US and EU jostle for world markets

first_imgEven if the EU can defend the basis upon which it pays its subsidies, the 30% reduction in internal support in the US will provide a useful bargaining chip for the Americans.In the last trade round, the required 20% cut in domestic aid presented no problem forthe Union. Next time, things could look very different.If the US can move its prices nearer to the world level, it will also seek further restrictions on export subsidies – a subject which is already exciting US Agriculture SecretaryDan Glickman.This will force the Europeans to get serious about bringing their prices into line with international levels.“They will simply have to increase the share of produce they export without subsidy if they want to keep their place on the world market,” said one diplomat.The challenge for Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler is to persuade 15 defensive EU farm ministers of the need to act sooner rather than later. The US will find itself in a strong negotiating position as it enters future discussions in Geneva. While the EU’s direct compensation payments introduced under the 1992 CAP reform are protected for the moment, this will no longer be the case after 1999.Washington will be able to argue with some justification that they have a marked distorting effect on production, as they are paid according to what crop farmers sow. That is why the Commission is racking its brains to find another way of subsidising farmers.For the moment, money is paid as compensation for reductions in guaranteed prices. In future, the aim is to find a different mechanism linked, for example, to environmental benefits. Such wholesale ‘decoupling’ from production would be safe from attack in the World Trade Organisation, and would have the added advantage of protecting the rural environment.The new freedom granted to American farmers is also a major threat to the Union. But European farm ministers have so far been loath to take the initiative needed to fend off the threat to their export markets from across the water.The Farm Bill is likely to see the American share of world trade in coarse grains rise from 27% to 34%, and in beef from 17% to 25%. The US is also set to make enormous inroads into the pigmeat and poultry markets.Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that unless the EU reforms its grain policies, it will face export problems because its prices will remain above world market levels. The difference cannot be offset by export subsidies, already constrained by the GATT agreement. Over the past few months, the transatlantic relationship has been undermined by disputes over issues ranging from the trade in pet food and genetically-modified maize to the EU’s failure to respect agreements to compensate Washington for trade losses resulting from the last Union enlargement.Before the spring is over, it should also be clear which side has won long-runningdisputes over hormones in beef and the EU’s banana import policy.All this has kept diplomats busy, despitethe existence of a supposed ‘peace clause’ forbidding either side from interfering in the protectionist farm policies of the other. In the meantime, the Commissioner is refusing to be bullied. Speaking recently in Australia, he stressed that “as we do not go around telling others how to run their farming sectors, others should do likewise with us”. But the relationship between the two goesa lot deeper than the occasional trade spat. Changes in policy on one side of the Atlantic can have a resounding effect on theother as the two struggle to maintain theirpre-eminence on world commodity markets.The 1996 US Farm Bill – known as the ‘free to farm act’ – is set to play a central role in shaping the development of the Common Agricultural Policy. It will also be a crucialfactor in the next round of world trade talks, due to begin in 1999.Coming as part of the Clinton Administration’s drive to reduce the budget deficit, the Farm Bill concentrates on reducing aid to grain and oilseed growers. Between 1997 and 2002, the aim is to cut annual support spending by around 30%, to 4.7 billion ecu.Crucially for the EU, short-term set-aside arrangements have been phased out andagricultural aid payments will no longerbe linked to what crops farmers choose to cultivate.“Within reason, US farmers can now select what they want to grow to allow them to react to market developments,” said an official from European farmers’ body COPA.This disconnection of payments from what farmers produce has become knownin agricultural parlance as ‘decoupling’, and the EU will only be able to continue paying aid to its farmers after the next round of trade liberalisation talks by devising a similar system.last_img read more

