TQ Harris, Jr. By TQ Harris, Jr.I could not in good conscience vote for Mr Charles Taylor, and did not only refuse to vote for him; I also ran against him as a candidate in the 1997 Special post-war election.I could not in good conscience vote for Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and did not vote for her in both the 2005 and 2011 elections.Instead, I voted for Mr George Weah as Vice President in 2011 and President in 2017, believing he would lead the Liberian RISORGIMENTO. If he is incapable of handling this responsibility, We must move on for the good of the country.Considering all that the people of Liberia have endured, Stagnation and Regression are not a part of our vocabulary.A LIST OF ISSUES THAT MUST CLAIM PRESIDENT WEAH’S ATTENTION: Governing by Mandate rather than Consultation is unacceptable.Attempting to undo all that was accomplished in the past 12 years is unacceptable.A depressed economy is unacceptable.A depreciating Liberian Dollar is unacceptable.Not having a Plan to reduce Unemployment is unacceptable.Not having a Plan to stop armed robbery and other criminal attacks is unacceptable.Not having a Plan to address Food security is unacceptable.Not having a realistic Plan to tackle Corruption is unacceptable.Conducting bi-election that creates the need for another bi-election is unacceptable.Setting election date outside the Constitutional timeframe is unacceptable.Postponing National Census unconstitutionally is unacceptable.Constitutional Amendments through Legislative Resolutions is unacceptable.Refusing to make Personal Asset declaration public is unacceptable.Refusing to abide by the Code of Conduct for Government officials is unacceptable.Refusing to support a War & Economic Crimes Court for Liberia is unacceptable.Refusing to meet and Discuss critical issues with Opposition Parties is unacceptable.Removing Non-Coalition members from Government jobs is unacceptable.Pitting Liberians against one another is unacceptable.Appointing unqualified persons to key positions in government is unacceptable.Making Unrealistic Promises like building a New City in the Swamp is unacceptable.High Cost of Food, Transportation and Drinking Water is unacceptable.High Exchange Rate that sinks Liberians deeper into Poverty is unacceptable.Talking Pro-poor but not acting Pro-poor is unacceptable.Increasing Hardship within the country is unacceptable.Putting up the country’s Assets for questionable Loans is unacceptable.Taking the country Down the Wrong but familiar Road is unacceptable.Failing to uphold the Dignity of the Liberian Presidency is unacceptable.Failing to constructively engage Liberia’s Development Partners is unacceptable.It’s high time President Weah Listen, Learn and Lead. For he now holds in his hands the Hopes, Dreams and Aspirations of an entire nation. This is serious business!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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“Thanks for all your posts,” wrote Martial. “My little Swan is fine but for the mother it is harder. Thanks to God she is better now. Sorry but my family will always come first, back tomorrow in Manchester.”Martial’s update comes after reports suggested that United are about to fine the 22-year old for missing a week of training during the crucial pre-season period, an episode that looks set to do more damage to his already strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Mourinho told reporters in Miami on Tuesday that he had no idea when the striker would return to training, while club officials were unable to say why the player had not returned to the USA following the birth.Martial spent most of last season on the bench at United, and is reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford.And as if to highlight the breakdown in his relationship with Martial, Mourinho took a dig at the French forward with his comments in the wake of United’s 2-1 win over European champions Real Madrid in Miami.“My players [have been] amazing in their effort but we have more effort in front of us,” said Mourinho.“We go to Munich in a few days and we start the Premier League in nine days. These are the players that we have plus Lindelof, that started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays.“So, they’re coming back three days early to try and be available for the team [against Leicester on August 10).“And with the fantastic spirit we have, in the majority of the players, I repeat: in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit, we go with everything we have to the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Frenchman tweeted on Wednesday that complications with the birth meant that he had remained in Paris to be with his wife. Photo/TEAMTALKMEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Anthony Martial has hit back at Manchester United amid reports he is set to be fined by the club for going AWOL following the birth of his son in Paris last week.The Frenchman tweeted on Wednesday that complications with the birth meant that he had remained in Paris to be with his wife.
