United Arab Emirates says it will offer citizenship to some

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It’s part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE previously gave citizenship to Palestinians and others who helped form the country’s government after its formation in 1971. Others have received it over time as well. Saturday’s announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, said the offer could apply to artists, authors, doctors, engineers and scientists, as well as their families.last_img

Terry relaxed about Chelsea future

first_img Press Association “I want to stay. Hopefully my performances are showing that and they can keep me. “I will be happy to get one more year and then see how it goes. I am taking it year by year – I haven’t got much choice.” Terry does not just want to stay at Chelsea, but play, insisting he does not need a rest despite playing nearly every game for the Blues this term. “I don’t want it (a rest),” he said. “I am coming toward the end of my career so it’s important I’m playing as much as I can and stay fit.” Another of Chelsea’s distinguished players of the last decade could depart this summer. Since Thibaut Courtois returned from his three-year loan at Atletico Madrid as number one, there has been speculation Petr Cech will leave Stamford Bridge. And Chelsea could be forced to sell the 32-year-old, signed from Rennes in 2004, in the summer, when he will enter the final 12 months of his current contract. “He is good enough to play for anyone,” Terry added. “He’s been worth 10, 12 points to us every season. I have not spoken to him about it (what Cech will do in the summer). “He still has a lot to give and is fighting for his place, which is great. He’s not just given up and said, ‘The place is yours, Thibaut’. “When he’s come in he’s been brilliant and given the manager food for thought.” Terry praised Cech’s attitude after the goalkeeper again had to watch on from the substitutes’ bench as Courtois starred in the Champions League. Courtois made a number of fine saves to help Chelsea to a 1-1 last-16 first-leg draw at Paris St Germain on Tuesday night. The Belgium goalkeeper has this season claimed the number one jersey Cech has worn with distinction for a decade and appears to be Mourinho’s first-choice, starting at the Parc des Princes despite Cech’s heroics in last week’s Premier League defeat of Everton. Terry said: “I have seen a lot of players throw their toys out of the pram but Petr has been different class for the team, which has been important for the squad. “Credit to him, he’s not even rumbled or sent shockwaves through the dressing room. “The manager stresses the importance of the team coming first and he’s done that, Thibaut too. “They’re both there for the whole squad. They have both been excellent.” Mourinho has described his goalkeeper selection as “easy” as both are among the world’s best. Terry agrees. Mourinho has another big decision on March 1 in the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley. Cech played the early rounds, but Courtois came in for the two-legged semi-final with Liverpool. “It’s going to be tough,” Terry said. “Pete has played most of the games but Thibaut played in the last round. But the manager has always stressed that the team comes first.” John Terry is relaxed about his Chelsea future, but now wants to begin contract talks after Eden Hazard’s deal was extended. “No talks have happened yet between myself and the club,” Terry said. “The club know my position. Hopefully I know theirs and it will get done. “I think we both respect the position – there are a lot more important players. “Hazard has just been done and for me, that’s the most important for the club. “Without them even telling me, I know that’s the first priority for them. Hopefully, they will be knocking on the door soon.” Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were allowed to leave last summer at the end of their contracts, but Terry signed a new deal hours after the season – Jose Mourinho’s first of his second spell as boss – closed. Terry was anxious last term, but will be less so if Chelsea wait over his deal again this season, particularly as Mourinho wants him to stay. He added: “I was maybe a little bit nervous. I was edgy. (But) we have had a good chat. I know their position, they know mine. Chelsea’s policy for players over 30 is to offer one-year contract extensions and Terry is entering the final few months of his present deal. The 34-year-old captain wants to play as much as possible and continue a Chelsea career which began as a teenager and hopes, now Hazard has been given a contract extension until 2021, the club will begin negotiations with him. last_img read more

