first_imgAt least 33 passengers of a bus were killed when the vehicle plunged into the Banas river in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan after its driver apparently lost control on a 100-foot-high bridge near Dubi village on Saturday. Among the victims were seven women and four children.The condition of two of the seven injured persons was stated to be critical. Twenty-six bodies were handed over to the families after post-mortem.The passengers included pilgrims from the nearby towns of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh going to visit the famous Ramdev temple at Malarna Chour village. Police said the private bus was travelling at a high speed. There was poor visibility due to the early morning fog. Reports also suggested that the driver was recklessly trying to overtake another vehicle on the bridge. The bus broke the railing of the bridge and fell into the river.The vehicle was carrying about 40 passengers. Local authorities fear the death toll could increase.Rescue workers used gas-cutters to enter the bus through its windows to retrieve the bodies. The bus was later brought out with the help of a crane.Sawai Madhopur Collector Kailash Chand Verma said ambulances were called in to rush the injured persons to a government hospital. All private medical institutions in the district were alerted for admitting the injured.Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhwat, who is in charge of the district, announced financial assistance of ₹2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 each to the injured persons. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said she had spoken to the district officers and instructed them to carry out rescue operations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing anguish, said the State government was closely monitoring the situation.Union Minister of State Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sawai Madhopur MLA Diya Kumari also expressed grief.last_img read more

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first_imgSpain were the 5th defending champions to be knocked out at the group stage. Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002) and Italy (2010) had suffered a similar fate.,Spain were the 5th defending champions to be knocked out at the group stage. Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002) and Italy (2010) had suffered a similar fate.last_img

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first_imgBethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the US Open women’s doubles title for their third Grand Slam trophy as a pair, beating the top-seeded French team of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday. (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)Mattek-Sands is the first American to win women’s doubles at Flushing Meadows since 2011, when Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond did it.The final was played on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Mattek-Sands wore knee-high socks and a left wrist band with the same red-and-white-striped, star-spangled design she did while teaming with Jack Sock to win a gold medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics last month. (Murray-Soares sweep to US Open men’s doubles title)”To have this result here has been amazing,” Mattek-Sands told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd during the trophy ceremony, her eyes welling with tears and her voice choking on her words. “It’s a special day today here for everybody in New York.”She and Safarova, who were seeded 12th, added this championship to those from the Australian Open and French Open in 2015. (Also Read: All my dreams have come true, says new world No. 1 Angelique Kerber)They trailed by a set and a break on Sunday before coming all the way back. They broke for the first time in the match when Garcia served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set.Mattek-Sands and Safarova broke Garcia again in the opening game of the third set.advertisement”Oh, my God, I’m still overwhelmed with what just happened,” Safarova said. “We were both injured throughout the year, but we stick together.”The champions share $625,000 in prize money. Garcia and Mladenovic receive $310,000.For the runners-up, this was nearly a perfect way to bounce back from their tough trip to the Olympics. Garcia and Mladenovic lost in the first round there, then were provisionally suspended by the French tennis federation for “damaging” its image by criticizing officials over a clothing mix-up before that match.Garcia and Mladenovic had not dropped a set in the tournament until the final, eliminating each of the women who won last year’s U.S. Open and are now with new partners – beating Martina Hingis in the semifinals, and Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals.Garcia and Mladenovic only became doubles partners at the start of 2016, and in June, they became the first pair of Frenchwomen to win the French Open doubles trophy in 45 years. They have reached the finals at seven of their 15 tournaments together.last_img read more

