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10 months agoFC Sion attacker Fortune: Tough to turn down Mertesacker and Arsenal

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say FC Sion attacker Fortune: Tough to turn down Mertesacker and Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Sion attacker Yassin Fortune has explained leaving Arsenal this summer.The 19 year-old rejected a new contract offer from the Gunners to sign permanently with the Swiss outfit.He told Foot Mercato: “Arsenal had offered to extend four years. But I started to join the pros. Arsenal is a great club, but I needed playing time. I had to play, and I preferred to leave. “It was difficult to stay at Arsenal in the sense that there were big names and a new coach (Unai Emery). I spoke with Per Mertesacker who made me a little hesitant.”He really wanted me to stay. But I felt that the best solution was to leave. At that time I did not yet have contact with Sion, but with other clubs. I was contacted by Sion fifteen days after my decision to leave. I had a preference to return to France but despite some contacts it is Sion who had my preference.” last_img read more

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11 days agoAston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debut

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debutby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings was delighted to make his England debut despite being subjected to racist abuse.The Aston Villa stopper started alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria.Mings was the victim of racist taunts from the home crowd, but he was happy the Three Lions finished the match.Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a great occasion; I made my England debut. Slightly overshadowed by a few disappointing chants, which could be clearly heard on the pitch, but we showed a great response and ultimately we let the football do the talking.”I think the protocol was effective, and there was less chanting after that. We made a decision at half-time to come out and play the game, which we thought was the right thing to do.” last_img read more

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Top court to hear federal governments appeal on residential school records

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government’s appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise.Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.“To ensure that the history of what happened at the residential schools is not forgotten or lost on future generations, the documentary record must be preserved,” the attorney general argued in her factum to the court.The government also argues that the use of the court’s “inherent jurisdiction” to order the wholesale destruction of the records “fails to respect the intentions”of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which settled the largest class action in Canadian history.“Many of the records at issue in this appeal often contain deeply personal accounts of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of former students,” the factum says.“The information was provided in the context of an independent assessment process to provide compensation for this abuse.”Carey Newman, a First Nations artist who formed a group called the Coalition to Preserve Truth, agrees the impact of destroying the documents would be enormous, calling them a very important piece of Canadian history.Newman said he plans to attend the court’s hearing on Thursday.The coalition believes traumatic events are only part of the complex history of residential schools, Newman said; the ensuing personal trauma has been resonating through the lives of families for generations.Newman, the son of a residential school survivor, decided to push for the preservation of the records after a friend asked him how he would feel about their destruction.“It just kind of sat on my heart,” he said in an interview.“That was the question for me that sort of convinced me that I had to do something … I think it is important for people to know this is the very final decision and that the largest number of stories about the worst things that happened in residential school are at stake.”Many survivors are either gravely ill or have already died and do not have the capacity to make a request to preserve the records, Newman added.The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission both agree the survivor accounts are a critical part of Canadian history that should be preserved.For its part, the independent claims adjudicator has maintained that claimants were promised confidentiality, which means that only they have the right to waive their privacy.A lower court judge ruled the material should be destroyed after 15 years, but individuals could consent to have their stories preserved at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.In a split decision in April 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting the documents were not government records subject to archiving laws.The court also rejected the idea the documents were “government records” but fell under judicial control.A dissenting justice maintained, however, that documents should be turned over to Library and Archives Canada, subject to normal privacy safeguards and rules.“If the IAP documents are destroyed,” wrote Justice Robert Sharpe, “we obliterate an important part of our effort to deal with a very dark moment in our history.”The Assembly of First Nations argues the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the promises of confidentiality made to former students of residential schools by ordering the destruction of records and ensuring former students maintain control over the accounts of their residential school experiences.“The future release of IAP records without the consent of claimants will result in the re-victimization of former students and will pose real harms to First Nation communities,” the organization said in its factum to the court.“This is particularly problematic in the case of victims and perpetrators related to student-on-student abuse.”—With files from Colin Perkel in Toronto; follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Zack Greinke Is One Of A Kind

