Five Things You Should Know About TCU

first_imgAfter experiencing the definition of the Frogs being “gigged” in Stillwater last October to the tune of 49-29, the Horned Frogs will vie for revenge this week after thumping Baylor two weeks ago in Waco.1. Stillwater SouthIt may feel like Stillwater South this weekend with former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh (2012-15) joining co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (alum who coached on Gundy’s first staff from 2005-12), defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (played at OSU from 1991-93, coached as a GA after as well) and running backs coach Curtis Luper (played in Stillwater from 84’ to 87’ before transferring, coached Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston as running backs coach from 2005-08.A couple of things here: how in the world is it legal for J.W. Walsh AKA the General allowed to drive down I-35 with his playbooks walking into Frog Camp looking for a job?If Coach Bro can delay Baker from playing in Norman for a year we’ve gotta look into something about this. TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that “all of OSU’s signals will be changed because of J-Dub” but competitively this just feels funny.Also, while offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is becoming more culturally acceptable, how much does Coach Gundy kick himself for not hiring Meacham internally?Letting him walk to Houston is one of those “what ifs” for Cowboy fans. The guy almost won the top assistant in the country award in 2014 and he just looks like he doesn’t care at all with those Ray Bans.He looks like the offensive coordinator version of Matthew McConaughey. 2. Justice Hill could become/is our Kyle HicksTCU coach Gary Patterson was quoted this week talking about junior running back Kyle Hicks saying “I think he’s our best player… He lines up in empty, he can be a wide receiver, he motions out, and he understands everything. He’s a great jump cut guy and he’s got natural speed.”Hicks torched Baylor for five touchdowns (only one behind LT’s record!) on 26 carries for 192 yards (7.4 yards per carry). Hill? He’s done nothing but average 100 yards per game in conference play and revitalize a dead heart of a rushing attack.Justice Hill (@jhill21_) became the first #OKState freshman to run for 100+ yards in back to back games vs top 25 teams — 135 yards, TD. pic.twitter.com/wYKLlIq9x2— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Coach Yurcich raves about Hill’s ability to “make you miss” and how effective that makes him. It’s hard not compare them, Hicks came in at 5’10”, 195 and Hill came in at 5’9” and 170 and if you looked at the B12 rushing totals right now? Justice Hill and Kyle Hicks both have 789 yards (Hicks has one less game but still). They both have four 100-yard games on the season.When Hicks is ripping off 6.8 yards per carry at times, just take a deep breath and get excited about what we have in No. 27.3. How the Cowboys FinishTCU is one of the best four-loss teams out there, three out of four of their losses are by 12 points total. With that being said, “you are what your record says you are” and the Pokes are 8-2, doing the things it takes to win close ball games.Good teams do things like turn over Bill Snyder-coached teams in the end zone, truck defenders and kneel on Kingsbury’s Raiders to run out the time and ride a future NFL quarterback to pick apart a previously unsolved Mountaineer defense.”Mama, here comes @chriscarson29, and ain’t nothin I can do about it.” pic.twitter.com/nb42xYGHJF— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 13, 2016That’s nothing against the Frogs who have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, have a smothering pass rush, a top-15 coach worth every penny of the four million he gets paid, and likely lead the league in playmakers per capita with Hicks, receivers Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin.But close out Tech and Arkansas at home and this is a ranked matchup not being played at 11 a.m. in November.4. Mason and Company vs A Gary Patterson DefenseLet’s pan over to Mason and James Washington when they see who’s next on the schedule and remember what they did last year: Now, TCU has a ferocious pass rush (Josh Carraway with 6.5 sacks and fellow end Mat Boesen are top five in the conference) and some solid ballhawks but every coach to play the Pokes lately reflects on how tall of a task this passing offense is.Washington is averaging 20.21 yards per catch (!), Percy McCleskey has 720 yards and seven scores and then you’re getting into the best third, fourth and fifth receivers around. TCU’s five defensive backs on the field will get plenty of work this Saturday.5. All the FoodsIf you’re going to the game in Fort Worth this weekend (and aren’t a DFW native), please eat at a few places for me: anything “extra trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos, a burger at Kincaid’s or Dutch’s, and kick back at the Rodeo Goat downtown. I hear Joe T. Garcia’s is incredible for a nice Mexican dinner as well. And if you head over to Dallas, hit up Pecan Lodge. Just make sure and bring a wheelbarrow for someone to roll you back to your car.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Bayern confident Lewandowski won’t join Madrid

first_imgTransfers Heynckes shoots down Lewandowski to Madrid rumours: Top players stay at Bayern Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 15:52 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski Primera División Bayern München Bundesliga Videos The Polish striker changed his agent in recent days to prompt suggestions that he was ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer Jupp Heynckes claims he “can’t imagine” Bayern Munich sanctioning the sale of Robert Lewandowski after the striker’s recent change of agent prompted fresh transfer links with Real Madrid.Lewandowski is said to have severed ties with Cezary Kucharski, previously his agent for 10 years, in favour of Pini Zahavi, regarded as one of the football world’s leading representatives.Zahavi played a role in Neymar’s world-record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August and there have been suggestions Lewandowski’s decision has been made with a view to securing a big move to Spain. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Heynckes is not worried about such a scenario, however, and is adamant Bayern are not a selling club.When it was put to Heynckes that Lewandowski’s decision could be to secure a transfer, the coach said: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons.”It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them.”Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”last_img read more

