Manchester: Pep Guardiola believes Alexis Sanchez cannot be blamed for his spectacular failure with Manchester United and expects the Chile forward to make an impact on loan with Inter Milan. The Manchester City manager tried to sign Sanchez — who played under Guardiola at Barcelona — when he was in the process of joining Manchester United from Arsenal 18 months ago. His failure to do so hardly proved problematic, with City winning the last two Premier League titles and watching from afar as Sanchez struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Sanchez joined Inter on loan this week with United still paying a large percentage of his salary. “I know him (Sanchez). We worked together in Barcelona. I have a special affection for him as a player, of course, but especially as a human being,” said Guardiola. “He’s an incredible, humble guy and a fighter. “So now he decides to move to Italy with one of the greatest teams in Europe with Inter right now, incredible manager with Antonio Conte and I’m pretty sure they are going to do well. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Because the way I think Inter plays, is perfect for him. Play close to (Romelu) Lukaku and in this position I think he is going to have a good period in Milan.” – ‘He is a shy guy’ – ===================== Talking ahead of the weekend visit of Brighton to the Etihad, Guardiola joked he never pondered what might have happened had Sanchez opted to join him instead of Jose Mourinho at United in January 2018. But the City manager is firm in his conviction that there is no simple explanation for Sanchez’s catastrophic fall from grace. “Football clubs don’t depend on one player,” he said. “You judge it was a failure for just Alexis, but there are many reasons. “Quality is there, it is always there. It happens for many reasons. “It is not only for one player that doesn’t work with one team. They don’t play alone, it’s not tennis, it’s not golf. “There is not one player in the Premier League that said this player is not good. “I don’t know what happened, I was not there, so that’s why I cannot give my opinion, but I am not thinking it is just for one reason.” Meanwhile, Guardiola must decide whether to hand teenage midfielder Phil Foden just his fourth ever league start — and a first of the season — against Brighton. The 19-year-old is widely expected to step into the void left when City skipper David Silva leaves at the end of the season, but Guardiola believes Foden may be too nice for his own good. “He is a shy guy. I would like him to talk more to me, but all the time I go to him and speak to him, he still looks at me like a little bit respect like a manager, and after two or three season it’s not necessary,” said Guardiola. “When he plays I will decide. I don’t know when but that’s going to happen because now we play an incredible amount of games.” (
Six stories in the news for Monday, Oct. 30———FEDS TO DELAY PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING:The Canadian Press has learned the federal Liberals plan to shift some $2 billion in planned infrastructure spending to future years, reflecting slower-than-anticipated spending on the file. The money will come from multiple funds set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government, as well as large-scale projects overseen by Infrastructure Canada. The Liberals have found they can’t move cash fast enough out of the federal treasury for infrastructure projects around the country.———MMIW HEARINGS BEGIN IN NOVA SCOTIA:Family members and advocates will share the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women as the national inquiry holds community hearings in Nova Scotia today. Forty witnesses are expected to testify during the three-day hearings at Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton. Many of those set to testify gathered on Sunday for a day of opening ceremonies, which included spiritual events and a community feast.———BABCOCK’S MURDER TRIAL TO HEAR MORE FROM FRIEND:A friend of a young Toronto woman who disappeared five years ago is expected to face cross-examination at the first-degree murder trial of two Ontario men today. The Crown alleges Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed Laura Babcock, 23, and burned her body in a large incinerator. Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to the charges.———EX-DEPUTY QUEBEC PREMIER RETURNS TO COURT:Former deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused are due back in court in Quebec City today for the next step in their fraud-related case. They’re scheduled to appear for a preparatory hearing. Normandeau is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012. She has maintained her innocence.———TEEN E-CIGARETTE USE LINKED TO SMOKING: STUDYA large Canadian study suggests teenagers who use electronic cigarettes are at risk of graduating to smoking tobacco. The study of more than 44,000 Grade 9 to 12 students in Ontario and Alberta shows a strong link between so-called vaping and subsequent tobacco use. The researchers found that teens who vaped in the 30 days prior to the start of the study were more likely to start smoking cigarettes and to continue smoking after one year. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.———VANCOUVER’S NOTORIOUS DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE CHANGING WITH DEVELOPMENT:Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside is changing as entrepreneurs and property developers push into the neighbourhood’s periphery. Observers attribute the accelerating trend to skyrocketing real estate prices elsewhere in the city, as well as loosened zoning restrictions and the area’s growing reputation as a hip and happening place to be.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos— The Alberta legislature starts its fall sitting— Trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015
Advertisement Twitter Click here for the latest promoTORONTO – Big Brother Canada is back! Global announced today the seventh season of its monster hit reality series Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The reality juggernaut returns to Global’s schedule three nights a week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Arisa Cox, the award-winning series takes viewers on a wild ride filled with socially savvy, and not so savvy, houseguests, unpredictable twists, unforgettable challenges, and jaw-dropping drama.“We are so proud to be ushering in an all-new season of Big Brother Canada on Global,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “With a new house and a whole new crop of houseguests, we can’t wait to bring viewers another hit season of the show they can’t get enough of. Growing its audience year over year, we take great pride in creating an unforgettable season filled with epic TV moments and even more snackable digital content for our hungry viewers.” Following a coast-to-coast casting call, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.