‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far “It’s like everyone wanted us to win,” she said.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-9, while inflicting on the Lady Maroons their seventh loss in 13 matches.That meant UST can now focus on a last-gasp bid for a twice-to-beat berth after the Tigresses turned back the Lady Tamaraws in the second game, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23.UST’s victory avenged a first-round loss to FEU in a game where the Tigresses lost star sophomore Milena Alessandrini due to injury.“We have a better ranking now,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “I think we are assured of Final Four, but we want to finish the eliminations on a high note.”ADVERTISEMENT Audrey Paran noticed a major change of colors in the National University cheering section.“We were shocked that fans wearing green and yellow were cheering for us,” Paran said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PH heads to world group on winning note P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments Sisi Rondina fired 21 points for UST, which hiked its record to 9-4, just half a game behind La Salle in the final footrace for the second twice-to-beat incentive.But to tab that semifinal bonus, UST must beat NU in its last game and hope that FEU defeats La Salle.“Hopefully we can get a better ranking in the semis so we can really do our best,” added Reyes, whose charges were left out of Final Four the past two seasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Out of the title race and with little to fight for, Paran and the Lady Bulldogs fought like a trophy was at stake and doomed University of the Philippines’ season with a 25-21, 26-24,17-25, 23-25, 17-15 victory Sunday in UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Paran scored 15 points for NU, backstopping star Princess Robles, who fired 20 points as the Lady Bulldogs crushed the Lady Maroons’ Final Four hopes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat meant free passes for University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U, whose supporters were the ones cheering on NU knowing that a win by the Lady Bulldogs would have their school joining league-leading Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the semifinals.NU libero Jennifer Nierva, who accounted for 30 excellent digs and 27 excellent receptions, said the crowd support “hyped” them up.
When South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, South Africa, the country’s beautiful and varied cricket grounds were on show, with each of them bringing their own character to the game.The Wanderers exhibited the super-charged atmosphere of the “Bullring”. Newlands revealed one of the most beautiful settings in the world of cricket, while SuperSport Park’s spectator-friendly grass embankments showed off a party vibe.Each and every one of South Africa’s grounds boasts something unique and special. Take a look around the country:OUTsurance Oval, BloemfonteinAt Horak Avenue, BloemfonteinWebsiteLocated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province, OUTsurance Oval is a spectator-friendly ground, with the sizeable grass embankment on the eastern side especially popular with spectators.It is part of a wonderful sporting complex, covering a massive city block that includes facilities of either international of provincial standard for athletics, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.The ground has been used for limited-overs internationals since the fifth one-day international between South Africa and India in December 1992. The pitch is recognised as a good one-day wicket and is usually conducive to high scoring.OUTsurance Oval hosted its first Test in October 1999 when South Africa took on Zimbabwe. It was a good start for the Proteas as they thrashed SA’s northern neighbours by an innings and 13 runs.Willowmoore Park, BenoniWillowmoore Park, Harpur Ave, BenoniWebsiteOne of South Africa’s newer international grounds, Willowmoore Park is a smaller-sized venue and home of the Easterns provincial team. It is also used by the Nashua Titans franchise.Willowmoore Park first hosted a one-day international in February 1997 when India met Zimbabwe and Sachin Tendulker celebrated the new venue’s debut with a century as the Indians won by six wickets, with over 10 overs to spare.Willowmoore Park remains a one-day international venue; it has not yet hosted a test. However, it has become a more and more popular choice as an ODI ground. During the Cricket World Cup in 2003 it hosted two matches.Denis Compton famously scored a triple century in three hours and one minute against North Eastern Transvaal at the ground in 1948. It remains the fastest ever triple century.Sahara Park Newlands, Cape TownMonorgan, 161 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape TownWebsiteNewlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, with the mountains shrouded in clouds overlooking the ground, while tasteful chalets and trees, impressive stands and open grassed areas grace the ground. It is also synonymous with a fantastic atmosphere.Newlands hosted its first one-day international in 1992 when Hansie Cronje captured 5 for 32 to help South Africa to a six-wicket win over India. It was a test ground over a century before that, hosting the second test between England and South Africa in March 1889.South African fans enjoy the fact that Newlands has been a particularly good ground to the national side in limited-overs internationals.The playing surface is highly regarded, but that wasn’t always the case. Pakistan certainly didn’t think so when they were blasted out for just 43 by the West Indies in February 1993. Their woeful batting effort included six ducks!At the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Newlands hosted both the opening ceremony and the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa and the West Indies. In something of a shock, the islanders beat the home side.Newlands was one of the primary venues used during the competition, hosting five matches, including three category-A internationals, featuring established test-playing nations.Supersport Park, CenturionCnr South and West Ave, CenturionWebsiteRated one of the 10 best grounds in the world by Indian legend Kapil Dev, Supersport Park is a 20 000-seater that boasts a wonderful grandstand and superb open grass embankments. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 and its first test in November 1995, a match in which the great Shaun Pollock made his debut for South Africa against England.Supersport Park has always proved to be an excellent one-day cricket ground, with a wicket that is conducive to free scoring but usually has a little in it for bowlers of all kinds. In tests, the character is different, providing a more even contest between bat and ball.The ground hosted five World Cup matches in 2003, including two Super Six clashes.Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban2 Kingsmead Way, DurbanWebsiteSahara Stadium Kingsmead is a 25 000-seater stadium located within walking distance of Durban’s famed Indian Ocean shoreline. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992, but its first test was hosted in January 1923.Kingsmead was also home to the famous “Timeless Test” played in 1939 between England and South Africa. The match lasted from 3 to 13 March, but was eventually declared a draw amid concerns that the English team would miss its ship home!The ground was a semi-final venue during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.Interestingly, it is widely believed that the changing tides of the nearby ocean help swing bowlers move the ball nicely through the air!Buffalo Park, East LondonBuffalo Park Drive, East LondonWebsiteA small ground with plentiful grass embankments, East London’s Buffalo Park, boasts a beautiful view with the ocean in the background.Home to the Border Cricket Union, it first tasted international cricket in December 1992 when India defeated South Africa in the seventh and final one-day international of their series. Since that time it has been regularly used for ODIs.There have been some special moments in limited overs games that Buffalo Park has hosted. In December 1994, Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis claimed a hat-trick against New Zealand, while in January 1999 Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper put on a fourth-wicket stand of 226 for the West Indies against South Africa. Incredibly, Shaun Pollock captured 6 for 35 for the Proteas in the same match!The ground hosted its first test in October 2002 when South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 107 runs as Graeme Smith hit 200 and Gary Kirsten 150.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup Buffalo Park hosted a Super Sixes contest, as well as the match between South Africa and Canada.Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgCorlett Drive, Illovo, JohannesburgWebsiteTo be precise, the Wanderers is in fact the New Wanderers. The Old Wanderers first hosted test cricket in 1896, when South Africa faced England and George Lohmann claimed 9 for 28 in South Africa’s first innings to help the English to a convincing innings victory.The New Wanderers, on the other hand, first hosted test cricket in December 1956, and its first one-day international, between South Africa and India, in December 1992. The stadium also hosted the 2003 Cricket World final.It is known as “the Bullring” for its electric, sometimes intimidating atmosphere. High stands surround most of the field, although there is a small grassed area that is very popular with spectators. The Wanderers’ capacity is about 34 000 people, which includes the occupants of the ground’s 180 corporate suites.De Beers Diamond Oval, KimberleyDickenson Ave, KimberleyA nice, open ground with plenty of the grass banks that are so popular with South African spectators, The De Beers Diamond Oval hosted its first one-day international in April 1998 when Pakistan chased down a Sri Lankan total of 295 to record a four-wicket victory.That has been the pattern in most one-day matches – high scoring. However, England’s Mark Ealham managed figures of 5 for 15 in 10 overs against Zimbabwe in January 2000!The ground hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.City Oval, Pietermaritzburg Alexander Park, PietermaritzburgWebsiteThe Pietermaritzburg Oval, a small, picturesque ground with a touch of old-world, Victorian charm about it, hosted its first one-day internationals during the 2003 World Cup.Chaminda Vaas ensured the first match was a memorable one, capturing four wickets in the very first over of the contest, on his way to figures of 6 for 25, as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets.Bangladesh won’t have good memories of the ground. Apart from their 10-wicket thrashing in the World Cup, they also suffered a 10-wicket loss to a South African Invitation Eleven in October 2000. On that occasion Charl Langeveldt knocked over 5 for 7 as the Bangladeshis were bundled out for just 51!Along with the St Lawrence Ground in Kent, it is the only first-class venue that includes a tree within the boundary.Sahara Oval St George’s Park, Port ElizabethPark Drive, Port ElizabethWebsiteActually The Crusaders Ground, St George’s Park, but commonly known as St George’s Park, the ground first hosted a test match in March 1889 – the first ground to host a test in South Africa.It