Driver is best known as Adam from HBO’s ground-breaking series Girls. He also appeared in the films Lincoln, Gayby and J. Edgar. He appeared on the New York stage in Man and Boy, Angels in America, Look Back in Anger and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Main Stem vet Adam Driver is in negotiations to appear as a Darth Vader type villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. According to The Hollywood Reporter the Girls star may have beaten out both Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman for the gig. The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in London this spring, although there’s Jedi training to be done before then. It’s thought that original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will return, but as Yoda would put it, it’s difficult to see. Always in motion is the future. Especially when the notoriously secretive Abrams is in charge. View Comments
Tammy Grimes(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Tammy Grimes, a two-time Tony winner whose raspy timbre captivated audiences in performances such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died on October 30 at the age of 82. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her nephew Duncan MacArthur.Prior to winning a Tony Award in 1961 for headlining The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Grimes appeared off-Broadway in The Littlest Revue, which transferred to Broadway in 1956; she also earned a Theatre World Award in 1959 for Look After Lulu.Grimes was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on January 30, 1934 to Luther Nichols and Eola Willard. She attended Stephens College in Missouri before moving to New York to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. It was there she made her stage debut in 1955 with Jonah and the Whale.Following stints in Rattle of a Simple Man, High Spirits and The Only Game in Town, Grimes won a second Tony for her performance in Private Lives. Her additional credits included California Suite, Tartuffe, 42nd Street and—most recently—the 1989 revival of Orpheus Descending.Though she is primarily known for her work on the stage, Grimes appeared in myriad screen projects, including High Art, The Last Unicorn, Slaves of New York and her self-titled sitcom The Tammy Grimes Show.Grimes met her first husband, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, while he appeared in The Dark is Light Enough in 1955. They married in 1956 and divorced four years later. She married fellow actor Jeremy Slate in 1966, though the two divorced in 1967. Grimes’ third husband, composer Richard Bell, died in 2005; the two had wed in 1971.Grimes is survived by her brother Nick and daughter Amanda Plummer, who won a Tony Award in 1982 for Agnes of God.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointments of Robert P. Gerety, Jr. of White River Junction, Robert A. Mello of South Burlington and Timothy B. Tomasi of Montpelier to serve on the Superior Court.‘These three individuals are respected among their peers and bring experience, commitment and a clear understanding of the law to the bench,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘I am pleased to make these appointments today and thank each for their service to Vermont.’Robert P. Gerety, Jr. is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Vermont Law School. He has been in private practice since clerking in Vermont Superior Court in the early 1980’s. Since 1996, Gerety has operated his own law practice in White River Junction and currently serves as the chair of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board.Robert A. Mello is a graduate of Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts and Boston College Law School. He has managed his own law firm for the past 25 years. He formerly served in state government as a Special Counsel at the Public Service Board and General Counsel to the Department of Banking, Insurance & Securities in the 1970’s.Timothy B. Tomasi is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Vermont District. Tomasi previously served in the Office of Vermont Attorney General from 1994 to 2007, serving as Chief of the Civil Division from 1999 to 2007.Source: Montpelier 11/12/2010 governor’s office
According to the general director of Brazil’s Air Force War College, General Dirceu Tondolo Noro, the colonels who visited SOUTHCOM, “were selected to attend the last ten-month course of their career [aerospace policy and strategy course], to enable them to perform all command, leadership and direction functions in the Aeronautics Command. [The course] is also a prerequisite to be selected to become a general of the Air Force”. For General Noro, the visit of these officers to the United States is essential in providing them an opportunity to create direct contacts and learn about the military and organizational sides of the Americans, “just as it is essential to perform joint work between the forces.” The FAB’s visit to Washington and to SOUTHCOM has occurred in previous years, and, “we will make every effort to make it happen again next year,” said Major General Waddell. Brazilian Air Force Generals Maximo Ballatorre and Rogério Veríssimo were also present among the visitors. Mister Congratulations for this publication but Fernando Pessoa is not brazilian he is portuguese. Tanks. First Sargent Hellynton “Writer Fernando Pessoa said in one of his poems that ‘sailing is necessary, living is not necessary.’ I would add that, in our case, collaboration is necessary.” This was the clear message communicated by U.S. Army Major General Ricky Waddell, to the 41 colonels and three Brazilian Air Force (FAB) generals who visited the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) on November 1. Major General Waddell, Deputy Commander for SOUTHCOM Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, lived for 17 years in South America during his career as a civil engineer, 12 of which were spent in Sao Paulo. He served as the host for the group that was briefed on important updates about SOUTHCOM activities, with a special focus on regional partnerships. During the Q and A session, Brazilian Military members obtained first-hand information on the mission that is being carried out by SOUTHCOM in Central and South America and the Caribbean. By Dialogo November 06, 2013 For Gen. Waddell, this kind of visit fits perfectly in SOUTHCOM’s mission of, among other purposes, aiming to strengthen the friendship bonds with regional partner nations. “The largest and most professional military forces in the Western Hemisphere are going to include the United States and Brazil. Our alliance with Brazil dates back to World War II, so this is a continuation of six-and-a-half decades of partnership. …We also cooperate in a range of activities based on our mutual interests as nations,” he concluded.
