first_imgYesterday’s early dismissal of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite lifted the spirit in the Jamaica Scorpions camp and now they have a fighting chance of topping the visitors in their West Indies Cricket Board Regional First-Class match at Sabina Park.Brathwaite lasted just an additional nine minutes and 11 balls on yesterday’s second day before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off the bowling of spinner Nikita Miller without adding to his overnight score.With Brathwaite gone, the rest of the Barbados Pride batting struggled against Miller and they were dismissed for 217 in their first innings.The Scorpions, who scored 177 in their first innings, then ended on 22 for two at the close, 18 runs in arrears, after rain forced the abandonment of some of the second and all of the third session of play.”Overnight, I was thinking about it I was thinking I have to get rid of Kraigg early in the morning as he is the person his team basically bats around,” stated Miller, who, in another outstanding spell of left-arm spin bowling, finished with eight for 67.”The plan, therefore, was to go hard at him and get him out, and it worked. I am happy for the team,” said Miller, who extended his lead atop the tournament’s bowling charts to 56.Meanwhile, looking at the state of the game, which is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today, Miller said the Scorpions remain hopeful.DRIVING SEAT”I think Barbados are in the driving seat now,” he said. “We are still in the negative and need to get a lead before we lose anymore wickets.”Brathwaite, meanwhile, whose overnight partner Royston Chase, after resuming on nine went on to score a 53, said with the wicket good for spin bowling, he will be looking to his spinners in Jamaica’s second innings.”Our batting did not do as well as we had expected as, from day one, the pitch has been taking some spin and is not an easy wicket to bat on,” he said.”Jamaica also have an experienced bowler such as Miller, who kept it tight.”But we have some spinners that can come into play, and once we can string those dot-balls and build pressure, I think we will come out on top.”Other scores:At the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad and Tobago: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 225 all out; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 264 for six.At Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia: Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 216; Guyana Jaguars 310 for seven.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 177PRIDE 1st Innings(overnight 103 for three)*K. Brathwaite st Walton b Miller 66R. Chase c wkp Walton b Miller 53+S. Dowrich lbw b McCarthy 5K. Stoute lbw b Miller 17J. Greaves c and b Miller 14J. Warrican lbw b Miller 3H. Walsh Jr c Campbell b McCarthy 22M Cummins not out 8Extras (b1, nb8) 9TOTAL (all out, 83.3 overs) 217Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-58, 3-71, 4-108, 5-113, 6-134, 7-162, 8-166, 9-199, 10-217.Bowling: Dawes 12-3-39-0 (nb4), Gordon 7-1-18-0 (nb4), D Thomas 2-0-20-0, Miller 37-11-67-8, Jacobs 11-3-28-0, Campbell 9-1-27-0, McCarthy 5.3-1-17-2.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsS. Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5*J. Campbell not out 10K. Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2A. McCarthy not out 5TOTAL (2 wkts, 12 overs) 22Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10.Bowling: Warrican 6-2-10-2, Cummins 2-0-3-0, Chase 4-0-9-0.Position: Scorpions trail by 18 runs overall.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

first_imgAzam Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC vs KCCA FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 27-04-2017 @04:00pmVipers SC will host KCCA FC in a game that may potentially decide where the league title will go come the end of the season.The Venoms currently lead the standings with 49 points after their 3-1 dramatic win over Masavu in the last game but their opponents who thrashed URA 7-2 on Tuesday are only a point away in third.KCCA FC defeated URA 7-2 in their last league game (Photo by Shaban Lubega)With SC Villa in second on the same number of points as Vipers and breathing heavily on the Venoms’ necks, non of Vipers or KCCA will want to make a mistake in Friday’s encounter.Team News:Vipers will be welcome back captain Nicholas Wadada and midfielder Taddeo Lwanga who were both suspended for the game against Masavu. Dan Bilikwalira, Yayo Lutimba and Moses Waiswa have all shaken off their injuries and are also in contention. James Alitho is the only major absentee for the Venoms as he serves the second of his four match ban.For KCCA, they will still be without the services of long term absentee Ibrahim Saddam Juma who is still out for a while. Derrick Nsibambi and Muzamir Mutyaba are on a race against time to be fit  for the epic clash as at Kitende.What the coaches are saying.Edward Golola, Vipers assistant coach:“We are so ready for them, said Golola who will deputise for the suspended Miguel Da Costa. Da Costa is also serving the second of his four match touchline ban.