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Chelsea and Man City have £14m bids rejected for 18-year-old Serie A wonderkid

first_img Bologna wonderkid Amadou Diawara Chelsea and Manchester City have both had £14m bids for teen sensation Amadou Diawara rejected, according to reports in Italy.The Bologna midfielder has been one of the stars of Serie A this season after making his debut and clubs across Europe are scrambling for his signature.Both Chelsea and Manchester City have scouted the Guinean on several occasions, as have La Liga giants Real Madrid.However, according to Corriere di Bologna, Chelsea and City have had their approaches rebuffed.Bologna are aware their talented youngster’s value is only likely to go up and want to hold onto him for as long as possible.As a result, after rejecting offers from Chelsea and City, Bologna are now expected to open contract talks with Diawara in the near future. 1last_img read more

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NPPC wins HSUS case

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in its appeal to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The court rejected HSUS’s attempt to advance an anti-meat activist agenda through an unwarranted suit designed to hurt 60,000 U.S. pork producers and undermine a farm sector critical to rural communities and that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans.The court rejected HSUS’ attempted challenge to the National Pork Board’s 2006 federally approved purchase from NPPC of trademarks associated with the organization’s “Pork: The Other White Meat” campaign and payments associated with the agreement. While HSUS claimed it and others were injured because proceeds from the transaction were misappropriated by the National Pork Board, the pork “checkoff,” the D.C. Circuit found that HSUS and its fellow plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they had suffered harm from the transaction, including the associated payments.“The dismissal of this case is a win for American pork producers who depend on NPPC’s issues advocacy work and the research, education and promotional work performed by the National Pork Board,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, NC and NPPC’s president. “The real misappropriation of funds is HSUS’s continued efforts to fundraise under false pretenses while using its proceeds to attack farmers dedicated to feeding billions of people at home and abroad.”last_img read more

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How Not To Be Offended By Other People’s Beliefs and Opinions

first_imgThere are 7.7 billion people on planet Earth. All of these people have beliefs that conflict with yours—all of them.While you might share a religious faith with some part of Earth’s population, you have conflicting beliefs about politics with approximately half of the community whose faith you share. You might also split from some significant part of that same population in their interpretation of the faith.You might share your politics with half the population of your country. That population would be made up of people who share other beliefs with you. Even when some people share your broad political views, you will find people who disagree with you on the issues of the day and how best to resolve them from a political perspective, even when they share your broader view. The media does its best to remind you of your differences every two years in the United States.There are factions with strongly-held beliefs about the way human beings organize themselves economically, with different ideas about how much companies and industries should be regulated and how much they should pay in taxes. Your belief lies somewhere on a continuum that contains a wide variety of ideas and opinions, with people occupying lots of different points between the extremes.Let’s look at something less divisive, but where there are still arguments over what is good and right and true.There is a large population of people with extreme opinions about what constitutes a healthy human diet. Some people believe you should not eat animals, some believe you should only eat animals (a few of whom Twitter banned for sharing images of carnivores eating their prey, as it offended some), and some who believe you should eat mostly fat. My grandmother would have been offended by all these positions, believing instead that you should eat whatever you want. Her diet consisted of fried foods, desserts, and she used bacon grease as salad dressing (she lived to be 92 years old, and drank a shot of Scotch before bed every night, and we suspect she sneaked a bit more than a single shot over her last few years).The categories and wide spectrum of beliefs and opinions are too great to be able to find consensus on any one thing–even in a population that agrees on much. If you have to be offended by beliefs that differ from yours, then you have to be offended by everyone on Earth, in all places, at all times, an idea that is exhausting even to write. If you do agree on everything with someone, the banality of the conversation must be be enough to cause the deepest of sleep.Why You Should Not Be OffendedThe very best reason not to be offended by what others believe is that it has no bearing on what you believe. Thankfully, your happiness does not require that the rest of the world share your views, nor does their happiness require you to share theirs. Ben & Jerry’s makes a variety of different flavors, and I am certain they have one that you will prefer.More still, there is a reason to avoid being offended by everything and everyone as it pertains to your mindset, and that is the fact that being constantly offended is infects you with negativity, scarcity, and a sense of cynicism. You may have noticed that people who watch only “outrage television” tend to always to be outraged. You may also notice that they view the world through a lens that splits people into “us” and “them,” and in doing so, defines an enemy. As my Jewish, liberal, atheist friend, Howard Bloom says, “Politics is permission to hate.”Being offended by others and believing them to be your enemy is a debilitating belief system that massive limits the quality of your life.And yet, there is still more to say about the benefits of not being offended by people, ideas, and beliefs with which you disagree. When you have to be offended by things with which you disagree, you cut yourself off from other ideas and insights and relationships. It is not only possible to have deep and rich relationships with people across the political spectrum without being offended by their beliefs, you may find it beneficial. Instead of being irritated, you could discover their opinions are interesting—and their perspective might even be enlightening—an outcome that is not possible if you are offended or outraged.How Not to Be OffendedRecognize you have different beliefs and opinions and preferences from everyone else on Earth, even people with whom you have some shared beliefs. Recognize that they have the same right to hold those beliefs that conflict with yours, as well as the right to express them. Be grateful you share that right.When there is no requirement that you share someone else’s beliefs, there is no harm to you when other people express theirs. It is only when one wishes to impose their beliefs on others, or acts on beliefs that harm others that should cause offense–or in the worst of cases, outrage. Wanting the world to conform to your beliefs in every area of life is the belief system of the totalitarian.While I hope you adopt the belief that you don’t have to be offended or outraged by other people’s beliefs and opinions, I won’t be offended if you don’t. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli can turn out to be better than Sachin Tendulkar: Dominic Cork

