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Isn’t football fun?

first_imgYou can’t script this stuff. Manchester City fires Manuel Pellegrini, effective the end of the season, and then his Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach the European Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.Pellegrini, a dignified Chilean, must have a sly smile on his face.In this age of big money, a football manager’s contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. A blip in team performance can get wealthy club owners like those of Manchester City nervous enough to pull the plug even if it’s due to a rash of injuries.Pellegrini and the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho know this all too well.The latter two were both let go by Russian Roman Abramovic at Chelsea in the season following wins in the English Premier League. The same thing happened at the same club to Claudia Ranieri, the current Leicester City boss, after a 2004 season in which Chelsea placed second in the Premiership. Truly, he who pays the piper calls the tune.In those situations, only winning is enough.In this context, it seems hardly likely that Louis van Gaal will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United. The highly successful Dutchman hasn’t endeared himself to United with his possession-oriented departure from that club’s traditional winger-based attacking style.The besieged veteran came to United after carrying The Netherlands to within a penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup final. He might rightly claim that he took United back to Champions League football.TOO LATE FOR VAN GAALHis inconsistent United, however, haven’t met the benchmark, set by Alex Ferguson. Fans want him out. From the moans of the United faithful, even a return to Champions League football won’t save the day for Van Gaal.He will have to hustle as his team is fifth, four points behind Manchester City.Six months after his arrival at Liverpool, the charming German Jurgen Klopp is still enjoying a honeymoon at the Anfield home of the five-time European champions. His Reds are currently eighth in the Premiership, two places behind last year’s sixth-spot finish.Yet, the accomplished Klopp is generally viewed as a better coach than the man he replaced, Brendan Rogers. Time will tell.Managerial musical chairs are present in Jamaica, too. For example, Waterhouse Football Club has had two managers already this year.If Raineri’s Leicester can emerge from last season’s battles against relegation to be a real challenger for domestic top honours, then Pellegrini can dream of a triumphant exit.Even though giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all remain in contention, scriptwriters in Manchester are probably penning their view of Champions League success.If that happens and if Manchester City meet and beat Bayern, who are currently coached by Pep Guardiola Pellegrini’s replacement as manager at City that would be irony indeed.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.last_img read more

Make it a 4K Fathers Day Save on 4K TVs at Best

first_img Samsung Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Tags • See All Vizio Walmart claims this model has an MSRP of $700, but that can’t be true. No one in their right mind is paying $700 for a 50-inch TV, 4K or no. That said, $260 is a great price for this 50-inch 4K Roku TV. It’s $20 cheaper than an equivalent 50-inch Roku model from TCL on Amazon. If you’ve been thinking about making a TV upgrade, now is a good time to put those wishful thoughts into action. Whether shopping for yourself or looking to go big at the last minute for Father’s Day, there are some tempting TV deals out there. For dads reading this, you’ve got the perfect route to a new TV — tell the family they need not bother showering you with gifts because you would be perfectly happy to treat yourself to a new TV. (Part 2 of this plan could then be you reclining comfortably on the couch and watching the US Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend on your new-and-improved TV.)Yes, most of these are 2018 models, but don’t worry: You’re getting a much better deal, and many of the newer models have only incremental picture quality improvements. Read more: Last-minute Father’s Day giifts 1 $398 at Walmart $560 at Best Buy Spending less than $400 for a 55-inch 4K TV is a good deal. This Samsung model features HDR for a more dynamic image and Samsung’s universal guide for accessing a variety of streaming services. TVs reading • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Sarah Tew/CNET Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Samsung UN55NU6900: $398 (save $130) Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. The V Series is Vizio’s new budget line, and this 50-inch model gives you 4K resolution for only $300. (No, you won’t really be able to see the difference versus 1080p on most content at this screen size, but your Xbox or PS4 games may look sharper.) This smart TV lets you stream shows from Netflix and other services, and it has Chromecast built in.center_img $300 at Best Buy Samsung UN65RU7100FXZA: $700 (save $200) Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast This 65-inch 7 Series model serves up a 4K picture, HDR and Samsung’s universal guide that offers one stop for your streaming services. Vizio’s budget E Series is getting replaced by the new V Series, but that just means there are deals to be had on the remaining 2018 E Series models. Plus, the V Series has big shoes to fill. Vizio’s E Series has long been favorite of CNET’s for budget buyers, thanks to local dimming technology. You can save more than $100 on this 65-inch E Series model. Great gadgets for Dad at all prices RCA 50-inch RTRU5027-W Roku Smart LED TV: $260 Share your voice Vizio E65-F1: $560 (save $110) Comment Read the Vizio E-Series review Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide Vizio V505-G9: $300 (save $60) RCA Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $260 at Walmart 1:10 $700 at Best Buy Walmart Best Buy Samsung Viziolast_img read more

