Pogba to be United’s most expensive player – here’s who makes their 10 costliest

first_img 5. Eric Bailly – £30m, from Villarreal, June 2016 – The former Villarreal man has now overtaken Ferdinand as the club’s most expensive defender after becoming Mourinho’s first signing. At only 22, it will be interesting to see how he settles into the Premier League. 10 10 10 10. Luke Shaw – £27m from Southampton, July 2014 (click the arrow, right, to see Manchester United’s most expensive signings) – When Pogba joins United he will be their most expensive signing by a distance, but who else has cost the club big bucks? Here, talkSPORT looks at the 10 costliest beginning with Shaw, who United made the most expensive teenager in the world when they signed him from Southampton in 2014. His first season was underwhelming and despite a bright start to his second, a broken leg in September kept him out for ten months. 10 10 10 8. Juan Sebastian Veron – £28.1m from Lazio, July 2001 – “He’s a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots,” Ferguson screamed when criticism of the expensive Veron was mounting. He was a flop, though, and only spent two seasons at United before moving to Chelsea for £15m. 6. Rio Ferdinand – £29.3m from Leeds United, July 2002 – Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender and Britain’s most expensive player when he made the move from rivals Leeds to Manchester United. He is the most successful signing on the list, forming a formidable defence with Nemanja Vidic as United dominated both in the Premier League and in Europe. 10 4. Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m, from Tottenham, September 2008 – Ferguson’s most expensive signing during his 27 years in the Old Trafford hotseat and a relative success. Berbatov won the Premier League golden boot in the 2010/11 season but will be most fondly remembered by United fans for his hat-trick against Liverpool at Old Trafford in a 3-2 victory in 2010. 10 10 It now seems it is when, and not if, Paul Pogba rejoins Manchester United from Juventus.The Red Devils opened with a £86m bid and have reportedly upped it to £92m to try and test Juve’s resolve.However, the Italian champions are holding out for £100m up front for the Frenchman and it is believed United are willing to pay it.Manchester United are no strangers to paying big fees for players, especially since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford.When Pogba’s move is completed, he will become the club’s most expensive player by a distance, but who else has cost the Red Devils the big bucks?Click the arrow above, right, to see the ten most expensive signings Manchester United have ever made. 7. Ander Herrera – £29m from Athletic Bilbao, July 2014 – Herrera is another transfer Moyes failed to get over the line before he joined under Louis van Gaal. The Spaniard is a fan favourite at Old Trafford but the jury is still out on him and whether he will make it as a Manchester United player. 3. Anthony Martial – £36m from Monaco, September 2015 – No one had heard of Martial when he signed for the Red Devils last summer but everyone knows who he is now. His fee could rise to over £50m if he achieves all of the things he is expected to and he will be United’s main focus of attack again this season. 2. Juan Mata – £37.1m from Chelsea, January 2014 – Another player loved by United fans but whose time could be coming to an end under Mourinho. Mata has scored goals and contributed plenty of assist but has not captured the imagination as he did at Chelsea. Moyes signed him in January 2014 in what seemed like a panic buy at the time. 10 9. Marouane Fellaini – £27.5m from Everton, September 2013 – Fellaini was David Moyes’ only signing in a disastrous first transfer window, and they overpaid for him as well. The shambles of that £27.5m move, which was completed at the last minute, should have been a foreshadowing for his time at Old Trafford. 1. Angel Di Maria – £59.7m from Real Madrid, August 2014 – Di Maria will probably go down as the most expensive flop in Premier League history, despite having three goals and ten assists to his name in his one season at Old Trafford. He never wanted to join the Red Devils and preferred a move to PSG, which he got a year later, for £44.1m.last_img read more

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Humboldt State men’s basketball adds D-I talent, begins 2019-20 campaign Friday

first_imgThree NCAA Division-I senior-transfers all hailing from Compton decided to reunite for their final collegiate season.Humboldt State University men’s basketball will gladly play host.The Lumberjacks open up the 2019-20 season on the road at Point Loma Nazarene University Friday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Golden Gymnasium.The three senior transfers, Leland Green, Rob Lewis and Raysean Scott Jr., will be on the count for tip-off and look to be nightly starters for the ‘Jacks throughout the …last_img