“It is always big when the two teams meet and i am positive it will be the same again on Friday.“The win against Masavu was so vital to us because it builds momentum for the team going into such a huge game.“Hopefully we have enough luck because they are such a big team and when you look at the fact that KCCA has won the last two league title, it tells you all you need to know about them.Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC head coach:“These are the games that every manager will want to be part of.“It is a potential title decider because both teams can win it which makes it mouth watering for everyone who will attend it.“I respect Vipers so much because they are a big team with alot of good players but that also applies to us.“I expect a tight game because on paper, there is so little to separate both sides but i know i have the educated players to win us the game come the sound of the final whistle.Match Stats.Head to Head:Only one point separates the two sides going into Friday’s encounter. Vipers are top of the league with 49 points while KCCA are third on 48.KCCA have failed to win any of their last six away games against Vipers(D2 L4). The last time that the Kasasiro Boys triumphed on the road in this fixture was in September 2010 when they defeated the Venoms 3-1.Vipers have won two of the last three fixtures between these two sides including a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture last season.This fixture has seen 43 goals since 2010, the most in a single league fixture between two sides in that period.Their has only been one goalless game between Vipers and KCCA in the top flight, taking place in April 2016 at Lugogo.KCCA won the first meeting between the two sides this season 3-1 at Lugogo.Vipers SC:Vipers go into the game unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions (W12 D2). The two draws in that period came in their away games at Maroons and Bul.The Venoms have also not tested league defeat since the 28-November-2017 when they lost 2-1 at home to URA. In that period, they have won nine and drawn two of the 11 games they have played.They have also been immense at home, losing only one of their last 19 league fixture (W14 D4). They have scored 35 goals in that period whilst concedingKCCA FC:KCCA are unbeaten in any of their last 15 competitive fixture (W10 D5), last losing a game away to CNaPS Sport in the CAF Champions League preliminary rounds in February.In the League, Mike Mutebi’s charges have also gone 12 games minus tasting defeat (W7 D5) , last losing a game in November last year against Proline at Lugogo.Away from home, KCCA have been less impresive, winning only three games on the road this season (D6 L2).KCCA are the league top scores this season, averaging almost two goals a game as they have scored 42 goals in their 24 games so far. They are also second defensive wise, letting in only 13 goals all season. Villa is the team that has a better record than the Kasasiro Boys in that aspect as the Jogoos have only conceded nine goals all season.The Other game to be played:Police FC vs Onduparaka FC @Namboole, 04;30pm.Comments Tags: Azam UPLedward gololaKCCA FCMike Mutebivipers sclast_img read more

first_imgThe Cabinet has approved the 2013-2015 Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) outlining government initiatives to accelerate the industrialisation of the South African economy.Power lines outside Beaufort West in the Western Cape. (Image: Chris Kirchoff, Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter“The plan builds on successive iterations of IPAP and reflects continuous improvements and strengthening of concrete industrial development interventions,” acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.Williams said the IPAP fell under and provided one of the key pillars of the New Growth Path (NGP), an economic policy framework for 2010-2020 whose overriding objective was employment.At the same time, she said, the IPAP was informed by the vision set out by the National Development Plan (NDP), a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030.Growing SA manufacturingPresenting his department’s Budget Vote in Parliament last year, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that since its introduction over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan had stabilised South Africa’s clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, and added jobs in the business process services sector.The plan had also introduced procurement designation to boost local manufacturing, by designating certain products as requiring minimum levels of local production and content in order to qualify for procurement by the state.In January, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) added electrical valves, manual and pneumatic actuators, electrical and telecommunication cables, and components of solar water heaters to the list of designated products.Products previously designated included rail rolling stock, power pylons, bus bodies, canned/processed vegetables, certain pharmaceutical products, furniture products, and textiles, clothing, leather and footwear.