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Here, we point out that the goal of a changeup is usually to fool the batter by presenting a speed different from that of the fastball. Greinke does not do that. Just over a month ago, the Houston Astros pulled off the biggest move of the season: In a deal reported minutes after the trade deadline had passed, the Astros acquired Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks to form baseball’s best rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the two likeliest Cy Young candidates.Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, has been stellar this season — a 2.99 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, he would be the top pitcher on two-thirds of teams and the No. 3 on just three — and that’s the one he’s on. The move already has paid dividends for the ‘Stros, who are 5-2 in Greinke’s starts and have baseball’s best run differential since the trade — by nearly 50 runs.Now six weeks into team No. 6 (remember when he was traded to the Angels for the 2012 stretch run?), Greinke continues to adapt. At 35 years old, it’s anyone’s guess how long he can keep up this performance, but he’s signed through 2021 and should contribute through then. And because of the way he’s dealt with his decreasing velocity by relying on command and movement, he should be set up well for continued long-term success.According to Statcast, Greinke throws eight pitches: four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker (or two-seam fastball), split finger, cutter and eephus. (We’ll get back to that last one.) Only Yu Darvish has as many listed on his Statcast page, with the same eight (though the classifications may hide some of Darvish’s arsenal). Anibal Sanchez, Rich Hill and Odrisamer Despaigne are the only pitchers with seven.But it’s not just the variety of pitches that makes Greinke special. It’s how he throws them.Consider his changeup. Greinke throws his offspeed on 21.9 percent of pitches — a fairly steady increase from 7.9 percent back in 2008. Yet as his fastball has lost velocity, from once hitting more than 100 miles per hour in 2010 to averaging below 90 in 2019, his changeup has gotten faster. Instead, Greinke uses a power changeup with devastating late movement. Only Edubray Ramos has a smaller average speed difference. Greinke’s pitch has surpassed his slider, which used to be considered his best pitch, as the second option. Along with this, Greinke’s cutter, a staple of his arsenal in 2012 and 2013, has all but disappeared.Then there’s the curveball, a slow sweeping pitch. Greinke’s curveball is the second-slowest among qualified starters, behind the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin, at just over 70 miles per hour.This is where the eephus comes in. Greinke’s curve can be thrown so slow that Statcast registers it as the arcing pitch. But it’s not clear whether it’s a different pitch or just a curveball thrown slower. Nobody is throwing a true eephus, though six pitchers are credited with the pitch this year; only Greinke has one under 60 miles per hour. But even if you consider his eephus and his curveball as the same pitch, Greinke would still be tied with Sanchez and Darvish for the lead with seven different pitches.MLB pitchers have struck out 16 hitters on sub-67 mph pitches this year. Greinke owns eight of those (and four of the rest are from position players) with his slow curve that can make batters look silly.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/d20e23b5-749c-4869-9845-d5b61e1ee064.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The newest one is the split-finger, which he threw in April for the first time since pitch tracking began in 2008. He’s thrown five so far in 2019, including three to Jacob DeGrom in the same at bat. If he’s experimenting with it now, there’s a chance it becomes a regular part of his arsenal in the future, especially with the Astros’ penchant for getting the most out of pitch selection.But beyond his wide repertoire of pitches, Greinke’s pitching style is one of a kind. He throws most pitches low but gets strikes. Even though he throws fewer pitches in the strike zone than average, he almost never falls behind. And his .198 wOBA allowed on pitches out of the zone is second in MLB, also behind Corbin.Greinke has faced just 11 3-0 counts this year and had thrown a fastball every time, almost always on the edge, until he gave Christian Yelich a perfect changeup last week. None of the 20 other pitchers with as many pitches this year has seen fewer than 15 such counts. In the month of July, Greinke threw 479 pitches and none was in a 3-0 count. He threw eight pitches with a 2-0 count — seven were in the strike zone and the other was fouled off. He’ll throw in the strike zone when he falls behind; that just doesn’t happen very often. And even when he does, batters can’t take advantage — they’re just 2-16 on 2-0 counts this year despite seeing 65 percent of pitches in the strike zone.When he’s ahead, it’s a different story. That’s when the sub-70 curveball becomes devastating. Ahead in the count, Greinke throws just 27 percent of pitches in the strike zone; the league average is 38 percent. And 76 percent of his strikeouts have been on pitches out of the zone, well higher than the league average of 56 percent. And his plan of attack is to go low. On 1-2 counts, specifically, Greinke throws in either the lower third or below the strike zone more often than any other pitcher.Greinke is truly a unique pitcher. His fastball and offspeed have nearly the same velocity, but his curveball is one of the slowest. He throws outside of the strike zone but never falls behind, and batters can’t seem to figure out any of his pitches.Through his impressive career, the one thing Greinke lacks is a ring. He has 11 postseason appearances, but his biggest impact was probably his lone start in the 2014 NLDS (in which he scored more runs than he allowed in seven innings). He makes the top 10 list of career games started without a World Series appearance. But if he earns a huge postseason moment, he could move from likely Hall of Famer to potentially first ballot. Perhaps he’ll have that chance in Houston this October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Analysis Which Ohio State offensive players will declare early for the NFL

