Political end to Olympics: North Korea offers talks with US

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also watching was an equally extraordinary, if motley, crew. Deployed in a VIP box together were Moon, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s envoy sister, Kim Yo Jong. The latter two, at loggerheads over North Korea’s nuclear program, didn’t speak, and the world watched the awkwardness.What followed was a strong dose of athletic diplomacy: two weeks of global exposure for the Korean team, particularly the women’s hockey squad, which trained for weeks with North and South side by side getting along, taking selfies and learning about each other.On Sunday night, though K-pop megastars EXO claimed center stage, leaders rejoined athletes as a primary focus.Kim, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Moon sat in close proximity as the Olympics’ end unfolded before them and the statement was released in Seoul. Also seated nearby was Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces Korea. Unlike Pence, Ivanka Trump was smiling as she turned in the North Koreans’ direction. It was not clear what she was smiling at, but a White House official said it was not the North Koreans.The developments Sunday both inside and outside the VIP box were particularly striking given that Kim Yong Chol, now vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, is suspected of masterminding a lethal 2010 military attack on the South.Outside the stadium, North Korea was not welcomed as much.More than 200 anti-Pyongyang protesters, waving South Korean and U.S. flags, banging drums and holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” rallied in streets near the park. They denounced the South Korean government’s decision to allow the visit. There were no major clashes.That wasn’t all when it came to these odd games. Let’s not forget Russia — or, we should say, “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games.Two more Russian athletes tested positive in Pyeongchang in the past two weeks. So on Sunday morning, the IOC refused to reinstate the team in time for the closing but left the door open for near-term redemption from what one exasperated committee member called “this entire Russia drama.”Away from the politics, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely — from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing “Garlic Girls.” Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Other Olympic trailblazers: Chloe Kim, American snowboarder extraordinaire. The U.S. women’s hockey team and men’s curlers, both of which claimed gold. And the Russian men’s hockey team, with its nail-biting, overtime victory against Germany.What’s next for the games? Tokyo in Summer 2020, then Beijing — Summer host in 2008 — staging an encore, this time for a Winter Games. With the completion of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, that Olympic trinity marks one-third of a noteworthy Olympic run by Asia.For those keeping score at home: That means four of eight Olympic Games between 2008 and 2022 will have taken place on the Asian continent. Not bad for a region that hosted only four games in the 112 years of modern Olympic history before that — Tokyo in 1964, Sapporo in 1972, Seoul in 1988 and Nagano in 1998. Japan and China will, it’s likely, be highly motivated to outdo South Korea (and each other).As signs came down, shipping boxes were loaded and the area emptied out early Monday, the departing Olympians left behind a Korean Peninsula full of possibility for peace, or at least less hostility.The steps taken by North and South toward each other this month are formidable but fluid. People are cautiously optimistic: The governor of Gangwon, the border province where Pyeongchang is located, even suggested Sunday that the 2021 Asian Games could be co-hosted by both Koreas.It probably won’t happen. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out. Corporate and political and regimented though it may be, that’s what makes it still the best game in town for an athletic thrill every other year — and yes, sometimes a political one, too. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It was all an extraordinary bookend to an extraordinary Olympics that featured athletic excellence, sideline surprises and unexpected lurches forward toward a new detente on the Korean Peninsula. Thrilled athletes marched into the arena around the world’s flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world.“We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail,” said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women’s curling team, which captured global renown as the “Garlic Girls” — all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. They made a good run for gold before finishing with runner-up silver.That these games would be circumscribed by politics was a given from the outset because of regional rivalries. North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China are neighbors with deep, sometimes twisted histories that get along uneasily with each other in this particular geographic cul-de-sac.But there was something more this time around. Hanging over the entire games was the saga — or opportunity, if you prefer — of a delicate diplomatic dance between the Koreas, North and South, riven by bloodshed and discord and an armed border for the better part of a century.The games started with a last-minute flurry of agreements to bring North Koreans to South Korea to compete under one combined Koreas banner. Perish the thought, some said, but Moon’s government stayed the course. By the opening ceremony, a march of North and South into the Olympic Stadium was watched by the world — and by dozens of North Korean cheerleaders applauding in calibrated synchronicity.ADVERTISEMENT Even as dancers performed cultural stories to music before an enormous crowd, South Korea’s presidential office released a brief statement saying that Pyongyang had expressed willingness to hold talks with Washington.The North has “ample intentions of holding talks with the United States,” according to the office. The North’s delegation also agreed that “South-North relations and U.S.-North Korean relations should be improved together,” Moon’s office, known as the Blue House, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, just before declaring the games closed, addressed the two Koreas’ cooperation at the closing ceremony, saying, “The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.”“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours From front row left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife, Kim Jung-sook, and Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics along with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, standing third from back row left, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict.Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump sat in two rows of seats behind the Olympic rings, meant to represent a competition of peace and international unity. In close proximity — though with no apparent communication between Trump and Kim — they watched a spirited, elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate

first_imgManny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought Forward Marc Pingris snaps a selfie with Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta and teammate PJ Simon during the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Sharon Cuneta may not be the youngest of the muses that paraded in the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season, but the “Megastar” can transcend her superstardom into any spectrum.The 53-year-old multi-awarded actress was Magnolia’s muse in the opener for the 2019 PBA season and was diligently met with mixed reactions on social media.ADVERTISEMENT She said that she was looking for Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris, and Alvin Patrimonio all of whom have become close to her on a personal basis.“I was looking for Rafi because he’s like a step brother to me, also Ping because he’s Danica’s [Sotto] husband, and of course captain Alvin because the last time I was a muse for Purefoods he was the player,” said Cuneta.“It was really an honor for me to be here but it’s just unfortunate Captain wasn’t here.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cuneta, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, was part of a muse lineup that included Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and other younger television actresses.No amount of hate, however, could dim the brightness of Cuneta’s timeless star power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They don’t mean anything to me because I’m the one in here and chosen by Magnolia and I’m the major endorser,” said Cuneta Sunday at Philippine Arena.Cuneta added she was surprised that players from other teams asked her for pictures but she remained committed to the Purefoods franchise of which she had already represented in the 90s. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Feasibility of VAT reduction to be assessed by IMF

first_imgA team comprising experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due in Guyana next month to assess the Value Added Tax (VAT) and recommendations made by the Tax Reform Committee.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “notwithstanding what the Tax Reform Committee said, and notwithstanding the clamour for the reduction in VAT, I have asked the IMF and they have agreed and the team is to come in August to do an assessment of the Value Added Tax.”Minister Jordan said after they would have completed their assessment “we will take a look, and we will make a determination what reduction is feasible and when this reduction can take place.”The Tax Reform Committee, headed by Dr Maurice Odle, was set up late last year and mandated to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were an income tax threshold of 0,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol. Further, the Minister said the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been approached for its input on the recommended tax reforms.“What I have caused GRA to do is to go through the report with a fine tooth comb, split it up into the various sections and come up with recommendations of the feasibility of some of what have been recommended so that we could have a discussion in Cabinet and make a determination, whether or not they get into the 2017 budget. The Tax Reform Committee did recommendations that span two years… not just 2017.”Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were a reduction of VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the introduction of an intermediate rate of seven per cent, a reduction of the number of items on the VAT exempt list and a widening of the tax net by reducing the minimum taxable amount from million to million, Minister Jordan said.Meanwhile President David Granger on an edition of the programme “the Public’s Interest” had said it was perhaps hasty on the part of the then Opposition (APNU+AFC) to promise a reduction on the VAT rate during their first year in office when they had inadequate information on what they would find when they assumed office.last_img read more

