Odegaard: My goal is to play for Real Madrid

first_imgMartin Odegaard remains determined to break into Real Madrid’s first team and sees his time on loan at Vitesse as a big step towards achieving his goal.For a player once regarded as a potential superstar and courted by Europe’s most successful sides, the hype surrounding Odegaard has died down since he joined Madrid at 16 years old.Now 19, the midfielder has spent almost two years in the Eredivisie, having joined Vitesse in the summer after an 18-month spell with Heerenveen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A regular starter for Leonid Slutsky’s team, he has two goals and an assist from 11 appearances in all competitions, and feels he is on the right track to reach the top of the game.”I am satisfied, I’m finding my way more and more here [at Vitesse],” he told  Voetbal International .  “Recently, I finally scored. against Heracles. With that, there was a burden lifted off my shoulders. One of my goals is to get better statistics in goals and assists.”I have to play and learn as much as possible. Of course, I hoped that I would have a place in Real’s team. I was training all summer long and got some minutes in the first team. At the end of the summer, the club and I decided that it would be better for me to play elsewhere. That would be the best choice for my own development. Then you are looking for the best conditions for yourself. After the conversation with this coach [Slutsky], I knew it would be Arnhem.”He added: “You have to be modest and keep your goal in mind. How many 19-year-olds play in the first team of Madrid? The road is long and I am convinced of myself.”Work hard, learn more in every game and make more minutes. My goal is clear: I want to play for Real Madrid. I do everything for that. My contract has already been renewed. I take that as a sign of trust. Vitesse is absolutely no step back, it is a step forward towards the top.”Odegaard scored a free-kick last week against Utrecht for his first Eredivisie goal of the season, and he expects to improve his efficiency as he matures.”I am only 19, but I have been playing professional football for five years,” he said. “Then I can expect that I will dare to be more dominant.”I understand better what this team wants, what the coach wants and how we enjoy working. I feel I have come to the perfect place to take the next step. But it is first about the team. If I am important to that, then I will also do well. The free-kick was a great reward, but I will think longer about the missed opportunity after that.”last_img read more

Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

first_imgPARIS — A series of international leaders used a global commemoration of the end of the First World War to warn about the risk politicians who call themselves nationalists pose to a fragile peace, in a message aimed at the American president.What started with the French president saying that nationalist leaders threaten to erase a nation’s moral values by putting their own interests first regardless of the effects on others, ended with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying voters will turn for easy answers and scapegoats.U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist and has frequently sparred with the media, whom he has labelled as “fake news” and the enemy of the people — both of which were on display last week in a free-wheeling press conference after the U.S. midterm elections.Speaking at a peace forum organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau said attacks on the press are a lever some use to fuel anxiety about automation of jobs, international trade and ultimately “undermine our trust in institutions and increase our cynicism.”A bulwark against that was a “robust, respected media” that is under stress, Trudeau said to a crowd of about 150 people.“Attacks on the media are not just about getting your preferred political candidate elected, for example, they are about increasing the level of cynicism that citizens have towards all authorities, towards all of the institutions that are there to protect us as citizens,” he said.“When people feel their institutions can’t protect them, they look for easy answers in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia.”Macron, Trudeau and other leaders came to Paris hoping to use the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to renew calls to quash festering tensions across the globe.Macron warned how fragile peace can be in an age where the tensions that gave rise to four years of bloody battle, costing millions of lives, appear to be festering again. He told the assembled masses that the “traces of this war never went away.”He urged the leaders present to promise their peoples that the resurgent “old demons” would not be able to return, sowing “chaos and death.”Though Trump sat mostly stone-faced as he listened to Macron’s words, he had left by the time Trudeau began to speak at a memorial at an American military cemetery outside Paris. At the event, Trump said it was “our duty to preserve the civilization” downed soldiers fought to defend, “and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago.”Yet at almost the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her opening speech at the peace forum, spoke about how lack of communication and an unwillingness to compromise can have dire consequences for countries — again in a veiled message towards Trump.“There is a general sense and desire among many countries, including Canada, to do whatever is possible to sustain the institutions of the international order and practical, multilateral co-operation. And so you see that in Canada, you see that in Germany,” said Roland Paris, Trudeau’s former foreign adviser.“Macron (is) essentially making that point: that we can sustain co-operation, we must sustain co-operation.”Trudeau, who is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia, will come face-to-face with three of the nations sowing tension: Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Trudeau sat beside Putin at the peace conference and the pair briefly chatted at the opening session of Macron’s peace summit on Sunday. Trudeau’s office said he acknowledged the Russian people’s sacrifices through the two world wars and reiterated the importance of Russian representation in Paris to talk about peace.Earlier in the weekend, Trudeau spoke with Trump at a dinner Macron organized on Friday night — although government officials wouldn’t say the exact topic of conversation.Trudeau has had to navigate the mercurial American president, and talked pointedly about him on Sunday afternoon, but never mentioned Trump by name, as he is prone to do.Trump did not shake Trudeau’s hand when he arrived with wife Melania at the iconic Arc de Triomphe for the Nov. 11 ceremony. Neither Trump nor Putin walked a bit of the Champs-Elysee with other leaders after church bells rang out as the hour turned to 11 a.m. local time, marking the moment the guns fell silent across Europe a century ago.France’s ambassador to Canada described the peace forum as a way to amplify the voices of non-governmental organizations and prod political leaders present to commit to Macron’s call for peace.“If you’re not backed up by the highest political authority, nothing will happen,” Kareen Rispal said in an interview Friday.“You have to get the real commitment from the political leaders.”Rispal also said Trudeau’s appearance at the Arc de Triomphe ceremony would be a reminder of Canada’s contributions during the war, which aren’t always recognized in Europe.Some 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the First World War, and more than 66,000 of them lost their lives. About 172,000 more were injured.Others served behind the front lines, working with locals to aid the war effort.“We as French, we as Europeans — I think we don’t value enough the effort made by the Canadians,” Rispal said in an interview Friday.— With files from the Associated Press.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