“We have planned the most epic and exciting season of Big Brother Canada and cannot wait to share it with our amazing fans,” said Executive Producer & SVP Erin Brock. “What we have in store for our batch of houseguests in Season 7 will be a wildly exciting ride that viewers will be talking about all season long!”Additional details about Season 7 of Big Brother Canada, including this season’s theme, houseguests, and the grand prize details, will be announced in the coming weeks.In anticipation of the premiere, fans can stream their favourite moments from Season 6 on GlobalTV.com, Global GO (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV) and stay updated on all things #BBCAN7 on BigBrotherCanada.ca. For Season 7, viewers can stream Big Brother Canada live on GlobalTV.com and Global GO by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or catch up the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO, and BigBrotherCanada.ca.While viewers anxiously await the electrifying new #BBCAN7 season, fans can watch the season two premiere of Big Brother: Celebrity tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global. The star-studded series airs multiple nights over the course of three weeks, before a winner is crowned on Wednesday, February 13. For more information, including full schedule details, visit GlobalTV.com.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 7 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive Producers are John Brunton and Erin Brock.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN7Twitter: @BigBrotherCA@GlobalTV @GlobalTV_PR @CorusPRFacebook: http://www.facebok.com/BigBrotherCAhttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @bigbrotherca@globaltvGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Productions Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and top-rated programs in the world including Big Brother Canada (for which Erin Brockserves as EP and Showrunner alongside EP John Brunton); The Amazing Race Canada; The JUNO Awards; Top Chef Canada; Intervention; and original formats including The Launch and Battle of the Blades. 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Rabat – A new tension between Morocco and Spain has surfaced and this time over territorial waters. According to media reports, Morocco has requested the United Nations to reject a Spanish proposal to expand the maritime borders off the Canary Islands.The move will open the way for Spain to explore for oil and gas off the coast of the archipelago, the site of important energy reserves. Morocco reportedly sent a letter to the United Nations last week protesting Spain’s plans to expand the maritime borders off the Canary Islands on the grounds that the area in question is part of the Moroccan continental shelf and that is located where territorial waters between the two countries are undefined.The kingdom announced a year ago that it will assign a team of specialists to carry out the delimitation of its maritime territory.It is also reported that Morocco was considering the purchase of an oceanographic vessel from France to help in the effort of redrawing its territorial waters.Spain is expected to defend its proposal next July before the UN’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf, known as CLCS.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as earlier relief over a bailout deal for Cyprus faded.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,680.71 -76.64 -0.60%S&P 500 — 1,551.69 -5.20 +0.33%Dow — 14,447.75 -64.28 -0.44%Nasdaq — 3,235.30 -9.70 -0.30%The S&P/TSX composite index finished the session down 76.64 points to 12,680.71 with smartphone maker BlackBerry also a major weight ahead of its earnings release later in the week.Indexes had been higher earlier in the session after Cyprus clinched a (euro)10-billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the ECB aimed at preventing the country from sliding into bankruptcy and ditching the euro currency.But in order to get the money, Cyprus had to come up with (euro)5.8 billion on its own. The bulk of that money is now being raised by forcing losses on holders of large bank deposits, with the remainder coming from tax increases and privatizations.Losses picked up after a top European official said that inflicting losses on banks’ shareholders, bondholders and even large depositors should become the 17-country eurozone’s default approach for dealing with ailing lenders.Banks’ owners and investors must be held responsible “before looking at public money or any other instrument coming from the public side,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the Eurogroup gatherings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers.He later pointed out that “Cyprus is a specific case with exceptional challenges” but traders worry that forcing losses on large deposits could encourage investors to pull money out of weaker southern European economies to more stable nations in the north, like Germany.The Canadian dollar was also down from the highs of the session and closed up 0.2 of a cent to 97.92 cents US.U.S. indexes also lost early traction as the Dow Jones industrials declined 64.28 points to 14,447.75, the Nasdaq was down 9.7 points at 3,235.3 and the S&P 500 index dipped 5.2 points to 1,551.69.The focus will likely remain on developments surrounding Cyprus for awhile yet. In particular, investors will be interested to see the level of withdrawals from the country’s banks when they reopen. That had been scheduled for Tuesday.A longer-lasting concern though is how the Cyprus deal plays out in other countries, notably those at the forefront of Europe’s debt crisis. Analysts warned there is still a risk of contagion spreading to other weak eurozone countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece.Anthony Conroy, head trader at ConvergEx Group, which provides technology to support big traders like investment advisers and hedge funds, said that traders expect more turbulence from Europe before the crisis has been resolved.“I think there’s more to come,” he said.“When you have concern, you have volatility, and you’re seeing volatility in here,” he said.Shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) fell for a second session in a row ahead of the release of its quarterly earnings on Thursday. Its stock was off session lows but still down 68 cents, or 4.48%, to $14.51 on top of an eight% slide Friday as the smartphone maker’s new Z10 product officially went on sale in the U.S.The stock also backed off after analyst Simona Jankowski at Goldman Sachs downgraded BlackBerry to neutral. In a note to clients, Jankowski said her firm’s research indicated a “disappointing” U.S. launch for the Z10 “with limited marketing and tepid sell-through at AT&T and Best Buy stores alike.”The company’s fourth-quarter earnings give a glimpse into how well the smartphones are selling in Canada, the U.K. and India, though details on its U.S. launch and other markets won’t be part of the financial report until the next earnings period.