Neymar turns in performance of the season so far

first_imgParis Saint-Germain extended their lead atop Ligue 1 at the weekend with a crushing 3-0 victory over Nice at the Allianz Riviera. And though Kylian Mbappe made his return to the starting XI after a three-match ban, it was the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, who was their leading light in the clash.Indeed, the Brazil international was so impressive over the course of the game, he recorded the highest score of the entire weekend on the Opta Index, which measures the performance of every player in the league.Neymar was virtually perfect, chalking up a score of 99.3 as he scored the opening goal, finding the net after being set up by exciting teenager Moussa Diaby. In stoppage time, he added a third goal for his side, this time teed up by Mbappe. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! L1 Performance Index MD7 top 3Having played seven times in Ligue 1 this season, he has scored seven times, striking once every 88 minutes.Another man who has been finding the net regularly is Saint-Etienne attacker Wahbi Khazri, who led Les Verts to a 2-0 victory over Monaco. The former Sunderland man struck either side of half-time, his third and fourth of the season in the league, to consign the visitors to another defeat. Despite this strong showing, he came up just short of Neymar, with a score of 98.9.Meanwhile, Nicolas Benezet struck perhaps Guingamp’s most important goal of the season to complete the podium places. The Breton side had lost their first six Ligue 1 games of the campaign before securing a 0-0 midweek draw with Nimes. However, they got properly off and running against Angers at the weekend, with Benezet pouncing on a goalkeeping error to give them a 1-0 victory.The top of the Index is dominated by goal scorers, with Gabriel Boschilia winning fourth place after netting for the first time in 20 months. On loan at Nantes from Monaco, the attacking midfielder has been beset by injury problems, but is seeking to rediscover his form at Stade de la Beaujoire. He took steps in that regard by striking against Lyon, earning his side a valuable 1-1 draw.Houssem Aouar had earlier opened the scoring in that game, showing a cool head in the box to steer a shot into the net after smart play from Moussa Dembele. It wasn’t enough to earn his side the three points that they craved, though.It was a rather more successful night for Strasbourg, who routed Dijon 3-0 at home. Jonas Martin was Racing’s star man in that game and capped their night off when he dribbled past a couple of opponents before converting his side’s final goal. He rounds out the top five on the Index, with a score of 90.5.L1 Performance Index MD7 top 10Not too far behind him was striker Nuno da Costa, a player who has grown in importance for the Alsace side thanks to his physical presence in attack, which is such a handful for opposing defenders. He was also on target for Thierry Laurey’s side.In eighth place is Montpellier’s Florent Mollet, who nearly scored one of the goals of the season when he thumped a free-kick from 40 yards against the face of the bar in their derby clash with Nimes. He might not have gotten his name on the scoresheet, but he was instrumental in the 3-0 win, getting an assist for Gaetan Laborde.In contrast to the rest of the standings, in which there are a raft of goal scorers, in ninth and 10th are two men who were busy stopping them. Goalkeepers Stephane Ruffier and Ciprian Tatarusanu performed heroics for Saint-Etienne and Nantes respectively, and accordingly are deserving of their place on the ranking.Before the weekend, there are a raft of thrilling fixtures to come, with second-place Lille hosting fourth-placed Saint-Etienne. However, the undoubted highlight comes on Sunday, when PSG tackle Lyon, with Neymar aiming to replicate the form that took him to the top of the standings this week.last_img read more

