U.S. advisers sign off on plan for reviewing risky virus studies

first_imgA board of advisers this week signed off on a proposal for how the U.S. government should go about deciding whether to fund certain studies that could potentially create dangerous human pathogens. The plan now goes to government officials, who say they hope to put out a policy by the end of year. Still unclear, however, is exactly when they will lift an 19-month-old ban that has halted a handful of virology studies.The report from the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) is meant to guide decisions about so-called gain-of-function (GOF) studies—experiments that modify a pathogen in ways that could make it more transmissible and more pathogenic in humans. Such studies can help experts prepare for pandemics, but they also pose risks if the altered pathogen should escape the lab. In 2011, two GOF studies with the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus sparked a lengthy NSABB discussion over whether the work should even be published. (Ultimately, the NSABB said it should be.) The studies also led to a new oversight policy for certain H5N1 experiments.Then in 2014, more papers on risky flu viruses, along with some mishaps at federal labs, convinced U.S. officials that existing policies weren’t enough. In October 2014, the White House announced a “pause” on new funding for 18 GOF studies of influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses (although several projects were later exempted). Officials then asked a revived NSABB to come up with a process for overseeing risky GOF studies. New process recommendedNow, after six meetings, two National Academy of Sciences workshops, and a 1000-page risk assessment by a contractor, the NSABB on 24 May approved a final proposal. Their latest report is similar to an earlier draft that found that only a “small subset” of studies are of concern. But this time, the board provides examples—for instance, GOF studies to develop seasonal flu vaccines are not worrisome. The board has also modified its definition of what it now calls Gain of Function Research of Concern (GOFROC). An earlier definition, for instance, covered experiments that generated a pathogen that is highly transmissible, highly virulent, and “resistant to public health control measures.” The new definition, however, drops the “resistant” wording, because not all nations might be able to deploy antiviral drugs or other countermeasures.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Like the previous draft, the new plan lays out a process for reviewing studies: The investigator and his or her institution will determine if a proposed study is potentially GOFROC. If it passes peer review, the funding department—such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—will then evaluate the experiment using eight criteria. For example, it will look at whether the investigators’ lab has sufficient safety measures in place and the benefits outweigh the risks to society.The final report also calls for creating a new federal advisory board (something like the NSABB) to publicly review GOFROC policies (but not specific experiments). It suggests GOFROC oversight should extend to privately funded studies, which now are not reviewed by government bodies unless they involve regulated pathogens. And it urges officials to create a system for tracking lab accidents—a suggestion other experts have made. In their meeting, advisers also recommended a system for sharing the experiences of institutional review boards with GOFROC proposals.The report has new wording that is apparently aimed at critics who have argued that the HHS should not review studies it funds, because that would represent a conflict of interest. The report says the HHS review “should be structured to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest,” but doesn’t specify how that can be done. Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, one of the critics, says the review group should “have wide representation from well beyond the agencies with vested interest.”The new review process should ensure that risky GOF research is evaluated early, before it is funded, said NSABB chair Samuel Stanley of Stony Brook University in New York. “We can start to avoid situations where [GOFROC] is only first identified at the publication stage,” as happened with the H5N1 papers, he said.How hard to implement?Agencies shouldn’t have trouble implementing the GOFROC policy because it’s similar to the review process for so-called Dual Use Research of Concern, an overlapping category of studies on agents potentially used as bioweapons, said Dennis Dixon of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, which funds GOF research. “We’ve done it before,” Dixon said.Implementation will require “from light to heavy lifts,” Gerald Epstein of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy told the NSABB. For example, although  HHS can easily set up new review processes, new rules for university investigators receiving federal grants may have to go through a formal rulemaking process. And oversight of nonfederally funded may require action by Congress. But Epstein promised to “get something done” in the next few months that will “supersede the existing funding pause … It is certainly something I don’t think anybody wants to permit to go into the next administration,” he said.Stanley urged officials to “move as quickly as possible.” The pause may have only stopped a few studies, he said, but he’s worried that is has “had a broader effect on the infectious disease research community” by creating “uncertainty” that has convinced some young scientists to “rethink careers in certain areas.”last_img read more

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Sahara must force Indian presence in their F1 team

