About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard delighted with response of fans to Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is delighted with the response of the support to his young players.Lampard has reiterated that his young Chelsea side are taking positive steps forward and this has been highlighted in the past two performances at Stamford Bridge. The Blues lost to Liverpool before thrashing Grimsby in the League Cup.”I was happy because I think everyone in the stadium had the same feeling,” said Lampard.”Fans will always react to desire, fight and work ethic, and we were showing those things. They want to see players who give everything and want to play for this club. The young players have definitely brought a different dimension as well and there’s no doubt the fans are loving seeing them come through.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea youth coach Cole: Lille spell good for meby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole has spoken of his time with Lille.The Blues meet LOSC in the Champions League tonight.”We missed out on the title but qualified for the Champions League again, which was the goal when I arrived because Lille are a big club,” he told chelseafc.com. “Their new stadium is amazing, they have an incredible youth system and a fantastic training ground. The club is the real hub of the city so it’s a great place to play football and I have fond memories from my time there.”Ligue 1 is a strong league and I found it tough physically, as well as learning a lot tactically during my time there. Since I’ve left, the team have been a bit up and down. The French league is a different animal now and finishing second is almost like winning it because PSG are so strong.”
APTN National NewsReserves across Nova Scotia are looking pretty empty this week. Well all but one that is.That’s because thousands of Mi’kmaq from across their territory are on the Waycobah First Nation for the fourth annual Nova Scotial Mi’kmaq summer games.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reports.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Environmental Managers Association of B.C. (EMA of BC) presented the Doig River First Nation (DRFN) with an Indigenous Project Award.Saturday, June 13th, 2019 at an Awards Gala, the Indigenous Project Award was to recognize an innovative orphan well restoration pilot project. As part of the recognition, DRFN received $2,000 in funding from the EMA of BC that will go toward training a member of the community in environmental practices and fieldwork. “We would like to thank the EMA of BC for this opportunity to achieve our vision to be a leader in the area of environmental restoration of orphan wells,” said Chief Makadahay. The pilot project creates meaningful engagement with key players that include DRFN, BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) and industry contractors who work together toward the long-term goal of restoring hundreds of orphan well sites on DRFN traditional territories in northeast B.C. The budget for each orphan well reclamation project varies greatly depending on its size and scope. Provincial funds have been established to help pay for the growing problem of abandoned well sites in Western Canada. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that energy companies must fulfil their environmental obligations before paying back creditors in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy.“Doig River has experienced a lot of activity in its territory over the last 40 years and we would like to be part of the solution to reclaim and restore the land,” said DRFN Chief Trevor Makadahay. “This is important to our community, so we can exercise our treaty rights on a landscape that is healthy and back to its natural state.” Full remediation and reclamation of an orphan well site start with a full assessment of the contamination level of soil and/or groundwater. Depending on the size and scope of the work, contaminated material may be removed and transported to a landfill and/or Treatment, Recovery and Disposal (TRD) facility or treated onsite. Any issues with the wellbore integrity need to be resolved and the wellhead or pumpjack is dismantled and transported to a metals recycling facility. Once the equipment and contaminated material is safely and responsibly dealt with, the site is ready for the reclamation phase. Activities in this phase include may include replacing topsoil, recontouring the land, reseeding and ongoing maintenance such as regular soil and groundwater sampling.
New Delhi: BJP’s East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir on Sunday responded to allegation from AAP’s Atishi on him having two voter IDs. Without going into the issue, the former cricketer said that these kinds of allegations come from a place that lacks vision. Gambhir, who is a recent entrant in the saffron party and in the politics of Delhi said, “When you do not have a vision and have done nothing in the last four and a half years, you make such allegations.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAfter Gambhir had filed his nomination papers, AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi had raised the point that he had two voter Ids registered under his name. Going full offensive on BJP’s Gambhir, Atishi had said that this offense would definitely disqualify him from the fight. She had also claimed that Gambhir did not specifically deny her allegations. Furthermore, Gambhir added that the finality of the decision lies with the Election Commission and said that this mud-slinging is window-dressing to hide poor performance. While campaigning in his constituency, he said that people with vision don’t end up resorting to “negative politics”. Gambhir, the fresh entrant has also had a formal complaint registered against him for holding a rally in Jangpur without the requisite permission. Gambhir will go up against Atishi and Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely with Delhiites casting their votes on May 12.
