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PSG fight to go six clear in France

first_img– ‘Small dose of destiny’ –The rapture was short-lived however as Meunier again calmly slotted home as Mbappe put the ball on a platter for him deep into injury time.“It was a small dose of destiny,” Meunier said.Meunier has now scored three league goals in his last two appearances, further strengthening his case for inclusion in Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Anderlecht.“We knew it would be tough but we were not expecting to have to fight like that,” France midfielder Adrien Rabiot told French television after the game.“For them it was their game of the season and their mentality and team spirit made us use up a great deal of energy.”Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing PSG chairman Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030. FIFA said Friday it was also investigating Khelaifi over the media rights issue.Elsewhere on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille conceded a last-gasp equaliser to draw 2-2 at home with Troyes and remain without a win since the opening weekend of the season.Stephane Darbion stunned the struggling hosts inside three minutes at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but close-season signing Luiz Araujo equalised nine minutes later.His fellow Brazilian Thiago Mendes struck to put Lille ahead, but Adama Niane converted a 92nd-minute penalty to pile the pressure on Lille’s beleaguered Argentinian boss.Saint-Etienne scored three times late on to beat Metz 3-1 and move up to third in the table, although Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes will all be looking to leapfrog them when they play on Sunday.On Friday, Nabil Fekir’s last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon as their captain sealed a home win over champions Monaco, who rested Colombian striker Radamel Falcao ahead of their midweek hosting of Besiktas.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | A Thomas Meunier brace gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-fought 2-1 win at Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday after the hosts thought they’d earned a late draw through Benjamin Jeannot’s stunning volley.The result gives PSG, whose chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is under investigation in his capacity as beIN Media chief over the sale of World Cup broadcasting rights, a six-point lead over second-placed Monaco who lost 3-2 at Lyon on Friday. Belgian right-back Meunier held his nerve to slot the opening goal past prone Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet, who had just parried a shot in what was an excellent performance.His teammate Jeannot’s goal will be a contender for goal of the season, running at full tilt he fired a left-footed volley with such force in the 87th minute it left PSG keeper Alphonse Areola rooted to the spot. “We are very focused on the league and the Champions League,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“The president (Khelaifi) speaks constantly with Antero (Henrique, sporting director). I am kept informed at all times, and he told me that he would be with us for Wednesday’s game (at Anderlecht).”Match-winner Meunier insisted he was “1,000 percent” sure the dressing room wasn’t affected by the Khelaifi accusations.“It has nothing to do with the players of PSG, it doesn’t concern us,” he said.In a packed and raucous stadium, Dijon made a real fight of it as a PSG side deprived of Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Thiago Silva and Layvin Kurzawa were given a rough time by the hosts.Emery said after the game that Cavani had been struggling with a foot problem that he suffered before playing for Uruguay in their final World Cup qualifiers.Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could have scored a hatful and PSG hit the woodwork twice before their go-ahead goal on 70 minutes.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgAussie players want to limit day-night Tests SYDNEY (AP): Cricket Australia’s plan to stage two day-night Tests next season hit another hitch yesterday when the players’ association sought a limit of one. The initial schedule proposed that the third Test between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide – the venue for the only previous pink-ball Test – and the series-opener against Pakistan in Brisbane in December be day-night matches. South African players and officials have so far resisted the idea, although Pakistan have committed to playing a day-night match. “The feedback we are receiving from our playing group is that there still remain concerns over day-night Tests,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson said. “While there is acknowledgement that this format may grow the game, at this stage, the players would prefer to only play one day-night Test in 2016-17.” Williamson confirmed as NZ Test captain WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Leading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand’s 29th Test cricket captain. The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 Internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Williamson “has been a leader within the team for a long time and has already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain. He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field and has a superb cricket brain.” Williamson said he had learnt a lot from McCullum and “the culture that he and Mike (Hesson) have cultivated has been a huge part of this team’s success in recent times”. Ronaldo, Benzema to miss match MADRID (AP): Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will miss today’s league match as they try to recover from injuries in time to face Manchester City in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that neither of his top two scorers was fit for the trip to Real Sociedad, where Madrid need a win to realistically remain in the Spanish league title race. Madrid trail leaders Barcelona and second-place AtlÈtico Madrid by one point, with three matches to go. Madrid host City on Wednesday after the two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg, where Madrid clearly missed Ronaldo’s spark in attack and where Benzema played only the first half. “I am worried because each time you have a player injured it is difficult,” Zidane said yesterday. “Now, the most important thing is that they completely recover because we cannot take risks with Cristiano and Karim.”last_img read more

