first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton winger Bernard admits confidence boostby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Bernard says his goal against West Ham United was down to an increase in confidence.The Brazilian received the ball from Theo Walcott on the edge of the penalty box and went on a mazy run to score the opening goal in the 2-0 victory.Asked if he was intent on firing off a shot when he controlled Walcott’s pass, Bernard told evertontv: “Definitely. I am always thinking about the team and looking for my teammates.”But perhaps with my confidence increased and the confidence of the manager, I am trying to take a few more chances.”I still want to look for my teammates and help the team but perhaps I can shoot more and take more opportunities.”The whole team had a really good attitude throughout the match.”Everyone knew we were in a difficult position and gave their all to try to get out of this situation.”Every player deserves credit for the effort they put in.” last_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun staff picks for week 12 of the 2015 college football spun staff picks week 12Last week, four top ten teams – Baylor, Stanford, LSU and Utah – fell, further complicating the College Football Playoff picture. The Pac-12, which no longer features a team with less than two losses, is in trouble. The Big 12, meanwhile, is looking more likely to see one of its squads qualify for the event. And then there’s Notre Dame, which may very well finish 11-1 and find itself on the outside looking in.This week, despite most of the SEC scheduling cupcakes, we’ve got some great games. LSU takes on Ole Miss. USC and Oregon meet. Baylor and Oklahoma State will tangle. Oklahoma will look to stay hot against TCU. And of course, Michigan State heads to Columbus to take on Ohio State.Matt Hladik is still our leader, but he isn’t in the clear yet. Here’s who we have this week:week 12 picks 1week 12 picks 2week 12 picks 3Who do you have?last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Gulf of Guinea, South East Asia and The Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) have all seen a significant reduction of reported maritime crime throughout July, August and September of this year, according to data released by UK’s maritime intelligence and operations company Dryad Maritime.With the exception of the Sulu Sea, incidents of maritime crime in South East Asia are at their lowest since 2009 and in the Indian Ocean HRA there were no confirmed acts of piracy in Q3, with the last recorded incident of piracy reported on a merchant vessel in 2014.In the Gulf of Guinea and within Nigeria’s Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) there has been a decrease in the frequency of attacks with a total of just four attacks against commercial shipping at sea off the Niger Delta since early July, this compares to 36 in the first six months of the year.Despite this quarter’s positive statistics, the analysis is released with the caveat that expectations for the remainder of the year, especially in relation to the GoG, should be tempered, according to Dryad Maritime.“We have cause for some optimism on piracy and maritime crime, with a generally stable and improving situation in some areas balanced against some serious cause for concern in others,” Ian Millen, Chief Operating Officer at Dryad Maritime, said.He added that in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, Somali piracy remains broadly contained and, in Southeast Asia, piracy is at its lowest level since 2009, with a 65% reduction when compared to this time last year.“The bad news, however, is that 81 people have been kidnapped, 7 have been killed and 61 remain in captivity,” Millen said.Additionally, Dryad Maritime reported that beyond piracy and maritime crime, the maritime domain poses other threats.Millen said that, from conflict situations ashore in Libya and Yemen, to the threat of anti-ship missiles in busy shipping lanes, as evidenced by recent incidents in the southern Red Sea, “seafarers continue to trade and transit in some dangerous waters,” while the continuing humanitarian crisis of Mediterranean migration puts other pressures on the shipping industry and its seafarers.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – During a recent meeting of Montreal’s police oversight body, Insp. Pascal Richard made a shocking claim: city police officers dressed in civilian clothing and wearing masks would infiltrate protests pretending to be protesters.Richard was responding to a question from a young woman regarding a Dec. 8, 2015, protest where masked officers in civilian dress were reportedly aggressive with demonstrators and pushed some to the ground.“I know what incident the woman is talking about, and since Dec. 8, 2015, we no longer use this strategy during protests,” Richard told the public security committee meeting.Richard didn’t say how many years this practice was used, but the fact he said anything about it at all reflects a change in attitude following a series of high-profile scandals that have shaken the public’s confidence in its police force.Alex Norris, chairman of the oversight committee, said he too was surprised by the revelation.