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Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorQuarterback J.T. Barrett, left tackle Jamarco Jones and 17 other Ohio State seniors will play their final collegiate game on Friday when the Buckeyes take on USC in the Cotton Bowl. They will be joined by a select group of redshirt sophomores, junior and redshirt juniors who will decide to forgo their remaining years of eligibility to test their mettle in the NFL draft. None of them have declared their intention of entering the NFL draft yet, though more than a couple will suit up for the final time in Scarlet and Gray on Friday.Here is a look at the situation of each offensive underclassman who might declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft and play their final game for Ohio State on Friday. Also, read about which of Ohio State’s defensive players might declare early for the draft.Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie DixonWhy he would leave early: After battling injuries for the majority of his collegiate career, Dixon is finally healthy and, early in the season, was a primary playmaker for Ohio State. He has pulled in 18 catches for 422 yards, an average of 23.4 yards per reception. Dixon could capitalize on his health and declare early for the NFL. Though the health issues and lack of long-term production would hurt him in the eyes of NFL evaluators, he would have a shot at hanging on an NFL roster. If Dixon returns, he could have another injury issue that would limit him his final year and potentially end his profession football career before it begins. Also, he would once again have to fight for touches at a crowded receiver position.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Dixon has been an integral part of Ohio State’s offense, he ranks just eighth on the team in catches. With another season in college, Dixon could expand his role and work for more touches. He could also improve how NFL teams view his future role. Given his high yard per reception average, Dixon is seen as a deep threat by many, but believes he can be much more. Another season would allow him to prove that to the NFL. Also, with Dwayne Haskins likely stepping in as starter, Dixon could get more opportunities catching passes from a more prototypical pocket-passing quarterback.Prediction: Finally healthy, Dixon leaves early for the NFL. If he sees an opportunity to get paid, especially after dealing with devastating injury issues, it would be hard to imagine him turning it down. Even though he might go undrafted, Dixon would have a shot at latching onto an NFL roster, something he would have no shot to do if he, once again, gets injured.Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior H-back Parris CampbellWhy he would leave early: One of the fastest players on Ohio State, Campbell would offer NFL teams a versatile weapon capable of gashing teams on the ground, in the air or on kick returns. In his second year as a starter, he ranks second on the team with 39 catches for 587 yards and the former high school running back has added 90 yards on seven carries. He has three 57-plus yard catches. Campbell’s return ability — he averages 36.6 yards on nine kick returns — might be most appealing to NFL teams, though. He has already started two seasons and, if he returns for his redshirt senior year, would still be fighting for touches since most receivers will return.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Campbell has showed his game-breaking speed and the ability to stretch short catches into long gains, he has not been the prototypical NFL receiver. Specifically, he has struggled to catch the ball, an ability usually in demand for wide receivers. If he returns to Ohio State, Campbell could show an improved catching ability which could make teams view him as more of a receiver rather than an athlete who returns kicks and can catch short passes.Prediction: Campbell declares early for the NFL draft and forgoes his final collegiate season. With two years of starting — one at receiver (2016) and one at H-back (2017) — he has proven his strengths and weaknesses. If here were to return to college, Campbell would be unlikely to make drastic enough strides to dramatically improve his draft stock. NFL teams have seen his speed and ability to break plays. Another year in college would not do much to the draft stock of Campbell, a known commodity.Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurinWhy he would leave early: One of head coach Urban Meyer’s favorite players, McLaurin has reeled in 28 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns, including an 84-yard score in the Big Ten championship win against Wisconsin. But Meyer does not like him for his receiving ability. Instead, he appreciates the wideout’s blocking and unselfishness. In the NFL, McLaurin could offer teams a versatile option who could go out for routes, but also block and make plays on special teams.Why he wouldn’t leave early: McLaurin’s style of play is not a natural fit for the NFL. Teams pay players to make catches, not to block. Though he has 28 receptions, neither his catching ability nor his athleticism stand out in comparison to other NFL prospects. If McLaurin returns for his final year of eligibility at Ohio State, he could show marked improvement in skills most valued by NFL teams. Prediction: McLaurin will be back for his redshirt senior season. Despite ranking third on the team in catches and receiving touchdowns, McLaurin is viewed less as a receiving option and more as a blocker. In order to show NFL teams he can be more than a blocking receiver, he needs to make improvements in his receiving skills.Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Redshirt junior right guard Demetrius KnoxWhy he would leave early: Though he has just seven collegiate starts, Knox played well in his limited snaps. The redshirt junior took over for Branden Bowen after the opening-game starting right guard after Bowen went down with a broken leg. Though he lost the position battle to Bowen in the offseason, Knox filled in admirably for him. If he were to return for a fifth collegiate season, Knox would have to hold off Bowen, Matt Burrell, Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers and a bevy of other talented linemen to hold onto his starting spot. Why he wouldn’t leave early: Without much film of Knox playing, NFL teams would be wary to select the 6-foot-4, 308-pound interior lineman. Though he would have to battle Bowen and others for a starting spot, the chance to return to school would allow Knox to prove the small sample size of five games is not a mirage. Recent Ohio State offensive linemen who have succeeded in the NFL were multi-year starters in college, something that would benefit Knox. Prediction: Knox will return for his final collegiate season. If he were to declare, Knox likely would not get drafted, despite his large frame and physical style of play. Another year of collegiate play would allow NFL teams to have a better idea of the player they would get.OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorJunior right tackle Isaiah PrinceWhy he would leave early: Prince is just a year removed from a turbulent season during which he faltered at key moments and fans called for him to be replaced as starting right tackle. But now, after his second season as a starter, Prince has positioned himself as an intriguing potential early entrant into the NFL draft. With a massive 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame, Prince has learned to maximize his power and has improved agility in pass block sets. He has the size NFL teams desire and is physically ready for the next step.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he has improved in his second season as a starter at Ohio State, Prince has the ability to further improve his draft stock by continuing to make advances in his pass block ability, mobility and footwork. With left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price graduating, he also would have the opportunity to step into a leadership role with a fellow two-year starter, sophomore left guard Michael Jordan. Prediction: Prince returns for his third year as Ohio State’s starting right tackle. Next year’s spotlight on him and the ability to continue making dramatic improvements in his weak spots could dramatically improve his draft stock. After a horrific first season and good second season as a starter, Prince has the ability to continue the trend line in a positive direction by returning to Ohio State for his senior season.Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike WeberWhy he would leave early: Weber entered the year as the presumed starter after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a redshirt freshman. But after suffering a partially-torn hamstring, Weber lost his starting spot to freshman phenom J.K. Dobbins, who will be back next year and in 2019. Though Weber is a solid back who etched his name in program history with the 1,096-yard season, he would likely not be able to reclaim the starting job. Entering the NFL draft would allow him to move on from what likely would be an unwinnable position battle and maximize his NFL potential while healthy.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he would like have to split reps, Weber could return in a successful one-two punch with Dobbins, similar to that of former USC running backs Reggie Bush and Lendale White. Weber showcased improved speed at times, but dealt with injuries and a lack of playing time. Those two factors prevented Weber from demonstrating improvements from the season prior. Another year of college would allow NFL teams the ability to scout the player they would expect to draft.Prediction: After three years at Ohio State, Weber decides to leave college for the NFL. The challenge of competing for carries with Dobbins seems steep. The added mileage on a running back’s body combined with a lack of opportunity make the NFL an appealing option. He expected to be the starter, but was unexpectedly usurped. Though he would also have to fight for carries in the NFL, he would be getting paid and is now healthy enough to maximize the opportunity. Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore H-back K.J. HillWhy he would leave early: Often lost in the shuffle of Ohio State’s unusually large cast of six starting wide receivers, Hill finished with a team-leading 55 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns. He was quarterback J.T. Barrett’s safety valve and always seemed to come through at key moments of the game. A possession slot receiver, Hill is an advanced route runner. He also has the versatility to impact the game on special teams, a skill NFL teams value highly.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Hill is far from an explosive wideout. None of his 55 catches went for more than 29 yards and he 9.9 yards per catch, the lowest amount of any Ohio State wide receiver with more than three catches. In order to not just make an NFL roster, but to thrive at the professional level, he will need to maximize his technical receiving skills. Another year or two at Ohio State, would put him in position to showcase his strengths to the NFL and work on converting more explosive plays.Prediction: Hill returns for his fourth collegiate season. The benefits outweigh the costs for Hill, who would likely be a low draft pick or even go undrafted. With his current lack of explosiveness, the pressure would be on to either make a team as a punt returner and special teams ace or somehow convince teams he can translate a seeming lack of speed into production at a higher level, which seems unlikely.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end Rashod BerryWhy he would leave early: On a team stocked with some of the best athletes in college football, Berry stands out. A physical freak who has played on both sides of the ball, he seems to have settled in at tight end. But he retains the ability to play defensive end. NFL teams have shown the willingness to take risks on physical specimens. Mo-Alie Cox, a former VCU basketball player, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after not playing football since he was 14 years old. Berry, who also has a basketball background, would likely be given a shot by a team.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Berry does not even have a steady position and has never started a game in college. He played behind tight end Marcus Baugh this season and has a chance to step into the starting role next year. Another year or two of development could do him wonders and potentially make him a well-regarded prospect not just for his combination of lifting and jumping abilities, but his football skills, as well.Prediction: Berry returns for his redshirt junior season at Ohio State. Sure, his body is ready for the NFL, but he does not have an obvious position in the NFL. In a year or two, his football skills could match his physicality, which would pique the interest of NFL teams. read more