“Education is the best preparation to run the nation” – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger on Wednesday declared that education is the best investment Governments can make in preparation for the future development of any nation.The Head of State was at the time addressing residents and students at the Coomacka Community ground, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), where he commissioned the 10th school bus donated under his B’sA group of nursery school students,who came out to witness the commissioning of the bus at the Coomacka Community Ground(Boats, Buses, Bicycles, Breakfast, Booths and Books) programme.The 30-seater vehicle, donated by Suresh Jagmohan of S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services, makes it the third time that school children of that region are benefiting under the programme, since two boats are already operational in the Berbice and Demerara Rivers.President Granger explained that providing transportation for school children must be seen in a wider context in which the Government is preparing to hand over the country year by year to the next generation and the only way through which this transition can be successful is if the next generation is one of scholars.“Education is the best preparation to run the nation… If you want to be something in life, you have to be educated and the least I could do is toensure that every single child has access to education, because I believe in equality,” the President said.He assured that this programme is not a political gimmick or a vote-catcher but a much-needed intervention that is a direct response to the needs of families across the 10 administrative regions. He also explained that apart from enabling access to education, the B’s programme is effectively reducing inequality by creating a level playing field for all of Guyana’s children.“We want to make Guyana a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to the good things in life… The money that you will spend everyday to get to and from school can now be used to improve your standard of living at home and your quality of life,” President Granger said.He also outlined the nexus between education and gainful employment, and urged residents, particularly youths, to make full use of opportunities for education so that they can develop the technical ‘know how’ to venture into areas like agro-processing and value-added production.“This region is rich in potential but the wealth is leaving the country because we are exporting raw materials instead of processing those materials here… you could provide employment for yourself [right here in Region 10],” the Head of State said.The bus, which was commissioned, will benefit children from Coomacka, Siberia, Nottinghamshire and other villages along the Old England stretch in Region 10.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said that for years, children from villages like Coomacka, had to walk or ride for long distances with the alternative of paying fares that are way too expensive for families in that area. He also said that construction of the roads is also in the pipeline and this will bring further relief to residents of that area.Regional Education Officer Marcia Paddy-Andrews said the two boats are being carefully monitored and managed and they have been bringing relief to parents. She said that one of the vessels is being used to ferry32 children from the Lower and Upper Berbice River to Kimbia, while the second is transporting about 45 children from places like Gold Hill in the Demerara River to Linden.Responding to recent reports in the press about alleged misbehaviour on the boats, Paddy-Andrews explained that the children are never unsupervised while on board the boats, a captain and a boat hand are always present. These two officials have a register and an incident book in which any misbehaviour is recorded. She said that to date, no report of misconduct has been reported.The REDO also reported that the region has already rolled out a breakfast programme which has aided in an increase in attendance and enrolment.last_img read more