Bogus immigration lawyers charged thousands for useless advice

first_imgA fake immigration adviser from Birmingham who conned people out of thousands of pounds – then had his victims intimidated – has been jailed for 27 months. Safhir Majid, from the Cradley Heath area of the city, co-founded Empire Legal Solutions Ltd in Walsall and posed as a solicitor. Along with his co-founder, Shahid Ahmed Bhatti, he took monies for legal advice on immigration from members of the Pakistani community. In one case they charged a client £4,500. But neither Majid nor Bhatti was qualified to provide immigration advice and the poor nature of their work has left at least one client facing deportation. Sitting in Birmingham Crown Court, His Honour Judge Mayo said: ‘You bungled one application and as a result of your incompetence she faces removal from the UK. You threatened her husband and this is despicable behaviour. ‘Offences of this type prey on vulnerable people. Immigration relies on people being properly represented, you were incompetent and greedy. You have made a good deal of money from these frauds.’ Majid, 38, pleaded guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services and one count of fraud by false representation. Bhatti, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of providing unqualified immigration advice and one count of fraud by false representation. He was given a 16 month sentence suspended for 24 months plus a victim surcharge. Speaking after the case, Dr Ian Leigh, deputy immigration services commissioner, said the pair created a criminal enterprise and were not competent in providing immigration advice. ‘The degree of culpability is high, as is the harm they have caused,’ he added. ‘They owe a considerable amount of money to individuals, may have caused harm to unknown others and have undermined the immigration system.’last_img read more

Venezuelan Embassy hosts successful forum

first_imgLocalNews Venezuelan Embassy hosts successful forum by: – December 15, 2014 Share Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 498 Views   no discussions A forum dubbed ‘Venezuela in the international media’ hosted by the Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica has been hailed a great success.The forum, which was held on Thursday 11 December at the Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica, was to inform about the political situation in Venezuela.In attendance at that conference, were the Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica His Excellency Hayden Pirela, Ambassador of Cuba to Dominica His Excellency Carlos Frometa, a representative of the Brazilian Embassy, as well as invited guests and staff of the Venezuelan Embassy and the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation.The Conference was facilitated by: poet and lawyer Israel Sotillo, who dedicated a special poem to Dominica which was well-received by all present, an enginer and lawyer Reinaldo Leon, who spoke about agriculture in times of revolution, and an internationalist and lawyer Luis Alvares who spoke about the international treaties and the organizations of integration such as ALBA. Following the presentation of each of the three facilitators, there was a cycle of questions and answers.Close to twenty-five guests attended and participated in the conference.– / 25last_img read more

Trail native Craig Cunningham talks about getting a second chance at life

first_imgOn November 19, 2016, during an American Hockey League game between Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, Trail native Craig Cunningham suffered a cardiac arrest before the opening faceoff. Cunningham, on the wide-range of support from the hockey community: Here is the transcript from Wednesday’s media conference posted on the Tucson Roadrunners website. Cunningham, on what it means for his mother to be by his side: It means a lot obviously, she was down here watching me when it happened, so she’s been here since day one. My whole life, she’s been the backbone of our whole family, and nothing’s changed now, she’s still there for me every day, and I couldn’t be any more thankful. Cunningham, on the support and response from the Tucson community: Craig Cunningham opening statement: With mother Heather Cunningham watching from the stands, team trainers, medics as well as a group of local firefighter raced to save the Roadrunners’ player. Craig’s Mother, Heather Cunningham: Cunningham, on how he’s feeling day-to-day: I don’t think I will ever find the words to express how grateful I really am; Craig would not be here with us today if these people had not gone that extra mile in every aspect of this situation. The only reason he survived the original incident was the continued refusal to give up in a seemingly hopeless situation. On behalf of the trainers, the emergency responders, the doctors and nurses, the rest of the recovery has followed the same story. The doctors and nurses have monitored him meticulously and caught all incoming problems in their early stages. They have made difficult decisions without hesitating, and have acted effectively under extreme pressure when they were caught between a rock and a hard place. They have run out of options, and had to create new options by pushing the boundaries of things that they have tried and implemented before. Most of all, they have refused to give up in spite of hopelessness, they have given Craig a chance to recover, and that continues to exceed anything that could have ever been expected. These people are nothing short of a gift to mankind, and I will remember the gift that they have given me every time I look at my son. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank everyone, from the fire department to our trainers to the doctors at St. Mary’s, the doctors at Banner, to every single nurse that has helped me so far. If I could actually use some names; from St. Mary’s, Dr. George and Dr. Reza, and from Banner Hospital, Dr. Khalpey, Dr. Hughes, and Dr. Yankis, without those five people, our trainer Deven, and the fire department, I don’t think I’d be here today, so thank you.center_img It feels good, any time you can get some extra support and some extra help from other people, it makes a big difference. It’s nice to know that people are reaching out to try and help you through tough times. Cunningham, on if he remembers anything from the night of the incident: On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners organization, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in this incident that occurred. We’re in the hockey industry, which is about teamwork, commitment, and working hard to achieve a goal – and I can tell you, from being a little bit on the inside here, from day one, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life in regards to the teamwork that the doctors at the hospitals utilized to save a young man’s life. It’s been an incredible venture, we’re happy to see Craig sitting here today, and he’s got a full life ahead of him. All we can do is wish him the best and thank everybody for their commitment in saving his life. Thank you so much. Thanks to a top cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Zain Khalpey, and Dr. George Haloftis, a physician at St. Mary’s Hospital as well as other doctors, the Trail Minor Hockey product was able to speak today following an almost unbelievable turn of events as documented in the Arizona Daily Star. It’s been unbelievable, I can’t say enough about the nurses and doctors around here. The people of Tucson, I’ve been getting cards and stuff from people that I don’t even know, so it’s meant a lot to me, I think Tucson’s a great city, and I wish that I could have enjoyed it a little more than I did. Some days are good, some days are bad; It’s more for me right now, kind of mental. I’ve been here for so long, I look up at the roof everyday, the same roof, but the nurses have been pretty good about taking me outside, giving me an hour outside each day, and that’s made a huge difference, but it’s been a pretty big grind, just being in the same spot the whole time, looking at the same thing every day. I don’t remember anything from that whole day, actually. The last thing I remember is playing the weekend before. General Manager Doug Soetaert: As of right now, I probably think that I’m done, but we’ll see when I get back from rehab how it goes. At the level that I was playing at, I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to playing pro, but I don’t know, anything can happen. Cunningham, on how he feels about his future hockey career:last_img read more