Celtics Get Net-Jacked, 109-107

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Only later could Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins crack a smile. “I was holding my breath,” he said. And with good reason.The Nets escaped with a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Dec. 26 in a game that ended with Jared Sullinger’s shot at the buzzer rimming out. The miss came after Jarrett Jack nailed a tie-breaking jumper in the lane with 28 seconds to play and finished with 27 points.Boston had sliced it to 108-107 on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson then went the line and sank the second of two free throws with 1.5 to go.Without a timeout, Boston’s Gerald Wallace, who had just entered the game for the first time, made a terrific pass to Sullinger from one baseline to nearly the other. Sullinger caught it and took a fadaway over Mason Plumlee.“That was as good of a shot as you can get at that time,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. Sullinger felt it was easy enough to make.“Gerald threw a heck of pass and I’ve just got to make it,” he said. “That’s the best shot you can get — 1.5 seconds on the clock and that close to the rim.”Even Plumlee was surprised how good of a chance the Celtics had. “To get a quality shot off like that is good execution,” he said. “I thought that was a great play.”Alan Anderson scored 15 points, Plumlee 14 with 12 rebounds and Mirza Teletovic had 11 points for the Nets, who won their third straight for the first time this season and improved to 12-2 against sub-.500 teams.Jeff Green had 22 points and Sullinger 19 with eight rebounds for Boston, which lost its third in a row.The Nets trailed by 11 early in the final quarter before scoring 15 of the next 19 points over a 4:08 stretch to tie it at 99 on Jack’s jumper from the left wing with just over 4 minutes left.Sullinger then nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to move the Celtics ahead 104-101 with 2 minutes left, but Anderson hit a 3 from the left wing to tie it 23-seconds later.Jack dribbled into the key and hit his go-ahead shot from just inside the foul line and hit two free throws.Boston entered the final quarter with a seven-point lead and increased it to 95-84 on Brandon Bass’ reverse layup with just under 9 minutes to play.The Celtics used a 13-2 run over a 2 1-2 minute span midway into the third quarter to turn a one-point lead to 76-64. Bradley had a 3-pointer from the left corner and a fast-break dunk.The highlight play was when Marcus Smart went to the floor for a steal against Jack. While sitting on the floor, Smart made an over-the-shoulder pass to Green for a breakaway jam.Deron Williams’ fallaway at the buzzer closed Boston’s lead to 86-79 after three.(KEN POWTAK)last_img read more

RR vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Streaming

first_imgHigh on confidence after their magnificent victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will eye another dominant show when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.On Friday, it was Andre Russell’s rampage, which powered Kolkata to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore while chasing a massive 206-run target. The purple brigade are currently placed second in the league points table with three wins in four matches and the Dinesh Karthik-led side will aim to keep the momentum going against an average looking Rajasthan.On the other hand, Rajasthan lie seventh in the points table after managing just a win from four games.Kolkata batsmen Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill are in fine touch. After the win against bottom-placed RCB, Kolkata will carry the belief to win games from any situation, thanks to Russell, who has single-handedly won matches for them.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementWhat are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag.Kolkata Knight Riders: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.Also See:last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane storm into top 10 of ICC Test rankings

first_imgJasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane storm into top 10 of ICC Test rankingsJasprit Bumrah and Ajinkya Rahane gave in an impressive performance to help India clinch their first win in the inaugural edition of World Test Championship.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 15:12 IST Jasprit Bumrah and Ajinkya Rahane were part of India’s maiden win in ICC Test Championships. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah climbed nine places to No.7 with a career-high 774 pointsAjinkya Rahane gained one position to move into 10th spot.Ben Stokes’ heroics has taken him to No.2 on ICC Test Rankings for All-roundersIndia pacer Jasprit Bumrah broke into top 10 for the first time in ICC Test rankings on the back of his 4th 5-wicket haul which helped India clinch their first win in the inaugural edition of World Test Championship.Bumrah, who became the first Asian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies, climbed nine places to No.7 with a career-high 774 points. Bumrah’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who scored his 10th Test hundred in India’s World Test Championship campaign opener, gained one position to move to10th spot.Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has strengthened his hold on the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, reaching career-high ranking points. Trent Boult, who reached the milestone of 250 Test wickets as New Zealand drew the Test series in Sri Lanka, has re-entered the top 5.Ben Stokes’ heroics to win England the Headingley Test has taken him to No.2 on the ICC Test Rankings for All-rounders and seen him break into the top 15 on the batting charts. He rose by two places on the all-rounders’ chart, with a career-best 411 rating points.Among batsmen, in a chart led by India captain Virat Kohli, his counterparts from Sri Lanka and England, Dimuth Karunaratne and Joe Root, made strides. The Sri Lanka skipper had to be content with a half-century in Colombo, and while it didn’t earn his side a win, it brought him a two-place move to No.6. Root, who shook off a spell of poor form with a fighting half-century with the series on the line, followed him at No.7.advertisementAlso Read | Jack Leach inspired by Ben Stokes’ World Cup heroics before Ashes heistFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Ben Stokes Nextlast_img read more