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Anglican church launches campaign against abuse

first_img“Faith gives South Africa a foundation to build a violence-free country,” says South Africa’s Anglican archbishop, Thabo Makgoba.(Image: Anglican Church of Southern Africa)Veena O’Sullivan of global Christian relief and development agency Tearfund says faith-based organisations have an obligation to work to end sexual violence against women and children.(Image: Sulaiman Philip)MEDIA CONTACT• Veena O’Sullivan Team LeaderTearfund+27 31 266 8469Sulaiman PhilipThe rape and murder of cousins Yonelisa (2) and Zandile (3) Mali in the poor settlement of Diepsloot north of Johannesburg in October enflamed the crime-ridden community, and led to violent reprisals. The community burnt the suspects’ homes to the ground.Every day, South Africans face reports of dreadful violence against women and children: the rape of a 90-year-old grandmother, or of a three-week-old child. Each new horror rouses people’s anger. But, until now, that anger has had no outlet. The rape and murder of the Mali toddlers was just one of 64 000 reported cases of sexual violence that take place in South Africa in a single year. It’s a shockingly high number. And according to to Breaking The Silence, a report released by global Christian relief and development agency Tearfund, those reported cases make up a mere 5% of all sexual assaults committed in a year.Tearfund’s report spurred the agency to set up We Will Speak Out, with the support of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town. Launched at St Albans the Martyr Church in Pretoria on Monday 25 November, the intention of the campaign is to help combat sexual violence through the more active involvement of the church.Some 35-million South Africans identify themselves as Christian, out of a population of 51-million. Christian South Africans, Makgoba said, have a history of fighting injustice. Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s only archbishop emeritus, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign to end apartheid using economic sanctions.“We have done mighty things before, and we can do it again,” Makgoba said. “Together, we can draw a line and move forward towards a different future.”Veena O’Sullivan, Tearfund team leader, said the involvement of the worldwide Anglican Communion would help stop the stigma against rape survivors, and break the silence that allows sexual violence to continue. “We needed a champion, a strong voice that will be heard and listened to,” she said. “Reverend Makgoba is that man who can bring together leaders of all religions.”Multi-denominationalFor now, the campaign involves only the Christian community. But Tearfund hopes that within a year all faiths will be join it. The NGO’s research found that survivors believed it was time people of faith proved themselves. A common assertion among survivors interviewed for the study was the belief that the church was far too concerned with theology and did not see tackling sexual violence as part of its biblical mandate.Tearfund’s research involved interviews with survivors of sexual assault, many of whom were clear in their feeling that the church had failed them as women and then again as victims. Researchers in Bredasdorp, where teenager Anene Booysen was brutally raped and murdered, found a negative perception regarding the role of the church when it came to victims of sexual assault.“The church is the anchor of the community but they run from victims. They sweep it under the rug. Or they stigmatise victims, isolating them,” an anonymous survivor told the researchers.O’Sullivan has worked with survivors in Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of war, but is shocked by the cyclical nature of sexual violence in South Africa. “The culture of rape is so cyclical in this country. We found families where the grandmother and mother had been raped; now the child as well.”Sexual violence has become normalised in some communities, the report suggests, and O’Sullivan argues that there is a real danger that these perceptions will become ingrained and intractable. “There is a culture of silence that comes from that; an acceptance that it is inevitable. That is what we must bring an end to.”Four-point planWith this as a guiding principle, Tearfund and the Anglican Church formulated a four-point plan that forms the basis of We Will Speak Out:● Faith communities will speak out and act: despite the negative perception that some survivors have of the church, they still feel that religious communities are a refuge. The church has a unique role to offer lifelong support to survivors. A church in Bredasdorp is showing the way by setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme. It spreads safety messages and offers counselling and home visits to survivors.● Churches will become safe spaces for survivors: beyond praying for an end to sexual violence and offering a safe space for healing, congregations are encouraged to become non-judgemental sanctuaries for survivors. Male church leaders need to highlight and spread the message that women in their congregation share the same rights as men and that the blame for sexual violence cannot be laid at the door of the victim.● Survivors’ movement will influence policy and practice: the church’s response to the epidemic of sexual violence will be shaped by survivors. The church has undertaken to work with the authorities to understand the procedures involved in reporting rape and to offer assistance to any victim who asks for it.● Men will be involved in preventing sexual violence: the faith community has access to a pool of dedicated volunteers who can mentor men and boys about their role in relationships and society. They are often also the only source of positive role models in a community and these should be tapped to spread the message that sexual violence must end.O’Sullivan admits that the findings did not come as a surprise, but she says that it is a reflection of the inherent good of South Africans that they are embracing a programme hoping to make a change. “South Africa is an amazing country but on the ground there is so much pain and suffering. Communities are willing to join hands, to collaborate. There is hope.”last_img read more