“In the year ahead, the dti will significantly scale up designations and other procurement policy levers in support of domestic manufacturing,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in January.“In the year ahead, the dti will significantly scale up designations and other procurement policy levers in support of domestic manufacturing,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. (Image: GovZA)“This will be done at the same time as the DTI deploys a range of other supportive and inter-locking instruments to raise the competitiveness of South Africa’s manufacturers. This will be done in close collaboration with business and labour.”Davies will provide further details of the IPAP at a launch scheduled for April.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)There’s no doubt that Michigan’s botched punt this past Saturday was one of the most poorly timed mistakes in sports in recent memory. But is it the worst play in sports history? According to USA Today’s Mike Foss, it was. Monday, Foss, who writes for For The Win, ranked the 20 worst plays in sports history. Michigan’s blunder was No. 1, ahead of Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.1. MICHIGAN PUNT.It seems cruel to say this was the worst play in sports history only two days after it went down, but sometimes the truth is a cruel mistress. This is unfathomable, and likely will cost Michigan a shot at the College Football Playoff this year.You’ve probably seen the play by now. If not, here you go:ICYMI: Still haven’t seen the wildest finish, perhaps ever? Here it is! http://t.co/8wVWGMIi7t— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 17, 2015Personally, I have a hard time putting this anywhere near Buckner’s error. Michigan vs. Michigan State, while important, was a regular season college football game. Buckner’s blunder took place in the World Series for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1918. But hey, we’re all allowed opinions – that’s part of what makes sports great.last_img read more

first_imgCampaign ambassadors – including some individuals with retinal degenerative diseases – and celebrities nationwide are joining the Foundation Fighting Blindness this week for the launch of the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign, the first social media initiative aimed at elevating awareness and accelerating research funding for retinal degenerative diseases.The Foundation has paired individuals who are affected by a retinal degenerative disease with celebrities, including Glee’s Harry Shum Jr., Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New Black and Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin, to demonstrate the difficulty in performing everyday tasks with vision impairment or loss. Other campaign ambassadors will include NASCAR drivers Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; former New York Governor David Patterson and basketball great Phil Ford.More than 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide are affected by retinal degenerative diseases – those that cause vision loss – including age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. Yet blindness is far more broadly impactful – a recent study from JAMA Ophthalmology showed Americans rank losing eyesight as the worst thing that could happen to them when ranked against other conditions including loss of a limb, memory, hearing or speech.“We’re thrilled that so many leaders from the entertainment, sports and business community are joining us in taking the blindfold challenge,” said Bill Schmidt, chief executive officer at Foundation Fighting Blindness. “We hope it will give people a better understanding of what it is like to live with a blinding disease and ultimately inspire them to join us in the fight to find a cure.”The public is encouraged to get involved by clicking here to learn more about retinal degenerative diseases and make a donation. Individuals can also take the #HowEyeSeeIt blindfold challenge by creating a short video of themselves participating in an activity they love while blindfolded and sharing on their social media channels with the campaign hashtag #HowEyeSeeIt, tagging three friends to participate as well. The campaign will conclude on World Sight Day, October 13, 2016.“This campaign is personal for me and I am excited to be a part of it,” said campaign ambassador Christine Ha, the first blind contestant of MasterChef and winner of its third season in 2012. “I hope by sharing my story and what I’ve been able to accomplish will not only raise awareness and erase stigmas about diseases causing vision loss, but also give hope to those who are affected.”Partners in the campaign include MSNBC, Huffington Post, BounceX, Athletes For Hope, Dose, Little Things, The Skimm, Outfront Media, and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes.last_img read more