Rebounding Galaxy must confront new rival

first_imgMLS LA Galaxy look to rebound in 2018 while confronting a new crosstown rival Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 05:28 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sigi Schmid LA Galaxy MLS Orlando Ramirez MLS LA Galaxy Following the worst season in franchise history, Sigi Schmid’s side will try to turn things around while also entering a brand-new city rivalry Since Major League Soccer’s inception, the LA Galaxy have always been one of the league’s most high-profile franchises.Playing in one of North America’s biggest markets, the Galaxy have consistently employed some of the league’s biggest names, from Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez and Carlos Ruiz, on to David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.But entering the 2018 season, the Galaxy might be embarking on a strange new reality: flying under the radar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Just across town, Los Angeles FC will begin their inaugural MLS season in a brand-new stadium, coached by a former U.S. national team manager, featuring a current Mexico national team star and owned by the likes of Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Mia Hamm, and many others.To be sure, there will still be a fair amount of attention on Sigi Schmid’s team. After all, they do possess the Dos Santos brothers, and there is a certain amount of cache that the Galaxy brand will always carry in MLS.But it’s fair to say that the bright shiny new object across town is sucking up some of the air in the country’s second-largest city heading into the 2018 campaign.“People are always enamored with what’s new and LAFC right now is new,” Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid told Goal.“They’re building a new stadium. I think we understand that and we understand that maybe some of the attention in the city goes towards that but we’re also looking forward to that challenge.”For the Galaxy, new challenges also bring new opportunities. Unlike the contrived rivalry with the late Chivas USA that rarely moved the needle in LA or nationally, the Galaxy appear to now have a genuine rival across town that should challenge them both on and off the pitch.Big-name international stars will now have two teams to choose from should they desire a move to Southern California. Fans in LA will now have options when it comes to their money and allegiance. And the league will make sure there is plenty of focus on the newest rivalry in MLS.That rivalry should theoretically push both sides to become better. As the longtime head coach of the Seattle Sounders, who along with arch-enemy Portland now both possess a MLS Cup trophy, Schmid knows what a true rivalry can do to energize a franchise.“Obviously having another team in LA I think is fantastic for the league,” Schmid said. “It’s going to create a great rivalry, [and] I think the true competitive spirit within the two organizations and teams is there.“Having been in Seattle, certainly the Seattle-Portland rivalry is fantastic and supporters on both sides of the equation are very dedicated to their teams and motivated in supporting their teams. I think we’re going to see the same thing in LA. I think the Galaxy is going to bring out the best in LAFC supporters and the LAFC supporters are going to bring out the best in the Galaxy supporters.”Baggio Husidic GFXIn some ways, having LAFC enter the league in 2018 could be a benefit for the Galaxy. Or it could be a curse.The team is coming off the worst season in franchise history. Instead of their usual spot near the top of the Western Conference standings, the Galaxy tied for the fewest points in MLS in 2017.Having LAFC attract much of the attention might take some of the pressure of the Galaxy as they embark upon a rebuilding effort – or it could magnify the team’s failures if they are unable to right the ship.After all, nothing would be more embarrassing for the league’s all-time most successful franchise than to finish the 2018 season behind an expansion team in its own backyard.”The best way to go about this [rivalry] is by winning,” Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic told Goal. “When you’re winning at home the fans will be coming, so the most important thing is to win.”It doesn’t matter about all the extra stuff off the field, big-name players, the whole Hollywood thing, but when you’re winning, the fans are coming to the games.”Fans in LA now have two MLS teams whose home games they can attend, and the Galaxy will surely turn plenty of potential customers away if they post a mark similar to the 3-9-5 home record they managed in 2017.The presence of LAFC could turn up the heat on the Galaxy, but Schmid insists that all the pressure applied on his side in 2018 will be coming from inside its own locker room.“Our pressure is what we put on ourselves, what our expectations are for ourselves,” Schmid said.“Whether LAFC is in the market or not, our expectation would be the same. We want to be a team that makes the playoffs, we want to be a team that competes for championships and we want to erase the memory of last season, and that has nothing to do with LAFC.”last_img read more

Simeone: Adding Costa has helped Griezmann

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone: Adding Costa has improved Griezmann’s form Jamie Smith 09:58 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Atletico Madrid players celebrate Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Leganés Atlético Madrid v Leganés Primera División The French forward struck four goals in a brilliant performance against Leganes, and his manager thinks his strike partner has helped his form Diego Simeone believes the January introduction of Diego Costa into the Atletico Madrid first team has helped Antoine Griezmann move to the next level with an extraordinary period of goalscoring form.Griezmann struck all four goals in a 4-0 defeat of Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday, following up his treble in a 5-2 win at Sevilla four days earlier.The France international brought up 100 Atletico goals in all competitions with his first of the game before going on to reach 15 La Liga strikes for the term, with only three players more prolific this season – Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp With 13 goals in all competitions since Costa’s return from Chelsea, Griezmann’s strikes have helped Atleti cut Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga to four points ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the top two at Camp Nou, although Ernesto Valverde’s men first face Las Palmas on Thursday.And although Griezmann’s stunning goalscoring shone in a comfortable win over Leganes to warm up for Barca, Simeone was keen to hail Atletico’s collective efforts.”The season until December had been very good for the team,” Simeone told a post-match news conference. “Costa’s presence not only improved Griezmann’s moment, but that of the team. For his tenacity, courage and what he transmits to the team.”The team is in a good moment, and from humility we go match by match as always. “The moment is good for the team, we need to focus on continuing to improve as a team. The team was more forceful than in Sevilla at the end of the game [where Atleti conceded two late goals] – that speaks of an improvement.”Now to prepare the Barcelona match in the best way, against a rival who has never lost. It’s a nice challenge.”We score as a team, we celebrate as a team!Atlético fans, we’re a family! #AtletiLeganés #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/DNeTipBMwV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 28, 2018Griezmann’s relationship with Atleti supporters has occasionally been sticky, with the striker criticised for ‘shushing’ fans during a 1-0 win over Valencia at the start of February.”People are passionate, they are behind what they perceive,” Simeone said. “They want to win, and if they see players who give everything, run, work and score they will always be applauded. It happens at Atletico and in all the teams of the world.”[Griezmann] had other seasons playing at this level. He is an extraordinary player, he has shown it more times, and the team is accompanying him to perform at this level. The passes of Koke, Filipe [Luis] and Costa were fantastic.”last_img read more