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Blatter hints at new evidence to challenge 6-year FIFA ban

first_imgAsked by The Associated Press for details of potential evidence, Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli replied in a message: “We are working on it.”Blatter is barred from soccer through October 2021 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld his ban for payments to one-time adviser Michel Platini. The case cost Platini the UEFA presidency, and stopped him from being a candidate to replace Blatter in the 2016 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe CAS judges said Blatter was “reckless” for paying Platini $2 million in uncontracted salary more than eight years after the former France great stopped being employed by FIFA.Blatter also effectively added $1 million to Platini’s FIFA pension fund reserved for executive committee members by extending entitlement against the rules for the years he worked as an adviser. LATEST STORIES Blatter tweeted the message to his 2.5 million followers from an account that was dormant since he was first suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in October 2015. It was revived this week. On Monday, he posted congratulations to Australian Open champion Roger Federer and then the cover of a new edition in Russian of his 2016 book, “Sepp Blatter: Mission and Passion Football.”Russia is the only country where Blatter, who is Swiss, has made a public appearance — at the World Cup qualifying draw held in St. Petersburg in July 2015 — since federal prosecutors in the United States and Switzerland unsealed sweeping investigations of alleged corruption linked to FIFA earlier that year.A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been made.The 81-year-old Blatter has often said he will return to Russia for the World Cup to fulfil a long-standing invitation from President Vladimir Putin.A second book is also expected to be published ahead of the World Cup. Blatter said last April it would document his 40 years with FIFA and 16 years as a member of the International Olympic Committee.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum French referee banned 3 months after kicking player MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures as he gives an interview to news agencies on April 21, 2017 in Zurich. / AFP PHOTO / Michael BuholzerGENEVA — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have “new facts” and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban.“As new facts have appeared it’s time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee — my suspension of 6 years!” Blatter said Friday on his reactivated Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Cabinet to Receive Proposed Amendments to Laws on Parish Council Operations