“On balance, I think the numbers will be pretty decent — it’s going to be a loss, which is not unexpected but the sales numbers are going to be the story here,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“We have had mixed sentiment with respect to very very early responses. I don’t think you’re going to see anything conclusive there until the keyboard equipped device comes out a little later on.”Elsewhere on the TSX, the base metals sector led decliners, down 1.76% with May copper off two cents at US$3.44 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) dropped 71 cents to C$19.41.The gold sector dropped about 1.7% as April bullion closed well off the worst levels of the day, slipping $1.60 to US$1,604.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) lost 66 cents to C$33.67.The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.10 to US$94.81 a barrel. The energy sector was down 0.76% as Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 53 cents to C$31.40.The industrials sector lost 0.89% as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) shed 11 cents to $3.95. The transportation giant said Monday that it has fully powered up the main electrical systems for the first time on its CSeries test aircraft. The company also says it has completed two crucial wing tests ahead of the commercial plane’s first flight by the end of June.The TSX Venture Exchange slipped three points to 1,103.35.Here’s the news investors were watching today: Saving Cyprus means no one in eurozone safe as rot threatens to spreadWhere do Canada’s mortgage rates go from here?Why does everyone suddenly hate copper?Michael Dell likely to sweeten bid to save 30-year legacyON DECK TUESDAYNew Brunswick budget ECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable goods orders (Feb): Economists expect 3.9% rise 9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price index (Jan): Economists expect 0.8% rise from month before, 7.8% year over year 10 a.m.New home sales (Feb): Economists expect a decline of 3.9% from month before Conference Board consumer confidence index (March): Economists expect reading of 67.5, down from month before CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESSAIC Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ a share
The President who arrived at the official residence of the Thailand Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by the Prime Minister Chan-o-cha. The welcome ceremony included a Guard of Honor. President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a four day state visit to Thailand met the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha at the official residence of the Prime Minister today. The two leaders discussed the importance of increasing the number of flights between the two countries and Thai Prime Minister agreed to come up with a future program for the implementation opf a plan to increase flights.Furthermore, the Thai Prime Minister pointed out that as Buddhist countries the cultural ties between Sri Lanka and Thailand could help the two countries to move forward for a strong journey economically and politically.A special commemorative stamp was launched to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand. President Sirisena stated that a government of good governance which gives priority to democracy has now established in Sri Lanka. He added the aim of the new government is to take the concept of consensual politics forward. “The government is committed to strengthen the constitution at every occasion’, he said.Prime Minister Chan-o-cha said the program of the new government of Sri Lanka is exemplary to the entire world. “The Sri Lankan President’s visit to Thailand is a significant occasion to our country”, Chan-o-cha added. The Prime Minister of Thailand pointed out that all countries should work with consensus to prevent political problems between countries.President Sirisena made a special request to the Prime Minister of Thailand to support Sri Lanka in technological and research work. The Prime Minister expressed his agreement in this regard.Prime Minister Chan-o-cha stated Thailand investors keen to invest in Sri Lanka in the fields of mineral oil, fishing and health. He added a group of investors will come to Sri Lanka in the near future to explore possibility for investment. Attention was also paid on the decline of the number of Thai tourists to Sri Lanka, compared to the Sri Lankan tourists to Thailand. He pointed out it is due the inadequate communication given to the world about the historic heritage and cultural values of Sri Lanka. After the welcome ceremony, the two leaders commenced bilateral talks. The discussions focused on the fields of politics and culture of the two countries. Bi-lateral discussions between Sri Lanka and Thailand were held parallel to this meeting and Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Primary Industries, Daya Gamage, Southern province Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal De Silva, Chief Minister of the Central Province, Sarath Ekanayake and Chairman of Board of Investments Upul Jayasuriya were also joined to represent Sri Lanka.To celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand and in parallel to the state visit, President Sirisena declared open the exhibition of the Sarvagna dhathu from the Mahiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya, at the Buddhamanthan Temple today afternoon. (Colombo Gazette)
On completion of his visit to Kochi, the visiting delegation will proceed to the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala. Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, along with a delegation, is on a visit to Southern Naval Command in Kochi between March 29 and 31 as part of a visit to India, The Hindu newspaper reported.He held discussions with Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command. Presently, 95 Sri Lankan Navy officers and 67 sailors are undergoing training at various establishments and units under the SNC. Thereafter, he was given a presentation on the activities conducted by the command, focussing mainly on training.
Last week, the agency appealed to Moscow not to go through with its plans to close the Aki Yurt camp until decent alternative shelter could be found in Ingushetia. Today agency spokesman Kris Janowski reported that only three tents remained standing, “sheltering the last handful of displaced people awaiting departure to Chechnya.” Over the last two days, UN international field staff were not allowed to enter the camp, “under the pretext that their visit would give displaced people there false hopes,” he added. The agency estimates that just under half of Aki Yurt’s former residents remain in Ingushetia, probably either with host families or in existing temporary settlements. “Our staff and monitors are now trying to follow up on the location and condition of those displaced Chechens,” Mr. Janowski said. “We are very concerned that they receive adequate housing and assistance for the winter.” Weather conditions have been particularly harsh, with snow, icy roads and freezing temperatures.
Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette accepted the honour on Mr. Vieira de Mello’s behalf at the Institute’s annual awards dinner last night in New York, saying his work epitomized everything the UN stands for. “He dealt willingly with the most daunting challenges, undertook the most uncomfortable assignments, tackled the toughest missions,” she said.Ms. Fréchette also recalled that Mr. Vieira de Mello reached out to local communities in everything they did, making them true partners in the United Nations’ work. “He sought to ensure that the United Nations was not simply implementing projects, but helping to build the basis for good governance and long-term peace,” she said.According to its web site, EWI is “an independent, not-for-profit, European-American institution working to address the most dangerous fault lines of the 21st century and to help build fair, prosperous and peaceful civil societies in those areas.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Not everything is a negative when it comes to the lower price of oil; Canada’s farmers are reaping the benefits of lower fuel costs.The plunge in the price of gasoline and diesel is helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.Farmers need fuel for their tractors and other equipment — it’s one of their biggest expenses.Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, says on his southern Alberta farm he normally spends 50- to 60-thousand dollars a year on gasoline and diesel.He estimates his savings this year could be in the neighbourhood of 10-thousand dollars.Gary Stanford, who has a farm southwest of Lethbridge, figures his fuel costs could be about 30 per cent lower this year.Stanford, however, is now worried the federal government might want to raise taxes to recoup some of the revenue it’s losing.(The Canadian Press) by News Staff Posted Feb 1, 2015 7:07 am MDT Farmers benefiting from oil price downturn
TORONTO – A global task force chaired by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is recommending the world’s businesses and industries adopt a universal approach for reporting the financial impact of climate change.The prominent American businessman was assigned the task last December, about the time political leaders from nearly 200 countries including Canada were meeting near Paris to negotiate a United Nations climate accord.Bloomberg says climate change is not only an environmental problem, but a business one as well.His 32-member task force — which included the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, insurance companies, banks, and industrial and mining companies — came up with a framework that is designed to inform investors and asset managers.Its 66-page report, released today, says its recommendations are practical and should be adopted voluntarily by all organizations across jurisdictions and economic sectors.It recommends, for instance, that organizations routinely disclose a potential range of impacts of climate on its business, how the risks are identified, the way the risks are measured, and how top managers and boards govern the process.The release of the task force report will begin a 60-day period for public consultations and feedback, until Feb. 12.The implementation of the Paris climate agreement — which calls for signatory countries to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide in order to limit the rise in the global temperature — has been called into doubt by the U.S. election victory of Donald Trump.During Trump’s campaign, the Republican president-designate said earlier this year that he would “cancel” the climate deal.More recently, he said in a Fox News television interview that he’s “very open-minded” on whether climate change is under way but has serious concerns about how the Obama administration’s effort to cut carbon dioxide emissions would undercut U.S. global competitiveness.In the task force report, Bloomberg — also a Republican who built a business empire before entering politics — says climate change is a problem for business that should be addressed.“Warming of the planet caused by greenhouse gas emissions poses serious risks to the global economy and will have an impact across many economic sectors,” Bloomberg says.“Widespread adoption of the recommendations will help ensure that climate-related financial issues are routinely considered in business and investment decisions and encourage an effective dialogue between companies and banks, insurers and investors”Bloomberg was named chair of the task force last December by Mark Carney, a former Bank of Canada governor and current Bank of England governor, in his role as chair of the Financial Stability Board. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 5:01 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Task force outlines framework for business, industry to report climate risks
“I wish to here reiterate the gratitude of the Ivoirian people for the invaluable role the United Nations played and continues to play at our sides,” the West African country’s Permanent Representative Claude Bouah-Kamon told the Assembly on the sixth day of its 70th annual General Debate. “ Thanks to this precious support, Côte d’Ivoire has resumed its march forward, thus finding the path of stability, growth and economic and social development.” “The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which in 2011 helped restore legitimacy and stability along with French forces after incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat in the 2010 elections to Alassane Ouattara, currently maintains some 7,000 uniformed personnel in the country. “Mr. Bouah-Kamon warned the despite the numerous UN successes, the world must not lose sight of the many challenges still confronting it, such as ongoing conflicts, transnational crime and extremism, including that of the Nigerian-based terrorist Boko Haram group, as well as the need to achieve the ambitious new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “ Poverty, terrorism, epidemics, food and climate insecurity, which today are the new threats to international peace and security provide fertile terrain for intolerance, fundamentalism and extremisms of all stripes which threaten the fragile edifice of a world at peace to which all our peoples aspire,” he declared. “ It is thus undeniable that the world is confronting a period of great challenge, but it is also true that we are presented with an historic opportunity to consolidate the foundations of inclusive development and a better world, as much for present-day generations as for those of the future.”
