On her own! Nicki Minaj has made the “difficult decision” to not hire a nanny while raising her and Kenneth Petty’s 1-month-old son.When a Twitter user wrote, “Why Nicki can’t be a normal celebrity and get a nanny? Girl I miss you,” on Friday, November 6, the rapper, 37, replied, “Everyone tells me that. Lol. I rlly should get one.”Kenneth Petty and Nicki Minaj. Courtesy Nicki Minaj/Instagram- Advertisement – The Grammy nominee went on to tweet that her baby boy wants her “undivided attention,” which she is giving. “Last night, I tried to tweet while I was feeding him,” the new mom wrote. “He looked @ me and said, ‘Absolutely TF NOT.’”Us Weekly confirmed last month that Minaj and Petty, 42, had welcomed their first child. The “Super Bass” rapper went on to share her infant’s sex in an October Instagram post thanking Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Winnie Harlow and Karol G for their well-wishes.“It meant the world to me,” Minaj captioned an Instagram slideshow of handwritten notes at the time. “I am so grateful and in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo [sic] boy in the whole wide world.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The newborn made his debut in October when the Queen Radio host posted a picture of his bare foot. “Happy anniversary, my love,” she captioned the social media upload.The American Music Award winner, who wed Petty in October 2019, has been vocal about her motherhood plans in the past. “I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career,” she told Complex in 2014. “I always said, ‘When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.’ I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, ‘I’m going to take a little break.’ But we’ll see.”Nicki Minaj. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Minaj added at the time that she didn’t want to become “so consumed with work” that she didn’t live her personal life “to the fullest,” explaining, “I feel like I was put here to be a mother. I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!
“The general state of affairs for these people is so dire it’s almost hard to describe,” said Mr. Trotter, a retired state court justice who was appointed to oversee the fund by a federal bankruptcy court. “Covid and this season’s wildfires have just added to their misery. If this does not qualify as a humanitarian crisis, I don’t know what will.” Good morning.There are still votes left to count in California. There are races yet to be called, winners and losers yet to be determined. But the election hasn’t stopped the state’s many other long-running crises.- Advertisement – My colleague Ivan Penn wrote this dispatch, a reminder that for victims of wildfires, the pandemic has only compounded hardship:A trustee overseeing a $13.5 billion compensation fund earlier this month ordered emergency payments of up to $25,000 to some of the people who lost property or suffered injuries in wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric, the California utility.The trustee, John K. Trotter, said the payments, which will go to an estimated 15,000 people, had become necessary because some fire victims who have been struggling in recent years have become destitute during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced large parts of the economy to seize up.- Advertisement – “Jones Day, Hands Off Our Ballots,” read a mural outside the law firm’s offices in San Francisco last week. Lawyers with Jones Day and Porter Wright are becoming uncomfortable representing President Trump in his election lawsuits, fearing they undermine the electoral system and attract negative attention. [The New York Times] On Tuesday, California public health officials announced that 11 counties would be moved back into more restrictive tiers in the state’s reopening system, underscoring what officials have said is a worrisome rise in coronavirus cases even as the state continues to add testing capacity. No counties were moved into less restrictive tiers.[Track Covid-19 cases by California county and see other maps for the U.S. and the world.]While California isn’t yet seeing the kind of surge hammering other states, Tuesday’s announcement was one of the most severe reopening rollbacks in the state since the summer.“The virus does not go away just because we’re tired of it,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health secretary, said in his weekly briefing.Much of the spread now, he said, probably traces back to at-home, indoor gatherings or people getting too lax about wearing masks and distancing at indoor or outdoor businesses.Officials in San Francisco, which throughout the pandemic has been more cautious than required by the state, shuttered indoor dining and paused plans to reopen schools, even though the county wasn’t moved into a more restrictive tier.[Read how the reopening tiers work.]San Diego, Sacramento and Stanislaus Counties were moved back into the most restrictive purple tier, meaning that most indoor businesses that had been allowed to reopen must also close — although as The Modesto Bee reported, later in the day, Stanislaus County’s top public health official called the designation a mistake and planned to contest it.San Diego was one of the most populous counties to start in the second most restrictive red tier when Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the new tiered system at the end of August, and it has barely managed to stave off new closures since then. Its move into the purple tier is discouraging for leaders of counties hoping to keep cases low while also allowing indoor dining — even at reduced capacity — to resume. PG&E sought bankruptcy protection in January 2019 after accumulating an estimated $30 billion in liability for wildfires caused by its equipment. The company emerged from bankruptcy in July but investigators have continued to cite the utility for causing additional fires. Last month, investigators said PG&E caused the 2019 Kincade Fire, and they collected the utility’s equipment related to the Zogg Fire this year.