Erica Enders did not win last weekend’s Ameriquest Nationals in Joliet, Ill. It just seemed that way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The milestone is just the latest accomplishment for Enders, who has been one of the more improved competitors during the latter half of the season. The Texas A&M junior qualified for just two of the first 10 events, but has rebounded to make the field at eight of the last 10. She’s qualified her Slammers Chevy Cobalt 10th or better at each of the past three events, including No. 5 with career-best elapsed time of 6.670 last weekend. She also scored her first elimination-round victory at Reading, Pa. in September before making history with her final-round appearance this past weekend, where her three round wins included a victory over Pro Stock icon Warren Johnson in the semifinals. The big difference has come under the hood, where engine builder Joe Hornick has given Enders a competitive powerplant. Hornick was the engine builder for two-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson. “We were down on horsepower (earlier in the year),” Enders said. “(Team owner) Victor Cagnazzi has really worked hard in developing (the team) and putting it all together. “I’m really excited because now I feel we have the horsepower to be a top player.” What about that first win? It could possibly come at this weekend’s Fall Nationals near Dallas. “I think we’re capable of it,” Enders said. “To win in this class, it has be your day and go your way. I think we can have our day before the year is out.” – Tony Schumacher, winner of Top Fuel titles in 1999 and 2004, all but clinched his third championship with a perfect performance last weekend. He won the event, qualified No. 1 and lowered the national E.T. record to 4.437. He earned 138 points for the weekend, and coupled with a first-round loss by second-place Larry Dixon, the driver of the U.S. Army dragster increased his lead to 205 markers with just three events remaining. “We’re going to go down to Texas and just do our thing and we’ll see how it all shakes out,” Schumacher said. “We still have to close the deal. Until we’ve mathematically clinched the championship, we have plenty of business to attend to.” – Gary Scelzi inched closer to the Funny Car title by advancing to the semifinals last weekend. He increased his lead to 43 points over 13-time champion John Force and 45 over teammate Ron Capps. – Joe Amato, the most successful competitor in Top Fuel history, announced this week that he has sold his operation to Las Vegas businessman Doug Davenport. Amato, who retired from driving in 2001, will stay with the team as an adviser. “I want to stay involved with the sport but I’ll leave all the worrying to Doug,” Amato told NHRA.com. “I’ll still come to some of the races and I’ve pledged all of my help and advice to keep this team going.” — Steve Ramirez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2161, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The National Hot Rod Association rookie enjoyed her finest effort of the season while putting her name in the Powerade Series history books. Enders, just the fifth woman to compete in Pro Stock, became the first woman to advance to the finals in the class when she made the money round at Joliet before losing to 2004 Rookie of the Year Jason Line. “It’s pretty cool,” said Enders, who previously had joined Lucinda McFarlin as the only two women to win an elimination round. “I feel really excited about the way we are progressing and I’m getting more confident driving the car. But it’s pretty cool to be the first (woman to reach a Pro Stock final).”
The Venturi electric vehicle taking off fromthe Nairobi headquarters of the UNEnvironment Programme.(Image: Venturi Automobiles) Xavier Chevrin with the Mission AfricaVenturi electric vehicle.(Images: Venturi Automobiles)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cecilia KinuthiaUNEP liaison officer for South Africa+27 12 354 8092Cadine PillayAn electric vehicle has begun an unassisted 5 000 kilometre-journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg, South Africa – an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of battery-powered vehicles and promote green energy use.The driver, electric car campaigner Xavier Chevrin, left on 11 May after a send-off news conference at the Nairobi headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“We want to break the clichés of electric-powered vehicles,” Chevrin said, “and show that they have a range of uses.”Without any backup, Chevrin will head south through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before finishing in Johannesburg in late June.It follows a 2010 journey by the adventurer, which saw him driving 13 400 kilometres from Shanghai to Paris in a similar van, in the process setting up a record for the longest journey ever made in an electric vehicle.The vehicle is a bright orange Citroen Berlingo powered by technology developed by French electric car specialist Venturi and is the first such vehicle to make a trans-Africa trip. Chevrin said the six-nation trip would show that electric cars could travel long distances, and were not only for use in the city.The Berlingo will recharge its batteries at electric sockets along the way. It carries three aptly-named Zebra nickel sodium chloride batteries – two more than standard Berlingos – each of which has a capacity of 23.5 kWh, giving the car a total of 70.5 kWh.As with the Shanghai-Paris trip, Chevrin will trust in encounters with local people to recharge his batteries. He plans to use these random meetings to engage with ordinary Africans, inviting them on board the vehicle and showing that clean technology is a vital part of the world’s future energy sources.