Illegal Venezuelans terrorising Guyana’s Indigenous peoples – President

first_imgWhile Guyana holds steadfast to commitments to accept Venezuelans wanting to move from their crisis-ridden country on humanitarian grounds, Government has raised concerns of Guyanese being “assaulted” by persons from the neighbouring country.Speaking on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – which aired on Friday, President David Granger pointed out that migration is currently a “ticklish” problem, especially in light of the events in Venezuela.President David GrangerThe President said he does not want to have people who are guilty of any wrong doing or involved in terrorism coming into Guyana, as he highlighted the troubles already existing at the border with the Spanish-speaking State.“There are groups called “syndactylous”, which simply means gang or syndicates, which have been terrorising some of our indigenous people in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni Region, particularly in the Wenamu and Cuyuni areas. So we have to be very careful,” he remarked.The Head of State noted that while Guyana is willing and prepared to accept people from Venezuela, or of any nationality in general on humanitarian grounds, the protection of Guyanese citizens comes first.“Re-migrants who are fleeing economic or political persecution and who are prepared to abide by our laws, we are prepared to give favourable consideration. We are not simply going to open our borders to a flood of re-migrants – people who are casually drifting in and out. But if there is evidence of political persecution or economic deprivation we are prepared to give favourable consideration to this,” President Granger posited.The Head of State concerns come in light of recent attacks on Guyanese citizenry. Earlier in July, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips, had confirmed that the army is working along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate reports of a Venezuelan gang attacking Guyanese in the Arau and Mango Landing areas, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), along the Wenamu River in the Cuyuni Mining District and close to the Venezuelan border.Meanwhile, in May 2016, Venezuelan soldiers opened fire at a vessel that was transporting mines officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) in Guyanese waters. According to reports, about 19:20h May 30, 2016, a chartered boat was ferrying three GGMC officers from Arau located in the Essequibo Region, when they came under fire from the Venezuelan military.No one was injured in the attack which occurred one mile from the Eteringbang Police Station. It was reported that the captain of the boat was known to the neighbouring army and it was after he identified himself to the officers that they were allowed to proceed freely.Venezuela is experiencing economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months. The situation had escalated to the point where President Nicolas Maduro had declared a 60-day state of emergency in May.Reports out of the Bolivarian State reveal that there is massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities such as electricity. Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.With the situation in Venezuela deteriorating rapidly with no evidence of a turn-around, it was predicted that there will be a refugee crisis in the region, as persons from that country are likely to flee to neighbouring nations.The Guyana Government had posited that it will accept Venezuelans coming here in search of better lives but maintained that they should not do so illegally. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

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NGO to offer tertiary scholarships in 2020

first_imgThe founder of local non-profit, non-governmental organisation Give another Chance Foundation (GACF) stays focused on providing basic education from pre-school to university, and healthcareFounder of Give Another Chance Foundation, Miranda Thakurdeento underprivileged children in rural and urban communities.As such, the NGO is taking another step towards providing greater education opportunities to tertiary level students.In the New Year, the organization, through a collaboration with an overseas university, will offer scholarships for three students entering into the tertiary education level. They will be selected from Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice.In a recent interview with the GACF founder, Miranda Thakurdeen, it was explained that the new initiative is set to hand out three scholarships per year.According to Thakurdeen, with the basic cost to kick start the initiative already worked out, students will now be selected by a team from the organisation once they fit the criteria set out by the NGO.“It’s more like we’re starting off back with some bursaries, we’re working with an organisation overseas that will grant a scholarship. We are trying to offer three scholarships per year for students from Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice…We are going to have a team selecting these persons for the three counties. Specifically, students who are going into tertiary education because we want to assist them, and were hoping to start off in January…even though it’s free you know we will have to pay the basic cost, so we worked out what we will have to pay here in Guyana to get that done, ” the founder stated.Nevertheless, it was noted that students can pursue any study field once the scholarship is granted.“We will have to set a Board to decide but you will have to be qualified first. It doesn’t entail religion, bias or race….what I can tell you is that it’s not just medicine they can study but also management etc so based on that [qualifications] we will be selecting,” she said.After being founded seven years ago, the GACF to date has extended its services through the provision of education materials and lessons from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) to Regions One (Barima-Waini), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice), assisting scores of children.last_img read more