STATEMENT PRIME MINISTER RT HON PERRY G CHRISTIE ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 9th January 2015 – In the wake of the terrorist attack on 7th January 2015 in Paris that left twelve people dead, Prime Minister Christie spoke to the issue the following day during his address at the opening of the first China/CELAC Forum in Beijing. He told delegates that The Bahamas stands in solidarity with the other speakers in condemning the Paris attacks and reiterated that CARICOM was a peace loving region that strives for the dignity of life for all peoples.“I also join the previous speakers in soundly condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Paris, France, yesterday. We are a peace-loving region, which aspires to a dignified life for all peoples” said the Prime Minister. Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Related Items:CARICOM, france, paris, perry christie, statement, terror UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

TCI Police Force has a new Assistant Superintendant Officer shot in leg

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 6, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos has recruited a 30 year police investigator to guide and teach investigative skills on the royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.  He is now the Assistant Superintendant and his name is Stephen Snow of the UK.A media release from the force explains that Snow has,  “significant experience in the investigation of serious and organized crime which includes major drugs importations, kidnapping, rape and armed robbery.  He has reportedly been overseer of some 70 homicides and suspicious death cases in the United Kingdom.  Snow has earned as many as 16 commendations for outstanding detective work and has received the Prestigious Police Award for 30 years service to the CID.”Also from the Police our female officer Kedkrizia Missick shot by two bandits who got away with a woman’s purse outside of Petro Plus gas station on Monday, is doing fine and her commanding officer, Superintendant Darron Williams hails her bravery and wishes her speedy recovery.  “This goes to show the dangers police officers face each day, I am happy that her injuries were not serious.”Officer Missick was struck by a random bullet which pierced the police vehicle and caught her in her right leg, just about the knee.last_img read more

Howe bullish ahead of Spurs clash

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “we can beat anybody” as he prepares to take his team to Wembley to face Tottenham on Boxing Day.Despite losing five of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, Howe is confident of a positive result on Wednesday.October 2016 was the last time Bournemouth got a point against Pochettino’s side, in a goalless draw at the Vitality stadium.“We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” Howe told Sky Sports.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“They are a very good team and we’ve had some good matches against them.“We haven’t quite been on the right side of the result but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these type of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet, but we are working towards it.“As I always say when we are at our best we can beat anybody.”The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs thanks to Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike.last_img read more