Broadcasters compelled to air free 1 hour Govt PSAs

first_imgDraft legislation…can lodge complaints with GNBA – ChairmanLocal broadcasters – both private and public – will now be compelled to air, without charge, Government’s public service announcements (PSAs) during a certain timeframe according to the draft Broadcast legislation.However, broadcast agencies which have issues with any PSA have recourse to the regulator, the Guyana National broadcasting Authority (GNBA).GNBA Chairman Leslie SobersGNBA Chairman Leslie Sobers has however dispelled any suggestion that, in arbitrating between private entities and the Government, the GNBA board may issue biased judgements. “I see no reason why it should be misconstrued that GNBA would be biased, because GNBA would not be. The people who would have a problem would be the particular ministry and agency that was requesting that the broadcasting house air a particular thing that they consider a public service announcement,” he said.Sobers said that, for example, should the Ministry of Public Infrastructure present something to a radio station or a studio for airing, and the thing involves the public interest but as far as the broadcaster is concerned it does not sound like a public service announcement nor does it look like a public service announcement, that broadcaster can approach the GNBA with a complaint.Sobers said that in arbitrating in cases of this nature, the GNBA would adhere to a strict understanding of what constitutes a public service announcement (PSA).“We would now have to examine whether the content of the particular agency’s (broadcast request) really and truly falls under a public service announcement (PSA). And if it does not, we will advise (the Ministry or agency) that they have to pay (to have the announcement broadcasted). And if (the PSA is really a PSA), then we will advise the studio that this really is a public service announcement.”The GNBA is appointed by the President, but, by statute, one member of the board must be nominated by the political opposition.According to the Broadcasting Act of 2011 Section 18, 1 (f), the GNBA can “require licensees to carry information on any programmes issued by the Civil Defence Commission, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service and/or health services, and certain other programmes as public information deemed appropriate and necessary in terms of national security, emergency, and disaster, as a public service at no cost.”The legislation also stipulates that the GNBA can “require licensees to carry a certain percentage of public service broadcast, or development support broadcast, as public information deemed appropriate as a public service at no cost.”According to Sobers, this regulation would apply to radio and television stations, as well as cable service providers. This, he said, would basically mean anyone with a broadcasting licence.DraftAccording to reports in the state media, the new draft legislation being prepared would see broadcast agencies being mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between the hours of 06:00am and 10:00pm (6:00hrs and 22:00hrs).It is also stated that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.A broadcaster has the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.The GNBA, according to the draft provisos, “shall investigate and determine a complaint, and issue a ruling that the programme can be reasonably considered a public service broadcast programme, and direct the broadcasting agency to air the programme free of cost”.Further, the broadcaster can “be granted an interim order to broadcast the announcement as a public service broadcast programme; and where the programme is not so considered, as provided in Section 9 (a) above, the GNBA can order payment of regular programme cost for broadcasting the said programme.”But there is also a warning: Provision is made for sanctions to be levied on any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint. The GNBA can, after deliberation, deem that broadcaster to be in breach of his/her licence.last_img read more

Kenya up five places in FIFA rankings

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Ovella Ochieng’s first half goal against Zanzibar during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21- Harambee Stars’ positive ending to the year has continued after they rose five places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, moving to 106th from a low of 111 during the last set of rankings.Save for the CECAFA Senior Challenge, Kenya has not played any international ties and of all the CECAFA games played only results against Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi would count as Zanzibar is not recognized as a full FIFA member. Kenya won against Rwanda (2-0) and Tanzania (1-0) in the group stages, drew 0-0 with Libya and beat Burundi 1-0 after extra time in the semi-finals.Despite dropping one place to 75th, Uganda remains the best placed African country followed by Kenya and Rwanda.Burundi are down four places to 142, Ethiopia up two places to 143, Tanzania down five places to 147 while South Sudan are down one place to 153.Meanwhile, the African top three has not changed with Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt retaining their slots as the best three African countries.Rwanda is Africa’s best mover having gone seven places up to rank at 113th, much thanks to their home and away victory over Ethiopia in the African nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier last month.Libya is Africa’s biggest dropper having gone down 11 places to 88th.The top five worldwide hasn’t changes as well with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium still ranked as the world’s best five teams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers’ defensive record: Is Carragher the answer?