first_imgToday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the organization’s Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday, February 3, 2018.HRC also announced that Javier Muñoz, who currently stars in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” will be a special guest. MILCK, known for the hit anthem “Quiet” which went viral after the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, will perform. As previously announced, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will speak. Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award, and Diageo will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award.“Cynthia Nixon is a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Cynthia uses her talent and public platform to speak out for equality in this country and around the globe, and in the process, she is changing countless hearts and minds. We are proud to recognize her with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala.”From advocating for marriage equality to fighting stigma and prejudice, Cynthia Nixon has consistently spoken out for LGBTQ equality on a wide range of issues impacting the community for many years. Last February, in front of a crowd protesting Donald Trump’s immigration ban outside the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, Nixon said, “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now.” After the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality in 2015, Nixon penned an op-ed for Variety on the importance of not being complacent on LGBTQ equality, saying, “The important thing to remember going forward, though, is no outcome is ever 100% assured. We have to keep organizing like our lives depend on it.”Making her film and Broadway debuts at ages 12 and 14, Nixon has appeared in over 40 plays, 13 on Broadway, earning two Tony Awards for her performances in “The Little Foxes” and “Rabbit Hole.” In 1984, Nixon famously juggled two roles on Broadway in different plays in different theatres. Cynthia earned a Grammy for her recording of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Emmy and SAG awards for Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY. In 2017 she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ biopic A QUIET PASSION. She last starred in Marc Webb’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK opposite Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges and Callum Turner. In December 2017 she filmed LOVE COMES LATER in which she plays a Polish émigré who owns a motel in upstate New York out of which she operates a small criminal empire. Nixon lives in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.HRC supporter Javier Muñoz will be a special guest at the event. Muñoz was an active part of the early development and creation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning smash “Hamilton.” Muñoz worked together with Lin-Manuel Miranda to develop the role of Alexander Hamilton, and Muñoz served as Miranda’s alternate at the Public Theater off-Broadway debut in 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement. On July 11th, 2016, Muñoz assumed the title role of Alexander Hamilton full time on Broadway.LA-based singer/songwriter and artist fueled by social change, MILCK, recently released her debut EP “This Is Not The End.” The seven-song collection features her single “Quiet,” which in 2017 became widely known as the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March movement, after MILCK teamed up with two dozen female singers to perform acapella flash mobs of the song on the streets in Washington, D.C. A video of the last flash mob was captured by award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days. MILCK released a new studio recording of “Quiet” in November, as her “musical #METOO,” in light of the massive movement of women and survivors speaking out against sexual assault. Last Friday, MILCK performed “Quiet” on The Today Show and went on to headline this year’s Women’s March on New York City on January 20, with Yoko Ono sharing the stage. “Quiet” has proved MILCK’s worldwide breakthrough as a cathartic pop anthem for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived in the face of trauma, trial, and tribulation.Held this year at the New York Marriott Marquis, the Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says he will again take the battle over historical Indian residential school documents to the courts if Ottawa continues to resist its “obligation” to turn over the full archive.Sinclair spoke to APTN National News Tuesday following the release of the spring Auditor General’s report earlier in the day.The report found that nearly three years after the work began and with a year left before the TRC’s mandate ends next year, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the historical documents, who will pay for it or what materials are even “relevant” for the project.The TRC was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement and part of its mandate includes compiling and preserving the historical record.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs had failed to find “common ground” on the transfer of historical documents from Ottawa’s vaults.Sinclair, however, said the report was an “endorsement” of the TRC’s continued battle with Ottawa over the release of the historical material.“It’s their legal obligation, it’s not their discretion. They don’t have a choice in this, they are legally obligated,” said Sinclair..If the federal government doesn’t comply, then the TRC will again take Ottawa to court.