[Read about how PG&E raced to improve safety before fire season this year.]- Advertisement – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors escalated an ongoing power struggle with Sheriff Alex Villanueva and voted to explore ways he could be removed from office. [The Los Angeles Times] About elections: And Finally … Michelle Steel, the Republican challenger, has defeated the Democratic incumbent Harley Rouda for California’s 48th Congressional District in Orange County. Mr. Rouda won the seat in the “blue wave” of 2018. [The Orange County Register] See all California election results here. [The New York Times] “It’s a combination of circumstances,” Mr. Kane said. “Covid is certainly one of them. It certainly is for one of our clients who died of Covid.”PG&E has said it has taken steps to reduce fires and protect the 16 million people in its service area, including with weather stations to track storms, cameras and devices to cut power remotely.[Read about withering criticism regulators leveled at PG&E over last year’s blackouts.]The company also for the last two years has cut power to millions of its customers — sometimes for as long as a week — to prevent its equipment from sparking a fire. The strategy, pioneered by San Diego Gas & Electric, has angered some customers, in particular during the pandemic when children need their home computers for distance learning.Late last month, the California Public Advocates Office, a representative of consumers at the California Public Utilities Commission, called for additional fines of almost $166 million against PG&E for its broad use of cutting power to its customers last year.During recent power shut-offs, PG&E said its safety improvements had allowed it to reduce the number of customers who lose power.(This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.) In a statement about the emergency payments, Mr. Trotter noted that the areas devastated by the fires include a “disproportionate number of retired, disabled, veteran and economically disadvantaged individuals.” Many have been living in their cars, emergency tent communities or Federal Emergency Management Agency camps.Mr. Trotter said the coronavirus also had made it difficult to reach PG&E wildfire victims who have yet to file a claim to receive payments from the wildfire fund. Although they filed claims during PG&E’s bankruptcy process, they still must submit one to the trustee for payment.“The pandemic has really hindered the lawyers’ ability to stay in touch with their own clients,” Mr. Trotter said. “This cries out for help. In order to receive a payment, you have to submit a claims questionnaire.”Steven Kane, a San Diego lawyer who represents some of the wildfire victims, said that he had to close an office he had set up near the fires because of the inability to meet face to face with customers but that he had continued to get claims filed. It’s official: Proposition 15 failed. The measure would have updated commercial property tax rules in an effort to pump more funding into schools and local governments. Read more about it here. [The New York Times] Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. – Advertisement –
Jul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 3-year-old girl who died on Jul 6 near Jakarta had Indonesia’s 53rd case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to test results announced today by the World Health Organization (WHO).Meanwhile, Bloomberg news reported last night that the only survivor of a recent family cluster of avian flu cases in Indonesia is being treated for brain abscesses.The 3-year-old girl, who was from a suburb of Jakarta, became ill on Jun 23 and was hospitalized Jul 5. The WHO said investigators found that she had handled some dead chickens 2 days before she fell ill. Samples taken from chickens in her neighborhood were positive. Investigators found no other patients with influenza-like illnesses, and they are monitoring close contacts of the girl, the agency said.With 41 avian flu deaths, Indonesia now trails Vietnam for most deaths by only one, according to WHO statistics. Vietnam, however, has had no human cases of H5N1 since last November, while Indonesia’s 53 cases have all come in 2005 and 2006.According to the Bloomberg story, Luhur Soeroso, a doctor caring for the sole survivor of the avian flu case cluster in North Sumatra, said the 25-year-old man experienced headaches and fatigue a month after he was treated for avian flu. The patient, Jones Ginting, is hospitalized at Adam Malik Hospital in the northern Sumatra city of Medan. The cluster involved seven confirmed cases and one probable case.”We found abscesses in several parts of his brain,” Soeroso said. He suggested that antibiotics and other drugs given for avian flu might have weakened the patient’s immune system, but said the brain abscesses are gradually shrinking in response to treatment.Neurologic manifestations of H5N1 infection have been reported before, though rarely. A Vietnamese boy who died of encephalitis in 2004 was later found to have had H5N1 infection, according to a research report published last year. Encephalitis is also known to be a rare complication of ordinary influenza.See also:Jul 14 WHO update on Indonesian situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_14/en/index.htmlJun 22 CIDRAP News article “WHO concludes H5N1 likely spread within family”Feb 16, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Avian flu caused encephalitis in Vietnamese boy”
Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson explains how Mikel Arteta will turn him into a top player Arteta has had an overwhelmingly positive response from his players since taking over in December (Picture: Getty Images)Reiss Nelson has heaped praise on new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his unique drive and determination that has lifted himself and the entire squad.The former Manchester City coach has impressed players and fans alike since taking over from fellow Spaniard Unai Emery in December.While only winning three out his first nine games in all competitions, 20-year-old winger Nelson joined fellow teammates in praising the methods of the young Spanish coach.He told the Guardian: ‘Now is a great time to have him as a manager because he understands what I am good at. He’s going to give me the encouragement when I need it, and if I am not doing the right stuff he is going to tell me.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player.’ Comment Mike StavrouThursday 13 Feb 2020 2:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Advertisement Advertisement Nelson cuts a much happier figure under new boss Mikel Aretta (Picture: Getty Images)Nelson, who spent a year on-loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim where he scored seven league goals, lauded the individual work Arteta does with players during training.He added: ‘You look at the likes of Sterling and Sané, and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now.‘I think that is credited to Pep [Guardiola], of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them. They are two top players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe young winger revealed Arteta relentless work ethic renders him an outstanding manager in the making.England Under-21 international Nelson said: ‘You can see it because Mikel’s drive is different. I haven’t seen a manager with that much determination to make individuals into better players.‘I was doing one thing with one of the players on the training pitch the other day. He came over and he showed me one thing to do and it is that little detail that is incredible.‘I think he has got a plan, and it is going really good.’MORE: Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram messageMORE: Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano keen on Premier League move as contract talks stall
The RSL Art Union raffle prize on Jefferson Lane at Palm Beach worth $4.1 million.“We’ve been coming up here for the winter for many years and we’d have a look at homes, but think we’re just dreaming,” said Mr Sanders, who calls Bendigo, Victoria, home.“Usually we would book in February to come and holiday here, but this year we won’t have to.”The couple have bought entries in the RSL’s draws across Queensland for the past 35 years.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Jenny and I are still going through the emotions, we’d never looked like winning anything, and here we are,” said Mr Sanders. What to do with an entire apartment block? Ray and Jenny inside their new penthouse. Picture Glenn Hampson“Down the track, what a great future it’s going to be for our daughters, son-in-laws and eight grandchildren.”The newly-built complex at Bluebird’s Rest features a two-storey penthouse with ocean views, four two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, a pool, 10-car garage, barbecue area and $304,000 worth of furniture.The Sanders also won $80,000 of gold bullion. Ray and Jenny Sanders are the winners of the RSL’s largest prize home — a $4.1 million apartment complex at Palm Beach. Picture Glenn HampsonTHE GOLD Coast’s newest property moguls are thrilled with the future they can provide their grandchildren after winning an entire apartment block worth $4.1 million.Retirees Ray and Jenny Sanders bought a $50 ticket in the RSL Art Union’s biggest prize home draw — five apartments in Palm Beach — during their annual holiday to Burleigh Heads. The couple has the option to rent out or sell the apartments.“We’ll probably be living in the penthouse for a good six months of the year to start with and then the family can come and go whenever it suits them,” Mr Sanders said..“With the four other apartments, our financial adviser will assist us with them, we might sell a couple, we might keep the four, we don’t know yet.”The RSL raises funds for ex-servicemen and women, including services like crisis accommodation and rehabilitation support.The next prize will see a $5 ticket land a lucky prize winner a $2.3 million package of three apartments, including a luxury Southport unit and one on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