Great Wall

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Open stamp their authority over the Kiwis delivering the wider  Australian team a winning majority and this sporting phenomenon a new found resolve…and if that wasn’t enough, for other International teams a sense of foreboding: a new and improved fortress. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFAWalls. Every structure needs them. With names of the quality and ilk of Winchester, Rogerson, and not the least the foundation stone of coach, Bell, now no longer part of the Australian Women’s structure, one could argue this particular green and gold wall might feel a little if not shaky then perhaps a brick or two short with some grout and cement missing.Not the regulation health regulation type risk but a structure needing at least a good safety check and perhaps a little plaster or replacement blocks.Fast forward twelve months and with some of those sizeable and some say irreplaceable blocks removed, the replacement stones are holding up well. Very well in fact. In fact that well the wall is back and as ominous as ever. Dare we say, rock solid with a number of little gems in the formwork? Over to the new foreman and his take on his impressive new project.“I heard the commentators (live streaming) refer to our defence as ‘the wall’ and there was definitely a wall out there today. And, to hold the same team from last night to two touchdowns  that put six on us last night means a lot to us as a group,” a beaming and very pleased new Australian Women’s coach, Swain Rovelli said post-match with one half of his coaching team beside him, Craig Morrow. With both on debut as Open’s coaches for this campaign, this was a particularly sweet victory; great mates off the field and already delivering along with fellow-assistant, Michael Moussa, great results for this already formidable outfit. The wall supports in the form of this trio appear also to be in great shape and supporting well the great wall of Australia.“I can’t speak more highly of the work that both my assistants Mick (Assistant Coach, Michael Moussa) and Craig (Morrow) have done and after last night, and such is their dedication, both watched the games three times last night and you saw the results of the hard work that Craig and Mick did with the defensive efforts today and kudos to the players for executing the plans. “This is a first team of a new cycle with seven new rookies which is the case with a new generation [of players], they have all been outstanding since we started preparations and all have improved since we started together and with the assistance of the senior players such as Sammy (Hopkin), they have grown in a level of confidence and we have seen it in both games their willingness to do the hard work and buy into what they want.For Morrow it was a great team effort and consequence of some hard work and application.“It’s always good to win naturally and [we’re] very happy for the girls obviously; we don’t do this for ourselves, we do it for the girls and the enjoyment they get out of it.“It’s pleasing that they listened and responded accordingly. They could have easily been under pressure and changed the way we wanted to do things, but to their great credit they didn’t: they listened and trust us and we trust them and it worked out perfectly as you see.  To the match, and it was much like the Mixed Open affair; a bit of a stand-off between teams with both trading blows and chancing their arms at respective ends with neither converting or really threatening.However, six minutes in it was Hannah Dyball of Manly who got the party started with a very clever and evasive dance through heavy traffic to score. Marikki Watego then soon got in on the act pushing the gap out by two with a cross out wide at the seven-minute mark.Tayla Clifford then went over after some good lead-up work inside and was great throughout the match driving the ball hard and catching the eye of her coaches along with other debutantes and more seasoned stars, such was her strong performance.Usually accustomed to scoring touchdowns at a clip, it was a diving Kim Sue-See that saved a certain touchdown by New Zealand soon-after and a good barometer of things to come from the Aussie girls. The wall has many moving parts and traps as we all witnessed early. These four particular gemstones to name but a few provide the new foundation with the girls on debut the building blocks to the future. One chink in the fortress though allowed Willison of New Zealand to quickly strike back for the Kiwis bringing the score to 3-1 after 10 minutes. They would add only one more from this point and that warrants a stop in play and some closer examination with the clock stopped. For the next 30 minutes the Aussie girls held the Kiwis scoreless, except for one more try to Willison later in the piece. With play resumed and time back on, Watego reverted to type to cross again with a minute on the clock from a terrific 25m long bullet pass from Danni Davis hitting the mark, and taking the deficit to three. After the half-time break it was Leah Percy who saluted, then touchdown number six came from Australia’s captain and number six, Lizzie Campbell who was superb in leading her troops on debut and strong and poised throughout.For the Percy touchdown it was crafted from some great lead-up work by Sammy Hopkin who troubled New Zealand close to the line and led from the front all game. Hopkins, along with Percy are the key senior members now, following the changing of the guard last year, and you could say the bedrock in this impregnable wall – a responsibility they both relish and in fact clearly thrive on.“Yeah, it was awesome to see the new girls step up and you naturally worry a bit without the [retired] senior players and their experience,” Hopkin said today after notching yet another title to her considerable list and in her usual understated manner.“But they stepped up very well and played awesome throughout; my role has changed a bit but while a little scary, I really have enjoyed it.“We’ve been asked to lead by example and show the way for the new girls so hopefully that is the case and we see the results of that. “And that’s what I try to do and get the little things right.”Little things indeed. This wall will need scaling as breaking through doesn’t appear an option for oppositions any time soon.FINAL SCORES: Australia 6 (Lizzie Campbell, Samantha Hopkin, Hayley Maddick, Mia Johnstone, Leah Percy, Shellie Davis, Marikki Watego) defeated New Zealand 2 (Willison 2).Related LinksWomen’s Take Out Serieslast_img read more

