10 months agoKlopp & ‘his ride’: Why that’ll never be enough for Liverpool’s best

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Klopp & ‘his ride’: Why that’ll never be enough for Liverpool’s bestby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He’s right. Of course, he’s right. Jurgen Klopp. When the Liverpool manager says it’s “the ride” that matters, many of us would agree. Many. But not all…Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield, Klopp was responding to the latest jibe from his opposite number at Manchester United. Style? Tactics? Whatever. No-one can dismiss Jose Mourinho’s record as a winner – which he again enjoyed reminding us all when stacking up his achievements against Klopp’s at Anfield.”I think trophies matter yeah,” Jose jabbed, “especially when you have the potential to fight for the trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.”And then the final swipe, “I think sometimes to say just to say is not very intelligent…”Pushed to reply, the reaction was typical Klopp. It was about the experience. The journey. And the enjoyment that comes from it. The German declared, “If people say the Champions League campaign last season was not a success because we didn’t win the final then I cannot change that. Is the finish successful? No, but the ride was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot.”But what about the trophies?”No that’s true, but do I have to? Do I have to win it?”Long, exciting – but ultimately failing – Cup runs. Courageous defeats. Klopp’s sounding more and more English every day. That past German ruthlessness. Those grinding, mechanical victories. You’d never hear the likes of Berti Vogts or Rudi Voller echoing Klopp’s words.But that’s Klopp. And that’s today’s Liverpool. Heavy metal football, he coined it, upon his arrival three years ago. Thrill a minute. Edge of your seat stuff. Yeah, there’s still a first trophy to be won. But the approach has Liverpool top of the table. And into the final 16 of the Champions League. Ain’t that enough…?Well, Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield could lay claim to similar. Brendan Rodgers took Liverpool closer than anyother manager to snapping their Premier League title duck. Like Klopp, Rodgers’ team was all-action. Hard-running. Even harder pressing. Full of goals – and also aggression. For the neutral it was exciting. Enthralling. For a Reds fan, you can only imagine… But today, no-one talks about Rodgers in revered tones. No-one remembers the “ride” he gave the Kop through the 2013/14 campaign. No. Today it’s the missed the opportunity. The could have been. And the break up of an attack every bit as exciting as the front trio we see in Liverpool shirts today.Luis Suarez left to become a serial winner at Barcelona. Raheem Sterling the same at Manchester City. The ride with Brendan was great, sure. But those two wanted more than the journey. And they both felt it could only be found away from Anfield.And there lies the rub. For the moment, this Liverpool team is about potential. What it could be. And the same can be said about the players. But that only lasts so long. What could be will soon turn to what could have been. Never mind Rodgers, just ask Arsene Wenger and what he tried to hold together at Arsenal. Being nearly men. Treading water. Even when finishing consistently second. It eventually catches up on you. And it eventually wears out the players you’re working with.Klopp had an excellent relationship with Philippe Coutinho. Just as Rodgers had with Sterling. But that’s never enough. At least not for some. In a results business, there has to be more than the journey… especially in the crowd Liverpool are now mixing with.It’s why at 33, Juventus chose to pay a club record €112m to ferry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid. And also why the Portuguese chose Turin as his next destination. Both are sure things. As guaranteed as any team in Europe. And now with a player who exists to win – and nothing else. In Europe, that’s what stands in front of Liverpool this season. Sheer. Raw. Winning ambition. They don’t talk about the ride at Juve. The players are too busy counting their medals.But Klopp’s approach is working. Even Rodgers’ team weren’t as well placed as Liverpool are at this stage of the season. And for the neutral, the journey so far – both at home and in Europe – has been exciting to follow.But it’s still just potential. Something still to be achieved. And no matter what those who enjoy Liverpool – nor even Klopp – believe. “The ride” is never enough.Klopp and Liverpool need to win something. Otherwise history is bound to repeat. He need only need ask the man now in charge at Celtic. last_img read more

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10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: 2018 a marvel

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: 2018 a marvelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche insists the club can be proud of 2018.Dyche insists fans are right to raise a toast to a calendar year that has been cemented as one of the club’s best ever.“You can’t help but marvel at the year we’ve just had, even though you equally can’t over think it,” said Dyche.“The next game is always the most important and I’m good at parking things pretty quickly. Not because they aren’t important, but I think what we achieved here I’ll look back on and enjoy in many years to come.“It has to be mentioned though and it’s right to, because there have been some magnificent moments this year for this football club.“At the moment it just looks a little cloudy because of where we are, but that’s the job. It’s now that we have to look after that.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ll play anywhere I’m needed