first_imgDr Vijay Mallya was all smiles on Wednesday in the Capital as he announced Sahara were coming on board the Force India Formula One team.In recent years in Indian sport, thanks to the Indian Premier League, we have heard about whopping sums being spent on players and teams. Sahara spent almost $ 370 million on the Pune Warriors IPL team, so when they said they were buying 42.5 per cent stake in Force India by paying $ 100 million (approximately Rs 500 crore) it made big news.When sections of the media had highlighted a fortnight ago that Mallya was selling his stake in the Force India team, he had promptly denied it.Today, a sum of $ 100 million is huge not just for you and me but also for Mallya. His airline is in the red and Force India needs this money to survive.Yet, what excites me about the Sahara Force India team is not the results they are going to produce in the last four races (Korea included) but how, from the 2012 season, we may actually see an Indian connect.There is no doubt Sahara have spent huge sums on sponsorship in Indian sport. Be it sponsorship of the Indian cricket team or raising money for Indian hockey, they have done their bit handsomely. In addition, they have also sponsored top individual Indian athletes without, sometimes, getting the mileage.So what is it that has forced Sahara to come into the Formula One circus? Today, almost everyone is writing on how the F1 track at Greater Noida is going to be amazing and how the Grand Prix in India will be a treat for the fans.advertisementIt is not as if the dream of an F1 race in Indian happened out of the blue. The man who runs the circus – Bernie Ecclestone – had given TV rights for two full seasons to a national TV channel in India seven years ago.People were surprised when Bernie did that as the world over, countries pay for F1 TV rights and he is not known to be a man who does anything for free.Four cities in India were seen as potential Formula One venues before Greater Noida pulled it off. Back to Sahara and their role in the Force India team, I am sure they will not be happy just lending their name.THIS is Force India’s third season and the team has made great improvement in terms of pace and now it figures in the middle of the grid.Yet, what has been a huge disconnect is the Indian presence has been almost nil. Mallya loves to portray himself as the face of the team and quite often gets more mileage than drivers like Paul di Resta or Adrian Sutil.With Sahara now in the picture, from the 2012 season, there is bound to be a stronger Indian presence in the team. It is hard to visualise Sahara being content with foreign drivers racing for them while Indian drivers spend millions of dollars and race jalopies on the F1 track.Mallya has repeatedly said he does not find an Indian driver capable of fitting into his team. Not even as a test driver. The point is, if one wants to evaluate an Indian driver against the current crop of Force India drivers, they have to be put in the same car.Without even doing that, how can one say that Indian drivers are not capable of delivering? Mallya’s philosophy of Indians not being up to the mark is bound to change with Sahara’s presence.The 2011 season is virtually over and the new season will be interesting. Then again, in the Force India team, there is no Indian in any other role.Formula One also has a ‘front office’ and a ‘back office.’ Apart from the drivers, there are engineers, those involved in design and those who can work on valuable computer data which is required for an F1 team, and also the mechanics. I am sure with Indians now pursuing specialised engineering degrees in race car technology abroad, we could see them being a part of Force India. I have no hesitation in saying Mallya has loved the attention so far – all along, he has never let anyone else be a part of it.The joke in F1 circles has been how with Force India, an Indian is not considered even worthy of changing tyres of the cars which you see in those short pit stops.For long, the ownership pattern of Force India was not clear. The current situation is that Mallya has 42.5 per cent and Sahara 42.5 per cent while MOL, a Dutch company, has a 15 per cent stake in it.advertisementThere is already speculation that when the 2012 Formula One season begins, Mallya’s stake could get diluted even further.Just to remind Dr Mallya and Saharashree , Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are with the Hispania and Team Lotus F1 teams respectively. Armaan Ebrahim is a young Indian talent who also needs a break.I think the time has come for these men to be counted as potential drivers for the Force India team, thanks to Sahara.last_img read more

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Giroud finding Chelsea bench duty ‘difficult’

first_imgOlivier Giroud has aired his “frustration” at life on the bench at Chelsea, with the World Cup winner admitting his situation is already “difficult” as speculation suggests Gonzalo Higuain could be about to join him at Stamford Bridge.Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal with Juventus which will see them land a top striking target during the January transfer window.Maurizio Sarri is moving to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Napoli as he has been left far from convinced by France international Giroud and Spanish frontman Morata – who is edging towards the exits and a possible switch to Atletico Madrid. Article continues below 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! Any agreement for Higuain would likely further limit Giroud’s game time for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard already been preferred as a false nine on several occasions, and the 32-year-old concedes his situation is far from ideal.He told ESPN FC: “It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part. But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea 2018-19Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, added: “The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me. I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players. We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team. It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud’s next outing for Chelsea could come against Arsenal on Saturday, with there a determination on his part to be involved in a crunch London derby with vital points on the line in an ongoing battle for top-four finishes.He said: “It’s going to be a special moment for me, the first time I’ll be back at the Emirates since I moved to Chelsea, so I’m looking forward to this game.“We need the win to keep them away from us. There’s an opportunity to put them nine points behind us, but in a personal way it’s going to be a special moment.”Unai Emery Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsenal will be under the guidance of Unai Emery this weekend, having parted company with Arsene Wenger last summer after 22 years of stability, and Giroud believes good times beckon for the Gunners if they keep faith with a new regime.He added: “It’s a new adventure for them with a new coach.“I think Emery has settled well in the club, the players like him, the way they are training, his philosophy of the game. I spoke with some of them and they are quite happy, but you don’t forget what Arsene Wenger achieved in this club.“He basically built this club – if you take the different teams that used to train under Wenger, there were some unbelievable teams. We need to be patient with Emery and I think he will do very well at Arsenal. I’m not sure they’re better than before [yet], but one thing for sure is they’ve got a nice future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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India-Australia eco pact not to be inked during Turnbulls

