Watford complete double signing

first_img Britos moved to Napoli from Bologna and helped the Italian outfit finish second in Serie A in 2013, and also won the Coppa Italia twice. The Uruguayan, however, was sent off in what turned out to be his final appearance for the Naples club after headbutting Alvaro Morata during the closing minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Juventus on May 23. The arrivals of Jurado and Britos mean Watford have now signed nine players this summer after Sebastian Prodl, Giedrius Arlauskis, Matej Vydra, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami and Allan Nyom penned permanent deals at Vicarage Road. Watford have signed midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow and defender Miguel Britos from Napoli. Press Associationcenter_img Jurado, 29, and Britos, 30, have both agreed three-year contracts with the Hornets, who won promotion back to the Barclays Premier League last season. Jurado played under Watford head coach Quique Flores during four years at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spanish side win the Europa League in 2010, before enjoying spells at Schalke in Germany and Spartak. last_img read more

Jamaica moving to amend gun court act

first_imgThe Jamaica government has introduced legislation aimed at having non-capital murder offences involving firearms heard by a judge without a jury.Seeking amendment of Gun Court ActJustice Minister Delroy Chuck has tabled the amendment to the Gun Court Act that indicates where “a decision has been taken to amend the Gun Court Act to provide for non-capital murder offences committed with a firearm to be tried in the Circuit Court Division of the Gun Court by a judge sitting without a jury”.It also noted that the Bill not only seeks to give effect to that decision, but also provides for consequential amendments to the Jury Act.Chuck said it makes sense to allow a judge alone to try all gun crimes in relation to non-capital murder “because all other gun offences are tried by a judge alone.“We see no reason why a judge alone cannot try the cases instead of a judge and seven jurors,” he added.Last year, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, during debate on the Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act, told legislators that the present legislation provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone, but there is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder committed with a firearm.“In such a situation, the current law provides that trial is with jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence (in the non-capital category)… will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Currently, capital murder cases which involve a gun must be tried with 12 jurors, while non-capital murder cases can be tried with seven jurors.last_img read more

Grgic: It is nice to be at Preparations of the National Football Team again

first_imgThe U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is already preparing for the second day in the FF BH Training Camp in Zenica.After two completed trainings, the impressions of the technical staff are conveyed by the head coach Slaven Musa:“We are satisfied with the work of the players in these two days. It is noticeable that they make high efforts when they are in the national team and that they have more motivation to prove themselves. Still, a longer break is felt and we dose their training sessions accordingly. We also have nice weather and great conditions in the Training Centre, and I hope that we will continue in this rhythm. Today we will do another training session, tomorrow two, and the preparations will end on Tuesday when we will do anthropological testing of players.”National team player Ivan Grgić does not hide his satisfaction that after a long time he has the opportunity to hang out with his teammates from the national team again.“I tried to keep in shape as much as possible during the break, so I have not been unprepared for these preparations. I had the opportunity to train individually. After all the measures that made us have to be at home, it is nice to be at the preparations of the national team again. I am glad that we are training together again, we are hanging out and laughing, that the spirit of the team is there and that everything is great as it should be”, says Grgić.last_img read more

Who is Steve Cohen, what is Brodie Van Wagenen’s future, and other questions surrounding the Mets

first_imgYears of questionable on-field decisions, off-field scandals and just generally bad baseball-ing seem to be coming to an end, as Cohen is reportedly angling himself to buy a majority stake of the team, effectively making him the boss of the boys from Flushing.MORE: With potential work stoppage looming, are teams going for it now?But with any ownership change comes big questions, so here are a few to mull:Who is Steve Cohen, really?OK, so we know who Steve Cohen is. He’s a billionaire hedge fund guy who bought a $24 million penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in 2004. He’s worth almost $14 billion. He bought an 8 percent minority stake in the team in 2012. He’s a lifelong Mets fan. Hell, there’s even a TV character modeled after him!Cohen was also investigated by the SEC and FBI several times and was caught for insider trading, having to pay $1.8 billion in fines in 2012.But who is he? It’s equal parts existential and tangible.Mets fans are (maybe irrationally) excited for the Wilpons to move on, given years of egg on their faces and public backlash over the Bernie Madoff scandal and questions about the team’s commitment to winning. It’s already tough playing second fiddle to the Yankees in New York, but with the team not having operated as a big-market squad — in New York City, no less — there’s reasonable disappointment with the Mets’ hesitance in free agency and apprehension with baseball moves in general.But while a dude that’s got more money than we’ll ever see in a billion lifetimes is potentially taking over, let’s pump the brakes. Going to an all-you-can-eat joint sounds great until you get to the restaurant and realize everything in the buffet is vegan. Hate to rain on your tofu, but just because Cohen is taking over doesn’t mean the Mets’ problems are solved, and the baseline of “well, he’s not a Wilpon” is a low bar to clear. There are many questions as to what kind of owner he’ll be.The early feedback: “Ruthless.” “Hates to lose.” Sounds great.While owning the Mets is a “boyhood dream” for the Long Island native, actions speak louder than words. Early reports say that Cohen isn’t going to be afraid to spend, but it won’t mean a thing if he takes the reins and nothing changes. Early reports also say that Cohen will continue to pursue his “first passion … investing.”Hopefully that means investing in the bullpen.What does this mean for the Wilpons?As always with the Mets, there’s a certain cloud of uncertainty surrounding this whole ordeal. While sunny skies may be ahead for NL New York baseball fans, there’s a weird supposed five-year window for Fred and Jeff Wilpon right now as head honchos for the Mets. What does that mean, exactly?With this five-year window, will Cohen amass more power daily? Is he going to be the guy the second the check clears? Are the Wilpons going keep their offices in Citi Field?Early reports say that should the sale go through, Cohen will become boss after that five years. But if he’s the owner now then what’s stopping him from giving the Wilpons the boot? So many questions! It would probably behoove Cohen to completely shake up the Mets’ front office, which had one of the smallest analytics departments in the league before 2019. There are some other inefficiencies, we’d bet.Is this setting up for a “Godfather”-esque scene, where Cohen sits down with Fred Wilpon, looks him dead in the eye and says, “You’re out, Fred,” a la Michael Corleone to Tom Hagen? Given the amount of drama that’s surrounded this Mets organization since the 2002 sale of the team to Fred Wilpon, it would only be fitting. Hopefully no one goes fishing.What does this mean for Brodie Van Wagenen?Brodie Van Wagenen is in his second year of a somewhat confusing tenure with the Mets. Are they in or out? Are they trying to rebuild on the fly? It seems like BVW is trying hard to build a contender while keeping an eye on the future, kind of. It hasn’t exactly worked out yet.While you can question the methodology behind BVW’s moves over the past year, if (that’s a big “if”) there’s a plan in place for the roster, he should be allowed to see it through before Cohen brings in his own baseball guys. It’s not a dream, Mets fans.You’re waking up on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, knowing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s not the 7 train — it’s Steve Cohen. But if Cohen makes like Uncle Phil, BVW could be out on his rear like Jazz. It’s going to be interesting to see how and whether Van Wagenen survives this five-year window — or his own contract — before Cohen’s rise to power.What does this mean for SNY?SNY, the Wilpon’s real money maker, might not be changing hands in the sale, early reports say. The Wilpons will still maintain control of the network, but given the potential new owner’s deep pockets, that might not be an issue.The Mets still own 65 percent of SNY, and given owners’ penchant for, well, making money, it would be surprising to see the Wilpons part ways with the network whether now or in the future. But if Cohen comes calling for more revenue, it’ll be interesting to see whether this is in play.last_img read more