Twenty-five-year-old Pascal Smith, the prime suspect in the murder of John Houston, at Alexander Street, Georgetown, was remanded to prison after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Smith was not required to plead to the indictable charge which read that on May 27, 2017, at Alexander Street, he unlawfully murdered Houston.The court heard that the prosecution’s file was not yet complete; hence the unrepresented accused was remanded to the Camp Street Prison. He was ordered to return to court on June 29 for report.
0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 15 – Manchester United have added two new Chinese sponsors to their lengthy list of global commercial backers in a bid to boost their already high profile in the country, the club announced Tuesday.China has long been seen as a huge growth area for the Premier League in general and United in particular.Now the Old Trafford club, who have been playing friendlies in China for more than 30 years, have signed “country specific” three-year deals with both China Construction Bank and Chinese soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha. “Manchester United has a long association with China, visiting 11 times to play friendly matches,” said United commercial director Richard Arnold.“The first time was in 1975 and the most recent visit in August last year.“Sir Alex (Ferguson, the United manager) and his team were overwhelmed with the welcome they received from fans who packed the stadium in Shanghai.”United posted record commercial income of £117.6million last year and have already announced a mammoth £357million seven-year shirt sponsorship deal with US car manufacturer Chevrolet that starts in 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
UPDATE 10:00 p.m. August 29 – The thunderstorm watch has endedUPDATE 9 p.m. August 29 – Radar indicates an area of thunderstorms moving through BC Peace -North. These thunderstorms will affect portions of Highway 97, northwest of Fort St. John and Highway 29, east of Hudson’s Hope for the next hour.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the North Peace and a thunderstorm is moving quickly towards Hudson’s Hope.- Advertisement -Environment Canada issued the watch Tuesday evening stating current conditions are favourable for the development of a severe thunderstorm. Radar shows thunderstorms are approaching Hudson’s Hope and are moving at a pace of 30 km/h and should reach Hudson’s Hope by 8:30 p.m.The storm could produce strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.Here is the latest radar image from Environment Canada. The image was taken at 7:40 p.m.Advertisement Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports using #BCStorm. See the full weather watch below.Issued at 2017-08-30 02:42 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Doppler radar indicates a cluster of thunderstorms approaching the area of Hudson’s Hope. These thunderstorm are moving northeast at 30 km/h and should reach Hudson’s Hope near 8:30pm MST.Advertisement
By Elaine Ganley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – A decade after Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a Paris car crash, a British coroner’s jury comes to the French capital this week to retrace the lovers’ fatal path in an attempt to put to rest the dark suspicions surrounding their deaths. Although the events leading up to the deaths have already been dissected in two lengthy investigations, the visit today and Tuesday marks the first time an inquest jury has left Britain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are concerns over swarming paparazzi similar to those who pursued the couple in their final moments. Where the 11-member jury will stay is top secret, and their exact itinerary while the court is “in session” in Paris will not be divulged in advance. It is known, however, that they will visit the Place de l’Alma by the underpass where the Mercedes crashed and the Pitie Salpetiere Hospital where Diana died. “It is very difficult to conduct this sort of visit where you are leaving the protection ? offered by your own legal system,” said a spokesman for the inquest, who asked not to be named in keeping with British procedure. “All of a sudden, we are about to walk down streets in Paris with no legal authority over those people around us.” Under British law, inquests are held when someone dies unexpectedly, violently or of unknown causes. Diana, 36, and Fayed, 42, were killed along with their driver, Henri Paul, when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont d’Alma tunnel shortly after midnight on Aug. 31, 1997.
