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Take a spa break with your family

first_imgDelhiIn the cityWherever you may be living in Delhi, Connaught Place should not be too difficult to get to on a Sunday morning. Eat a light breakfast and set out with your spouse to The Park hotel. Go up to the Aura Spa – best to book in advance – and prepare for a few hours of some deliciously indulgent “me-time”. Choose either the Stress Buster or the Balinese Massage. Don’t skip the sauna. School your mind to calm down and focus on the massage strokes working out the tension from your limbs; breathe in the relaxing aroma of the essential oil and let office and home worries fade. Finish off with a warm, comforting shower and shampoo and head for the restaurant? Synchronise this such that your children join you for the Sunday brunch at the Mist, known to have some of the best thin-crust pizzas in town. If you don’t have a driver, borrow a trusted one from a friend – it’s worth it. Or get a friend to pick up the children and join you for brunch.Where: Parliament Street, DelhiTariff: An hour-long Stress Buster or the Balinese Massage costs `2,800 each. The Sunday brunch at the Mist costs, `2,000 plus taxes per person(exclusive of alcohol).Contact: Aura Spa: 011-23743000;Mist: 09953223576Some other walk-in hotel spas:Amatrra at Le Meridien: The relaxing massages start at `3,500 plus taxes; the  Sunday Champagne Brunch at The One costs `2,200 plus taxes per person; 011-23710101The Spa at Shangri La: You will be charged a small fee at the spa if you are not staying in the hotel; a meal for two at Caf Uno costs approximately `3,500 plus taxes; 011-41191919In GurgaonThe Leela is next to the Ambience Mall and so, is an easy-to-get-to destination. Book ahead, drive in with your spouse and head up to the Spa Lavanya. Choose a relaxing massage such as the Relax & De-stress Massage or the Aromatic Therapy. Lie back in the spa room and shut out the world. Once done, head for brunch at the multi-cuisine restaurant, Spectra; have the children and friends join you for brunch.Where: Gurgaon, HaryanaTariff: The 45-minute massages cost 3,500 each plus taxes. On Saturday, a brunch at the restaurant Spectra costs 1,800 plus taxes per person, and `2,000 plus taxes per person, with beer. On Sunday, the sparkling wine-laced brunches cost around `2,500 plus taxes per person.Contact: Spa Lavanya: 09717596198;Spectra: 0124-4771255From DelhiStart early, and head out of the city with your family, to Agra. Check in at the ITC Mughal, and have the family settled in the well-appointed room. (Find out the going rate for the Mughal Chambers at the new and ber-luxury Khwab Mahal wing which aims to create a “Mughal paradise for contemporary Mughals”.) The best aspect of this “destination” hotel is the wide-ranging activities just for children. Discuss with the Resort Concierge team in advance to organise a trusted hotel attendant to take care of your children, while you head to the much-awarded Kaya Kalp spa. Opt for the one-hour signature Kaya Kalp massage that relieves muscle tension and frees your mind of big-city stress. Follow the spa ritual of sauna, steam, jacuzzi? heaven! Then, head for the Saturday buffet lunch with your family. Step out in the late evening for a look at the Taj – it’s open till 5.30pm (closed on Fridays). Remember to read aloud a bit of the history of the Taj to your children before you visit. Return to the hotel and enjoy a turn at the pool with the family (there’s a pool for children) and head for dinner at the Peshawari. Don’t miss the famous Dal Peshawari, whatever else you order! Sleep in, go for a late breakfast buffet and check out.Where: Fatehabad Road, AgraTariff: The Kaya Kalp one-night package costs 15,999 plus taxes per night for a couple inclusive of breakfast, a one-hour massage per person and a discount of 20 percent on food an  beverages. An extra bed will cost you `1,500 plus taxes; breakfast for a child costs extra. Saturday buffet costs  1,000 plus taxes per person; a meal for two, with two children at Peshawari costs `6,000 plus taxes. (A package of two nights for two adults and two children under 12, with breakfast, starts at `17,999 plus taxes. The Kaya Kalp massage costs `3,750 plus taxes).Contact: 0562-4021700About 11.2 hour drive from Delhi is the Westin Sohna Resort & Spa, yet the moment you drive in through the tall gates you are in a different world. Well-appointed standalone luxury cottages and the few rooms are spread over 37 acres. Book a spacious Premier Villa. Relax… You can take your help and driver along . the resort has facilities for the driver to sleep over and he can get meals for a nominal payment. Your maid can stay in the cottage. Enjoy the Heavenly Spa (ask for the special citronella oil); the pool, go riding, play tennis or table tennis while your children are entertained in the playroom and in the kiddie pool. For older children, there’s “aqua zorbingh” in great white balls afloat on the pool. Enjoy the experience of sleeping on the “heavenly bed”. The Sunday brunch costs `1,500 plus taxes per person without alcohol; and `2,000 plus taxes with alcohol. Have a leisurely meal and head back to Delhi. (Book ahead; weekends are usually packed.)Where: Sohna road, HaryanaTariff: A Premier Villa costs `11,000 plus taxes per night, with breakfast (inclusive of two children below six; extra bed costs `1,500 plus taxes). A one-hour spa session costs `3,500 plus taxes.Contact: 0124-4508888- M DuttaBengaluruIn the cityAfter a hectic work and home schedule, if you are unable to take time off to go for a long vacation, make do with a weekend refresh. Head for some pampering at the Rejuve Spa at The Lalit Ashok, with your family. Sitting pretty in front of the lovely lush golf course lawns, The Lalit Ashok is a haven of green quietude. On one side is the blue-tiled, sparkling pool and the expansive lawn. Your children can play around in the lawn, or enjoy fun activities in the swimming pool. (If you are not an in-house guest, you can still use the pool by paying `1,000 per person). The pool has a special children’s section with an attendant on duty, so your child will be safe. Let your child enjoy while you and your spouse head to Rejuve Spa – the mirror-like floors, comfortably plush sofas, a receptacle containing water and rose petals, green plants, the mild scent of aromatic oils and pleasant music in the background, all make for that perfect recipe for a wonderful, revitalising experience. Go for a sauna or steam, or simply enjoy the jacuzzi before you head to your personal treatment therapy room, done up in a soothing dcor and comfortable beds. There is a lot you can choose from – but a specialty is the one-hour Abhyanga, an ayurvedic oil massage. The aromatic oils, a concoction of pain and stress relieving oils, and the masseuse’s firm rhythmic touch have a magical effect on your body, relieving you of aches and stress. Head to the steam room, shower, and sip a warm cup of herbal tea. Lunch with your children at either of the two specialty restaurants: The Baluchi serves frontier food (don’t miss the kebabs and Indian breads) while Oko is one of the best pan-Asian restaurants in the city (check out the teppanyaki counter). However, your children may prefer the multi-cuisine coffee shop, since it offers a wider variety of fare.Where: Kumara Krupa High Grounds, BengaluruTariff: Abhyanga oil massage, `2,000 plus taxes per person; meals at the coffee shop: `600 plus taxes per head for ala carte and `895 plus taxes per person for the buffet.Contact: 080-30527777Some other walk-in hotel spas: The Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj; 