was hugely improved for the 2003 World Cup, with R11-million of the total allocation of R35-million for improvements being used on it.Saint George’s Park boasts excellent stands as well as grassed embankments. It is also famous for its enthusiastic band that is always in attendance at one-day internationals and test matches.One of the most remarkable results achieved at St George’s Park occurred in October 2001 when lightly regarded Kenya handed India a 70-run thrashing, prompting anti-corruption investigators to look into the match. It was ultimately declared a fair contest.During World Cup 2003, the ground was home to one of the semi-finals, and hosted five games in total, including the high profile England versus Australia clash.Senwes Park, PotchefstroomDie Bult, PotchefstroomWebsiteSenwes Park, sometimes used by the Lions franchise, is one of South Africa’s newer international grounds. It was first used in October 2000 for a match between South Africa and New Zealand. Nicky Boje ensured the occasion would be remembered when he blasted an unbeaten 105 off only 93 deliveries, but the match was ultimately rained out.In October 2002, Senwes Park became a test ground when it hosted the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh. Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis all scored centuries, as the Proteas raced to an innings and 160 runs victory.The excellent rivalry between South Africa and Australia was highlighted at the ground in April 2002. Batting first, the Proteas rattled up 259 for 7 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to 71 from Jacques Kallis and 83 from Jonty Rhodes. Australia, in reply, sneaked a tension-filled tie, ending the match on 259 for 9 after being reduced to 223 for 9 in the forty-sixth over.During the 2003 World Cup, the North West Stadium hosted three contests, including the match between South Africa and Kenya during which Jonty Rhodes broke his hand, bringing an untimely end to his international career; he had planned to retire after the World Cup.Boland Bank Park, PaarlLangehoven Street, PaarlBoland Bank Park’s introduction to one-day international cricket was a memorable one. Zimbabwe and India met at the ground on 27 January 1997, with the match ending in a dramatic tie.Surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees, it offers spectators lovely grassed embankments to relax upon while taking in a match.Back in 2001 the ground was home to one of the biggest turnarounds the game of cricket has ever seen. India thrashed Kenya by 186 runs after tallying a massive 351 for 3, led by 111 from Sourav Ganguly and 146 from Sachin Tendulkar. A week prior to that, the Kenyans had crushed India by 70 runs after bowling them out for just 176.Boland Bank Park hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and is nowadays used by the Cape Cobras franchise.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Million Man March, organised by Desmond Dube, wants urgent interventionfrom government against crime. (Image: Million Man March) The South African police need the helpof all citizens to successfully combat crime. (Image: South African Police Service)Janine Erasmus Comedian Desmond Dube, a familiar face on South African television screens, took on the more serious role of activist in June 2008 when he organised the first Million Man March against crime in Pretoria, South Africa.Thousands of South Africans from all walks of life joined the initiative, carrying signs that read “Enough”, “I May Not See Tomorrow” and “Show Us U Care”. They walked peacefully enough from Church Square to the Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa’s government, and assembled on the lawns in front of the imposing building, but later became vocal in their demands for decisive action by the government.An emotional Dube handed over a memorandum – addressed to President Thabo Mbeki and calling for urgent government intervention – to Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour, one of three ministers present at the event.“We say, Mr President, the people are ready. Safety and security is our collective responsibility particularly at this time when we are preparing to welcome to our shores the citizens of the world in 2010,” said the memorandum.It was hoped that Mbeki would personally take delivery of the petition, but the president was not in attendance, to the disappointment of the crowd, who shouted, “Where is Mbeki, we want Mbeki.”South Africa’s first Million Man March – which was supported by Tshwane police, who deployed about 250 officers along the route and also arranged a number of street closures – ended with the singing of the national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika“. Entries on the initiative’s blog call for more such events around the country.Marching for peace and human rightsThe Million Man March is not a new concept. In 1995 the first Million Man March took place in Washington, DC. Its objective was to register African Americans to vote in US elections, and increase black involvement in volunteerism and community activism. As the name suggests, that event excluded women, although the South African march encouraged everybody to join in.That event in turn was inspired by the historic 1963 march on Washington for jobs and freedom, where iconic US leader Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1995 marchers convened on the very spot where King had given his address, over 30 years before.Although the turnout for the South African march was not as large as expected, this was largely because the event was held on a work day, according to a Democratic Alliance representative, and also because of the low profile of the advertising campaign.Crime at close