“The successful completion of such a journey depends not only on incredible performances from a machine, but also the people you meet throughout the entire trip,” Chevrin said.“Without any backup or pre-planned stopovers, you have to rely on chance encounters, hoping to progress each day from one point to the next.”The challengesHowever, one of Chevrin’s big challenges will be limited access to electricity, and the possibility of frequent power cuts in rural Africa. The car has no backup generator, so should he run out of power he will be stranded, adding to the scale of the adventure.“Here in Africa is going to be the toughest so far because of the problems of power supply,” Chevrin said.The Berlingo can cover 500 km (300 miles) without recharge at a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). Recharging the batteries from scratch will take seven hours.The vehicle also features a raised suspension to cope with bumpy roads.This journey is one of the Venturi Global Challenges, a series of technological and human challenges with the aim of demonstrating the company’s leadership in the field of electric propulsion. Each challenge takes place on a different continent in extreme conditions.Another expedition is being planned to drive an electric-powered vehicle from the edge of Antarctica through the snowy wilderness to the South Pole.Mission to AfricaCalled Mission Africa, the journey is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and is part of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, a global initiative led by the organisation’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to urge all sectors of society to contribute to improving energy efficiency, doubling the amount of renewable energy produced, and enabling more people to access modern energy services.“We have been using combustion engines for over a century, but now it is a new revolution,” Chevrin said. “Within a few decades it will be logical for everyone to have an electric car as it fits with the philosophy of having to be careful how we use energy.”According to UNEP’s soon-to-released flagship report on the state of the environment, the Global Environment Outlook 5, the current fossil-fuel based transport system accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to rise to almost one third in the coming decades.Zero emissions are kind to the environment Chevrin pointed out that the electric vehicle puts out zero emissions and is much cheaper to run than petrol-fuelled cars. The Shanghai-Paris trip cost less than US$200 (R1 700) in electricity, compared to the $4 000 (R33 600) it would have cost to use diesel, Chevrin said.“We want to prove that electricity is an alternative energy source that can be used for transportation,” he said.South Africa’s own locally-developed electric car, the Joule, was on display during the recent COP17 climate change conference held in Durban. The car was shown off at the Climate Change Response expo from 28 November to 9 December. The car’s developer Optimal Energy had three fully functioning prototype vehicles on display in three different exhibition halls.Although the company is currently experiencing difficulties in financing the Joule’s continued development and the project is now on hold, it is still determined to bring the electric car to the South African market. But for now, Optimal Energy’s new focus is on electric buses for public transport.
With their long trunks, elephants have a remarkable sense of smell. Now, a South African is training a group of the pachyderms to smell out explosives and narcotics. The US army hopes to understand the biology and turn it into science. Elephants’ sniffing ability is being tested in South Africa in collaboration with the United States Army Research Office.(Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com) • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards • South Africa’s elephant Norms and Standards to be amended • South African art • Million-year-old artifacts found in South Africa • Work begins on South Africa’s R84bn smart city Melissa JavanYou’ve heard of sniffer dogs and rats trained to detect landmines; now get ready for elephants on patrol. A project supported by the United States Army Research Office is testing the smelling abilities of elephants in South Africa so that they can be used to track down explosives, landmines, humans and other animals.Sean Hensman, operator of Adventures with Elephants, told news agency Channels Television that the plan was to see how well an elephant could follow the scent of a human, rhino or lion into the bush. “An elephant’s nose is amazing,” he said. “Think about mammoths, which had to find food through the ice.”Underlining the mammoth on the hunt for food analogy, the news agency Vice News reported that elephants could pick up a scent from more than 91.4m away. Hensman, who trains the elephants at a game farm 180km northwest of Johannesburg, says the elephants will not be taken into battle. “If we suspect there are drugs or explosives [in an area], we will bring [the suspect items] to the elephants.”The US Army Research Office has been involved with the project for five years. It is studying the biological structures found in elephants’ trunks in the hopes of finding a way to build similar technology that can be used to help soldiers in combat.The project has a number of roots: elephants in Angola, which suffered during decades of civil war, have been observed avoiding heavily mined areas, suggesting they smelled the explosives and their trunks warned them to stay away.About his involvement, Hensman explains that his father was watching a herd of elephants in Zimbabwe in the 1990s when he discovered that a female member of the herd had tracked him. Inspired, his father trained 12 elephants for anti-poaching patrols in Zimbabwe.At the age of seven, Hensman was used to having elephants in his backyard. “Dad had an idea to release them on to his game farm so that we can learn about wild elephants. When they arrived they were [too] small to release so we had to look after them,” he recalls.“We found that they quickly associated with their keepers. Within two weeks they were following their keepers around and obeying basic commands.”In 2002, however, the family lost their three farms to President Robert Mugabe’s land seizures. They elected to move to South Africa, where Hensman continues the work with elephants.One of the challenges of preparing an elephant for the sniffing experiment is gaining its trust. Once both parties understand and trust each other, both parties get rewarded, says Hensman. “To scent, it doesn’t take long. The difficult part is training the elephant to indicate when they smell. The process of training an elephant takes about two months if done full time.”He has already trained three elephants for this sniffing experiment. The aim is to see if elephants can smell diseases such as foot and mouth or cancer. “In addition, one can find a reason not to destroy problem elephants but they could be trained to assist conservation or humanitarian efforts.”Watch as an elephant smells buckets and lifts its front foot when it comes across an explosive:
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A few weeks ago I sent a newsletter to my subscribers about how to be compelling, how to help your dream client take action now. The gist of that newsletter was that in order to know how to compel your dream client you need to know what is already compelling them. I also wrote that it’s about the implications of not changing.Here’s a link to a YouTube video to accompany this post (you might want to subscribe when you get there).But I found a better word to describe what we are looking for: leverage.What Is Leverage?Leverage (noun): 1) the action of a lever, a rigid bar that pivots about one point and used to move an object at a second point by force applied at a third 2) power or ability to act or influence people, events, decisions, etc.You might believe that the second definition is more interesting than the first, but it’s the first definition that interests me. I like the visual of using a lever to pivot around point one and move the object at point two by applying force at the third point.So what is the third point? The third point is the person or persons who stand to gain the most from your initiative (or lose the most by not acting). What is the force you apply to that lever? Whatever is at stake.The third point, those stakeholders who would move forward with you if they could, need help with the object at the second point. Maybe that object is the status quo and its deeply entrenched defenders. Maybe the second point is occupied by the “decision-maker” or the person with the formal authority to bind the organization to a deal. Whatever–or whoever–is sitting at point two needs to move, and the greater the resistance the more leverage you need, the more you need to surround them with people who will press for your initiative and reasons to change now.Implications Create LeverageWeak implications or weak outcomes provide too little leverage to move heavy resistance. The greater the implications and the greater the outcome for your dream client, the more leverage you have, good or bad (even better to use both forms of leverage if you can).If your dream client tells you that they could buy from you as easily in June as they could in October, you have to find the leverage to move that date forward. You need to help them see what they lose over those four months.What does it cost them to wait? Does it cost them increased expenses, lost revenue, or lost profits? Do they provide their competitors a chance to steal market share while they wait? Do they lose the time they need to gain the new competencies that are going to allow them to do something they cannot do now? This is your negative force lever.What do they gain by acting now? Do they realize an immediate financial improvement? Do they gain some strategic advantage? What do they receive for moving the date forward? That’s your positive force lever.Different stakeholders may be compelled by different levers, so it pays to know your audience.Think about some stalled commitment you need? What is the leverage you need to use in order to move your contact off the fence? How do you apply the force necessary to the stakeholders at point three to help you move the heavy object on the other end of the lever?