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Video Hazard produces brilliant pass for Belgium goal

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first_imgEden Hazard provided fans with a timely reminder of his world-class talents on Thursday in Belgium’s 2-0 win over IcelandThe 27-year-old winger has had a quiet return to action from a back injury with just one assist and no goals in his last three games at Chelsea.However, eight goals and four assists in 14 appearances still represent an impressive tally for this season.But Hazard was on top form on Thursday night at the Heysel Stadium and produced a moment of true class in helping assist Michy Batshuayi’s opening goal.The Belgium captain’s superb pass from the final third of the pitch had carved open the Iceland defence with Batshuayi later breaking the deadlock.Batshuayi, who’s on loan at Valencia from Chelsea for this season, then added a second to seal the win for Belgium.Incredible pass from Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/e21Ejk0btZLuka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.— 🇧🇪 (@FlicksLikeEden) November 15, 2018Speaking before the match, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hailed Hazard’s leadership skills.“He’s been a very good leader,” said Martinez, according to FourFourTwo.“There are many different types of leaders but I think what Eden Hazard brings is someone you can get influenced by.“He is an incredible source for younger players and who has been someone who can never, ever get affected by the pressure of the game or the pressure of the situation.”last_img read more

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Jordan celebrate qualification to the knockout stage

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first_imgFor manager Vital Borkelmans, his team can celebrate after beating Syria 2-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. They now sit on top of Group B.Jordan is the first country to qualify to the next round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The team did this by beating Syria 2-0 on Thursday at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.And manager Vital Borkelmans has allowed his players to celebrate such occasion.“The players made a lot of good things tonight for their country and for their fans to party tonight,” said Borkelmans to The National.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“This is normal. It’s an occasion to celebrate.”“For me, it’s so nice to see the players celebrating the achievement after the game. This is important for them to enjoy and take this confidence forward,” he added.“I have a team that can play on any system I want them to play.”“They carry out that task so well and they are the ones who can take decisions on the pitch, and so far, they have done all the right things,” he commented.“When you have players who can do that, it becomes very easy for me to work on our strategies and game plans.”last_img read more

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Icardi defends Koulibaly after racial abuse

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first_imgInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is the latest player to rise to Kalidou Koulibaly’s defence following the racial abuse he received on WednesdayThe Senegalese defender was sent off at the San Siro with two yellow cards in quick succession in a Serie A match between Inter and Napoli.Koulibaly’s dismissal left Napoli with 10-men and ultimately had a hand in their 1-0 defeat after substitute Lautaro Martinez scored a stoppage-time winner.Afterwards, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was left fuming and announced they asked the match to be stopped three times due to the monkey noises and other racist chants that had been aimed at Koulibaly by the Inter fans.“I am disappointed with what happened yesterday at San Siro,” Icardi wrote on Instagram.“Let’s say STOP to racism and discrimination.”Meanwhile, Koulibaly wrote on Twitter: “I’m disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: Man.”Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo also sent Koulibaly a message of support and called for racism to be stopped.As a consequence for their fans’ actions, Inter will have their next two home fixtures played behind closed doors.Mi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo.⚽ #InterNapoli 1-0🇸🇳 #KK26 #famiglia💙 #ForzaNapoliSempre💪🏿 #DifendoLaCittà pic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcw— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018last_img read more

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Interweave Reorganizes Into Two Divisions