first_img​Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ll play anywhere I’m neededby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho does not mind filling in at centre-back when it is necessary.Given the champions are experiencing an injury crisis in the position, Fernandinho has been asked to fill in for Pep Guardiola’s side.And he is happy to do so, as he knows that he can be most useful to his team in that role given current circumstances.Fernandinho has spent the past two games in defence, helping the team to two wins and two clean sheets.”Both our centre-backs are injured, so they find that I can play there,” Fernandinho said to reporters. “I’m here to help so that’s fine.”As for the future, we will see what happens. It’s better to think about now.”Sometimes experience can help, even if you don’t play – talking to the players, helping to fix some things.”This is the best way to be in the team, helping wherever you can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 hours ago​Ferdinand: Liverpool manager Klopp desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Ferdinand: Liverpool manager Klopp desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have a regular place in the Liverpool side.The Ox reminded everyone of his talent when he scored a wonder goal as the Reds marched past Genk in the UEFA Champions League group stages.Ferdinand believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain has qualities that are different to the club’s other midfielders, and that boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to find a way to make him a regular part of the starting eleven.”You get the feeling his teammates love him,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.”You can tell Klopp loves him and he’s desperate to get him in the team somehow.”He offers something totally different to the likes of Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Henderson.”He can dribble past people which is hard for a midfielder.”It’s great to see him get back in. I like the way that he gets into those positions.”Once he gets into those pockets in behind the opposition’s midfield he can dribble and shoot.”He’s a fantastic footballer and it’s all about decision making there. He offers something totally different in the midfield for Liverpool.” last_img read more

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Chelsea agree Batshuayi loan deals with West Ham & Betis

first_imgChelsea have agreed loan deals with both West Ham and Real Betis, with Everton unwilling to pay their £35 million ($46m) asking price, Goal understands.The Blues had been hoping sell Bayshuayi and make back their initial investment after signing the 25-year-old from Marseille for around £33m ($43m) in 2016, as first revealed two weeks ago.The Toffees initially valued Batshuayi at around £18m ($24m) and, due to their lack of hope in securing a deal for the Belgium international, they are thought to also be denying Cenk Tosun an exit from Goodison Park.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Batshuayi is understood to be desperate to find an escape route from his Valencia loan deal where he has only managed three goals in 10 starts.Monaco had agreed a deal to take over Valencia’s remaining six months of their loan deal, but Chelsea held off allowing him to leave as they preferred to sell one of their 42-strong loan group.And Goal understands that both West Ham and Real Betis have now agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Batshuayi on loan, while the player looks to make a decision before the transfer window closes on Thursday.Batshuayi has been training in Valencia but the Liga club were also hoping to get the striker’s high salary off their wage bill.Valencia coach Marcelino suggested earlier in January that he was running out of patience with Batshuayi after substituting the forward during a shock Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Batshuayi was given only 45 minutes before being substituted, in a decision Marcelino defended as “tactical” after the final whistle.But the coach also let slip his concerns over his attacking options in strong post-match comments.”We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out,” he fired to reporters, while stopping short of naming either Batshuayi or Kevin Gameiro as the subject of his ire.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is also understood to not be interested in bringing back Batshuayi, with Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud to be his two strikers for the remainder of the season.Giroud had offers to leave Chelsea on a permanent deal in January but he prefers to stay with the club until the end of the season, snubbing moves to the Chinese Super League in the process. Additional reporting from Neil Joneslast_img read more

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Ohio State Fans Chanting ‘O-H-I-O’ At Maryland Can Be Heard On ESPN’s Broadcast

first_imgOhio State fans chanting O-H-I-O against Maryland.Ohio State’s fans are making themselves heard in the second half of their team’s game against Maryland.Ohio State is all over Maryland on Saturday afternoon, as the Buckeyes currently hold a 55-3 lead in the fourth quarter of a game that wasn’t even close from the start. As such, most of the Terrapins fans who attended the game have already left. Buckeyes supporters are doing their thing, as you’ll see.Ohio State’s fans are so loud with the ‘O-H-I-O’ chant that you can hear it on ESPN. Reminder – this is a road game for the Buckeyes.O-H-I-O also very prevalent.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/qzAxDxYojf— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 12, 2016You know your team has a strong fan base when you can hear the crowd screaming O-H-I-O at an away game. @OhioStateFB #GoBucks #OSUvsUMD— Heather Hague (@heatherhague) November 12, 2016You can hear the O-H-I-O cheer so loudly it sounds as if it’s a home game #GoBucks #lovemyschool ❤️?— Nicole Wilcox (@jaeger2112) November 12, 2016Ohio State is about to be 9-1 with just one more contest (Michigan State) until its showdown with Michigan.last_img read more

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Spurs target Draxler: I have no intention of leaving PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler has insisted he has no intentions of leaving the club this summer.The 25-year-old has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham in recent weeks, but has claimed there is no truth in such reports.When asked about the speculation, Draxler told Bild: “I cannot say anything about that, because I have no intention of leaving the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I have heard nothing from the club [in regards to leaving]. I have not talked to anyone, I know nothing,” he added.Draxler joined the Parisians in January 2017 from Wolfsburg and has made over 100 appearances  for the French champions. In that time, the German has won Ligue 1 and the Coup de France on two occasions.However, the 2018-19 campaign was something of a disappointing season for Draxler, who netted just three league goals throughout the whole year.He is currently on international duty with Germany having received his first call-up since October, and was introduced as a second-half substitute during the 2-0 win against Belarus on Saturday.Draxler, one of the few remaining members of the 2014 World Cup-winning squad, said earlier this week he is pleased to be part of this new-look German side.“It’s been a while since I’ve been part of the team and I’m very happy to be back again,” he said.“A lot has happened over the last few months. We’ve started to build up a new team.“Something had to happen after our bad World Cup showing. We are highly motivated and want to achieve big things during the next objectives that lie ahead of us.“It will take time until we’re back at the same level as the 2014 and 2016 teams, but if we keep working hard on ourselves then we have the potential to find our way back to our old strength.”Next up for Joachim Low’s side is a game against Estonia in Mainz on Tuesday. Germany sit second in their Euro 2020 qualifying group despite winning both of their games to date.Die Mannschaft are currently three points behind leaders Northern Ireland, who have a 100 per cent record from three matches.last_img read more