Russia slams Trumps Cold War policy on Cuba

first_imgRussia’s foreign ministry on Sunday said it regretted US President Donald Trump’s policy reversal on Cuba, calling it reminiscent of the Cold War era.”The new line towards Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump takes us back to already half-forgotten rhetoric in the style of the Cold War,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.Trump vowed Friday to overhaul his predecessor Barack Obama’s deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising instead to support the Cuban people against Raul Castro’s government.Moscow said Trump’s policy changes showed that “anti-Cuban discourse is still widely in demand. This cannot but cause regret.”It said that easing of sanctions under Obama was a “well-thought-out political decision in which there were no losers except marginal Castro opponents.”Russia said it was reaffirming its “unshakeable solidarity with Cuba.”Cuban President Raul Castro visited Russia in 2015 while President Vladimir Putin visited the island on a tour of Latin America in 2014, meeting both the president and the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died last year.last_img read more

2 workers killed as truck overturns

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo workers were killed as a rice-laden truck plunged into a ditch in Mohonpur, Rajshahi on Monday around 5:00am.The deceased workers Mohon, 28, and Rashedul, 23 were from Kushtia.The two were heading from Naogaon to Kushtia in the truck after loading their harvested rice in it, officer-in-charge of Mohonpur police station, Abul Hossain said.The driver lost control of the truck on the way in Mohonpur and the truck plunged into a roadside ditch injuring the two to death on the spot, he added.The driver and his assistant ran away after the accident, he said adding that, the victims’ bodies were kept at the police station.last_img read more

Lankan PM Navy has right to shoot anyone who intrudes

first_img“Sri Lanka Navy has the right to shoot in any part of the country at anyone who enters the bodies (waters), it’s nothing new,” he told NDTV.Wickeramasinghe’s remarks assume significance in the context of the visit of Modi to Sri Lanka during the weekend when he had discussed the issue of Indian fishermen–a major irritant in bilateral ties–with President Mithripala Sirisena.He said Modi’s visit to the country was “successful”.The two nations are trying to resolve the fishermen issue, he said. The Prime Minister reached out to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans also responded, he added. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenDuring the visit, Modi had made clear that this complex question–of Indian fishermen–involves livelihood and humanitarian concerns on both sides.“This complex issue involves livelihood and humanitarian concerns on both sides. We should handle it from this perspective. At the same time, we need to find a long term solution to this issue,” Modi had said.Ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit, Wickremasinghe had told a Tamil news channel, “If someone tries to break into my house, I can shoot. If he gets killed… Law allows me to do that,” drawing India’s ire.last_img read more

Iftar nights at jamia

first_imgJamia which means ‘university’ in Arabic, is a name bestowed upon Jamia Nagar, an area in south Delhi with muslim majority. The area is in proximity to Jamia Millia Islamia, a prestigious university in the national Capital. During the month of Ramzan, this inexpensive colony is well-decorated. The area which is otherwise congested, seems deserted during the day time, as people prefer to stay at their homes while fasting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Iftar preparation begins earlier in the evening and people break their fast after a loud siren, which marks the exact time of eating.“Ramzan brings us closer to our family. We eat, pray and shop together. It is a great feeling”, said Hammad Kamal, a Batla House resident. The male members start moving towards the nearby mosques to offer tarawee post iftar, while the women and children burst out of their homes to the nearby markets. This paradise for non-vegetarians has a lot to treat their bellies. Biryani shops are the highlight of this market. Bilal, Hammad and Salman chicken biryani are a few such names. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs a result of the University’s proximity, a large number of students who reside in the nearby colonies in paying guests and apartments also come here to cherish the festivities. As Eid is round the corner— plenty of shops, like those at Chandini Chowk, attract people who are interested in shopping for bangles, street snacks, show pieces and clothes.Plenty of refreshments are available from sherbets to lime juice. Furthermore, small vendors of fruits, dates, kebabs and lip smacking chicken delicacies are strewn around the market.Jama Masjid Abubaqar Siddique is the Central Mosque of Jamia Nagar—it is a huge beautiful white building with green borders and square shaped windows. Heaps of  straw, bound and stacked in circles make it very difficult to spot the shopkeeper, dwarfed behind, busy doing his business. He and his neighbour Raju, a paan seller, both love this period of Ramzan. “It is the most happening period of the year, I earn the most during this time,” said Raju.By 4 am, people go back to their homes and the shopkeepers after wrapping up their accounts, shut their shops and pray.last_img read more