It’s said only films and cricket unite India. In terms of pan-Indian recognition and affection, even Bollywood stands second to the country’s national obsession, cricket. Cricket cuts through barriers of region and language that this cultural behemoth cannot scale. It is why in a recent survey Sachin Tendulkar scored over Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan both on visibility and a “quality” index that ranked celebrities for reflecting virtues like trustworthiness and honesty. India is probably the only country where cricket is played on every street corner. The popularity of the sport in India has translated into the fact that the business of international cricket is dependent on Indian cricket. Some estimates reckon Indian cricket economy to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year, driving between 60 and 70 per cent of the world’s cricket business. Cricket’s boom in the 1990s was closely linked to commerce. It is now a child of satellite television and free market, not only a popular and profitable sport but a brand; a financial force that supports an entire industry made up of players, officials, sponsors, television executives, event promoters, agents and finally the consumer, who cannot get enough of this product. Today, the Indians have lost their team sponsor due to a controversial contract devised to protect the sponsors of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC had to effect a compromise and amend its terms because the Indians, the big drawcard for TV audiences and advertisers, dug in their heels for two months and refused to sign the contract.Our cover story studies the turmoil and churning in the financial phenomenon that is Indian cricket. It is a multi-layered subject but one that is hardly studied in any depth. With the stakes getting higher and the World Cup around the corner, more tumult and intrigues off the field lie ahead. In a sign of the times, the story on cricket was put together by a team of four who among them cover politics, the media, business and sport. After all, today Indian cricket is not just a game.
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela dunks in front of Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, in Atlanta. Houston won 121-105. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA— Chris Paul wasn’t concerned that Houston would keep struggling to hit shots.“In the first half we weren’t making anything,” he said. “We looked, and it was tied up and we were down two at some point. Once we started making stops, we can blow this game open, man. That’s what I always say. ‘If we’re not making shots, you better go on a run on us.’ ”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, Clint Capela added 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Rockets won their third straight game with a 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.Clint Capela patrols the paint with 26 PTS (11-13 FGM), 11 REB as the @HoustonRockets win in Atlanta!#Rockets 121#TrueToAtlanta 105FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJames Harden: 31 PTS, 10 AST, 8 REBDanuel House Jr: 19 PTS, 6 3PMChris Paul: 13 PTS, 11 ASTTrae Young: 21 PTS, 12 AST pic.twitter.com/G81RQtGNmh— NBA (@NBA) March 20, 2019 MOST READ View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Atlanta took a two-point lead early in the third on Dewayne Dedmon’s 3, but it lasted just a few seconds. P.J. Tucker, Paul and Harden each followed with a 3 to make it 68-61. The Hawks called timeout before Harden and Tucker each hit a 3 to push the lead back to double digits.Harden fed Capela for a dunk that made it 78-67, and Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce asked for another timeout. It did little to slow Houston, which went up 104-84 on Paul’s 3.Capela’s three-point play in the second quarter made it 53-42 for the game’s first double-digit lead on an 11-1 Houston run.“We have a lot of knockdown shooters,” Harden said. “Offensively, we can get it going at any moment. If we can sustain our defensive pressure for an entire game, then we can put a lot of pressure on the other team’s defense.”TIP-INSRockets: Danuel House Jr. had six 3s and 19 points. … Houston finished with 19 3s, two nights after getting 21 against the Timberwolves. .. Coach Mike D’Antoni continued his pattern of resting players. C Nene sat out Tuesday and will do so on Wednesday. G Iman Shumpert was given Tuesday off. … Harden has at least 10 assists in his last five games.Hawks: Rookie G Kevin Huerter went 2 for 9 from the field and finished with four points in 27 minutes. … 41-year-old Vince Carter, a reserve, had 14 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes.UP NEXTRockets: At Memphis on Wednesday.Hawks: Host Utah on Thursday. JJ Redick just misses triple-double as 76ers hold on to beat Hornets Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Rockets have won 12 of 13 and have 10 wins in their last 13 road games.It was a lopsided matchup. The Hawks, led by Trae Young’s 21 points and 12 assists and John Collins’ 20 points 10 rebounds, are rebuilding and likely headed for the NBA draft lottery. Houston is third in the Western Conference and has plenty of star power.Harden, the league’s scoring leader, is trying to become the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988-89 to average at least 30 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.Atlanta had no player able to defend him for long as he finished 8 for 18 from the field and 11 of 12 from the foul line. Harden set a new NBA single-season high of 890 attempts beyond the arc, four more than Stephen Curry took in 2015-16.