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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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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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HBC ordered to provide more documents in alleged deceptive pricing practices case

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first_imgTORONTO – The Competition Tribunal says the Hudson’s Bay Co. must provide more documents about sleep sets by Dec. 20 in an alleged deceptive pricing practices case.The tribunal says the retailer must provide the commissioner of competition with specific documents from February 2015 onwards relating to HBC’s marketing of end of line mattress and box spring sets.The commissioner had filed a request for HBC to produce documents related to the sleep sets and other products.However, the tribunal ruled other products fall outside the scope of the application.HBC had argued that the commissioner is asking for irrelevant documents and imposing an unrealistic time frame.The retailer filed a request earlier this week asking the tribunal to give it three months to produce the sought after documents.In February, the Competition Bureau accused the department store chain of misleading consumers over sleep set prices.HBC disputes the allegations.last_img read more

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Embattled Tunisia leaders face rising social discontent

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first_imgby Antoine LAMBROSCHINITUNIS – Tunisia’s sluggish economic recovery is spurring a growing number of strikes and protests, with the discontent compounding the ruling Islamist party’s woes amid a political crisis and growing insecurity.Public offices, businesses and entire regions have since the summer been staging walkouts and demanding pay rises, extra staff, hospitals and development projects — adding to a sense of growing turmoil in the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring. The number of working hours lost through strikes rose by 71 percent in October compared with September, according to the social affairs ministry.In November, the situation appears to have gotten even worse. On Wednesday alone, workers unions and civil society groups called general strikes in three regions — Siliana, Gabes and Gafsa.“Clearly the economic situation today is very difficult and cannot support this level of strikes,” said Ezzedine Saidane, an independent economist.He attributed the economic difficulties primarily to the political crisis, which has dragged on for months in the absence of any agreement between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and its secular opponents on the formation of a non-partisan transitional government.Saidane argues that the current 3.0 percent growth rate is insufficient to bring down unemployment significantly or to launch major development projects, two pressing issues for young Tunisians.Joblessness and regional inequality were driving factors behind the popular uprising that unseated former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, inspiring protests across the Middle East and North Africa that toppledleaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.Meanwhile, the lack of functioning state institutions and a rise in attacks by Islamist militants continue to deter investors.For two years now, Ennahda has repeated promises of public spending and recruitment to meet the country’s social demands, constantly resorting to loans to fulfil its commitments, an option that is becoming increasingly difficult.On Monday, international ratings agency Moody’s downgraded Tunisia’s sovereign debt rating one notch, while maintaining a negative outlook.Moody’s cited the ongoing political uncertainty as the main factor, as well as increased external funding challenges, exacerbated by delayed economic reforms and the persistently large deficits in the country’s fiscal and external accounts.Saidane said the government’s policies had left it without any room for manoeuver next year.“When you look at the draft budget, you can see that 40 percent is allocated to salaries, 40 percent to debts and subsidies (on essential goods) and just 20 percent on social and economic development.”Union blames government ‘nonchalance’For the powerful UGTT workers union, which plays a key role in organising the strikes, the authorities who have been calling for months for a “social truce” are solely responsible for the current situation.In a statement this week, it slammed “the nonchalance of the government in implementing certain agreements, concluded but still not applied after nearly a year and a half,” saying that was why social movements were signing up for the strikes.Some reject this argument, however, like Nejib Mrabet, who heads the Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG).The state-run producer of the valuable mineral, which represented 10 percent of the budget in 2010, the year before Ben Ali’s ouster, is the main employer in the neglected central Gafsa region.Mrabet said that despite the company hiring 2,600 people since the revolution, it was paralysed by the disruptions that the social movements agitated for and was running at only 30 percent of capacity.“The company cannot afford another year of uncertainty and deficit,” he was quoted as saying by the official TAP news agency, adding that if the situation continued, managers and employees might have to take forced leave in 2014.Even Ennahda itself has not been immune to the growing social mistrust plaguing Tunisia, with some party members criticising certain government decisions, such as where to locate five new university-linked hospitals.That decision has provoked anger in Gafsa and Gabes.Lotfi Zitoune, who was an advisor to former Islamist prime minister Hamadi Jebali, called the failure to invest in those regions a “clear example of the dubious work of the government … in the context of political instability and difficult economic circumstances.”“It will revive accusations of nepotism and regional favouritism,” he wrote in a scathing article posted on his Facebook page.last_img read more

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Looking into the future of Ohio State mens basketball