Transfer Rumours:Transfer news: Chelsea and Liverpool face competition in battle to sign Santos starlet Thiago MaiaParis Saint-Germain starlet Mahamadou Dembele set to snub Liverpool interest and sign new deal with French giantsSaint-Etienne want £12m for defender targeted by Manchester United and West HamManchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho adds THIRD Atletico Madrid star to summer shopping listArsenal transfer update: Spanish reports claim Barcelona will sell Arda Turan in the summerJuventus join Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Schalke star Leon GoretzkaManchester United transfer news: Red Devils to reignite interest in Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman?Transfer news: Anderlecht ace admits he is eyeing Premier League move amid reported Crystal Palace and Leicester interestSead Kolasinac latest: Move to Arsenal NOT agreed as AC Milan battle to land Schalke defenderArsenal and Everton target Bjorn Engels would relish Premier League move Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Everton have slapped a mammoth £100million price tag on striker Romelu Lukaku a bid to keep him at the club. (Liverpool Echo)Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly ready to spend £100m to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer. (Daily Star)But reports in Spain suggest the Belgian star has already agreed a deal to join Real when the transfer window reopens. (Don Balon)Arsenal will push Alexis Sanchez towards a move to Paris Saint-Germain if he cannot agree a deal to stay with the Gunners, with the club unwilling to allow the Chilean to join Chelsea or Manchester City. (The Sun)Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of number one summer target Alvaro Morata, who has told Real Madrid he is leaving the Spanish giants in the summer (Diario Gol)John Terry could stay in the Premier League when he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season, with West Brom currently favourites to sign the defender on a free transfer. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United could sell Juan Mata to Turkish club Besiktas in the summer, IF the Red Devils sign his replacement – Benfica’s 23-year-old midfielder Anderson Talisca. (Daily Express)Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to leave Anfield in the summer after ten years at the club. (Daily Telegraph)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:
WASHINGTON – Two years after the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx, a dysfunctional Food and Drug Administration still can’t adequately track the safety of new drugs and respond quickly to problems, a panel of experts said Friday. The Institute of Medicine said the FDA needs more money, people and power to ensure that it maintains focus on the safety of the drugs it regulates throughout the time they are on the market. The agency needs cultural changes, too, to avoid the tensions that can upset the weighing of drugs’ risks and benefits, the panel said. Also needed are labeling and advertising restrictions on newly approved drugs that would stress the uncertainties that remain about their safety, the institute said in “The Future of Drug Safety,” a report issued Friday. Problems in FDA oversight were highlighted when the popular painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004, five years after its approval, after long-term Vioxx use was linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It also recommended that the FDA review the safety of all new drugs five years after their introduction – making their initial approval almost tentative and subject to withdrawal. New drugs also would carry a symbol – perhaps a black triangle – for two years, alerting patients and doctors that uncertainties might remain about their risks and benefits. Advertising would be restricted during that two-year period, if legally permissible, according to the report. The report does not recommend the setting up of a separate center to oversee the safety of drugs, as some anticipated. Burke and others said the committee felt strongly that safety should be integrated throughout the approval process. It does suggest that Congress grant the FDA the regulatory authority to compel pharmaceutical companies to study the risk of their drugs once they’re on the market. “Vioxx was like a dead canary in a coal mine, a warning that worse may yet come. Today there’s no question left that we need to strengthen post-market surveillance in order to improve drug safety and save lives,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who with Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has introduced legislation that would give the FDA such authority.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe institute said there was an appearance of a crisis in drug safety but did not determine whether one actually exists. It did paint the picture of a lopsided agency, with less-than-adequate amounts of time and money being spent on monitoring the safety of drugs once people begin using them in great numbers. “We found an imbalance in the regulatory attention and resources available before and after approval,” said Sheila Burke, chairwoman of the committee that wrote the report. “Staff and resources devoted to pre-approval functions are substantially greater. Regulatory authority that is well-defined and robust before approval diminishes after a drug is introduced to the market.” Nor does the FDA have the resources to keep up once the drugs reach the market in assessing safety or informing the public about any risks that might develop. “I am committed to taking additional steps and will look to the initiatives recommended by the Institute of Medicine, to ensure we continue to fulfill our mission,” said Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, the FDA’s acting commissioner. Burke called much of the effort little more than “moving boxes” around on organizational charts. “They have not been an integrative solution. They have addressed pieces of it but not in a fulsome way,” she said. The institute proposed a series of steps to improve safety review, including boosting the FDA’s budget whether through an appropriation from Congress or taxes. It also recommended lifting restrictions on how the FDA can spend the fees collected from drug companies. Those fees now underwrite the cost of reviewing new drugs prior to approval.
Brighton vs Derby: How to listenFull commentary from the south coast will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at 12pm.Ian Danter will bring you all the build up with Jim Proudfoot and Perry Groves on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here. LATEST FA CUP NEWS Derby boss Frank Lampard is looking to dump Brighton out of the FA Cup LOOKING GOOD Brighton vs Derby: Team newsSolly March misses out for Brighton due to an ankle problem which forced him off in last Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Burnley.Jose Izquierdo, who has not featured since early December, is back in training following a knee problem but the fifth-round tie comes too soon, while forward Florin Andone is suspended.Derby ace Tom Lawrence is absent due to a slight knock and Andy King, who is on loan from Leicester, is cup-tied. 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 Championship Derby will be looking to dump another Premier League side out of this season’s FA Cup when they take on Brighton this afternoon.Frank Lampard’s Rams beat Southampton in a replay in the third round and are now set to face a Seagulls team who are without a win since January 5. Brighton vs Derby: Kick-off timeThe FA Cup tie will get underway at the AMEX Stadium at 12:30pm on Saturday, February 16. 3 Chelsea unveil stunning retro kit to mark 50 years since first FA Cup triumph Tom Lawrence misses out on target Confirmed line-upsBrighton: Button, Saltor, Duffy, Burn, Bernardo, Bissouma, Kayal, Stephens, Knockaert, Locadia, Jahanbakhsh.Subs: Bong, Gross, Montoya, Sanchez, Gyokeres, Ostigard, Molumby.Derby: Roos, Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Malone, Bryson, Huddlestone, Holmes, Waghorn, Nugent, Harry Wilson.Subs: Wisdom, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Johnson, Evans, Cole, Ravas.Referee: David Coote
John Hughes’ future at Inverness CT is in doubt with the manager at odds with the club’s board over his player budget, STV understands.The former Falkirk and Hibernian boss, who led the club to third place and Scottish Cup glory in 2014/15, has been at loggerheads with the Highlanders’ hierarchy in recent times over cash for new players.The situation over Hughes’ position could become clearer in the next few days.Swindon striker Miles Storey, who has spent the past season on loan at the Caledonian Stadium, announced he was joining Aberdeen this summer with Inverness claiming they made the player “the best offer” they could. Meanwhile Inverness have secured Aaron Doran on a two-year deal with the option of a further year while midfielder Lewis Horner has signed on for another campaign with striker Alex Fisher earning a six-month extension. That development will do little to ease what appears to be an increasingly fractious relationship between Hughes and the Caley Jags board.In recent weeks Hughes has made a number of public comments expressing frustration at what he feels is a limited budget.Last month the board defended the amount of cash made available for the playing squad in 2015/16, claiming Hughes had benefited from the biggest budget in the club’s history.With no end to the dispute in sight, STV understands there’s now a major question mark over Hughes’ future.
The Scottish FA fast track appeals system usually hears cases on the Thursday immediately following the match. Clubs need to submit their appeal before 3pm on the second working day after the game.Monday’s bank holiday means clubs were told in advance that any judicial panel issues arising from the weekend’s games would not be heard until April 27. Scott Brown will be free to play against Rangers in this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final after Celtic submitted an appeal against his red card from the match against Ross County.The Hoops skipper was sent off by referee Don Robertson in the closing moments of the 2-2 draw for a challenge on County’s Liam Boyce.That straight red card brings an automatic suspension, which would normally rule the midfielder out of next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Celtic have appealed the sending off, however, and Brown is available for selection until the case is heard by an independent panel.
The Lough Swilly Ferry service, which links Rathmullan and Buncrana, is to begin sailing again this summer thanks to funding that will allow the service to operate for the next four years.However, local public representatives are at odds as to who should be funding the ferry service.Speaking earlier today on the issue, Councillor Nicholas Crossan welcomed the news. He said “For the first time now since the ferry started we’ve managed to secure it for four years which will give visitors time to plan their holidays in advance.”Crossan said that funding is coming out of a members fund and that “We’ve argued the point that it should be funded by the county council… it should be out of the budget,” but was still excited to get the ball rolling.“The executives of Donegal county council had been in negotiations with the operator since last September and we’re delighted that it has been secured for the next four years. ”However, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is more apprehensive over the ferry’s funding. He said “While I welcome the four-year guarantee, a good sum of money is being taken from Donegal community groups such as the GAA, Tidy Towns etc, not a cent is coming from central government.”Mac Lochlainn said that it wasn’t fair on these groups, who are now having their funding taken away from them:“Those two ferries should be funded by the Central Irish Government.”The Minister of State for Tourism and Transport Patrick O’Donovan will be meeting with Donegal County Council next week to discuss the issue.Senator Mac Lochlainn is hopeful that Minister O’Donovan will be able to resolve the issue. Swilly Ferry should be funded from Central Government – Senator Mac Lochlainn was last modified: May 12th, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilnicholas crossanSenator Padraig MacLochlainnSwilly Ferry
Four social enterprise projects have been successful in applications for grants in the latest funding announcement by the Department of Rural and Community Development.€2 million in funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund was shared out among 52 social enterprise projects across the country.In Donegal, the projects being supported by the Fund are: Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha (LAN) in Falcarragh will receive €33,456 to fund the purchase of an excavator to facilitate land rehabilitation of an industrial waste land. Previously the site of a tomato growing industry, this land will be developed as an innovative sustainable eco / cultural-tourism facility for LAN and its wider community.Spraoi Agus Spórt Family Centre in Carndonagh will get €75,000 to fund the purchase and installation of the FabLab equipment at their existing premises.Comhlacht Forbartha an Tearmainn was allocated €68,500 for development of a dedicated storage facility for the organisation’s primary asset, its fleet of electric bikes for hire to tourists.Muff Community Development Co-op Society Limited will receive €43,862 to extensively upgrade facilities in Muff Community Hall. The main aim of the funding is to increase the impact of social enterprises by enhancing their capacity to delivery services and generate traded income through the provision of small capital grants.The allocations follow a call for applications for funding made by Minister Ring in July.Announcing the successful projects today, Minister Ring said: “I am delighted to announce funding of €2 million to assist social enterprises in the valuable work they carry out across the country. Social enterprises drive job creation, deliver essential services, bring social benefits and breathe life into communities.