“I heard allegations … but I had never seen an acknowledgment before that these practices were actually in effect,” he said in an interview Thursday.Norris is part of a new municipal government that has promised to make City Hall — particularly its police force — more transparent.Meetings of the oversight body are now open to members of the public, who can ask police questions directly. Nine such meetings have been held since Mayor Valerie Plante won the November 2017 election, Norris said, adding that before Plante, public meetings on policing were the exception, rather than the rule.Problems in the city’s police force surfaced in 2016 when it was revealed police electronically surveilled the telephones of several journalists in order to catch sources of embarrassing leaks to the media. The Quebec government ordered a public inquiry, which resulted in a new law protecting journalists’ sources.In February 2017, two retired officers alleged members of the police’s internal investigations department embellish or fabricate evidence against lower-ranking officers who fall out of favour. Spurious investigations were allegedly launched to obtain phone records and other surveillance warrants in order to intimidate colleagues, they claimed.In response to the allegations, the Quebec government mandated a former deputy justice minister to investigate. Michel Bouchard’s report, released in November 2017, was damming.He wrote about a “climate of tension and suspicion” in the force and noted officers testified how colleagues were investigated based on unjustified, biased evidence, or as a result of a personal grievance or act of revenge.“We believe there has been a weak culture of public oversight of the police for a long time and that’s why we’ve experience (these) kinds of problems,” Norris said. Bouchard’s “general findings were devastating to the credibility of the internal affairs division.”As a result of the scandals, the city’s police chief, Philippe Pichet, was suspended, and ultimately lost his job.The province installed Martin Prud’homme, chief of the provincial police, to temporarily take over from Pichet and initiate reforms.Denis Barrette, lawyer and spokesman for Quebec’s civil liberties advocacy group, attended the most recent public security meeting at City Hall and said the Plante administration’s transparency policy is a good first step.“We’ll see where it goes, it’s a very good policy,” he said. “Police corps are generally very opaque. They don’t have an open culture and need to work harder to have more transparency.”Despite its problems, Norris insists Montreal’s police force has integrity.“We have always been talking about a minority of officers,” he said. “The (Montreal police) has a proud 175-year-long history and has accomplished many great things. Montrealers and visitors to the city can of course have confidence in the protection that is offered by the police.”last_img read more

The Ohio State women’s soccer team won its first Big Ten Championship in 2010, but as spring scrimmages and offseason workouts are taking place, coach Lori Walker is determined to keep her players focused on what lies ahead. “What was, was,” Walker said after a 2-2 tie in a scrimmage against Louisville on Saturday. “It’s real easy to get caught in the trap of wanting to be in last year, and we’re not.” The team lost five seniors after last year, and as defender Danielle Scoliere enters her senior season, she said she knows it’s time to increase her role, as well as prepare her younger teammates to do the same. “It’s really time to step up and be a leader,” she said. “I’m trying to make sure some of the younger girls do that as well.” Scoliere scored the team’s second and final goal in the first half of Saturday’s scrimmage. The first goal came from defender Aly Walker on an assist from forward Paige Maxwell. Maxwell, the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, is also working to improve her roles with the team. “(I want to) focus on the things I’m not comfortable with and not be afraid to make mistakes,” Maxwell said. “I’m trying to do my job well and have my team be able to rely on me.” Both Maxwell and Scoliere stressed that improving fitness is a must during the spring and summer. Goalie Katie Baumgardner, who didn’t allow a goal during her time on the field Saturday, has found some extra motivation to continue improving her physical conditioning. Baumgardner, along with teammates Walker and defender Colleen Brady, is planning to run in the Capital City Half Marathon, which takes place May 7. Both Baumgardner and Brady are seniors going into the fall. Walker will be a junior. “We’ve been running a lot,” Baumgardner said. “We do it all the time, so we figure we might as well put it to use and have a little bit of motivation. “We’re doing a good job of communicating and growing with the team. We’re connecting. We’re starting to look more like an early-season team going into the fall.” The team’s next spring game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Notre Dame in Xenia, Ohio. read more