This has been painful, redundancies, pay cuts and short-time working all designed to ensure that companies survived and maintained their core industrial capability. The UK has a strong motor industry, we have an important share of global demand, and a new approach and new enthusiasm for the industry is capable of delivering jobs and prosperity for the long-term We hope this will provide guidance that will help direct public and private investment into appropriate research, development and demonstration programmes. Whilst the Automotive Assistance Programme provides loans and loan guarantees it has not delivered as much or as quickly as industry would like. To date only £10 million of an available £2.3 billion has actually been delivered. Not surprisingly we want to see the much faster delivery and where necessary some greater flexibility to ensure companies in the supply chain get the support they need. Successive governments have had an ambivalent attitude to the motor industry, responding actively to periodic crisis, but then disengaging when the immediate problems had passed. If every country adopted this type of a laissez-faire approach, we might be OK. Speech given by SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt to the Economic Research Council, entitled ‘The UK motor industry, past present and future’ on 14 October 2009.Good evening ladies and gentleman, it is a very great honour for me to address you today. The Economic Research Council has played an extremely important role in the development of economic policy in the UK, providing a forum for debate and challenge for more than 65 years. In your president, Lord Lamont and his vice-presidents you have some of the most experienced, thoughtful and influential economic thinkers. You maybe surprised to now that the UK is the second largest producer of premium or luxury cars in the world. It is also a centre of excellence for engine development and manufacture producing more than three million automotive engines each year. But in a world where others actively compete to build and sustain a motor industry there are real dangers. So a new relationship between industry and government has to be a key part of building a stronger and more sustainable UK motor industry. For the motor industry to benefit it must first survive the short-term pressures. I think that the recovery remains extremely weak and government should focus on sustaining and strengthening it. There is a need to put in place measures to curb public expenditure and reduce debt, but it is a question of timing and the risks of cutting too soon, are in my view the greater concern. I believe we need to launch an active campaign to encourage key global suppliers to invest more intellectual capital in the UK. In the 80s and 90s we won investment from vehicle manufacturers, we now need to do a similar job on the component suppliers. What is the UK motor industry?Perhaps I should start by dispelling a few myths. The UK motor industry remains extremely important employing more than 800,000 people across the design, development, manufacture, sales and servicing of all types motor vehicle. In many EU member states industrial relations remain problematic, strikes and disruptions are part of daily life – whereas in the UK we do have better relationships and a common determination to maximise our competitiveness. So today we do have a strong industry it is globally competitive, unlike the US and Europe we have seen plant closures and a real commitment to rationalise and reduce over-capacity. We also have a highly motivated, flexible and skilled work-force – real advantages for the UK. New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT)Earlier this year Richard Parry-Jones, the Ford Motor Company’s former chief engineer, led a team of senior executives from industry, government and academia to look at current performance and future prospects for the UK motor industry. The New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team report was published in May this year and provides an important guide to how move forward. The economic conditions in the years to come should encourage industrial investment and international trade. Inflation and interest rates will continue to be relatively low, consumers are likely to save more and spend less, and exchange rates will favour UK manufactured goods for some considerable time. And then in the late 1990s and the early part of the 21st century we saw a second wave of investments in engine production by Ford at Dagenham and by BMW at Hams Hall, then the investment in the new Mini and the re-invention of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. At the same time Ford’s ownership of Jaguar and Land Rover saw sustained investment in facilities, design and R&D. The team concluded that some significant changes were required to prevent a continued erosion of industrial capability, particularly in the supply chain. One of the major changes they recommended was the establishment of a long-term strategic partnership between industry and government. This unease contrasts starkly with the pride that successive governments have taken in encouraging inward investment and the way that individuals and companies have found the UK to be a welcoming and successful home. The scrappage scheme launched on 18 May has been extremely successful. The extension announced earlier this month will see demand sustained through to the early part of 2010 and strong registration data through the first half of next year. An industry in the UKWhat is also obvious is that this industry is not domestically owned. The big decisions are made by global companies headquartered in Germany, Japan, the US, India, Malaysia, the Middle East and now Canada. This can be a concern for some – if we do not own it how can we take pride in it or worse still actively support it. For the motor industry the core support requested from government was the availability of loans and loan guarantees to help sustain investment during the downturn, a scrappage incentive scheme to stimulate demand and measures to encourage more and better priced consumer finance. The most worrying aspect of the work by the NAIGT was the hollowing out of the supply chain. Whilst there are still a significant numbers of jobs in the UK supply chain – these are mostly assembly operations, the high value design, develop and engineering tends to done elsewhere. Mostly in high cost countries like France, Germany and Japan. The transition to a low carbon future is an opportunity for the motor industry and the country. A strategic partnership between industry and government will be necessary to help foster and realise the potential. We have already seen government part-funding one of the largest trials of ultra-low carbon vehicles in the world and commit to up to £230 million for consumer incentives. This has attracted the interest of global vehicle manufacturers; the next test is to see whether we can encourage others to invest in the industrial infrastructure needed to fully exploit this future potential. The challenge for the UK is to exploit the transition to a low carbon future to strengthen and deepen the industrial value of the motor industry here in the UK. To help support this, industry has developed a technology roadmap, a research agenda and is currently completing an evaluation of the relative strengths of the UK in the technologies likely to be required to deliver ultra-low carbon vehicles. We do have a strong case. The combination of major global players, a strong cross-party commitment to a low carbon future, active incentives for low carbon vehicles and a reputation for academic excellence and engineering innovation is an attractive proposition. We now need the political and industrial will to convince sceptical investors that it is worth taking another look at the UK. ConclusionAll of industry’s efforts have been focused on sustaining its industrial capability. The short-term measures have been necessary to ensure that the UK motor industry is able to contribute more to a stronger and better balanced economy. And for many, even today, the collective memory of industrial unrest, poor quality and suspect environmental performance shapes their attitude to an industry that I believe is of strategic national importance – and should inspire pride and confidence. An Industry TransformedThe UK motor industry has been transformed since the mid 1970s – first by the inward investment from the Japanese vehicle manufacturers in the 1980s, which created word class facilities and a step change in quality, reliability and productivity. The credit crisis has served to remind us all that we need to have a more balanced economy, where manufacturing and the design and engineering skills that it requires have a higher priority. Surviving the presentI am very optimistic about the future opportunities for the industry in the UK. We entered this recession stronger and more resilient than at any time in the recent past and have responded quickly to the very dramatic fall in demand. Despite a wide range of schemes to support lending, there has been relatively little improvement in willingness of the banks to lend to industry. I think we should be proud that the UK is seen as an important location for the global automotive industry – but it should also inspire us to work harder to build and maintain close working relationships with the key decision makers in these global enterprises. And to build a better understanding of the value inward investment has for our economy. I am clearly biased, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the industry and all the people that work in it, but I hope you will recognise the transformation that has taken place, the strength that currently exists and the opportunities that lay ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) So we do have an industry and it remains strong and resilient, despite the current economic difficulties. There are understandable concerns about the potential impact once the incentive has been removed. I am hopeful that underlying demand will strengthen during the next 6 to 8 months, particularly in the fleet and business markets. This should mean a relatively soft exit from the scrappage scheme. And these companies make iconic products in the UK that sell in every corner of the world – whether it’s Jaguar, a MINI, a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley Continental. Over 75% or around a million vehicles a year, are made in the UK and exported. The UK is home to seven volume vehicle manufacturers (Honda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW MINI, VW (Bentley), Ford (engines) and General Motors). In addition we have Jaguar and Land Rover, Aston Martin, Lotus and a host of other specialist producers making trucks, trailers, buses and coaches. The difficultly for me is that the history of the motor industry has tended to be dominated by emotion, rather than rational debate. For me the industry has always been important, I knew it was because it regularly featured on the news, mainly pictures of striking workers and blackened smoke-stacks. Ultra-low Carbon VehiclesThe team also concluded that the market for automotive products would continue to grow, mainly in the fast developing countries like China, India, Russia, across Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. Also that demand in all markets would be for progressively low, lower and ultra low carbon vehicles. There will be a market for ultra low carbon vehicles in the UK, the choice for us is where the vehicles and technology required for them will be designed, developed and manufactured.