rangeLike so many other South Africans, Desmond Dube was exposed to violent crime on a personal level by the death of his neighbour and close friend Bashimane “Shimi” Mofokeng, who was shot dead at his home south of Johannesburg in March 2008. The criminals brutalised another family in the street before fleeing the scene.Dube said Mofokeng was the third person close to him in five weeks who had died in violent circumstances – one of them was the nine-year-old daughter of a friend. Shocked and enraged, the entertainer became inspired to take up the challenge facing South African society. “This is the end of the road for crime. We have to say, now we’ve had enough!”Dube had already started thinking about organising a Million Man March but said that his friend’s death added extra urgency to the idea. “This march isn’t against the government, it’s against crime. We want to know what we can do to assist the government in putting an end to crime.”Organisations such as the South African National Council for the Blind have thrown their weight behind the initiative. “In the past week there have been at least three visually impaired people who fell victim to crimes in Pretoria alone,” said spokesperson Lindie Van Zyl, speaking in June 2008. “The students, management and staff have had enough of the crime in our country.”Crime statistics released by the South African police services claim that between April to September 2006 and the same period in 2007, the murder ratio has decreased by 6.6%. Overall, murders have declined from a peak of 22.9 murders per 100 000 people in 2002, to 18.7 in 2007. The rape ratio dropped off by 3.6% in the period stated, while common robberies decreased by 12.3%. House robberies, on the other hand, increased by 7.0% and business robbery by 29.3%.It is clear that the South African police have a big task on their hands. However, movements such as the Million Man March and Stop Crime Say Hello are mobilising communities to get involved at street level in the fight against crime.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksMillion Man MarchMillion Man March – Facebook groupMillion Man March blogSouth African PoliceTrue Crime Expo South AfricaThe Millions More MovementInstitute for Security Studies
The Illinois House of Representative passed a bill that would provide relief from the new cap on the federal state and local tax (SALT) deduction. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) placed a $10,000 cap on the federal deduction under IRC Sec. 164 beginning after the 2017 tax year.Excellence Fund CreditThe Illinois bill proposes a credit against corporate and personal income tax for taxpayers who contribute to a new Illinois Excellence Fund. Contributions to the fund would be used exclusively for “public purposes.” Therefore, the contributions would qualify as charitable contributions under IRC Sec. 170.H.B. 4237, as passed by the Illinois House of Representatives on April 18, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Sen. Sandrea Falconer on Thursday, April 25, met with a team from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) on the matter of protocols governing relations with the media and in particular the conduct of interviews with the Prime Minister.The PAJ was firm in its position that the Prime Minister was inaccessible to the media and again placed on record that Mrs. Simpson Miller has not done any major interview in the past 15 months. However, Minister Falconer pointed out that the Prime Minister was accessible and had in fact given several scheduled interviews including appearances at Jamaica House Media Briefings and many impromptu interviews.The meeting agreed that there must be respect in the interactions of journalists with the Prime Minister, with Minister Falconer reiterating government’s commitment to a free press.The meeting also discussed a range of proposals from both sides on improving the relations, with the PAJ agreeing to take a draft protocol to its membership for further discussion. It was agreed that the parties would hold follow up talks in the next two weeks with a view to finalizing revised procedures.The PAJ team was headed by veteran Journalist Wyvolyn Gager and included PAJ President, Jenni Campbell, Milton Walker, Naomi Francis, Rohan Powell, Irvin Forbes, and immediate past president Byron Buckley.The Minister was accompanied by members of the Prime Minister’s Support Unit and Head of the Minister’s Taskforce, Colin Campbell.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: [email protected]: www.opm.gov.jm
New Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Sunday said it supports the Indian Olympic Association’s proposal to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham for excluding shooting from the roster. In an unprecedented move, the IOA on Saturday proposed boycott of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought the government’s approval, with president Narinder Batra writing to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNRAI secretary Rajeev Bhatia said they are on the same page as far as boycotting of the Games is concerned. “We are with the IOA. Of course, we back their proposal to boycott the Games. We are part of the IOA as one of the NSFs (National Sports Federations),” Bhatia said. “The IOA president has done a good job and we support whatever steps the IOA takes,” he added. Reacting to the country’s proposal to boycott, the Commonwealth Games Federation said it “absolutely” wants India to participate in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBatra wrote to the government a day after the IOA pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) General Assembly, to be held in Rwanda in September, protesting the dropping