first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho denied that his job is on the line as his team prepares to take on Valencia in a testing Champions League fixture on Tuesday.Mourinho, who has been under the hammer after United’s disastrous to the campaign, feels that his job is safe but some of his players care more about the club and what is happening than others.United have struggled to put together good performances and have collected just 10 points from their first seven Premier League games and have also been knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby County.The tumultuous start has also been reflecting off the field as reports of the manager and the mercurial Paul Pogba having a bad relationship have dominated the headlines ever since. Mourinho has been extremely critical of the Frenchman and also stripped him off vice-captaincy. Since then, many are also of the belief that he has lost his dressing room and the third season syndrome is back.They did, however, secure an easy 3-0 victory over Young Boys in their first Champions League group match and on Tuesday, Mourinho’s team will have to face a much tougher opponent in Valencia.But the Portuguese coach was in a confident mood on Monday and when asked at a news conference if he felt his job was on the line, he simply answered: “No, I don’t.”Media reports following United’s 3-1 league defeat at West Ham United on Saturday linked former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane with Mourinho’s job.advertisementAsked if he had spoken to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following Saturday’s loss, Mourinho gave a tetchy reply.”That’s a private matter. I’m not asking you who did you speak with yesterday or this morning, who was your last phone call, that’s a private matter. I’m not going to answer it,” he said.The West Ham defeat drew sharp criticism from defender Luke Shaw who said United needed to take responsibility for the “horrendous” result.Mourinho said it was down to more than just the players to turn the situation around.”The performance on the pitch is the consequence of many factors,” he said.”Luke Shaw for example said ‘we players on the pitch have to give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally. Everyone at the club has a role to play. The kit man, the nutritionist. I have a role to play, everyone has a role to play.”I think that some care more than others,” he added.Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford could be a good opportunity for United to bounce back against a Valencia side who have one win in eight matches in all competitions this season, although that came against Real Sociedad on Saturday.United go into the game depleted as Ashley Young picked up an injury during the loss at West Ham, while Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are also sidelined.Midfielder Nemanja Matic said the West Ham defeat was one of his worst games for United.”Everyone has a responsibility,” he said. “We have spoken between us and we know the situation is not good and we can do better. Everyone is trying to do more for the team.”Tomorrow is a great chance to do that against a big team. I expect everyone will give more and be more concentrated.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgThe Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat has completed work to develop the fourth Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which underpins implementation of the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Programme Director for the Secretariat, which is based in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, says the document, which covers 2018 to 2021, has been reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders and will shortly be presented to Cabinet for review and approval.The Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan seeks to position the island to attain developed country status within 12 years and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Institute’s New Kingston head office on Wednesday (November  20), Mrs. Emanuel noted that the progress of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s implementation under successive three-year MTFs, between 2009 and 2018, was “mixed”.She pointed out that while there were challenges with crime and environmental sustainability, among other issues, there were improvements in key social and economic indicators.These, she informed, include: life expectancy at birth; the annual inflation rate; literacy rates; government effectiveness; and sustainable development planning.The Programme Director said Jamaica recorded gains in several notable areas between 2015 and 2018.These relate to human capital development; macroeconomic stability; a reduction in unemployment; increased use of renewable energy options; improved governance, particularly in relation to control of corruption, and government effectiveness; key economic sectors, particularly agriculture and tourism; and infrastructural development.“Of a total of 67 indicators that were monitored against medium-term targets under Vision 2030 Jamaica, 56 per cent have shown improvement over the baseline year 2007, based on results to 2017/18, while 36 per cent showed no improvement or worsened relative to the baseline year,” Mrs. Emanuel said, while noting that no up-to-date information/data was available for the remaining eight per cent.She advised that eight national strategic priorities have been shortlisted under the 2018-2021 MTF, in keeping with Vision 2030 Jamaica’s four Goals.These priorities are human capital development; social protection and social inclusion; values and attitudes; rule of law and timely justice; public-sector efficiency and effectiveness; economic stability, growth and employment; international competitiveness of industry structures; and environmental sustainability and climate change response.“These strategic priorities, along with their associated projects, programmes and activities, will assist in moving Jamaica towards a secure and prosperous future for our people,” Mrs. Emanuel said.The National Goals aim to ensure ‘Jamaicans are Empowered’; ‘The Jamaican Society is Secure, Cohesive and Just’; ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’; and that ‘Jamaica has a Healthy and Natural Environment’.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Senior United States Senator from Utah, Michael Lee, has introduced the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill which would repeal the Jones Act and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports.“Restricting trade between U.S. ports is a huge loss for American consumers and producers. It is long past time to repeal the Jones Act entirely so that Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Puerto Ricans aren’t forced to pay higher prices for imported goods—and so they rapidly receive the help they need in the wake of natural disasters,” Lee explained.In 1920, Congress passed the Jones Act, which requires all goods transported by water between U.S. ports to be carried on a vessel constructed in the U.S., registered in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed primarily by U.S. citizens.The Cato Institute estimates that after accounting for the inflated costs of transportation and infrastructure, the forgone wages and output, the lost domestic and foreign business revenue, and the monetized environmental toll the annual cost of the Jones Act is in the tens of billions of dollars. And that figure doesn’t even include the annual administration and oversight costs of the law.last_img read more

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister damaged the integrity of Canada’s immigration system when he tweeted two years ago that Canadians will welcome all those fleeing persecution, terror and war.Scheer was asked about illegal immigration today at a town hall in suburban Vancouver held by the Surrey Board of Trade, where audience members applauded his response.He says people crossing the U.S. border into Canada outside regular checkpoints are “jumping the queue” and causing longer wait times for refugees and immigrants going through traditional channels.The federal government says 34,854 refugee claims were made by irregular border crossers between February 2017 and September 2018 and of those 3,142 — or nine per cent — have been accepted.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently warned people to be wary of fear-mongering about immigration, suggesting the issue will be a hot-button topic during the federal election campaign this fall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more