The Evidence About Prostitution That The New York Times Ignored Truth Dig 1 June 2016Family First Comment: A fascinating read….“Sabrinna Valisce, a former New Zealand pro-decriminalisation lobbyist, spent over 20 years, on and off, in New Zealand prostitution and as a volunteer with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, where she advocated for the decriminalization model before it passed into law. She then learned, in the most intimate and brutal way, the folly of Amnesty’s call to decriminalize “all aspects” of the sex trade. Valisce now campaigns for the Nordic Model of criminalizing pimps and johns, decriminalizing prostituted persons and offering real, viable exit services so that women can start exercising some of the “choice” liberal feminism keeps telling us about.”…Sabrinna Valisce fought long and hard for what she believed to be right when she campaigned to pass New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act. She was subsequently violated and abused within the same system she fought for. It took courage for her to publicly admit she was mistaken. Now that she is speaking out about it, we owe it to her—and to women around the world—to listen.”Well said. One of the most striking things about Bazelon’s account, however, was not what she reported. It was what she did not report. I had put her in touch with Sabrinna Valisce, a former New Zealand pro-decriminalisation lobbyist. Valisce spent over 20 years, on and off, in New Zealand prostitution and as a volunteer with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, where she advocated for the decriminalization model before it passed into law. She then learned, in the most intimate and brutal way, the folly of Amnesty’s call to decriminalize “all aspects” of the sex trade. Valisce now campaigns for the Nordic Model of criminalizing pimps and johns, decriminalizing prostituted persons and offering real, viable exit services so that women can start exercising some of the “choice” liberal feminism keeps telling us about.New Zealand is the only country in the world that has implemented the full decriminalization model championed by Amnesty International, and Valisce has lived it firsthand. Below is the word-for-word evidence, given to Emily Bazelon and subsequently forwarded to me by Sabrinna Valisce, that was not printed by The New York Times:I worked pre- and post-law reform. The Prostitution Reform Bill passed into law to become The Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) in 2003. The good part of it was that the threat of a criminal record was removed. This would happen under The Nordic Model also. I volunteered at the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC), so I was [able to compare our decriminalization] goal … to the results. I, and others who were agitating for decriminalization in New Zealand, we always wanted the power to be placed firmly in the hands of the prostituted person/sex worker. Decriminalization didn’t do that. The power went to the brothel owners, escort agency owners and johns. Immediately following the PRA, the pimps became legitimate businessmen. They introduced “All-Inclusive.” An “All-Inclusive” is a single fee paid by the john to the brothel/escort agency via the receptionist. This means that the prostituted person/ sex worker has no power of negotiation. It also means that the pimp decides her earnings (most are women). The pimps gained the power to decide what a “service” would be paid and how much of that belonged to them. They also gained the power to withhold the woman’s earnings or even deny any existence of those earnings. Prior to law reform we negotiated our own money and decided our own services.In NZ, prostituted persons are considered Independent Contractors; yet in practice women are, in fact, employees without any benefits of being employees. They are told when shifts start and finish, what the rates are, what to wear, and what to do. Some places even have a minimum amount of shifts per/week. There can be any number of fees and fines; shift fee, advertising fees (without receipts I might add), late fines, room fines, presentation fines, drivers fees for out-calls, fines for being sick and missing a shift and even laundry fees. All brothels and agencies say they are drug-free. I’ve yet to see one where this is true. I could get any drug I wanted on any day of the year in every place I ever worked.Decriminalization also saw a 400% increase in “service providers” / prostituted persons. This wasn’t solely in response to increased demand. It was also in response to the pushing of the image of sex-work as empowering, luxurious and glamorous, through TV shows like “Secret Diary of a Call-girl.” Brothel owners and escort agency owners also increased the amount of ‘their girls’ on shift. Where once it had been 4-8 [girls], it was suddenly 15-28 per night shift. This was fuelled by the johns wanting a lot of choice. Johns wanted the cheapest service, with the most extras, with the most amount of girls to choose from: the younger and newer, the better. So the pimps drove down the prices to get their patronage. This, of course, had a roll-on effect of lowering prices on the streets and in private sole contractors. It also saw girls competing by offering more and more to get the jobs.The PRA was meant to make it safer and enforce safe sex practices. In reality, it’s done the opposite. “Passionate” is code for kissing, including deep tongue kissing. Prior to the PRA this was an absolute taboo in the trade. No one did it. After the PRA, nearly everyone does, despite the huge risk of cold sores, which is herpes simplex. I saw, for the first time, oral sex being performed without barriers. The code for this is NBJ, which stands for Natural Blow Job. CBJ is the code for Covered. We had no terms for these things before [decriminalization] because we considered it a betrayal of the sisterhood. Safe sex had been rigidly internally policed. All that has gone by the wayside since high competition and lowered rates. Girls are also now expected to let men cum as many times as they can within the booked time. It was never that way before. They paid once and received one service.Porn has changed the trade dramatically. More johns expect a kind of violence to be