Ex-SA coach Woolmer dead at 58

first_img19 March 2007Tragedy struck the Cricket World Cup on Sunday when the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer cast a pall over the tournament. The 58-year-old Woolmer, who enjoyed tremendous success as coach of South Africa, was found unconscious in his hotel room. He was rushed to hospital, but passed away from what is thought to have been a heart attack.As coach of South Africa, from 1994 to 1999, Woolmer led the Proteas to victory in 75 percent of their one-day internationals. They also won 10 out of 15 test series under his guidance.Together with Hansie Cronje, Woolmer was the face of a very successful team that, although it never won the World Cup, was the world’s premier limited overs side and second only to Australia in tests. Now the leadership of Woolmer and Cronje has, sadly, left the world far too soon.ShockedDoctor Ali Bacher, the former CEO of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, was shocked to learn of Woolmer’s passing.“During the five-year period that he was our coach, between 1994 and 1999, he was unquestionably the outstanding coach in world cricket. He was the most innovative, he was the most progressive,” said Bacher.Allan Donald, who played under Woolmer at Warwickshire and for South Africa, described hearing the news of the coach’s death as “devastating”. He said Woolmer was more than a coach; he was a close friend too.A huge impactShaun Pollock, who like Donald played under Woolmer for both Warwickshire and South Africa, credited Woolmer for having a huge impact on his career. Like many others, he spoke of the former Proteas’ coach’s innovative thinking and methods. He said Woolmer still had a lot to offer the cricketing world and he will be missed.Current SA coach, Mickey Arthur, said it didn’t feel real. After all, he had enjoyed dinner with Woolmer only a few days back.Arthur described him as a big friend of, and a mentor to, many South African cricketers.Playing careerBob Woolmer was born in Kanpur India in May 1948. A right-handed top order batsman and a medium paced bowler, he played cricket for England, Kent, Natal, and Western Province.He played 19 tests, making his debut against Australia at Lords in 1975. A move to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket in 1977 put his test career on hold, but he later he resumed it before effectively ending it not long afterwards when he joined Graham Gooch’s rebel team that toured South Africa in 1981/82.However, despite his successes as a player, Woolmer truly made his biggest impact as a coach. Under his leadership, Warwickshire became the number one team in county cricket, as Woolmer’s innovations in the one-day game especially, captured the imagination.PowerhouseWhen he took over as coach of South Africa, he lifted the Proteas’ status in the game to that of powerhouse. Woolmer’s ultimate dream was to win the Cricket World Cup and although it never came true, he came close as helped South Africa become the best and most consistent one-day team in the world.“At the 1999 World Cup in England, we were the best team and he was the coach,” said Doctor Ali Bacher. It could be argued that, under Woolmer, South Africa was also the best side at the 1996 World Cup, but they fell foul of the format of the tournament where, after one loss only, following a string of impressive victories, the Rainbow Nation was eliminated.It’s not just in South Africa that Woolmer’s achievements have been recognised, however, with tributes to him and his legacy pouring in from all around the cricketing world.‘A great cricket man’Malcolm Speed, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council, said Woolmer was “a great cricket man” and said he would be missed by “thousands and thousands of friends within cricket”.Brian Lara, a true superstar of the game, played under Woolmer, like Donald and Pollock, at Warwickshire. He said that even after leaving the county, his relationship with the coach continued to grow, adding that Woolmer’s “great love” he had for his charges stood out, and everyone who played for him felt appreciated.Dennis Amiss toured South Africa with Woolmer and Graham Gooch’s rebels in the early eighties. The game, he said, “has lost one of its best, if not the best, coaches”. Woolmer, he said, was always looking for ways to make his players better.Working for the ICCApart from his standout successes with Warwickshire and South Africa, Woolmer also spent three years working as an advisor to the International Cricket Council, before taking over as coach of Pakistan.In addition to his work as a cricket coach, Woolmer also coached hockey in the Western Province.His made his home in Cape Town where he lived with his wife Gill. He leaves her and two sons behind. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Light shines for Team Emulsified

