Bosnian courts to decide on financial compensation for victims of rape and sexual violence during 1990s war but concerns over who will pay
A British-backed legal initiative in Bosnia has opened the way for thousands of rape victims from the conflict there to claim compensation for the first time, but has raised fresh concerns about who will pay to settle the claims.
On Monday, a former Bosnian Serb soldier was sentenced to eight years for a rape in 1993 and ordered to pay €15,000 to the Bosniak woman he attacked. The case and a similar landmark ruling last week marked the first time Bosnian war crimes victims had ever been awarded compensation for their suffering.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is set to make a decision on his long-term future in the next few days, with reports continuing to link the Turkish international with a move to Manchester United.
According toMarca, the Red Devils, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all in the hunt for the 28-year-old. As noted in the aforementioned piece, Turan’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, has revealed to NTV Spor that the player’s next destination will be determined very soon:
We will not make a formal announcement until he signs. Arda will decide where he wants to play next season in the next four days.
Our decision to leave Atletico was a big shock to them, they didn’t want Arda to go. When we sat down to look at the plan for Arda’s career and thought about what he had gained at Atletico over the four years we came to the conclusion that leaving Atletico was the right thing to do.
Indeed, there’s little denying Turan will be a major loss for the Rojiblancos. The Turk’s intricacy on the ball, adaptability and tenacity in his defensive duties make him a perfect fit for Diego Simeone’s side, and they’ll find his influence on the flanks extremely difficult to replace.
WhoScored.com gave us an overview of a player who, as we can see, has very few weaknesses in his game:
Needless to say, he’d be a wonderful signing for Manchester United. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal may not employ tactics that are similar to Simeone, but throughout the Dutchman’s distinguished managerial career he has always looked to acquire players who possess pragmatic values. Turan falls squarely into that category.
But as these statistics from Squawka Football illustrate in earnest, Turan is the kind of player that will have the Old Trafford faithful on the edge of their seat too:
The 28-year-old has all the attributes to be a roaring success in the Premier League, and if United were to bring him to the club, he’d have a huge impact. But given the calibre of team supposedly interested in this unique midfield talent, Van Gaal may face a fight if he’s to lure Turan to Manchester.
David De Gea Set For Pre-Season Return
After a summer of untamed transfer speculation regarding a potential move to Real Madrid, David De Gea looks as though he’ll have to face the awkward proposition of returning to pre-season training with United.
According to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, the Spaniard is “desperate” to join Los Blancos, but a club source quoted in the piece suggests De Gea may have to wait a little longer yet: “Unless a deal is struck before the start of next week, which is unlikely, then David will be back at the club for pre-season training, which is not ideal for all concerned.”
As noted by Mike Keegan of the MailOnline, United are taking a staunch stance on any potential transfer, insisting Real fork out a whopping £35 million for the 24-year-old.
Even with one year left on his current Red Devils contract, Andy Heaton of The Anfield Wrap thinks that kind of money would represent excellent value:
But if Real hold fire, they could potentially land De Gea on a pre-contract in January. While it may mean not having the Spaniard around this season, it would make a lot of business sense, plus, in Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas, Los Blancos have two very capable goalkeepers in situ already.
Nonetheless, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Johnson thinks it is a situation Real need to sort out quickly:
Sports journalist Rafael Hernandez believes the Spanish international is unlikely to stay, so United should start looking at contingency plans:
The bold stance United are taking when it comes to this deal is admirable, as many clubs in the same situation would roll over to the might of Real. But it’s a precarious game to play that could see the Red Devils losing their best asset for nothing in 12 months’ time. As such, it’s important the club pick their battles carefully.
De Gea may feel a little awkward heading back to pre-season, but there are few United supporters who will feel too much sympathy for him. After all, as noted by Cross, he’s been offered a handsome new deal by the club, and with that in mind, he should continue to show an immaculate level of professionalism for the duration of this transfer saga.
Inspired by his love of surfing as well as punk rock and his guitar playing, designer Jonny Johansson presents Acne Studios’ Spring 2016 collection. The range portrays a blend of non-gender-specific pieces, from jumpsuits and rompers to ribbed cashmere dresses and more. Of course less risky styles such as various outerwear options, trousers, sweaters and other tops are also present, many of which showcase bright hues. For a taste of what to expect come next year from Acne Studios, scroll through the coinciding imagery above.
You can also check out the imprint’s inaugural eyewear line here.