acceptable. I’m not talking about punching and beating, though that can and does happen now, just as it always has. I’m talking more about gagging, throttling, spanking, and hard pounding. The rise of gonzo porn has normalized sexual violence. Under the Nordic Model, prostituted persons / sex workers would command far more power to draw boundaries because johns could be criminalized with a phone call. Under the circumstances in NZ right now, prostituted persons /sex workers are putting up with it because they desperately need the money.So, I repeat, the power went to the pimps and johns despite that never being the goal. I respect and adore the people I worked with at NZPC because I know [that] they, like me, wanted everyone in the sex trade to have legal protections, power of conditions and negotiation, and a way to be as safe as possible. It’s been very hard to admit we failed, but I feel morally obligated to do so. I still want the original goal and I believe the Nordic Model offers the best chance of making that happen.It is frankly disturbing that Valisce’s testimony was left out of an article that included so many voices calling for exactly the legislation she has experienced as disastrous. It is vital that her voice is heard now, when Amnesty International has just told the world that New Zealand-style prostitution laws, which decriminalize pimps, brothel owners and johns, should be rolled out across the globe.Valisce, of course, will be an enormous inconvenience to Amnesty and others who are committed to the pretence that decriminalizing human rights violations against women is some kind of positive forward step. Some people, though, will listen to her, and when they do, it will be no thanks to The New York Times.In private conversation with me, Valisce said that because of the “seemingly endless fines and fees” set by pimps, together with the 50 percent cut they took, it was not uncommon for her to be used by her first john of the day for free. She described the situation as “debt bondage rape.” She also said:In one brothel, I witnessed Thai women who barely spoke English, lived on premises, were kept separate, and never left the building. We were told they were “visiting sex workers.” I didn’t want to believe it was trafficking, but on some level I knew. Over a decade later while reading a book that described trafficked Thai girls in great detail, I had flashback memories of this. I contacted the author and gave the name of the brothel owner, the one I had worked for. The author contacted the woman whose story it was, and asked for the name of the brothel and who owned it. It was the same pimps in a different brothel. This was no coincidence.I dedicated over two decades of my life to law reform for the sole purpose of placing power into the hands of people in prostitution. I saw the travesty of pimps and johns taking that power for themselves and using it against us. I believed it was against the spirit of the law and we’d fix it. The more I looked into fixing the problems, the more the Nordic Model provided the solutions, because it disempowers those who would abuse us sexually and financially. It’s not people’s opinions that are stealing incomes and lowering charges, or beating, raping, and killing people in prostitution. It is pimps and johns. The way to protect people in prostitution is to recognize who the real criminals are, which the Nordic Model does.It is to be hoped, going forward, that institutions of influence will pay attention to voices of experience from within these regimes. Sabrinna Valisce fought long and hard for what she believed to be right when she campaigned to pass New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act. She was subsequently violated and abused within the same system she fought for. It took courage for her to publicly admit she was mistaken. Now that she is speaking out about it, we owe it to her—and to women around the world—to listen. READ MORE: http://www.truthdig.com/report/page3/the_evidence_from_new_zealand_the_new_york_times_ignored_20160601Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Guus Hiddink wants to take a good look at Chelsea and their current predicament before accepting the interim manager’s job for a second time. Press Association He lost just one of his 22 matches in the final four months of the season and was well liked during his short stint in charge. After his last match, the Wembley win over Everton, a number of senior stars – captain John Terry being one – asked him to reconsider his decision and stay on. Of the squad from that day only Terry and Branislav Ivanovic still remain at Stamford Bridge. Hiddink is probably wise to take his time over his decision as he has to be certain what he is walking into after all the apparent upheaval behind the scenes – Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo cited “palpable discord” between the manager and the players – during Mourinho’s last few months in charge. The Portuguese is reported to have returned to the club’s Cobham training ground to say his final goodbyes to the squad, who are now trying to focus on the visit of Sunderland. Terry expressed his regret at Mourinho’s exit on social media on Friday morning, posting on Instagram: “Thank you doesn’t seem enough. Sad sad day. “Gonna miss you Boss. The very best I have EVER worked with, unbelievable memories together.” Defender Baba Rahman, only signed in the summer, admits Mourinho’s departure has taken some getting used to by the players but stressed they were trying to remain professional and concentrate on returning to winning ways after back-to-back league defeats