In January Mitchell Marsh opted out of IPL auction. 8 months later, Ashes heroics

first_imgIn January Mitchell Marsh opted out of IPL auction. 8 months later, Ashes heroicsAustralia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul in Tests on Friday at The Oval paid the price of a multi-million dollar IPL deal in order to play for his country.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 16:59 IST Mitchell Marsh (5/46) picked maiden five-wicket haul. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMitchell Marsh returned figures of 5/46 during the 5th Ashes TestMarsh had pulled out of the IPL 2018 auction to get a chance to play for Australia againThe last time Marsh played Tests for Australia was during the Boxing Day Test vs India in 2018How much money are you ready to forego in order to play for your country in one of the biggest rivalries in sport? Okay let me rephrase this. How much money would you sacrifice in order to have a ‘slim chance’ at representing your country in one of the biggest rivalries in sport? 1,00,000 INR? 1 million INR? Okay, this might be getting a bit ridiculous. But what if we tell you that Mitchell Marsh let go about 3 million dollars in order to get himself ready to play for Australia in the World Cup and the following Ashes, if and when he got the chance.Marsh skipped last year’s IPL auction to play for the English county Surrey for much less money than what he would have got playing in the biggest cash-rich league in the world, just so he could be fit and ready when the call came to play for Australia. According to senior cricket writer Robert Craddock, Marsh was looking at about 3 million dollars worth in salary if he had not pulled out of the auction. Marsh had earned 1 million dollars playing for Rising Pune Supergiant during the 2016 IPL and with the increased salary cap for a 3-year deal, his salary was only expected to shoot up.Marsh’s fortunes however declined sharply as he couldn’t even play for Surrey due to injury – an upset that also cost him a place in the World Cup 2019 squad. Obviously Marsh was heartbroken after being snubbed from the squad.”That’s the lure of the IPL, the money and playing in India, but I made my decision based on cricket,” Marsh had said at the time when he decided to head to Surrey.advertisement”We’ve got a lot of cricket coming up in England over the next few years and I want to give myself the best opportunity and get used to the conditions (in England in 2019.”But even Marsh wouldn’t have guessed how that opportunity would present itself. After being selected in the Australian squad for the ongoing Ashes series, Marsh had to wait till the 5th Test to get his chance. And what a show it was!Marsh picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul (5/46) during England’s 1st innings at The Oval to setup the match for his side. It was his 1st outing with the Baggy Green after playing against India in the Boxing Day Test and 4th overall. Craddock made a valid argument that Marsh made a $3 million sacrifice to play a single match!”Mitchell Marsh turned his back on about $3million of Indian Premier League money to make this (Test) squad,” Craddock told Fox Sports News.”It’s basically a $3million sacrifice for one Test. Extraordinary really.”As Hardik Pandya recently said: magical things do happen in cricket!Also Read | Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The OvalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Mitchell Marshlast_img read more

Vitrue Moir among Olympians in Calgary for Champion Chats

first_imgSome of Canada’s most celebrated Olympic and Paralympic athletes are in Calgary, Friday.Gold medallists Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Justin Kripps, and Brian McKeever will share their experiences at “Champion Chats 2018: Stories from the Podium.” Spokesperson Steve Mesler, a U.S. Olympic gold medallist, told City News the event is sold out.“It’s probably one of, if not the best Olympic celebrations or Paralympic celebrations in the country happening and we’re having it right here in Calgary, and we’re doing it to raise money so more Olympians and more Paralympians can reach kids across western Canada, and mentor them on goal setting and perseverance and community involvement, and Calgary’s business community has stepped up,” he said.Hometown Hockey co-host Tara Sloan will host the fundraiser at Hotel Arts. It begins Friday at 11:00 a.m.last_img read more