080- 66604444. The Spa at the Leela Palace Kempinski; 080-2521 1234From BengaluruHead to The Windflower Resort Spa in Mysore, three hours from the city. The resort has palatial suites with private sit-outs, palm trees and a beautiful view of the Chamundi Hills. Try the hydrotherapy or ayurvedic treatment. The resort has many facilities to keep the children entertained: A life-size chess board by the water, carom, ludo, scrabble and monopoly. Take your help along so that she minds your child and keeps him busy while you take a short break. (The suite has a sitting room where your help can sleep).Where: Nazarbad, MysoreTariff: `4,650 plus taxes per suite (includes breakfast for two adults and for two children below five years; an extra bed costs `1,200). An  hour-long ayurvedic massage costs `1,620 plus taxes and an hour-long Western massage costs `2,300 approximately.Contact: 0821-2522500Start early and head to the Angsana Oasis Spa & Resort in Rajanakunte. Just 35km from the centre of the city, the drive could take more than an hour since it is beyond the international airport and traffic is usually heavy. However, once past the airport, the countryside is pleasant. And inside the resort’s gates, it is difficult to imagine the existence of a bustling metropolis at just a stone’s throw: It’s a virtual oasis! The sprawling resort with landscaped gardens is a great place for all members of the family, with almost all the rooms and suites opening to spacious patios and tropical gardens. Check in before lunch, have a light meal with your family at either the Tangerine – the resorts multi-cuisine restaurant, or Sundance – an informal bistro. There is a good, well-appointed children’s playroom, a day-care centre where they can keep themselves busy with a number of games and a children’s pool. There is a hotel attendant on duty, but you can make a special request at the front desk for him/her to look after your little one, before you check in at the spa. The Angsana spa specialises in Western as well as South East Asian therapies. Your husband may opt for afull-body massage while you try out a ginger-and-barley body polish; in this, the masseur will scrub your body vigorously and give you a moisturising massage. After this hour-long session, head for a shower; then, it’s family time at the pool. End the day with a meal at the Tangerine (must try their delicious pastas, and if you are a meat lover, check out the lavish barbecue counter). Drive out the next day, feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.Where: The Northwest Country, Doddaballapur Road, Rajankunte, BengaluruTariff: A room costs `8,000 plus taxes per night, inclusive of three meals with the complimentary use of all sports facilities, and stay for children below five. (For children over five years of age, extra bed costs `1,500 per child per night). A meal for one at Tangerine costs approximately `650. Body polishing and a one-hour body massage cost `2,000 plus taxes each.Contact: 080-28468892- Anita Rao KashiMumbaiIn The CitySet in the verdant grounds of The Club in the suburb of Andheri, Mumbai, Antara is a place you may want to go for a luxurious spa experience. Despite the exclusivity of The Club, the spa’s open to everyone. Book ahead. What makes it a good option for you is that while you get your much-needed massage therapy, your children can enjoy themselves with your husband (if he opts out of the spa session) or with the help at the neighborhood Oceanic Enviro Water Park. The water slides will keep them enthralled for at least an hour or two… Pick a Saturday for your indulgence because the park is closed on Sundays. Opt for Antara Anand, the latest offering by the spa. This is a two-hour treatment, but the spa recommends arriving at least 15 minutes early for an unwinding session. The combination of Swedish, Thai and European massage techniques and aroma oils add that something “extra” to the experience. The massage is followed by a cooling sandalwood scrub which has a healing effect.Then, you’re wrapped in a gentle clay mask leaves your body fresh and smooth. After indulging in the spa ession, have a family meal at the Pan- Asian restaurant, Oriental Wok in The Club. Exquisitely designed with cane, bamboo and polished wood, it serves a choice of Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean fare.Where: Andheri (West), MumbaiTariff: Antara Anand spa session costs 4,000 plus taxes. A meal for four at the riental Wok costs approximately 1,200 plus taxes.Contact: Antara – the spa at The Club: 0226731761/26731762/ 26731760Some other walk-in hotel spas:Kaya Kalp at ITC Grand Central: One day prior appointment is necessary; 022-24101010. Aura spa at the park: prior appointment is necessary; 022-2758900.From MumbaiDrive to Pune (approximately two-anda- alf hours) to get some pampering at he Four Fountains Spa. The spa’s nofrills philosophy is reflected in  its neat yet minimalist setup where you can choose from a variety of great, sensiblypriced spa treatments. This also means that you can indulge yourself without feeling guilty about spending a huge amount on yourself. Pack a picnic baskt with goodies such as cake, cookies, sandwiches, apples and fresh lemonade for your little one. Take your help along so that she can take care of your child while you relax at the spa. The children can play at the Kamala Nehru Memorial Park, located in the lane next to the spa. Entry to the park is free. Cricket, beach ball and frisbee make for some old-fashioned fun in an environment your children don’t often get to experience. while they areenjoying the outdoors, get pampered with the limited-edition Vinotherapy Treatment – a great way to sample a “French wine spa” experience in India. These special treatments are only available for a couple of months in a year (visit before September), and the a year (visit before September), and the only other city you can get them in is in comparison. Start with an hour-long Vinotherapy Massage, in which you get a brisk rubdown with an aromatic massage oil containing grape-seed oil and ros wine extracts. The concoction calms the mind, while the massage relaxes your body completely. Follow this up with the Vinotherapy Wrap – a full-body scrub and then a full-body mask. The body polishing uses Dead Sea salt and nutmeg essence. Once the salt’s washed off, you will be covered in a luxurious Italian-made concoction of grapes. Drift into sleep as you’re wrapped in a thermal sheet to allow your body to in a thermal sheet to allow your body to sweat out impurities and soak in the goodness of grapes. You will notice the effects of the therapy instantly. Shower off to reveal a glowing skin! Relaxed from the spa, pick your child from the park and move to The Gordon House Hotel, less then 10 minutes drive from the spa. The All Stir-Fry at the hotel is a glass-roofed Oriental restaurant where you can customise your stir-fries according to taste. You can get your own “wok”, which allows you to experiment with as many things as you can eat -meat, exotic veggies and more! Head back home relaxed and rejuvenated for the coming week.Where: Bhandarkar Road, PuneTariff: The Vinotherapy Massage costs 1,299 including taxes and if you add the Vinotherapy Wrap, it’s an additional `1,799 including taxes. A meal at The Gordon House Hotel costs `350 plus taxes per head for your own “wok”.Contact: The Four Fountains Spa, 020-64001100; www.thefourfountains.in ; The Gordon Hotel, 020- 66044141- Radhika Sangamadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img
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Sedition charge against JNUSU prez without probe wrong: Beni