first_imgvisitNew Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The much-delayed economic pact between India and Australia will not be signed during Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls visit which will see firming up of bilateral cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy.Turnbull, who will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had earlier said Australia will be a reliable provider of uranium among other energy resources to India but there has been no official confirmation of inking of a commercial contract for the yellow cake during the visit.”The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will not be signed during this visit. Negotiations are underway but the pact will not be signed,” Australias High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu told reporters here.The talks for CECA were launched in 2011 and during the visit of former Australian PM Tony Abbott in 2014, the two sides had expressed the hope that the pact would be inked by the end of 2015, a deadline which has already been missed.However, the Indian side has reiterated its commitment to the free trade pact. Some of the sticking points in the negotiations include Indias high tariff structure for dairy and agri products as also Australian wine.On the much-delayed supply of uramium from Australia to India, Joint Secretary (South) in the external affairs ministry Jaideep Mazumdar said Australian parliament had cleared a legislation for the supply of uranium to India last year and now “commercial negotiations” for it are going on, indicating that there was no firming up of any such pact so far.advertisementWhile there is interest in Australian companies to be part of Indias nuclear market, there are concerns in that country over safety regulations in India.Australia has about 40 per cent of the worlds uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of the yellow cake annually.Both the countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs covering a range of areas including defence and security, environment, renewable energy, sports and trade during Turnbulls visit.It will be Turnbulls first visit to the country during which India is also likely to raise the issue of security of Indians in Australia in the wake of incidents of attacks on some of them.With Australia is strongly backing Indias NSG membership bid, the issue is expected to figure during Modi-Turnbull talks that are being held ahead of Nuclear Suppliers Groups plenary meeting in June.The Australian government is involved in “lot of backroom negotiations” and engaged in “live conversations” with other members countries to garner support for Indias entry into the elite nuclear club, sources said.The volume of Australias investment in India is around USD 7 billion and Majumdar said the country wants to significantly ramp up its investment.”The relations between India and Australia is more robust and multifaceted than ever before…The extent of bilateral engagement will be in full view during the visit,” he said, adding security cooperation, particularly in the area of the maritime sphere, may figure extensively during the discussions.On the issue of a spate of attacks on Indians, he said safety and security of Indias citizens is a matter of concern for the government. But, at the same time, he added that India is satisfied with the steps taken by Australian authorities.At present, 60,000 Indian students are studying in Australia, the second highest in any country, and Majumdar said their welfare will remain Indias priority.Referring to the issue of maritime security, the MEA official said, “Australia is a key maritime nation. We have lot in common like keeping the sea lines secure.”Modi will also host a banquets for the Australian PM.Turnbull will also visit Mumbai where he will meet key business leaders including Gautam Adani, who has vast commercial interests in Australia.Describing India as one of Australias most important international priorities, the Australian envoy said the two sides are taking forward an active and ambitious agenda established under the strategic partnership. Both countries have robust counter-terrorism and security and defence ties as envisaged under the partnership.According to sources, the Australian government is also keen to rejoin Malabar naval exercise which is conducted by India, the US and Japan.The Australian leader will be accompanied by delegations from the fields of business and education. PTI MPB/PYK SClast_img read more

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Bayern win on Jupp’s return to Europe

first_imgBayern Munich 3 Celtic 0: Hoops outclassed on Heynckes’ return to Europe Matt Dorman 04:47 10/19/17 Joshua Kimmich - cropped Bongarts Bayern Munich breezed past Celtic at the Allianz Arena to go three points clear of the Brendan Rodgers’ side in Group B. Jupp Heynckes carried on where he left off in the Champions League as Bayern Munich eased to a 3-0 win over Celtic on Wednesday.The German champions dominated from start to finish at the Allianz Arena to shore up second spot, three points behind Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich struck in a one-sided first half before Mats Hummels added a third in Heynckes’ first European match in charge since guiding Bayern to glory in this competition five seasons ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Arjen Robben, who netted the winner in that dramatic 2012-13 final defeat of Borussia Dortmund, twice came close to adding a fourth but was ultimately frustrated in his attempts to mark his 100th Champions League appearance with a goal.While they were unable to add to their tally, Bayern did receive another boost as Arturo Vidal came off the bench late on after recovering from a calf complaint.With the horror 3-0 defeat at PSG – the result which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job – now firmly behind them, Heynckes will be confident of once again leading the Bavarian giants to the knockout stages.Joshua Kimmich has had a hand in 5 goals in his last 4 games for club & country (3 goals, 2 assists). Biggest young talent in the #UCL? pic.twitter.com/kIWRXBADVW— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 18, 2017It was looking ominous for Celtic from the outset and Bayern appeared to have taken a sixth-minute lead through Thiago Alcantara, but Robert Lewandowski’s cut-back was adjudged to have already gone out of play.The hosts then had claims for a penalty waved away with Mikael Lustig’s tug on Lewandowski going unpunished, before David Alaba blasted over the crossbar from Kingsley Coman’s clever pass.It was only a matter of time until the opener arrived and the pressure eventually told in the 17th minute, Muller firing home from point-blank range after Craig Gordon impressively kept out Lewandowski’s initial header.Bayern doubled their lead midway through the half when an unmarked Kimmich headed Coman’s left-sided delivery across a helpless Gordon.3 – Kingsley #Coman has been involved in 3 goals in 135 minutes under Jupp Heynckes – more than in his first 504 minutes 2017-18. Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/hjEcM25e5l— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 18, 2017The visitors’ respite lasted less than six minutes after the interval as Hummels climbed above Scott Brown to nod Robben’s corner inside the far post.Robben almost struck from a Kimmich corner on the hour, but the milestone man saw his header hooked off the line by Kieran Tierney.Celtic did provide a rare threat to Sven Ulreich’s goal when Tierney shaved the outset of the upright with a fierce attempt from long range, but there was little to cheer for the Hoops’ sizeable away support.Robben and Lewandowski both drew sharp saves from Gordon, while Brendan Rodgers’ side posed more questions at the other end in the final 20 minutes.Brown struck the woodwork in the closing stages, before Scotland keeper Gordon brilliantly denied Lewandowski as Bayern eased to victory. read morelast_img read more