first_imgRay Maota Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley, display their solar lamp prototype, the Emu Lamp. (Image: Junior Achievement) MEDIA CONTACTS • Junior Achievement South Africa  +27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Up-cycling for a better community • Take-away content to help pupils • Rewarding youth excellence • Grooming future leaders: pricelessInspired by recurring power outages and countless fires in informal settlements that disrupt the lives of many families every winter in South Africa, a group of high school pupils from Johannesburg developed an innovative source of light to replace candles and paraffin lamps.Their concept won them the top prize in the Global Social Innovation Relay, earning them the title “Best Innovation 2012”. The young pioneers also won laptops provided by electronics company Hewlett Packard (HP).The challenge was for high school pupils around the world to create new business concepts intended to have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities, culminating in the final announcement of the winners at an event in Brussels in July.Bright ideaTeam Emulsified Environmentalists, which consists of Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley from Sandtonview High School, developed the Emu-Lamp, a solar-powered lamp made from recycled cardboard and foil.“The lamp absorbs light energy from the sun through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells convert it into electricity, which is used to power the lamp,” explained Odiley.Mothoa added: “The solar panels also work with artificial lighting. You can charge it for eight hours and the light will last for 100 hours. You don’t have to charge it every day. The solar panels have a life of 25 years.”The relay, now its second year, was born out of a collaboration between HP and global youth skills development organisation Junior Achievement.Although the two organisations have worked together over 20 years, the first relay was in 2010, and the aim was to close the gap in the job market between young people who have opportunities to learn about technology from a young age and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Linda McClure, managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa, said they often come across incredible ideas from South African pupils.“We would like to congratulate Emulsified Environmentalists for their win. They have made us very proud,” she said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the country to receive recognition.The first and second runners-up were Team Flower and Egalite from China and Slovakia respectively. Team Flower developed a programme that trains young volunteers to work with the elderly population to document their life stories and help them overcome their loneliness. Egalite’s educational DVD, on the other hand, was designed to raise awareness around issues related to migration.For the Emulsified team, the win means they have achieved their main goal – to help local communities, they said, while on the other hand they also earned their school recognition in the science field, not to mention improving their social awareness skills.The competitionOne of the largest educational initiatives of its kind in the world, the relay has had over 20 000 pupils from 13 countries having participated since its inception. Over 1 500 teams from around the world registered for the 2012 contest.The participating pupils start off with a three-hour workshop, where they learn about social innovation and then complete an online quiz.Following that, they group themselves into teams of three to five members, and are required to develop a socially innovative business idea that would alleviate a problem affecting their communities.Against the backdrop of the contest, a mentorship programme also takes shape as each of the top 20 teams is assigned a coach, usually employed by HP, who serves as a support system. The process continues in the next round, when the 20 teams are cut down to 13 for the final leg of the contest.Jeannette Weisschuh, director of global education programmes, sustainability and social innovation at HP, commented on the good quality of innovative, socially-orientated business ideas that came out of the competition, especially with the help of mentors.“The relay is part of HP’s commitment in applying our expertise and technology to help students everywhere gain vital IT and business skills to solve societal issues,” she said.Making technology accessibleThrough the relay, Junior Achievement aims to bridge the technology gap by bringing innovative ideas and hands-on educational programmes to schools. In this way they equip pupils with technological and entrepreneurial skills for the future.Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, said this is necessary for the 21st century economy.“This year’s exceptional entries prove that with the right education and resources, today’s youth has the power to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.last_img read more

