Liga MX goals & thoughts: Atlas ascending after Clasico

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX goals & thoughts: Atlas ascending after Clasico win, top teams stumble Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:31 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chivas Atlas @atlasfc Liga MX Atlas Lobos BUAP v Monterrey Pachuca v Querétaro América v Puebla Guadalajara v Atlas Pumas v Santos Laguna Tigres UANL v Necaxa Veracruz v Toluca Lobos BUAP León Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Guadalajara Cruz Azul Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro América Santos Laguna Pumas Tigres UANL Toluca Morelia v Cruz Azul Tijuana v León Goal looks back on the penultimate round of the regular season, which saw Los Zorros top their Guadalajara rival and Monterrey slip against Lobos BUAP It’s been a wild season, but after Jornada 16, it looks like there could be an orderly finish.This weekend saw separation take place. Outside of Monterrey’s surprising defeat (point four), top teams were able to get results while teams that probably don’t belong in the playoffs found themselves out of contention. That even includes Tijuana, which won but has a very difficult path ahead.We’ll begin with the Clasico Tapatio, then look around the rest of the league as the playoff picture becomes much clearer headed into the international break: Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Atlas attack awakes in derby atlas apertura 2017 pumas festejo alustizaFor a team fighting relegation, Atlas suddenly has a lot to play for. Los Zorros’ attack functioned well at Estadio Chivas, and Profe Cruz’s side was able to hand their rival a 2-1 defeat in the Clasico Tapatio. That also means that if Atlas can top Pachuca on the final matchday, their season almost certainly will continue on into the playoffs (something super weird could happen with goal difference to knock them out, but it’s highly unlikely). It’s the latest step in a mini-run that has seen Atlas run off four contests unbeaten.”I’m really proud of my players. They’re some great professionals,” Cruz said after the game. “We have to celebrate with moderation because there’s a very difficult game against Pachuca coming up.”Chivas had the possession advantage, but Atlas put more shots on goal as Milton Caraglio scored once from open play and once from the spot in the victory.  #NoTeLoPierdasGL de Milton [email protected] 0-1 @atlasfc #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga pic.twitter.com/OGghgIKEEX— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 5, 2017Caraglio will go down as the hero, but this was the best performance in an Atlas shirt from Christian Tabo on the outside and Bryan Garnica, who set up Caraglio’s opener. Contributions from those players could be huge for Atlas if they’re going to make the playoffs and have any chance to knock off likely opponent Monterrey. Rafa Marquez’s return to the field gives more of a morale boost than a sporting one, but if Cruz’s attack begins to produce fruit, there could be upsets in the cards.  America having issues at the Azteca Mateus Uribe Club America Jose Guerrero PueblaClub America dropped points at home for the second consecutive match, calling into question just how much of a fortress the Estadio Azteca actually is for Las Aguilas. After being stunned by Nacho Ambriz’s Necaxa last time at home, America had a lead against Puebla and was on the way to three points until Felix Milcota’s header gave Puebla a share of the spoils.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Félix [email protected] 1-1 @ClubPueblaMX #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/GijijhOyVS— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 5, 2017 “We haven’t done things well. We haven’t passed the ball well, we’ve created few chances. The team hasn’t showed what we’ve been looking for,” America coach Miguel Herrera said. “We’ve regressed in the idea of being a team that fights. You can have a bad day, but the attitude can’t be there. The other team shouldn’t beat you in attitude. We’ve got to speak strongly with the players to get them back.”Teams go through slumps, but the sudden downturn at home is strange. America has 11 points from seven home matches this tournament, giving it the league’s seventh-best home mark, but in addition to the last two league results, America also needed penalties to top Queretaro in the quarterfinals of the Copa MX. America has scored more than half of its league goals on the road this season. Winning the title isn’t easy, but winning it without triumphing in your home legs is nearly impossible. It’s a situation the Aguilas must rectify if they’re going to content.Monterrey pays for mentalityCesar Montes Monterrey Eduardo Tercero Lobos BUAPMonterrey’s players and coaches can say whatever they want, but they went into the weekend visit to Lobos BUAP thinking they were going to cruise. Even if they didn’t have that mentality at first, scoring in the second minute when a clearance literally deflects off your player and in is a pretty good indication that it’s going to be your day. Except – it wasn’t.