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Tevez to Liga MX rumors shot down by Shanghai

first_imgTransfers Tevez to Liga MX transfer rumors denied by Shanghai Shenhua Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 23:20 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Tevez Shanghai Shenhua Getty Images Transfers Liga MX Shanghai Shenhua Tigres UANL Pumas América The Chinese Super League club rejected talk of an exit by the Argentine to Mexico, and expect him to report to training in Spain Shanghai Shenhua has shut down transfer rumors suggesting that Carlos Tevez will leave behind his Chinese club for a Liga MX side in 2018.Talk circulated that the Argentine striker, 33, was on his way to Liga MX, with multiple Mexican teams reported to have interest.However, Tevez’s club Shanghai Shenhua has released a statement denying the validity of those rumors and expecting him to report to the club’s preseason training in Spain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We will head for Spain for a month long preseason training at Marbella on Tuesday morning and all of our foreign players will be there,” Shanghai Shenhua team manager Mao Yijun told Shanghai Morning Post.”We will bring 29 Chinese players [to Marbella] this time. With all the foreign players on board, it will be a 34-man squad.”It is the second time in just over a week Tevez’s exit from the club has been denied.Boca Juniors, Tevez’s former club, has been a long-rumored destination for the striker, but released a statement December 18 denying they were in talks to sign him, or that there was any option for Tevez to get out of his contract before it expires in 2018.Some reports had stated Tevez had a clause which allowed him to return to Boca Juniors.The latest rumors linked him three Liga MX teams: 2017 Apertura champions Tigres, America and Pumas. With Tigres, Tevez would have linked up with a powerful attack that features Andre-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas and Enner Valencia.However, Goal understands that Tevez has been granted permission to join Shanghai on Jan. 4, a change from last week when he expected on Dec. 26. He will meet the team in Spain, flying directly from Argentina.Tevez moved to the Chinese club from Boca at the start 2017 as one of the league’s high-profile signings, inking a massive two-year deal that was reportedly worth over £30 million per year.However, he failed to live up to his price tag in year one, playing in just 16 games and scoring four times as Shanghai endured a disappointing campaign.A calf injury sidelined him for part of the season, but Shanghai coach Wu Jingui also refused to play him late in the year, calling him out of shape after his injury.Tevez also attracted a huge deal of criticism from Shanghau Shenhua fans after it emerged on social media that he went to Disneyland while injured.That has spurred talk Tevez would not be around for the second and final year of his contract, but so far the striker remains on the Chinese club’s books.Shanghai’s season kicks off on February 14 when they face Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League.last_img read more

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Football agent jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

first_imgA football agent who sent a string of text messages before losing control of his car and killing a highways worker has been jailed for seven years.Peter Morrison, 37, was driving his Mercedes ML350 4×4 on the M6 near Tebay in Cumbria, on 21 February 2016, when he hit and killed Adam Gibb, 51, and left his colleague, Paul Holroyd, now 53, paralysed from the chest down.The two men, who were working for Highways England, had been standing watching the recovery of two vehicles which had crashed in what the court was told were “atrocious” weather conditions.Jurors heard Morrison had been driving at a “grossly excessive” speed when his car swerved off the southbound carriageway, across the hard shoulder, rebounded off a rock and hit his victims.Morrison had exchanged 25 texts during his 23-mile journey from Glasgow to Manchester, during which he drove at an average speed of 81mph. A 50mph limit was in place because of the poor weather conditions, which one motorist described as “almost like driving through a car wash”.He sent his last text 96 seconds before the crash, to the Nottingham Forest footballer Zach Clough. The message contained a link to footage of a goal the striker had scored. Clough responded, in a text received by the agent’s phone after the crash: “Not bad was it, ha ha.” Another conversation was held with the Manchester City player Cameron Humphreys. Another message received by Morrison, from a fellow agent, reached his phone 45 seconds before impact. The former footballer, who played for Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United before his career was cut short by injury, admitted careless driving but denied the more serious charge of dangerous driving. A jury at Carlisle crown court unanimously found him guilty of both offences in November.Sentencing the father of one at Liverpool crown court on Friday, Mr Justice William Davis told Morrison the jail term he was imposing did not begin to reflect “the true value of the lives you have wrecked”. “In my view, you were significantly distracted by your mobile phone and allowed yourself to be so,” he said.In a letter to the court, Morrison stated: “I will punish myself mentally for this until the day I die.” He was also handed an eight-year driving ban. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. UK news Share on Twitter Topics newscenter_img Cumbria Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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9 months agoWagner back at Huddersfield yesterday for emotional farewell

first_imgWagner back at Huddersfield yesterday for emotional farewellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Wagner was back at Huddersfield Town yesterday to say his farewells to staff and players.The Daily Mail says Wagner said an emotional farewell to Huddersfield on Tuesday after returning to the club’s training ground.The German gave a speech to the squad then went round the entire staff to say goodbye.Wagner, who joined the club in November 2015, said in a statement: “I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved”.Mark Hudson will step up from his role coaching the Under-23 side to take charge of the first-team against Manchester City on Sunday, and chairman Dean Hoyle will appoint Wagner’s successor in the period afterwards with Huddersfield out of the FA Cup. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Peru vs Brazil team news: Firmino & Jesus start