Ontario court upholds ruling to allow sexual activity evidence in Boyle case

first_imgOTTAWA — A lawyer for Joshua Boyle can introduce evidence of his client’s estranged wife’s past sexual history at the former Afghanistan hostage’s trial, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to offences against Caitlan Coleman, 33, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.The Superior Court judgment upholds a decision last month by trial judge Peter Doody that was the subject of a review requested by Coleman’s lawyer Ian Carter.“The Court finds the Justice Doody was correct in finding that the proposed evidence has significant probative value which is not substantially outweighed by the danger of prejudice to the proper administration of justice,” Justice Ronald Laliberte wrote in a judgment released Tuesday.The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.In April, the defence made the application to introduce evidence concerning certain consensual sexual activity between Boyle and Coleman.Eric Granger, the defence lawyer, said the Superior Court review was unnecessary because sufficient safeguards are already built into the process followed by the trial judge.The issue is significant because the law limits the extent to which an accused person can bring up an alleged victim’s sexual history during a trial.Such information is only supposed to be admissible if it’s directly relevant to the case, and not to be used to suggest that a complainant is untrustworthy or was more likely to have consented to sexual activity because of his or her history.The Superior Court’s decision could have implications for such trials in spelling out whether a complainant can challenge a ruling under the so-called rape-shield provisions.Coleman’s lawyer argued that Doody failed to recognize a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that evidence of extrinsic sexual activity of the complainant is rarely relevant to support a denial that the sexual activity charged took place. Laliberte wrote that Doody was correct in finding the proposed evidence is relevant to an issue at trial. He noted that the defence position is that the alleged sexual violence did not happen and has argued that Coleman is consciously or unconsciously “inserting” into her evidence consensual activities that she and Boyle did, but added features to make those activities non-consensual.Doody had found the proposed evidence was relevant due to statements she made to police in 2017 where Colemen said she couldn’t say with absolute certainty about what happened. She also said that memories can be invented and inserted.Laliberte said the court must recognize that a balance must be achieved in weighing Charter rights.“The point of all this is not to deny the importance of a complainant’s right to privacy, dignity and equality in matters of sexual violence,” he wrote.“An accused person who is presumed innocent and whose liberty is at stake should not be given lesser rights.”Boyle’s trial, which began in late March, was suspended last month over the dispute about the evidence.The trial is to resume July 2. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Womens coworking space The Wing set to open first location in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – A co-working space for women that’s drawn the ardour of thousands of Instagrammers and the attention of celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham is set to expand to Canada.The Wing, a New York-based networking and social club, said Tuesday that Toronto is among the six new locations joining its burgeoning pastel-hued chain.The female-focused company is part of a wave of modern sororities geared to female entrepreneurs, merging a fierce can-do motto with feminist ideals tailor-made for a generation of self-starters.It joins several other Canadian ventures that similarly put career women in their sightlines, including Toronto’s exclusive Verity Club and its luxury spa, the co-working and wellness space Shecosystem with its yoga classes and Madonna dance parties, and the pretty and perky penthouse space Make Lemonade. Other spaces include Montreal’s LORI hub, which stands for Ladies of Real Influence.“It’s important to have the space where we all feel comfortable and that this is ours, that we have ownership as well,” Rachel Kelly, Make Lemonade’s founder and owner, says of her inspiration.“If you start exploring a couple of the co-working spaces you’ll notice there is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering,” she adds.“Just the overall vibe — the bro vibe — is a big thing.”The Wing’s promotional material includes the taglines: “A home base for women on their way,” “Your throne away from home” and “Say goodbye to the old boys’ club.”It was founded by PR exec Audrey Gelman and business partner Lauren Kassan, and was inspired by the women’s social clubs of the early 20th century.It launched in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in October 2016, expanding to SoHo a year later. Then came a third spot in the DUMBO neighbourhood of Brooklyn in February, and a fourth heads to Washington D.C. this spring.All locations are created by an all-female design and architecture team and feature a menu of food, wine and cocktails created by female chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. There are also showers and lactation rooms.The Wing says its first Canadian outpost is slated to open in early 2019, the address yet to be determined.Other new locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and London.There certainly appears to be demand in Canada for such a venture.Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur Kim Kirton says she joined Make Lemonade after souring on more traditional co-working spaces.“Sometimes I would feel uncomfortable just working, just the way people would kind of look at me,” says Kirton, who too often found professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches.“(Men were) just coming up and usually asking, ‘Oh, what are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘Oh, what do you do for work?’”Kirton doesn’t suggest she’s experienced any misconduct, stressing that her concerns were primarily focused on finding the best place to run her online wardrobe business, UnCo.“I have a startup here in the city and I’m trying to be like every other entrepreneur and trying to grow my business.”Although none of the members are men, Kelly says they’re certainly welcome to join Make Lemonade, as long as they adhere to an “inclusivity mandate” that bans “sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise discriminatory language.”Since launching last September, Kelly says she’s drawn 80 members in various fields including editing, food, publishing, law, fashion and tech. In addition to workspaces, she offers mentoring, workshops, and mixers.But some question whether women-targeted initiatives are the answer.Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the University of Toronto, worries they push women to the sidelines, instead of levelling the playing field.“I’m not a big fan, personally, of cloistered solutions,” she says.“I’m sure it will satisfy the needs of some people who feel like it’s just a more pleasant or safer or more conducive (place) to the kind of work that they want to do. But is this a huge market opportunity because women are so different from men? No. It’s just because the world of work is so gendered masculine that I think the only solution people can come up with is to cloister and I don’t think that’s the right solution.“I think we have to change the world of work. But that’s a bigger project.”Initiatives such as implicit-bias training and diversity workshops clearly have not fixed organizational culture, Kaplan adds.“You have to actually change your processes and practices, you have to change how you think about the work, not just for women but also for men,” she says, seeing the need for men to participate equally at home.She also says corporate and full-time positions must be more accommodating to workers — often women — who need greater flexibility because of family obligations. Many have left the workforce or opted for “Plan B” ventures that have given rise to spaces like The Wing.“They still want to make money and they still want to participate in the economy but they can’t,” says Kaplan, bemoaning a lack of supports such as onsite daycare and lactation rooms.As a young woman, Kirton suggests self-esteem can hold back women, too, admitting, “Outside of certain spaces I definitely feel my self-doubt a lot bigger.”“Men sometimes are a little bit more vocal in their capabilities … or have a high level of confidence. Whereas women, not so much, so I can see why it could be intimidating.”Kaplan doesn’t see the same issues, pointing instead to “a world that isn’t going to fund you.”“Women are plenty confident, it’s just that they’re beaten down,” she says.“We’ve moved beyond mentoring, we know that that’s just giving free advice. What you really need is sponsorship, you need people who are going to stick their neck out, who are going to put their money where their mouth is.”last_img read more