Rubio to lead House Lawyer-legislator takes center stage in 2006 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor As soon as Marco Rubio graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996, he immersed himself in Republican politics, going to work as a floor manager at the GOP convention in San Diego, California. Ever since, the Republican Party has been working well for him. Today, you’ll find 33-year-old Rubio, of Miami, in his suite of offices as House Majority Leader. Come September, he will officially be named Speaker of the House designate, becoming the first Cuban-American in that powerful position in 2006. During the hustle and bustle of the Capitol during the legislative session, Rubio recently took time for a chat with the News to share a little about his political philosophies with his fellow lawyer colleagues. You won the Republican nomination for a state House seat by just 64 votes, and since your election in January 2000 you have rocketed through the ranks of your party. You are only 33 years old. Al Cardenas, a former Republican Party of Florida chair, is quoted as saying, “I don’t remember such an incredible rise through power as Marco has accomplished.” To what do you attribute your great success at such a young age and in such a short amount of time? I was able to get elected in a special election in ’99-2000, which allowed me to come in right before term limits, so that gave me an extra year over my class. Clearly, that was beneficial. Coming in with term limits, at a moment in time when all these people who had served in government for so long had to leave at one time, created a vacuum. And having that extra year here obviously helped me distill it quickly.. . . It would have been impossible without the support of law firms where I have worked at since I have been in the legislature.. . . They have all been extraordinarily supportive, starting with Ruden McClosky, Becker & Poliakof, and now Broad & Cassel. So I’ve had supportive employers, supportive family, and great opportunities. If you maintain support and do become the next Speaker of the House, which is pretty much a sure thing as I understand it, you will become one of the country’s most prominent Hispanic leaders at a time the Republican Party wants to bring diversity to its ranks on a national scale. How significant is being the first Cuban-American speaker to you personally, as the son of Cuban exiles, and what future political aspirations do you have? My job is to do a good job. And if I do a good job, that will benefit the Hispanic community. It will bode well for the people who I represent. It will bode well for the generation whose dreams I inherited because they were not able to fulfill them during their time.. . . As far as future political aspirations, I mean it’s not a very sexy answer, but it’s the same one. You do a good job, you always have options for public service. I don’t know what I will be doing three-and-a-half years from now. Maybe I want to practice law and become one of the leading lawyers in Florida, not just one of the leading politicians. Maybe I want to pursue other political opportunities. The key is to have options, and the only way you are going to have options, again, is if you do a good job. What issues that you have championed are you most proud of? I was very involved in the redistricting effort. Redistricting gets a lot of criticism in the state of Florida. There’s a group out there now who wants to put it to an independent commission. People may not like the results of redistricting — which party is in control or what have you, although I remind everyone that the maps that Republicans took over were drawn by the Democrats. I was proud of the way redistricting worked out from a legal perspective in Florida. We were able to get to the Supreme Court. We were able to overcome all of the challenges at the federal court level, and basically we were able to do it on time.. . . I was extraordinarily proud about our ability to protect the rights of minorities under redistricting. We actually added Hispanic and African-American representation under the new maps. I am very proud to be a part of that, as well, even though it was very partisan results. One of the first bills I did of any significance when I got up here was to help pass a bill regarding HMOs and the denial of care. The bill was simple in its language, but I think has had a profound effect. And that is when an HMO denies coverage, when it renders an adverse determination that a procedure is not medically necessary, that decision has to be made by a Florida licensed doctor on staff.. . . In the past, those decisions were made by administrative people, then they were being made by doctors, but the doctor sometimes was a dermatologist in Oregon deciding cardiology issues in Florida, saying you don’t need open-heart surgery. Once we changed that to a Florida licensed doctor, you now have a doctor with a license in Florida making a decision about your care if an HMO denies you coverage. That provides a lot more accountability in terms of the denial of care. That doctor’s license is on the line, if the decision they make is clearly irresponsible. The Christian Family Coalition gave you a 100 percent approval rating for your pro-life and pro-family philosophies. Is that something you are proud of? I am, on two grounds. Again, I don’t know what the legislative role is in this, because it’s been decided at the federal level. But from a legal perspective, I think that Roe v. Wade is a constitutional stretch. I understand why it was done politically. It’s a very divisive issue. I’ve never changed anyone’s mind on it. And I can’t imagine anyone changing my mind on how I feel about abortion. But I think it is legally flawed. I don’t think there is an existing constitutional protection. Now, if someone wants to amend the constitution to create one, I think that is valid. If they want to do that, I disagree, but I think that is valid. If they statutorily want to create that, that is fine, as well. I don’t believe the privacy clause of the constitution, however, could be expanded to include abortion. So I have problems with it constitutionally. And I have personal views about abortion. What I focus most of my energy on abortion, however, is I have met people who are pro-choice and I have met people who are pro-life. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. I think most people agree we have too many abortions.. . pro-life and pro-choice agree. I try to focus my time and energy on that issue, to preventing abortions. Not by harassing people, not by intimidating people, not by stigmatizing people, but by allowing women to understand the options they have and by addressing it at a very elementary level, at very young age, what causes pregnancy and the consequences of it. To many of us that seems like a very simple thing, but to young kids, 14, 15 years of age, clearly it is not. I also am not a big believer that because you have a child at 15 or 16 your life is irretrievably ruined for the rest of your life. I think clearly that presents a whole another set of challenges, and it’s less than ideal, but there are examples of children of 15- and 16-year-old mothers who have done very well in life, given the right nurturing environment and support for that mother. You served as a key lieutenant under Speaker Johnnie Byrd, who selected you to serve as House majority leader. What is the most important lesson you learned from Byrd? One of the things I really admired about Speaker Byrd, at the end of the day, was, I don’t want to say disregard, but certainly his appreciation of the role of the media and the press in this process, for what it is. We don’t work for the media. We don’t work for the press. What the St. Pete Times — and I’m not picking on the St. Pete Times — or the Miami Herald or the Tallahassee Democrat or the Tampa Tribune or the Orlando Sentinel or any other newspaper in the state wants in their editorial pages or what their writers may skew in an article is not more important than what my constituents think. I believe in a free press. There is no free press in Cuba, for example. So clearly I believe in it, and I am protective of their right to be a part of the process. But I don’t think my job is to come up here and do things that get me good newspaper articles or good editorials. I think my job is to come up here and use my judgment to do things that I think benefit the people of Florida, specifically the people who live in my district in Florida. I think Johnnie really helped highlight that for me.. . . I’ve never seen anyone handle negative press and press effects better than he did, in terms of not letting it faze him. So I wish I had the thickness of his skin, because I don’t. But I’m working on it. Expound on what you think of as your role as a lawyer-legislator. It’s difficult.. . . There is a significant drop-off in the number of lawyers in the legislature over the last 25 years. Part of it is the economics of the business of law. What you sell as a lawyer is your time, and the one thing this process steals from you is your time. I think firms like Broad & Cassel should be commended for the contribution they have made in allowing lawyers like me, who traditionally would not fit into a business model of most traditional firms, that support us while we venture into the legislature. That is first and foremost.. . . The legislature really is the creation of law and being a lawyer is the application of law. So there is clearly an advantage to being a lawyer and understanding statutes and their application. Not an insurmountable one. There are nonlawyers here who are expert legislative craftsmen. But it clearly is an advantage.. . . It’s the understanding of how statutes apply to each other, their relation to the constitution, the importance of words in a statute — how a “shall” is different from a “may” — and how that has a trickle-down effect for an entire section you are writing. Clearly, I have an appreciation for the separation of powers function. The role of the judiciary is important. So is the role of the executive, but there should be delineations. One of the constant pressures we have here — and I would imagine in Washington, as well — is that the branches will try to intrude upon other’s terrorities. And when they do, it’s important no matter what branch you are a part of, to try to push the lines back to where they belong. Because the system is really well designed by some really brilliant people. You just anticipated my next question on your philosophy about the independence of the judiciary and the legislature’s role in dealing with the courts. Anything else you would like to say about that? I believe in the judiciary and its ability to function independent of political coercion. I am a jealous guardian of that. I am an equally jealous guardian of the legislative branch’s role, and I don’t believe it’s the role of judges to create law. I don’t believe it’s the role of judges to subvert legislative will. I don’t believe it’s the role of judges to look down on the legislature and say, “Oh, the