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first_imgPakistan were blown away in Nottingham. It seemed their batsmen didn’t turn up for their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against the West Indies at Trent Bridge as they were bowled out for 105.Pakistan batted only 21.4 overs, their shortest innings in terms of the number of balls faced in a World Cup match. 105 was also their second-lowest total in a World Cup after the 74 that Imran Khan’s men managed during the 1992 World Cup match against England.On Friday, Pakistan seemingly lacked the intent and the flamboyance that has been touted to dominate the ongoing World Cup on flat pitches in England and Wales.PAK vs WI, CWC 19: Live Cricket ScoreThe former champions lost both their openers and Haris Sohail inside the first 10 overs. West Indies all-rouncer Andre Russell, who was introduced into the attack as early as the sixth over, showed his teammates the way forward against Pakistan bowlers by bowling fast and short.Bouncers troubled Pakistan throughout the innings and none of them, including senior batsmen Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez found answers to the barrage of short balls that came their way.Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman scored 22 each but none of the others managed to impress. Pakistan managed to past the 100-run mark, thanks to tail-ender Wahab Riaz’s late blitz (11-ball 18 that included 2 sixes).Young and raw pace bowler Oshane Thomas was the star of West Indies bowling as he picked up 4 wickets in just 5.4 overs. Andre Russell shone with two wickets while captain Jason Holder picked up 3, including 2 wickets in a span of 6 balls.advertisementPakistan fans have certainly not impressed with the national team’s batting display at the biggest stage in world cricket.My journey to the ground today – 125 minutesPakistan’s innings today – 111 minutes#CWC19 #PAKvWI Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2019Worth remembering that Pakistan arrived in England 38 days before today’s match and not 38 minutes before today’s match #CWC19 #PAKvWI Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2019I think Imran Khan meant to say ‘100 runs instead of 100 percent’ #WIvPAK #CWC19 https://t.co/RDSQvesbhWUzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) May 31, 2019Our National Game is Hockey ! ??#CWC19 #PAKvWITahir Khattak (@TahirKhattakk) May 31, 2019At least WI won’t score 500 in this game. Win.Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) May 31, 2019105 all in 21.4 oversThis is Pakistan’s shortest innings in the World Cup history and second lowest total after 74 vs England in Adelaide in 1992. #PakvWI #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 31, 2019This is typical Pakistan … They will no doubt go on an Win the World Cup … !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 31, 2019Lack of @cricketworldcup experience hurt @TheRealPCB.Also felt @windiescricket fast bowlers bowled a very good line and length and didn’t allow Pakistan to score.#PAKvWI #WIvPAK #CWC19VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) May 31, 2019Everyone! Please pray for Rain ??#CWC19 #PAKvWITahir Khattak (@TahirKhattakk) May 31, 2019Pakistan’s last two CWC scores in England:132 ’99 final105 today v WI#CWC19Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) May 31, 2019Dear Pakistan. This is just a gentle reminder that this is not a T20 World Cup but ODI world cup. Just FYI. Nothing more. #105AllOut #Hahaha #PAKvWIComedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) May 31, 2019Pakistan’s two previous lowest scores in World Cup history have been in 92 and 99. Both times they reached the final. In 92 they were champions! Look out! #ICCWC2019 #PAKvWI #CricbuzzLive @gauravkapur @bhogleharsha @ImZaheerGautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) May 31, 2019105 all out ???????? #PAKvWI #WIvsPAK https://t.co/6W3J5CvLBcSir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 31, 2019Our Batting Coach Right now?????#PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/qSyujT5U2YSyeda Maryam Jafry (@JafrySyeda) May 31, 2019Also Read | Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgIndia lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Sunday. After winning 5 out of their first 6 matches (one of which was a washout), India failed to chase down 338 agaisnt England on a flat pitch at Edgbaston on Sunday.By the end of the game, it was clear England would be run-away winners. And India were booed. But the Indian players were not booed because of a rare World Cup defeat. They were booed because the crowd was frustrated with yet another go-slow approach by MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.Chasing a massive total, India got off to a sluggish start but Rohit Sharma (102) and Virat Kohli (66) at least upped the ante to give India hope. Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya (45) brightened India’s prospects but strangely MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav left experts baffled with their knocks on a pitch which had very little in it for the bowlers.Instead of going for the sixes, Dhoni and Jadhav blocked and ran a single here and there to leave a Sunday crowd frustrated in Birmingham.MS Dhoni and Jadhav faced 31 balls and played out 7 dots, They ran 20 singles and hit only 1 six and 3 fours when the need of the hour was a lot more boundaries.While Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain raised some serious questions on air during their commentary stint, India skipper Virat Kohli defended his batsmen at the end of the game.”We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisement”I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,” Kohli said.Also Read | India vs England: Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intentAlso Read | World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finalsAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgPep Guardiola has said he was unable to buy Jonny Evans because Manchester City could not afford West Bromwich Albion’s asking price. The manager’s failure to strengthen at centre-back has been quickly exposed by Vincent Kompany’s calf injury before Saturday’s visit of Liverpool.Kompany has been ruled out with a recurrence of a problem that has plagued the captain in recent seasons and will revive concern about his long-term availability. West Brom’s valuation of Evans is thought to be around £25m.Guardiola began the summer targeting Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk but the club hierarchy balked at a fee in the region of £60m. Evans was viewed as a more affordable option yet Guardiola said City did not have the funds despite believing they could buy Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez on the window’s final day. The Chilean’s price was an initial £55m. Vincent Kompany Share via Email Pep Guardiola Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Guardiola said of Evans: “My colleague Tony Pulis [West Brom’s manager] put a price that we couldn’t afford at that moment. I don’t know about the summer or next season but now he’s a player for West Brom. We will survive. In the end we spent money, we sold players. We bought five players who cost around £35m each. It’s not a big issue because we sold a lot. We’ve got money to invest again. I’m happy with the squad and we’ll move forward with that.”The quintet were three full-backs, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, the goalkeeper Ederson and the attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva. Guardiola, asked whether a central defender was ever a priority, said: “We wanted one but we were not able. It wasn’t possible. We had a little bit more money to spend but not that much. We cannot go without any full-backs, which were a real priority.“If [Eliaquim] Mangala had gone I’m pretty sure we would’ve bought a new one. Because he stayed it made no sense to buy another. We cannot change 11 players. We changed some last season, five in that season and with four in one position. Maybe you believe that because we’re Manchester City we could do that [buy a new one]. We are going to survive in that position. To change a team, you don’t only need one transfer window. We need more time. Even with two windows it’s not possible. We have no regrets, no complaints. The club made a huge effort.”Kompany suffered the injury in Belgium’s 9-0 victory over Gibraltar. It brings an end to the 31-year-old’s run of 11 consecutive appearances, the longest for three years.Guardiola has only two fit frontline operators in the position, Nicolás Otamendi and John Stones. Of Kompany he said: “I do not think he will be available for Liverpool. I am sad. The last seven eight, nine games last season he played no problem. Pre-season, we took care of him and he played all three games. Now, unfortunately, we’ve lost him, but we will try and get him fit as soon as possible.”In the window Raheem Sterling was proposed as part of a swap deal for Sánchez. Yet Guardiola said: “Arsenal wanted to make a swap with Raheem. They talked to me and I said no chance. Zero chance.”Guardiola did not rule out a return for Sánchez in the January window. “Sometimes deals happen, sometimes not. I don’t know what will happen in the winter time. He is an Arsenal player.” Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Manchester City Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp happy to rest his two ‘new signings’ newslast_img read more