against Bournemouth and Leicester. “Everyone was sad, Mourinho was the best manager the club has ever had,” the left-back told Sky Sports. “The mood is not so usual like before because of what has happened but we are looking ahead to the future and trying to put things together.” One of Hiddink’s former assistants, Rene Meulensteen, believes the Dutchman will bring a safe pair of hands to Stamford Bridge. “Guus has always been a modern-thinking coach but at the end of the day you still deal with humans and that is one of his biggest assets – he gets the noses of everyone in the room pointing in the same direction,” compatriot Rene Meulensteen, who briefly worked with Hiddink at Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, told Radio Five Live. “It was a short-lived period with him at Anzhi but it was time well spent. “I am sure he will do well for Chelsea because he will be a safe pair of hands.” The 69-year-old flew into London less than 24 hours after Jose Mourinho left the club for a second time, but despite Chelsea’s hopes a deal would be concluded for the Dutchman to take over in the short term nothing was finalised on Friday night. That means assistant coach Steve Holland will take charge for tomorrow’s visit of Sunderland, although Hiddink could well be in the stands to run the rule over his prospective new players. “We are still talking, exchanging stuff… It is possible that we would still use this weekend to discuss,” he told Fox Sports. “It could take hours or days before I say yes or no. The news is fresh. I first want to take a good look.” Hiddink had, in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf earlier in the day, admitted he wanted to make a full appraisal of the situation at Stamford Bridge before his next move. “I want to get some good insight before I make my decision,” he said. “I want as much information as possible. Chelsea are in a bad situation and there are reasons for that. “I want to gain some good insights on that before I make my decision. “Whether or not I’m visiting their next match depends on my first conversation. Then I’ll decide if I should stay in London longer.” If he does eventually accept Chelsea’s offer Hiddink will reprise the role he performed in 2009 when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in February of that year, guiding the club to the FA Cup and third place in the table as well as a Champions League semi-final where they narrowly and controversially lost to eventual winners Barcelona courtesy of a stoppage-time away goal.
Fox said Villa had been ”holding conversations” with a number of players but, because they are in the ”most difficult position in the Premier League”, they are largely having trouble persuading them to come to Villa Park. Garde understands the predicament and says he would ”not complain about this kind of thing” if if transpired that the transfer window closed on February 1 and he had to complete the campaign with the players he already has. ”We are working hard to sign players but in our position in the table it is quite difficult to sign players,” said Garde, whose side continue their uphill battle for survival at midlands neighbours West Brom on Saturday. “But hopefully we are getting closer every day it is going on. ”Players are attracted by what? They want to play in England if we are speaking about foreign players, and English players want to play in the Premier League. But the price of English players is sometimes for many reasons higher than foreign players. “Foreign players want to come to England and the Premier League because of the good contract that they could sign. But they are also interested in the project. ”If you are a clever player, you are not only looking at the figures in your contract. You are looking a little bit long-term or medium term and then then you think, ‘maybe I will have this situation for the next 12 or 18 months’. ”But then I fully understand that this football club can be huge and I want to be part of the new building of this football club. “This is a speech that some players understand and this is why I try to attract this kind of player. ”But it is not only because you have a good speech for 10 minutes that the player comes. There are a lot of other parameters that you have to consider before signing. “In our position it is especially difficult to attract players and we are still working on it and hopefully we will have one or two signings before the end.” Garde is expected to name the same starting line-up for the third Premier League game in a row at The Hawthorns. The Villa boss is likely to stick with the team that earned four points from the home matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester, meaning he will make nine changes from the side he sent out for the FA Cup third-round replay with Wycombe in midweek. Midfielder Carlos Sanchez will undergo a fitness test but full-back Alan Hutton (hamstring) and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor remain out. But the Frenchman will not give up trying to get the club’s targets to look at the bigger picture, as the likelihood of relegation to the Sky Bet Championship has so far put off players. Frustrated Villa fans, with their team 10 points from safety, pleaded with chief executive Tom Fox at the Supporters’ Trust AGM on Thursday night to get some transfer business done this month in order to help give the club a fighting chance of pulling off a miracle escape. Press Association Aston Villa’s position adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League is making it difficult to attract new signings, according to manager Remi Garde.