Tite: Neymar not being risked

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar not being put at risk by Brazil after injury, says Tite Dom Farrell 22:26 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Switzerland 2018 World Cup Getty World Cup Brazil Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica Neymar The Selecao boss insists the PSG star would be ready to play in his current condition, even if a crunch World Cup clash was not on the agenda Brazil have been forced to accelerate Neymar’s rehabilitation from his broken foot but head coach Tite insists he is not placing his star forward’s fitness in jeopardy at the World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain superstar suffered a fractured metatarsal at the end of February but marked his return to action in style with sparkling goals in Brazil’s pre-tournament wins over Croatia and Austria.A 1-1 draw in the Group E opener against Switzerland was less satisfactory and, after drawing 10 fouls over the course of a sometimes-bruising encounter, Neymar limped out of training in Sochi earlier this week with a sore ankle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He was back with his team-mates on the practice pitch on Wednesday and took part in training at Krestovsky Stadium on the eve of Brazil’s match against Costa Rica.Asked whether it would be a problem for the 26-year-old to perform in St Petersburg on Friday, Tite replied: “No, no. He had a blow [to the ankle] but we’re still in the initial project. He was out for three-and-a-half months and has just played his first game of 90 minutes.”There is a science and we have a lot of tranquillity with that. It takes about five matches for you to be full-on and he’s already sped up the process.”There is this evolution taking place. Don’t worry.”Tite confirmed he would keep the same XI that started against Switzerland, with Gabriel Jesus leading the line, Willian on the right flank and Philippe Coutinho operating centrally as Neymar roves from his favoured left-sided position.On whether the ex-Barcelona favourite was only being selected because this is a World Cup campaign, the former Corinthians coach insisted such a level of risk was not part of the equation.”Yes, he would play [if this was not the World Cup]. It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an evolutionary process. You just speed up the steps,” Tite added.”We want to win. It’s a World Cup but the coach is not going to pay with a player’s health and be dishonest to win. That’s a price that is too high to pay.”You’re going to pay the price if you’re nervous and don’t think about the game but there is no compromise on those values on health and honesty.”last_img read more

The miserable Messi stat that sums up his night

first_imgWorld Cup The miserable Messi stat that sums up Argentina’s attacking nightmare against Croatia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:42 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(41) Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia World Cup 2018 210618 Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Sergio Agüero Argentina v Croatia Croatia Argentina The star man barely got a sniff of the ball in the first half as his supply was limited by an effective performance from their Group D rivals Croatia may have discovered the best way to stop Lionel Messi – simply don’t let him touch the ball.The Argentina and Barcelona talisman entered the second game of the 2018 World Cup looking for a measure of redemption after missing a penalty against Iceland that contributed to a disappointing 1-1 draw in his team’s opening game .But Croatia appeared determined to deny him that in the first half of the contest, as Messi simply was not afforded much in the way of opportunities to do much for Argentina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Messi managed just 20 touches in the first half, the second fewest touches of any Argentina player, as his side ended up suffering an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia.It was a stark change from what the superstar is used to and likely incredibly frustrating as Argentina tried to get their World Cup campaign on track.As bad as it was for Messi, things were even uglier for Sergio Aguero.The Manchester City man is surely used to fine service playing with Pep Guardiola’s rampaging side that scored 106 goals in the Premier League last season.But he did not get that in the first half against Croatia, as Aguero managed just seven touches in the opening 45, the fewest of any Argentina player.7 & 20 – The two Argentina players with the fewest touches in the first half vs Croatia are Sergio Aguero (7) and Lionel Messi (20). Wasted. #ARG #ARGCRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WcXMFTVrSA — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 21, 2018 And while it was slow to start for Aguero, things dried up completely in the latter part of the first half. The forward was not credited with a single touch in the final 21 minutes and 11 seconds of the opening stanza.Despite that, Argentina did have a golden chance to take the lead in the first half, which ended scoreless.Enzo Perez had a glorious opportunity to put Argentina in front with an open net, but falling down, was unable to pt his shot on frame in the 30th minute.Things did not improve much in the second half. Aguero was an early exit, replaced by Gonzalo Higuain, right after a Willy Caballero mistake put Croatia up 1-0.Goals from Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic completed the stunning 3-0 victory, leaving Messi and Argentina on the brink of World Cup disaster after two games.last_img read more

Ronaldo sadness no surprise to Santos

first_imgWorld Cup Ronaldo sadness no surprise to Santos after penalty miss in Portugal stalemate Ryan Benson 07:08 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Iran World Cup Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Iran v Portugal Real Madrid Iran Portugal Primera División A failed spot kick was just one element of a difficult night for the Real Madrid superstar on Monday and his coach can see why he was upset at the end Cristiano Ronaldo cut a despondent figure at full-time of Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran and coach Fernando Santos believes it was down to the Real Madrid star feeling like he failed when having a penalty saved.Portugal scraped through to the knockout phase of the World Cup in Monday’s contest, Santos’ men finding themselves involved in a dramatic encounter in Saransk.Ricardo Quaresma gave them a first-half lead with a stunning strike and Ronaldo could have doubled their advantage after the break, but he saw the penalty he won saved by Ali Beiranvand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He was then lucky to escape a red card, receiving just a booking despite referee Enrique Caceres consulting VAR when Ronaldo caught Morteza Pouraliganji with an elbow to the head.Iran ultimately claimed a share of the spoils thanks to a late penalty of their own – VAR again playing a role as Cedric Soares was harshly penalised for handball – and Ronaldo trudged off the pitch at full-time looking bitterly upset despite his side securing a last-16 tie with Uruguay.”I understand, it’s normal,” Santos said when asked about his star man in the post-match news conference.”The best players in the world face that [disappointment] when there’s no opportunity to really make [the difference], it happens.”It hurts more to them than the others. They want to be the best and when they fail they get very upset.”Despite the seemingly damning evidence of Ronaldo’s collision with Pouraliganji, Santos insists he was never worried about the prospect of his captain getting sent off, adamant the technology at Caceres’ disposal justified the official’s decision.”I wasn’t concerned,” Santos said. “It seemed like a normal thing in the match.”The referee did what he had to do, went to VAR twice, three times and gave a yellow card. I’d have to see it again to make a judgement, but I think it did its job.”last_img read more