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Ronaldo rape allegation: Criminal case dropped

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will not be charged with sexual assault after the Clark County District Attorney’s office announced on Monday that they ‘will decline to prosecute’ as the allegations cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Juventus forward Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009, something the Portuguese has strenuously refuted since the story came to light.German publication Der Spiegel first reported the claims, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit last year in an attempt to quash that agreement, with Las Vegas police subsequently re-opening the investigation.Now, however, detailing a lack of physical evidence, the district attorney’s office has announced that Ronaldo will face no charges.“The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced today that it will decline to prosecute a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo.“On June 13, 2009, a female victim (“V”) placed a call to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and reported that she had been the victim of sexual assault. Members of law enforcement responded to her location to take a crime report. Police transported V to the hospital so that a sexual assault examination could be conducted.“A short time later, sexual assault detectives arrived at the hospital and made contact with V. Although she knew who the person was who assaulted her, V refused to identify him or disclose where the crime occurred.“As a result, the police were unable to follow investigative protocols for sexual assault cases or to conduct any meaningful investigation. Without knowing the identity of the perpetrator or the location of the crime, detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence.“In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost. The criminal investigation was closed.“V and Cristiano Ronaldo, through their respective attorneys, eventually reached a civil settlement related to this matter in 2010. For the next eight years, law enforcement heard nothing more from V regarding the crime on the perpetrator.“On August 28, 2018, V contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, asking that her sexual assault investigation be reopened, naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the offender. In spite of the passage of over nine years, Metro investigated her allegations.“A Request for Prosecution was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office on July 8, 2019. Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming.”last_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Is Placing This Top 10 Team On “Upset Alert”

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumKirk Herbstreit predicted a major college football upset in Week 3. The ESPN college football analyst picked Vanderbilt to upset Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The upset didn’t happen, of course, but the Fighting Irish barely eked out a victory.The ESPN analyst appeared on Get Up! this morning and was asked about Notre Dame and if the Fighting Irish are really as good as their ranking (No. 8).Herbstreit didn’t flat out say “no, they’re not,” but he did say that the Fighting Irish’s offense has not played like a top 10 team’s offense needs to play.“I think right now, in college football, you’ve got to be able to play offense and defense,” Herbstreit said. “The jury is out on their offense.”Notre Dame has a huge game coming in two weeks, as the Fighting Irish are set to host No. 7 Stanford in South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 29.Herbstreit says Notre Dame will be on “upset watch” again this weekend, though. The Fighting Irish can’t afford to look ahead.Notre Dame travels to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons. Herbstreit cautioned the Fighting Irish to be “very careful” heading into that game.ESPN is fairly confident in Notre Dame’s chances for victory, though. The FPI gives the Fighting Irish a 70.9 percent chance to win the game.Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases New Top 10 After Week 9

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its college football rankings following the ninth week of the 2018 regular season, which ended on Saturday night.There were a couple of major upsets this week, with several top 25 teams losing, including Texas, which had been ranked inside the top 10.The new top 10 from the Worldwide Leader features quite a few changes as a result.Here’s the full top 10:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOklahomaMichiganOhio StatePenn StateNotre DameWashingtonLSUESPN’s computer is, for some reason, still very high on Washington, despite the Huskies having lost three games so far this season.The official new polls – the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll – will be out later today.last_img read more

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Georgia Star Mecole Hardman Is Not Happy With The Playoff Committee Right Now

first_imgGeorgia football players running onto the field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs takes the field before the game against the Samford Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson was a double-digit favorite over Notre Dame entering today’s College Football Playoff semifinal. The Tigers lead the Irish 23-3 in the third quarter.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins isn’t happy with what is going on, as he thinks this result means the Buckeyes should have made the playoff.It looks like Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman feels the same way.Hardman expressed his frustrations on Twitter.They say the “4 best teams” huh ?— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) December 29, 2018Georgia finished the regular season 11-1 and would have made the playoff had they beaten Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Ohio State, meanwhile, went 12-1 and won the Big Ten, but missed out on the final playoff spot that went to Oklahoma instead.Is Notre Dame one of the “best four teams” in the country? Probably not, but they went 12-0 and looked impressive doing it. Wins and losses have to count for something.The playoff committee will always be criticized for its choices but it is incredibly hard to put a two-loss team in the field, even if it is from the SEC and has tremendous talent.last_img read more

