Ribery suffers double blow with injury and burglary

first_imgFormer France international Franck Ribery was not only injured playing for Fiorentina on Sunday but returned home to find he had been robbed too, the player said on social media on Monday.Ribery limped off with a foot injury after a second half collision in the 2-1 victory at Parma as his Italian club ended a five-match winless run.But celebrations were short lived as on his return to his home in Tuscany the same night he discovered he had been burgled. The 37-year-old posted a video of ransacked rooms on social media.“My wife lost some handbags, some jewels, but thank God nothing essential,” he wrote.“My wife and kids are safe in Munich, but how can I feel safe today?“I continue to play and run after the ball because it’s my passion but, passion or not, my family’s well-being is more important than anything and we will make decisions that are necessary for our well-being,” he added in comments likely to prompt speculation about his future at the Serie A club.Ribery, who won 81 caps for France and played in the 2006 World Cup final, spent most of his career in Germany at Bayern Munich, finishing with a club record 24 trophies.He moved to Fiorentina last August on a free transfer. Topics :last_img read more

Canada – Marijuana Bill Legalizes Pot for 12 to 18-year-olds

first_imgReal Women of Canada March 2018Bill C-45 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana passed the House of Commons on November 27th 2017 and was sent to the Senate, the following day, November 28th 2017. When passed, Canada will be only the second nation in the world after Uruguay to fully legalize this dangerous drug.Bill C-45 is a monstrous bill which will have a devastating effect on Canadian families and Canadian society. The most troubling effect of the bill is that it permits 12-18 year old young people to have access to marijuana.This is the case despite Prime Minister Trudeau’s repeated false assertions that the bill “…is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It’s easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That’s not right.”The Liberal Party website also states that one the purposes of legalizing marijuana, “is to ensure we keep marijuana out of the hands of children…”Section 7(a) & (b) of the bill states the purpose of the bill:(a) Protect the health of young persons by restricting their access to cannabis;(b) Protect young persons and others from inducements to use cannabis;The provisions of the bill however, directly contradict its stated objective of keeping the drug away from children. This is based on the fact that Section 2 of the Bill defines “young person” as an individual who is “between 12-18 years of age.”Section 8 (1) (c) of the bill provides: that a “young person” may possess 5 grams of marijuana (or ten joints).And Section 9 (1) (b) provides: that a young person may distribute up to 5 grams of marijuana (or ten joints).Finally Section 12 (4) (b) provides: that private homes may grow up to 4 marijuana plants without legal sanction.Consequently the bill clearly provides that individuals between 12 to 18 years of age may freely possess, use, and even share marijuana up to 5 grams at a time (10 joints) There is absolutely no recourse if a minor is seen carrying, using, or handing out marijuana. A child can literally take ten joints from his parents’ stash, hand it out to his friends, go back home, take another ten, hand them out and keep doing it as often as he wants. This will deeply affect school environments and our neighbourhoods.Marijuana is HarmfulScientific evidence indicates that marijuana is a danger to public health. The harm caused by marijuana is listed on the website of Health Canada. The Canadian Medical Association, the Quebec Association of Psychiatrists, and Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario have warned that the human brain continues to develop until 25 years of age and marijuana use gravely stunts the development of adolescents.Why is the Federal government pushing for the legalization of Marijuana?Justin Trudeau unthinkingly blurted out during the 2015 federal election, that his party would legalize marijuana, without his understanding what a complex undertaking it would be. He did so to obtain the millennial vote.What began as a political or ideological issue has now become an incredible profit-making industry. The money of George Soros and other billionaires has fueled  organizations in many countries, including Canada, to successfully push for this legalization. The initial ideological push on marijuana has now been dwarfed by the gold-rush of capitalists pushing it. According to the Globe and Mail (February 1st 2018) the legalization of recreational marijuana could give raise to a domestic consumer market between $8-$9 billon per annum.The NDP government of BC handed down its budget on February 23rd 2018 in which it conservatively estimated that the province will take in $50 million dollars in the current fiscal year in marijuana sales once marijuana is legalized later this year, and $75 million in 2019-2020. Quebec’s financial minister estimated that his province would receive $60 million annually from the sale of marijuana.That is, the role of money is now central to the spread of marijuana legalization. Pro-marijuana propaganda is flooding the media in order to indoctrinate and habituate the public to use marijuana for the financial benefit of marijuana entrepreneurs and governments on the federal and provincial levels.Further, although the provinces in December 2017, reached a deal with the federal government to keep the price of marijuana low to drive out the illegal black market, this is not going to happen. Police, experts and experience all indicate that the black market always undercuts legal marijuana sales. For example the black market has not gone away in Colorado, Oregon or Washington State since marijuana was legalized there for its recreational use. Keeping down marijuana sales by criminals is a fantasy.READ MORE: http://www.realwomenofcanada.ca/marijuana-bill-legalizes-pot-12-18-year-olds/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Stephen Odey dedicates UCL goal to mum

