TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say PSG blow as Watford rule out Doucoure saleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford will block Abdoulaye Doucoure from joining PSG this month.PSG are keen on bringing the £50million-rated midfielder.However, the Evening Standard claim Watford will reject any offers during this transfer window.The Hornets are currently in ninth on the Premier League table and do not want to disrupt their progress by offloading one of their top players.When they do decide to sell Doucoure, Watford will stand to make a significant profit on the £8m they paid Rennes for him in 2015.
Milwaukee product Diamond Stone, a five-star center and the No. 5 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class, committed to Maryland over his home-state Badgers back in late March, and Wisconsinites are not happy about it. According to multiple tweets, Stone tried to go to Madison UW-Milwaukee to party this weekend, and was not treated well by the spurned fans.Just saw Diamond Stone get kicked out of a party. Sucks to suck man— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Well I was the bouncer at a party and kicked diamond stone out so I’m feeling pretty accomplished— Payton teDuits (@Paytonteduits) April 26, 2015Diamond stone just got kicked out of this party lmfao— Jordyn Jablonski (@Jblonks_) April 26, 2015Diamond Stone got kicked out of a party we were at.— Bucks in 7 (Shaq) (@AGruett32) April 26, 2015No one likes Diamond Stone— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Diamond stone came to UWM last night and he got kicked out of every party he went tried to go to— Alex Peterson (@APeterson32) April 26, 2015Stone probably shouldn’t be too surprised, but he’ll also have plenty of party opportunities when he makes it down to College Park. [The Victory Lap]
Twitter/@NDonNBCWhile Ohio State has received a ton of attention about how it will handle its quarterback situation, there had been rumors all off-season that Notre Dame’s Everett Golson would consider transferring, with Malik Zaire threatening to win the starting job for 2015. Back in January, reports came out that 24 schools were interested in Golson, and today, the move became official. Golson is now the biggest-named free agent on the transfer market. We’re aware that there may be some issues with Golson going to the SEC due to a conference rule that graduate transfers must have stayed academically eligible while undergraduate players. We’ll work under the assumption that any school that is interested would be able to find a way to get him on campus, considering that he was connected to multiple SEC schools when the transfer rumors first emerged.Where will the former Fighting Irish star, who led the team to a national championship berth in 2012-13, wind up? Here are eight big-time programs that could definitely use a player like Golson this season.Get Started: Florida >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy likes to try and keep up with the latest trends. Last time it was hoverboarding; today, it was Pokemon GO.The craze, which is based on the old card game Pokemon, has taken the country by storm. Pokemon GO is played on a downloadable cellphone app, and CNN has a breakdown of what it is all about. Anyway, the app, which is free to download and play, uses GPS to make a cartoony map of your neighborhood and basically anywhere you go. In this colorful, slightly Big-Brother-y version of reality, Pokémon are interspersed throughout, and when you come within range of a Pokémon you can “approach” them and they will show up on your phone.Today, Gundy posted a picture of him catching a Pokemon named Pidgey inside T. Boone Pickens Stadium.Gotta catch ’em all! #POKEmon pic.twitter.com/j0Kd5CyD7J— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) July 11, 2016Ok, who had Mike Gundy as the first coach to publicly acknowledge that he plays Pokemon Go? Our bet would have been Jim Harbaugh, because, well why not? [ Pistols Firing ]
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education. Story Highlights Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support.Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.To achieve this, the NPSC’s machinery has been mobilised in eastern parishes, working in homes, schools, communities and with other government agencies to promote good parenting practices, and crafting intervention measures for parents who have been struggling with child-rearing.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that the Commission’s policies and programmes have reached over 10,000 parents, with efforts being made to expand its reach.As such, the NPSC has now turned its attention to western Jamaica, with aggressive work already being done in Mount Salem, St. James (Zone of Special Operations), through parent mentorship and the establishment of a Parent Place at Emmanuel Chapel.The Parent Place thrust forms part of the USAID/Ministry of Education’s partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools, which is intended to reduce antisocial behaviour among youth and reduce the ability of criminal elements gaining access to school premises.“We have been working primarily in the Zone of Special Operations in St James, and this was deliberate, because the Social Development Commission’s findings said that it was poor parenting that was responsible for one of the drivers of crime, and so that is something that we can’t take lightly,” she says.Parent mentors who have been trained under the NPSC’s Parent Mentorship Programme have been working with parents in Mount Salem who need parenting advice and have been reaping some amount of success.Mark Rodney from Trench Town (Kingston) is one such parent mentor who has been working in Mount Salem.For Mr. Rodney, volunteering to work in the community stems from the need for more men to become involved in the lives of their children and the wider society.A father of four, he says several parents, in particular single mothers, have sought the support of mentors at the Parent Place, and that intervention strategies are offered based on the needs of each parent.“They are at ease in trying to get remedies for their problems, because we actually do the necessary groundwork, we take their information, we scrutinise them and we see what we can do,” he explains.“So we really scrutinise the problems and we see what the best avenue is – if it is for referral or we can do what we do best,” Mr. Rodney adds.Shelby Spaulding is also among the group of parent mentors who traverse the Mount Salem community on foot, extending invitation to parents to utilise the services of the Parent Place.She tells JIS News that parents have been receptive of their efforts, with some expressing an interest in becoming mentors themselves.“I walk the community and try to get persons to visit the Parent Place, which they say is a wonderful thing and they want us to come down more, because they see the need for it. Some of them want to become mentors,” she notes.Ms. Kerr echoes similar sentiments of the need for St James-based mentors, noting that two additional Parent Places will be opened in the parish at the end of September, with 30 persons currently being trained to work in those facilities.“We are training parents in Montego Bay to be mentors, so that they can give the same kind of support at home and at school and to their communities. What we have been doing is deploying our parent mentors who have been trained in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine to Montego Bay, and that is not something we can sustain,” she says.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that a Parent Place will also be established in Hanover, with the training of some 45 parent mentors to begin in September.“We have to do this because if we don’t strengthen the capacity of parents, then the home-school relationship is threatened,” she argues.
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is encouraging court staff to deliver quality service to customers, in light of the Government’s efforts to provide a first-class justice system.“Once we provide the first-class facilities, we expect that those who work in the courts will provide first-class service. Good customer service must be at the forefront of how we treat citizens of Jamaica,” he emphasised.The Minister was speaking at the Judiciary of Jamaica National Public Education Symposium, held at the St. Catherine Parish Court on November 20.Mr. Chuck said it is unfortunate that some persons behave in a hostile manner when they seek assistance from court staff.“When such persons come to the courts it is because they are in need of assistance, and their behaviour should not reflect the quality of customer service they receive. In the court system every single citizen must be treated in a majestic style, so that people can see a change in the way we serve all Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck encouraged all court staff to serve civilians courteously and efficiently.“Step up to the plate. Act in a manner that will let people respect you and comment on how courteous you are. Every single Jamaican, regardless of how rude, intolerant and abusive they are, must be treated with respect, decency, civility and tolerance,” he said.The Minister argued that excellent customer service must be carried out in not just the courts but all government agencies.
OSU sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) makes a leaping grab during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisThe Dallas Cowboys selected former Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown in the seventh round with the 239th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Brown is the seventh former OSU player selected in this year’s draft. He is the third former Buckeye on the offensive side of the ball to be selected. The big-bodied 6-foot-2, 222-pound wideout was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection his final season for the Buckeyes.In 2016, his redshirt sophomore season and final year as a Buckeye, Brown caught 30 passes, the second-most on the team, for 402 yards, a 12.6-yard average. He caught seven touchdowns.Brown excited OSU fans and impressed NFL teams when he caught five passes for 72 yards, scoring four times against Oklahoma in the third game of the 2016 season. But Brown caught just two touchdowns in the remaining 10 games.Before the 2016 season, Brown played in 13 games, all during his freshman season, but caught just a single pass. In fall camp, prior to his second season in Columbus, Brown suffering a broken left leg that would keep him out the entire season, allowing OSU to use a redshirt.Brown’s 19 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine tied him for the second-most among wide receivers in this draft class.This marks the third year in a row a Buckeyes receiver was drafted. In 2015, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer were taken by the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, respectively. Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller were drafted by the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, respectively, in 2016.Brown joins former Buckeyes running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Rod Smith in Dallas.Brown will begin his NFL career in Dallas on September 10 when the Cowboys take on the New York Giants.
Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit and available for their game against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Rondon has been out injured since Newcastle’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace in September.Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just two points after nine matches and Benitez is happy to have nearly his full squad with the return of Rondon.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Rondón is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from (Florian) Lejeune and (Jamie) Sterry,” Benitez told NUFC website.“You can see that we signed (Rondón) as a main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”
West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is very pleased with how Robert Snodgrass has turned around his fortunes at the clubThe 31-year-old midfielder arrived at West Ham in 2017 from Hull City but struggled to make an impact.After spending last season on loan at English Championship side Aston Villa, Snodgrass returned in the summer upon Pellegrini’s appointment as manager.The Chilean then advised Snodgrass to lose weight and he has since been left impressed by what he’s seen.The Scotsman has since started eight of West Ham’s opening 14 Premier League fixtures with a further five substitute appearances.“I spoke with Snodgrass at the beginning of the season,” Pellegrini told reporters on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It depended on what he wanted and I gave him some demands about his work. He’s a great professional player who has the desire to be here.”Another player capturing interest is summer arrival Felipe Anderson from Lazio, who has scored four goals in his last four outings.“I think Felipe is improving,” added Pellegrini.“He played a very good game and he knows more about what he should be doing and not doing. He is improving every game.West Ham will face Cardiff City tonight at the London Stadium with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
By The Associated PressNorth Carolina’s first African-American female chief justice says she believes her elevation to the post brings “a lot of hope and promise” to the state and for young people to become whoever they want.The court system says more than 1,000 people watched in person or in overflow rooms to see the public swearing-in of Cheri Beasley on March 7 at the Supreme Court.Associate Justices Paul Newby and Robin Hudson applaud for new Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, center, of the N.C. Supreme Court during Beasley’s investiture ceremony in Raleigh on March 7. (Paul Woolverton/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)Gov. Roy Cooper chose Beasley to fill the seat vacated by Chief Justice Mark Martin. Beasley — an associate justice since 2012 — was officially sworn-in on March 1 in a private ceremony.Thursday’s attendees included Henry Frye, who 20 years ago became the state’s first Black chief justice. Beasley says she’d follow Frye’s philosophy of treating the world’s problems as opportunities to do what’s right and good.
Jette Nygaard-AndersenModern Times Group (MTG) digital chief Jette Nygaard-Andersen is to leave the group to pursue new opportunities.Nygaard-Andersen joined MTG in 2003 and has held several managerial positions within the group’s Nordic and international operations and, most recently, with MTG’s digital video content division. She will leave the group at the end of February.MTG CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann said: “I want to thank Jette for her outstanding contribution to MTG over the past 16 years. She has been instrumental in the success of a wide range of our entertainment operations and in our digital transformation. I have enjoyed working closely with Jette and wish her all the best as she pursues opportunities outside MTG.”MTG has also named Lars Torstensson as EVP and head of communications and investor relations for the group, effective from June 19. David Boyd has been named a s interim head of investor relations from January 29.Torstensson is currently chief communications officer at Swedish listed consulting company Sweco and has held communications, investor relations, strategy and business development positions at Gelato and Tele2 Group. He previously worked at Swedbank Robur and Handelsbanken Asset Management.Boyd has most recently been head of investor relations at Northgate Group, Millicom and Inmarsat.Torstensson’s appointment follows the naming of current MTG EVP and head of communications Matthew Hooper as EVP, head of corporate affairs and CEO of NENT Group UK, the UK arm of soon-to-be-split-off broadcasting and streaming arm Nordic Entertainment (NENT).“I am delighted that Lars is joining our team. As we proceed with the split of the company, our priority is to develop and expand MTG’s portfolio of hyper growth global companies in eSports, online gaming and digital video content. Lars’ in-depth knowledge of both finance and communications, combined with his passion for business development, makes him a perfect match for us as we accelerate our development,” said Lindemann.