legislature decided this, but what do they know? They have only been elected by 133,000 people. What do they know about what’s right for the people of Florida? I know better, and so therefore I will interpret their law as broad as possible, or as narrow as possible, to accomplish what I think is right.” I think that is wrong. I think that is a perversion of the constitution. Likewise, so too is a political process that tries to interfere in the judiciary’s role of reviewing the constitution. So it’s a hard balancing act, but it’s an important one. I am equally jealous of both branch’s rights, and I will be quick to criticize the legislature, of which I have more direct input, but also the judiciary when I believe they have crossed the line, as they often do. Can you shed any light on what will be your top priorities when you become speaker? I think my important job as speaker is to put the right people in the right positions. It’s not, I believe, to create policy and impose them on the members that I am going to lead. It is mostly to put the right members in the right positions so that collectively we can go out and create an agenda that will better the people of Florida. I have general broad principles that I would like to be part of our principles. One of the things I would like to see happen is that our children. . . have a better life than their parents did. And that is a universal desire of every parent I’ve ever met; they’ve all wanted their children to inherit a better life than their own, no matter how much money you’ve made or how successful you’ve been. So I think we should pursue policies and laws and programs that will help further that goal.. . . But my biggest job as speaker is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our members and put them in the right positions to succeed, put the right people in the right positions and empower them to go out and find the broad policy goals. My aspiration for the institution is that the legislature once again become a truly vibrant policy-making institution. I think over the last four or five years we’ve lost some of that. We’ve become too reactive as a body. We just react to crises. We basically convene for 60 days and we tell the people of the state: “Come to us with your problems, and we will try to solve them in the ways you suggest.” I want us to become more proactive. I want us to reach back the other way and go out and look for problems and solve them before they become bigger problems. I want us to be bold in our thinking. When you are bold and innovative, you understand you will meet with resistance. In fact, I struggle to find very many bold and great ideas in the history of man that have been popular at their time. There have been those that had support, but to have been universally popular? There are very few great causes that were universally popular at the time they were proposed. That’s what we should aspire to: great causes that may meet with significant resistance from the media and interest groups and others when proposed, but that 30 years from now people will look back and say, “I’m glad they did that.” What else should the 76,000 members of The Florida Bar know about the next Speaker of the House Marco Rubio? Is there anything else you’d like to tell Florida’s lawyers? I think I pay my dues on time. I’ve got some CLE hours I’ve got to get in, when I get a break here. I think Bar members, more than most, have an appreciation for the political process and what it entails and what it involves. For some of them that don’t follow day-in and day-out, I would say that more than most, the Bar members should be the most resistant to this idea, the simple notion that everything that happens up here is crazy and corrupt and just a bunch a crazy people who meet 60 days out of the year. From the general public, I think there is a cynicism of the political process. I think that is OK. That has always been a healthy part of the American tradition to be cynical about politicians and the political process. But you can’t allow that cynicism to take away from the importance of this process. You know, the land where my parents were born, there is no political process. There is one guy who runs the whole country, and if disagree with him, you end up spending a lot of time in jail, and you suffer greatly and so does your family. America is very different. Writing letters to the editor, that’s great. Protesting and picketing, that’s all great and good. We have the best system ever devised by man for political participation by individuals. It’s the democratic process. It is not perfect, clearly not perfect. But it’s the best process ever created. A single individual in this country can make a difference on an issue, if they work on it long enough, and if they know how to work it, and they know who to work it with. Bar members should appreciate that more than most. So while cynicism of the political process, to a certain extent, is healthy, it can also become unhealthy. Never should they believe the process doesn’t matter. It matters a lot to what happens to the everyday life of people. And more than whether it matters or not, it could matter, it can matter. There are things we can accomplish in this process that can truly change for the better—or for the worse—the lives of real people forever, including their children, including their families, including their practices, including their clients, including themselves. So they need to find a way to keep in touch with and participate with the process. That doesn’t mean coming up here every day or logging on every time, but they should appreciate how important the process is and be interested in it. Rubio to lead House April 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News
