Manuel Pellegrini unfazed by talk linking Pep Guardiola with Manchester City job

first_img Press Association The City manager says he has learned to live with suggestions from outside the club that he is only keeping the seat warm for Bayern Munich’s much sought-after former Barcelona boss. Reports in Spain on Friday claimed City had agreed a deal in principle with the Catalan and speculation increased when Guardiola later pulled out of a planned press conference in Munich citing personal reasons. For Pellegrini, such talk is nothing new. Rumours of a City move for Guardiola have recurred throughout his tenure at the Etihad Stadium, and even predate his arrival in 2013. He accepts he can do little about it with the two former Barca executives now at City, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, always lending substance to the conjecture by their mere presence at the club. Pellegrini said: “It is a rumour that we have had for the last two and a half seasons here. There is not a problem about that. “I don’t analyse different rumours. Everyone can make rumours, write or talk about different rumours. “It’s not a lack of respect about me – this is the profession. It is that way. In every big team – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United – it is the same thing. You must have trust in your work – that’s very important.” Pellegrini, 62, signed a one-year extension to a contract that was due to expire at the end of the season during the summer. That was never likely to put an end to speculation linking Guardiola, who is also out of contract next summer, with City but Pellegrini is not distracted from his job. The Chilean said: “The only confidence I have is about my work. I think that is the way you must try to demonstrate the kind of manager you are. “I never have any problem about my work, so it doesn’t matter what they say. If (that was) not (the case), it’s impossible to work in this club – and not just in this club, but every big team.” Pellegrini’s priority is to get City back to winning ways after a 4-1 thrashing by Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League last weekend and a midweek loss to Juventus in the Champions League. City have slipped to third in the table, but Pellegrini is confident of getting his title favourites back on track. He said: “It is important to be a solid, consistent team and to recover our normal style of play and that will give us the points we need to win it.” Manuel Pellegrini has shrugged off the latest round of speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City. last_img read more

Walmart Announces New In-Home Delivery Service

first_imgThis Fall, Walmart will begin delivering groceries  inside shoppers’ homes. The retail giant will experiment with its new in-home delivery-service in Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Vero Beach, FL.Bart Stein, a Google Alum, is in charge of the Walmart home-delivery project. The announcement comes as Walmart continues to be in competition with Amazon. Both companies recently announced their next-day delivery services.Walmart’s in-home delivery will require customers to install a lock outside their home or garage. Consumers will then place their order on Walmart.com or use Walmart’s mobile app and select “InHome Delivery.” The customer will then have the option of the delivery being delivered straight to the kitchen or their garage. A Walmart employee (who will be extensively trained according to Walmart) will do the grocery shopping. When it’s time to deliver, the Walmart employee will have a wearable camera, enter a one-time access code and the customer will be able to watch the delivery remotely.Walmart hasn’t released any details regarding the pricing of their new in-home delivery services. They will reveal prices when the services launch in the fall.last_img read more

Notre Dame Cathedral Holds First Mass Since Devastating Fire

first_imgParis’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral held its first Mass on Saturday for about 30 people, including staff and construction workers, two months after a devastating fire that ravaged the Gothic building’s roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.The service – known as the annual Dedication Mass that commemorates the cathedral’s original consecration as a place of worship – was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit. It took place in a chapel behind the choir, a place that construction experts confirmed is safe, although Aupetit and the attendees wore construction helmets.According to French Culture Minister Franck Riester, the cathedral is still in a “fragile” state, particularly the vaulted ceiling, which remains at risk of collapsing.The Mass was broadcast on a Catholic television station for other worshippers. That broadcast showed some burnt wood still in the church. However, a famous statue of the Virgin and Child appeared to be intact behind wooden construction planks.Aupetit said during the service, “This cathedral is a place of worship, it is its very own and unique purpose.”Another priest, Father Pierre Vivares, referred to the service as “a true happiness, full of hope.” He added, “We will rebuild this cathedral. It will take time of course — a lot of money, lot of time, lot of work — but we will succeed. Today it’s a small but a true victory against the disaster we have had.”It remains unclear when the cathedral will reopen to the public.French President Emmanuel Macron’s goal is to rebuild it in just five years, although some experts consider that unrealistic.Meanwhile, the French parliament is considering amendments to a new law that would create a public body tasked with speeding up the restoration while circumventing some of France’s complex labor laws.last_img read more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Against Social Media Outlets