first_imgBarabanki (UP), Feb 12 (PTI) Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma today said the arrest of JNUSU president on sedition charges without investigation was “wrong”.Verma, the former steel minister, said that raising anti-India slogans during the programme at JNU was “not right” but the manner in which the students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested was also “wrong”.”Kumar was arrested on serious allegations like sedition without investigation, which was wrong,” he said.Appreciating the budget presented by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he said that special focus has been given on cane price dues, pension and development of backward areas.On a question regarding leadership in Congress, he said that the party would win 2019 Lok Sabha polls under the leadership of Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. PTI CORR AVA ISH KND ISHlast_img read more

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With Cap to Soar Trade Front Quiet

first_imgMIAMI  — In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They’re holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league’s hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.Yet on this trade-deadline day, they did nothing.They weren’t alone. For the most part, Thursday’s deadline came and went with most NBA teams seeming cautious, with the huge rise in the salary cap for next season — and the uncertainty of how the free-agent market will react to that over the summer — deterring clubs from making moves that might adversely affect their flexibility going forward.“Yes, we are in a different situation from last year,” Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said.He was talking about his team. He may as well have been talking about the league, where there’s a clear wait-and-see approach about how the massive cap jumps that are coming will inevitably change the way teams go about their business. This season’s cap was a record $70 million. That seems like pocket change when compared to how next season will likely top $90 million, and a cap of $110 million or more for 2017-18 is possible.“The spike is something we’re all aware of … as we’re thinking about things and trying to create more financial opportunities in the coming summer, for us to grow and get better,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I’m sure every team is similar.”There were several deals Thursday, but no blockbusters.Cleveland landed Channing Frye and the Los Angeles Clippers got Jeff Green for perhaps the two biggest player moves among contending teams, while Miami got under the luxury-tax threshold and Orlando opened up about $45 million in a pair of key accomplishments with an eye toward the future.Besides, with Golden State off to a 48-4 start, there probably aren’t that many teams thinking they have a legitimate chance of winning it all this year anyway.Hence, wait ’til next year — or at least ’til next summer — might have been the most prudent policy.“We’ve been on the other side of it not too long ago when you never knew if you were one piece away or one move away or how a trade could impact a season either positively or negatively,” Warriors guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry said. “I like where we are.”Detroit was the most notable exception at trade time, with the Pistons adding Tobias Harris (his contract that runs through 2018-19), plus taking a chance on Donatas Motiejunas. He’ll be a restricted free agent, so Detroit will have a chance to keep him if it so chooses.“I don’t think anybody in the NBA knows exactly what the market is going to look like for guys this summer,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the team’s website. “You gauge it the best you can. … We weren’t going to give away assets for unrestricted free agents and so we feel good about it.”Most of the deals that were bandied about in recent weeks never happened.Dwight Howard, Al Horford and Kevin Love — all big names who got trade attention — stayed put.“Certainly the cap changes are going to make players under contract more valuable,” Cleveland general manager David Griffin said. “But I think in some cases people who had a big expiring contract weren’t getting the value they hoped to get because the guy was most likely going to walk.”That’s likely why Howard is still with Houston.It would have taken a strong combination of players and draft picks to get the Rockets to move him anyway, which some teams seemed willing to consider. But with Howard holding a $23 million player option for next season, he could — and by all indications, will — opt to become a free agent instead. So landing him would have come at a huge cost for some team who likely would have seen him leave July 1 anyway, and no deal got struck.“There’s no question that the new cap impacted not only the fundamentals of this trade period, but maybe even more the psychology of it as well,” Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said.Minnesota GM Milt Newton understood why teams were hesitant.“Why bring someone into the fold that might take away some of your cap space when you’re not necessarily sold?” Newton said. “It may make your team better if you’re a playoff team for this year, but how will it affect you next year?”The NBA will know that answer in a few months.TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer___AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis and AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, Kareem Copeland in Salt Lake City, Paul Newberry in Atlanta and Josh Dubow in Oakland, California contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Brighton and Hove Albion sign Iran’s Jahanbakhsh for club record fee: Reports