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Paul, who last month joined Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, John Stockton and Jason Kidd as the only players with at least 17,000 career points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds, had 13 points, 11 assists, three steals and just one turnover.“We get most of the shots that we want every night,” Paul said. “It’s just a matter of whether or not they go in. We just keep trying to turn the defense and push the tempo and we feel like we can make shots.”UNGUARDABLE. pic.twitter.com/xHYuWv6hVT— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 20, 2019Capela got his sixth straight double-double and 37th overall.“Their second-half execution was tough,” Collins said. “I think they turned it up a little bit, hit a lot of tough shots and that pushed the lead out. With a team like that, if they get a lead, they know how to keep it.”Houston struggled beyond the arc in the first half, missing 13 of its first 15 attempts, and entering the third was just 4 for 21.But just as they did Sunday with 21 3s in a win over Minnesota, the Rockets came out of the break quickly, finishing the period with eight 3s to take charge of the game.The Hawks never had a chance the rest of the way, letting Houston push the lead to 93-78 early in the fourth when Paul fed Kenneth Faried for a layup. 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Cristiano Ronaldo left Champions League holders Real Madrid for Seria A champions Juventus, which Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has likened to the loss of Andres Iniesta when he retired from the Catalan club.Ronaldo moved from Madrid to Juventus in this transfer window, while Iniesta left Barcelona to join Japanese club Vissel Kobe.”We don’t know. But we have to recognize the kind of player Cristiano was and what he brought to Real Madrid and La Liga. But we lost Andres (Iniesta),” the coach said at a press conference here, where the Catalan club is on a US tour.On the possible arrival of more signings to Barcelona, the coach said the club was open to other possibilities.READ – Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s team”We did lose (Paulinho), an important player in the midfield, but we have other players and are also looking at players from our B team,” he explained.Valverde acknowledged that he is “looking for players who can adapt to the ones we already have.” Malcom will have to fight for place in teamBarcelona swooped to sign the Brazilian forward Malcom on a five-year deal from Girondins Bordeaux for an initial 41 million euros ($47.89 million) in a surprise move after AS Roma had struck a deal with the French club.Valverde said the 21-year-old would have to earn his spot in the team like everyone else.”We’ve been following him for a while and know him. He can definitely help the team,” he said on Friday. “But (making the starting 11) obviously depends on a day-to-day basis and coach’s decision.”advertisementValverde said not everyone was able to cope with the demands of playing for such a big club.”In Barcelona we not only need to win Champions League, the demand is to win everything we play,” he added.”Playing in Barcelona isn’t easy. The demands are really high on this club. We understand we always have to win and we also have to play well.”Barcelona held a light training session ahead of the Sunday’s pre-season match against Tottenham Hotspur in the friendly International Champions Cup.(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)
OTTAWA — External Affairs Minister Joe Clark didn’t try to sugarcoat it for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and their cabinet colleagues.Over the previous 48 hours, stunned disbelief had sunk in across the globe after the Chinese army used tanks and guns to kill hundreds, if not thousands, of pro-democracy student protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The big question for the Canadian Progressive Conservative government of the day was: what do we do about China now?Clark “expected the situation to worsen, and could not rule out the possibility of civil war,” say the declassified minutes of the June 6, 1989 meeting of the cabinet committee on priorities obtained by The Canadian Press.The Mulroney government grappled with what to do in a series of cabinet meetings 30 years ago this month, the details of which are now revealed in meeting minutes that have been released under access-to-information legislation. The documents provide a window into how the government dealt with what the worst period of Sino-Canadian relations — until the one now facing Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.Canada is caught in the crossfire of a United States-China trade war. Two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are under arrest in China facing allegations of espionage and endangering national security — detentions Canada and the U.S. view as arbitrary. Many see that their detentions as retribution for Canada’s decision to arrest Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wangzhou on an extradition request from the U.S. China has also banned some Canadian canola shipments and is cracking down on other agricultural exports.As was the case in the late 1980s, today’s Canada-China crisis was preceded by a period of hope for greater economic and social integration between the two countries. The Mulroney government hoped Canadian engagement would lead to greater freedoms in the China, as did the current government under Trudeau.Tiananmen Square changed that for Mulroney. For Trudeau, it was the fateful intervention at Vancouver’s international airport six months ago, when the RCMP arrested Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei, so she can face extradition on fraud charges related to violating Iran sanctions in the United States. Beijing has accused Canada of doing the political bidding of the U.S. as the Trump administration blasts it with tariffs and threats of more.Different circumstances, Mulroney says today, but with an underlying repetition of history.