Ronaldo’s history at the World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Cristiano Ronaldo’s history at the World Cup: 2006 debut, 2014 heartache & record-breaking 2018 Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain World Cup Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal After the Real Madrid star competed in a fourth World Cup, Goal takes a look back at his previous involvement Without doubt one of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo has won nearly everything there is to win in the game.At club level the Portuguese has amassed four Champions League titles, three Premier Leagues, two La Liga crowns and more during his time with Manchester United and Real Madrid.He has been integral to the success of those clubs, something that is reflected in the fact that he has scooped five Ballons d’Or, but he has also been a star at international level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Having made his debut for Portugal in 2003, Ronaldo is now his country’s record-holder for both goals and appearances, as well as their captain and leader.They were crowned European champions in 2016, but the World Cup has eluded Ronaldo and the Selecao on the four occasions he has been involved.The Real Madrid star was denied in another bid for world glory with his country in Russia this summer and it may well have been his last chance. Goal takes a look back at his legacy in the tournament thus far.Germany 2006 Ronaldo made his World Cup debut in 2006 – at the age of 21 – when the tournament was held in Germany and he formed a crucial part of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team alongside the likes of Luis Figo, Simao, Deco and Pauleta.By that time, Ronaldo was firmly established as one of the most exciting young players in the world, making his mark in the Premier League with Manchester United, and the 2006 World Cup was another step on his journey to the top of the game. Wearing the number 17 jersey due to the seniority of Portugal’s number 7 Figo, Ronaldo played in six games as his country reached the semi-finals, ultimately finishing fourth.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Wayne Rooney England World Cup 2006His first ever game at a World Cup came in the 1-0 group-stage win over Angola in Cologne and it was an unremarkable display as he picked up a yellow card before being taken off after the hour mark. Ronaldo’s first goal at the tournament came in the second game against Iran as he scored a penalty – stepping up to the mark ahead of Figo – in a 2-0 win in Frankfurt.Scolari opted to rest the Man United forward in the final group game against Mexico, which Portugal won 2-1, but he was back in the starting XI for the last-16 clash against the Netherlands. Unfortunately for Ronaldo, however, his involvement in that game – later dubbed ‘The Battle of Nuremburg’ – was cut short as he was forced off with an injury after a reckless challenge from Khalid Boulahrouz on the 34th minute. The Selecao held on to win in Ronaldo’s absence, beating the Oranje 1-0 to set up a quarter-final clash against England.The game against the Three Lions was a tempestuous affair and Ronaldo became ‘public enemy number one’ for his role in the demise of Sven Goran Eriksson’s side. Not only was the Man United man to the fore in the events that led to the sending off of his club-mate Wayne Rooney, who had stamped Ricardo Carvalho, he then went on to score the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2006“[Rooney] wasn’t angry with me,” Ronaldo insisted afterwards. “And, moreover, he told me to completely ignore what the English press has said, that all they wanted was to create confusion, but we are already used to that.”After beating England, Portugal were paired with France in the semi-final and that proved to be the end of their World Cup hopes as Zinedine Zidane’s penalty in the 33rd minute gave Les Bleus the victory. As losing semi-finalists they were subsequntly penned in for the third-place play-off against tournament hosts Germany, but they were well beaten by Jugen Klinsmann’s side, who won 3-1.Ronaldo was notably jeered by sections of the crowd during the game in Stuttgart, as he had been in the game against France, something he has become accustomed to in the years that have followed.South Africa 2010 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2010 BrazilFour years after his World Cup breakthrough in Germany, a 25-year-old Ronaldo arrived in South Africa in 2010 as the world’s most expensive player – having signed for Real Madrid for €94 million – a Ballon d’Or winner and Portugal’s captain. However, despite his success at club level, he was enduring some difficulty on the international stage and had gone through a rare barren spell, failing to score a single goal in qualification for the World Cup.With stalwarts such as Pauleta, Deco and Figo moving off the stage, Ronaldo assumed much greater responsibility at the head of the Selecao attack, but he was unable to influence things in his side’s favour in 2010. Portugal qualified from a group containing Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea, but they were only able to score against North Korea, beating the Asian side 7-0, with Ronaldo finding the net once – remarkably his first international goal in 16 months.Even though they emerged from Group G unbeaten, the performances of Carlos Queiroz’s side left much to be desired and the team came in for criticism from their national media. However, things got worse when they were paired with Iberian rivals – and eventual champions – Spain in the round of 16. Vicente del Bosque’s La Roja were reigning European champions and among the favourites to win the tournament, so presented a stern task for the Portuguese.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2010 SpainRonaldo started the game on the left flank, finding himself up against team-mate Sergio Ramos, but he was unable to find a way through as Spain dominated possession. The deadlock was eventually broken after the hour mark as Xavi scored and it proved to be the decisive moment of the game. Portugal enjoyed just 39 per cent possession in Cape Town and managed three shots on target compared to Spain’s 10, while a red card to Ricardo Costa in the dying moments simply compounded their disappointment.Afterwards, Ronaldo admitted that the manner of the defeat – and exit from the tournament – left him feeling “an unimaginable sadness”. In the aftermath, when asked to explain why Portugal failed the captain suggested that the reporter should ask Queiroz, something that prompted further criticism of the Real Madrid man. The Selecao boss later responded with a pointed comment, telling AFP that. “Portugal needs Ronaldo, and Ronaldo needs the national side. But if this shirt [the Portuguese strip] unnerves some players, they have no grounds to be there.”In the end, the 2010 World Cup stood in stark contrast to Ronaldo’s experience at his first tournament in 2006. With just one goal – an 87th-minute strike in a 7-0 win over minnows North Korea – in four games and enduring a barrage of criticism, it was arguably the lowest ebb of his international career.Brazil 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2014 GermanyPortugal’s route to the 2014 World Cup involved a play-off against Sweden, in which Ronaldo scored four goals across the two legs, including a hat-trick in the second leg in Solna. Then 29, Ronaldo arrived in Brazil as the reigning Ballon d’Or holder and a Champions League winner with Madrid. He was at the top of his game, but, much to his chagrin, international tournament heart-ache continued.Ronaldo’s fitness was a persistent concern ahead of the tournament and he was forced to sit out training on a number of occasions due to niggling knee injuries. Nevertheless, even though he was clearly not at 100 per cent, he somehow managed to play every minute of their three group stage matches.When the Real Madrid man was passed fit to play in the opening game against Germany there was an understandable sense of optimism in the Portuguese camp, but the game in Salvador turned out to be a total disaster as Pepe was sent off in the first-half and Joachim Low’s men won 4-0 – the worst ever World Cup defeat experienced by Portugal.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2014 USAThe next game against the United States gave Portugal a chance to redeem themselves, but they struggled against Klinsmann’s men and needed a 95th minute equaliser to clinch a point. Having gone ahead through Nani, the Selecao found themselves trailing in the second half as Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey struck to give the USMNT the lead with 10 minutes left to play. It looked like Portugal were on their way home, but Ronaldo’s cross in stoppage time found Silvestre Varela, who scored to keep their hopes alive, if only just.They needed to win against Ghana in the final game and hope for a favourable result in the Germany – USA match in order to qualify for the knock-out stage. Things were looking good when Portugal went ahead on the half-hour mark, but the Black Stars responded in the second half with Asamoah Gyan heading home.Ronaldo had been to the fore for his country during the game, hitting the cross-bar before seeing a header saved and he eventually found the back of the net with just 10 minutes to go. The goal – which made him the first Portuguese player to score at three World Cups – was not enough to see them through though and they went home from Brazil after just three games.Russia 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain 2018Ronaldo and Portugal arrived in Russia for the 2018 World Cup as European champions and they were landed in an intriguing group alongside their Iberian rivals Spain, as well as Morocco and Iran.Having gone out at the group stage four years earlier, Portugal felt they had something to prove, as did Ronaldo after failing to make much of an impact himself, particularly in terms of goals.And in the opening game against Spain, the Real Madrid man lived up to his reputation by scoring an incredible hat-trick that secured a valuable point for his country and doubled his overall tally of World Cup goals. The hat-trick itself was particularly spectacular as it included an outrageous late free kick, which clinched the 3-3 draw.Edinson Cavani Cristiano Ronaldo Uruguay Portugal World Cup 30062018In the following game against Morocco, the 33-year-old continued his remarkable scoring exploits within five minutes with a goal that saw him replace Ferenc Puskas as the most prolific European international of all time and moved him second in the list of all-time top international goalscorers.Ronaldo did not manage to find the net in Portugal’s last group outing against Iran, but qualification was secured with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against a side led by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz.After finishing second in Group B behind Spain, the Selecao were paired with Uruguay in the last 16 and that proved to be their last involvement in Russia as La Celeste triumphed 2-1 in Sochi.The Real Madrid man will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, which will be held in the winter of 2022, but he has been urged by his team-mates to remain a part of the team as long as is possible.Ronaldo’s overall World Cup record Russia 2018 was Ronaldo’s fourth time playing at a World Cup and he brought his number of appearances in the tournament to 17 in that edition.He also more than doubled his overall goal tally by scoring four times – including a hat-trick against Spain.Prior to his fourth tournament he had scored just three times in 13 appearances – once in 2006, once in 2010 and once in 2014 – which was, in truth, a dismal return for a man who has broken record after record with his goals at club level and indeed for his country. Appearances Goals Yellow cards Red cards 17 7 4 0 In his 17 games, the forward has been on the winning side six times (four of those coming at the 2006 tournament) losing five and drawing six. He has been shown four yellow cards.The 2018 tournament in Russia could well have been Ronaldo’s last shot at winning world glory with his country, even though there have been no indications that he is set to retire any time soon.last_img read more