first_imgBrazil will look to kick-start a stuttering Copa America campaign by beating Peru in their final group game on Saturday to win Group A and qualify for the knockout stages.The tournament hosts have been booed by their own supporters in both group games so far, despite collecting four points to sit top on goal difference ahead of Sunday’s opponents.The stadiums have also been far from full amid grumbles about ticket prices and a growing disconnect between the Selecao and their fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Things look much brighter for opponents Peru, who will look to capitalise on Brazil’s troubles and reach the knock out stages of the Copa America for the ninth successive tournament. Game Peru vs Brazil Date Saturday, June 22 Time 8:00pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Telemundo, ESPN+ and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / Globo TV Internacional fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Peru squad Goalkeepers Gallese, Alvarez, Caceda Defenders Corzo, Abram, Zambrano, Trauco, Araujo, Advíncula, Callens, Santamaria. Midfielders Carrillo, Cueva, Ballon, Farfan, Pretell, Gonzales, Tapia, Flores, Yotun. Forwards Ruidiaz, Polo, Guerrero. Defender Carlos Zambrano is on the bench after missing training with a muscle injury and being assessed ahead of kick-off.Peru starting XI:  Gallese, Advincula, Araujo, Abram, Trauco, Farfan, Yotun, Tapia, Guerrero, Cueva, Polo. Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta, Willian Forwards Neres, Jesus, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Brazil are without Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho who suffered a knee injury in the draw with Venezuela, meaning Arthur keeps his place in midfield. Tite has shuffled his forward pack, with Gabriel Jesus starting after being named on the bench for their first two matches.Brazil starting XI: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho; Everton, Gabriel Jesus, Firmino.Betting & Match Odds Brazil are 1/3 favourites to win this match with  Bet365 . Peru can be backed at 8/1, while a draw is available at 15/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Tite Brazil Copa AmericaBrazil manager Tite says he understands the supporters’ frustrations at recent performances but insists their backing can help turn the team’s fortunes around.The Selecao were jeered during the goalless draw with Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday, with two goals ruled out via VAR not helping the fans’ mood.There were audible boos in their opening game against Bolivia too, as the eight-time tournament winners struggled to break down Eduardo Villegas’ side.A second half double from Philippe Coutinho and a third from Everton eventually secured the three points, but the home crowd were far from satisfied at what they had just witnessed.”When we don’t get the result, of course it’s frustrating. And we feel that. It’s not the same thing playing here or elsewhere,” Tite said. “We are humans. You want to put on a show and score a bunch of goals, but you need to be able to handle these types of situations. Our job requires that.”Brazil now find themselves in a similar position to three years ago when they went into the final group game of the 2016 Copa America against Peru with four points from two games. They would go on to lose 1-0 and were eliminated from the tournament. Manager Dunga was sacked as a result and Tite appointed as his successor.The situation is not quite so critical on this occasion as the tournament’s format sees two of the best third-placed teams qualify for the knockout stages. However, Tite knows his side not only need to get a result but put on a positive performance if he is to win over a sceptical fan base.He has, though, called on the fans to get behind the side for fear another negative reception will prove detrimental to their performance.”I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished here. If I get the support of the fans, I would like the same support for the young players,” he added.”It’s OK to have big expectations, but just give [the support]. I’m sure it will help the player a lot. If it helps me, imagine what it could do to a player.”Peru, meanwhile, will be wary of a Brazilian backlash but should go into the game full of confidence after a win and a draw from their first two games.Venezuela have to beat Bolivia in the other group game to have any chance of overhauling the top two. But even if that proves the case, Peru or Brazil are already likely to have gathered enough points to qualify in third.last_img read more

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Road Conditions

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said today, Feb. 13, that highway conditions are starting to improve in many areas of the province. However, the department continues to encourage motorists to take precautions as there are still some sections of icy patches and packed snow on some of the highways, secondary roads and trunk routes. The extreme fluctuation in temperatures since the storm hit has presented challenges. Road salt does not work effectively at temperatures below -10 C. Warmer temperatures predicted for Tuesday, Feb. 14, should result in the road salt working better and improve driving conditions during the day. In accordance with the province’s snow and ice control standards, clearing provincial highways is the first priority followed by the secondary roads, local paved roads and then gravel roads. If people need to travel, they are advised to allow extra time for the drive and to use caution. Drivers should listen to local weather reports, call 511 or check the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal highway cameras at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras for an update on conditions.last_img read more

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Just went off Saskatchewan farmers son describes night Colten Boushie shot