first_imgRelatedPosts Cyriel Dessers to join Genk NPFL: Warri Wolves whip visiting MFM FC NPFL: Kano Pillars struggle to slim win over MFM FC Genk of Belgium sensational Stephen Odey has dedicated his Champions League debut goal against defending Champions League champions, Liverpool to his mum.Odey came off the bench in the 81st minute for fellow Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu who started the game for Belgian club Genk.Odey was booked in the 84th minute for a foul, before netting the consolation goal for Genk in the 88th minute.Beating world class Brazilian goal keeper, Allison Becker with a swift turn and a sublime finish. On a night, where Liverpool put four goals past Genk at the luminous arena.The former MFM FC striker, who took to twitter yesterday wrote;“Not the result we wanted but it ended that way. Hoping to get a better result in our next meeting and a goal.“I will like to dedicate my first ChampionsLeague goal to my mum who marked her birthday on Tuesday as a birthday gift.“Thanks for guiding me in the right path.”Tags: GenkMFM FCMFMFClast_img read more

Gunners to honour Bergkamp in bronze

first_imgArsenal will honour former striker Dennis Bergkamp with a statue outside their Emirates Stadium home, the club confirmed on Wednesday evening. Holland international Bergkamp scored 120 goals for the Gunners, before retiring in 2006, helping spearhead Arsene Wenger’s team to unprecedented domestic success as part of the Invincibles’ unbeaten Premier League season of 2003-04. Bergkamp said: “First of all, I am honoured that this is going to happen. It makes me very proud. Everyone knows that I love Arsenal and that I had a fantastic time at the club. For me and my family it was an important period in our lives. Next to that the people were great, the team was amazing and we had a lot of success over the years. “I will do everything I can to be there when it will be unveiled. It will definitely be a special moment for me which I don’t want to miss.” Arsenal are to confirm at a later date the timings of the statue’s placement. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “It will be a fitting tribute to Dennis’ huge contribution to the club that a statue will be on display outside Emirates Stadium in the near future. “Dennis’ quality and style of play will never be forgotten. He is a true legend of Arsenal and it’s great to think that so many Arsenal supporters and visitors to Emirates Stadium will be able to enjoy this tribute to such a great player for years to come.” Gazidis suggested tonight’s announcement had been brought forward in light of pictures surfacing online, which depicted the striker in a pose as he controlled the ball in mid-air against Newcastle in 2003. Bronze statues of former manager Herbert Chapman, double-winning captain Tony Adams and record goalscorer Thierry Henry are already in place around the ground at Ashburton Grove, where Arsenal moved from Highbury in 2006. Images of a cast for Bergkamp were leaked online, and the club issued a statement on their website confirming the plans. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ten-month ban for Lochte

first_img(BBC) – American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been banned from the sport for 10 months after falsely claiming he was robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympic Games.The 32-year-old said he and three teammates were held up at a petrol station during a night out.But police questioned the account after CCTV footage showed the group had vandalised the petrol station.USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee (USOC) have also banned the three other swimmers involved.The behaviour of these athletes was not acceptable.Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger have each been suspended for four months. The sanctions were handed down for breaches of each organisation’s code of conduct.“The behaviour of these athletes was not acceptable,” said Scott Blackmun, CEO of USOC. “It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away from the historic achievements of Team USA.”Lochte’s punishment means he will not be able to qualify for the 2017 World Championships.The six-time Olympic gold medallist admitted he had “over-exaggerated” his original account.While he returned to the US in the days following the incident, Bentz and Conger were pulled off a US-bound plane by police, though they were subsequently allowed to leave after questioning.Feigen agreed to pay $11 000 (£8 250) to a Brazilian charity after he was allowed to return home.Late last month, Brazilian police charged Lochte with making a false statement, though his lawyer later said the swimmer will not respond to the charge.The crime carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and Lochte can be tried in his absence.Several sponsors, including clothing manufacturer Speedo, dropped the swimmer in the wake of the revelations.last_img read more