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first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring parents engaged in the practice of withholding their children from school on some weekdays, to involve them in economic activities to generate household income, to desist from doing so.“You’re not doing the child a favour (and) you’re certainly not supporting their full potential development by depriving them of one or two days of education,” Mr. Holness said as he launched activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 1).While noting that “there is nothing wrong with parents ensuring that children understand the value of work”, he contended that when this interrupts the youngsters’ education, and goes further to involve them in illicit activities, such as scamming, the illegal sex trade and human trafficking, “then that is not (something) any country can be proud of”.Mr. Holness pointed out that the Administration has provided the resources necessary to ensure that children can remain in school for the full five days per week, “and I encourage all parents, no matter how you are struggling, to take advantage of the support that the Government gives through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and other means”.“There is no excuse for parents to take their children out of school to support them in any form of economic activity during the school period. We need to now step up on our campaign (to mandate that) every child must be in school when school is in,” he emphasised.Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 are being observed under the theme ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.Activities will focus on constructing ramps in schools to enable physically challenged persons to access these buildings, and installing additional facilities at health centres to enhance the environment for medical staff and clients.Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring parents engaged in the practice of withholding their children from school on some weekdays, to involve them in economic activities to generate household income, to desist from doing so. While noting that “there is nothing wrong with parents ensuring that children understand the value of work”, he contended that when this interrupts the youngsters’ education, and goes further to involve them in illicit activities, such as scamming, the illegal sex trade and human trafficking, “then that is not (something) any country can be proud of”. “You’re not doing the child a favour (and) you’re certainly not supporting their full potential development by depriving them of one or two days of education,” Mr. Holness said as he launched activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 1). last_img read more