James compared to Usain Bolt and Ronaldo

first_imgHungary head coach Marco Rossi has compared new Manchester United signing Daniel James to Usain Bolt and former Brazil striker Ronaldo.Rossi is readying his Hungarian troops to take on James and his Welsh team-mates on Tuesday, in their Euro 2020 qualifier.The 54-year-old appears to have earmarked James as one of Wales key men ahead of the game, despite the youngster earning just two senior caps to date. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The winger has gleamed a reputation for his unstoppable pace in the past year, which Rossi is all to aware of. In fact, so rapid is James, he has been compared to the world’s former fastest man, Usain Bolt.“James’ speed reminds me of Usain Bolt – to be so fast like him is really incredible,” said Rossi.“In the last years I don’t remember one player that gave me this sensation. His acceleration is so peculiar, which is why Manchester United have bought him.”It’s not just figures from the world of athletics that James has been likened to – Rossi believes he even share similar characteristics with one of the all-time greatest strikers. “In the past I played against a very fast player who, for me, was the best after [Diego] Maradona – Ronaldo,” said the Hunger coach.”He was just not known for speed, but for everything. His acceleration looked like James, though at the moment the skills are a little bit different.”James capped off a remarkable 12 months on Friday, when Manchester United announced that a deal was in place to sign the winger from Swansea, just one season on from being sent back from an unsuccessful loan spell at League one side Shrewsbury Town.However, James excelled in 2018/19 with the Swans and his five goals and 10 assists in all competitions caught the attention of a number of Premier League sides.In the meantime, the 21-year-old will be hoping for an improvement in Wales’ fortunes on Tuesday after they lost 2-1 to Croatia at the weekend.Ryan Giggs’ men are currently fourth in the qualification group, but are just three points behind first-place Hungary. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_imgYARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge in Yarmouth County will be closed until Tuesday, May 2, between 9 a.m. and noon and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., while bridge inspections are carried out. The bridge will be open to traffic on the weekend. The bridge is the only access to the communities of Surrettes Island and Morris Island. It was originally scheduled to be closed until Wednesday, May 3. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 -30-last_img read more