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Gianni Infantino is the only candidate for FIFA president election

first_img Associated Press ZurichFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 18:34 IST Since being elected in February 2016, Infantino oversaw expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, and picking the United States, Canada and Mexico to co-host it (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIFA president Gianni Infantino  is set to serve four more years at the leader of the governing bodyInfantino has been widely expected to win unopposed with support already pledged by most FIFA membersThe main event of Infantino’s first full mandate is the 2022 World Cup in QatarFIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of football’s governing body as the only candidate for election.Infantino had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich, FIFA said Wednesday.Infantino must now pass the formality of eligibility and integrity checks for the election on June 5 in Paris.The 48-year-old Swiss lawyer has been widely expected to win unopposed with support already pledged by most FIFA members, including through their continental governing bodies such as North America’s CONCACAF and South America’s CONMEBOL.Since being elected in February 2016, Infantino oversaw expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, and picking the United States, Canada and Mexico to co-host it.He is completing the term of Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation plan days after American and Swiss prosecutors revealed sweeping investigations of corruption in football in May 2015. Blatter was later banned by the FIFA ethics committee for financial irregularities along with Michel Platini, Infantino’s former boss at UEFA.The main event of Infantino’s first full mandate is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA is still studying if that tournament – being played for the first time in November and December – could also be expanded to 48 teams. It would require Qatar agreeing to share hosting duties with regional neighbors because the gas-rich emirate does not have stadiums and infrastructure to cope with the extra games and teams.Infantino has acknowledged the 2022 tournament is unlikely to be changed amid the region’s current diplomatic tensions. A decision could be taken by the FIFA Council in Miami next month to honor Qatar’s original hosting plan.advertisementAlso Read | I-League: Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark dealAlso Read | India can play World Cup in 10-20 years: Former Bayern Munich star LizarazuAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Gianni InfantinoFollow FIFAFollow FIFA president elections Gianni Infantino is the only candidate for FIFA president electionInfantino must now pass the formality of eligibility and integrity checks for the election on June 5 in Paris.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Rating agencies knew of stress at IL&FS, but gave good ratings: audit

first_imgRating agencies knew of stress at IL&FS, but gave good ratings: auditAudit firm Grant Thornton was appointed by IL&FS’ new board to conduct the review following the government’s decision to take charge of the group after its defaults on debt obligations sparked fears of financial contagion.advertisement Reuters Mumbai/New DelhiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 10:31 IST File photos: ReutersCredit rating agencies for years assigned high ratings to India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) and its group companies despite its deteriorating finances, according to a special audit.Audit firm Grant Thornton was appointed by IL&FS’ new board to conduct the review following the government’s decision to take charge of the group after its defaults on debt obligations sparked fears of financial contagion.Grant Thornton reviewed the role of five credit rating agencies – Fitch group’s India Ratings and Research, the Indian affiliate of Moody’s, ICRA, Standard & Poor’s local unit Crisil, CARE Ratings and Brickwork Ratings India – which assigned 429 ratings to various IL&FS financial instruments in recent years.In a 105-page report, reviewed by Reuters on Saturday, Grant Thornton said the agencies raised multiple concerns on IL&FS group’s financial stress and liquidity position between June 2012 and June 2018, but continued to assign “consistently high” ratings which were only downgraded or reversed last year.”Various strategies deployed by the then key officials of IL&FS group and certain favours/gifts provided to rating agency officials suggest the possible reasons for consistent good ratings provided to IL&FS group,” said Grant Thornton in its report that detailed gifts or favours such as smartwatches and tickets to overseas sporting events.IL&FS declined to comment. India Ratings said the Grant Thornton report is based on “partial and selective source material”, adding “our ratings were based on robust and transparent analysis of relevant information”.advertisementBrickwork said it did not assign the highest ratings to IL&FS “because it follows robust, transparent and consistent rating methodology” and its actions were not influenced by any commercial pressures or rating withdrawal requests.ICRA said it will determine an appropriate course of action and was examining the report, which it said ignores the “alleged fraud perpetrated by former IL&FS management”.Crisil and CARE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The IL&FS crisis that started last year has sparked a series of federal probes into the firm’s operations, but Grant Thornton’s report raises questions on whether rating agencies misled investors about the stress levels at other companies in India’s shadow banking sector, where new fractures are emerging.Dewan Housing Finance Corp, another top firm in the sector, last week warned its financial situation was dire, raising more worries about the sector’s health and signalling the crisis was far from over.”These instances show a glimpse into the incestuous financial services industry where quid pro quo has become the norm. The rot … is deep and needs more cleansing,” said Shriram Subramanian, a corporate governance expert at proxy advisory firm InGovern.FOOTBALL TICKETS, SMART WATCHESGrant Thornton’s review of communication between former IL&FS employees and ratings agencies found the company at times “used to potentially pressurize” rating firms to withdraw their assessment if the company did not receive a favourable rating.It also found instances where credit rating agencies would meet with IL&FS employees and then decide not to downgrade the ratings they had initially decided on, the report said.”It appears that various potential strategies noted above were applied to ensure favorable ratings or to avoid the rating downgrade,” Grant Thornton said.Highlighting “potential favours/gifts”, Grant Thornton said various key officials at rating agencies received gifts such as smartwatches, shirts and coasters.E-mail communication showed a former IL&FS employee had facilitated the purchase of a villa at a steep discount for the wife of a senior Fitch executive, while another had arranged football tickets for a Brickwork Ratings executive to a Real Madrid game, the report added.Brickwork said it had shared “a detailed response” on this specific allegation with IL&FS’ new management. Fitch in a statement said the employee involved had violated the agency’s code of conduct and was no longer employed.India’s market regulator has toughened regulations for credit rating agencies over the past three years to boost monitoring and bring clarity for investors. Following the IL&FS crisis, the regulator last month ordered enhanced disclosure norms for such agencies.ALSO READ | Mutual Funds dump one-fourth commercial paper in a yearALSO READ | Housing lender DHFL warns it may not survive as a going concernALSO WATCH | Strike a balance between term and investment plansGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow IL&FS Nextlast_img read more