“In those days the bipolar world, with the United States and the Soviet Union, had just ended. Then we’ve gone 30 years without one, in a unipolar world led by the United States,” Mulroney said in an interview.“Now, we’re in bipolarity again with China not only emerging as a rival world power to the United States but flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and elsewhere, and on trade issues, making it much more difficult for countries like Canada to articulate a view in the national interest.”Mulroney said the events of 30 years ago were “cataclysmic in foreign affairs.”“It was very unsettling for us all because we all had hoped that the Chinese sweep towards prosperity would be accompanied by an appreciation of democracy and respect for human rights,” he said.Clark, he said, “did a superb job” of leading the Canadian response when that hope suddenly disappeared on June 4, 1989.That job started at 10 a.m. on June 6, 1989, when Clark addressed Mulroney and the 12 men and one woman — employment and immigration minister Barbara McDougall — seated in a cabinet committee room. It was the day after his 50th birthday.Clark said there were reports of violence and fighting spreading outside Beijing, which led to his remark about civil war still being a possibility. He described the evacuation arrangements for 300 Canadians in Beijing and another 300 outside the capital.“He explained that his officials were looking at ways of referring the situation to the UN Security Council, in spite of the rule that matters internal —” the word is underlined in the document “— to a country normally cannot be referred to the council,” say the meeting notes. Canada had just begun a two-year temporary term on the council.A decade later, Canada would help create the UN’s “responsibility to protect” doctrine, or R2P. It allows for the lawful intervention in the internal affairs of a country if its government is threatening its citizens — subjecting them to genocide or other crimes against humanity.In 1989, Mulroney ended that initial cabinet meeting with three orders. One of them was to tell Canadian diplomats at the UN to “refer the situation in China to the UN Security Council.”When the full cabinet convened nine days later, the government’s plan was taking shape. There was to be no Canadian-led opprobrium at the Security Council, but Clark offered some other updates at the June 15 meeting.Among them: Radio Canada International was to start broadcasting into China in Mandarin on June 20, 10 months ahead of a previous plan to do that. “Their emissions would likely be blocked, but it would be a worthy attempt to transmit factual reports into the country,” the minutes state.At a June 19 ministers’ meeting, more details: “We will be joining Radio Australia, Voice of America and the BBC in our collective effort to keep the truth alive,” say notes for a presentation to the cabinet committee on foreign and defence policy.At the June 15 cabinet meeting, Mulroney announced another major decision: relations with China would not be severed. He wanted to “maintain a ‘people to people’ link,” the minutes say.Mulroney noted “the shock” of most Canadians towards China. “Canadians had welcomed the apparent trend towards openness in China. Canadians were abhorred by the true brutality of the regime which resided under the patina of growing openness.”Clark elaborated on the need to continue engaging with China, which was discussed further by the cabinet committee on foreign and defence policy on June 19.Clark’s speaking notes for the meeting raise the question of “what sort of relationship does Canada want with China” after the massacre. “The answer of course hinges on a whole series of issues, some not all that clear at the moment. For example, how permanent is this reversal in the democratization process? Will another shoe drop?”While Canada wasn’t accepting China’s international call for “business as usual,” it still had to recognize the “importance of preventing China from sliding back into international isolationism.”Another briefing document for the meeting stated: “It is better to keep China within the community of nations, better to readjust our relations to downgrade government-to-government ties and to emphasize people-to-people ties.”Today, Mulroney said there is no choice for the Trudeau government but to continue engaging with China as it tries to free Kovrig and Spavor.Mulroney has advocated dispatching a higher-powered delegation to appeal directly to Chinese leaders. He said it should be led by former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien and his son-in-law Andre Desmarais, the Power Corp. executive, both of whom are well-connected in the People’s Republic.The government recently secured another high-profile commitment for help: U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump planned to raise Kovrig and Spavor with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping at the G20 leaders’ summit in Japan at the end of June. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he’s considering his own meeting with Xi at the G20 (though Xi would have to agree).Given the degeneration of relations between Trump and Trudeau over the last year, something Pence’s recent visit appeared largely aimed at repairing, Mulroney suggested the American help with China is long overdue.“That’s the way the Americans used to treat Canada all the time,” he said. “And I’m glad to see they’re back on the same wavelength.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press