first_img How much blame does Brendan Rodgers deserve for Liverpool’s defensive woes? We take a look at his record with previous clubs Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has established a considerable reputation since his first job at Watford in 2008, but with criticism mounting following Liverpool’s continuing defensive woes, talkSPORT takes a look at his ‘goals against’ record throughout his league managerial career.Watford: 2008/2009 – 38 goals conceded in 26 games, 1.46 goals per gameRodgers left Chelsea in order to become the manager at Vicarage Road.The Hornets conceded an average of 1.46 goals per game that season, but despite winning only two of his first 10 league games, they finished 13th in the Championship, avoiding relegation.Reading: 2009 – 33 goals conceded in 21 games, 1.57 goals per gameWeeks after ensuring Watford’s survival, Rodgers replaced Steve Coppell at Reading to rejoin his old club.Despite a good start, a string of poor results followed and the Northern Irishman left by mutual consent shortly before Christmas.During his tenure, Reading conceded 33 goals in 21 games, averaging 1.57 goals against per game.Swansea: 2010-2012 – 97 goals conceded in 87 games, 1.11 goals per gameRodgers moved to the South Wales club in 2010 and guided them to the Premier League in his first season, the first Welsh club to be promoted to the top flight since it was rebranded in 1992.The Swans conceded 46 goal in 49 games in the Championship en route to the Premier League (including play-offs), and that remains the only season where a Rodgers managed side has averaged under one goal per game against, at 0.93.In the top flight, Swansea impressed during their debut season playing expansive football, but they still averaged 1.11 goals per game against with the emphasis on attack rather than defence.Liverpool: 2012-2014 – 105 goals conceded in 84 games, 1.25 goals per gameRodgers brand of football and fledgling reputation earned him an opportunity as Liverpool’s new manager, replacing club legend Kenny Daglish.Liverpool finish seventh in his first season, conceding 43 goals, but that was the same number as that year’s champions, Manchester United.It was last season when Rodgers’ defensive deficiencies came under most criticism, despite finishing second in the table, with Liverpool’s poor backline attributed to their failed pursuit of a first title in 24 years.The Reds scored 101 goals during the campaign, the third highest haul in the Premier League era, but they also became the first Reds team since 1914/15 to concede 50 goals in a 38-game season and no team made more errors leading to attempts and goals than Rodgers’ side.So far this season, Liverpool have conceded 12 goals in eight league games and look increasingly vulnerable defensively.VerdictWhile the Northern Irishman has quite rightly been lauded for his teams’ style of play, defensive woes have been endemic not just at Liverpool but throughout his career.This season, the Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches despite investing heavily in the likes of Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.The release of Agger now appears to have been premature and Liverpool lack the defensive strength to balance their emphasis on attack, for which Rodgers must take responsibility.Last season their incredible goal scoring was enough to inspire a brave title challenge, but this year they are simply not as lethal in attack.A possible solution could to bring back Jamie Carragher as a coach to help resolve their defensive issues.The former England international has been sorely missed since his retirement and given his affiliation to the club, he may be the ideal solution enabling Rodgers to focus on Liverpool’s attacking play.Liverpool fans, how much blame does Brendan Rodgers deserve for Liverpool’s defensive problems? Do you think Jamie Carragher should return in a coaching capacity? Comment below… 1last_img read more

Don’t ever play ‘around the world’ with Neymar because this will happen

first_img1 In case anyone was wondering how many kick-ups Neymar could do, the Barcelona forward posted this on his Instagram page (@neymarjr).Show off… Neymar posted a video of some nifty footwork last_img

Kent tells Rangers fans what to expect after ‘no-brainer’ move

first_img 1 Rangers have confirmed Ryan Kent has joined them on a season-long loan from Liverpool.The 21-year-old winger will be in familiar surroundings at Ibrox, with Anfield legend Steven Gerrard in charge and Michael Beale as a first team coach.“I think when the opportunity came around to join a club of this magnitude, it was a bit of a no-brainer,” Kent told the club’s official website. “They have got a person in charge now in Steven Gerrard who has played at the highest level and achieved many great things.“To learn from him is great, and I already know some of the players here. To have Michael Beale here too, he got the best out of me in under-23s football at Liverpool.“So I think it is a really exciting move for me, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.” Asked about the sort of player supporters can expect to see this season, Kent explained he plans to entertain.“I would say I am an exciting player, and I never hold back. I don’t fear getting on the ball, even if I’ve lost the ball. I am hopefully going to bring a lot of excitement to the fans here at Rangers,” he said.Having been part of the club’s academy since the age of seven, he has had stints at Bundesliga outfit Freiburg and with Bristol City in the Championship last season where he played 17 times.“I spoke in-depth with him [Gerrard] about the opportunities I will get up here and how he can benefit me and how I can benefit the club,” he continued.“I had to take a lot of time speaking with my family and my representatives to make this decision as last season was quite a disappointing year.“This move had to be the perfect one, and when Rangers came around, I think it is.“On a personal level, I would like to get a lot of game time this year. I think I have to prove a lot of people wrong from last season, and it is a chance to add numbers to my game – so to get a lot of assists and goals.“I want to get back to enjoying my football again.”center_img Ryan Kent will play under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard last_img read more