first_imgIn terms of the original tweets regarding the mail-in ballots, the president tweeted this follow-up on Thursday:So ridiculous to see Twitter trying to make the case that Mail-In Ballots are not subject to FRAUD. How stupid, there are examples, & cases, all over the place. Our election process will become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World. Tell that to your hater @yoyoel— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020 President Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday afternoon, two days after Twitter issued a fact check on two tweets the president authored.The executive order removes liability protection for websites such as Facebook and Twitter, opening such platforms to lawsuits.Mr. Trump has relied on Twitter as a frequent communication tool since before his 2016 presidential campaign. He has also used it to make official announcements.“There’s nothing I’d rather do than get rid of my whole Twitter account,” Trump said Thursday, shortly before signing the order.On Tuesday, Twitter flagged several of the president’s tweets about mail-in ballots for potentially misleading information.In response, he tweeted:….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020 Trump’s order directs federal agencies to reexamine some of the legal protections that social media companies currently have under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for content posted by their users.Specifically, the executive order requests clarification from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the conditions under which restricting access to content is determined to be done in “good faith” and protected by the law.The order also directs federal agencies to stop paying in order to advertise on platforms that “violate free speech principles” and reestablishes the White House “Tech Bias Reporting Tool.” That means complaints can be collected from users and forwarded to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC could then report publicly on the complaints and possibly pursue lawsuits against the companies.last_img read more

Officials Charge 57 with Rioting, Looting Felonies at Tampa Protests

first_imgProsecutors in the Tampa area have charged 57 people with rioting and looting that occurred just after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody sparked nationwide protests, officials announced on Friday.Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement that charges have been filed against dozens of people for allegedly ransacking stores, causing destruction and fighting with police officers in Tampa. The riots began on the night of May 30, less than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.“These 57 people should not be confused with the large number of peaceful protesters in our community,” Warren said. “The defendants we’ve charged took advantage of the pain in our community and tried to turn it into a quick buck or set out to cause chaos. None of us will stand for that.”While most of the alleged offenses occurred more than a month ago, Warren explained that filing charges take time because prosecutors need to fully review all of the evidence for each case.The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute peaceful protesters, although Warren added that the 57 people accused of felony crimes could face anywhere from five years to life in prison.The businesses that were affected include jewelry stores, clothing stores and convenience stores.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer roundup