“Most importantly, they carry out this work in communities and areas which are most in need, including rural areas which would otherwise struggle to attract mainstream providers in certain sectors. The funding being made available today will enable the successful applicants to improve their service delivery through investment in areas such as essential equipment, accessible vehicles and premises refurbishment.”Over €220,000 granted to four Donegal Social Enterprises was last modified: December 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterOCONTO — Dominick Wichlacz was a perfect 3-0 to win the 106-pound weight class and help the Spencer wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Oconto Team Tournament on Saturday.The tournament was a round-robin individual format.Spencer also had four individual second-place finishes. Daniel Wilke (145) and Hunter Luepke (182) each went 4-1, and Hunter Hildebrandt (160) and Zach Schneider (170) each were 3-1.The Rockets host Osseo-Fairchild/Altoona/Augusta in their Cloverbelt Conference dual meet opener on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2014 Oconto Team TournamentTeam scores: 1. Tomahawk 360; 2. Oconto 328; 3. Spencer 259; 4. Shiocton 254; 5. Crandon 214; 6. Wabeno 161.Individual Results106: 1. Dominick Wichlacz (SP) 3-0; 2. Brenden Dorner (WAB) 2-1; 3. Austin Ratajccyk (OC) 1-2; 4. Tasha Carstensen (TOM) 0-3.113: 1. Sawyer Theobald (SH) 4-0; 2. Aiden Wusterbarth (OC) 3-1; 3. Bryce Shaw (SP) 2-2; 4. Tanner Moris (CR) 1-3; 5. Tanner Dorner (WAB) 0-4.120: 1. Ben Kalata (CR) 4-0; 2. Raymond Herb (SH) 3-1; 3. Caden Schillinger (SP) 2-2; 4. Brandon Moravec (WAB) 1-3; 5. Brady Anderson (TOM) 0-4.126: 1. Tyler Wusterbarth (OC) 4-0; 2. Blake Carsterson (TOM) 3-1; 3. Riley Skarda (OC) 2-2; 4. Melicia Sigala (CR) 1-3; 5. Levi Snorthum (SH) 0-4.132: 1. Elton Kelsey (OC) 2-0; 2. Sam VanStraten (SH) 1-1; 3. Cullen Wagener (TOM) 0-2.138: 1. Zac Higgins (CR) 5-0; 2. Chase Erdmann (TOM) 4-1; 3. Tim Bauer (SP) 3-2; 4. Peyton Boucher (OC) 1-4; 5. Brandon Phalen (WAB) 1-4; 6. Tristan Jarvey (OC) 1-4.145: 1. Bryan Ozak (OC) 5-0; 2. Daniel Wilke (SP) 4-1; 3. Keegan Jack (TOM) 3-2; 4. Trevor Young (SH) 2-3; 5. Riley Wagoner (CR) 1-4; 6. Austin Townsend (WAB) 0-5.152: 1. Austin Riehl (SH) 5-0; 2. Nacie Carlarco (WAB) 3-2; 3. Nate Flohr (TOM) 3-2; 4. Ben Giesler (OC) 2-3; 5. Nathan Neumann (SP) 2-3; 6. Ty Flannery (CR) 0-5.160: 1. Hunter Michalak (OC) 4-0; 2. Hunter Hildebrandt (SP) 3-1; 3. Dakota Tomek (TOM) 1-3; 4. Dylan Houts (WAB) 1-3; 5. John Doane (CR) 1-3.170: 1. Quinton Wallenfang (TOM) 4-0; 2. Zach Schneider (SP) 3-1; 3. Seth Reed (OC) 2-2; 4. John Houts (WAB) 1-3; 4. Trent Moder (SH) 0-5.182: 1. Slade Erdman (TOM) 4-1; 2. Hunter Luepke (SP) 4-1; 3. Mason Gromm (SH) 4-1; 4. Deven Groff (CR) 2-3; 5. KainVan Pay (OC) 1-4; 6. Riley Hoffmann (WAB) 0-5.195: 1. Kaleb Kaminski (TOM) 4-0; 2. Henry Fielding (SH) 3-1; 3. Isaiah Doane (CR) 2-2; 4. Tyler Voda (SP) 1-3; 5. Mason Camps (OC) 0-4.220: 1. Dane Borchardt (TOM) 4-0; 2. Kyle Merschdorf (WAB) 3-1; 3. Ben Gunderson (SH) 2-2; 4. Lucas Ruechel (OC) 1-3; 5. Jason Smith (CR) 0-4.285: 1. Jake Borchardt (TOM) 4-0; 2. Charlie Wilson (CR) 3-1; 3. Dustin Linney (OC) 2-2; 4. Alex Webb (WAB) 1-3; 5. Bobby Pfeiffer (CR) 0-4.
