Milan’s Belotti bid considered ‘unsuitable’

first_imgTransfers Belotti was Milan target, but Torino considered Niang proposal ‘unsuitable’ Last updated 2 years ago 19:01 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Andrea Belotti, Torino, Serie A, 27082017 Getty Images Transfers Milan Torino Serie A The Rossoneri were among those to express an interest in the striker, but their efforts to put a part-exchange deal in place were knocked back AC Milan’s efforts to include M’Baye Niang in a part-exchange deal for Andrea Belotti were considered “unsuitable” by Torino.The Rossoneri were among those to express an interest in the Italy international striker as they embarked on an elaborate summer recruitment drive.Milan 9/1 to beat Lazio 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Belotti’s €100 million release clause was widely reported throughout the window, but that only applied to foreign interest and could not be triggered by Milan.As they sought to find a way around that issue, those at the San Siro endeavoured to use Torino’s interest in Niang as a bargaining chip, but negotiations soon broke down as it became clear that no agreement would be reached.Club director Gianluca Petrachi said on the Torino Channel: “It was a bit of a soap opera.“He [Niang] always wanted to join us, partly because of the bond he has with Sinisa Mihajlovic, and he even turned down an offer from Sampdoria.“[President Urbano] Cairo gave me the all-clear to negotiate with the Rossoneri, but they tried to use Niang as part of their bid for Belotti. The offer was unsuitable.“I was the one who insisted on keeping the two issues separate. We are trying to build a stronger Torino and selling Belotti for €50-60m would not have achieved that.“We want Belotti to be paid for what he is worth. If the lad wants to challenge himself at Champions League clubs, then we can talk about that in future.”Belotti netted 28 times for Torino in all competitions last season, sparking interest inside Serie A and further afield from the likes of Chelsea.He has also found the target three times in as many games in 2017-18, with the speculation surrounding his future appearing to have had little impact on his focus.last_img read more

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How Montrealborn yoga teacher planned to start a new life in BC

first_imgHALIFAX – Wearing a dress and a wide smile at a trendy Halifax bar, Kristin Johnston was excited about starting a new chapter in her life.The Montreal-born yoga instructor shared drinks with friends and joked about ways she could break up with her boyfriend Nicholas Butcher, a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job.Johnston, 32, had just shut down her yoga studio and wanted to leave her life in Halifax behind, eager to move across the country to be closer to her sister in Tofino, B.C.Johnston had just returned from a reinvigorating trip to Costa Rica.“She looked beautiful,” Lisa Abramowicz, 34, said of her childhood friend. “Very happy. Very bubbly.”Hours later, Johnston’s lifeless body was found on a blood-soaked bed at her home near the ocean on Halifax’s outskirts.Butcher, who turned 36 on Friday, is charged with second-degree murder in her death, with evidence so far revealing much about Johnston’s plans for a fresh start. The Crown will continue calling evidence Monday as the trial enters its third week.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality. Despite her passion and hard work, though, Johnston’s business failed in 2016.Having just closed the studio, Johnston decided to take a trip to Florida in early March 2016 to see family, and then to Costa Rica to meet her best friend, Jennifer Hazard.Hazard said Johnston looked “exhausted” when she arrived.They talked about her relationship with Butcher, and how she wasn’t happy and wanted to end it. She told her friend she didn’t “believe in that kind of love anymore.”By the end of the trip, Johnston’s mood had changed.“She was ready for a new chapter and so excited to move to Tofino and start a new life,” Hazard, 32, testified at the trial.Back at home, Johnston was faced with reality. She agonized over how to break-up with Butcher, seeking advice from several friends.She told Hazard in a Facebook message that she felt “trapped” in the city she had moved to five years earlier.“I need to end things with Nick,” she wrote. “Doing what I can not to be home.”The 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury has heard that Butcher recently started living with Johnston at the house she owned in Purcells Cove, because he needed a place to stay after losing the lease on his own apartment.Days after returning from her trip, Johnston decided to have drinks at Halifax’s Lion and Bright bar. She told friends she didn’t want to see Butcher that night.The physically fit woman with brown hair donned a dress, tights, and short dark boots with heels.“She was really excited, really happy,” Matthew Whiston, who was with her at the bar that night, testified. “She said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship, that she didn’t love him the way he loves her.”Later in the evening, Johnston and Abramowicz went to their friend Michael Belyea’s apartment nearby.The three were listening to a Johnny Cash record and sharing a drink when suddenly Belyea heard footsteps coming up the stairs to his upper-level flat.Belyea said Johnston was surprised to see her boyfriend, and was completely unaware of how he knew where she was. She had just acquired Belyea’s address a few hours earlier.The pair talked outside the flat, and then Johnston came back inside alone. She said she had ended it with Butcher.Belyea said Johnston then said she was tired and was going to sleep over, and went into the bedroom. He said goodbye to Abramowicz and followed Johnston. He closed the door behind him, and heard Abramowicz leave soon after.Belyea — who said he had previously been intimate with Johnston when they first met in 2009 — said he laid on the bed with Johnston and they started kissing.Then, he heard footsteps coming from the kitchen. He assumed Abramowicz had forgotten something, but then he felt a push on his shoulder. It was Butcher.“He said to her something like ‘What are you doing’ or ‘Why are you doing this’,” said Belyea, a 41-year-old carpenter and musician. “I remember her saying, ‘This is where I want to be’.”Belyea decided to give them space and went for a walk. When he returned. Johnston and Butcher were not there.About three hours later, Johnston was found dead at her home in Purcells Cove.Police had gone to the scene after Butcher, breathing heavily and sobbing, called 911 and told them he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He told them he had cut off his hand.“I need help,” Butcher said on the call, played for the jury last week. “I’m bleeding to death.”Police officers have testified that a blood-caked Butcher emerged from Johnston’s home that morning shirtless and wearing pyjama pants, and was missing his right hand.Inside, investigators found Johnston’s body in the master bedroom on a blood-soaked bed, next to a steak knife.They testified that a mitre saw and an amputated hand were found nearby on the floor of the bedroom.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings. He wears a navy suit and glasses each day of the trial, with his hair closed cropped.He has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Alexei Sayle Tells Government To Get A Move On Over Circus Ban

Comedian Alexei Sayle has joined Animal Defenders International (ADI) in calling for action on wild animal circuses, urging Government “to get a move on” and “bring their own bill in” as a backbench bill to bring in the ban promised, but sat upon by Government, faces its tenth attempt to pass to committee stage.Incredibly, it is Conservative back benchers who have blocked this bill to pass their Government’s own legislation nine times.Opposition to the use of wild animals in circuses is overwhelming, with support for the ban uniting Parliament and the public alike. Legislation has now been pledged by Government for three years, with the promised ban due to come into force at the end of this year. ADI is urging David Cameron to keep his word and progress the law.ADI President Jan Creamer said, “The Government made a clear promise to act on this issue yet three years on we are still waiting for the law to pass. The public and Parliament do not want to see wild animals continuing to suffer in British circuses. David Cameron must keep his word and bring in the ban without delay.”Social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell joined Alexei Sayle in the plea for action stating he hoped David Cameron “will stop his foot-dragging and bring forward legislation to ensure there are no more wild animals in circuses in Britain” alongside X Factor boyband Fifth Street who said that the ban would “keep the public happy and keep the animals happy.”Angela Eagle MP today attempted to progress the ban by asking William Hague, Leader of the House of Commons, if the Government would give the Circus Bill time for a Second Reading. He responded: “I certainly support that Bill and the Government supports that Bill. I think it would be wrong for the Government to pick bills out of the Private Members’ process and give them Government time… the Bill will have to take it’s normal chances.”This seems extraordinary double-speak since the bill was promised by the Government over two years ago and is only in the Private Members’ process because the Government has not given it time.The issue has become an embarrassing Parliamentary saga. The proposed ban on wild animals in circuses was announced by the Government in 2012, although a ban was promised to Parliament as long ago as 2006. In 2010 a Government Public Consultation saw over 90% of respondents calling for a ban and in 2011, backbench bench MPs voted unanimously for the Government to introduce a ban.The Private Member’s Bill introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP is identical to the Government’s own Bill that was unveiled to media fanfare but has simply gathered dust. Unfortunately, an objection from just one MP prevents it from progressing, and tomorrow eyes will be on Tory MP for Christchurch, Christopher Chope, who has blocked the bill on six occasions.Wales is committed to a ban and is seeking to be included in England’s legislation, but whilst efforts to ban wild animals in circuses are stalling, 30 nations around the world have acted. ADI is currently assisting the Peruvian Government enforce a ban and have 21 lions in their care removed from circuses.ADI’s campaign to stop circus suffering in Britain is supported by politicians of all parties, leading animal protection groups and celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Brian Blessed, Twiggy, Eddie Izzard and Sir Roger Moore.ADI has vowed not to let the matter drop and the backbench bill will have another second reading on Friday 27 February. read more

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The policies of state and loss of soul

first_imgSunday evening saw Shashi Tharoor all charged up, despite suffering from a little cold, to interact with an auditorium filled with people about his latest book Pax Indica, a seminal work on India’s foreign policy. The evening hosted the fourth edition of Books & Authors, where Tharoor was featured to educate the audience and discuss with them the intricacies described in his manuscript.The well known author, veteran UN official and diplomat, and currently the Union Minister of state for HRD, Tharoor, graced his presence at CSOI Complex where the book was introduced by Ujjwal Singh Bhatia, who was till recently India’s ambassador to the WTO at Geneva. The evening of interactive session was moderated by Sanjeev Chopra, the current Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Pax Indica, or the Indian peace, is the thirteenth feather in the cap of the author-diplomat turned politician Tharoor. The author’s basic hypothesis is that India can use a combination of her size, trade prowess, soft power and growing influence in the world to ensure an age of domestic transformation. As far as Tharoor is concerned, Pax Indica is a foreign policy that allows India to play a role in developing a contemporary ‘peace system’ that will help ‘promote and maintain a period or co-operative co-existence’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPax Indica has been written with precision, clarity and an idea to introduce the concept of India’s Foreign Policy.Tharoor who emphasises upon India’s need to ‘cultivate good relations with countries that can assist’ us in his manuscript and thus in the process become ‘partners in our fundamental objective of keeping our people safe, secure and free’ goes some distance in explaining the seeming contradictions in India’s foreign policy.It is commendable, Tharoor said, ‘The book ensures to draw the attention of readers to the neglected Indian Foreign Service and weaves the past problems encountered by various Ministers and the laxity on the part of successive governments although he himself is a part of the system.’ He added that the book is about India and India’s position in the world. The last few chapters discuss on forward looking will the initial chapters talk about the present situation.During the interaction, Tharoor also cited few of the instances about the present political system and said that politicians by and large tend not to think beyond the next election. He even said, ‘We made our new policy with our head and not our heart and in the process we have lost our soul.’last_img read more

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