In this age of forced nationalism when countries and political leaders across the globe are sedulously trying to cultivate moral blindness in regard to the cult of patriotism, Rabindranath Tagore, with his clarity of thought and prudent foresight, believed that a country could not be greater than the ideals of humanity. And with age, his ideas have gained greater relevance. “…the idea of the Nation is one of the most powerful anaesthetics that man has invented. Under the influence of its fumes, people can carry out its systematic programme of the most virulent self-seeking without being in the least aware of its moral perversion, in fact feeling dangerously resentful if it is pointed out,” says Tagore in one of his lectures that was later incorporated in a book titled Nationalism in 1917. In 2014, when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India, he won the elections on the basis of his sweeping promises to modernise the economy, fight corruption, make India clean and green, provide jobs and aggressively assert India’s global presence. Five years later, the secular agenda has taken centre stage in a country already rived by dangerous religious divisions. Interestingly, the Hindu sectarianism has never been more profound and enfranchised at every level of the government. Modi’s efforts to make India a Hindu state have attained renewed vigour in the past few months which has left India completely fragmented and opinionated. There is widespread violence in the country that is “provoked by the championing of a singular identity of people as members of one religion or another… interested groups led by ambition and outside instigation are today using the communal motive for destructive political ends.” And as history has shown us, sane or rational public discourse is not possible in an atmosphere surcharged with religion and nationalism and when millions believe that a man can do no wrong! Today, the man who was hailed as a hero in 2014 is now seen inculcating fear. All of India is a stage for him and he is the only one who plays many parts — from chaiwalla to chowkidar! Tagore wrote about the dark side of nationalism but Modi saw its brighter side and created a potent mixture of nationalism and religion. Here, the relevance of Tagore gains momentum as an entire nation fights to protect its secular identity. Gurudev, post-1917, emerged as the critic of the modern idea of nation or the nation-state. His three novels — Gora, Char Adhyay and Ghare Baire — where he unravels the dangers of hyper-masculine aggressiveness, reflect his ‘dis-ease’ with nationalism. He asserts that “this nationalism is a cruel epidemic of evil that is sweeping over human world of the present age, eating into its moral vitality”. This expression itself depicts the need for a deeper understanding of today’s nationalism that Tagore spoke of more than 100 years ago. It’s time we become cautious and rise to the occasion before this savage “nationalism” “tramples under its tread all the sweet flowers of simple faith and the living ideals of man.”
A day after complete anarchy unfolded during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata when a vicious attack on one of Bengal’s most revered figures, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, took place, the whole state plunged into a cultural vacuum overnight. While preparations were on for his bicentenary celebrations, his bust at Vidyasagar College was desecrated and broken into pieces. The incident drew widespread criticism not only from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but also from the Bengali intelligentsia and the people of the state in general. Terming it to be “quite unfortunate and a well-planned attack on the college,” she said: “BJP will have to pay for vandalising the statue of Vidyasagar.” In Bengal, there is a deep connect with the legacy of the land, an emotion that is closely associated with the greatest reformers and social thinkers who were born here and left an ever-lasting impact on the culture and aesthetics of this part of the country that led to the Bengali Renaissance. Any attack and onslaught on such institutions will lead to a massive outcry, as has been witnessed in the case of Vidyasagar College incident. Creative personalities from various professions condemned the attack and raised their voices against what they termed as the “distasteful” attitude of the Narendra Modi government and urged people to “vote for Mamata Banerjee who is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi-Shah tyranny”. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, musician Kabir Suman, a former TMC MP, said: “I do not want the Modi-Shah government to remain in power at the Centre. Mamata Banerjee is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi government and I urge voters to support her. This BJP government does not respect human values and only sow seeds of communalism. BJP is today attempting to use Vivekananda in Bengal for political mileage and shouting out his name but refuses to conform to his ideals.” Echoing similar thoughts, poet Joy Goswami said: “We feel embarrassed that such a time has come when we need to hold conferences discussing how our basic values of life are in jeopardy. BJP is demeaning Bengal.” TMC leaders have come up with irrefutable evidence showing BJP goons, part of Amit Shah’s rally, rampaging and vandalising Vidyasagar’s bust, showing no respect or love for Bengal’s culture. Thus, the burning issue is that such leaders of our nation cannot respect their own icons, they do not believe in the doctrines of those who shaped the identity of this land, and have forgotten the true spirit of revolution that formed the foundation of our freedom. It has, therefore, become absolutely compelling to evoke sentiments of nationalist pride and honour and to judiciously cast one’s own vote because today, it is simply now or never!