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img Latest Posts Bio ELLSWORTH — This early in the season, Eastern Maine soccer rankings give only a glimpse of what one may expect from a favorite team over the next several weeks.But in the first week of girls’ standings, published by the Maine Principals’ Association, the Mount Desert Island Trojans sit in third place in Class B with a 2-1-0 record while the 0-3-0 Ellsworth Eagles are among six winless teams at the bottom of the standings.In Class C, the 2-1-0 George Stevens Academy Eagles are ranked fifth, the 1-2-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks seventh and the 2-2-0 Sumner Tigers 10th.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe 2-2-0 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are placed eighth in the Class D ranks.In action this week:Sumner 1, Bangor Christian 0Katrina Hayward provided the only goal, scoring early in the second half to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Bangor Christian Patriots on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Sullivan.The Tiger defense limited the Patriots to just five shots on goal, with goalkeeper Jordan Merchant making three stops.Sierra McDonald had five saves on 13 shots in goal for the Patriots.GSA 4, DI-Stonington 1The GSA Eagles rolled to a 4-1 win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Blue Hill.MDI 4, Old Town 1Three goals by Opal Curless and another by Darcy Kanu boosted the Trojans to a 4-1 win over the Old Town Coyotes on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Old Town.Lauren Martin had the lone goal for the Coyotes.Orono 9, Bucksport 0The Orono Red Riots blasted the nets for nine unanswered goals in a shutout over the Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Bucksport.Brinsley Chasse led the way with three goals and Becky Lopez-Anido had a pair for the Red Riots.Hermon 8, Ellsworth 0The Eagles were unable to muster any significant offense in an 8-0 loss to the Hermon Hawks on Thursday in Hermon.The Hawks got three goals from Claire Peterson and Alex Allain had two.Goalkeeper Callie Hammer had 16 saves on 24 shots for Ellsworth, and Hailey Perry made three saves for the Hawks.Bucksport 3, Sumner 2The Golden Bucks notched their first win of the season on Friday as they edged the Sumner Tigers 3-2 in Sullivan.Eliza Hosford scored twice for the Bucks and Hailey Betts added a goal.For the Tigers, Casco Haley and Taylor Merchant each scored.In goal, Bree Coombs made four saves on six shots for Bucksport and Jordan Merchant had four stops on seven shots for the Tigers.John Bapst 4, Ellsworth 1The Eagles lost their third consecutive game as the John Bapst Crusaders prevailed 4-1 on Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono.Schenck 2, DI-Stonington 1The Mariners saw their record evened at 2-2 on Saturday as the Schenck Wolverines eked out a 2-1 win in Deer Isle.Presque Isle 2, MDI 1Goals by Jodie Lagassie and Emily Wheaton lifted the Presque Isle Wildcats to a 2-1 win over the Trojans on Saturday in Presque Isle.Opal Curless had the lone goal for MDI on an assist from Maeve Geary.Jillian Flynn made 15 saves on 17 shots in goal for the Wildcats, and Keely McConomy had 13 saves on 17 shots for the Trojans.MDI 4, John Bapst 1The Trojans rebounded from Saturday’s loss to down the John Bapst Crusaders 4-1 on Monday in Bangor.“The girls were really tired after a weekend game took them to Aroostook County,” said coach Tom Savage. “They started off the game dragging. They fought through and won, but it wasn’t easy.”Junior Opal Curless, who has six of MDI’s nine goals so far, scoring once in the first half and again in the opening minutes of the second half.The Crusaders scored quickly after that, cutting the MDI lead to 2-1.But senior midfielder Maeve Geary gave the Trojans a cushion goal on an assist from Curless, and Curless added the final goal after a foul pulled the John Bapst goalkeeper from the game.last_img read more

Bangor, Washington Academy among state soccer champions

first_imgBelow are winners from Saturday’s state championship soccer games.BoysClass A: (2N) Bangor 2, (1S) Gorham 1Class B: (2S) Yarmouth 5, (2N) Winslow 2Class C: (2N) Washington Academy 5, (1S) Monmouth 1Class D: (2N) Bangor Christian 4, (6S) Greenville 1GirlsClass A: (2N) Camden Hills 1, (1S) Gorham 0Class B: (1S) Yarmouth 3, (2N) Waterville 1Class C: (1N) Orono 2, (5S) Waynflete 0Class D: (1N) Ashland 2, (1S) Richmond 1This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Mitchell Johnson retires from all forms of cricket

first_imgSydney, Aug 19: Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson on Sunday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.Johnson last played for Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders in this edition. After calling it a day in international cricket in November 2015, Johnson trotted the globe playing in different T20 tournaments.“It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Johnson said in a column on Perth Now.“I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down.”Johnson reasoned that he had been suffering from back problems during the IPL and added that it was an indication for him to call time.“If I can’t play at 100 per cent then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me it’s always been about the team,” he said.“I’m ready to break clear of playing cricket and move on to the next period of my life. He has recently been through retiring himself and I think he understood that when you’re done, you’re done.”Johnson hinted that he would continue being involved with the game by taking up coaching roles in the future.“My competitive urge hasn’t left me and hopefully that’s something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future. I’m a believer in sticking to your strengths and cricket is my strength,” he said. IANSlast_img read more