USC women’s golf team welcomes Stephanie Endstrasser’s return

first_imgThe No. 6 USC women’s golf team will utilize its third straight different lineup this weekend at the University of North Carolina Women’s Fall Preview.The three-day event, which will take place at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., features the season debut of returning senior All-American Stephanie Endstrasser for the Women of Troy.Endstrasser, a native of Austria, transferred to USC from Purdue for the spring semester of her sophomore year and instantly became a fixture in the lineup. She placed in the top 16 in five of her seven tournaments, peaking with a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships West Regional, and was named a Second-Team All-American.Her junior year, however, was plagued by inconsistency, with a third place finish at the 2008 Mason Rudolph Championship being her only finish in the top 30. She only made the roster for six of the team’s 12 tournaments, and did not play in the conference, regional or national championships, having been beaten out of a spot by then-freshman Inah Park and then-junior Caroline Kim.Endstrasser looks to bounce back and become a consistent part of the lineup again.“This is my first time traveling with the team in a long time, and I decided to keep my expectations low,” she said.Endstrasser spent the offseason at home attending summer school while playing golf every day, but only played in two tournaments. This tournament is her first competitive event in months.“I just want to go out there and have fun,” she said. “I hope I’ll be a part of the competitive roster for the rest of the season.”To do that, she’ll have to beat out some of her teammates this week, including returning All-Americans Belen Mozo and Lizette Salas, as well as Kim and Park. Mozo is playing her second tournament this season following shoulder surgery over the summer, and Salas is returning to the competitive roster after missing the last tournament to attend a wedding. Kim and Park have both competed at the first two events of the season.Endstrasser’s return to form would give the Trojans seven golfers to fill five roster spots, and would give coach Andrea Gaston the depth she was hoping would be provided in the fall season. This tournament is especially crucial in developing depth, as the National Championship will be held in the same location in June 2010.Other teams scouting out the course include No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Purdue and four other teams from the top 10.last_img read more

Norman Manley Airport to be divested to private ownership by 2019

first_imgThe Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston Jamaica is to be divested to a private owner by 2-19. Norman Manley AirportThe divestment of Jamaica’s premier airport, the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is scheduled to be completed by June 2019.  This was conveyed by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and NMIA Airports Ltd, Audley Deidrick.Five potential biddersOutlining the stages that have been completed to date, he informed that, “earlier this year, eight bidders were pre-qualified for the transaction, and the bidding stage was launched in June. Since that time, we had a major bidders’ conference in September, where five of the eight bidders showed”.Deidrick explained that the bidders went through a series of presentations, and the enterprise team fielded questions from them and heard concerns and issues that they wanted to see contemplated in the transaction.Processing applications“Since then, they have submitted their formal requests for these matters to be considered. We are currently going through the process of assessing those requests to see what we will accept and what we will reject. Suffice it to say that they remain very actively and positively engaged,” he noted.Deidrick says the final draft of the concession agreement is being vetted by the enterprise team, to be sent back to the bidders after review by the team, the lenders and the Cabinet.Bid launch in February 2018          “We expect after this process that the bid launch will take place in February of 2018, and given a 30-day turnaround for the bids, by March they should have been returned. Within a month, the winning bidder will be announced by the Government.  Based on this timeline, we expect to have commercial close by June of 2018,” he explained.He said that the chosen operator should be able to fulfil three critical requirements for qualification – financial strength to expand and operate the facility, technical competence to do the required construction and expansion, as well as airport operating competence and expertise.last_img read more

‘Horror, panic’ as Zamalek fans demostrate in Cairo

first_imgHundreds of Zamalek ultras stormed the club’s headquarters in Cairo calling for an immediate change in the club’s leading board.The fierce protest, which comes in the wake of a thumping 4-2 Champions League defeat to arch-rivals Ahli, is mainly staged against under-fire chairman Mamdouh Abbas.Although no casualties have been reported so far, Zamalek were forced to evacuate the club, turn off the lights and close the gates in fear of further tension.Ahram Online reported that police forces had to fire tear gas to separate the crowd, with several minor scuffles taking place with the fans – mainly believed to be members of Ultras White Knights.It was also reported that the angry fans burnt a police vehicle in addition to causing some damages inside the club.Horror and panic Meanwhile, Zamalek issued a statement on their website condemning the demonstrations and claiming that the storming the club’s gates caused ‘panic and horror’ among members.Zamalek chairman Abbas also commented on the incident, vowing to take action against those who want to ‘destroy the club’.“Those who are keen to destroy the club’s assets and strike fear into the hearts of its members, cannot be considered true Zamalek faithful,” Abbas told Zamalek’s website.“The club will take necessary measures to ensure the security of our property and the safety of our members.”Zamalek are without a trophy since winning the Egypt Cup five years ago, enduring a number of unprecedented lows in the process. Chairman Abbas has been consistently complaining of financial issues, a mounting predicament that has been hitting the club for several years now.last_img read more

