Van Persie admits Arsenal didn’t want him anymore before the United transfer took place

first_imgAdvertisementRobin Van Persie was one of the most prolific Arsenal strikers of the modern era and the Dutchman was well loved and respected by Arsenal fans. However, the relationship took a turn for the worse and got sour when RvP’s switch to arch-rivals Manchester United was confirmed.Speaking to BT Sport , ahead of the Arsenal’s match against Burnley, the ‘flying’ Dutchman spoke in length of how Arsenal fans were anyway sick of him before he made the switch.‘I think you can compare it with being married,’ he told BT Sport. ‘Me and Arsenal were married for eight years and after eight years my wife got a bit tired of me. I felt that.‘I had loads of chats with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis about signing a new contract but they didn’t offer me a new deal so I had to explore my options.’Given his performances the previous season, which saw him score 44 goals in 57 games for club and country, the move was irritating majorly for Arsenal fans.‘I knew how they would react, but I had to make a decision because I didn’t have an offer (from Arsenal),’ he added. ‘I have no regrets about my decision, and I hold no grudge towards Arsenal.‘I understand that fans form their opinions based on the information they have but in every marriage things happen behind the scenes.‘I’ve chosen not to speak about why I left for seven years, but it’s important that they know why. Arsenal is a beautiful club with beautiful fans and Arsene gave me the chance to play in the best league in the world.’‘There were three options, one from abroad, which disappeared pretty quickly, and then Manchester United or Manchester City,’ he said.‘Sir Alex gave me the best feeling. It was a fresh challenge and that is what you go for. You look at the teams, coaching staff, team-mates, as well as the area your family will live. It was the right choice at that time.’Advertisementlast_img read more


Troy Aikman Teams Up With United Way And Charity Network

first_imgHall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is leading a new team: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.Announcing partnerships with Charity Network and world-renowned business leaders, the #UniteWithTroy campaign year will feature a first-of-its-kind digital fundraising strategy sure to be one for the record books. Proceeds raised benefit the work of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, committed to ensuring all in North Texas have the opportunity to get a quality education, a stable job and lead healthy lives.“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is about lifting up those in need and helping them thrive, both now and in the future,” said Aikman. “I’m proud to lead this effort to raise money and awareness to ensure a North Texas community thriving with healthy, educated and financially stable residents. United, we can help those who want to do good, do great.”The organization’s 93rd annual campaign, #UniteWithTroy will engage long-standing corporate, civic and philanthropic relationships, while establishing new ones through innovative digital fundraising strategies. Dallas billionaire entrepreneur Todd Wagner’s Charity Network and United Way are teaming up, leveraging Aikman’s 2017-18 campaign chairmanship to offer unique experiences through online fundraising channels Charitybuzz and Prizeo.Prizeo provides an opportunity for Aikman to engage with fans and supporters, allowing them to donate as little as $10 to be entered for a chance to win dinner with the most famous trio in NFL history: Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. In addition to the grand prize, fans can win other rewards for entering, including a signed football, and limited-edition merchandise. To enter to win, fans can visit today through Dec. 31, 2017.Aikman and United Way are also utilizing Charity Network’s Charitybuzz online auction site, which features once-in-a-lifetime luxury and celebrity experiences and attracts a community of 250,000 bidders around the world. Through Charitybuzz, Aikman will invite fans to bid on exclusive opportunities to join him in select cities for a cocktail party the Friday night before select NFL games, along with chances to be on the sideline during pre-game and then meet him and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth. Games featured include Cowboys at Broncos (9/17), Giants at Eagles (9/24), Packers at Cowboys (10/8), Packers at Vikings (10/15), and Cowboys at Redskins (10/29). Flights and hotel accommodations are not included with these packages.“Given Troy’s celebrity and United Way’s credibility as a trusted, impactful charity, the potential for this campaign is enormous,” said Todd Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Charity Network. “Together we can harness the power of celebrity, technology and media to reach a broad and diverse group of donors and take fundraising to a whole new level.”Aikman and his former teammates will not be the only ones offering exclusive experiences. Business and philanthropic leaders will donate an hour or more of their time in efforts to raise more money for United Way. Every global CEO who has served as United Way annual campaign chair since 2011, including Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments; Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Tom Greco, President and CEO of Advance Auto Parts and former CEO of Frito-Lay North America; David T. Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation; and Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation, are committed to auction off a power lunch or breakfast meeting through the annual Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction this Fall. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have proven to be one of the most successful fundraising categories on Charitybuzz; for example, coffee with Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO of Apple, recently sold for more than $600,000.“The united show of support from Troy’s campaign chair predecessors speaks volumes to the level of success he’s positioned to achieve for our community,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Under Troy’s very capable and recognizable leadership, and with the help of Charity Network’s powerful digital platforms, this campaign will raise much-needed funds, attract new audiences, and capitalize on engagement opportunities to further United Way’s cause like never before.”The United Way has also produced three 30-second Public Service Announcement spots featuring Aikman, aimed at communicating United Way’s mission and message to a greater national audience. This marks the first time United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has undertaken such a comprehensive television campaign.To learn more about #UniteWithTroy, visit read more


Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months for tax

first_img Posted: March 7, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:33 PM Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months for tax, bank fraud March 7, 2019center_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, a significant break from sentencing guidelines that called for a 20-year prison term.Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications from gout, showed no visible reaction as he heard the 47-month sentence.The sentence caps the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. It was not related to Manafort’s role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Before Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence, Manafort told him that “saying I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement.” But he offered no explicit apology, something Ellis noted before issuing his sentence.Manafort’s lawyers argued that their client had engaged in what amounted to a routine tax evasion case, and cited numerous past sentences in which defendants had hidden millions from the IRS and served less than a year in prison.Prosecutors said Manafort’s conduct was egregious, but Ellis ultimately agreed more with defense attorneys. “These guidelines are quite high,” Ellis said.A jury last year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the IRS millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine.Manafort still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia, where he pleaded guilty in a separate case connected to illegal lobbying. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Artistes to teach not perform

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre in collaboration with SIET and SAKSHI is organising Sound Of Music – a workshop. It will be an introduction to musical instruments of India. Recognition, cognition and appreciation of instrumental music with eminent and world acclaimed musicians is a rare chance that one gets. The program aims to create awareness and to bring back the charisma of Indian classical music among the educated, urban middle class youth, who know very little about the depths and intricacies of Indian Classical Music or the instruments used therein. The artistes too need a broader visibility and deserve to be acclaimed by the many that have not had an easy opportunity to enjoy such arts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One can learn about wind instruments like flute, shehnai, nagaswaram, clarionet, saxophone, plucked string instruments like sitar, santoor, sarangi, sarod; bowed instruments like violin, dilruba, esraj, cello;  and percussion instruments such as drums, tabla, manjira and many more. What more, one gets to learn from eminent people like Sudeep Rai, Shakeel Ahmed, Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Ghulam Ali,  Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri, Anees Ahmed, Ustad Aleem Khan, Chandrima Majumdar and Abhay Rustum Sopori. Quite a number of names, aren’t they? Well, they aren’t just names but people who excel in their fields.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRai is one of the leading instrumentalist of India a disciple of sitar maestro Padmabhushan Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, He has been acknowledged by connoisseurs as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition. Rai’s style resonates with maturity that is far beyond his years. In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, Ahmed, is a rare performer who continues to excel and please the connoisseur with his impeccably rendered  traditional puritan raga based gayaki. Born and brought up in a traditional musical, gharana family of Delhi, Ahmed was immersed in the musical arts from his birth and is the beneficiary of gurus who hail from the Delhi gharana and are the repository of centuries of grooming, training and research in the journey of Hindustani classical music whose origin is believed to be from the Samvedas. Ajay Prasanna hails from a family of classical musicians. He received his training in flute from his father- Guru Pt. Bholanath Prasanna from the Banaras Gharana, who is also the Guru of Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Prasanna started his training in Indian classical music at a tender age of 3 years, by simply observing his father play the flute and teach his students. A rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, Prasanna is currently a top grade classical artiste at the All India Radio, the national broadcaster. Sonipat Agra Gharana (Sarangi) Ghulam Ali is the doyan and torchbear of Agra Sonipat Gharana which has perfected Sarangi playing.Ghulam Ali is the son of the celebrated Musician Ustad Tajuddin Khan Sahab. He learnt to play the Sarangi from Ustad Wazir Hussain Khan of Sonipat-Agra Gharana, where he also learnt the gayaki of Agra gharana. We can go on telling you about these artistes, but we cannot teach you what they’d do when you go and meet them!When and Where: 23 June to 26 June 2014 at Amaltas Auditorium,30 June 2014 at Stein Auditorium in the Indian Habitat Centre from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pmlast_img read more


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