Arab Championship Final Jordanian Team Assaults Referee Following Defeat

Rabat – The final game of the Arab Football Championship in Cairo between Esperance from Tunisia and Al Faisaly from Jordan on August 6 turned into a shocking scene of violence.The game ended with a victory 3-2 victory by Tunisia in extra time.The Jordanian team found the defeat difficult to swallow, accusing the Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din of allowing an illegal goal to stand. Infuriated, they claimed a player from the opposite team had been off sides when the goal was scored.After the game was over, Al Faisaly’s players and staff surrounded the referee. Despite security elements’ attempts to make a human shield around him, the angry Al Faisaly players jumped around the circle and dealt blows to Nour El-Din.Following the game, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania tweeted praise of Al Faisaly’s “achievement” of winning second place in the championship.???? ??????? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ??? ????? ????? ??????? ????? ??? ?????? ??????? ????????. ?????? ???????— ??????? ?? ?????? (@KingAbdullahII) August 6, 2017The king’s omission to talk about the violence of the Jordanian team was met with criticism by some Twitter users, including Egyptian footballer Mohamed Geddo.“Why isn’t there a word from your excellency about the violence against the referee by your team?” wrote the former Egyptian national team striker.The Arab Championship also saw violence in the semi-final on Thursday, when players from the Moroccan team Fath Union Sport attacked the Saudi referee in their game against Esperance.The Moroccan players had become angry at the Saudi referee for sending two of their squad out with red cards and giving the Tunisian side a penalty during overtime. read more

Call for Applications US StudyAbroad Program for Moroccan High School Students

Rabat – The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which allows Moroccan 10th- and 11th-graders to study for one year in the United States, is accepting applications until November 3, 2017.Applicants while attend a year of US high school while living with a host family. The scholarship will cover recipients’ airfare, room and board, health insurance, pocket money, and educational supplies.Recipients are intended to develop a “comprehensive understanding of American culture” and leadership skills, by engaging in community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program, and other activities. They are also expected to act as cultural ambassadors for Morocco, “representing their own rich heritage to their American host communities.” Applicants must have been born between August 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003 and will enter grade 10 or 11 in Fall 2017. They must also be proficient in English and  demonstrate a record of “high academic achievement” and commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.The application form and additional information can be found online at AMIDEAST’s Morocco site. Candidates can apply online, deliver it in person to AMIDEAST, or mail it to AMIDEAST’s Rabat address. read more

QuickList May inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national inflation rate was 2.4 per cent in May, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador, 1.6 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island, 1.2 (1.2)— Nova Scotia, 1.9 (1.3)— New Brunswick, 2.1 (1.7)— Quebec, 2.4 (1.8)— Ontario, 2.4 (1.9)— Manitoba, 2.8 (2.3)— Saskatchewan, 2.1 (2.3)— Alberta, 2.3 (2.2)— British Columbia, 2.6 (2.7) The Canadian Press