first_img Enactment of the Local Government Financing and Financial Management, and Local Government Unified Services and Employment Acts, are also being put forward. Cabinet is expected to receive a draft of proposed amendments to legislation governing parish council operations from Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, shortly.The Minister, who made the disclosure at a Social Development Commission (SDC) community conference in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 2, said development of the “long awaited” proposed strategic laws for reformed local governance process has been completed.He informed that the reform process being pursued entails proposed amalgamation of the Kingston and St. Andrew, Parish Council, and Municipalities Acts into one legislation – the Local Governance Act.Enactment of the Local Government Financing and Financial Management, and Local Government Unified Services and Employment Acts, are also being put forward.These, the Minister explained, are intended to equip the local authorities with greater autonomy and responsibility to administer their affairs. They are also intended to formalize the involvement of organizations, such as parish and community development committees in the local governance process.Mr. Arscott advised that “consensus” has been reached among all stakeholders with whom the Ministry had consultations, consequent on a review of aspects of the provisions.These, he informed, include: introducing shared services, such as accounting and engineering, “because there is a realization that the capacity for certain technical services does not reside in each (or some) parish council(s).”The Minister explained that once Cabinet approves the submission, drafting instructions will be issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to initiate the enactment process, subject to parliamentary deliberations.While noting that successive administrations have been “working assiduously” on local government reform for upwards of two decades, Mr. Arscott pointed out that it is a “very complex” process relating to all 14 parish councils, and involving “hundreds of laws, dating way back.”Mr. Arscott said in pursuing the local government reform process, the Government, through the Ministry, has been in discussion with South Africa’s Ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the matter.Part of this process entailed a visit that country by him earlier this year for discussions with Minister Lechesa Tsenoli, who in turn came to Jamaica last month.“We are trying to partner with them (South Africa), because they are already advanced in terms of their local government reform (process). So, we are now sharing information and looking at best practices, so (that) we can learn from them,” the Minister said.Mr. Arscott said he hopes to have the proposals tabled in Parliament within a few weeks, once they are approved by Cabinet and passed on to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.The meeting,  held under the theme: ‘The Governance Framework: The Pathway to Local Economic Development’, is the first of 12 community development committee conferences slated to be staged by the Social Development Commission (SDC), between October and November.The conferences are being held to heighten participants’ knowledge of the importance of local governance and its processes; and the link between governance and economic development, among other matters. The National Association of Parish Development Committees (NAPDEC) and National Integrity Action (NIA) have partnered with the SDC to stage the conferences.A major outcome is increased public advocacy for timely passage of the revised local governance legislation through a petition which will be circulated islandwide to facilitate Community Development Committee (CDC) executives signing the document. This is currently being done in Manchester.The petition will be presented to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, after all stakeholders have signed it. Story Highlights Development of the “long awaited” proposed strategic laws for reformed local governance process has been completed. The Kingston and St. Andrew, Parish Council, and Municipalities Acts are to be joined into one legislation – the Local Governance Act.last_img read more

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They failed us Manitoba mother of girl who died while in care

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe family of an infant who died while in the care of child and family services in Manitoba is demanding answers from the province.On Monday, the family was advised their four month-old daughter died while in a Winnipeg foster home.“They told us that my daughter passed away choking on her bottle or vomit,” said the girl’s mother Daralyn Green.“There’s so many questions. I need answers.”The Winnipeg police say they are investigating the death of Vanatasia Green to determine if there was any wrong-doing.The family is from Bloodvein First Nation – located 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Green says her daughter was apprehended at birth but reasons for the apprehension are not known.“I don’t know why they didn’t give me a chance,” said Green. “They give other mothers a chance and that was my first baby.”Martina Fisher is a former social worker and family friend.She said the family wants to focus on the larger issue at hand.The apprehensions of Indigenous kids.“There is always a chance to work with the mother, to work with the family, to work with out communities,” said Fisher.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs women’s council organized the press conference.Chief Francine Meeches, of Swan Lake First Nation said  the province should hand over jurisdiction to First Nations.“Something needs to change here. We’ve been working as a team our women’s council we’ve been trying to change legislation in this country,” said Meeches.“In our province and we’re struggling with that because nobody seems to see what the need is.”According to the province there are 10,328 kids in care.Approximately 90 per cent of them are Indigenous.The family says if things don’t change more deaths will occur.“She’s not going to be the last if somebody doesn’t do something about this,” said Green.In a statement Families Minister Heather Stefanson said the department is looking into the girl’s death.“We know the CFS agency and authority responsible for the child’s care are gathering information to find the family the answers it needs,” said the statement.A spokesperson for the Southern First Nations Network of Care, which oversees the agency, says they could not comment on the case.The girl’s death comes on the heels of a damning report from Manitoba’s children’s advocate who looked into the death of Tina Fontaine.“CFS failed my daughter,” said Green. “They failed us.”bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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