Ontario passes law to ban scalper bots strengthen ticket laws

first_imgTORONTO – Scalper bots are now banned in Ontario, as a bill to protect ticket buyers passed Wednesday, though the ticket industry warns some parts of the legislation may actually put fans at a disadvantage.The provisions in a new Ticket Sales Act are contained in omnibus consumer protection legislation that also includes strengthening rules around home warranties, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario.Changes to ticket selling laws include banning so-called scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event and then resell them at a large profit.The ticket sales and events industry largely welcomed the ban, with Ticketmaster, a major ticket seller, saying it is in an “arms race” to develop new tools to combat the bots. In North America the company blocked five billion bots last year, an executive told the legislative committee considering the bill last month.“There are only two types of buyers: There are fans and there are cheaters,” Patti-Anne Tarlton from Ticketmaster Canada told the committee. “It’s no secret that there’s a vast network of cheaters, both domestic and globally, who are seeking to manipulate and game our system. The goal is for them to beat fans at on-sale and to cheat fans at resale.”Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi has acknowledged that enforcement may be difficult when it comes to bots that often operate from outside Canada, so he said the law aims to undercut both profit incentive and resale abilities.“One of the most effective ways we’re doing it is by taking away the financial incentive, by putting a 50 per cent cap on resale prices in the resale market,” he said.The law bans tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent above the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.Ticket sellers will also have to display an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges, and resellers would have to disclose the face value of the ticket.Ticket resale site StubHub welcomed the scalper bot ban but warned that artificially controlling a global market “will lead to unintended consequences.”“Resales will be driven off of secure channels into places where consumers are exposed to counterfeit and fraud, with zero protections,” StubHub’s Jeff Poirier told the committee.Stubhub said bots are not the only reason fans have trouble accessing tickets, saying primary ticket sellers often hold back large percentages of tickets during general sales. The company took issue Wednesday with a provision the Liberal government changed in the bill that Stubhub said would have made those sales processes more transparent.The legislation originally required ticket sellers to disclose both an event’s maximum capacity and the number of tickets going on sale, which would have shown customers how many tickets may have been held back. But the government changed that to now only require sellers to disclose the maximum event capacity and the distribution method of the tickets.Naqvi defended the move as a way to encourage artists to perform at venues outside of the largest cities, citing feedback from artists and cultural organizations.Ticketmaster’s Tarlton told the committee that the initial provision would have exposed ticket availability, which could embarrass a performer who hasn’t sold enough tickets.“When people see that, they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s not that exciting an event. I won’t take the time to go,’” she said.Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli said with that change to the legislation, an act that is supposed to make ticket sales more transparent has made them even less transparent than before.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party voted against the bill because it hasn’t fixed all of the ticket sales problems on the government’s third attempt to tackle the issue.The opposition parties blame the Liberals for the growing online resale market because the Liberals changed their Ticket Speculation Act to make it legal to resell tickets above their original face value.last_img read more

Lady Gaga Teams Up With Staples To Support Education

first_imgLady Gaga is teaming up with Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) to support education and create a positive classroom experience through its Staples for Students program.Lady Gaga recently met with students in California during the filming of the upcoming Public Service Announcement for DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way FoundationThe partnership builds on Staples’s long-standing commitment of supporting education and helping teachers and students.Staples today announced it is donating $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, an organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. Born This Way Foundation supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world by fostering kindness, improving mental health resources and creating more positive environments. For the fourth year in a row, Staples is also donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, an organization that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for teachers since its founding, benefiting more than 22 million students.Together through this unique partnership with Lady Gaga, her Born This Way Foundation and DonorsChoose.org, the Staples for Students program will help to promote kindness in schools across America and ensure that teachers and students have the resources they need for successful learning in classrooms.“Teaming up with Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation and DonorsChoose.org is an amazing opportunity for the Staples for Students program to support teachers and help create a more positive classroom experience,” said Frank Bifulco, chief marketing officer, Staples. “There’s a correlation between kindness and overall well-being among students, and we hope that together with these perfect partners that we’ll be able to create an environment for students that will help them flourish in school and propel them into their bright futures.”Lady Gaga said, “Classrooms that are positive and welcoming are classrooms where students can discover their passions and unlock their full potential. I’m excited to work with Staples, DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation to help teachers and students make their schools more supportive and engaging places. Kindness is one of the most important and most impactful values we can instill in students, and I look forward to working with Staples to foster a positive classroom environment where every student feels safe, heard and empowered.”The 2017 Staples for Students program is propelled by several sobering statistics: • According to the Education Market Association, an estimated 99.5% of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms – frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year. • Sesame Workshop reports that 86% of teachers (and 70% of parents) admit to worrying often that the world is an unkind place for children.Lady Gaga and Staples are also collaborating on a Public Service Announcement that debuts nationally at the end of June, further emphasizing the need to support teachers and students.“Staples has been a generous and valued partner of ours for years, and we’re so thankful for its continued support of our mission, which has helped bring learning to life for thousands of teachers and students in classrooms nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org.“By creating school climates that are grounded in compassion and generosity we can help to support the emotional well-being of our young people, ensuring they can learn effectively and grow into happy, thriving adults,” said Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder and president of Born This Way Foundation. “We thank Staples for its generous donation and for understanding that the boundless potential of young people can be unlocked by spreading kindness.”For more information, visit www.StaplesForStudents.org.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and the chance to meet Lady GagaStaples is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne tour promoted by Live Nation. Beginning June 25, 2017, fans will have the opportunity to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship. The lucky grand prize winner will also win a trip to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert. Five additional winners will receive a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.Visit StaplesForStudents.org starting June 25, 2017 for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.last_img read more