UN award winners should inspire governments to excel in public service –

“Governments around the world need to break with ‘business as usual’ and engage in ever more innovative ways of delivering public services and of organizing the way they function,” Asha-Rose Migiro said today at a Headquarters ceremony honouring the winners of the 2008 UN Public Service Awards.She noted that while the private sector and civil society play a vital role in development, it is governments that have the “main role to steer development efforts and provide the necessary conditions for a stable, peaceful and prosperous society.“It is governments that can ensure and facilitate access to quality services, such as health, education, sanitation facilities and water,” she added.However, governments are facing a number of challenges, including the current food crisis, climate change and natural disasters, and are being challenged to do more with less and be more transparent and accountable. That is why the work of public institutions, such as this year’s winners, is so important, the Deputy Secretary-General noted.“Your innovativeness and your leadership have made a meaningful difference in the lives of ordinary people. In your daily work, you found new and effective ways to deliver vital services to those in need,” she stated. “Your exemplary initiatives should inspire all governments around the world – at all levels – to strive for excellence in public service,” added Ms. Migiro. The award was established in 2003 to reward excellence and promote professionalism in the public sector around the world. This year’s winners include Australia’s Job Access; Brazil’s Projeto Oficina-Escola de Artes e Ofícios de Santana de Parnaíba; India’s Programme of Communitization of Public Institutions and Services; Jordan’s Family Planning; Rwanda’s Common Development Fund; SADAD Payment System of Saudi Arabia; Singapore’s Home Ownership Programme; South Africa’s Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train; Spain’s Directorate General for Citizen Participation; Sweden’s Library 2007; Tunisia’s Orientation universitaire en ligne; and Juvenile Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court of the United States. 23 June 2008The winners of this year’s United Nations public service awards should inspire governments around the world to step up their efforts to deliver vital basic services and improve the daily lives of their people, the Deputy Secretary-General said today. read more

Ottawa sitting on 730million stockpile of uncashed tax refunds and other government

MONTREAL — Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada.Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past five years have never been cashed for a variety of reasons such as cheques being lost, not delivered or recipients moving without registering a new address.The largest amount held is $149 million in tax refunds owed to 338,000 recipients.There are also more than 1.5 million cheques, worth a total of $420 million, that have remained unclaimed issued under various programs, including $40.1 million in Ontario Trillium Benefit/Ontario Sales Tax credits and $32 million in British Columbia Low Income Climate Action Tax credits. The Receiver General for Canada issues payments for almost 30 programs on behalf of all provincial governments except Manitoba.Other outstanding payments include:— $41 million for the Canada Pension Plan program. — $5.1 million for Employment Insurance. — $92.6 million in GST/HST credits to nearly one million recipients. — $22.6 million in Canada Child Tax Benefits.Ottawa isn’t alone. Ontario’s ministries of finance and health and long-term care, for example, have a $67 million reserve of outstanding cheques.The federal stash of uncashed cheques, which never expire, is in addition to nearly $1 billion worth of dormant bank accounts and Canada savings and pension bonds being held by the Bank of Canada.But unlike the central bank’s unclaimed property, taxpayers can’t type their name into a website to discover whether they are eligible for a claim.Consumer advocates are pushing legislation from the Ottawa and the provincial governments that would make it easier to claim their property, an improvement over a process that requires Canadians to call each department responsible for issuing the cheque to begin the hunt for their money.“It’s not rocket science,” said Brenda Potter Phelan, an accountant who runs the website and blog Legacy Tracker. “This is 2014. My goodness, why are we not using technology?”Public Works said each federal department receives a semi-annual outstanding payment report, related to their programs, for follow up with payment recipients “as required.” Efforts are made to contact the recipient of uncashed cheques to confirm their address or banking information, he said.Marcel Poulin, spokesman for Public Works Minister Diane Finley, said the minister has instructed officials to “examine options to help Canadians receive the payments the Government of Canada owes them.”Darren Jack, chairman of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization, a non-profit group that educates holders of unclaimed property and companies that provide services finding assets, said Ms Finley’s response is encouraging.“I’d like to see something implemented fairly quickly and also very transparently so it’s easy to use,” said Jack, who is also the managing Director at Impact 360 Degrees Inc., an Ontario based company that helps find missing assets.The degree of government openness varies across North America. Some state governments in the U.S. go to the extent of attending county fairs armed with names of people who haven’t claimed their property.Canada lags other developed countries, but Jack hopes Ottawa and the provinces will move to help Canadians gain access to billions of dollars worth of assets. Currently, only Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have unclaimed property legislation and online searches.Jack said the five-year figures provided by Public Works Canada suggests that the total amount of money being held by the federal government is likely worth about $2 billion.“The perception is some governments take that as basically another tax grab when they aren’t really proactively putting systems in place for people to find and recover their money.”Even if a online database is created, experience in other jurisdictions suggests that less than half the money will ever be claimed, he said. That’s because the unclaimed property often belongs to people who have died, involves small individual amounts or records are incomplete.The government is encouraging Canadians to register for direct deposits at www.directdeposit.gc.ca so payments are automatically transferred to the recipient’s bank account and it plans to phase out issuing cheques, including all pension payments, by April 2016.That should help to reduce the number of future uncashed cheques but won’t clear up the backlog, both experts said. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola futures prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’17 $1.30 lower $508.30; Nov. ’17 $1.10 lower $474.10; Jan. ’18 $1.10 lower $479.80; March ’18 $1.10 lower $485.50; May ’18 $1.10 lower $489.20; July ’18 $1.10 lower $490.70; Nov. ’18 $1.10 lower $476.80; Jan. ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; March ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; May ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00; July ’19 $1.10 lower $477.00.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 416,440 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 416,440. read more