“The matter will be back in front of the judges who approved the settlement agreement, who continue to have a supervisory role with respect to the conduct of the parties and we won’t hesitate to take it back to them if necessary,” said Sinclair.In Ottawa, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt defended his government’s handling of the Indian residential school documents.Valcourt said during question period that the federal government has already handed over 3.5 million documents to the TRC and that he met with Sinclair in Montreal last week.“Our government is committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian residential schools,” said Valcourt, after facing questions from the NDP. “This is an ongoing process and we are committed to continuing working with the commission.”NDP MP and Cree politician Romeo Saganash, whose brother who died in residential school, demanded during question period that Valcourt commit to releasing all documents requested by the TRC.“Will the minister rise today and solemnly commit and send the commission all the documents they request?” said Saganash, who also attended residential school.Valcourt, however, did not directly respond to the question, but repeated his prepared line about the 3.5 million documents.“Who is talking about politicizing the issue? That is what he is doing by ignoring the facts. The fact is that the government’s commitment is clearly reflected in the work of the Commission,” said Valcourt.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who would pay for it all.“The scope of the undertaking is still undefined. Canada and the Commission need to cooperate in order to assess what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, how long this will take and what resources are required,” said the report.The issue has already hit Federal Court once. On Jan. 30, 2012, the court ruled that Canada’s obligation included documents held in the vaults of Library and Archives Canada.The department had taken the position that Canada’s responsibility did not include searching for additional archival documents and federal departments did not have to go digging at Library and Archives Canada.The department effectively transferred that responsibility to the TRC which “strongly disagreed” and held to its claim that the federal government’s responsibility included finding archived [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsLocated at the mouth of Douglas Channel on the north central coast of B.C. is Kitimat – a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and waterways mixed in with industry.This is where LNG Canada is building the largest private-sector investment project in Canadian history.Natural gas will travel down a new 670 km pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the processing plant in Kitimat where the gas will be liquefied and put on tankers destined for Asian markets.The $40 billion project got the final go ahead by investors in October and the people of the Haisla Nation couldn’t be happier.“The opportunity that we have here is immeasurable,” said Chief Councillor Crystal Smith.Haisla has an impact benefits agreement with LNG Canada.Smith said she’s proud of her nation’s partnership – and the company treats her people as rightful landowners.“We have had industry in our territory for the last 50 to 60 years. The difference with this project is that we have had a meaningful partnership within it,” she said. “That means an equal level of playing field in terms of our involvement of how this project is built, the standard in which it is built, and terms of that environmental aspect, what is suitable and what is acceptable for our Nation in terms of our cultural existence in this territory.”The processing facility owned by LNG Canada will be built on the Haisla Traditional territory which sits just across the water from the nation’s home community of Kitamaat Village.Smith said she wants this project to bring her people back home. Only 700 of 1,800 members live on reserve.“This project provides a real opportunity to building capacity, providing programs that heal from past traumas and a bright future that is provided right in our backyard when it comes to education and employment opportunities,” she said.Smith was born and raised in Kitamaat Village.Much of her support for the project is fuelled by personal experience.“In 2013 my common law of 16 years committed suicide,” she said. “Lack of resources, lack of awareness, education, a lack of everything for assistance with mental health issues.  Lack of resources for alcohol and drug addiction.“It motivates me to do my job so no other family in my community has to go through and endure what I have gone through, my children have gone through.”Edmund Grant is also from Kitamaat Village.He has a job doing site prep for the project and said he’s thankful his leadership signed on.“I am very happy I got a job.  It’s good hours, good pay,” he said.“It’s not just the project itself that brings in work.  Once we get a project this big coming to town it brings in more businesses.”During construction, the project is expected to employ as many as 10,000 people – with 950 full time jobs.Susannah Pierce, a spokesperson for LNG Canada said the company hopes to help provide a new future for First Nations.