“This is a turning point I believe, this what they call a game-changer, but it’s no game,” said Jack Gilroy, president of the Broome County Veterans for Peace. “We decided that we had to get out and say something but the interesting thing is that I believe 70 cities so far around the United States are involved and I believe Veterans for Peace will be just one of many,” Gilroy said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Broome County Veterans for Peace held up signs and yelled chants outside the Binghamton City Courthouse on Saturday, protesting the recent U.S. drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq. “The better way would be to try and use some generosity and compassion towards people around the world rather than using diplomacy out of the barrel of a gun,” Gilroy said. The strike was carried early on Friday, killing top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The group is calling for more advocacy on the behalf of peace, wanting their voices to be heard. Gilroy simply asking for officials to use their hearts instead of weapons. Organizers of the local protest say they decided to start this protest last night. They are hoping more can be done to stop the possibility of war and to find more ways to instill peace.
Topics : The league is on edge, however, and held an emergency meeting late Wednesday after several coronavirus cases sprang up in Dalian, one of the two cities staging matches, Xinhua news agency said.Players wearing masks trooped out of team buses and into their hotels earlier this week. Together with referees, coaches and essential support staff, CSL stars such as Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk and Marko Arnautovic will not be able to see their families for more than two months.The 16 teams have been split into two groups for the first stage of the drastically revamped season, one based in the northeastern city of Dalian and the other in Suzhou, near Shanghai.All squads are stationed at a single hotel in each city and apart from that the players will see only stadiums and training pitches. Cuddly toys Players will not be allowed to drink alcohol but the Taimei Xiangguli Hotel in Suzhou and Crowne Plaza in Dalian have been turned into miniature towns with cafes, hair dressers, libraries and convenience stores.For entertainment there is karaoke, retro video-game machines, table tennis and games rooms.Oscar, Hulk and Arnautovic’s Shanghai SIPG, who will play in Suzhou, have reportedly installed their own arcade-style “claw machine” with pink and white fluffy toys up for grabs.Shanghai Shenhua’s international defender Bai Jiajun indicated he plans some quality time alone — he was pictured with a large box of Lego.Interaction between players from rival teams looks likely to be minimal. At the Suzhou hotel each team has its own building, while in Dalian they have whole floors to themselves.It is easy to forget that there is a football season of sorts to be played.The CSL, which has drawn international interest after luring foreign players and coaches on vast wages, was one of the first sporting victims of coronavirus when the February 22 start was indefinitely postponed.It will finally kick off with an unfamiliar format and matches behind closed doors, in line with other leagues around the world rebooting during the pandemic.The first phase lasts until the end of September and sees teams play two matches a week. Fabio Cannavaro’s reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande open the season against FA Cup winners Shenhua on Saturday in Dalian.Later that day Wuhan Zall start the action in Suzhou, in a symbolic nod to the city’s well-publicized fight against coronavirus. They play newly promoted Qingdao Huanghai. Some players have brought their own pillows and one even has a box of Lego as the much-delayed Chinese Super League prepares to launch on Saturday in a tightly controlled environment to thwart the coronavirus.Hundreds of players will spend about 70 days in two sealed-off hotels as China’s top-tier football season, which was scheduled to start in February, gets under way more than five months late.Despite the highly unusual circumstances, the CSL’s start is a big step forward for sport in China, where the virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year before spreading worldwide. Hotel staff in the designated “blue” zone are likewise not allowed to mix with the outside world.Players will be tested once a week for coronavirus and need to download a mobile app that among other functions helps pinpoint their whereabouts, according to media.Shandong Luneng coach Li Xiaopeng urged his squad — who include Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United midfielder who tested positive for coronavirus in March — to keep some perspective.”If you compare it with previous seasons, this year is a bit longer [in a hotel],” he said this week.”But if you compare it to nurses and doctors who helped fight the virus, who did not know when they can go home, at least we know that in 70 days we can leave.”Nevertheless, psychologists will be on hand should they be needed.”We understand that people will live in a relatively small area for a long time and it’s a little bit hard for everyone to adjust,” the CSL’s leading epidemic official told state media.”The players need to display their professionalism now,” said Qi Jun.