ECD man found guilty of raping 9-year-old girl

first_img…to serve two consecutive life sentencesIn what she said was meant to send society a strong message, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Wednesday sentenced 46-year-old Navindra Badal, called ““Uncle Ravi,” to serve two consecutive life sentences for raping a nine-year-old girl on two separate occasions during 2016.It was determined in the Sexual Offences Court that the acts were committed between July 1st and 31st, 2016, and August 14th and 15th, 2016 at an East Coast Demerara village.When the jury returned the guilty verdicts after two hours of deliberation, Badal had nothing to say after the verdicts were handed down; but the victim, through Child Link Counsellor Celeste Mullin, told the court she feels sad about what had happened to her, and that after she was abused, she started to steal from her mother just to keep friends. Now 11 years old, the victim also said she wanted the offender to go to jail for what he had done to her.In computing the sentence, Justice Beharry took into consideration the physical and psychological impacts the victim has faced. Considering the age of the child, she indicated that the girl has been scarred for life.Justice Beharry’s order is that Badal must serve 45 years on each sentence before getting the chance of parole.Badal was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay, while State Counsels Ornithia Schmidt and Lisa Cave prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Mays makes his case for 5th spot

first_imgUpon signing with the Reds, Mays was immediately assigned to Louisville. It was there that he first met Power, whom he now credits with turning his career around. And although Mays still struggled in two subsequent major-league callups, he put up decent enough numbers at Louisville to suggest his stagnant career was salvageable. If he keeps pitching like he did against the Braves, he might salvage more than that. “People saw in the past the kind of pitcher he was,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said of Mays. “Now, we’re seeing that his arm strength has come back, and his pitches have more life to them and are down in the zone.” Also: Shortstop Rafael Furcal was out of action and will remain so for at least another couple of days because of discomfort in his right shoulder. … Closer Takashi Saito, who has been on a regular throwing program all spring but has been limited in running because of a strained right calf, threw a brief simulated game on Sunday and will make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Up the road in Viera, Fla., Brett Tomko also was staking a claim to the fifth spot with two shutout innings of his own in a 6-2 loss to Washington. After five spring games, the Dodgers are no closer to naming a fifth starter than they were when they arrived here almost three weeks ago. Mays, a pitcher who won 17games for Minnesota in 2001, wasn’t believed to be a serious starting candidate until Dodgers manager Grady Little identified him as one about a week ago. Mays missed all of 2004 after Tommy John surgery, then struggled with the Twins in 2005 before leaving as a free agent for Kansas City. When those struggles continued – he was 0-4 with a 10.27ERA when the Royals released him last May – Mays found himself unemployed until Cincinnati came calling three days later, albeit with a minor- league contract. That was when fate stepped in. Actually, it already had stepped in three months before. When the Reds were undergoing routine physicals at the start of spring training, pitching coach Vern Ruhle had been found to have multiple myeloma. The cancer had put him out of commission for the season and, less than a year later, would take his life. Ruhle’s unexpected absence created a domino effect in the organization, in which bullpen coach Tom Hume became the pitching coach, Triple-A Louisville pitching coach Lee Tunnell became the big-league bullpen coach, and Single-A Sarasota pitching coach and former Dodgers pitcher Ted Power went to Triple-A. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Joe Mays has come a long way from the career bottoming-out that he went through less than a year ago. And the veteran right-hander took another encouraging step Sunday in his Grapefruit League debut for the Dodgers. Mays, in camp on a minor-league contract and one of several candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, came on in relief of Derek Lowe to begin the third inning of what became a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in front of 4,369 at Holman Stadium. He pitched two shutout innings, facing the minimum number of batters. He gave up one hit, started a double play with a nice defensive grab and struck out two batters. He finished with a flourish, freezing Ryan Langerhans for a called third strike. last_img read more