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first_imgInterweave Media has reorganized into two units: the Fiber Division and the Art & Jewelry Division. As a result, the publisher’s Quilt + Paper group, Specialty Fiber group and Yarn group will merge to create the Fiber group, which will be led by vice president and publisher John Bolton. The division will include Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Spin-Off, Handwoven, Fiberarts and PieceWork magazines, as well as online communities KnittingDaily.com, QuiltingArts.com and CrochetMe.com, and related video products.Moving forward, previous Yarn group publisher David Pyle will serve as vice president and publisher of Interweave’s Art & Jewelry Division, which includes American Artist, Drawing, Watercolor, Workshop, Jewelry Artist, Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and related properties.According to CEO Clay Hall, the reorganization more evenly distributes the value of Interweave’s properties. “Currently David Pyle manages twice the amount of revenue that John Bolton manages,” Hall says in a statement. “David, John, and I have decided to reorganize their divisions to correct this imbalance and insure their and our continued success. The result of this reorganization equalizes the sizes of their respective divisions and responsibilities.” Bolton and his wife, Quilt + Paper group editorial director Pokey Bolton, will move to Interweave’s headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. Interweave says no other changes will be made and no offices will be consolidated as a result of the reorganization.Last fall, Interweave merged Step by Step Beads, a bimonthly title Interweave acquired from Primedia’s GEMS Group in 2006, with Beadwork, another bimonthly title Interweave launched in 1998. The January/February issue of Step by Step Beads was its last.Interweave is a unit of Aspire Media.last_img read more

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Far right make gains in Sweden election

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first_imgSwedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and wife Ulla Lofven arrive to the Social Democratic Party’s election wake in Stockholm, on 9 September. Photo: AFPSweden’s anti-immigrant far-right made gains in legislative elections Sunday and vowed to exert “real influence” as kingmaker, after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to obtain a majority and the make-up of the next government remained up in the air.Prime minister Stefan Lofven invited the centre-right opposition Alliance to talks aimed at a “cross-bloc cooperation”, after his Social Democrats remained the biggest party with 28.4 per cent of votes, its weakest election score in a century.He said the election result marked “the death of bloc politics” in Sweden.At the head of one of the few left-wing governments in Europe, Lofven’s bloc appeared to hold 144 of 349 seats in parliament, one seat more than the Alliance, with votes in 99.8 per cent of districts counted.That is well short of the 175 needed for a majority.Just 30,000 votes separated the two blocs. But some 200,000 votes from Swedes who live abroad, which could tip the balance, were only to be counted Wednesday.The four-party Alliance-made up of the conservative Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals and Centre-rejected Lofven’s invite, urging him to resign as it reiterated its determination to form its own government.In Sweden, the speaker of parliament typically consults all party leaders after an election before tasking the one most likely to succeed at forming a government.Meanwhile, the far-right Sweden Democrats, who have capitalised on voters’ frustration over immigration after the country welcomed almost 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012, were seen making steady gains, rising from 12.9 per cent in 2014 to 17.6 per cent.Real influence“We have strengthened our role as kingmaker… We are going to gain real influence over Swedish politics,” Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson told cheering supporters at an election night party.The Sweden Democrats remain the third-biggest party-failing to overtake the Moderates-and were credited with 17.6 per cent of the vote, below the 20 to 30 per cent Akesson had hoped to win.Marine Le Pen of France’s far-right National Rally-formerly known as the National Front-hailed the Swedish party’s rise, tweeting: “Yet another bad night ahead for the European Union. The democratic revolution in Europe is moving forward!”Lofven had called the election a “referendum on the future of the welfare state”, but the far right presented it as a vote on immigrants and their integration.The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, have said the large number of asylum-seekers presents a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country’s generous welfare state.Around 18.5 per cent of Sweden’s population of 10 million was born abroad, according to Statistics Sweden.Lofven had urged Swedes not to vote for what he called a “racist party” as he cast his ballot Sunday.“It’s… about decency, about a decent democracy. And the Social Democrats and a Social Democratic-led government is a guarantee for not letting the Sweden Democrats extremist party, racist party, get any influence.”The Social Democrats have led a minority government with the Greens since 2014, with the informal support of the ex-communist Left Party to pass legislation.Mattias, a Stockholm resident at an election night party in the city, said he was “extremely concerned” about the far right’s steady climb since it entered parliament in 2006 with 5.7 per cent.“The election is between potential democracy and potential facism,” he told AFP.Time to talk to Sweden DemocratsThe composition of the next government may not be known for weeks.Lengthy negotiations will be needed to build a majority, or at least a minority that won’t be toppled by the opposite side.Speaking to supporters late Sunday Kristersson said he planned to build a government that would “unite our country and take responsibility”.But in order to secure a centre-right majority in parliament, Kristersson would have to put an end to the Sweden Democrats’ pariah status and open negotiations with them.That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Centre parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with the far-right.Akesson has said he would demand a curbing of immigration policy in exchange for his support, or key positions on parliamentary committees that draft legislation.“When the same party time and again increases, and the other parties stand still, then you have to listen to that part of the population that is voting for this party.“It’s time to take responsibility and talk to the Sweden Democrats,” Sweden Democrats parliamentary group leader Mattias Karlsson told public broadcaster SVT.last_img read more

