Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed things didn't go to plan for him at Manchester United because he was too interested in doing tricks. The 25-year-old joined United from Palace in 2013 on a five and a half year deal but was sold back to the Selhurst Park outfit in 2015 having made just four first team appearances. Zaha has been impressing for Roy Hodgson's side this season which has led some to question why he couldn't have shone at Old Trafford. Some suggested it was because he wasn't given enough opportunities under David Moyes but the 25-year-old has admitted there was another reason it all went wrong for him. "Me going to a big club when I was like 19 or 20, I didn't know what to expect, how to behave, whatever," he told Sky Sports News. "I was just a youngster who wanted to do tricks, I didn't even care about end product really. "Now I take things a lot more seriously - the gym aspect, recovery after games, my decision-making. I've learnt a lot in terms of my … [Read more...] about Wilfried Zaha explains why he failed at Manchester United
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A dam holding back wastewater from the Germano iron ore mine near the city of Mariana in Minas Gerais state burst Thursday. Television footage showed a torrent of red muck several hundred meters long that had swamped houses and destroyed roofs in the touristic city of more than 50,000 people. "The situation is grim. It is dark. There is a lot of mud," Fire Chief Adao Severino Junior said. "There is no way to survive under that material." The neighboring village of Bento Rodrigues was completely buried, the chief added. At least 17 people have reportedly been killed. More than 40 people are still missing. Others sat on roofs awaiting rescue as the muck enveloped residential streets. The dam had been holding tailings, a mining waste product of metal filings, water and occasionally toxic chemicals. It was located near the Gualaxo do Norte River, adding to fears of contaminating waterways. Mine owner Samarco, which is a international joint venture between Brazil's Vale and Australia's … [Read more...] about Mine dam fails in Brazil unleashing torrent of toxic sludge
The announcement at the end of April that Canberra had chosen to spend A$50 billion ($38 billion) on submarines made by French contractor DCNS clearly caught the Japanese government by surprise, understandable given that ministers and the media had expressed absolute certainty that the Japanese bid, based on its Soryu class of vessels, held an "insurmountable lead" over the rival proposals. The depth of that disappointment was voiced by Gen Nakatani, the Japanese defense minister, who told reporters in Tokyo, "I want to seek an explanation of why [the Japanese bid] was not chosen and have the findings reflected [in future export proposals]." Much of the blame for the Japanese bid's failure has been directed toward the apparent change of heart in Canberra, where Malcolm Turnbull went back on the supposed "gentlemen's agreement" that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believed he had with Tony Abbott - who stepped down as Australian leader in September 2015 - to purchase the … [Read more...] about Can Japan’s defense firms bounce back from failed Australia sub bid?
During her two-day India visit (May 26-27), German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is expected to hold talks with top Indian officials, including her counterpart Manohar Parrikar, and push for a stronger bilateral defense cooperation and being part of the "Make in India" initiative designed to boost foreign investment. Media reports also suggest that Germany, which has been in a "strategic partnership" with India since 2001, will be making a strong pitch to take part in developing underwater platforms for submarines following the decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to indigenously manufacture six more conventional submarines. German shipbuilding giant ThyssenKrupp Marine System has one of the world's most experienced submarine-making shipyards. Von der Leyen's visit comes as India is set to wrap up negotiations with France over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Analysts argue that both events are reflective of a trend that has been developing over past … [Read more...] about Deterrence and power projection – Why India remains a major arms importer
Schalke have had a strong academy system for many years. Four of the players in Germany's squad for the 2016 European Championship made their first-team debut with the Royal Blues, and two more have made their competitive debuts in World Cup qualifiers since. But despite their productive footballer-making machine, Schalke have struggled to achieve what their fans have been aching for - a return to the Champions League. This year, they are farther from their goal than they were last season, and it is becoming harder to entice their academy products to stick around without European football. Sead Kolasinac looks to be the latest homegrown talent to look for Champions League football elsewhere. According to widespread media reports, he'll join Arsenal, moving to the London club on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season. Some reports suggest Arsenal has offered him more than twice the wages Schalke put on the table, but his decision to leave … [Read more...] about Opinion: If Schalke won’t invest for their own youngsters, why should they stay?