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La Liga: Real Madrid beat Levante 3-2 to go second in league

first_imgLa Liga: Real Madrid beat Levante 3-2 to go second in leagueAfter taking a three-goal lead with a Karim Benzema double and Casemiro strike, Real Madrid clung on to record a nervy but vital 3-2 win at home to Levante in La Liga.advertisement Associated Press MadridSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 20:22 IST Real Madrid’s players celebrate after scoring third goal during the Spanish La Liga (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEden Hazard was loudly cheered by home fans when he entered the match in the 60thThe victory moved Madrid within a point of league leader Atletico MadridKarim Benzema scored twice and Casemiro added another goalThe wait was finally over for Eden Hazard, who made his Spanish league debut with Real Madrid in a 3-2 win over Levante on Saturday.Karim Benzema scored twice and Casemiro added another goal as Madrid picked up its first win after two consecutive draws in the league, including against Valladolid in its first match of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Hazard, Madrid’s top signing since it lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, had missed the first three games because of a thigh injury sustained the day before the opener. The Belgium star came off the bench in the second half, with Madrid 3-1 ahead.The victory moved Madrid within a point of league leader Atletico Madrid, the only team with three wins after three matches. Atletico visits Real Sociedad later Saturday.”We couldn’t lose points here again,” said Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who made a crucial save in stoppage time to preserve the win. “We played well in the first half but couldn’t maintain the same dynamic in the second.”Levante was coming off two consecutive wins against Villarreal and Valladolid after opening with a loss at Alavés.With Hazard still not up to full speed and Gareth Bale suspended because of a red card, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane started with Vinícius Júnior and Lucas Vazquez flanking Benzema in the attack. Zidane also couldn’t count on Luka Modric, Marco Asensio and Francisco “Isco” Alarcón because of injuries.Hazard hadn’t played a competitive game since joining from Chelsea in the summer. Madrid acquired the 28-year-old playmaker for a reported fee of nearly 100 million euros (now $111 million) plus add-ons, making him the Spanish club’s most expensive signing ever.advertisementHazard was loudly cheered by home fans when he entered the match in the 60th, and a few minutes later he nearly scored with a shot that forced a difficult save by Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernández.”Eden already showed what he can do,” Courtois said. “He has the quality to create problems to opponents in the attack.”Benzema created most of the chances for Madrid early on, and finally opened the scoring with a close-range header in the 25th minute after a well-placed cross by Dani Carvajal. The French striker added to the lead six minutes later with a shot from inside the area after a nice through ball by James Rodriguez.Casemiro closed the first-half scoring by completing a pass from Vinícius Junior in the 40th.Levante was able to rally in the second half, with striker Borja Mayoral scoring less than five minutes after halftime and Gonzalo Melero pulling the visitors closer with a header in the 75th. Courtois had to make a difficult save off another header in stoppage time to keep Levante from equalizing.”Madrid came out giving everything it had, but in the second half we played better and almost scored the equalizer in the end,” said Mayoral, who is playing on loan from Real Madrid and did not celebrate his goal at the Bernabeu.Benzema almost completed his hat trick when he hit the post in the 57th. Lucas Vazquez had also hit the post in the first half.Vinícius Junior had a goal disallowed for offside in the 62nd. The Brazilian also missed a clear chance from close range in the 70th.Madrid visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, then plays at Sevilla in the Spanish league next Sunday.Also Read | Mohamed Salah brushes off rumours of rift with Liverpool teammate Sadio ManeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow LA LigaFollow Real Madrid Nextlast_img read more