Bangladesh Gave Us A Few Butterflies, Admits Aaron Finch

first_imgNottingham: Australia skipper Aaron Finch admitted that Bangladesh did give them a few butterflies during their unsuccessful chase of 382 in the World Cup game played between the two sides at Trent Bridge.On Thursday, Bangladesh put in a brave fight while chasing what would have been a World Cup record and never gave up till the end, but fell short by 48 runs to register their second ODI win over the mighty Aussies.Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Raheem played a brilliant knock of unbeaten 102 and was well supported by Mahmudullah (69) during the course of their chase. The duo stitched together a 127-run partnership and kept Bangladesh in the hunt. However, the target turned out to be too much for them and they could manage 333/8, their highest total in ODIs.Before that, opener Tamim Iqbal (62) and Shakib al Hasan (41) also shared a 79-run partnership for the second wicket and made sure the Bangla Tigers were not out of the race.“Every time there was a partnership going, there were a few butterflies,” said Finch at the post-match presentation ceremony.“We have been pretty consistent. We have guys who have World Cup experience. Having good partnerships with bat and ball is important,” he added.With 10 points from six games, Australia are currently at the top of the table and look rest assured to be one of the participating teams in the semifinals. However, Finch feels it’s a bit early for the reigning champions to think about the last-four stage of the showpiece event.“Not yet thinking about semis. Hopefully, we will secure a place in the top four,” he said.Earlier, David Warner scored his 16th ODI hundred as his 166-run knock powered the defending champions to post 381/5 in their full quota of 50 overs. Warner, along with Finch, stitched a 121-run partnership for the first wicket and laid a solid foundation for the batsmen to follow.Usman Khawaja, who came in next, then played sensibly and scored 89 runs and shared a 188-run partnership with Warner. Towards the end, it was a great cameo from Glenn Maxwell, who scored 32 off just 10 balls, and made sure Australia post a total which was out of reach for the Bangladesh team.Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza also praised Warner and admitted that his team gave away a little too many towards the end of the innings. “I think we gave away 40-50 on the field. Otherwise, it could have been a different chase,” he said, adding “credit to Warner and other Australian batsmen”.With five points from six games, Bangladesh now need to win all their remaining three matches against Afghanistan (June 24), India (July 2) and Pakistan (July 5) and hope for favourable results in matches of other teams as well if they have to secure a spot in the semis. IANS Also Read: India are the best at home, feels Aaron Finchlast_img read more

Dominic Theim demolishes Alexander Zverev to make final

first_imgMELBOURNE: Dominic Thiem won the new-generation battle with Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to reach his first Australian Open final on Friday and set up the ultimate test against Melbourne Park maestro Novak Djokovic.In an enthralling semi-final featuring a rain interruption, a lighting failure and a plenty of drama besides, the fifth seeded Austrian shrugged off a sluggish start and was braver on the big points under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.He thrashed two blazing forehand winners to raise three match points in the decisive tiebreak, then sealed it with a cross-court volley to book his third Grand Slam final after losing the last two French Open deciders to Rafa Nadal.“Both of us could have won this today,” Thiem, who dumped Nadal from the quarter-finals, said on court.“Maybe (I have) a little bit of experience, little bit of something else. He’s just 22, maybe not long before he makes it to his first Grand Slam final.“It was an unreal match, again two tiebreaks, so tough and so close. It was almost impossible to break him.”With the men’s Grand Slams dominated for years by the ‘Big Three’ of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer, Thiem will bid to become the first man born in the 1990s to win a major title. AgenciesAlso Read: Alexander Zverev breaks new ground to stun WawrinkaAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhurylast_img read more