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion signed Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh for a club record fee on Wednesday from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar ahead of the start of the Premier League season 2018-19.The 24-year-old Jahanbakhsh signed a five-year contract with the club and became the eighth new arrival of the close season at Brighton.Though the club did not reveal the financial terms of the transfer, British media reported that Brighton agreed on a deal worth 17 million pounds for the Iranian international.The previous record transfer for Brighton was the 14 million pounds they paid for forward Jurgen Locadia to PSV Eindhoven in January.”Ali is a player that we have been aware of and monitored for a few years, and his versatility will increase our attacking options within the squad,” Brighton manager Chris Hughton said in a statement.@Alirezajb7’s 2017/18 league campaign by numbers…21 goals12 assists78 chances created143 shots#AlirezaAnnounced #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/NmDXrYhCsFBrighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) July 25, 2018″He can play in a wide position or central midfield attacking role, and I am now very much looking forward to working with him.”Jahanbakhsh was the highest scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, netting 21 goals in 33 appearances for Alkmaar.He has 41 caps for Iran and featured in all three of the country’s group stage matches at the World Cup in Russia.Even though Jahanbakhsh comes at the back of such scintillating form in the Dutch Eredivisie, his performance at the World Cup in Russia was nothing to write home about.advertisement”I’m happy with my decision to move to this amazing club.”#AlirezaAnnounced #BHAFCRead + watch https://t.co/6lwiWMSspo pic.twitter.com/c1ImZRojEZBrighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) July 25, 2018He failed to find the back of the net even once in all three of Iran’s group games against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.Premier League season 2018-19 begins on August 11 and Brighton will play their first match on the same day against Watford away from home.For their first home game, Brighton will host 2017-18 runners-up Manchester United on August 19.In the 2017-18 season, Brighton finished 15th on the Premier League table — the season being their first in England’s top flight.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah on FIFA player of the year shortlist, Messi left out

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will hope to claim his sixth FIFA men’s player of the year award after he was named on the shortlist on Monday by world football governing body alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Juventus.Midfielder Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League triumph, finished runner-up with Croatia at the World Cup, winning the best player award at the tournament in Russia.Egyptian forward Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, helping the English club reach the Champions League final where they were beaten by Real.Finalists: #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player Award@Cristiano@lukamodric10@MoSalah#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/L1ckRiZTv6FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 3, 2018Meanwhile, Barcelona star Lionel Messi failed to make the cut for the shortlist for the first time in 11 years and since 2006.France’s World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award, alongside Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois and Danish shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel.Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, France coach Didier Deschamps and Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic were on the shortlist for coach of the year award.The women’s player of the year award will be contested between Olympique Lyonnais duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan, who enjoyed an unbeaten league season and lifted the Women’s Champions League, and Brazil’s triumphant Copa America Femenina captain Marta.The awards ceremony will take place in London on September 24.advertisementlast_img read more

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Shahid Afridi reveals he preferred limited-overs cricket over Tests

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he preferred limited-overs cricket over the Test format. Afridi is known for his fiery batting style ever since his 37-ball century in one day internationals in 1996.Afridi was new to international cricket, just two days old to be precise, when he took Sri Lanka’s bowlers for cleaners in his first ODI innings to smash the then fastest ever hundred in the ODIs during a KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi on October 4.Back then, only two formats were played — Tests and ODIs.Two years later, Afridi made his Test debut and went on to play 27 matches in the traditional format. He played his last Test in 2010 before retiring from the format to prolong his limited-overs cricket.Read – Shahid Afridi in trouble for keeping chained lion at homeAfridi finished Test cricket with 1716 runs from 48 innings scoring five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 36.51. In fact, his Test average was far more superior to his ODI and Twenty20 Internationals averages of 23.57 and 17.92 respectively.Afridi played 398 ODIs scoring 8064 runs and bagging 395 wickets.Afridi was undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainers both with bat and ball and that quality earned him the nickname of “Boom Boom” Afridi and a legion of fans across the world.”For me in today’s times, Test cricket, no way. I loved playing One-Dayers. I feel if you don’t enjoy something then you are forcibly trying to do it and I never liked being forced into anything,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.advertisementEven after his retirement from international cricket, Afridi remains one of the most sought after players in T20 leagues across the world.”With T20s and T10s our careers too have stretched. Lesser the overs ina format, our careers will carry on for longer time,” he said.Afridi will next be seen in action in the second edition of the T10 Cricket League from November 23. The star all-rounder is the batting coach and icon player for the Pakhtoons.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi’s five best achievements