Germany set quarterfinal date with Argentina; England, Mexico go home

first_imgEngland suffered World Cup heartbreak with an embarrassing 1-4 second round defeat at the hands of old foes Germany in a classic and controversial match which brought back memories of the 1966 final, here today.They have set up a quarterfinal clash with Argentina, who beat Mexico 3-1 in an ill-tempered match in Johannesburg.Mueller scores, Lampard deniedThomas Mueller scored a double in the 67th and 70th minutes after Miroslav Klose (20th) and Lukas Podolski (32nd) had made it 2-0 for Germany. Matthew Upson pulled one back for England in the 37th minute in a round of 16 match at Free State Stadium here.England were denied a clear goal in the 38th minute when they were down 1-2 with a Frank Lampard thundering shot hitting the underside of the crossbar before falling well beyond the goal-line but the referee did not award it a goal.Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda not awarding the goal might have erased the 44-year-old agony of the Germans who still rued that extra-time controversial goal by Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final at Wembley to give England their only World Cup triumph.But today, Joachim Loew’s men did more than enough to show that they were the far better side despite the mistake by the referee.Germany meet the winner of the round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico in the quarterfinal.The hole in the England central defence left by the injury of Rio Fernandes came to haunt England with Matthew Upson who filled in the shoes of the Manchester United stopper being outrun and outmuscled by Miroslav Klose in the 20th minute.advertisementGerman keeper Manuel Neuer’s goalkick sailed over John Terry’s head and Klose, who returned after serving a one match suspension, got the better of Upson before coolly poking past an advancing David James.The strike gave Klose his 50th international goal, the second highest for any German after the great goal-poacher Gerd Mueller.Klose could have scored his second goal in the 31st minute but his right-footer inside the England box after being fed by Thomas Mueller was brilliantly blocked by James.Next minute, Germany doubled the lead from a move initiated by Klose. A clever flick from Klose found Mueller inside the England box with no defenders around. Mueller released the ball for Lukas Podolski whose left-footer from near the left edge of the six-yard box went past keeper James into the net.A stunned England regrouped and needed five minutes to pull one back with Upson making amends of his defensive sloppiness against Klose by outjumping his marker to connect a Steven Gerrard aerial pass into the German net in the 37th minute. .Next minute, the memories of the classic 1966 World Cup final between the two sides at Wembley in London returned but this time it was England who were at the receiving end.Frank Lampard’s fierce and dipping shot from outside the box beat German keeper Manuel Neuer, bounced off the underside of the bar and fell well beyond the goal-line but the referee Larrionda did not award a goal.Television replays clearly showed that the ball had crossed the goal-line but apparently the line assistant could not run down the touchline when the ball hit the ground beyond the goal-line.Seven minutes after resumption, England were denied the equaliser by the woodwork with Frank Lampard’s free-kick from around 30 yards beat the German keeper but still found the crossbar on the way.Germany added two goals in the space of three minutes — both from fast counter-attacks exposing the slowing legs of England players whose average age was more than 29 as compared to 25 of the Germans.Lampard’s 67th minute free-kick from outside the German box rebounded from a defender and in an amazingly swift counter-attack, the ball landed on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s legs.Schweinsteiger, who was declared fit at the eleventh hour, then broke down the left and sent a precise low cross for Muller, who outran two England defenders, to fire past keeper James to his left post net.Three minutes later, Muller made it 4-1 from another swift German counterattack. Instead of Schweinsteiger, this time it was Mesut Oezil who gave the pass from the left for Mueller to blast it into the England net.England captain Steven Gerrard made a late attempt to reduce the margin but his 81st minute strike was pushed away for a corner by German keeper Manuel Neuer.Tevez puts Argentina in the quartersIn Johannesburg, Carlos Tevez struck twice  as Argentina crushed Mexico 3-1. Tevez’s first goal in the 26th minute was off-side, but the referee failed to spot it much to the anguish of the Mexicans.advertisementGonzalo Higuain made the score 2-0 when a Mexican defender accidentally passed him the ball near the goal.At half-time players from both sides exchanged heated words as they headed off the turf. The referees and support staff had to step in to separate the two sides.After the break, Tevez scored a scorching right-footer that flew past Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez’s left.Javier Hernandez struck a consolation goal for the frustrated Mexicans.last_img read more