AAP a strong political force in urban Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Presence of strong leaders in Gurugram makes AAP a strong political force in urban Gurugram. It is important to note that AAP which had fielded Yogendra Yadav previously from Gurugram constituency had come second from urban Gurugram. Strong presence in an urban area might even result in AAP fielding its candidate for the Lok Sabha elections that will be held on May 12. Not willing to be left out the new entrant AAP has also begun its preparations to make a mark. With a strong presence in Gurugram, the new party has now begun preparations in the richest district of Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter announcing Naveen Jaihind as the state head, the party has appointed Mahesh Yadav the district head of Gurugram last year. Yadav is a prominent Ahir leader, the ex-village head of Chakkarpur village. Yadav is believed to be close to the Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh but later fell out after being denied ticket for the recetnly held municipal elections. His wife later contested as an independent candidate from ward — 33 but lost the elections. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn order to make their presence felt the poster of Yadav along with Jaihind are being put across various parts of the city. Proximity to the national capital has resulted in the party also has a sizeable presence in Gurugram. Some of the strong leaders from the city that are affiliated to AAP include RS Rathee who is an MCG councillor and Nisha Singh. Some of the issues that are being raised by the party towards the development of the city include ensuring better sanitation and cleanliness, replenishing the ground water table and improving the erratic power supply. Recently, the party workers hit the city streets protesting against the state government after the sanitation workers were on strike. The party has also raised their concerns about the deteriorating law and order in the city. Starting from India against corruption days to Lok Sabha elections the party has been on the constant drive to increase its members in the city. What can go against the party is the weak position that the party has in rural areas.last_img read more

Haiti UN envoy hails successful elections

30 April 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Haiti has congratulated the country’s people on the successful conclusion of a number of local, municipal and legislative elections which culminated a three-round process as part of broader efforts to consolidate democracy in the Caribbean country. “After all the reports I have received and what I have witnessed myself today in the field, I wish to congratulate everybody on the excellent collaboration between MINUSTAH and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP),” Edmond Mulet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said on Sunday. “I also want to point out the very successful cooperation of the MINUSTAH Security Forces and the Haitian National Police and I want to thank them for their professional performance.” More than 300,000 voters in 25 communities exercised their democratic right in 69 voting centres and 770 polling stations to choose their representatives. With logistical and security support provided by MINUSTAH to the CEP and the Haitian National Police, all polling stations opened on time, allowing voters access to the polling booths, the mission said in a news release. Ambassador Mulet visited voting centres in Gressier and Merger, south of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to get a first-hand impression of the situation. There he heard from CEP members and members of the Haitian National Police, UN Police (UNPOL) and the military that the polls were conducted peacefully. “We commend the Haitian people for their demonstrated wish to utilize their democratic voice,” Mr. Mulet said. read more

UN envoy to consult with parties on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In New York, Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, will meet a delegation from Skopje on 10 July and with a delegation from Athens on 14 July.“The purpose of these meetings is to hold working sessions focused on elements of a possible agreement,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. “No joint meeting or statement is expected.”Last month, Mr. Nimetz met with officials from the two sides, part of frequent meetings he has held in recent months to try to reach a deal. He reported in March that there has been no progress on the issue, despite an acknowledgement by both sides that a solution was in their best interests.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between Athens and Skopje on the name issue. It obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the Secretary-General’s auspices in a bid to reach agreement. 9 July 2008The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the name of the latter country will hold separate technical consultations with both sides, it was announced today. read more

Joint opposition claims revenge being taken on military

Gunawardena noted that when the world was calling for action on terrorism, the very countries called for action against Sri Lanka for defeating terrorism. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition today claimed in Parliament that revenge was being taken on military officers to appease the international community.After submitting a motion to Parliament on the Geneva Resolution, joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena said that the Geneva Resolution was a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He said that in order to keep those who supported the Resolution happy, the Government had arrested some military officers over allegations they were involved in some criminal incidents. read more

TimorLeste UN helping in probe of deadly attack on minibus

According to the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), an armed group attacked a minibus carrying civilians in Bobonaro District. The Timor-Leste national police and UN police responded to the incident and were joined by a Quick Reaction Force of UN peacekeepers.Two of the injured were taken to the capital, Dili, and the third to the UN peacekeeping force’s regional medical centre.Earlier in the day, a truck was similarly attacked in the same area.

Farming by disturbing soil as little as possible holds promise for Africa

Farming by sowing seeds into covered, little disturbed soil can reverse land degradation and reduce labour and fuel needs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said as the Third World Congress on Conservation Agriculture opened today in Kenya.”With conservation agriculture, farmers can produce more food on a sustainable basis, they spend less time and labour on land preparation, fuel consumption for machinery is lower and there is a reduced need for chemicals,” an FAO Director, Shivaji Pandey, said. “The concept contributes directly to the fight against hunger and poverty.”The soil is kept covered by crop residues or a special crop, protecting the soil from erosion, conserving moisture, adding organic matter, fixing nitrogen and suppressing weeds. Instead of labour-intensive ploughing, farmers plant their seeds directly into the soil, using simple hoes, inexpensive jab-planters, or animal-drawn direct seeders, FAO said.In Zambia over 200,000 farmers are practicing conservation agriculture. During the country’s 2000-2001 drought, farmers who used conservation agriculture managed to harvest a crop, while those who used mechanical tillage faced total crop failure, according to FAO. In Ghana, too, more than 350,000 farmers use the practice.The method is spreading in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda, where some farmers have doubled or even tripled their grain yields, the Rome-based agency said.For families living with HIV/AIDS, conservation agriculture offers a way to produce a diversified diet using less labour, it said. read more

New Brunswicks Irving Oil finalizes acquisition of Irish refinery

New Brunswick’s Irving Oil finalizes acquisition of Irish refinery SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Irving Oil says it has finalized its acquisition of the Whitegate refinery near Cork, Ireland.Irving joined with the Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company, Phillips 66, in buying Whitegate, Ireland’s sole refinery.Irving said in a statement today that it plans to operate the facility with the existing workforce.It announced the deal last month with the expectation that it would close by the end of the third quarter and once the conditions of sale were met.Ian Whitcomb, president of Irving Oil, says the acquisition helps the company expand its reach overseas and adds to its refinery in Saint John, N.B. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 9, 2016 6:20 am MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more