first_imgLionel Messi Lionel Messi is ‘Here to Create’: His five best achievements Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:17 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lionel Messi Barcelona Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina Primera División The Barcelona legend has had some brilliant achievements in his decorated career, but which are the best? Lionel Messi will go down as one the greatest players of all time – arguably the best- and he has created many unbelievable moments over the years.From consistent team glory to stunning individual achievements – Messi has done it all over a long period of time.Which of Messi’s achievements have truly been the most eye-catching? 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 There is no doubt that Lionel Messi is ‘Here to Create’.2014 World Cup Golden Ball winnerHaving been criticised for his national team performances at the highest level, Messi responded by setting the 2014 Brazil World Cup alight.He scored four goals – all in the group stage – as Argentina bulldozed their way through to the final against Germany.Unfortunately Argentina were beaten in extra time by a Mario Gotze goal, but Messi received the highest individual accolade – being named the tournament’s best player.Lionel Messi ArgentinaSmashes La Liga all-time goal-scoring recordAged only 27, Messi passed Telmo Zarra’s all-time Spanish league goal-scoring record of 251 in absolute style during the 2014-15 campaign.He did it with a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory against Sevilla, and with plenty of years left in his career, it’s a record that will take a fair effort to catch.To put in perspective, currently Messi has 360 La Liga goals – which is 74 more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Lionel Messi BarcelonaTaunts the Bernabeu after scoring last-minute winnerThe usually humble Messi let out all of his frustration after scoring a last-minute winner during the second El Clasico at the Bernabeu during the 2016-17 season.Messi celebrated by showing his shirt to the pro-Madrid crowd as Barcelona secured a 3-2 victory during the April encounter.It was a show of defiance by the Argentine before Cristiano Ronaldo eventually led Real Madrid to the La Liga title.Messi still scored 54 goals in 52 games despite Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or and FIFA The Best award.Lionel Messi Barcelona Real MadridHat-trick secures World Cup qualification for ArgentinaArgentina haven’t missed a World Cup since the 1970 tournament in Mexico, and it looked like a real possibility they wouldn’t be making an appearance in Russia.Heading into their last World Cup qualifier in Ecuador, Argentina were outside the four automatic qualification places – and then they went behind 1-0 in the opening minute.With a national disaster impending, enter Messi.The Argentine magician scored three times – including twice by the 19th minute mark to secure his nation a spot at the World Cup.Five Ballon d’Or awards – including four consecutiveWinning one Ballon d’Or award is an extraordinary achievement, but clinching five of them is unprecedented – including four-in-a-row between 2009 and 2012.Messi took the football world by storm during this period – scoring a stunning 271 goals in only 270 appearances in all competitions.His Barcelona team won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.Messi’s best season was the 2011-12 campaign in which he scored 73 goals, including 50 in La Liga.Lionel Messi Ballon d'Orlast_img read more

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Prudence recommandée pendant des périodes de pluie abondante et de vents forts

first_imgUn système météorologique qui se dirige vers la Nouvelle-Écosse apportera de la pluie abondante et des vents forts ce soir, 4 novembre, et pendant la fin de semaine. Des tempêtes majeures qui entraînent de telles conditions peuvent causer des inondations dans certaines régions et des interruptions possibles dans les services que les gens tiennent souvent pour acquis. On recommande aux Néo-Écossais de prendre des précautions. « Avant toute tempête majeure, nous devons tous penser aux mesures que nous pouvons prendre pour assurer la sécurité et le confort de notre famille, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Prenez quelques minutes aujourd’hui pour vérifier votre trousse d’urgence et vous assurer qu’elle contient tout ce dont vous aurez besoin en cas d’urgence. Nous devons nous préparer en vue de conditions météorologiques imprévisibles en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Environnement Canada prévoit une tempête qui pourrait entraîner jusqu’à 150 millimètres de pluie dans certaines régions sur une période de trois jours. L’ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse recevra les précipitations les plus abondantes. Des rafales de 70 à 90 kilomètres à l’heure pourraient accompagner la pluie, à l’occasion. La température sera modérée. Des avertissements de vent et de pluie abondante ont été émis. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux Néo-Écossais d’écouter attentivement les prévisions météorologiques et de faire preuve de prudence. L’eau risque de s’accumuler sur les routes, des inondations sont possibles dans certaines régions et le niveau de l’eau dans les régions côtières sera plus élevé. Nettoyez les drains et les gouttières le plus possible et évitez les régions côtières qui présentent des dangers. On demande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence et d’ajuster leur vitesse pendant les périodes de pluie abondante en raison des risques d’aquaplanage et d’inondations. Tous les Néo-Écossais devraient préparer une trousse d’urgence avant une tempête ou toute autre situation d’urgence. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur la préparation d’une trousse d’urgence ainsi qu’une liste des choses qu’elle devrait contenir, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo.last_img read more

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RCMP arrest suspect in Charlie Lake in connection to Pouce Coupe murder

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North District Major Crimes Unit has arrested a male in Charlie Lake in connection with the death of Troy Streeper.On Friday Jessie Romeo Fougere was charged with manslaughter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Then on December 8, investigators determined that Fougere was in residence in Charlie Lake.  The residence was contained with assistance from the Fort St. John RCMP, North District Major Crimes, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team.After an extensive attempt at negotiation, the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the suspect. On February 16, 2017, the RCMP started their investigation into the suspicious death of Troy Streeper in Pouce Coupe.  Streeper was 55 years old and a resident of Dawson Creek.  The RCMP believe Fougere and Streeper were known to each other.Fougere made his first court appearance in Dawson Creek on December 9 and is now scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court December 11 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Government says cannot keep schools closed

Senior grades of Government schools began for the second term yesterday while lower grades will open on May 13. However, as the tense situation remained in the country it was later decided to postpone the opening to May 6 (yesterday). (Colombo Gazette) There have been some requests to further postpone opening school for the second term over fears the country is still not safe.Schools were scheduled to reopen for the second term on April 22 but following the Easter Sunday bombings it was postponed to April 29. He said that while only a few students had attended classes when some sections of schools reopened yesterday (Monday) more are expected over the next few days. The Government says it cannot keep schools closed and hopes all students will gradually return and attended classes.Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told Parliament today that steps have been taken to strengthen security at all schools. read more

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UN aids Yemenis in embattled Mokha warns of choleras spread amid crippled

VIDEO: UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac warns about increasing cholera cases in Yemen. ‘Public health crisis in the making’Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced that inferior health systems and water supply provisions are raising concerns for health, particularly for the youngest Yemenis.More than 11,000 cases of diarrhoea have been reported across the country, with more than 250 confirmed cases of cholera. UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac calls the situation a “public health crisis in the making.”The UN agency and partners are providing diarrhea disease kits, oral rehydration salts and water treatment tables, but the outbreak “is more aggressive” than the last wave in October 2016. At least 130 people have died so far this year. About 7.6 million people in Yemen are living in areas considered high risk for cholera transmission, said UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Christian Lindmeier. That number, he said, is “very high.” “The latest UNHCR aid distribution in Mokha will cover more than 6,200 people with emergency assistance, adding to the 69,857 already reached since the start of this year,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva.Hostilities in Taiz escalated in January, with nearly 50,000 people displaced, about 27 per cent of the internally displaced people in Yemen. The governorate also hosts about 304,000 additional displaced people. The spokesperson said that UNHCR teams observed worsening conditions, “Many people are living out in the open in harsh conditions and without adequate shelter, protection and material assistance.”In parallel, north of Taiz, in Al Hudaydah, UNHCR team provided aid for about 17,745 people. Mr. Spindler said that aid workers noted “a huge spike” in needs, with displaced people living on streets, and turning to begging and child labour to survive.“With Hudaydah host to more than 109,000 displaced individuals, many are reporting anxiety about reports of possible intensifications in hostilities in the governorate, unsure of how and where they would flee,” said Mr. Spindler.More than three million who have been uprooted since the start of the conflict two years ago, and more are expected as hostilities are likely to intensify. read more