Martin: Man United cup tie will show ‘how close we are to them’

first_img 3 getty images Chris Martin This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukChris Martin once scored four goals in an FA Cup game. “Paulton Rovers away,” he remembers. “Not many people will have heard of them. I think they were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition at that time – I can’t remember what division they played in, to be honest. I just remember we won 7-0.”That was the 27-year-old’s first career hat-trick, for Norwich against the Bristol side then part of Southern League Division One South & West. The striker has gone from strength to strength since his conscious uncoupling from the Canaries. He has been Derby County’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons, and was instrumental in the Rams’ push for promotion last season. Indeed, the wheels kind of came off when Martin got injured in the second half of that campaign.On Friday night, Derby’s attention turns to the tantalising FA Cup fourth round visit of Manchester United. Sport spoke to Martin to get his thoughts ahead of the game…There’s a lot of talk about the ‘magic of the FA Cup’. Does it still feel special for the players?“For the occasion that we’re going to have on Friday – a team like Man United to come to our place – a lot of the players wouldn’t have played against the players we’re playing against. I think that’s what makes it special.”United aren’t exactly flying at the moment – you must fancy your chances of an upset?“I don’t know about that! We’re confident in the game. Obviously we’re not going through the best of spells at the moment ourselves [the Rams have won only once in their past six games] for the past three or four weeks. But they’re coming to our place, we’ll have a full house, and we’re hoping to give them a real good game. It can be a good measure for us, with us being a Championship team and playing against a real top Premier League team, to kind of see how far away – or how close, as the case may be – we are from them.” 3center_img How can Derby hurt United?“When we’re at our best, we play really good football. We can score all types of goals. We’re a decent, free-flowing, attacking side that will cause any team problems. Obviously trying to find weakness in a team as good as them is difficult. And, no matter how much people might say they’ve struggled, they’ve still got some fantastic players; they’re still a very good team. And I’m sure we’re gonna find it very difficult on Friday.”We’ve seen strikers from lower down the football pyramid excel in the Premier League. Does a game like this mean Derby players can showcase their skills to a wider audience?“I think so, yeah. The success of the people in the Premier League who have come from our league and the leagues below – I think it just reminds people that there is a lot of talent across the leagues. It shows that, once people are given a chance to impress, they can do special things. Obviously it’s difficult to get that chance, but from our point of view it’s a chance to showcase ourselves on the telly against a massive team. If we’re able to compete well with them it could stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”How did you feel when United came out in the draw?“I was really excited. I think most of the lads were, to be honest with you. At this moment in time for us, the league is the priority – most people will stress that, and that’s perhaps where people have been saying that maybe the magic has gone out of the cup. Regardless of what team plays on the night though, we want to go through. So we’ll be giving our everything.”The manager made nine changes in the previous round, a 2-1 win over Hartlepool (below). Do you expect to field a stronger XI this time?“It’s an interesting one. It’s obviously down to what the manager sees fit. But, with it being a team like Man United, obviously he’s going to have everyone putting their hands up to want to play.” 3 What kind of impact has Paul Clement had since he’s come in as manager? He boasts a great CV, with experience as a coach at both PSG and Real Madrid.“He’s given us a little bit [extra] – he tells us a few stories of what he’s learned and what the different characters were like who he’s worked with. That can obviously help us. He’s told us that it’s no different at that level – the most successful and the best players are generally the hardest workers. There’s no special recipe for success at the top level – it’s much the same. People have got the talent, but they also match that with higher work rate, and that’s how they’re successful.”Would you take a draw tonight and a replay at Old Trafford?“I’m not sure we need any more games, really! We have enough games in the Championship. You can’t be too choosy, but I think our ideal scenario would be to win it on the night.”last_img read more