Victim No. 2 – the abused boy witnessed by Mike McQueary that eventually led to the demise of arrest of Jerry Sandusky, the demise of the legacy of Joe Paterno and harsh sanctions to the Penn State football program – has come forward after months out of the pubic spotlight.And he has come seeking some form of retribution from the school for the heinous acts committed on him by Sandusky, the former assistant coach convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse.The man’s lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered “overwhelming evidence” on details of the abuse by Sandusky, who used his now-disbanded Second Mile program to recruit victims and the Penn State campus to abuse them.Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant at the time and witnessed Sandusky’s assault on the youth in the shower of the football training building.“Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him,” the lawyers said in a news release.They did not name their client. The university said it was taking the case seriously but would not comment on pending litigation.Penn State president Rodney Erickson and the board of trustees, a school spokesman said, “have publicly emphasized that their goal is to find solutions that rest on the principle of justice for the victims.”Trust that Victim No. 2 will not be the only one Sandusky damaged that will come forward seeking financial restitution.The statement from the man’s attorneys said Victim 2 suffered “extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed.”McQueary testified in December at a hearing that he had seen Sandusky and a boy, both naked, in a team shower after hearing skin-on-skin slapping sounds.“I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on,” McQueary said.McQueary reported the abuse to school officials, including Paterno, but none of them told police. In a recent report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and commissioned by Penn State, the investigators excoriated Paterno and the other administrators for not attempting to identify Victim 2, saying it showed “a striking lack of empathy.”Trustees fired Paterno, who since has died, because he failed to do more about claims against Sandusky, and the scathing independent review said several top school officials looked the other way because they were afraid of bad publicity.
In filling out the men’s NCAA Tournament bracket this year, you might have noticed that fewer obvious upsets are popping up than in previous seasons. According to the FiveThirtyEight March Madness model, only one game in the first round — No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Ole Miss in the South region — features the worse-seeded team as an outright favorite (at 53 percent), compared with three such upset picks last season, two in 2017 and a whopping six in 2016. At the same time, truly promising Cinderellas are more difficult to identify in this year’s bracket as well, with the most probable double-digit seeds to make the Final Four being major-conference members Florida (No. 10 in the West region) and Ohio State (No. 11 in the Midwest). Did the committee get things weirdly right this year? And for bracket-pickers, is that even a good thing?Certainly the seeds this year more closely follow what the statistics would recommend. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between a team’s overall seed (according to the selection committee’s list) and its place in our Elo rankings is 0.941 this season, higher than in the 2018 (0.926), 2017 (0.912) and 2016 (0.893) tournaments. One reason for the lack of instant upset picks is that the committee appears to have done a better job seeding this year — even if Tom Izzo and Michigan State fans might feel differently.Moreover, this year’s top seeds are generally stronger than in recent seasons — at least outside the No. 1s. According to Elo, each seed number from No. 2 through No. 7 contains a significantly stronger team this year than it did in the previous tournaments this decade: Relative to the field, this year’s No. 1 seeds are basically the same level of strength as usual. But a much stronger crop of teams on the next six seed lines naturally makes it harder to find good upset picks, particularly in the early rounds.One very interesting component of that, however, is that it hasn’t been caused by seeding more power-conference schools in the top half of each region’s seeds. If anything, the opposite is true: Headlined by tiny Wofford as the No. 7 seed in the Midwest and Buffalo as the No. 6 in the West, small-conference schools were acknowledged by the committee as much as ever. Since 2010, there hasn’t been a season where more teams outside of major conferences1Defined as we’ve done before — teams from conferences with fewer than 100 all-time NCAA tournament appearances. got top-seven seeds in the tournament than in 2019. (Plus, the Ohio Valley managed to get two teams into the tournament — Belmont and Murray State.) At the same time, major-conference schools are getting an abnormal number of bad seeds: Using the same definition as above, 11 different major-conference teams have double-digit seeds this season, tying 2012 for the most in any tournament since 2010.All of this paints a picture of college basketball’s changing landscape, with better mid-major schools getting more credit for their accomplishments, leading to a better bracket overall. The only hitch in this development might just be for fans of interesting tournament-pool picks. Nonchalky brackets are inherently more fun than ones in which the better-seeded teams are constantly picked to win, and choosing against chalk requires finding inefficiencies in the committee’s original seeds. Better seed choices cut down on those possibilities, making “fun” brackets more risky and chalky ones more likely to win pools. So in some ways, we as bracket-pickers should want a return to the era of worse seedings, to make upsets easier to spot (or at least more tempting to pick).Maybe the selection committee’s better seeds were a one-off this year. Its new “NET” rankings have come under heavy fire, even as the NCAA has tried to modernize and replace the old ratings percentage index (RPI) as its chief statistical guideline for ranking teams. But maybe the improved seedings are a sign of an improved selection process, whatever the reason behind it. (For instance, the committee also appeared to reward regular-season performance over conference tournaments in several cases, which would tend to favor teams that have proved themselves better over a larger sample of games.) Either way, this year’s bracket has made it tougher to pick upsets — and whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on your perspective as a fan.Check out our latest March Madness predictions.