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Opinion Torrance Gibsons move to receiver could bolster Ohio State offense

On Aug. 18, freshman Torrance Gibson announced that he’d be changing positions from quarterback to wide receiver.With redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett duking it out for the starting quarterback job for Ohio State, Gibson figured that it only makes sense that he switch positions.His future under center is unknown at this point, but nothing has been ruled out quite yet.“If I have a great season, who knows? But it’s not a worry right now,” Gibson said in an interview with ESPN. “I just have to take it one day at a time, and I’m working at receiver right now, and I haven’t done any quarterback things since I changed position. I’m just going to focus on playing receiver now, then I’ll focus on quarterback.”Given the Week One suspensions to junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, both H-backs, as well as redshirt senior wideout Corey Smith, the door is wide open for Gibson to come in and make a substantial impact on the Buckeyes’ offense.However, it may just be his willingness to contribute in whatever way possible that sets Gibson apart from the crowd.“Well, I just want to play. I don’t want to sit on the bench for a whole year, just wasting a whole school year. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gibson said. “Just helping the team out, that’s basically what I am doing. Because if I sat on the bench for a whole year (just to play quarterback), that would be selfish.”Aside from the invaluable selflessness that he’s putting on full display, Gibson is as versatile as they come and possesses rare athletic abilities, among other traits.Originally a highly touted dual-threat quarterback coming out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gibson wowed scouts with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed. Considering his incredible leaping ability, coupled with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, it’s easy to see why OSU’s coaches believe Gibson can thrive at receiver.The former five-star recruit is capable of snaring tough, jump-ball catches away from opposing defenders, while putting his breakaway speed to use in reaching paydirt.As of right now, there’s no real deep-threat like Gibson in the Buckeyes’ crowded receiving corps. Gone is Devin Smith, who filled that role beautifully last season. Over the course of his senior year, Smith averaged a gaudy 28.2 yards per catch, which was the best in the country by a whole four yards.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he recognizes the special type of player Gibson can be in OSU’s spread offense.“Torrance is a guy — we still haven’t found our ‘Inside Nine’ guy — he’s the Devin Smith,” Meyer said of the talented freshman in the ESPN report. “(Gibson) came to me, he realizes it’s going to take at least a year to play quarterback here, especially with what’s in front of him. He said, ‘I want to play.’ I said, ‘Well, here are your options: wildcat quarterback, we’ll see what your skill set is at receiver, catching the ball a little bit,’ and we put him back there returning kicks.”There’s seemingly no limit as to what Gibson can become. At OSU, he fits the bill as Smith’s replacement and would add instant offense. The suspensions to the many offensive contributors have provided Gibson with a perfect window of opportunity to see significant playing time. If one day the hyped-up true freshman does indeed decide to return to his natural position of quarterback, that’d obviously be his decision to make. For now, Gibson has a chance to considerably impact the Buckeyes’ offense and help his team repeat as College Football Playoff national champions.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray are set to begin their title defense against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

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Loading up for the next stage with low emissions

first_imgAs the next level of EU emissions regulations comes ever closer, manufacturer Sandvik has chosen Volvo Penta as the ideal provider of Stage V solutions for its mining equipment. With some of the toughest working conditions in confined areas, underground mining has many physical aspects to consider and more requirements than most industries for stringent rules on emissions.The picture shows Sandvik’s LH517 LHD loading material into a Sandvik TH551 truck; the Sandvik LH517 is equipped with an EU Stage V engine solution from Volvo Penta.“Volvo Penta has been very accommodating in working with our technicians and designing an engine package to fit our machines,” says Wayne Scrivens, Vice President of Product Line, Load and Haul at Sandvik. “Our units have a low profile for working in confined spaces and tunnels, so they must be compact, and Volvo Penta has found solutions for us.”Due to the nature of the industry, underground mining faces particular challenges in relation to environmental health and the ways in which emissions are minimised.“With Stage V, reduced emissions from the engine means reduced ventilation requirements, so it lowers the costs for the operator,”says Scrivens.Sandvik’s Mining and Rock Technology division has been working with Volvo Penta for more than ten years, and the two companies have partnered together several times in developing engine solutions to complement prototype machines that have subsequently gone into full production.Sandvik is installing Volvo Penta’s Stage V solutions, in its underground loaders and trucks following prototyping and extensive testing. In particular, the 17-t Sandvik LH517 LHD has shown to be running successful trials with a Stage V engine in Finland.“The engine has to be robust to perform well in underground conditions – it’s a very harsh environment,” says Scrivens. “Both Volvo Penta’s technicians and ours have analysed results to see whether any modifications would be needed before going into serial production. So far, things have gone really well.”Sandvik currently offers its underground loaders and trucks with several engine options – Stage II, Stage III and Stage IV– to accommodate different countries’ emissions requirements and customers’ abilities to use ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD); ULSD is used mainly in Europe, North America and Australia. To comply with forthcoming EU standards, Sandvik will offer Volvo Penta’s Stage V engine solutions which are certified by the US Department of Labor’s MSHA (mine safety and health administration) and Canada’s CANMET – both of which stipulate regulations for ventilation in mining.Volvo Penta’s Stage V engine range offers power from 105 to 565 kW.“We have found that many customers embrace lower emissions engines even when the regulations in their countries do not require the strictest levels,” adds Scrivens. “And as Volvo Penta’s Stage V engines are certified by MSHA and CANMET, it means we can offer our machines in the US and Canada with the correct certification already in place. It’s good for us that Volvo Penta is able to support us in this way.”“We weren’t well known in the mining industry when we first started working with Sandvik a decade ago, but we have good products and we have learned a lot about what is important to them,” says David Hamilton, Director of Global Key Accounts and Business Development at Volvo Penta. “Uptime in particular is very important in underground mining. The engines are put in extreme conditions in mining and their success shows we have a robust and durable range. We have proven ourselves, and as they are a well-known international brand with many customers, we are pleased that they have chosen our Stage V solutions for their underground mining machinery. Sandvik’s commitment to our Stage V range sees them taking a step forward in our relationship.”Volvo Penta’s EU Stage V solutions feature a high-performance engine and perfectly matched exhaust after-treatment system (EATS). The range is optimised for tomorrow and keeps the highest focus on maximised uptime and fuel efficiency, along with ease of installation, operation and maintenance. The Stage V range offers power from 105 to 565 kW.last_img read more