Oprah’s well publicizedfirst tweet on Friday was definitely a boon for Twitter. According to Hitwise, 37% of all visits to Twitter last Friday were from new visitors, and Twitter’s overall share of U.S. Internet visits increased 24% on Friday. It is important to note, though, that Twitter, being the new and growing service that it is, usually gets about 32% new visitors every day, which definitely puts these numbers into perspective. Hitwise, however, also notes that Facebook’s ratio of new visitors was only 8% in March. According to Hitwise, the search term “oprah twitter” was the 35th highest search term with the word Twitter in it last week, which doesn’t sound like much, but it is important to note that Hitwise’s search data is weekly and Oprah’s show only aired on Friday.Oprah’s Midas Touch Now that Twitter has received Oprah’s Midas touch, the real question will be to see how many of these new users will stick around. While Oprah devoted a large segment of her show on Friday to Twitter, she did not really explain the service in any great detail. We will have to see if the majority of new users will actually use the service as intended, or if they will just stick to following celebrities like Oprah, Britney Spears (who also now has more than 1 million followers), or Aston Kutcher, whose race with CNN for reaching more than 1 million followers surely also helped to spark the sudden rush of new Twitter users (and we can’t help but wonder whether the effort of a certain group of users to push a fake user account past Kutcher and CNN by creating hundreds of thousands of fake accounts isn’t also reflected in these stats). Tags:#news#NYT#Trends#twitter#web frederic lardinois Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
India paceman Umesh Yadav went full throttle even as old warhorse Zaheer Khan made a slow start but managed to silence his critics during the India vs Australia Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. Score | PhotosIt was due to their combined effort during Day 1 of Ind vs Aus Test that the Aussies were reeling on 205/5 before lower-order batsmen Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin made amends to push the Australia total to 277/6 at stumps.Together Yadav (3) and Zaheer (2) scalped five wickets between them with R Ashwin claiming the last wicket of the day in the form of debutant Ed Cowan, who made a fine 68 at the top of the heap.No doubt the Aussie total of 277/6 looks respectable at a glance, but considering that their bowlers are inexperienced and lack the firepower, the visitors very much fancy their chances at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electing to bat the hosts didn’t get the sort of opening they would have desired as India pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and an over later sent one-down batsman Shaun Marsh packing on a duck to reduce the Aussies to 46/2.Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.An hour later the covers were removed and match resumed with Ponting and Test debutant Cowan batting steadily to negate the effects of the adverse weather conditions. As the weather conditions improved the two started batting at ease even as the Indians continued to bowl a probing line.advertisementSoon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style off R Ashwin’s turner. No wonder the man wanted to put to rest all voices that demanded his ouster. He was well supported by southpaw Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni utilised a pacer and a spinner in tandem to break Ponting and Cowan’s stand, but his efforts came a cropper looked at ease and batted with confidence. Interestingly, their 100-plus stand didn’t see a single aerial shot being played.But eventually Dhoni’s did pay off with Yadav increasing his victims tally to three. An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159. At tea, the hosts were batting on 170/3.The third session saw the Aussie score that was once reeling on 46/2 swell to a good 200-plus. But just when things were settling down for the hosts, Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls to reduce the hosts to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke’s stumps but the second one was a bit iffy. Television replays showed that Hussey hadn’t nicked the ball to Dhoni. Unfortunately for Hussey there’s no DRS in this series.Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that’s when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.Finally Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia’s total to 277/6. The two were unbeaten at close.
Neymar provided Paris Saint-Germain with an injury scare after hobbling off having appeared to twist his right foot in the 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg.PSG’s 9-0 thrashing of Guingamp on Saturday was soured by midfielder Marco Verratti suffering a sprained left ankle, and Neymar sustained a problem in their latest success.The Brazil forward received treatment for an issue seemingly sustained after a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi and, though Neymar returned to the pitch, he withdrew himself in the 62nd minute and was consoled as he made his way down the tunnel. 