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. We do not consider the reference to be offensiveBBC Scotland While some claimed the term amounted to “casual racism”, others said it was light hearted and pointed out that it was routinely used to describe soldiers in Scottish regiments.According to the Urban Dictionary, Jock is a term “used by English people to generally describe Scottish people in a derogatory fashion” and is now “considered to verge on racism when used by a non-Scot”.It adds that it is the equivalent of using the word “Paddy” to describe an Irishman.The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as slang for a Scottish or northern English sailor or soldier, as well as “for any Scotsman”. BBC Scotland said the headline was merely a play on the words “Shock Jock”, but the term has led to police complaints and court cases in the past.Last year, Police Scotland chose not to take any action after receiving complaints about the newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins describing Scottish people as “sweaty little jocks”.In 2010, a Scottish pilot, Douglas Maughan, who claimed he was victimised by fellow pilots, lost an employment tribunal alleging his colleagues had used a number of racist slurs, including the word Jock.However, there have also been successful prosecutions involving the word.Alexander Blood, a 21-year-old English football fan who travelled to Glasgow for a Rangers-Celtic match in February 2015 was given a community payback order after admitting acting in a racially aggravated manner by calling a Scottish police officer a “Jock ****”.In 2011, a postman was convicted of racism after calling Andy Murray a “useless Jock”.Darren Swain, 45, from Coventry, daubed dozens of posters with abusive comments, including the reference to the Scottish tennis player. He was given 200 hours of unpaid work.The term Jock has been used since the First World War to describe Scottish soldiers, and it appears in old Scottish music hall songs, including Harry Lauder’s “Stop Your Tickling Jock”.On the Army’s website, the section on The Royal Regiment of Scotland states: “Our soldiers call themselves ‘The Jocks’. They are proud, fierce, professionals, trained to accomplish the full range of operational infantry roles.”A spokesman for BBC Scotland said: “The news headline that was used with an article on the Scottish economy was a play on words on the term Shock Jock. It was produced by our Scottish news team and we do not consider the reference to be offensive.” The BBC has been accused of racism by an SNP politician for using the word “Jock” in a headline about the Scottish economy.A report suggesting the economy north of the border is in need of a shock, and that Brexit might provide it, appeared on the corporation’s website under the headline “Jock Shock”.Carol Monaghan, an SNP MP, took to Twitter to complain that the word was “as unacceptable as any other racist slur”, prompting a furious debate on social media. The use of “Jock” is as unacceptable as any other racist slur. @BBCScotland is this considered an appropriate headline? https://t.co/fl6hrRG2yI— Carol Monaghan MP (@CMonaghanMP) September 19, 2016
The dressage champion is understood to have declared that she had ridden Ramazotti III before he was sold and that he had not displayed any problems.But Mrs Briscoe said that Dujardin’s comments were “irrelevant” as she was an Olympic gold medallist and the horse had been purchased for an amateur rider.She told The Sunday Telegraph: “Charlotte Dujardin is the most amazing rider and we’re all in complete awe of the lady, but you can’t compare her to me – you’re talking about a Ferrari and a clapped-out old car.”She can ride anything, she is the best rider in the world. The fact that he was good for Charlotte is irrelevant.” One of Britain’s greatest equestrians has become embroiled in a bitter two-year legal battle over a horse described as “very naughty” and “tricky” by a rider who bought him for £95,000.Charlotte Dujardin, who won her third Olympic gold at last summer’s Rio Games, was called to give evidence on the character and behaviour of Ramazotti III, as part of the dispute between amateur rider Louise Briscoe and the dressage rider and horse dealer Calum Whitworth, who sold her the horse.Ms Dujardin, who has been described as the most successful British dressage rider in history and has won all the sport’s major titles and world records, gave a witness statement in support of Mr Whitworth when he was sued by Mrs Briscoe. Calum Whitworth riding Ramazotti IIICredit:Kevin Sparrow Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Charlotte Dujardin, riding Valegro, reacts after winning Gold in the individual dressage at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroCredit:John Locher/AP Mrs Briscoe, who describes herself as a novice but keen rider, bought Ramazotti III, known as Rambo, from Mr Whitworth in June 2014. He travelled to her home in Kenilworth twice a week during the following three months to give her lessons.Before completing the purchase Mrs Briscoe paid £5,000 to Stef Eardley, a dressage rider and judge, to test-ride the horse and assess its suitability.But in January last year Mrs Briscoe claimed Rambo’s behaviour had deteriorated due to underlying problems she claimed had been concealed by Mr Whitworth.Mrs Briscoe, 52, said:”I wanted to buy a horse that was a well behaved, well mannered, not sharp horse. I explained to the vendor that I had actually not ridden or competed for five years and that I was not a brave rider.“That doesn’t mean that I cannot ride. I’m just not a brave rider and the horse was a very sharp horse. I never got hurt but that was mainly because I got off when he became tricky.”Mrs Briscoe added: “During the process of acquiring information for court proceedings, sadly we found out that the horse had quite major issues that were not disclosed to us.”We found out that this horse has a history of being a very naughty horse which was not disclosed. I believe I was taken for a ride.”In her witness statement she said: “At every stage he reassured me the horse was what I bargained for, and any adverse comments [about Ramazotti III] were the product of bitchiness and were rubbish.”But Mr Whitworth, 29, strongly denied either that Ramazotti III – who had twice been British national dressage champion under him – had any problems or that he had deliberately concealed them.He said in his witness statement: “Rambo had no tendency to rear, buck or bolt at the time of purchase or prior to purchase.