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. – The son of a Saskatchewan farmer on trial for killing an Indigenous man says his father looked like he was going to be sick after the shooting and told him the gun “just went off.”Sheldon Stanley told a jury at Gerald Stanley’s murder trial Wednesday that an SUV drove into the family’s farmyard near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.He says he and his father heard an all-terrain vehicle start and thought it was being stolen. The pair ran toward the SUV as it tried to leave the farm and Sheldon Stanley went in the house to get his truck keys.He says he heard two gunshots while he was inside and a third when he came back out.“I turned as my father walked behind the back of the grey vehicle towards me with a gun in one hand and a magazine in the other. He turned and looked at me and looked like he was going to be sick,” Sheldon Stanley, 28, told court. “He said ‘I don’t know what happened. It just went off. I just wanted to scare them.’“It just went off.”Gerald Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie. The 22-year-old, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.Sheldon Stanley said his mother told him to call 911.“I called 911 and told them where we were and told them what had happened.”There were two women in the back seat who were “obviously upset and yelling at us,” he told court.“They were pacing around the vehicle.”He said the two women pulled Boushie’s body out of the SUV.“As they pulled him out that’s when I saw what looked to be the barrel of a gun with no stock come out with the driver,” Sheldon Stanley testified. “It was laying between his legs and, as they pulled him, it came out with him.”He said the two young women also attacked his mother while they waited for police.“They had her on the ground and they were hitting her,” he said, adding he told them to get back in their vehicle. “They did stop and got back in their vehicle. I checked on Mom and made sure she was OK.”An RCMP officer testified he had been called to a report of a suspected car theft at about the same time as the shooting.Const. Andrew Park said there was a complaint from another property 15 to 20 kilometres northeast of the Stanley farm. The owners said someone had tried to break into a truck and the suspicious vehicle “was described to me as a grey SUV with a flat tire.”“On the floor I found, broken into little pieces, the stock of a gun,” said Park.He said it was obvious the broken gun stock matched the .22 calibre rifle found on the Stanley farm. An RCMP officer testified previously investigators did not glue the pieces together to confirm they were a match.last_img read more

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Kalyan Jewellers eyes 25 revenue rise from advance purchase schemes

first_imgNew Delhi: After the government banned unregulated deposit schemes offered by jewellers, Kalyan Jewellers India Ltd (KJIL) expects 25 per cent revenue growth from its ongoing regulated jewellery purchase advance schemes, its top official said Tuesday. On February 21, the government passed the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, prohibiting all deposit schemes (with or without interest) except those with regulatory approval. “Kalyan Jewellers is eyeing significant growth in its base of jewellery purchase advance scheme. …We believe that there is a potential to grow our revenues from our jewellery advance schemes by 25 per cent,” the company’s Executive Director Rajesh Kalyanaraman said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe schemes offered by the company are regulated and duly approved by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, he stressed adding that the company is “not affected” by the promulgation of the ordinance. Since 2016, the Kerala-based jeweller has been offering ‘Dhanvarsha’ and ‘Akshaya’ purchase advance schemes, under which customers pay monthly instalment for 11 months and thereafter redeem jewellery for the total amount paid along with benefits.last_img read more

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Tony Gwynns Legacy Is Stronger Than Ever