first_imgVirat Kohli has been in stupendous form since the start of 2016 and his record-breaking spree has made him the cynosure of all eyes in India and beyond. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)It is Kohli’s unbiased assault against the bowlers that has time and again earned him comparisons with his idol and Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the best batsman of his generation and holder of innumerable batting records. (Don’t compare me with Sachin Tendulkar: Kohli)Like many, former England fast bowler Dominic Cork too believes that the Indian batting mainstay has the potential to be as successful as the Little Master.Cork made the bold statement on Tuesday after watching the 27-year-old Royal Challengers Bangalore captain set a new record for the most runs in an Indian Premier League season. (Victory is my biggest craving, says Virat Kohli)Kohli’s 2016 tally of 752 runs – boosted by three hundreds and five fifties in his 12 innings – surpasses the 733 amassed by his Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle in 2012 and Mike Hussey in 2013.Kohli also won the Player-of-the-Tournament award in the ICC World Twenty20 after an impressive run with the willow earlier this year.”It’s a big statement to say someone could be as successful as Tendulkar but at the moment Kohli is making every bowler look easy to play against,” Cork was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.”Who knows? In 10 years’ time we could be standing here and saying he is better than Sachin,” the 44-year-old, who took 172 wickets in Tests and ODIs for England, said. Tendulkar has scored 18,426 runs and 49 hundreds in his 463 One-day internationals and 15,921 runs with 51 centuries in 200 Test matches.advertisementKohli has notched 7,212 runs and 25 tons in 171 ODIs and 2,994 runs and 11 centuries in 41 Tests till date.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talksby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona held steadfast in contract talks with the father of Ansu Fati over the summer.Mundo Deportivo says Barca gambled when the player’s father attempted to break an original agreement.The two parties had shaken on a figure towards the end of last season.However, after Fati scored twice in the UEFA Youth League semifinal against Chelsea, Dad tried to renegotiate.He demanded the original deal be settled as a net figure – a request Barca immediately rejected. They insisted to Fati Snr that it wasn’t right to be trying to go back on the agreement.In the end, calm heads prevailed and Fati signed terms. last_img read more

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20 days agoAC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reina

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reinaby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo thanked his players after their 2-1 win at Genoa.Lasse Schone had Genoa aheead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Giampaolo said, “I am quite cool-headed during a game, fortunately. I had doubts it was a penalty, but Reina has so much character that I had faith he would save it.“It was a difficult match, we went underwater and were under a lot of pressure, so I praise the lads for not letting go. I didn’t even care if they misplaced a pass or a goal, the important thing was to give a response in terms of character.“I want us to continue with this character, but obviously hope to get a sharper and higher quality style of football in future.“I want to see this team play better football, but it wasn’t possible today because they felt the pressure so much and needed the victory so badly. We had to scrape the last bit of determination and character. I couldn’t ask them for beautiful football today, as we had other objectives.” last_img read more

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18 days agoWolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take credit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take creditby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady was ecstatic after what he believed was a landmark win for Wolves over Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad thanks to a brace from Adama Traore.He said: “I think everyone needs to take credit, the whole team, the whole squad and the whole club.”A lot of people have said we started poorly but this week has been amazing.”We are always confident. We know how tough the Premier League and people forget we have had a lot of games.”It really has been tough. We always had confidence in ourselves. Listening to the manager and ourselves we have come through it in the end and we deserved it today.”This is a day for Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is a massive day for the whole club.” last_img read more