How fast is Henry Ruggs III? 40-yard dash time & highlights of the Alabama speedster

first_imgHe went a net of 80 yards in 9 seconds…and slowed down at the end pic.twitter.com/5dSA4CMJHX— William Galloway (@Wm_Galloway) September 8, 2019Henry Ruggs NFL Draft projectionIn his latest seven-round NFL mock draft, Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ruggs heading to the Broncos at No. 15. Here’s why he’s a good fit for Denver, according to Iyer:The Broncos could use a versatile, big-play speedster to complement Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Noah Fant to take better advantage of Drew Lock’s big arm. Ruggs (5-11, 188 pounds) fits the bill as a field-stretcher who also can use his route-running skills to win on shorter routes.Like any rookie, Ruggs needs to improve in a few areas. His speed could be neutralized by physical cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. Creating separation and bringing in contested catches could also be an issue at his size.Those concerns don’t outweigh his potential to be a game-changer at the next level, though, so he should hear his name called Thursday night. Alabama star Jerry Jeudy could be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a Crimson Tide teammate shouldn’t be that far behind him.Henry Ruggs III will likely be selected in the middle of the first round after an impressive junior season under Nick Saban. While Ruggs didn’t match the numbers of Jeudy or Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb in terms of pure volume, anyone who watched Alabama witnessed how Ruggs’ mere presence impacted opposing defenses. Much like Ricky Bobby, the 21-year-old wideout wants to go fast. He justified the hype about his athletic ability with an impressive showing at the NFL Combine.Just how fast is Ruggs at a full sprint? Well, defensive backs standing across from him should make sure they have safety help available.NFL MOCK DRAFT: Projections for all seven roundsHenry Ruggs 40-yard dash time4.27 seconds (NFL Combine, 2020)Heading into the NFL Combine, Ruggs said his goal was “to be the fastest ever” in the 40-yard dash. Unfortunately for Ruggs, he came up just short of John Ross’ record of 4.22 seconds, finishing with an official time of 4.27.Simulcam footage of Ruggs running with Ross shows the former Washington receiver with a slight advantage as the players hit the 40-yard marker.Despite posting the top 40-yard dash time at the combine, Ruggs later told Reggie Bush that he could have finished better than 4.27.”It felt good just to be in the [4.2 range], but I still feel like — you always feel like [there are] things you can work on,” Ruggs said. “I just feel like I still could’ve had a better time. … I did a lot of training on it, a lot of training. That was something I emphasized every day, no matter what we were doing.”On top of his speed, Ruggs is also an excellent leaper. He tied for second among all players at the combine with a 42-inch vertical jump.MORE: Who had the fastest 40 time at the 2020 NFL Combine?Henry Ruggs highlightsIf NFL general managers are wondering if Ruggs’ athleticism translates to on-field production, they can just take a look at the tape.Ruggs had 40 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019, giving him a ridiculous average of 18.7 yards per catch. He likely would have exceeded 1,000 yards and hit double-digit touchdowns if Alabama didn’t possess such a talented receiving corps.One of the most impressive highlights of Ruggs’ junior campaign came on what turned out to be a running play against New Mexico State. Ruggs caught a backward pass from Tua Tagovailoa and shot out of a cannon, exploding past multiple defenders on his way to the end zone.Alabama director of sports medicine Jeff Allen said Ruggs reached a top speed of 23 miles per hour on his 75-yard run. So yes, the athleticism translates to the field.last_img read more

Quade Cooper to face Wallabies

first_imgA Wallabies regular until the Rugby Championship this year, the five-eighth will skipper the invitational team at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on October 28.Jones, a former Wallabies coach, tweeted the announcement on Wednesday and interviewed the 70-test veteran on his 2GB radio show.Cooper has been playing for Brisbane City in the NRC this season while the Wallabies have played New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.The 29-year-old said he would be out to entertain rugby fans with a focus on attack.”That’s what I love doing, I’m going to be up there doing my best to attack from everywhere and really making it entertaining for the fans,” Cooper said.”There’s a lot of emphasis these days being put on defence and that in turn slows the whole game down, and having the focus on attack can break down defences and also make it entertaining.”It’s always fun to do, come up with new ways to be able to break down these defences.”Three days after the Baa-Baas game, the Wallabies depart Australia for a test in Japan enroute to their spring tour in Europe, suggesting Cooper’s national career may be over. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Quade Cooper will captain the Barbarians against Australia in Sydney)last_img read more