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Tex-Mex and More: The Delicious Eateries of Houston

first_img1. Lowbrow 2. Downhouse 3. Canopy 4. El Real Tex-Mex Café We didn’t think of Houston as a food city when made a visit down there recently, but after some local residents took us to the best spots in town, we instantly changed our minds. Here’s the low-down on where to dine in this Texas city.Down HouseWhen we got to this restaurant we couldn’t decide what to order…chicken and waffles? Crawfish croissant? We ended going with their take on shrimp and grits: wild caught Gulf shrimp, Applewood smoked bacon, Anson Mills grits, cilantro and scallions topped with poached duck eggs, in a tiny bit of pho broth, which sounds strange, but balances out the dish quite well.1801 Yale Street713-864-3696El Real Tex-Mex CaféBest. Tex Mex. Ever. Yes, the three partners of this Tex-Mex joint — which calls a former theater home and projects old Spaghetti Westerns on the wall— have worked under the famed Jean Georges Vongerichten, and a few James Beard awards and nominations between them, and boy did they get the regional cuisine right. Start out with some queso and frito pie and then go for the puffy tacos or enchiladas, and wash everything down with a margarita.1201 Westheimer Road713-524-1201LowbrowHead to this joint, known for its delicious brunch, to see drawings of Houston’s hometown heroes —  Bill Hicks, Selena and DJ Screw. We started out with a special, the duck quesadilla, and then opted for the chicken fried steak and eggs with bourbon gravy. It was absolutely heavenly. For something extra decadent, try the eggs benedict with foie gras over brioche toast.1601 West Main Street281-501-8288CanopyClean design and a pleasant atmosphere help make this establishment a nice place for gathering with friends. Make sure to try the Texas T Ranch Kobe Beef Dawg with local grass fed chili.3939 Montrose Boulevard713-528-6848 The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens center_img How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Arcade Bars in Americalast_img read more

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Athlete Eats – Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals

first_imgAthlete Eats is our periodic column where we speak to professional athletes about their favorite spots to eat when they are in their home city as well as on the road. We also discuss diet and eating habits both during the season and offseason. If anyone knows where and how to eat in the U.S., it’s going to be one of our sports stars.Today, we are showcasing Patrick Peterson, the Pro Bowl cornerback from the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson is widely considered one of the best—if not the absolute best—cornerbacks in all of football. At 9-1, the Cardinals have the best record in the NFL through eleven weeks, and the Louisiana State University graduate has been a huge part of the equation. Peterson’s leadership and myriad defensive skills have anchored the Cardinals through a variety of injuries on both sides of the ball that would have derailed many teams.We spoke to Patrick while he was out serving his duties as one of Tide’s Color Captains. Our conversation touched on his favorite places to eat in Scottsdale, Arizona, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Atlanta, as well as what kind of diet he keeps during the season.How did you get involved with the Tide Color Captain campaign? How has the response been so far this season?I got involved with the Tide campaign early last year. It was just a new campaign of 32 Color Captains—which is just basically being a photojournalist for their team and showing how they get to defend their “colors” every week before the game. It’s a good way to show the fans what goes on in the locker room right before we put our pads on.Can you give an example?One of the most important pre-game rituals is paying respect and homage to the legendary players that paved the way for us in this league. Tide recognizes that these legends played a critical role in defining our colors.This weekend I’ll be recognizing Arizona Cardinals legend and someone that I, as a cornerback, greatly admire—Aeneas Williams. We have something special in store for fans to get them even more pumped up for the big division match-up. So be sure to follow @TideNFL and #OurColors and look out for some exclusive content from me and the rest of the Color Captains throughout the rest of the season that honors the legends that truly define our colors.What are some of your favorite places to eat in the Glendale/Phoenix area?Well, I am on a strict diet, but my favorite restaurants here in Arizona are Mastro’s City Hall and Mastro’s Ocean Club in Scottsdale. I love Houston’s. My wife and I just went to this great new restaurant in Scottsdale called Sumo Maya. It’s an Asian/Mexican fusion restaurant and their presentation was just phenomenal.I love Fleming’s too, and Dominick’s Steakhouse—both of those are in Scottsdale as well. I love pretty much all the top-tier restaurants here in the valley.What about on the road? Are there favorite restaurants in other cities you like to frequent?Well, I went to school in Louisiana, so last year when we played New Orleans I loved going to all the good spots down there. I love to go to Mother’s. My second favorite city to eat in on the road is Atlanta. I love that Gladys Knight restaurant (Gladys Knight & Ron’s Chicken and Waffles). They’ve got a lot of really good soul food.You went to LSU for college, were there dishes or restaurants in Baton Rouge that were your favorites?Well, you know, being in college you can’t really go out to eat anywhere too nice. I used to love Plucker’s and I used to go to Walk On’s all the time. There was also Sammy’s. I ate a lot of bar food. In college it was all French fries and chicken wings as opposed to lobster and all that stuff now.Well, if it’s good and cheap you can’t really go wrong with that, right?Yeah, I mean Plucker’s had some of the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life.What kind of diet do you maintain during the season? I have a personal chef that comes twice a week and cooks meals for me. So, like this week I can only have lobster, chicken and pork chops. Maybe next week I can have ribs and bison. Each week I have an opportunity to build my menu up with whatever my body can break down easier than other foods.What they do is take your blood and put it through a machine and it tells you what types of food your body likes and what is sort of more difficult for it to process. So, for instance, I found out that my body doesn’t like rib eye steak, so I have to eat bison instead.My wife is on the same plan as well since it has been so successful.Are there foods you love that you can’t eat anymore?I can’t have as much spaghetti as I used to. Spaghetti used to be my favorite. Also I love filet mignon and I can’t have that. Bacon! I can’t have bacon. I love pineapple and watermelon too and I can’t eat either of those. There’s too much sugar. It really comes down to the smallest things.Is that the same for the offseason as well?For the first three and half weeks after the season I go back to eating whatever I want. After that, I get back into training so I have to start eating based on my planned diet. Being on the diet makes me feel so much lighter on my feet; it gives me so much more energy and I feel more in tune with my body than when I’m not on the plan.We’ll finish up with a little football talk. You’ve been selected to the Pro Bowl in each year that you’ve been in the league, but it seems like this year with the success of the team you are getting rightfully noticed as one of the best cornerbacks and players in the league. How has that felt for you?I’ve definitely noticed it, but at the end of the day I just want to be the best player I can be to help my team win ballgames. That’s why we play the game—you want to put yourself in a position to make great plays and put your team in a position to succeed. We have a lot of guys on this team that are capable of being the best at their position, but we all respectfully know our role on this team and know what it takes to win a close ball game on Sunday.This past week, you locked down Calvin Johnson, perhaps the best wide receiver in the league, what is it like going against a guy like “Megatron”? How do you approach that kind of challenge?In terms of my preparation it’s not any different. I mean, I’ve played Calvin before over the past three years so I’m familiar with his game. But his game plays right into my hands—we both love to be physical; we both love that part of the game. It’s always fun going up against Calvin. And I have so much respect for the guy. He definitely brings the best out of me each time we face each other.When I see the Detroit Lions on the calendar, I definitely circle that game because I know I’m going to get a lot of work that day.This has been a difficult season with all of the injuries the team has faced—especially to your quarterback, Carson Palmer. How has the team managed to stay focused and maintain the best record in the league?Because we understand that these kinds of things happen during the football season. You have to be able to handle these situations when they appear and our coaching staff has been doing a great job of preparing us for the event that something will happen—and people will get injured in football. 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Celebrity Inspired Red Carpet Grooming Tips