OSU assistant strength and conditioning coach and former Buckeye linebacker Anthony Schlegel (right) assists in removing a fan attempting to rush onto the field during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAn Ohio State student faces criminal trespassing charges after he was tackled by assistant strength coach Anthony Schlegel — a former OSU linebacker — because he ran onto the football field during a game.Anthony James Wunder was identified as the fan who made it onto the field in the middle of a second-quarter play during Ohio State’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday. He was tackled by Schlegel near the 50-yard line, and hauled off the field by the assistant coach and event staff.An OSU directory search said 21-year-old Wunder is a mechanical engineering student at OSU.Wunder is being charged with criminal trespassing for his escapade on the field, according to the Franklin County Municipal Court website. He was taken to the Franklin County Jail but later posted bond.His first court date is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m.Wunder declined to comment Sunday afternoon. read more

After just four seasons, Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan and one of his assistants have resigned, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, Handrahan resigned instead of being fired after being investigated by the university for “inappropriate and unprofessional conduct.”The Dispatch reported that the university received complaints about sexual harassment and sexual innuendo. In one instance reported by the Dispatch, a witness said Handrahan told his players to “get horny for the puck.”An OSU spokesman confirmed the resignation in an email to The Lantern on Wednesday afternoon, as well as the resignation of assistant coach Keith Maurice, who joined the program in May 2013. The spokesman did not provide a reason for the resignations.The Dispatch reported that on one occasion, another assistant coach, Carson Duggan, and Handrahan missed a team bus heading for the airport. When they later arrived at the airport, they were “smelling of alcohol and acting unprofessionally.”Handrahan was just the second head coach in the 15-year history of the program.This is at least the third resignation or firing within the university in the last two years that relates to sexual harassment complaints or a sexualized culture.In July, former OSU Marching Band director Jonathan Waters was fired after an investigation found “an environment conducive to sexual harassment” within the band.In May 2013, two assistant cheerleading coaches, Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey, were fired after an OSU investigation found “sufficient evidence” both men had violated the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy.Then in November 2013, the head cheerleading coach, Lenee Buchman, was fired after an investigation determined she failed to disassociate herself and the program from those fired assistant coaches. read more

first_imgReal Madrid is reportedly getting ready to offer Karim Benzema to Paris Saint-Germain in a bid to seal the transfer of midfielder Marco Verratti.Real Madrid are eyeing the transfer of Marco Verratti in a potential swap deal with PSGNew PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is a fan of Benzema, who has not looked at his best for Real Madrid in the season just gone. It’s easy to see why Tuchel might want a player of Benzema’s quality and experience in his PSG side as he is tasked with turning the Ligue 1 champions into potential Champions League contenders according to Don Balonharry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…It is obvious PSG have under-achieved in Europe in recent times while Benzema has played his part in three Real Madrid wins in the last four seasons, as well as reaching this year’s final.Meanwhile, Verratti would make a fine signing for Madrid as Luka Modric enters into the latter stages of his career, and the Italy international has generally been one of the best in Europe in his position so far.United are closing in on the transfer of Shakhtar Donetsk ace Fred in that position.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly closing in on the signing of Santos’ winger Rodrygo, claims AS DiarioThe 17-year-old looks set to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Neymar by leaving Santos for a European giant this summer after impressing in his breakthrough season in the Brasileirão.Reports in Spain have suggested that Real are leading the race for Rodrygo’s services and that the European champions are determined to beat arch-rivals Barcelona for the teenage star after losing out on Neymar to the Catalan giants in the summer of 2013.Just last year, Real agreed on a deal with Brazilian side Flamengo to sign Vinicius Junior when the winger was only 16.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.While Real are current managerless at the moment, Florentino Perez is determined to continue with his pursuit of Rodrygo and hopes to conclude a deal soon.While Santos are holding out for €50 million, it is understood that Real are offering a €45m deal for the 17-year-old with their head of international football department, Juni Calafat, in Brazil himself to conclude the negotiations.Regardless, Rodrygo will be unable to play for Real until January 9 when he becomes of age.Rodrygo has scored five goals in 10 league games for Santos this seasonlast_img read more