“Horses that have notable tendencies are not consistently successful the way Rambo was.”The pair reached a settlement shortly before the case went to trial at Birmingham County Court.The terms of the deal are confidential but it is understood they involve Ramazotti III being returned to Mr Whitworth, who will pay also Mrs Briscoe a small sum in compensation.Mrs Briscoe, who has donated £50,000 to the Margaret Giffen Centre, an organisation that aims to stop riding being seen as the pursuit of the elite, said: “I still love riding but it has made me extremely anxious to buy another horse. I hope to get involved with some vets and lawyers in the industry to see if we can produce a pamphlet so buyers can ask all the questions and the vendor has to sign it off.”Mr Whitworth, who runs a horse breeding and sales business in Herefordshire, has now apologised to Mrs Briscoe, telling the Eurodressage news website: “I was enthusiastic and hopeful that the partnership would work. I did not anticipate that Rambo may be unsuitable for Louise and I am sorry about this.”
Jodie’s group were aware of two men in the park who left at around 9pm without interacting with her or her friends.Around 30 minutes later the pair returned to the park and walked straight towards the group, where one of the males stabbed Jodie once in the back.Nothing was said by the two suspects, who ran off in the direction of Retford Road.Yesterday, the family of Jodie Chesney made an emotional appeal for information, speaking of their pain and disbelief. They have called on anyone who might know something about her “outrageously violent” murder to come forward. A second arrest has been made as detectives continue to investigate the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in Romford.A man was arrested in London on Friday on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody. A 20-year-old man arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, 6 March remains in custody having been arrested in connection with the murder.Jodie had been playing music with friends near a children’s playground at Harold Hill, east London, on Friday when she was knifed in the back without warning.Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams – who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a savage, evil attack. We’re progressing well with the investigation and continue to ask the public to assist us.”At this time, there being no clear motive is very unusual. We retain an open mind and can’t rule anything out.”I ask the public and those in the local area to contact us if they suspect anyone of having any involvement in this terrible incident. Is there anyone you know who is acting differently from usual? Have they become withdrawn?”Maybe they’ve become nervous and have shown character changes that are unusual. If you suspect something may be amiss then you need to let us know.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
WHAT DOES THE future of the home hold?Flying mini-robot cleaners, expanding walls that filter the air and 3D food printers according to some of the visions in an annual design competition.The flying robot cleaner concept – called ‘Mab’ – won first prize at the Electrolux Design Lab competition at the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.The winning concept, by Adrian Perez Zapata from Colombia, is an automated cleaning system consisting of hundreds of flying mini-robots. The robots clean surfaces by touching them with a drop of water. Mab scans the house, determine the areas to clean and sends the robots flying.“I was in my university gardens when I observed the controlled flight of bees pollinating a flower, and how magical it is to see swarms of bees working together,” Perez Zapata said. My concept Mab only requires a short initial configuration to function autonomously, so you could arrive home and see a swarm of mini-robots roaming around cleaning independently. This means you could sit back and relax, as you observe with great astonishment the little Mab ‘fairies’ working their magic autonomously.“This year’s winning concept renews the idea of looking at the robot, seeing it not as one unit that mimics a person, but instead as something inspired by the magical logic of nature’s collaborative efforts and group intelligence,” said Stefano Marzano, Chief Design Officer at Electrolux and head of the jury.Second prize in the competition went to the Atomium 3D food printer, by Luiza Silva from Brazil, for a concept that “addresses the global issue of adopting healthy lifestyles and countering chronic diseases, with inspiration from the playfulness and creativity of children”.Third prize went to Jeabyun Yeon from Korea for Breathing Wall. The jury’s motivation was: “The Breathing Wall creates a relevant discussion about a future business model which is not just about making the appliances, but about generating propositions that could bring a poetic quality into the construction industry.”People’s Choice Award went to Mab after receiving over 40 per cent of the 4 391 public votes on the Design Lab website.Blobitecture is the latest trend in building design>Need a chair? A table? These tiny robots could join together to make you one>Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot>
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Real Madrid’s current predicament is the fault of his successor Florentino Perez rather than sacked coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui lost his job on Monday after just 14 games in charge following a run of poor fixtures that culminated in the 5-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.Lopetegui was appointed by Real on the eve of this summer’s World Cup, which led to his dismissal by the Spanish Football Federation.“Unfortunately it’s another of the president’s whims,” Calderon said as cited by Forza Italian Football. “If he was the right man in June, only four months ago, he cannot be unfit now.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He signed him just two days before the World Cup started, so damaging our national team and now he’s sacking him. So that’s the problem, I think he (Lopetegui) is not the one to be blamed.“That has been the main trouble, to transfer Cristiano in June has been a historic mistake and we are paying for that now.”Conte and Roberto Martinez are the likely candidates set to take over at the Bernabeu.