first_img 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Award season is upon us and this year the men are taking center stage.Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake and Donald Glover crushed this year’s Golden Globes with their killer style. But, you don’t need an Oscar nomination or have to be a celebrity to look your very best on the red carpet of life. For those special occasions, when you’re in the starring role, prepare with more than just a basic shave and a haircut. Award-winning, celebrity handsomeness can be acheived with just a little more primping from the neck up. Follow these celebrity-inspired black tie grooming tips and get ready for your close-up.Start by putting your best face forward with a hydrating sheet mask by STARSKIN Leading Man. This easy to use, intensely moisturizing mask contours right to your face. Each sheet is soaked in a powerful serum complex specially formulated to refresh and reenergize your manly hide. It promises to wake up dull skin, soften wrinkles and reduce redness. In just 20 minutes you’ll be ready for prime time. $11.44The Globes or “Beard Parade 2017” as Jon Hamm joked was a hairy affair. Proving elegance doesn’t have to mean clean-shaven; Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck all rocked some serious facial hair. Also bearded was designer/director, Tom Ford who knows a thing or two about being camera ready. Follow his lead when dressing up. Keep your beard refined, trimmed and tamed with Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil in Tobacco Vanille, $50. This lightweight blended oil will nourish and hydrate your beard while the iconic scent will leave them wanting more.You may not be getting an up-do, but that doesn’t mean leaving your hair un-did. “Shiny texture is back” according to AXE Hair celebrity stylist, Amy Komorowski who’s clients include Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds and Adam Driver. Her take on the Golden Globes, “We saw a resurgence of shiny hair last night and a departure from the popular matte ‘no product’ look. Pomade was the go-to product used to create a clean, classic style.” To channel your inner Colin Farrell, Brad Pitt or Tom Hiddleston; Amy suggests using AXE Smooth Look Shine Pomade, $5.25. “Apply a dime-sized amount to wet or damp hair and run a comb through to lock hair into place for a look that has just the right amount of shine.And when it comes to black tie grooming, you’ll never go wrong sporting a classic, old Hollywood vibe. “One look that never goes out of style is a clean, side part or slicked back hair. A popular go-to for award shows, this look pairs nicely with a classic tux or suit for a super pulled together look that works on all hair types and flatters every face shape.” If you want to look polished like Ryan Gosling, Rami Malek or Aaron Taylor Johnson; she suggests using AXE Clean Cut Look Classic Pomade, $6.89. “While hair is damp, take a generous amount and really work it in, from roots to ends. Comb hair from front to back, making sure to get the sides and back as well. Depending on your style, you can keep it tight or run your fingers through to loosen the hair a bit. Have fun and experiment with side parts or none at all. Finish off with a bit more pomade and hairspray for hold”last_img read more