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s season came to a disappointing end Friday with a 62-60 loss to No. 4-seeded Kentucky. With no more Buckeye basketball to be played this season, looking to the future is the only option. Though the season just concluded, much can already be determined about next year’s squad. The team will return two starters, freshman forward Jared Sullinger and junior guard William Buford, assuming they hold true to their stated intentions not to enter the NBA Draft. The Buckeyes also will welcome back freshman point guard Aaron Craft, who was fifth on the team in minutes played, and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas. Beyond those four seemingly known commodities, the future of OSU basketball becomes less clear. The star Recently named first-team All-American, Sullinger is arguably the most talented player the Buckeyes will have next season. The 6-foot-9 post player led the team in points and rebounds last season with 17.2 and 10.1 per game, respectively. “He’s extremely productive. … He commands a lot of respect,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a great player.” The forward also took home Freshman of the Year honors and remains a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the nation’s best player. With a year of experience under his belt, Sullinger is expected to excel futher during his sophomore campaign. The OSU youngster is likely to be the nation’s front-runner for the Naismith Award next season, regardless of whether he brings home the hardware this year. Sullinger is making sure to put in the work during the offseason. Following his team’s final loss of the season, Sullinger said, “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back.” The veteran Although Sullinger likely will be the Buckeye who receives the most attention, Buford will be the one with the most experience. As a senior, Buford will be the only player on the OSU roster who will start the season with more than one year of program experience. He has three full years in the system. Besides leadership, Buford brings a shooter’s touch to the 2011–12 squad. “Will’s an awesome guy,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he (has) knocked them down.” Buford shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range this past season, good for the third-best 3-point shooting season in school history. The guard was also second in scoring on the team, with 14.4 points per game. Buford sits at 22nd in school history in points scored, with 1,424. If he maintains this past season’s scoring pace next season, he will finish fourth. The engine With Sullinger expected to score in the post and Buford expected to score from the outside, Craft will be expected to push the defense and facilitate the offense. Throughout the season, the freshman point guard was praised for his on-ball defensive abilities. Craft, who averaged a team-high two steals a game, embraces the role of lockdown defender. “I’ve always just enjoyed doing it, even in AAU. I always had to guard … the team’s best player,” he said. “It’s something I’ve grown into.” With fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, whom Matta often has called the best defender in college basketball, departing from the program, Craft will be able to take over the role of the team’s best defender. Besides his defense, Craft will be required to set up the offense from his position. The freshman was fourth in the Big Ten in assists last season, with 4.8 per game. “I think as you really get to know Aaron, you get to spend time with him, you watch him develop. It’s amazing,” Matta said. “He’s been so steady throughout the course of the year.” Craft played his best basketball late in the season, logging an OSU-record 15 assists against George Mason in the NCAA Tournament. The tank Thomas came off the bench last season to average 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 14 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. With the departure of wing players Lighty and Jon Diebler, Thomas likely will be a starter next season. Despite his single-digit scoring average, Thomas scored double figures 10 times during the season and notched 20 or more points on three occasions. “I think we’ve seen, throughout the course, that Deshaun can score in bunches,” Matta said. “He’s a very talented player, and he really has a knack … for finding open areas, finding the seams.” Besides providing instant offense, Thomas’ 62 offensive rebounds were good for second on the team. With added minutes next season, expect those numbers to rise. The unknown Craft and Thomas will likely join Sullinger and Buford in the starting lineup next year. But determining who will fill that fifth spot, and how Matta will use his bench, will be more difficult to determine. The remaining player with any significant playing time from this past season is freshman guard Jordan Sibert, who appeared in 25 games and averaged 8.3 minutes a game. Starting Sibert would create a relatively small starting five. Matta has shown a tendency to start multiple post players in the past. This past season, the coach started the 6-foot-9 Sullinger and 6-foot-8 senior center Dallas Lauderdale. If he wants to go big again, he seems to have two options: Boston College transfer forward Evan Ravenel and incoming freshman center Amir Williams. Ravenel averaged just 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes off the bench when he played for Boston College. Despite the underwhelming numbers, the forward does have a year in the program on his side. Williams, on the other hand, could become the newest freshman post player to start at OSU. The 6-foot-9 center is the nation’s No. 7 center and No. 73 overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. Matta, who has often used a short bench, will need to decide how he wants to use the remaining talented players. Freshman guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. received playing time in blowout victories, and freshman forward J.D. Weatherspoon did the same before being ruled academically ineligible for winter quarter. Four recruits, including No. 17-ranked point guard and No. 62 overall recruit Shannon Scott, will join Williams in vying for playing time as freshmen. Regardless of how Matta pieces together the puzzle that is next year’s season, the established pieces and young talent are there. Whichever grouping of players the coach relies on will strive to accomplish the goal that the 2010–11 team could not: a national championship. 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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Some Oil Jobs May Not Return Thanks To New Tech Efficiency

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first_imgOil companies are becoming increasingly high-tech. It’s in part a response to the downturn: they want more efficient ways of producing and moving oil.But what might that mean for jobs in the industry? After a couple years of losses, energy jobs in Texas are slowly returning. There have been positive job numbers out of Houston and other energy-centric cities, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says oil and gas jobs grew statewide by 9% in January. But the Dallas Fed is warning those jobs probably won’t return to their levels before the downturn, because now companies are better at doing more with less.“I always say, never underestimate the powers of a petroleum engineer whose job is on the line,” says Economist Jesse Thompson with the Dallas Fed’s Houston branch.“Your workforce is more efficient and the technology is continually improving.”As companies invest more in tech upgrades from the rig to the back office, some jobs will be replaced by automation. But energy consultant Muqsit Ashraf with the Houston firm Accenture says there will also be a greater need for higher-skilled workers.“The profile of the employees will change,” he says, “and there would be a shift in terms of head count on the field, to head count that might be sitting in remote operations centers making decisions.”Ashraf’s firm warns of a “baby boomer brain drain” in the years ahead, with older “petrotechincal” workers leaving the industry and not being replaced by younger hires. The firm says that could spell trouble for companies when the next boom hits. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 Listenlast_img read more

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