A telepresence robot developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) that can be controlled by thought may give people with severe motor disabilities a greater level of independence. Successfully put through its paces by 19 people scattered around Central Europe – nine of whom are quadriplegic and all of whom were hooked up to a brain-machine interface – the robot handled obstacle detection and avoidance on its own while the person controlling it gave general navigation instructions.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has made it abundantly clear that he wants to become a Manchester United player this summer, effectively ending any talk of a move to Manchester City.
As noted by the Daily Telegraph on Monday, the Red Devils’ local rivals have reportedly joined the race for the Spaniard’s signature.
But it seems that Ramos is intent on donning the iconic red and white of United next season, with Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Graham Hunter confirming that, at this point, Old Trafford is the defender’s preferred destination. He said to Sky Sports, per Marc Williams of the Daily Star:
He specifically wants them to begin negotiations with Manchester United and he doesn’t want them to negotiate with anybody except Manchester United.
It is a very firm display of intention from Manchester United.
In Ramos they want someone who will form part of a firm spine of the team, who knows how to win, who has experience of winning, adding character and talent to what we saw was a regeneration under Louis van Gaal last season.
According to Simon Stone of BBC Sport, the Red Devils have lodged a bid of £28.6 million for the 29-year-old defender, who feels as though he has become marginalised at the Santiago Bernabeu after some unprofitable contract negotiations, according to Williams’ piece. Ramos’ current deal with the Spanish giants runs until 2017.
Here’s a look at what the defender could potentially add to the United cause, per Sky Sports News HQ:
There’s no denying that this deal would be a major coup for the Red Devils. The central defensive positions were an area of perennial concern for manager Louis van Gaal last season and to secure someone of Ramos’ immense quality and experience would enrich the base of this team magnificently.
But the Spaniard is one of those unique players who you couldn’t imagine in any club colours other than Los Blancos’. He’s been in the Spanish capital for 10 years now and has become an immensely popular figure to the Madridistas given the committed nature of his displays. Indeed, Sport Witness think there could be some underhand tactics at work here:
That shouldn’t prevent United from pursuing a deal, however. Clearly all is not well with Ramos at Madrid and the prospect of a new challenge would surely be enticing for a player that’s won the lot with Real.
But even with these most recent revelations considered, the Spaniard remains a fair way from becoming a Red Devil. It’ll be intriguing to see just how Real respond to these latest reports; you suspect they will be doing their utmost to keep hold of a player that many expected to eventually lead this club to great things in the future.
Morgan Schneiderlin Training With Saints U21s
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is clearly not part of the club’s future plans, as the reported Manchester United target was summoned to train with club’s under-21 side on his return from pre-season.
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, which noted that the Frenchman is waiting to complete a £25 million move to Old Trafford and that it could be finalised within the next week.
United may have to get their skates on if that is the case, however, with Saints boss Ronald Koeman insisting that the club have yet to receive any serious offer for the 25-year-old.
“We have the situation with Morgan Schneiderlin, we will have to wait what will happen. Until now, we have not a serious bid for him from Man United,” said the Dutchman, per per Aaron Flanagan of the Daily Mirror. “We will wait, but OK—that’s business that normally starts from now. It’s no problem—it’s the first day.”
Van Gaal has also been linked with a move for Bastian Schweinsteiger as he looks to add some steel to the Red Devils midfield, per Sky Sports. Bleacher Report’s Andy Brassell took a look at which player would be a better fit for United:
While Schweinsteiger’s name commands a little more clout than the Frenchman’s, in Schneiderlin the Red Devils would be getting a tremendous talent. The Southampton star was immaculate at the heart of his team’s midfield last season, showing the defensive instincts and passing artistry that was scarce at Old Trafford.
As we can see here courtesy of WhoScored.com, the defensive facet of Schneiderlin’s game is especially impressive:
While Koeman is insisting negotiations have yet to get started, all signs point to an imminent deal and for the Saints, the loss of their midfield general will be an extraordinary blow. But it’ll be to United’s major benefit as they look to build a side capable of challenging for major honours next season.
In Schneiderlin, they have a player who seems ready to take his game on to another level too. He’s been a tremendous servant to Saints in his seven years on the South coast and the prospect of a new challenge playing alongside some world-class team-mates will serve as renewed motivation for this midfield dynamo.
Tunisia expects to lose at least $515 million this year, or about a quarter of its estimated annual tourism earnings, following last Friday's attack on a beach hotel that killed 39 people, mostly British holidaymakers. The attack by a gunman on the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel in the popular resort town of Sousse came just months after militants attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing 21 people, and delivering a blow to the country's vital tourism industry. "The attack had a great impact on the economy, the losses will be large," Tourism Minister Salma Loumi told reporters late on Monday, giving a preliminary estimate from the Sousse attack.