Thurstin Named Head Rowing Coach at Stetson University

first_img“I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to work with amazing student-athletes and staff at Drake,” Thurstin said. “I am excited to take everything I have learned from my time at Drake to Stetson. My four years at Drake have been wonderful. We had many successes with our team on-and-off the water and I am very proud of their hard work. I am very lucky that Stetson and Drake are in the MAAC Conference so I have an excuse to keep an eye on Drake.” DeLand, Fla. – Drake University rowing assistant coach Katie Thurstin has been named head coach of Stetson University’s men’s and women’s rowing programs, Stetson Athletics announced on Wednesday, July 5. Prior to Drake, Thurstin served head coach of Denver University’s club rowing team in 2013 and was a member, private lessons instructor and an advanced program coach for the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club from 2004-2013. The Eagan, Minn., native was a member of the University of Minnesota rowing team for two seasons and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in global studies and a minor in Spanish. In addition to her role at Drake, Thurstin spent two seasons as the head coach of the Des Moines Rowing Club.Print Friendly Version Thurstin, who came to Drake in July, 2013, was in charge of the Bulldogs’ novice team and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program and the recruitment of student-athletes. Under her leadership, the novice team achieved an increase in student-athletes and several boats over the past four seasons have achieved great success at different regattas and races. “I wish Katie good luck at Stetson,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “She did so many great things for our program in four years. I am really happy for her to get one of the premier available positions in the country this year. It is really great to have a Drake person move on to bigger and better things.”last_img read more

Follow the Insects

first_imgScience has good reason to study insects – not just because they are the most numerous and diverse animals on the planet.  They know some tricks we would do well to emulate.  Robot designers are taking the lead on following insects.Print a fly:  New printers are allowing inventors to print the paper-thin wings they need to design insect-mimicking robots.  Live Science told about how the technology is providing shortcuts for robot designers, because “Production of an untethered, flapping-hovering machine itself is very challenging, and only a few have been made successfully to date.”  Hod Lipson, robot inventor at Cornell, shared that much remains to be learned about how flapping wings work: “One reason that so few flapping-hovering machines have been demonstrated is that they are very difficult to design, laborious to make, and challenging to stabilize.”  They must be in awe of the tiny gnat.Feed a bat:  Designers at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, have invented a robo-moth they are using to study bat sonar.  The BBC News told how they tested their electronic bug with continuous-emitting bats, and found that the flying mammals are able to differentiate between fluttering and stationary objects.  The article, which includes a 3-second video clip, did not say if any bats choked on the food.Walk the walls:  It’s not just the flying that tantalizes inventors about insects; it’s also their feet.  New Scientist described how researchers at Tongji University in China studied the sticky feet of insects “to create the next generation of climbing robots.”  Insects squirt a sticky fluid that creates suction with walls and ceilings.  Minghe Li used a mixture of honey and water onto pads of his robot, but it didn’t work right till he discovered and imitated the tiny grooves on insect feet.    The article also mentioned work on gecko feet.  The designers working on gecko mimics have problems replicating the flexibility of their nanoscopic hairs.  The human-designed carbon nanotubes stiffen when made short.  Minghe Li envisions a day when “combining the adhesion methods of insects and geckos could one day lead to the ultimate sticking machine.”Monarch butterflies are on the move, reported Live Science.  Thankfully, their numbers are rebounding from an all-time low in the 2009-2010 season.  “It takes the butterflies about four generations – four cycles of mating, egg-laying and hatching – to reach the northern extent of their migration in the upper United States and Canada,” the article said.  “There, ahead of the approaching autumn weather, a bizarrely long-lived ‘super generation’ is hatched and makes the long flight all the way back to the forests of Mexico to live out the colder months in a quiet stupor, clinging to the trees before heading for Texas to mate and lay eggs come springtime.”    The remarkable life cycle of butterflies, and the epic migrations made by monarchs, will be showcased in stunning color, sound, and science in the upcoming film Metamorphosis from Illustra Media.  Its producers expect the case for intelligent design to be powerfully augmented when added to its predecessors that explored the cell (Unlocking the Mystery of Life), the universe (The Privileged Planet), and the fossil record (Darwin’s Dilemma).  A preview trailer of the film, being released this summer in high-def on Blu-Ray, is available on the Illustra site.The only article that mentioned evolution was the BBC story about robo-moths and bats.  Even then, it was only about minor changes between bats that are intermittent and continuous callers.  “He [Dr. Brock Fenton] suggests that bats could have evolved the radar-like echolocation strategy to improve their chances of catching more nutritious insect prey.”  That statement, of course, flies in the face of neo-Darwinian theory, that seeks to exclude teleological causes.  To be completely impartial, Dr. Brock should have also examined the possibility that intermittent emitters devolved from continuous callers.    But why even mention evolution?  It was certainly not germane to any of the stories.  Biomimetics is design-focused: what can we learn from living things, and how can we apply it?  As shown once more, this is one of the most productive and exciting trends in 21st-century science.  And as the new film Metamorphosis will show, Darwinism is hopelessly inadequate to explain the origin of the amazing design features of insects.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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