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder stands during the national anthem prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) beat No. 4 Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) 18-15 Sunday evening in a closely contested dual meet, despite senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder losing his first collegiate match since 2015. Snyder dropped his first match of the season 3-1 against No. 2 Adam Coon, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, 7 inches and 60 pounds larger than Snyder. The physical mismatch made this match interesting leading into tonight, but Coon stunned many by beating the Olympic gold medalist. Snyder had not lost in college since Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson beat him in the 2015 NCAA final at 197 pounds.In the third period of No. 3 Bo Jordan’s match against No. 6 Myles Amine at 174 pounds, he took the lead with a takedown, and gained the riding time advantage point after preventing Amine from escaping. Eventually, a stalemate was called before Amine got the escape. Jordan led 5-4, essentially because of riding time.As the clock wound down, Amine needed a two-point takedown to win, and he got it in the final seconds. Initially, the referee did not award any points, but Amine found the correct positioning for the takedown before the clock hit zero. This moment gave Michigan their first lead of the meet, 12-11, with three bouts remaining.Michigan remained close with the Buckeyes, but Ohio State received solid performances from two of its highly ranked heavyweights. Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin won 5-3 against No. 5 Domemic Abounader.The Buckeyes’ No. 1 Kollin Moore bounced back after his first loss of the season against Penn State with a major decision win against No. 12 Kevin Beazley 17-6 at 197 pounds. Moore registered two takedowns late in the first period to take control, and dominated in the second and third with Beazley losing energy. Another undefeated Buckeye went down when No. 5 Stevan Micic upset No. 2 Luke Pletcher 11-4 at 133 pounds. Pletcher is now 22-1.Michigan’s No. 9 Logan Massa beat No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell 6-2 at 165 pounds to hand Campbell his sixth-straight loss. His last win was 8-2 against Maryland’s Brendan Burnham on Jan. 5.Ohio State’s No. 5 Micah Jordan also lost, falling 12-7 to No. 7 Alec Pantaleo in an evenly matched bout. No. 4 Nathan Tomasello won via technical fall against Michigan’s No. 9 Drew Mattin 20-5. Ohio State’s No. 7 Joey McKenna beat Sal Profaci 6-2 at 141 pounds in the only match in which both wrestlers weren’t ranked. Buckeyes’ No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won 9-2 against No. 18 Malik Amine.Ohio State’s next meet will take place on Feb. 18 at No. 6 North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Luciano Spalletti was amazed how his players managed to respond to a bitter 3-2 defeat by Juventus – Inter easily beat Udinese 4-0 at home and it was a crucial win in terms of climbing higher spots in the Serie A.The Italian manager was very happy after this result as he saw the right attitude from his players and he still believes that his side can gain the Champions League spot for the next season.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s performance and his own future as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I saw a reaction from the players, that’s what I expected from them. They have been exceptional and have controlled the game. Champions League? I still believe that we have to play to win all games.”“My future? I have a contract and things are going well, games like this are fundamental. We improved during this campaign.”“I don’t understand why everyone thinks we have the obligation to reach the fourth place. There are other good teams, then it’s also a matter of how you lose the fourth place.”
Jack Wilshere intends to hold talks with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery over his role at the club before making a final decision in regards to his future, reports the Evening StandardThe England international’s contract with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of this month after having failed to agree on a new deal over the past year.But Arsenal remain keen to retain Wilshere and have reportedly offered him an improved deal in order to secure his future at the Emirates.While the 26-year-old would prefer to remain at the London club, he first intends to hold talks with new boss Emery to discuss his plans for next season and to better understand how he fits into them.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.The former Paris Saint-Germain coach has already begun making changes at Arsenal and recently signed Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus on a free transfer.Emery intends to overhaul the club’s midfield options this summer and has reportedly met with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and intends to build his midfield around Aaron Ramsey.This has left Wilshere concerned and his future at Arsenal will very likely be concluded soon with the final outcome hinging on whether Emery can guarantee him a regular starting spot.