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Spain to beat Serbia – PolishHungarian clash for Denmark

← Previous Story Denmark and France in battles for semi-finals! Next Story → Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia to 1/4 Finals! In the last four matches at WCh 2013 1/8 finals in Zaragoza and Barcelona, host team will try to beat European vice-champion, Serbia.Complete schedule of 1/8 finals:Germany – Macedonia 28:23Russia – Brasil 26:27Iceland – France 27:29Tunisia – Denmark 23:30Croatia – BelarusSpain – SerbiaHungary – PolandEgypt – Slovenia

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Heres What Happened That Wasnt The Budget Today

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Protests at the Bellnaboy site two years ago. (See Shell licence story below.) Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandWe understand that you’ll have noticed that there was a Budget announcement today. We also understand that you may have had your fill of it.If you do want to catch up on the key points of Budget 2014, we have a handy guide here.If you prefer a blow-by-blow account, our liveblog is crammed with news, reaction, pics and video here.If you want to access all of TheJournal.ie’s coverage on Budget 2014, have a browse here. Otherwise, let’s see what else has being going on home and abroad today that you really might need to know:IRISHShell has lost a licence to operate a gas terminal at Bellnaboy in Co Mayo.Newly-released John Gilligan swears he had nothing to do with Veronica Guerin’s murder.The Simon Community charity had its only van stolen by what we must assume was a pack of lousers.A Garda detective who appeared as an actor in Love/Hate is facing an inquiry.Half of the Cabinet got stuck in a lift in Government buildings (before the Budget so it makes it in here).A single-car crash in the early hours of the morning in Meath killed a young man – and injured five others.A man in his 60s was hospitalised in an aggravated burglary in Dublin – three have been arrested.Former junior minister Ivor Callely will be tried on mobile phone expense claims in March next year. [RTÉ]Gardai raised €5 million by policing special events and festivals since 2012.INTERNATIONAL#PHILIPPINES: The above image from PA Images in Cebu shows the impact of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in central Philippines today. The death toll is now over 90.#SYRIA: Starving men, women and children in Syria have been given permission by clerics to eat normally forbidden meats- such as cats, dogs and donkeys that have been killed in fighting.#USA: Fiscal talks are in limbo, laments the New York Times, as the government shutdown there continues.#PALESTINE: Swiss scientists found traces of radioactive polonium-210 on Yasser Arafat’s private belongings, adding to claims that he was poisoned, The Guardian reports.INNOVATIONLove wi fi? What if our airwaves became so congested with wireless data that they became “polluted”? Say hello to the ‘spectrum crunch’. [BBC Future]PARTING SHOTApologies if you’re tired of Breaking Bad obsessives. But this may well be the most obsessive gesture of the most obsessive. WaltsWardrobe.com has this graphic of every outfit the character ever wore in the TV show:last_img read more

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AIB and Tony OReilly faced off in the Four Courts today

first_imgUpdated 12.12 pmAIB IS PURSUING businessman Tony O’Reilly and two of his companies over debts totalling €45 million, the High Court heard today.The High Court admitted the action to the Commercial Court this morning, and granted a request by the bank to fast track the case it is taking against the former billionaire over loans advanced to him in 2009.Counsel for O’Reilly Bernard Dunleavy told the court that the loans from the bank were not in dispute and the amount is repayable.O’Reilly is being pursued for a personal debt of €22.6 after securing loans for personal investments on property including on his holiday home in Glandore, County Cork.O’Reilly is reported to have used the money in a failed bid to support the flailing Waterford Wedgwood glass and ceramics manufacturer, which went under despite his attempts to save the company.AIB are also suing O’Reilly’s Cyprus based investment company Indexia for €18.5 million and the Brookside company for €4.1 million. Brookside has an address at O’Reilly’s estate in Castlemartin Co. Kildare.AIB is seeking a summary judgement against O’Reilly and the case was adjourned until 23 June.Counsel for AIB Michael Collins told the court that, ‘This matter can’t go on , it has to be brought on to proceedings’.Justice Kelly said this morning that O’Reilly’s counsel haven’t given any indication as yet that they will put up a defence, adding that that they may yet still take a particular line.O’Reilly’s team have been give 10 days to submit a affidavit to AIB’s action.AIB agreed to the adjournment until 23 June while maintaining that they felt the matter was one of great urgency.O’Reilly has put both the Glandore holiday home and another property, on Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin, on the market.He has other properties around the world, including in France and the Bahamas. O’Reilly sold some of his shareholding in Independent News & Media, the company which he once controlled, last week.- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy.INM sees group revenue decline, but digital advertising revenue is up>Gavin O’Reilly steps down as CEO of INM>last_img read more