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! Thomas Tuchel’s side had been 1-0 up at the time thanks to Edinson Cavani’s early goal, and Angel Di Maria’s 80th-minute volley made sure of their progress to the last 16.GOAL! 2-0! Angel Di Maria makes it two! #PSGRCSA#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/s1Hxd2zP5T— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 23, 2019PSG went ahead inside four minutes, Cavani placing home after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gathered Thiago Silva’s long ball.After going close with a pair of free-kicks, Neymar somehow poked wide in front of an open goal after sliding to reach Di Maria’s squared pass.Cavani’s downward header from a corner was clawed away by Matz Sels, who kept out Neymar’s effort and saw Di Maria’s follow-up attempt hit the post before half-time.Neymar’s eventful evening continued when he suffered his apparent injury when trying to fend off Zemzemi, who attempted to tackle the Brazilian three times before the referee’s whistle went.The PSG forward was unhappy with the rough treatment meted out and got a form of revenge when he flicked the ball over the Strasbourg midfielder before firing wide from the resultant set piece.However, Neymar left the pitch shortly after and his evening ended with 28 minutes still to play.It appeared to have an adverse effect on Tuchel’s men, who barely created anything until Di Maria reached Julian Draxler’s back-post cross to make sure of the win 10 minutes from time.That killed off any hope of a Strasbourg fightback and also allowed Tuchel to introduce Jese Rodriguez from the bench for his first PSG appearance since December 2016. What does it mean? PSG left with Neymar fearsNeymar sustained his injury with less than three weeks to go until the first leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United. A fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle suffered last February ensured he missed the rest of the domestic season. A similar period on the sidelines would be a significant blow to PSG’s continental hopes.No Mbappe … then no Neymar, no problem.Tuchel opted to leave Kylian Mbappe out of his matchday squad and even after Neymar came off his team still had plenty of firepower. Di Maria looked the most dangerous throughout and got his reward when Draxler picked him out at the back post to score the second with 10 minutes to go.Zemzemi endures night to forgetHe may have injured Neymar but Zemzemi was made to look foolish when the PSG forward responded by flicking the ball over his head moments later. Moreover, it was Zemzemi’s dreadful clearance that allowed the home side to score their second and clinch the tie.What’s next?Ligue 1 leaders PSG, who are 13 points clear with two games in hand, may be without Neymar when they entertain Rennes on Sunday before a trip to Lyon. Fifth-placed Strasbourg will hope to get back to winning ways in the first of back-to-back games against Bordeaux. read more
Juventus FC have agreed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the Spanish giants announced through an official statement.The deal is believed to go ahead for a fee of above 100 million euros and will be payable over two years.Ronaldo, who was reportedly unhappy with president Florentino Perez and the treatment of the Portuguese star, had dropped a hint after the Champions League final in Kiev this year that he might be on the move.It was believed that Ronaldo was unhappy with Real president for not keeping his promises and was finally ready to move on.”Real Madrid C.F. communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC.”Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.”Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement,” said Real Madrid’s official statement.”For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home,” it added. Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won 4 Champions League trophies with them (Reuters Photo)Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in May, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave the club this year, telling a reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”advertisementThe five-times world player of the year has had several fallouts with his club and on several occasions indicated that he would leave.However, a move to Juventus was out of cards as a return to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain was believed to be more likely. But, the former United player decided to quit the sunny shores of Spain and join Turin instead of a dull and rainy Manchester.Few days back, Ronaldo’s agent had told Portuguese media that the player would be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he ends up leaving the European champion.Jorge Mendes was quoted as saying in Portuguese newspaper Record that Ronaldo would always be grateful to “the club, the president, the directors, the medical staff, all the workers without exception and all the Madrid fans around the world.”Mendes was quoted by Record last Thursday as saying that “if that happens, it will be just a new phase and a new challenge in his brilliant career.”And, it has finally happened. A vendor adjusts a Juventus’ jersey with the name of Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited in his shop in Turin (Reuters Photo)He is all set to wear his famous No. 7 jersey and will be unveiled in the upcoming days by the Old Lady.News of him moving to Italy broke out just after Portugal crashed out of the World Cup 2018 in the round of 16 after losing to Uruguay.While, many people were shocked by the news of him moving to Juventus, shares of the Italian club were up 5.5 percent at 0.865 Euros, after a session high of 0.8995 Euros. The stock kept rising in the upcoming days.Many have raised questions about Juventus’ ability to pull off such an astronomical deal because of the transfer fee and player salary involved but a Milan-based trader pointed to the potential gain from a merchandise point of view. He said that Real Madrid has sold 750 thousand jerseys of Ronaldo alone and there is no sign of that changing even at Juventus.In February, Juventus said it forecast to end the 2017-18 financial year, ending in June 2018, with a loss after posting half-year revenues at 290 million Euros and a profit down to 43.3 million Euros. Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds (Reuters Photo)Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world-record fee of 80 million pounds ($106 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top-scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.