Twenty years ago today, San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn flared a first-inning single over the head of Montreal Expos second baseman Mike Mordecai to become the 22nd member of baseball’s 3,000-hit club. It was a classic Gwynn swing: The two-strike breaking pitch from Expos starter Dan Smith was low, but Gwynn tracked it perfectly, waited to swing through the ball and deposited it into right-center field with his signature looping one-handed finish.A lot has changed in baseball over the decades since Gwynn joined one of MLB’s most immortal clubs. The beloved Hall of Famer died of cancer in 2014, at the far-too-young age of 54, and the sport has generally moved away from the type of player Gwynn epitomized: the quintessential singles hitter. However, Gwynn’s influence is still felt in the sport as much as ever — primarily in the way players prepare for games and analyze their own performance.Gwynn made his big-league debut in the summer of 1982, the same season Whitey Herzog’s St. Louis Cardinals used small-ball tactics like speed and spray-hitting to win the World Series. That era of baseball suited Gwynn just fine: The former point guard at San Diego State would quickly establish himself as one of the game’s premier contact hitters, posting an MLB-best .351 average in 1984, while also stealing 33 bases. (Young Tony Gwynn was fast!) It was the first of eight batting titles Gwynn would win in his career, a number tied with Honus Wagner for the second-most in history behind Ty Cobb.Even as the game began to shift towards power (I wonder why…) during the 1990s, Gwynn exemplified a different type of hitter — one whose value came from putting the ball in play and using the whole field, rather than working the count and mashing for power. Gwynn finished among the top half of MLB batters in walk rate in only five of his 18 seasons with at least 150 plate appearances,1Per 162 team games. and the same can be said of his seasons with above-average isolated power. However, he led the majors in contact rate 10 times — never dropping below the 87th percentile in the category — and he was perennially among the hitting leaders in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) as well.Players in that mold — albeit pale imitations of Gwynn himself — used to populate baseball. In 1998, Gwynn’s second-to-last season as a regular, 49 qualified players hit .300 or better and 18 hit at least .320 (a mark Gwynn eclipsed in each of his final nine seasons). In 2019, only 17 qualified players are on pace to hit .300, and six are on pace to hit .320. That’s not an artifact of overall league offense being down, either — MLB-wide runs per team per game are basically the same between 1998 (4.79) and 2019 (4.83). The incentives of the modern game, which emphasizes power and walks rather than simply making contact, have just shifted away from Gwynn’s playing style.Some recent star players have managed to carry on Gwynn’s legacy. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has almost carbon-copy levels of contact, walks, power and BABIP (relative to the league) as compared with Gwynn’s prime seasons. Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets, as Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal recently called him, is the “last player in baseball who cares about batting average.” His .330 average through his first two seasons would make Gwynn proud. And Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki — who hit .350 or better in four separate seasons2He and longtime Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker were the only players since Gwynn to do that. — drew parallels to Gwynn for his contact-hitting skills.But the 45-year-old Ichiro retired this past March, after making a couple of appearances when the Mariners played in his home country of Japan. And among the Top 25 players on Gwynn’s list of most similar career hitters (according to Bill James’s Similarity Scores system), only Ichiro, Johnny Damon and Mark Grace played in this century. Gwynn had a lot more in common with long-retired stars such as Rod Carew and Pete Rose than he did with most of today’s top batters, an absurdly talented generation who care more about sabermetric measures such as OPS than batting average.“If I wanted to hit .300, I’d hit .300,” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman told reporters at the All-Star Game in July. “It’s an OPS game, though. It’s about driving the baseball and getting on base, walks and extra-base hits. If it turned into an average game, I’d get the ball out of the air and hit line drives and hit .330.”“All the hitters care about now is OPS,” Bregman continued. “We don’t care about batting average. Some guys do, I guess. Batting average is an old stat that doesn’t matter. It’s OPS, runs created, WAR. Look at Mike Trout’s numbers. There are guys that hit .340. Mike Trout is hitting, what, .300 on the dot? I’d rather have Mike Trout’s numbers with all the walks and the damage than the guy who hits .340 [with a bunch of singles]. It’s an OPS game.”If Gwynn’s influence on the field has waned, however, his influence off it has grown more than young players like Bregman can imagine. One of the secrets to Gwynn’s unparalleled success as a hitter was something we all take for granted in today’s age of media-savvy game-watching: Video. Mired in a rare early-career slump back in 1983, Gwynn asked his wife Alicia to record broadcast footage of him hitting.“I called home, told my wife to tape my at bats,” Gwynn told Sports Illustrated in 1995. “Just hit the record button whenever I came to the plate. When I got home and looked at it, I saw right away what I was doing. I couldn’t wait to get to the ballpark and correct it. Took me 15 swings. Hit .333 the rest of the year.”Gwynn eventually became legendary for his obsession with video analysis, keeping a vast library of tapes at home and toting around a portable VCR on the road. The exercise was a means of both detecting small changes in his own swing mechanics and scouting opposing pitchers. As quaint as it sounds now, Gwynn was a pioneer in that regard; according to Jerry Crasnick, he invested thousands of dollars in video equipment to help himself and his Padre teammates become better hitters.Even if Gwynn hadn’t dug so deep into video so early, it’s likely other major leaguers would have eventually adopted similar practices as the technology got cheaper and more accessible. But it’s also undeniable that Gwynn’s success accelerated the trend of tape-watching and video analysis, which has since become commonplace in the game — particularly among today’s young, forward-thinking players. In many ways, Gwynn’s spiritual successors are technicians like Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, who uses footage (and data tracking) from high-speed cameras to improve his pitches and detect mechanical flaws before they cost him on the field.Many words have been spilled lamenting changes to baseball since Gwynn collected hit No. 3,000, particularly when it comes to the loss of similar contact-hitting virtuosos. But Gwynn’s larger legacy is as strong as ever. Along with the few batters in today’s game carrying the torch for Gwynn’s style of play, there are many, many more who emulate his work ethic and attention to detail to improve their performance.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Tonje Larsen pregnant but still thinks about handball

Norwegian HK Larvik defensive specialist Tonje Larsen (37) will miss rest of the season due beautiful reason – she is pregnant. Experienced player is in the first year of contract with the best Norwergian team (she signed until 2015), but despite her current status and ages she still have energy to think about come back:– We are very happy and we are happy that our family will be expanded by another member. If all goes as planned, I’ll have to return to handball training when I’m ready. Is there still need me, I am ready to contribute on the field – said Tonje Larsen said in a statement, writes Danish Hbold.dk. ← Previous Story Bojana Popovic becomes a mother! Next Story → Come to Dronninglund Cup 2014 in Denmark! Larvik HKTonje Larsen read more

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The 8 stages of having a song stuck in your head

first_imglaughingthroughthepain.com4. The FightbackYou try anything to get rid of it.Even singing other songs that you hate.YouTube/Ian LockeNothing works.5. The False LullThere’s that moment when you realise that it’s gonenickandnanner.blogspot.comAnd then that makes you think of it again. And suddenly…TumblrThen you’re headed for:6. The Pit of DespairTumblr7. The AftermathIt will go. Eventually. And then, finally, you’ll have peace.WikimediaUntil…YouTube/Ian LockeAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH.8. The ForeverRepeat stages 1-7, for the rest of your life.ImgurThanks to Rick O’Shea for inspiring this piece. What did Irish kids pick as their favourite film ever?>Why seagulls are the world’s worst birds> 1. Before The EarwormTHERE YOU ARE, just minding your own business.You might be walking down the street. You might be trying to sleep. You might be at your desk, just doing your thing.theouthousers.com2. The First AssaultSuddenly… it STRIKES.The earworm.TumblrIt could be thisYouTube/urfavesonglyricsOr thisYouTube/Shakil  HussainOr even, horrifyingly, THIS.YouTube/anakarenizationIn many ways, it doesn’t matter. The point is that it’s THERE.3. The GrowingAt first, you kind of enjoy it.TumblrThen, gradually, it starts to become frustratingpophangover.comLike, really frustrating.teen.comTo the point where you can’t think of anything else, and you feel like you’re losing your mind.last_img read more