Tottenham’s top ten Premier League attendances: North London derby win and more

first_img 9. Tottenham 0-0 West Ham (6 December, 1999) – Attendance = 36,233 – Spurs couldn’t muster a winner against their London rivals, despite the Hammers only having ten men for the second half. Steve Lomas received two bookings for tackles on Jose Dominguez, but the Lilywhites didn’t manage to beat an in-form Shaka Hislop, even with David Ginola working his magic. 10 10 2. Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (2 October, 2011) – Attendance = 36,274 – Spurs beating the Gunners is always a special moment and a bumper crowd saw Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker down them at White Hart Lane, despite Aaron Ramsey’s equaliser. 10 10 10 10 10. Tottenham 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (5 February 2011) – Attendance = 36,197 – Click the right arrow above to see Spurs’ highest Premier League attendance… – Niko Kranjcar was the hero for Spurs as he blasted home a late winner against the Trotters. The Croatian’s strike gave the hosts all three points and kept them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea. The thrilling game also saw Rafael van der Vaart score from the penalty spot, while Daniel Sturridge netted for Bolton. 5. Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle (31 December, 2005) – Attendance = 36,246 – Spurs made light work of them in this New Year’s Eve clash as they kept up their Champions League bid. Finnish star Teemu Tainio netted his first goal for the club, while Egyptian star Mido also got on the scoresheet. Robbie Keane will have been feeling exasperated though as he saw three goals ruled out for offside. 8. Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa (21 January, 2006) – Attendance = 36,243 – Spurs fans know the story all too well. Goalkeeper produces stunning display to halt their good form. It happens at least once a campaign and here it was Thomas Sorenson who stopped them going six points clear of Arsenal in the battle for fourth spot. 10 3. Tottenham 2-0 Fulham (13 May, 2012) – Attendance = 36,256 – Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe saw Spurs seal a fourth place finish. Unfortunately, Chelsea, who had finished sixth, pipped them to a spot in the Champions League as they beat Bayern Munich in the final of the same competition six days later. 6= Tottenham 3-2 Sunderland (3 December, 2005) – Attendance = 36,244 – A rare Michael Carrick goal handed Spurs a victory in the five-goal thriller at White Hart Lane. His strike 13 minutes from time spared the blushes of Robbie Keane who had missed an earlier penalty. 4. Tottenham 2-0 Everton (15 October, 2005) – Attendance = 36,247 – Two headers from Mido and £8m summer signing Jermaine Jenas gave Spurs all three points in this early season clash. It briefly put Martin Jol’s men in second position in the Premier League. 10 10 6= Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle (9 February, 2013) – Attendance = 36,244 – Gareth Bale blasted a brace past Tim Krul at White Hart Lane to keep Spurs’ top four bid on track. His goals sandwiched an equaliser from Yoan Gouffran, but the Magpies were powerless to stop the Lilywhites on home soil. 10 The 2016/17 season is likely to be Tottenham’s last ever Premier League campaign at White Hart Lane.Spurs are building a 61,000 new stadium on the land right next to their current ground and will spend one year away from north London as they complete the project.It will be sad to leave such a historic site but it could propel Tottenham up to new heights as they look to challenge English football’s elite clubs and compete in the Champions League on a regular basis.The huge new ground will see their current Premier League era attendance records smashed, but what are their best numbers since 1992?Click the right arrow above to find out… 1. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland (19 May, 2013) – Attendance = 36,763 – On the last day of the 2012/13 season, Spurs were still in the hunt to steal fourth place from fierce rivals Arsenal. Sadly the Gunners beat Newcastle 1-0 so Gareth Bale’s brilliant winner on 90 minutes wasn’t good enough for Andre Villas-Boas’ men. It was also to be Bale’s last Premier League match with the club before he joined Real Madrid.last_img read more