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Avilés [email protected] 0-1 @Rayados #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/l1dPy9NU2c— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Lobos came back and won the contest thanks to a beautiful goal from Diego Jimenez (that has landed him in the Goal of the Week section) and a second from Julian Quinones was enough for the newly promoted team to pull the shocking upset. It’s just the second loss for Monterrey this season, both of which have come to the league’s Puebla-based teams. Lobos sit 11th, while Puebla are 14th. Meanwhile, Rayados have had no issue dispatching America last week. Coach Antonio Mohamed rested goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, forwards Dorlan Pabon and Rogelio Funes Mori, and didn’t start midifelder Jonathan Gonzalez. He was also without the suspended Neri Cardozo, and shuffled personnel in his five-man back line.So reason for panic in la Sultana del Norte? Hardly. With its make-up match against Santos Laguna during the November international break and what should be a thrilling final-day Clasico Regio, Monterrey still could set a team record for most points in a short tournament with 39. When it took 36 points in the 2016 Clausura, the club fell short of the title. Since clinching the playoff berth, Monterrey’s focus has been on the future rather than the present. It’s unlikely a second defeat changes anything for Antonio Mohamed’s side.  Leon misses Mejia as Tijuana keeps hope alive Alexander Mejia LeonAfter going behind in the first half, a Tijuana side coached by an interim manager after Eduardo Coudet’s departure early last week was able to top Leon 2-1 and keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Not only do Xolos have a tough final match with a trip to Toluca, they also need Atlas, Necaxa and Cruz Azul all to lose and then Xolos would need to better two of those three team’s goal differences. Anyway, it’s a long shot, but credit to Tijuana for battling until the end.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Martín [email protected] 2-1 @clubleonfc #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/JsAtod6Y71— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Leon manager Gustavo Diaz will be eager to have defensive midfielder Alexander Mejia back for the playoff chase. The Colombian was suspended for Friday’s match, and his absence was felt. In the second half, Leon had very little link between the back line and the attackers and Xolos were able to pass without difficulty outside the box before creating chances. Fernando Navarro clearly wasn’t in a position where he felt comfortable, and getting Mejia back will boost Leon ahead of its Liguilla run. Setting up for a Cruz Azul moment?Felipe Mora Cruz AzulCruz Azul turned in a phenomenal first half Friday against Morelia, controlling the game and scoring twice against Monarcas’ usually staunch defense. Felipe Mora’s double was enough for Cruz Azul to get a 2-1 victory over Monarcas. Before the weekend, Morelia had allowed the second-fewest goals in the league. La Maquina really should’ve scored more, but Monarcas goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa made six saves to keep his side in the game.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Felipe [email protected] 0-1 @Cruz_Azul_FC #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/aTC9l4bcNH— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017 “Today’s victory is very important,” Cruz Azul manager Paco Jemez said after the match. “The big teams know how to win when they must, and today we did it.”They’ll need another win on the final matchday and some help from other teams. I don’t even want to say it. I don’t want to write it into happening, but things are very much set up for a horrendous Cruz Azul moment. Cruz Azul may be set to cruzazulear. While still in the playoff hunt and hosting listless Veracruz in the final matchday of the season, the team doesn’t currently control its own destiny. Both Necaxa and Atlas have the same number of points but a better goal difference than Paco Jemez’s side. Having the path cleared by one of those teams on the final day only for the team to not top Los Tiburones Rojos would be maximum Cruz Azul and probably be the end of the Jemez era. I’m not rooting for it to happen, Cruz Azul fans, I’m just saying it definitely could.The win in Morelia snapped an eight-year winless streak for Cruz Azul. Maybe this really is the year for Cruz Azul to break curses and move into the new era.Goal of the Week #NoTeLoPierdasGLAAAZZO de Diego Jimé[email protected] 1-1 @Rayados #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/jiHkIYUTNZ— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Chivas’ Rodolfo Pizarro stunned the goalkeper from outside the box,  Leon’s Juan Cornejo closed off a nice team move with a smooth finish but the winner this week is Lobos BUAP’s Diego Jimenez hitting this on the half volley to himself to bring his team level with Monterrey.last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his start