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Meet Melvin Brewing, Masters of IPAs

first_img Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Wyoming-based Melvin Brewing brings fun and flavor to its IPA series.The craft beer scene is full of colorful characters. There’s something in the DNA of brewers and founders that prioritizes individuality and the pursuit of fun.As a case in point, Melvin Brewing’s co-founders have the creative titles of “Field Hoperative” and “Head Donkey.” That spirit of irreverence carries over to the tagline of Melvin’s flagship Double India Pale Ale 2×4 with an inscription that reads “If your beer is not madness, it’s not beer.”That said, there’s a method to Melvin’s madness and it’s paying off in delicious ales. 2×4 is the jewel in Melvin’s crown, having received multiple industry awards, including back-to-back wins at the Alpha King Challenge. The hefty Double IPA has earned 96 points out of a possible 100 on Beer Advocate’s user scorecard. After a single tasting experience, it’s easy to understand the hype. 2×4 pours from its can a clear, clean golden color with an expansive, fluffy off-white head. The aroma is orange zest with a touch of pine. Just enough alcohol and bitterness come through on the flavor to balance the sweet citrus and biscuit-like malts.Not content to coast on the accolades of 2×4, Melvin has gone on to create a line of other boozy hop bombs dubbed the Rotational Imperial India Pale Ale Series. DIPA was a direct result of 2×4’s success, brewed as a beer competition replacement. The heavy use of mosaic hops gives the beer its tropical fruit notes and the light, drinkable body makes it hard not to guzzle. Drunken Master IIPA is an award winner at last year’s National IPA Championships, with a blend of Citra, Columbus and as-yet-unnamed hop varietals. Citradamus IIPA is a dense, full Double IPA brewed with 100% Citra hops. The final beer in the series, Lambda Lambda Lambda IIPA ups all the good stuff with even more hops and more alcohol than its sibling beers.Melvin Brewing’s beers are currently available in Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Vermont and British Columbia. The brewery’s sponsored National 2×4 Day celebration is held in bars around the world on February 4th. Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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The New UK Grooming Brand Haeckels Secret Ingredient is Seaweed

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Always on the hunt for the latest handcrafted, artisanal, locally sourced grooming brand? Then you’ll want to get to know Haeckels. Born on the coastline of Margate in the UK, the eco products use indigenous plants and herbs “to help heal, care and scent the body,” says founder Dom Bridges. By choosing ingredients that showcase what the surrounding coasts have to offer, Bridges hopes “to promote Margate’s heritage of healthy coastal living.”Haeckles began as many great indie brands begin—in the kitchen. Bridges gathered seaweed and picked local flora to mix and blend at home until he hit upon something that worked. He based his formulations on Thalassotherapy, which mines the therapeutic benefits of marine-based ingredients, and specifically focused on Bladderwrack, a nutrient-rich seaweed known for its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. While operations have moved out of his kitchen, Bridges stays true to Haeckels’s natural beginnings eschewing all synthetically made ingredients, so the “simplicity and potent natural ingredients shine through.”Within the range, Eau de Parfum, which doubles as a home fragrance when sprayed onto the included chalk (chalk diffuses the fragrance into your room, who knew?), is a hero product you’ll probably want to stockpile the entire line though with limited offerings available stateside that will require a trip across the pond.GPS 26’ 3” E Chalk Eau de Parfum, $190In case you want to pinpoint the exact location where this fragrance’s ingredients grew, the geographic coordinates are in the name. A mix of green grass and fresh florals smells like a rainy day on the Margate coast.Seaweed Sea Buckthorn Body Cleanser, $41This low-foam nourishing marine blend, plus aloe and sage, work wonders at cleansing without leaving skin parched and uncomfortable.Eco Marine Extract Facial Cream, $57From naturally soothing and healing Parsley Seed, Lavender and Evening Primrose Oil to purifying Witch Hazel, all the potent, skin-improving ingredients are found on Haeckel’s home turf.Exfoliating Seaweed Block, $28This multitasking vegetable-based bar rids your body of grime along with rough and tough dead skin with a sloughing mix of crushed coriander seeds and peppercorns.Sailor’s Beard Oil, $45Because a true sailor needs a beard, the maritime line includes beard oil. This one is packed with protective seaweed and Vitamin E and hydrating jojoba, almond and argan oils, so your facial hair and skin stays soft even if you happen to find yourself on windswept seas. How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

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Musical Evening to Celebrate Marley’s Birthday

first_imgA special musical evening to celebrate the 68th birthday of Robert Nestor (Bob) Marley was hosted by the Jamaican High Commission in London, on Wednesday, February 6.The evening featured 18 acts, with all of them performing many of Marley’s songs in various musical styles, ranging from reggae to pop, rock and jazz.The event was organised by John Downie, Chief Executive Officer of the London- based performing arts charity, SABA. He told JIS News that he was extremely honoured to have been able to put the event together.“We got involved following a meeting with the High Commissioner to talk about my project, Song for Jamaica. She understood that I did a lot with young people and with music. She told me that there was an opportunity for the young people to express themselves through their interpretation of Bob Marley’s music,” he said.According to Mr. Downie, the event took just over two weeks to put together and initially he was looking at 12 acts, but the respect was so overwhelming that it was increased to 18 acts.“There is so much love for Bob Marley and the country. Everyone is performing for free. It was really an honour for me to do this,” Mr. Downie said.Singer Teejah Preyze, who was the Master of Ceremonies and performed Marley’s Redemption Song, said the tribute was the event of the year for her.Guitarist Ciyo Brown, who performed a jazz style version of Concrete Jungle and Natural Mystic, said the event made him proud to be Jamaican. He told the audience that the event was amazing, uplifting and magical, as music raised the spirit of everyone and gave them hope.last_img read more

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