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Teaching for Tk 1 for 44 years

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first_imgLutfar Rahman teaching his students on his yard in Baguria village, Gaibandha. Photo: Prothom AloHe was 26 when he began teaching the students with a one-taka fee. He is now 70 and price of many things have skyrocketted, but that fee still remains unchanged.This is Lutfar Rahman, who they fondly call ‘Ak Takar Master’ (the teacher who teaches for Tk 1) at village Baguria in Gaibandha.”Most of the people here are poor. They don’t want to educate their children as they can’t afford private tuition. This is why I teach them on a minimal fee.”“I’m not benefitted, but poor people’s children are getting educated and that’s my satisfaction,” he said.Baguaria is five kilometres away from the district town. People who lost everything to river erosion live in ten-shed houses along a damn by river Brahmaputra that runs across the village. Lutfar lives in one of those houses.On a recent visit there, he was seen teaching his students on his yard.Every day he starts teaching in the morning and continues till afternoon. In four batches a number of 35 students from grade one to five are taught for about two hours at a stretch.A number of students said Lutfar Rahman was their teacher for a long. “Our parents sent us to him as he doesn’t take much and we’re doing well in our studies too,” one of them said.“Any other teacher would take Tk 500 per month whereas Lutfar sir takes Tk 1 only per day,” said Durjay Kumar, a fifth grader at local GUK School and son of fisherman Ruidash Kumar.”A beggar doesn’t even take one taka nowadays, but Lutfar Sir teaches for only one taka,” said Salma Begum, guardian of another student Zuthi Khatun.“He teaches us for a long period,” said Mahmudul Islam, a second grader of another local school, Moddho Baguria Government Primary School. A teacher at the school, Shahin Miah, said, “I’ve seen Lutfar Rahman teaching for a long time and the students are being benefitted too.”According to Lutfar’s family and the locals, he passed secondary exams in 1970 and higher secondary exams in 1974. He got married in 1975 and then started teaching after not getting any jobs. At that time he taught 10-15 students with one taka.”I’ve been able to educate the poor and neglected ones, this is my return. I’ll teach them for as long as I can. Many of my students have got good jobs,” he said.Lutfar has two sons and two daughters. His daughters are married while his living is managed by his elder son Lavlu Miah who is an auto-rickshaw driver. Lutfar’s little son Mashiur studies at a madrasa.Lutfar’s wife Latiful Begum said her husband remains busy throughout the day teaching. “It is his passion. If we ask him to stop he gets sad,” she said.*This piece has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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2016 Was Record Year For Houston Home Sales

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first_imgDave FehlingHouston area Realtors sold 76,449 homes in 2016, including 6,628 in December.Last year, Realtors sold 76,449 single-family homes in Greater Houston – almost 1,000 more than in 2014, the previous record year, and up 3 percent from 2015.Cindy Hamann, chairman of the Houston Association of Realtors, said many were surprised when the market seemed to stabilize in the first quarter after a below-average 2015.“About April it started picking up and then after the election things started happening,” she said. “I think the consumer was tired of the doom and gloom and tired of the election and everybody got back to business.”Only upper-end homes seemed to be affected by the oil downturn, Hamann said.“Our luxury properties took a dive during the latter part of the summer,” she said. “That’s when oil companies and (other) companies were starting to lay off.”But by the end of the year, the upper-end market had recovered.In December, sales of homes above $500,000 increased 23 percent compared to a year earlier.Hamann expects sales of all homes to increase even more in 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:04 Listen Share Xlast_img read more

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Long term satellite data offers insights into degree of global sensitivity to