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2,500 to Benefit from JSIF Summer Camps

first_img The objectives are to provide a safe space for children during the summer period and to act as a preventative measure for unattached youth; improve literacy and numeracy and reduce learning loss by reinforcement of the curriculum during the summer months. Of the total funding, $7.7 million will go towards camps in five police divisions and the two Zones of Special Operation (ZOSO) in Mount Salem, St. James and Denham Town, Kingston. Story Highlights A total of 2,500 children and young people from communities across the island are slated to benefit from a series of summer camps being staged by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $38.4 million. A total of 2,500 children and young people from communities across the island are slated to benefit from a series of summer camps being staged by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $38.4 million.The 36 camps, which got under way on July 1 and will run until August 31, involve collaboration with the Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Areas of training include the performing arts and entertainment; film-making and photography; environmental management; sports, behaviour modification; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), among others.The objectives are to provide a safe space for children during the summer period and to act as a preventative measure for unattached youth; improve literacy and numeracy and reduce learning loss by reinforcement of the curriculum during the summer months.The camps also aim to provide an avenue to broaden the experiences of children through exposure to new activities and environments; provide opportunity for positive behaviour change in the long-term; and build character, confidence and skills.Some 360 persons will gain short-term employment under the initiative.A release from the JSIF said the summer camps target children and youth aged six to 24 who live in the 18 communities that fall under its World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).These are Hannah Town, Denham Town, Tivoli Gardens, Majesty Gardens, Wilton Gardens/Rema, Rose Town, Maxfield Park and Greenwich Town in Kingston and St. Andrew; Treadlight, York Town, and Canaan Heights in Clarendon; Steer Town in St. Ann; Ellerslie Gardens in St. Catherine; Retirement, Anchovy, Barrett Town, Granville in St. James; and Russia in Westmoreland will benefit from the undertaking.Of the total funding, $7.7 million will go towards camps in five police divisions and the two Zones of Special Operation (ZOSO) in Mount Salem, St. James and Denham Town, Kingston.The ICDP aims to promote public safety transformation through the provision of basic infrastructure and social services to 18 communities in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. James, St. Ann and Westmoreland.The project commenced in May 2014 and will continue until May 2020.last_img read more

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WHISTLER FILM FEST AFTER DARK

first_img Twitter Advertisement The Whistler Film Festival always offers the chance to catch a few highly touted films before they hit the multiplex, with Mary Queen of Scots (starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie) and If Beale Street Could Talk (from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins) among this year’s big-ticket items. But it’s the under-the-radar product that WFF does best. Here are three recommendations to get your chilled-out festival started. The Whistler Film Festival runs from Wednesday to Sunday (November 28 to December 2).Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story(Canada)Local standup comedian Richard Lett lost an upwardly mobile career to alcoholism and drug abuse, which this doc captures in gruesome detail, rock bottom included. By the time filmmaker Roy Tighe began pointing his camera at Lett in 2009, he’d been banned from every club in the city except one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Lett’s infamous bit “The Ballad of Bobby Pickton” is perhaps the stress test here for the curious. As an expression of all the rage and disgust that Lett would habitually turn on himself and everyone else, it’s painfully true, if you have the stomach for it. Homelessness and psychosis would follow as the abuse wore on and the gigs dried up, but this is a redemption story, and a particularly poignant one for Vancouverites familiar with some of Lett’s local contemporaries who line up to either praise or condemn the man. (The Straight’s Guy MacPherson sticks to the facts.) Facebook Papa and daughter get matching tats in the doc Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Ohio State Athlete of the Week Emily Danks

After three years, 386 sets and 107 matches, Ohio State women’s volleyball player Emily Danks killed another benchmark. In the Buckeyes Saturday contest against Toledo, Danks amassed her 1000th career kill, a feat only accomplished by 18 other OSU student-athletes before her in the sport. Danks, an American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American selection, said she has both strengths and weaknesses going into the upcoming season, but she has been working hard to improve her game. “I think my biggest area of improvement is defense,” Danks said. “I have been working with Andrew (Palileo), our assistant head coach, and hopefully that will help me out.” But as Danks and the No. 24-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) opened up the 2012 season with back-to-back wins against Houston and Toledo last weekend in the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic, OSU met its match against Oregon Saturday, falling 3-2 to the Ducks. The senior outside hitter said she has high hopes for the team this season. “We have a really good team this year and a lot of depth,” Danks said. “I’m excited to see how far we can go.” Danks said her favorite game she has played at OSU was the team’s match against Minnesota last year on Sept. 30, in which the Buckeyes swept the then-No. 10-ranked Gophers three games to none. “We won, and there is a clip online that I watch all the time,” Danks said. “It was just a definition of a fun volleyball game.” Danks said the team has set a goal this season to do better than they have in the past, and hopefully they will advance in the sport’s championship tournament to either the “Elite Eight” or even the national championship. Although Danks said she loves volleyball, she is looking forward to other personal and academic opportunities after this season. “Volleyball has been really good to me, but it is time to move on,” Danks said. “I’m looking into grad schools all over the country right now.” The Buckeyes will face Binghamton University in the Maryland Invitational in College Park, Md. Friday at 5 p.m. read more

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