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

North American Ports Must Adapt to Changes

first_imgzoom North American ports need to adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, according to port and terminal operator APM Terminals.Speaking at the Journal of Commerce’s annual Port Performance North America conference, APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig spoke about the challenges ahead for North American ports and how they compare to other ports in the world.“The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” Craig said.The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.“Larger alliances, larger vessels and larger port call volumes per ship are a catalyst to improve performance at ports. The newly widened Panama Canal and heightened Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York/New Jersey create new opportunities for larger ships plying the US east coast trade – and creates new demands on port infrastructure, port operations and all the stakeholders in the supply chain,” Craig continued.With the lower bunker prices of recent years, terminal costs have now become the highest cost for liner operators, which creates increased pressure on terminal margins “as our customers are expecting us to find ways to help them reduce costs year over year.”“Given the inflationary pressures built into large portions of a terminal’s cost base, this requires different thinking to remain competitive,” Craig informed.He also talked about the role of technology in the ports business in the context that every industry is using technology to improve the customer experience, create a safer working environment and improve competitiveness.“We can do this in a responsible way with our partners to grow the business, improve productivity and reliability for our customers and ensure the port industry business model is viable short and long term,” Craig concluded.last_img read more

The Handmaids Tale Everything You Need to Know About Season 2

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: 1. Offred on a mission. In the Season 1 finale, Offred realized that her daughter Hannah has been practically under her nose the whole time. Wherever Offred winds up in Season 2, it’s a safe bet that her singular motivation will be reuniting with Hannah, and/or getting word to Luke that their daughter is alive. Of course, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) has threatened Offred that Hannah’s safety depends on the safety of Offred’s unborn child, so whether that agreement still stands after Offred gets taken away remains to be seen.2. A baby for Offred? It’s up for debate how much time Season 2 will span, but it’s a safe bet that we’ll see Offred giving birth to a baby — a baby that may be handed over to the Commander and Serena Joy.READ MORE Facebook [Warning: This article contains spoilers about the Season 1 finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Read at your own risk!]Season 1 of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale ended with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) being removed from Commander Waterford’s (Joseph Fiennes) house and carted off in a dark van. But that leaves a lingering question: is she being transported to safety or to her doom?We’ll have to wait until the dystopian drama’s second season to find out whether Nick (Max Minghella) betrayed Offred or somehow engineered her escape — not to mention what her husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and best friend Moira (Samira Wiley) will do now that they’ve reunited in Canada. And while details are scarce about the show’s sophomore season, which will likely premiere next spring, here’s what we do know about what to expect when it returns: Twittercenter_img The Handmaid’s Tale — “Night” — Episode 110 — Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and Nick (Max Minghella), shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Extreme Cold warning to continue through the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The cold weather the region experienced in February continues into March with another extreme cold warning.An arctic air mass has settled over the B.C. and Alberta Peace Region.  Light winds produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight.  The high should be minus 24 on Saturday, and the temperature and wind chill will increase overnight into Sunday.The forecast calls for a high of minus 14. Wind chill minus 39 in the Sunday morning and minus 20 in the afternoon. Next week Fort St. John will see highs of minus 10 to minus 6.Warnings7:42 AM PST Saturday 02 March 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace Region, light northerly winds have produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight. Temperatures will rise this morning but fall again tonight with wind chill values approaching minus 40.Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Womens volleyball tops Polish opponent Dabrowa 32

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team won a five set exhibition match against Polish professional team, Dabrowa.OSU looked like the stronger team in the first set, winning 25-22 Wednesday, but Dabrowa stormed back with a 25-6 statement in the second set before the Buckeyes dropped the third set and finished off the fourth and fifth.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said the Buckeyes were not playing like themselves throughout the second set.“We were playing way too intense and that’s not how we play at practice,” she said.The senior was took charge in the huddle after the set.“I was just saying ‘we need to all calm down,’” Mandolfo said. “I was just reiterating how, when we play at practice, how well we do with each other.”The Buckeye offense was inconsistent through the first two sets, finishing with 18 kills and 17 errors and Dabrowa, led by Natalia Brussa, pulled out the third set 25-18.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team was not playing their normal game to that point, especially during the second set.“I let them know how I felt,” Carlston said. “It was more about the effort, though.”The coach said he was happy with how his team responded as OSU looked like a new squad in the fourth set, led by freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe.OSU never wavered throughout the set, getting consecutive Sandbothe service aces to stretch the lead to 17-9. The freshman, who moved to the right side for the match, said she wanted to attack from the service line, even though she also made a few mistakes.“Just keep serving aggressive,” Sandbothe said. “If you go back there and just lob it in, you’re not helping anybody.”A kill from sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits finished out a 25-20 fourth set victory for OSU to even the match at two sets apiece.The Buckeyes were up early in the final set, with a Sandbothe block eventually making it 6-5.After trading blows with Dabrowa, consecutive kills from Kacsits gave OSU the lead at 13-10 before a kill from junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger sealed the victory, 15-13.Kacsits, with a huge smile on her face, said “it feels so good” to beat a professional team after the match.She said her teammates were not sure what to expect from the match and it was fun to see them pull out a victory, even though the play was ugly at times.“I think it says a lot about who we are as a team and a lot about our captains and our leadership,” Kacsits said.Kacsits led the Buckeyes with 12 kills on the night, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary added 10. Sandbothe finished with eight kills and two service aces. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin chipped in with 42 assists.The Buckeyes travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational this weekend.Ohio State is scheduled for two matches Friday, first against No. 16 Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. and later, tournament host No. 15 Florida State at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes close out the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast at noon Saturday. read more

Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

Wijnaldum Van Dijk has made a real difference at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum hailed the impact Virgil van Dijk has made in the club’s defence upon his arrival in JanuaryThe Reds signed Van Dijk for a record £75m fee for a defender in the last winter transfer window from fellow Premier League side Southampton.Since then, Van Dijk has become a crucial member of the Liverpool defence with his solid displays helping the club concede just five times in 12 Premier League matches.And Wijnaldum believes a large part of the credit should go to his fellow Dutchman.“I think Virgil has made a difference in the last line because he is a good defender, a big defender,” Wijnaldum told the club website.“He is an extra man who can defend set-pieces as well.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is a leader in the last line who not only helps himself with his quality but also the players next to him and so he really helps the team.“But it is not only Virgil, the team helps him also – the players who play next to him or in front of him and the goalkeeper too because we all have to communicate with each other and help each other.“It is good teamwork that makes us do things so well, but of course he has made a real difference since he came.”Van Dijk has made 16 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Watford for their next Premier League match on November 24.last_img read more

US Chargé dAffaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, againlast_img read more

Kim Darroch leak Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:25Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Representative ImageReutersUS President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 was to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK ambassador to the United States.Kim Darroch claimed that Trump was guilty of “diplomatic vandalism” and abandoned the Iran deal due to “personality reasons” and hostility with Obama, reported Daily Mail citing the cache of leaked documents.Darroch also said that the former UK foreign minister, Boris Johnson, had appealed to the Trump administration last year to reconsider backing out of the international nuclear deal with Iran.The leaked papers revealed that the decision to abandon the crucial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) also called the Iran nuclear deal, was disputed among the officials. Darroch also claimed that the White House did not have a “day-to-day” strategy regarding the aftermath of the withdrawal from the deal. Close Is Trump Destroying Obamas Foreign Policy Legacy? Darroch’s confidential memo, reported by Daily Mail last week, also contained the UK ambassador referring to the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept.”Trump slammed Darroch as “a very stupid guy” on Tuesday and said the White House would no longer deal with the UK ambassador. Darroch submitted his resignation a day later.The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019The decision to step down was also due to Boris Johnson’s, the Tory frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister of UK, failure to support Darroch during Tuesday night’s leadership debate, a British official told CNN.A criminal investigation for the leaked documents was opened by the UK police. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the leaks caused damages to the UK’s bilateral relations with the US.FREEDOM OF PRESSNeil Basu’s claimed the leak as a criminal matter which is “the clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice.” Warnings issued by the UK police to journalists for facing prosecution if further leaks get published is said to have sparked furore over limiting press freedom.Such prosecution of journalists “would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate,” countered Boris Johnson on Saturday.Jeremy Hunt also criticised that UK police’s decision to curb press freedom and said he defends “to the hilt” the right to press freedom.These leaks damaged UK/US relations & cost a loyal ambassador his job so the person responsible MUST be held fully to account. But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 13, 2019The Director of Society of Editors, Ian Murray said that such cutbacks on press freedom give rise to totalitarianism, “I cannot think of a worse example of a heavy-handed approach by the police to attempt to curtail the role of the media as a defence against the powerful and those in authority,” reported The Guardian.However, former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon defended the Met police’s decision and said that curbing the publication of such confidential information violates the Official Secrets Act.”As soon as we find who did it, we should have them investigated and prosecuted,” Fallon said on BBC Radio. “We have press freedom … but we also have laws. We have the Official Secrets Act and it is important that law is upheld,” he added.last_img read more