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first_img Citation: Long term satellite data offers insights into degree of global sensitivity to climate change (2016, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-term-satellite-insights-degree-global.html More information: Alistair W. R. Seddon et al. Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16986AbstractThe identification of properties that contribute to the persistence and resilience of ecosystems despite climate change constitutes a research priority of global relevance1. Here we present a novel, empirical approach to assess the relative sensitivity of ecosystems to climate variability, one property of resilience that builds on theoretical modelling work recognizing that systems closer to critical thresholds respond more sensitively to external perturbations2. We develop a new metric, the vegetation sensitivity index, that identifies areas sensitive to climate variability over the past 14 years. The metric uses time series data derived from the moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) enhanced vegetation index3, and three climatic variables that drive vegetation productivity4 (air temperature, water availability and cloud cover). Underlying the analysis is an autoregressive modelling approach used to identify climate drivers of vegetation productivity on monthly timescales, in addition to regions with memory effects and reduced response rates to external forcing5. We find ecologically sensitive regions with amplified responses to climate variability in the Arctic tundra, parts of the boreal forest belt, the tropical rainforest, alpine regions worldwide, steppe and prairie regions of central Asia and North and South America, the Caatinga deciduous forest in eastern South America, and eastern areas of Australia. Our study provides a quantitative methodology for assessing the relative response rate of ecosystems—be they natural or with a strong anthropogenic signature—to environmental variability, which is the first step towards addressing why some regions appear to be more sensitive than others, and what impact this has on the resilience of ecosystem service provision and human well-being.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Norway and the U.K. has isolated the parts of our planet that appear to be the most sensitive to climate change using several years of satellite data. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their use of data covering the past 14 years and what their study revealed. Alfredo Huete with University of Technology Sydney offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team and outlines the importance of such studies. Most climate scientists know that as the planet warms, some parts of it will change more than others—some will become drier, some wetter, and some will change so much they will become entirely new ecosystems. They also know that some parts of the world are more sensitive to a warming planet than others—the upper altitudes of big mountain ranges, for example, or the Arctic tundra are likely to be more sensitive than large desert areas. But, as Heute notes, what has been lacking is a way to define just how sensitive a place or ecosystem is, and then defining a means of applying an indicator of sorts to the various parts of the planet to allow for comparison. That is just what this new team has done, by poring over satellite data that revealed changes on the surface, such as more or less green, more or less rainfall, etc., they were able to chart which parts of the planet were showing how sensitive they were to the changes that have already occurred—they called their indicator ‘the vegetation sensitivity index’ and used it to create maps that showed the degree of sensitivity in various areas across the globe, which also of course, showed which parts are the most sensitive, e.g. parts of the boreal forest, alpine regions, prairies and steppe, the Arctic tundra, parts of central Asia and both North and South America; also the Caatinga and some of parts of Eastern Australia.Identifying the degree of sensitivity of various parts of the planet, Huete notes, is necessary for making plans to avoid irreversible damage to vital ecosystems and hopefully sustaining those that are most critical to our own survival. Global snapshot of the Vegetation Sensitivity Index (VSI), a new indicator of vegetation sensitivity to climate variability using satellite data between 2000-2013 at 5km resolution (Seddon et al. 2016). Areas in green (red) have comparatively lower (higher) vegetation sensitivity. Grey areas are barren land or ice covered. Inland water bodies as identified by the Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (Lehner & Döll, 2004), are mapped in blue. Credit: Seddon et al Explore furthercenter_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation There are certain happenings in the world of sports that no matter what you’re doing, you drop it and watch with great anticipation.In 2011, a Patrick Peterson punt return became one of those happenings. Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns and set a Cardinals franchise record by returning one for 99 yards and a score.But this year has been a little different for Peterson, who currently ranks 24th in the league by averaging just 7.9 yards per return. His longest effort so far is only 17 yards. Last Sunday in a win over Miami, Peterson fumbled/muffed three punts and averaged only 4.5 yards per return. He also fair caught one punt at the Cardinals’ three-yard-line, which is a no-no for even the most explosive returners.“I was pressing last week, for sure,” Peterson said Tuesday. “Being that my hometown team was coming to Arizona, I just wanted to make something happen so bad. I had a lot of family members here in town.“Not making that an excuse, but at the end of the day I have to hold onto the ball and put the ball in the offense’s hands and not put it on the ground and have an opportunity for the other team to recover the fumbles.”It’s interesting to note that two of Peterson’s four touchdown returns last season, including the 99-yarder, came against the St. Louis Rams, who play host to the Cardinals Thursday night.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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