FATHER AND SON SET SIGHT ON TITLE

first_imgJai Ayoub, member of the Australian Men’s 20’s team, will take on a wrath bigger than the New Zealanders at the Youth World Cup in 2005…his dad. His dad, Sam Ayoub, is the coach of the Australian Mens 20’s team playing at the Youth World Cup in Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23. It will be the second time Jai has played under his dad, the first being at a NSW Junior State Cup Tournament, and Jai wasn’t really impressed. “I didn’t really like being coached by him a few years ago, but as I’ve grown up I’m used to him coaching all my mates… so it should be interesting,” said Jai. It was Sam who convinced Jai to try out for the 20’s team, who was content with trialing for the 18’s. “Originally I was against the idea of Jai playing 20’s, I thought there would be too much pressure on both of us, and too much expectation on Jai’s part,” Sam said “But, I decided that he deserves his spot, and just because his dad is the coach, he shouldn’t be discriminated against,” said Sam. Sam is very proud of Jai, both as a son and as a player in his team. “I’m very proud of Jai, I think he’s a great leader and all-around player, he’s been playing with players like Mark Boland for years, which has taught him a lot,” said Sam. They know each other well on the field, having played a lot of touch together over the years. Off the field, they go out not only as father and son, but as mates. “Dad works a bit, but we still have time to go out for lunch and stuff,” said Jai. Both Jai and Sam have goals to fulfill at the Youth World Cup in 2005. On a personal note, Jai hopes to be consistent throughout the tournament. ” I know I’m not going to be the stand-out in the team with the stand-out players we’ve got, but I just hope I can be consistent and help those guys out,” said Jai. Sam hopes to treat his son like any other player in the team. “I’d like to think I won’t be any tougher on him because he’s my son, but I probably will be,” said Sam. And together they both hope to beat the New Zealanders and bring home the Youth World Cup title. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham midfielder Harry Winks: We’re now ready to win something

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks: We’re now ready to win somethingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks is adamant the team is now ready to win trophies.Winks was at Wembley as a fan when Spurs when the League Cup a decade ago.He told the Mirror: “When we won the League Cup it was great, I was actually there at Wembley with my dad, we were in the top tier and we were celebrating like mad when that went in. It was incredible.“Just going to games from a young age with my dad, watching Tottenham as often as I could, celebrating in my front room, singing and enjoying it, so many fond memories from when I was a kid.“The team is coming of age. There’s a lot of talk about us needing to win a trophy and, of course, no-one wants to win a trophy more than anyone in the team.“But our main priority is to just try and improve every season, which we are doing, and hopefully a trophy will come at the end of that as a reward for all the hard work. We work really hard, we are improving and hopefully we can come away with some silverware.“We’re in a strong position in the league, we’re well placed but we’ve also won a lot of games playing scruffy as well when we’ve not played so well.” last_img read more