A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of Heads of State and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics.In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combatting terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. Plans include doubling the number of security forces on the streets, erecting more checkpoints and working closer with foreign intelligence agencies than Brazilians did in the 2014 World Cup. But will it be enough?Terror attacks have been rare, if horrifying at past Olympics. The most notorious was the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and a police officer by a radical Palestinian group in Munich. A bomb planted by an anti-abortion protester killed one and injured 111 at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.“But Brazil has a lot of problems that other countries don’t have,” Ford said. “It’s sort of a perfect storm for anyone wanting to carry out an attack.”South America’s first-ever games have been plagued by a long list of problems, from the Zika epidemic and severe water pollution to slow ticket sales and questions about the readiness of infrastructure built for the games.Compounding the security concerns is the deepest recession in decades, which has forced the cash-strapped Rio state government to slash spending and delay paychecks, and a distracting political crisis that led to the removal of President Dilma Rousseff while she faces an impeachment trial. To make up for the shortfall, the federal government has had to step in with almost $1 billion in emergency funding, much of which will be devoted to security. Extra police are also being deployed from other states.To be sure, Brazil isn’t a newcomer to hosting mega-events. Every year it welcomes millions of foreign visitors during the weeklong Carnival celebration, and the 2014 World Cup went off with no major incidents.But it has almost no experience fighting terrorism. The country has long prided itself on having an enemy-free foreign policy, one that rejects military intervention.Not surprisingly, many Brazilians are on edge as the military buildup at airports and elsewhere become more evident. There have also been several bomb scares. The ritzy beach neighborhood of Leblon shut down streets for several hours last week after discovery of a suspicious bag that turned out to contain only clothes.“I never felt like this about terrorism before. I only worried about street crime,” said Fernanda Rocha, a pharmacist in Rio. “I have no idea how to avoid terrorists if they come.”Despite Brazilians’ easygoing attitude, better suited for a street party than an urban lockdown, Ford said there have been major improvements since the 2014 World Cup. Training exercises with U.S. and other foreign militaries to deal with chemical, biological and nuclear attacks have become more frequent. A joint-intelligence center has been created for the games, allowing intelligence services from around the world to share information and investigate threats as they emerge.Precisely because of Rio’s reputation for criminality, elite police units are more battle-tested than their counterparts in major U.S. cities.“They’re used to carrying bigger and stronger guns than we are,” said Bobby Chacon, a retired FBI agent who makes his home in Rio and spent a year running security at the 2004 Games in Athens.There are expected to be 85,000 military personnel and police fanning out across the city, double the number that was on the streets in London in 2012. While most will be concentrated at sporting venues, tourist landmarks will also be heavily patrolled.“They have the police in place and trained to stop a large-scale, coordinated attack,” Chacon said. “But there’s plenty of opportunities to cause harm, and they shouldn’t take anything for granted.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Brazilian forward, Philippe Coutinho was TuesdayÂ reported to have put pressure on the Premier League club, Liverpool FC to let him leave the club and team up with FCCoutinho is set to join Barca for a base fee of â‚¬90 million (Â£81.6m), with bonuses that could bring the deal to â‚¬120m (Â£108.8m).A delegation from Barcelona headed up by Chief Executive Oscar Grau travelled to Liverpool on Monday night to finalise the negotiation, sources in England revealed last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram