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Fragile mood blights West Ham’s first return since ugly crowd scenes

first_imgSouthampton Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook West Ham United Share on Messenger David Sullivan Football violence Share on Twitter Karren Brady: ‘I’ve never walked away from anything – and I’m not going to start now’ Karren Brady features This is a relegation six-pointer with an unwelcome distraction. It is the 17th-placed team at home to the 18th, with two points separating the sides, and there will be as much focus on events in the stands as those on the pitch.It is a sad situation but there is no escaping reality for West Ham with the dust still settling after Burnley’s first goal resulted in five pitch invasions and hundreds of supporters gathering below the directors’ box to protest against David Gold and David Sullivan, the club’s owners, and Karren Brady, the vice-chairman.Sullivan was struck on his glasses by a coin and he and Gold had to leave their seats early. Almost 20 West Ham fans have been issued with lifetime suspensions for invading the pitch or throwing missiles, the club is facing punishment from the Football Association and the fallout even featured Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, rebuking Brady for claiming that cuts to the stadium’s security budget were responsible for the trouble.Stewards were overwhelmed and the toxic atmosphere raises the prospect of trouble flaring again, not least because Sullivan, Gold and Brady are expected to attend the game against Southampton and have indicated no desire to part with the club they led away from Upton Park two years ago.Brady and Khan met to discuss the stadium’s problems on Monday and the Safety Advisory Group, which features West Ham, the Metropolitan police, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the stadium operators, LS185, has agreed additional security measures for the game.Police will be inside and outside the ground, stewards will be positioned in the stands and by the pitch, free flow around the stadium will be reduced and West Ham have placed a barrier near the directors to stop fans getting too close. A female steward who suffered concussion in the crush below the directors’ box and a male steward who was left with a blood clot behind one eye after being assaulted are expected to return to work.The operation will add £60,000 to the security bill and will be covered by the taxpayer, although the safety enhancements are just as well given that the SAG has warned that further trouble will leave West Ham facing the prospect of playing future matches behind closed doors.“I want this club to appeal to really good international players,” said David Moyes, West Ham’s manager. “I want them to say ‘I want to join West Ham United’. I don’t think what happened against Burnley is going to make those players want to join us.”Moyes, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, says he would like to remain at West Ham. However, his decision is likely to depend on them staying in the Premier League. Uncertainty reigns. Victory will take West Ham five points above Southampton but it is telling that the visiting manager, Mark Hughes, has spoken about using the crowd against the home team.After all, the build-up to the Burnley game was overshadowed by Mark Walker, the head of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA), becoming the target of an online campaign orchestrated by members of the Real West Ham Fans Group (RWHFG) after his organisation tried to resurrect a cancelled protest march.Walker held productive talks with Sullivan after the club were criticised by Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, for failing to condemn the abuse. Yet WHUISA will vote on Saturday on whether to march before the Manchester City game on 28 April, while there is intrigue over rumours of rival groups holding a “static protest” outside the stadium against Southampton.The mood is fragile and, although the players have sympathy with the supporters’ complaints, which have mainly focused on a perceived lack of investment in the transfer market since the move to Stratford, they are concerned more disruptions will harm their efforts to stay up. Five of West Ham’s final eight games are at home, with visits from Everton, both Manchester clubs and Stoke City still to come.The collapse against Burnley was alarming and Moyes, who has Arthur Masuaku available after the wing-back’s six-match ban for spitting, told the players during their recent mini-break in Miami that they must show strength of character if there are more protests.“They were shocked,” Moyes said. “We couldn’t understand it. We were only 1-0 down. If anything we needed the fans’ support. I can show you the stats that said as soon as the pitch invasions started the players dropped off physically.“We’ve said to the players if anything like this happens again we have to make sure we don’t drop off and that this time we rally round each other quickly because it looked like we just went to pieces.”Moyes is still getting to grips with West Ham’s politics, which is an unenviable task, and the week has been dominated by calls for unity from claret and blue heroes like Mark Noble and Sir Trevor Brooking.The problem for West Ham is that the strength of any truce is likely to depend on which team scores the first goal. Reuse this content Share via Email In different circumstances it would be possible simply to look forward to a day of huge significance at the bottom of the Premier League. If life at the London Stadium was that straightforward, however, they would not be fortifying security in front of the directors’ box and there would be no clamour for the trio running West Ham United to stay away from home games for the rest of the season.The future has arrived in less than glorious circumstances, humbling West Ham as they prepare to host Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The promised dream has turned into a nightmare in a soulless bowl. It has been three weeks since West Ham’s last game descended into chaos and it is hardly ideal they have spent that time working with the authorities to prevent a repeat of the ugly scenes that marred their 3-0 defeat against Burnley. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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‘Liverpool should get Eriksen & Alli’

first_imgTransfers ‘Liverpool should get Eriksen & Alli’ – Collymore calls for summer spending spree Chris Burton 01:28 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Jurgen Klopp in Kiev Getty Transfers Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Reds striker wants Fenway Sports Group to back Jurgen Klopp with considerable funds and mount a Premier League title challenge Liverpool should be looking to sign the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli this summer, says Stan Collymore, with Fenway Sports Group called upon to back an elaborate spending spree by Jurgen Klopp.The Reds did break their transfer record when landing £75 million ($100m) man Virgil van Dijk in January, while Naby Keita is set to arrive in a £52m ($69m) deal, but there are funds available from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and a run through to the Champions League final.Collymore wants to see those invested back into the squad, with it vital that the Anfield board display some ambition in the next window if the gap is to be closed on Manchester City in the Premier League and progress maintained in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The former Reds striker wrote in a column for the Daily Mirror: “The pressure is on the Fenway Sports Group – and now they have to deliver for Jurgen Klopp.“Liverpool’s owners need to use the Champions League Final as a platform to build a squad that is capable of standing squarely toe-to-toe with those being ­assembled in Manchester.“The first XI put together by the ­affable German has shown that, on its day, it can compete with the very best.“It has dismantled ­defences across Europe. It has shredded a lot of reputations in the ­Premier League as goals have rained down.“But, for all of their promise in the second half of this season, Liverpool do not have the strength in depth of their two great rivals.”Collymore added: “If the Reds are to close the gap, they need genuine A-listers as back-up. And I believe now is the time to strike.Liverpool should sign Christian Eriksen Dele Alli Stan Collymore“By reaching two European finals in three seasons, Klopp has shown he can manage.“And now FSG have to demonstrate their commitment too by using the £75m-plus generated by this run and back their man in the transfer market.“I am not talking about signing the likes of Andy Robertson – as good as he has been.“I am talking about wandering into White Hart Lane, plonking £150m on the table in front of Daniel Levy and saying: ‘I’ll give you that for Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.’“I would still like the owners to give the green light for three or four marquee signings.”Liverpool are being linked with several high-profile signings, with it possible that additions could be made across the board.A disastrous showing by Loris Karius in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has reignited calls for a new goalkeeper to be found, while defensive issues remain and greater options are required in the final third to support the ‘Fab Three’ of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Prince Harry And Prince William Take A Selfie

first_imgPrince Harry joined the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace today to help launch the search for inspirational people across the Commonwealth.Prince Harry and Prince William Join Jamal Edwards For A SelfieCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Royals joined Jamal Edwards – internet entrepreneur and founder of the youth channel SBTV – to kick off the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to find inspirational young people who are making a difference.On behalf of The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses were launching the awards which have been set up in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.Exceptional people aged 18-29 will receive awards for leading the way where they live and the awards scheme will support them to do even more life-changing work in their communities.Grants will be made to organisations in selected Commonwealth countries that can show they are improving the lives of young people. The grants will help individuals gain new skills, employment and a voice in their communities. The programme is a partnership between Comic Relief, The Diamond Jubilee Trust and the Royal Commonwealth Society.The brothers took part in the first-ever Royal Google+ hangout which was hosted by Gemma Cairney and shown on the British Monarchy Google Plus page.Find out more here.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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Ted Turner On Security Councils Nomination Of António Guterres As Next UN

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council has nominated António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting on January 1, 2017.The UN General Assembly will next need to approve the recommendation. Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, released the following statement.“António Guterres is well-positioned to be a great United Nations Secretary-General – one of the most important jobs in the world. He has the experience we need: He has been the leader of one of the world’s foremost humanitarian agencies, and he would be the first Secretary-General to have also previously served as a head of government. He understands what it takes to lead, and he knows how to get things done. He’s an impatient humanitarian who will be a tireless diplomat for the hopes of people everywhere for a better future.“Creating the UN Foundation to support the UN was the best investment that I have ever made. I’m proud of my work with the UN, and I am proud to step up now to support the next Secretary-General however I can. We can’t turn away from today’s global problems, and I believe the UN is the place where we can all come together to make change happen.”last_img read more

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Humans responsible for more than 400 BC wildfires so far this season

first_imgThe Canadian PressCampfires, cigarettes, flares and car accidents are some of the ways humans have likely started more than 400 wildfires in British Columbia this season.As wildfires blaze across the province, the BC Wildfire Service says many of them have been avoidable. Despite efforts to spread the word about fire bans and other restrictions, fire information officer Ryan Turcot says many people still aren’t getting the message.“It’s important to note that every time we run into a human-caused wildfire, that’s a wildfire that didn’t have to happen,” Turcot said.“These human-caused wildfires during periods of heightened fire activity can in some cases divert critical resources away from the natural caused wildfires that we can’t prevent.”On average, the Wildfire Service says 40 per cent of fires over the past 10 years, or 666 per year, have been caused by humans.This season has seen an unusual amount of lightning activity, which has skewed that ratio, Turcot said.Since April 1, humans have been responsible for starting more than 420 of about 1,950 wildfires in British Columbia, although the service said it’s too early to be more specific about the causes since many are still under investigation.The Wildfire Service lumps human activities that spark fires into 10 broad categories, including smoking, electrical, and structure or vehicle fires that spread.“If you were to really break it down, there are hundreds of different ways that wildfires start,” Turcot said.About 23 per cent of fires started by humans fall under the broad umbrella of “incendiary devices,” which include matches, lighters, flare guns and others. About 22 per cent spread from campfires. And about the same number begin with open fires, which are larger fires that include burn barrels, pile burning and large-scale industrial burning.Turcot said it’s important to educate yourself about fire bans and other restrictions before entering the backcountry.In response to last year’s record-setting fire season, the Wildfire Service says on its website that extraordinary measures were taken to help prevent human-caused fires.Off-road vehicle prohibitions were implemented in the Cariboo, Kamloops and southeast fire centres and full backcountry closures were implemented in two areas. Campfires were also banned across most areas of the province throughout the summer.In April 2016, the province increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets. Fines include $1,150 for lighting a fire against regulations or restrictions, $575 for failing to comply with a fire control order and $383 to $575 for failing to report a fire.More than 1.2 million hectares of land burned in 2017, costing more than $568 million in fire suppression and displacing roughly 65,000 people.An independent review of last year’s fire season recommended strengthening the public’s understanding of risks and personal responsibilities, and providing a summary of incentives to encourage public participation in preparing for emergencies.“The most prominent communications theme referenced was the need to better communicate human-started fire considerations such as the direct impacts of negligence and fines for cigarettes in high-risk areas,” the report said in a summary of comments it received through open houses.Comments also called for more public awareness campaigns and more education on FireSmart, a program that teaches prevention tactics.In an email, Turcot said the province is working toward making FireSmart activities a common practice across British Columbia, including providing more courses to educate local governments, First Nations, community members and emergency staff. It already does paid advertising campaigns on radio, TV and online.But changing human behaviour is a challenge.“There isn’t one silver bullet solution to reducing the number of human-caused fires, given that human-caused fires are attributable to a very wide array of activities and circumstances, so it is important for the BC Wildfire Service to continue educating the public about wildfire prevention as it relates to all human activities that can result in unnecessary wildfires,” Turcot said.last_img read more

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