of shooting. The IOA had also withdrawn the nomination of its secretary general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shiragaonkar for sports committee member. While proposing a boycott of the 2022 CWG, Batra lashed out at the CGF leadership for having an “India bashing mindset” and for “trying to change rules” whenever the country does well in the Commonwealth Games. He even went to the extent of saying that India is no longer a colony of any country. “We have been noticing over a period of time that wherever India seems to be getting grip of the game and performing well, then somehow we find that either the goal posts are shifted or rules are changed. We feel it is time for us in IOA/India to start asking tough questions and start taking tough positions,” Batra wrote in his letter. The CGF meanwhile said it intends to meet with the IOA officials in the near future to help find a solution to the concerns raised. “We absolutely want India to participate wholeheartedly in Birmingham 2022 and look forward to meeting our colleagues in India over the coming months to discuss their concerns and future ambitions,” CGF Media and Communications Manager Tom Degun told PTI in an e-mail. Meanwhile, The Commonwealth Games Federation on Sunday said it “absolutely” wants India to participate in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games after the IOA wrote to the government, proposing a boycott for dropping shooting from the roster. The CGF said it intends to meet with the Indian Olympic Association officials in the near future to help find a solution to the concerns raised. “We absolutely want India to participate wholeheartedly in Birmingham 2022 and look forward to meeting our colleagues in India over the coming months to discuss their concerns and future ambitions,” CGF Media and Communications Manager Tom Degun told PTI in an e-mail reply. In an unprecedented move, IOA President Narinder Batra on Saturday wrote to Sports Minister Kiren Rijuji, proposing boycott of the 2022 Birmingham CWG for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought approval from the government. The IOA had earlier pulled out of the CGF General Assembly to be held in Rwanda in September, protesting the dropping of shooting. It also withdrew the nomination of its secretary general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shiragaonkar for sports committee member. “We are naturally disappointed that our colleagues in India have chosen not to join the other Commonwealth nations and territories in Rwanda for the 2019 CGF General Assembly; particularly as this is where the future strategic direction of the Commonwealth Sports Movement is debated and approved by our 71 members,” the CGF official said.
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday alleged that under the present BJP-led regime at the Centre there is a big question mark on issues like women empowerment, bringing women in the mainstream and their upliftment. While addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Congress leader Ragini Nayak said that the atmosphere in the country at present is turning out to be not so good for the women. “In the past six months there have been over 24000 FIRs in rape incidents out of which only 4 per cent that is around 900 cases have been disposed of by the police,” she said. Pointing to Uttar Pradesh, Nayak said that the state stands first when it comes to the highest number of such crimes that is 3,457 out of which only 22 FIRs have been disposed of so far. She further said that the grand old party takes this as its responsibility and is going to continue the fight for gender justice and empowerment and will also continue to fight for survivors of such crimes and their battle for justice. “We will make sure to stand with such women to take up their fight,” the Congress leader said. The Congress further alleged that the UP Police is acting on the directions of the government and said that in the matter of Azamgarh where school students were made to clean premises with a broom and a lawsuit was filed against a journalist who reported it. “The kind of practices presently prevalent in the state is not in favour of women. Rather, they are contrary to PM Narendra Modi’s slogan of Beti Bachao Beti Padao,” she said. The Congress leader questioned as to why the state administration comes alive and act on such matters only when a direction is issued by the court.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton reveals he is looking forward to crossing paths with Neil Warnock when the Seagulls travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.The former Newcastle United manager takes his side to Wales in 12th position in the Premier League after three wins from three in October, and Hughton was keen to repay the positive comments made by Warnock.He said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s always nice to hear people say good things about you, but it’s also very difficult in this profession to be nice all the time because you always have to make tough decisions that you hope can lead to success.”Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“For us, success is about keeping the team in the Premier League and building from there, so it’s impossible to do all of those things and be nice all the time – what you try to do is try to approach the game within your personality.”“What I do look forward to is seeing Neil – he’s somebody I know very well, and we’ve crossed paths on many occasions both on and off the pitch.”“He’s a manager who I have great respect for, and he has a wonderful track record – he’s brought a team into this division and continues to do a very good job there – it makes Saturday very tough for that reason.”