“It’s not just a construction opportunity, but is an opportunity for a lifetime,” she said. “And that is how we are trying to create this company because we are going to be here for 40 years.”The pipeline and facility have signed agreements with all elected First Nation communities along the route.But that doesn’t mean everyone feels this partnership with a big gas company is a good idea – some people have criticized their leaders for selling out.“Am I a sell out for wanting a better life for my people? To say that we would sell our environment short for a dollar sign is completely untrue,” said Smith. “I value this, I value our territory, I value our land.“Most importantly I value this water, this is our dinner plate, this environment is my culture, this environment is Haisla.The project is expected to be up and running by [email protected]@lauriehamelinlast_img read more

first_imgNow that placing a price-tag on coveted players has become a tendency, Chelsea decided to do it with Eden Hazard: €110 million if he wants to leave.The winter transfer market is getting more heated up for clubs like Real Madrid, as Los Blancos are still deciding whether they want players like Eden Hazard or Harry Kane.It was just last weekend when Tottenham Hotspur put the price-tag of €350 million for striker Harry Kane after a meeting with Real Madrid officials took place in London before Christmas, this time Chelsea decided to send a message via a report from The Telegraph.The English news outlet issued a report that confirms the Belgian winger could go out of Chelsea soon if any club decided to come after him, but we all know that Real Madrid is the most interested squad to buy the player.Despite the constant speculation about Chelsea requesting an insane amount of money for the player, they are showing good will towards him because of all the titles he has helped the club win during his time with them.Hazard previously mentioned that he wouldn’t leave if Chelsea didn’t come out on top of the negotiation for him, which was also received well amongst the club’s board of directors.Describe este golazo de Hazard 💙 con un emoji 😱 pic.twitter.com/lQSDLq6Vg5— Soy Fan Chelsea (@soyfanchelsea) January 10, 2019President Florentino Perez was adamant in signing Hazard last summer when he led Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, but the initial price that Chelsea requested was above €200 million and Perez refused to pay such a massive sum of cash for the player regardless of how talented he was at the moment.The English club had the hope of winning more trophies under new manager Maurizio Sarri, he promised them to compete for all the titles they would play this season with Eden Hazard as their top player.The new project really excited Eden, which is why he stated a few times that he wouldn’t leave the club any time soon.But things have changed for the Blues within the span of only a few months, they have practically stepped down from the title race as they are currently 10 points behind leaders Liverpool and Hazard has quickly understood that winning more important trophies may not be so easy in England anymore.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The top target for Hazard is to win the Champions League sometime before his career comes to an end, he just realized that Chelsea might not be the place where he can achieve that goal and time is running out.¡HAZARD YA TIENE PRECIO! Según el ‘TELEGRAPH’, el Chelsea PEDIRÁ al menos 112 MILLONES por el belga. Lo cuenta @plazacasals en #ChiringuitoFichajes pic.twitter.com/4jntmjYNUK— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 15, 2019Now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on their top player, this is a direct message to Florentino that invites him to make an offer for next summer.The Belgian winger finishes his contract with Chelsea in 2020, this means that next summer will be the last chance for the Blues to ask for a fair price for Hazard and Real Madrid might be the only other club that the player would agree to go to.To those who are not aware, if a player doesn’t renew his contract in time with his club and such contract expires, any squad in the world can take said player free of charge because he would be considered a free agent.Chelsea doesn’t want this scenario to happen, which is why they have decided to make things easier for Real Madrid and let Florentino Perez finally accept that he does need a player as talented as Eden Hazard on his squad.As it is commonly said in Basketball terms, “the ball is on Real Madrid’s court”. It is Los Blancos turn to make a move, they have a big chance to bring one of the best players in the world to their ranks for a fair price.Eden Hazard primer jugador que está temporada logra 10 asistencias en la #EPL pic.twitter.com/aL7FXIE6H0— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFCMI) January 12, 2019What do you think Real Madrid should do now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on Eden Hazard? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more