Update on search for Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies

The advisory committee is pleased to announce the names of the four short-listed candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.Shanthi Johnson, University of Regina;Nataraj Kav, University of Alberta;Michael Plyley, Brock University; andBrian Wagner, University of Prince Edward IslandThe candidates have been invited to Brock to meet with the advisory committee, senior administration, and faculty, staff and students. Each candidate will be making a public presentation to the Brock community on the following dates:Plyley on Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m.;Johnson on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m.;Kav on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m.; andWagner on Wednesday, April 20 at 9 a.m.All four presentations will be held in the E?classroom (TH 253).The CVs of the applicants are available for review through the Office of the VP Academic or the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, and are also on reserve in the University Library.Members of the Brock community are encouraged to attend each of the presentations and are invited to make written submissions with respect to the suitability of each candidate for the position of Dean. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be confidential to the advisory committee and will be destroyed on completion of the committee’s work.Please direct hard copy submissions to:Murray Knuttila, Chair of the Advisory Committee,Re: Dean, Faculty of Graduate StudiesElectronic submissions may be made by sending an email to GraduateStudiesDeansSearch@brocku.caFor more information, please contact Patrick Beard at pbeard@brocku.ca (905-688-5550 x4082) or Murray Knuttila at mknuttila@brocku.ca (x4121).The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. read more

Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic – the best Serbian players 201617

In traditional voting of one of the most popular handball pages on the web, Balkan-Handball.com, Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic are voted for the best Serbian handball players in season 2016/2017.Lekic, playmaker of HC Vardar Skopje, won his seventh title in 10th year of voting contest, while this was the first time that line-player of HC Meshkov Brest, Stojkovic, won prestigious award.SERBIAN BEST FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYERS:2008 – Ana Đokić2009 – Andrea Lekić2010 – Andrea Lekić2011 – Andrea Lekić2012 – Andrea Lekić2013 – Andrea Lekić2014 – Sanja Damnjanović2015 – Dragana Cvijić2016 – Andrea Lekić2017 – Andrea LekićSERBIAN BEST MALE HANDBALL PLAYERS:2008 – Ratko Nikolić2009 – Momir Ilić2010 – Momir Ilić2011 – Marko Vujin2012 – Darko Stanić2013 – Momir Ilić2014 – Momir Ilić2015 – Momir Ilić2016 – Petar Nenadić2017 – Rastko Stojković ← Previous Story Torbjørn Bergerud joins SG Flensburg Handewitt in summer 2018 Next Story → Dujshebaev scores for first ever junior Spanish gold! read more

Man breaks into Galway home and pours boiling water over couple in

first_img€42,000 worth of Mephedrone seized in Cork>New crime figures show fall in sexual offences and burglaries> A MAN IS to appear in court after he allegedly broke into a house in Galway and poured boiling water over a couple while they were asleep in bed.The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning at a house in Cooke’s Terrace, Bohermore, County Galway.Seriously injuredThe couple were seriously injured and required hospital treatment.The man in his 30′s fled the scene but was later arrested and remanded in custody.Gardaí confirmed that a man will appear in court in relation to the incident.It is understood the man will appear in front of Harristown District Courthouse this Friday charged with assault and theft.last_img