Phil Dzick, a part of tradition

first_imgPhil Dzick attended UW-Madison from 1962 to 1969 and began leading his beloved cheers at men’s hockey games in 1981. Now, he’s a Wisconsin legend.[/media-credit]He normally sports a white sweater with a small motion “W” emblem on the left of his chest over a red turtleneck. To any Wisconsin hockey fan, he’s instantly recognizable.He is Phil Dzick. Mostly known simply as “Phil,” he’s been leading cheers at Wisconsin men’s hockey games since 1981.As a long-term student at UW from 1962 to 1969, Dzick was on campus during one of its most notorious times. Between protests against the Vietnam War, the Sterling Hall explosion and, according to Dzick, the unavoidable smell of tear gas hanging in the air, athletics were a nice escape.Phil was admittedly was not a huge hockey follower as a student. During those years, Wisconsin hockey was in an abysmal rut.“The first series [I went to], incidentally was North Dakota playing Wisconsin,” Dzick said, noting the irony in that the Badgers just swept the Fighting Sioux this past weekend. “I had no clue what the students were yelling. I was like, ‘Sieve? What is this?’”“Wisconsin won both games. Next to the victory over Minnesota previously, I take it that was pretty much when Wisconsin stepped into the big time.”In 1966, “Badger” Bob Johnson took over the program and initiated the rebirth of Wisconsin hockey. In the 1969-70 season, its first as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, UW made its way into the NCAA tournament.Phil remembers the evolution of the no-name team into the legendary power it’s known as today.“I drove out to Boston to watch the Badgers play against Denver in the consolation game in ’72,” Dzick said. “There were 1,000 Badger fans, probably give-or-take, and one person with a trumpet who had to persuade the security people to let him go out on the ice and play ‘Varsity.’ The Badgers lost, but Badger Bob came back out of the locker room and he said, ‘Next year, we’re coming back and we’re going to win.’ And they did.”As a student, Phil was not the cheerleader fans know him to be today. He was just learning the game and coming to appreciate a program in the middle of its own renaissance.The cheers didn’t come until a road trip to Potsdam, New York, in 1981.“It was the year of the ‘back-door Badgers’ with Badger Bob and Wisconsin was playing Clarkson in a two-game, total goal series,” Dzick said. “There were probably 25 to 50 Badger fans among the several thousand Clarkson folks. I thought, our guys don’t even know we’re here, and all I could think of was an old cheer from my college days: a ‘Badgers’ spelling out. It worked.”Dzick wasn’t the first to lead the crowd in cheers at hockey games, but after riling the few Badger fans in New York, he felt he needed to try it in Madison.“I thought, well, it worked here, how would it work in our building? But there have been a lot of people over the years who have had roles like that. There was the score count – a guy at the Coliseum used to do that – there were a couple of guys who in the mean time had a winning net/losing net cheer.”Thirty years later, Dzick can be found in the southeast corner of the Kohl Center, waiting to lead the entire arena in a multitude of cheers from “Let’s go red,” to a simple goal count. Rarely – if ever – does he miss a game.Wisconsin athletics have a multitude of traditions, and Phil inadvertently has become one of them.“We picked up a program in the early season,” Dzick said. “I was looking through it and there was a line in there talking about Badger traditions and it said, sieve chant, Phil, the 15 minutes of student dancing in the intermission. I thought that’s about as good of recognition as you can get because most people would say, ‘Who’s that?’”Dzick never had any intention of becoming a part of Wisconsin lore. In fact, he’s even listed underneath Wisconsin traditions and folklore in game programs, right next to the sieve chant.He’s the guy everyone in the Kohl Center calls for once UW nets another goal.“I don’t do it because the camera is going to be on me,” Dzick said. “When the students call me out during the game, it’s like, well now we’re going to do something and there isn’t going to be a guy blathering on about some game we don’t care about or the family of the game – that’s all good stuff – but it doesn’t have anything to do with getting the crowd roused.”As a link between the students and the rest of the Kohl Center, Phil’s cheers help bring the entire arena together, unifying them in a way not apparent in other sports.At football games and basketball games, it’s rare to see the entire crowd chanting the same exact cheer in one unified voice. At hockey games, it’s rare for it not to happen.Phil never meant to gain the fame he currently has – he just wanted to continue to rouse the crowd in support of one of his favorite Badger teams.“There was a long time that nobody knew [who I was], but I didn’t care,” Dzick said. “I wasn’t doing it to be recognized. I was doing it cause it worked.”last_img read more

Trusting nature of victim may have led to his slaying

first_imgLabbe said Tryon’s past had no connection to his killing, noting that the incident followed a heated argument. “(Tryon) was a victim who was brutally attacked,” Labbe said. Sheriff’s officials initially reported he had been shot. Shelton Tryon said he and Carlton had repeatedly cautioned their son about choosing his friends more carefully. Tryon wrote a poem to his mother in August from Delano State Prison, in which he expressed his idealism, and seemed to foreshadow his death. “… If you are successful you will win some false friends &some true enemies, Succeed anyway,” Tryon wrote. “If you are honest & righteous people may cheat you, but Be honest and Righteous anyway. “… Don’t you see Ma Ma, in the FINAL Analysis … the final end … It is between You and GOD, It was NEVER between you and them anyway.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tryon left five children – four girls and one boy – who live in California City. He comes from an athletic family. His younger brother, Justin Tryon, is junior cornerback at Arizona State University who played at College of the Canyons. His twin brothers, Jarrod and Jarret, played as sophomores on the football team at Taft High in Woodland Hills. Jermaine Tryon was accomplished track runner at Muir High of Pasadena. He competed in the Junior Olympics twice for the San Fernando Valley-based West Valley Eagles. “He was a very easygoing, likeable person,” his father, Shelton Tryon, said. “If you were a good person, he was your friend and if you were a bad person, he was still your friend.” Jermaine Tryon was trying to get his life back on course after serving more than a year in state prison for visiting his children in violation of a restraining order against him, his mother, Johanna Carlton, said. LANCASTER – Jermaine Tryon was an amicable man with a trusting nature, who was trying to get beyond a troubled past. That’s how Tryon’s parents described their slain son on Tuesday, two days after the 25-year-old was stabbed to death in a parking lot near a Lancaster nightclub by a man sheriff’s investigators said was his friend. The grieving parents now believe their son’s propensity to see the good in people – even those who might not have the best intentions – led to his death. The only suspect in the killing, 22-year-old Michael King of Lancaster, remained at-large. King is an active member of a South Los Angeles-based criminal street gang with a significant criminal history, sheriff’s homicide detective Ty Labbe said. “He’s considered an armed and dangerous parolee,” Labbe said. last_img read more

Man who obstructed and kicked out at Gardai has sentence suspended

first_imgA man who had been handed a two-month prison sentence after he obstructed and kicked out at a garda during a public order incident in 2014 had the sentence suspended on appeal at Donegal Circuit Court.Deva Ayres,19, of 22 Lawn Park, Ballyshannon had been convicted in the district court following the incident in Bundoran on December 26, 2014, and handed two, two-month, sentences to run concurrently. The court heard gardaí were affecting an arrest on another person when Ayres intervened while heavily intoxicated and acted in a highly aggressive manner to the officers and tried to pull the prisoner from them after the fell on the ground during the scuffle.He was in the company of his father at the time and both left the area afterwards.He had previous convictions for assault causing harm and road traffic matters and had been bound to the peace at the time of the incident.The court heard that he had come to the attention of gardaí since this incident but has not been convicted of any offence.Barrister Peter Nolan BL, said they were appealing the severity of the sentence and urged Judge Cormac Quinn to consider not sending him to jail.He said his client was “totally out of control” on the night , adding “parental control should have been a bit more rigorous but it wasn’t”.Deva Ayres took the stand and apologised to the gardaí and said he thought he was helping his friend but had little recollection due to the amount of alcohol he consumed.Judge Quinn recapped that the defendant had a number of previous convictions, had been on a peace bond at the time and also tried to kick a garda during the incident but added he would “take a chance on him” due to his age, the fact he had not been convicted since and also his apology.He said he would affirm the district court order but suspended the prison terms and bound him to the peace for 12 months.Man who obstructed and kicked out at Gardai has sentence suspended was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more