TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Mamic: Levy included price for 5 shirts in fee for Spurs Modric dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Dinamo Zagreb chief exec Zdravko Mamic has recalled selling Luka Modric to Tottenham.The Real Madrid ace moved to Spurs in 2008.Mamic recalled to Four Four Two magazine: “We already had an agreement for Modric to move to London. I asked Levy (Daniel, chairman) for five Spurs jerseys and he told me that he would give them to me, but that at that point Tottenham would pay a lower sum for the player’s transfer, given that from the agreed €21m it would be subtracted. “Levy is the best negotiator in the world. This story made me realize how much he values every single euro coming out of Tottenham’s coffers.”
Tevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading CardTevin Coleman played three years of football at Indiana, and was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons after leaving school with one year of eligibility remaining.Three years was plenty of time for Coleman to establish himself as a star on the gridiron, but apparently not long enough for him to learn to spell IU’s nickname. Trading card company Panini America includes athlete artwork in its packs, and Coleman’s sketch featured a misspelling of the word Hoosiers.Tevin Coleman’s 1 of 1 art card for Panini pic.twitter.com/5bJA1ZrCXj— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2015Ouch. That’s a pretty bad mistake by Coleman, and kind of odd that Panini didn’t want him to correct it. The IU faithful probably won’t be happy to see this, though we’re sure they’ll still accept Coleman due to the yeoman’s effort he put forth on the field for a sub-par team.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 27: A cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns show Hook’em Horns during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium October 27, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-25. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson recently released a rap single titled, “Dealer,” and, well, it’s focused on a topic you don’t want a student-athlete to be rapping about. The single, appropriately titled, is about dealing drugs. The track opens, “If you lookin’ for the dealer, I got the plug. Probly catch him with the reefer.” Here’s the full song. It contains lyrics that are not safe for work. Johnson has had somewhat of a troubled career with the Longhorns, catching just five passes for -7 yards in 2014. Reaction to the single getting released was expectedly critical. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior later apologized for the song. I apologize for my prior post Dealer. I assure you that I’m still focused on my goals this season…… I just make music for fun— Daje’ Johnson (@BL4CKM4KO) July 8, 2015Texas opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Notre Dame. [Burnt Orange Nation]
MONTREAL – Pit bulls are once again allowed in Montreal as the Projet Montreal administration follows through with an election promise to do away with the controversial bylaw that banned them.Coun. Craig Sauve, the executive committee member in charge of animal services, said Wednesday the ban will be suspended, as will several specific sections of the city’s animal control bylaw pertaining to the breed such as mandatory muzzling and special permits.“The pit bull-style dog will no longer be considered a dangerous breed in Montreal,” Sauve said. “We’ll have a global approach that includes all dogs and I believe it’s the right approach for Montreal.”A new bylaw will be introduced in the first half of 2018 after extensive consultation.All current dangerous dog provisions for animals that bite remain intact, minus the elements of breed-specific legislation which “discriminate against owners who have been good owners,” he said.Sauve said the city will consult scientific and animal-behaviour experts as well as dog-owners and people who don’t have dogs.Projet Montreal has said the breed-specific nature of the previous bylaw was based on bad science and that it would proceed with a more humane one focusing on dog-owners and education.Ex-mayor Denis Coderre’s administration passed the controversial bylaw in 2016 and cited the security of citizens after a Montreal woman was mauled to death in her backyard by a neighbour’s dog.Coderre’s party, which is now called Mouvement Montreal, said it is “disappointed” with the suspension of the bylaw.Leader Lionel Perez said the city’s own data suggests the number of dog bites related to pit bulls accounted for 40 per cent of the total bites reported in 2016 and 2017, even though they represent just three per cent of canines in the city.Under the previous set of rules, new pit bulls weren’t allowed on Montreal territory and those already on the island had to abide by more stringent rules.“What the administration is doing today is removing the series of additional protections that the bylaw gave Montrealers, particularly the one that required the absence of a criminal record for owners of pit bulls,” Perez said.Separately, Quebec has tabled its own law to ban dangerous dogs but it’s unclear whether it will become a dominant issue with a provincial election coming in October.The pit bull ban was a key election issue during Montreal’s municipal campaign this year, and Projet Montreal promised to repeal it.“I don’t think it’s responsible for us to wait until the next election to see what the situation is,” Sauve said.Mayor Valerie Plante said Wednesday she is in favour of a global approach in dealing with dog bites and that her administration has a responsibility to avoid creating a false sense of security among the population.“What we want is to make sure Montrealers are safe (and) we want to prevent dog bites,” she said.“We don’t want to target one breed in particular. What we’ve seen in recent months is the complexity in identifying pit bull-type dogs.”