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A Greek in Yarra Trio

first_imgStephen Cassamenos and his trio of young musicians have pulled all the right strings to become finalists in a million dollar Asian-Pacific Music competition. The Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition 2009, to be held in July in Melbourne, not only offers lucrative financial incentives but offers young talented string quartet musicians and piano trios a platform to take their musical careers to the next level.Cassamenos, 23, who plays the piano and the other members of the Yarra Trio, Jess Ipkendanz (violin) and Chris Howlett (Cello) could not be more thrilled.“It will be a wonderful opportunity to perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre and to really enjoy ourselves,” he said. “We will perform three pieces, one of them that I wrote myself. It is the latest in a series of 24 pieces based on the 24 books of Homer’s epic poem The Illiad.Cassamenos said that his piece, Tableau No. 12 is inspired by a passage which describes the Trojan hero, Hector, surrounded by the enemy, revelling in his strength, but despite being attacked from all sides; “His glorious heart feels no fear nor fright, and it is his courage that kills him.”“I am fascinated by this theme of glorious yet fatal courage, and in the piece I attempt to shed some light on its paradoxical nature.”The Yarra Trio, formed by Cassamenos and Howlett two years ago, has had had numerous successes and won several awards, including the 2007 University of Melbourne Alumni Chamber Music Prize and the Australian Arts Council Buzz Grant. As well as staging performances all over the country, The Yarra Trio are touring regional communities and primary schools as part of their program, Props for Preps to encourage and educate the next generation of musicians and audiences.“We play concerts for young children, including some of our own repertoire and also songs that they would know. We also play pieces that sound like particular animals and ask them if they can guess the animal, and give them little straws so that they can come out and conduct us. They get pretty excited about it.”The Yarra Trio have dedicated much of their energy to fundraising activities, including raising over $7500 last year in support of music therapy and pain management services for The Royal Children’s Hospital.Currently, they are focused on competing in the Trio Di Trieste music concert in Italy next month.“It is the first international competition that we have performed in as a trio, with Jess only joining us this year. We are thrilled at the opportunity and at the moment we are preparing frantically for it!” NKEE wishes The Yarra Trio the best of luck. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Monstre marin le fossile dun cachalot géant inconnu fascine les scientifiques

first_imgMonstre marin : le fossile d’un cachalot géant inconnu fascine les scientifiques Pérou – Le crâne fossilisé d’une nouvelle espèce de cétacé vient d’être décrit dans la revue Nature. Découvert en 2008 sur les côtes péruviennes par les paléontologues, il appartenait à un véritable “monstre marin”, lequel était sans doute un redoutable prédateur.  La découverte sporadique de dents gigantesques suggérait aux spécialistes l’existence d’un grand cétacé carnassier dans les eaux du Miocène. L’identité de ce titan vient d’être dévoilée par une équipe internationale : il s’agit d’une nouvelle espèce de cachalot fossile, la plus grande à ce jour, qu’ils ont baptisée Leviathan melvillei en l’honneur d’Herman Melville, l’auteur de Moby Dick.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauSeuls le crâne long de 3 mètres, les mandibules et les terribles dents – atteignant 36 cm de longueur pour 12 cm de diamètre ! – ont été mis au jour, mais les chercheurs estiment sa taille entre 13,50 m et 17,50 m. Ce super prédateur hantait les profondeurs il y a 12 à 13 millions d’années, partageant son habitat avec de nombreuses baleines à fanons dont il se nourrissait peut-être, pensent-ils. Selon le Dr Olivier Lambert, du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris, ses dents, présentes également sur la mâchoire supérieure – contrairement aux cachalots actuels, qui n’en ont que sur la mâchoire inférieure – lui permettaient d’infliger de profondes morsures, arrachant d’impressionnantes bouchées à de grandes proies qui ne devaient pas l’être moins. On ignore pour l’instant les causes de la disparition de cette espèce.      Le 2 juillet 2010 à 09:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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FIFA plan changes to international loan system

first_imgFIFA are planning changes to the international transfer system that sees players to leave and join other clubs on loan.The changes are expected to limit the number of player loans by clubs and also handle agents’ fees. FIFA are reportedly planning to reduce the number of players a club can loan out each season to between six and eight.The aim of these changes are to stop clubs, especially in England and Italy signing a large number of players and loaning them out immediately.Chelsea currently have around 40 players on their books who are out on loan while Italian champions Juventus also have 25 players away from the club on loan.FIFA are also proposing to create a clearinghouse, managed by a bank, to handle solidarity payments from transfer fees due to clubs that trained players in their own academy. This proposed clearinghouse would also be responsible for handling payments to agents.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The world football governing body are also planning to reintroduce license for agents and this would also involve exams for potential agents.In a statement released on Thursday FIFA said it has created a new commission called “stakeholders commission” to conduct “a comprehensive review of the transfer system”.The statement also read, according to Sky Sports:“The commission is currently assessing potential changes to the system in several key areas, including, among others, the regulations on intermediaries, solidarity payments to training clubs, streamlining of transfer payments, protection of minors, loans, squad sizes and transfer windows”.last_img read more

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Math remains schools biggest testing hurdle

first_imgHigh school sophomores across Clark County and Washington today are finishing reading and writing portions of the annual state assessment exam, which most must pass in order to earn their diploma.Nothing new there.In April, 10th-graders will take the science portion of the High School Proficiency Exam — successor to the former Washington Assessment of Student Learning, or WASL — also needed to graduate in 2013.Science is new to the diploma mix, although little is different from last year’s exam section.But it’s math, again, that presents the biggest change and potential hurdle for the Class of 2013 and beyond.Washington’s math assessment currently is clear as mud, raising concerns that many students in grades 8-10 might not be prepared for the switch.Here’s how it was supposed to work, starting this year: Rather than tackle one, all-inclusive math exam, the Class of 2013 would take end-of-year exams — dubbed “End of Course” or EOC exams — as they complete the two standard high school courses offered by Washington’s public schools.Those are either Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I (the integrated option is used in most Clark County schools); or Geometry or Integrated Mathematics 2.last_img read more

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