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Whats on the World Cup 2018 schedule today June 17

first_imgBrazil and Germany take center stage at the World Cup today.June 17 Before that, however, Costa Rica and Serbia square off for the first in history in Samara’s new Cosmos Arena. Serbia has missed the last few big tournaments and will be looking to make an impression upon its return, especially in brotherly Russia. As Marko Grujic (Sky Sports) put it:“We haven’t played well during the past four to eight years and have skipped the major tournaments like the Euros and the World Cup, which is why people stopped believing in the country’s national team,”“But now I can feel that the feeling is coming back among the fans and the people of Serbia.”Meanwhile, Costa Rica caused a major shock with the performances in the previous World Cup, where it got all the way to the quarter-finals. The team is relatively the same, but they haven’t been playing as well lately. That’s why Serbia is seen as a slight favorite.The Costa Ricans have won their opening game at the World Cup in three of their previous four appearances, the only exception coming against hosts Germany in 2006 (2-4). Meanwhile, Serbia have lost their opening game by a 1-0 scoreline each time in their last two appearances.Brazil to face Switzerland in “difficult” World Cup opener Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 17, 2018 Former Borussia Dortmund striker Stephane Chapuisat says Brazil may be one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, but Neymar and other…That game will be followed by Germany versus Mexico. This match will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The Germans will try to put a difficult preparation period behind them, while the Mexicans will look to avenge the 4-1 defeat at last year’s Confederations Cup. Both Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer are believed to be fit enough to start.This will be the fourth World Cup encounter between Germany and Mexico and Die Mannschaft are unbeaten. Mexico have only won one of their 11 games against Germany (5 draws and 5 losses), and even that was in Mexico City.Then, in the night session in Rostov, Brazil will try to find a way to penetrate Switzerland‘s formidable defensive formation and show the world that the 7-1 loss to Germany four years ago is behind them.“The 7-1 is no longer in our heads, we have the level to be world champions again and re-write our history,”  – said Thiago Silva (Sky Sports)Neymar is expected to start, alongside Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.“We have to prepare mentally to play against such strong players.” – is what the Swiss’ coach Vladimir Petkovic said, and he’s absolutely right. Only the right mindset will prevent this from becoming a nightmare start for his team.last_img read more

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PM FM clueless on how to solve economic disaster says Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the government over the record cash transfer by the RBI, saying the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are “clueless” about solving the “self created economic disaster” and accused them of “stealing money” from the Bank. He also said that the move was akin to stealing a band-aid from the dispensary and sticking it on a gunshot wound. Gandhi’s reaction came after the RBI allowed the government to take Rs 1.76 lakh crore from its reserves to provide a fresh impetus to the economy. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “PM and FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster,” he charged on Twitter. “Stealing from RBI won’t work – it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary and sticking it on a gunshot wound,” he said, using the hashtag “#RBILooted”.PM & FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster. Stealing from RBI won’t work – it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary & sticking it on a gunshot wound. #RBILooted https://t.co/P7vEzWvTY3— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 27, 2019 Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us In a separate tweet, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wondered whether the move was “fiscal prudence or fiscal hara-kiri”.Is it a sheer coincidence that the ₹1.76L Cr borrowed by RBI matches with the ‘Missing’ amount in the Budget Calculations? Is this fiscal prudence or fiscal hara-kiri? Will this ₹ 1.76 L Cr be used to save BJP’s crony friends? https://t.co/X2JHuqZW40 2/— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 27, 2019 Advertise With Us He also wondered if it was coincidence that the Rs 1.76 lakh crore borrowed by the RBI matches with the “missing amount” in the budget calculations. “Is it a sheer coincidence that the Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore borrowed by RBI matches with the ‘Missing’ amount in the Budget Calculations,” he asked. “Is this fiscal prudence or fiscal hara-kiri? Will this Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore be used to save BJP’s crony friends,”he also asked. The Congress leader attached a media report on “the mystery of the ‘missing’ Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore in India’s budget”. His party colleague and spokesperson Sanjay Jha said in a tweet, “Robbed Bank of India: RBI.”last_img read more

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EU urges utmost restraint in IndoPak crisis

first_imgEU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. File Photo: AFPEU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday called on India and Pakistan to show the “utmost restraint” in their worsening confrontation as fears grow of all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals.After New Delhi and Islamabad said they had shot down each other’s warplanes in a dramatic intensification of a standoff triggered by a suicide attack on the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir earlier this month, Mogherini warned of the dangers of further escalation.”This has the potential to lead to serious and dangerous consequences for the two countries and the wider region,” she said in a statement.”We expect both countries to now exercise utmost restraint and avoid any further escalation of the situation,” she added, urging the two sides to resume diplomatic contacts to defuse the crisis.Earlier, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan called for talks, warning of potentially catastrophic consequences should “better sense” not prevail.While both sides have sought to play down the threat of war, the rare aerial engagement over the divided and disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir significantly raises the stakes between arch-rivals who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.Pakistan says it has downed two Indian jets and taken one pilot into custody, while New Delhi confirmed the loss of one of its planes and said it had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.last_img read more

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