APTN National NewsHow can there be a land shortage in the Arctic?Iqaluit is facing one and that shortage means no social housing units built this year in Nunavut’s capital.APTN’s Kent Driscoll explains.
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsFrom the road it looks like a refugee camp.Nylon tents and makeshift shelters flatten the grass in Regina Park, where about 120 homeless people live in a small tent city in the District of Saanich.A hand-printed sign says the park, which overlooks the Trans-Canada Highway, has been seized for “breach of Territorial Law.”That’s a nod to the way settlers cleared Canada, says camp spokeswoman Chrissy Brett.“Indigenous, homeless people face systemic, colonial, white-washed hate in displacement from governments, from municipalities, from the province and the federal government,” she says.(Chrissy Brett is a spokesperson for the tent city residents. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) William Billie and his 19-year-old son, Trevor, are from the Nam’gis First Nation further north on Vancouver Island and live in a tent facing the busy road.They say people in passing cars shout insults at them.“One day I heard a person say, ‘Oh, look it. You Native people are making Victoria look bad’,” says Billie.“Some trucker drivers lay on the horn,” says Brett.“At 3 in the morning that’s not a supportive honk.”Ordered to Leave Despite the problems the vibe remained upbeat Monday as they faced a court-ordered deadline to vacate the park by 7 p.m. Tuesday.Some people were busy packing up but others planned to defy the injunction.“We run smoothly and with our own laws,” says Charles Walkus of the community they call Camp Namegans, which means ‘we are one.’Brett says they were invited to shelter here on unceded Coast Salish territory.“We are trying to support people the government failed,” she says, reciting a litany of reasons people find themselves on the street.“Some people were ‘reno-victed’, lost their jobs, don’t have money for a deposit, don’t feel safe in homeless shelters, are day labourers, or don’t want to be separated as couples.”(Tent city in Saanich, B.C. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) Workers with various social organizations could be seen in the park Monday trying to help.But Brett says employees with the big ones – municipal and provincial housing and social welfare agencies – don’t make house calls.“Some of us refer to those organizations as ‘poverty pimps’ because their outreach services require people to go in to them if you want services,” she says.“If you have services and you’re an outreach service why do I have to go to your office when your (clients) are on the street, they are here, they are in parks.”firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte This camp is one of about half a dozen tent cities in B.C, where mortgages and rent are among the highest in Canada.Homeless people want the right to live legally in a park when housing isn’t available to them, says Brett.She says Camp Namegans gives people the freedom to leave and apply for services – even look for housing – while their tent and belongings are protected.“This is a stable place where people have a roof over their heads. They don’t have to worry about their things being ransacked by other homeless people or parks (staff) or police (officers).”It also gives people a chance to stay in one place and maybe dry out or come off drugs, she adds.No Serious CrimesBrett, a Nuxalk woman and the camp founder, says contrary to what some politicians and police officers say the camp is violence and fatal-overdose free.“This is way safer than government-run programs that are out there because we treat people with humanity, kindness and compassion,” she says.Sgt. Andy Stuart, with the Saanich police community engagement division, has been coming regularly to check in with residents.He says he’s reviewed the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help him “recognize past harms” while working “with today’s problems.”“What’s happened in the past doesn’t fit very well with the current laws of Canada and municipal bylaws,” says Stuart.(Sgt. Andy Stuart of the Saanich Police Service. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) Brett says that shows how these camps are educating public officials about homelessness.And Indigenous issues.“They have a choice in how they deal with us,” she says. “We’ve been here since May and they need our co-operation and compliance.”Earlier this summer, Brett was charged with assault and obstruction of justice after blasting an air horn when firefighters were responding to an emergency in camp.She says she was using it as a teachable moment.“They arrested me but he was going to throw away what he said was garbage. Those were somebody’s belongings.”Still, police say homeowners near the camp are reporting an increase in property crime. And the Saanich Police Service has identified a street gang member in camp they are concerned about.Brett says simply he is homeless like the rest of them.Stay in One Place Billie says living in this tent city with his son has been a gift.“This has been like a home,” he says of his three months in the park where someone gave him a single mattress to sleep on.“I don’t have to take down my tent and pack my suitcase and drag it all around everywhere, every day.”(William Billie stands outside his tent covered in signatures. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)