassy in Ottawa.Following a meeting with Craft on Friday, Freeland condemned the “wholly unacceptable threat made against her.”“She does an essential and difficult job and Canada respects her service,” Freeland wrote on Twitter.The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa called police Thursday after the letter was discovered by staff at an off-site mail-screening facility. Employees followed standard security protocols and tests on the substance eventually determined it wasn’t harmful, an embassy spokesperson said.“The envelope was addressed the Embassy of the United States and it did have the ambassador’s name on it,” the U.S. Embassy said.“We really can’t provide any further details about what was in the envelope because the incident is under investigation.”The spokesperson declined to confirm whether the letter contained threats to U.S. officials, including the ambassador.The incident involving U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy to Canada comes amid heightened tensions between the two countries.The escalating Canada-U.S. dispute has resulted in stalled trade talks, the imposition of tariffs and even a public, personal attack directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by Trump and his top advisers.Last weekend, Trump took the highly unusual step of criticizing Trudeau on Twitter after his departure from the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que.The president grew angry with Trudeau after the prime minister reiterated during a closing news conference that Canada intended to impose countermeasures on some American goods in retaliation for “insulting” tariffs imposed by Trump against Canadian steel and aluminum imports.Trudeau has taken issue with the fact the tariffs were applied on the premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. Therefore, he used the word “insulting” several times in recent weeks to describe Trump’s duties.Trump called Trudeau’s G7 remarks “very dishonest” and “weak,” among other things. And a day later, two of his top aides piled on during TV interviews.Chief trade adviser Peter Navarro said there’s “a special place in hell” for Trudeau and anyone else who negotiates in “bad faith” with Trump. And chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betrayal and of stabbing Trump in the back.Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum, a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.The U.S. has also threatened to introduce more tariffs that would affect Canada’s economy — this time on automobiles.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John League of United Youths and Settlement Workers in Schools is bringing the World Fair back to the Energetic City this weekend.The World Fair is an event that gives an opportunity for local cultural groups to showcase the unique qualities and heritage in the community. Organizers say that the event has helped in the development of youth leadership and organization in our community, and to promote the multiculturalism of Fort St. John.This year, organizers say the event will be even bigger and better than in years past. Among the countries that will be represented at this year’s event are: Canada, Philippines, Ethiopia, Jamaica, China, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, India, and Pakistan. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 9th at the greenspace at the corner of 100th & 100th across from the Cultural Centre from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.
New York – Morocco’s inter-ministerial delegate for human rights, Mahjoub El Haiba, is taking part in New York in the 47th session of the UN Commission on population and development (Apr.7-11) “to assess the status of implementation of the program of action of the international conference of population and development, held in Cairo in 1994.The week-long forum will assess action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, since the landmark Cairo international conference.That conference established that increasing access to health and education, and protecting human rights, especially those of women and teenagers, would help secure a better social and economic future and lead to more sustainable population trends. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that with the ICPD Program of Action, Governments set out an ambitious agenda to deliver inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. “Over the past two decades, this agenda has contributed to significant advances,” he said in a message to the Commission.“Fewer people are living in extreme poverty. Gender equality and the empowerment of women are gaining ground worldwide. More people are living longer, healthier lives. More girls are in school. Fewer women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. There are more laws to protect and uphold human rights.”Yet, in the midst of this human progress, the continued exclusion of some groups and the potential for serious environmental damage put these gains at risk, Ban continued. Moreover, changing age, household and family structures as well as rapid urbanization and migration pose new challenges for human development.“We have an urgent responsibility, to invest in creating opportunities and a supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship for persons of all ages, in particular for young people. It is crucial to invest in their health and education and to review legislation, standards and practices that restrict their full participation in and access to sexual and reproductive health services.”The IPCD Global Review Report, issued by the UN in February, pointed out that much remains to be done on a range of issues, including the enormous inequalities that remain in the realization of human rights and access to vital services, as well as new challenges and opportunities related to population growth, changing age structures, rapid urbanization and migration.Since 1994, the global population has grown from 5.7 to 7.2 billion. Despite slowing population growth, UN projections suggest the world’s population could reach 9.6 billion by 2050, with most of the increase concentrated in the poorest countries.According to a report prepared by the Secretary-General for the Commission, the current state of the world’s population is one of unprecedented diversity and change, as reflected in new patterns of ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.According to a news release on the Commission’s opening, older persons are the world’s fastest growing age group. The number of people over age 60 almost doubled between 1994 and 2014, and older persons today outnumber children under the age of five. Globally, the share of older persons is expected to reach 21 per cent by 2050.