Confidence has lifted in the Queensland property market this quarter.CONFIDENCE in Australia’s property market lifted in only one state this quarter – Queensland.New analysis released through the ANZ/Property Council industry sentiment survey found that confidence levels had lifted in Queensland for the third consecutive quarter.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoWhile it was the only state to experience a lift in the most recent quarter it was still behind other states on a whole.Property Council Queensland executive director, Chris Mountford, said while it was a good sign the sector was improving more needed to be done to achieve the high levels of confidence some of the southern states were experiencing.“The difference between the local property industry being pleasantly optimistic and firing on all cylinders is potentially thousands of Queensland jobs,” Mr Mountford said.He said the most recent rise in confidence could be attributed to commitments to infrastructure and things such as the extension of the boost to the First Home Owners Grant.Mr Mountford said the industry was waiting for the impending release of the SEQ Regional Plan, to see what sort of impact that would have on the industry.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: June00:47
However, as he made a short acceptance speech there were shouts of ‘Stay Raheem’ and as he finished speaking and left the stage there were audible boos from some of the 3,000 fans assembled at the rear of the Echo Arena in the city. When his name was mentioned in a video montage moments later there were more jeers. Sterling has two years left on his current deal but rejected a reported £100,000-a-week offer earlier this year and negotiations were put on hold until the end of the season. Suggestions he will now not agree to a new deal have generally been viewed as another public relations disaster by Sterling’s camp, after a pre-arranged television interview in April in which the youngster claimed he was not a “money-grabber”. A dip in performance this season has not helped him, while the row over whether he was too tired to play in a Euro 2016 qualifier back in October soured his relationship with England fans also. And regular links with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have led to accusations his head has been turned. However, Ward, the 20-year-old’s long-time representative, said he and the player were always scheduled to meet Reds officials this week and insists they will move forward from there. “The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion,” he said in a statement to talkSPORT. The 20-year-old rejected a new contract from the Reds back in January and reports emerged on Monday – subsequently played down by his agent Aidy Ward – that he will tell the club this week he will not sign another deal. Sterling, who earlier been presented to the crowd alongside fans’ favourite Philippe Coutinho, picked up Young Player of the Year award. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was booed by fans at the club’s end-of-season award ceremony. “Raheem and his representatives have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week, and we will take proceedings from there.” Manager Brendan Rodgers, presenting the goal of the season award to Philippe Coutinho for his strike against Southampton, believes his side will be better for their difficulties on the pitch. “Expectancy from last season was going to be high (after finishing second). Things that have happened, the distractions, you can’t plan for them,” he said. “It has been a difficult, trying season but the players will all be better for it next year. “The players need a rest [but] the club will continue to work hard to improve the squad and next year provides another great opportunity for us like last season.” Coutinho swept the board at the awards, winning player of the season, players’ player, individual performance of the year and goal of the season. Departing captain Steven Gerrard, who ends a 17-year professional career on Sunday at Stoke before leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. “I think people are trying to get me to cry before I leave the amount of speeches I’ve had to do,” said the 34-year-old. “I have been so fortunate to play with some incredible footballers who have helped me receive the likes of these awards. “To be honest I am a little bit bored speaking about myself so I want to pay tribute to Philippe, it’s his night tonight. He cleaned up on all the awards and deservedly so. “He is the next big thing for me, I hope he stays here for a long time and helps us win some more trophies.” Press Association