iPhone 5S rumored to offer gold color photo of plastic back hints

first_imgThe iPhone 5 was released toward the end of last September, which means the phone has been available for around nine months now. This, of course, means Apple is preparing a new phone for people that are either on the S cycle, or like to upgrade phones in less than a year’s time. Now that we’re getting close to Apple’s traditional phone release, iPhone rumors are kicking into full gear. This week, we have a rumor that suggests the new iPhone 5S will be offered in a lavish (or garish!) gold color, while another rumor suggests that a cheaper, iPhone Lite is on the horizon.The above image came from a Chinese website that purports that the components seen above are for the upcoming iPhone 5S which suggests that Apple’s new phone will come in a gold color. The iPhone 5 and 4S are also represented above, and will come in a silver and copper color, rounding out the spectrum of Crayola crayons you hate using because they’re kind of sticky. If these colors prove accurate, then the iPhone 5S, 5, and 4S will be easily discerned by tier of color, as gold is obviously higher than silver, which is of course higher than copper.Another supposed leak from the very same Chinese site suggests that the plastic back pictured above could be from an upcoming cheaper version of the iPhone, perhaps the iPhone Lite or iPhone Mini the internet loves to discuss. The plastic, rounded back certainly makes the phone look cheaper than the usual flat back, but it’s more likely that the above picture represents some kind of case, rather than the back of an entirely new phone. You’ll notice toward the bottom of the phone there aren’t any of Apple’s markings — notably the “iPhone” text.Whether or not the new fancy colors or the plastic, decidedly not fancy iPhone will be releasing sometime this year currently remains to be seen, but WWDC is ready to go in just one week from now on June 10, so expect Apple to make some big announcements then.last_img read more

HandsOn Dragon Ball FighterZ is the DBZ Game Weve Been Waiting For

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Dragon Ball ShirtsDid You Catch the Dragonball Z Reference on Steven Universe? I’m just going to come out and say it: Dragon Ball Z games have generally been awful. While entries like DBZ: Budokai managed to capture the frantic nature of the anime, they lacked coherent and satisfying gameplay. That’s all about to change with the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ. This, my friends, it truly the DBZ game we’ve always wanted.Dragon Ball FighterZ is being developed by Arc System Works. This is the same studio responsible for the Guilty Gear and Blazblue franchises. Like the most recent Guilty Gears, DBF looks like a 2D game despite actually being 3D. The distinct art style makes it seem as if the whole thing is hand animated. Because of this stylistic design, DBF looks as good, if not better, than the original Dragon Ball Z anime.The demo I played featured six characters: Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Buu, and Perfect Cell. For my first match, I picked Cell, Vegeta, and Gohan because that combination is just plain weird. The ability to swap between three characters reminded me of the old Marvel vs Capcom games (the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will be a 2v2 fighter).If you’ve played Guilty Gear or Blazblue then Dragon Ball FighterZ will feel familiar. Though this game can be played as a button masher to some extent, you can only really pull off cool moves if you know what you’re doing. I’m not too familiar with the intricacies of Arc System’s games, so I wasn’t doing any of the fancy stuff seen in the trailer. I did perform a number of special moves and pulled off some wild combos lifted straight from the anime, though. Despite not being entirely sure what I was doing, I had a blast (cheesy pun intended).You can tell that Dragon Ball FighterZ was created by DBZ fans for DBZ fans. There are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) details that the hardcore will pick up on. This includes the way energy animates when characters power up, how limbs become elastic as they move toward their target, or how the environment is destroyed during battles. When you have characters deflecting fireballs which then decimate the background, you know the developers went above and beyond to deliver a true DBZ experience.The tag-team nature has its ups and downs. My biggest issue is that you can’t swap between characters often. You have to wait for the special meter to fill before you can completely change characters. I would have preferred unlimited swaps so I could change characters whenever I wanted. Thankfully, you can bring in any of your reserves to perform a quick attack or to get you out of a jam when you’re being pummeled at any time.Frieza and Goku can both morph into more powerful iterations (Gold Frieza and Super Saiyan 3 Goku, respectively). These forms are more powerful than the base versions and have new moves. Characters with multiple forms is a DBZ staple so expect more fighters like this as the roster expands.I love Dragon Ball Z but have never played a game in the series I truly liked. I can now say this has changed thanks to Dragon Ball FighterZ. DBZ is one of the most recognizable franchises on earth, so it’s great to see it (finally) get a genuinely solid video game after nearly two decades. I don’t know why it took so long for someone to finally make an exceptional DBZ title, but I’m just happy that day is here. Dragon Ball FighterZ is going to be a monster of a fighting game when it is released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2018.last_img read more

Final RFS Rule Sent to OMB for Review Announcement Expected in September

first_imgLate last week the EPA sent to the White House/Office of Management & Budget (OMB) the final rule establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for 2014.  ASA understands from Administration sources, that it is still anticipated that final RFS will be announced in September.The industry remains hopeful that ASA, state, NBB and biodiesel group efforts to make the case for significantly higher biodiesel RFS levels than originally proposed by EPA, will be successful. The industry continues to press our position with the White House.last_img