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first_img Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk until Monday, Oct. 31. -30-last_img

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first_imgThe fact that space exploration is a reality but deep-sea exploration isn’t, has always provided food for thought. For long, all the data collected around the deep-sea exploration has been kept under wraps by the United Nations International Seabed Authority (). In essence, the UN body is assigned to promote the mining of the sea-floor but it is also charged with its protection in equal weight. Maybe that explains why sea-floor mining has not yet been pursued aggressively by nations despite an increasing economic interest over the same. But with the kind of sustainable development that the world seeks, progress in deep-sea mining is inevitable. To this length, India’s possession of a site of 75,000 sq. km in the Central Indian Ocean Basin by UN ISA for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules (PMN) augurs well for the country’s exploration ambitions. The Deep Ocean Mission (DOM), at the cost of 8000 crores and extending over a span of five years, will explore the ocean and look for metals and minerals. Led by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the mission on paper is due to start by October-end and will involve a multitude of stakeholders such as the Department of Science and Technology, DRDO, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research working together in the integrated programme. Though the prime focus would be PMN, DOM will facilitate the institution of an offshore desalination plant based on tidal energy and development of a submersible vehicle capable of going to a depth of at least 6000 metres with three people on board. DOM will look forward to extensive mining of PMN. PMN–also called manganese nodules–are rock concentrations on the sea bottom formed of concentric layers of iron and manganese hydroxides around a core. High deposits of metals and vast quantities of nodules present on the sea-floor, PMN has garnered high economic interest which is in a direct equation to fulfilling energy requirements. Metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, lead, cadmium, vanadium, molybdenum, titanium, et al will be very important takeaways from the ocean floor. It is argued that for sustainable energy requirements, India has a prime alternative to tap its sea-floor reserves and utilise it to power the nation. But deep-sea mining is a daunting task and plans drawn up to successfully initiate such activity would utilise the best minds anticipating all the hiccups in the process. Deep-sea is yet an unexplored territory and, like space, there lie many things that are not known with the possibility of it being beneficial or detrimental on equal scales. But, India would benefit from the same in mass proportions should it successfully harness the good out of the ocean-bed.last_img read more

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first_imgDays after a 12-member Opposition delegation was sent back from Srinagar airport, BSP chief Mayawati slammed the leaders for the visit, saying it only gave BJP “a chance to do politics.” She said that it will take time for things to normalise in Kashmir and that the delegation of Opposition leaders, led by Rahul Gandhi should have put more thought to it before leaving for Srinagar. In a series of tweets, the BSP supremo also defended her party’s stance of backing the Central government on the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “As it is known that Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was always in favour of uniting the nation and that is why he was never in favour of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. For this special reason, BSP MP in Rajya Sabha supported the abrogation of Article 370,” she tweeted.”However after 69 years of Indian constitution and abrogation of Article 370, it will take some time for things to get normal. It will be better if we wait, this has also been acknowledged by the Court. In such a situation the delegation of Congress leaders going to Kashmir is like giving BJP central government and the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir a chance to do politics over the issue. It would have been right if these things were thought before going there,” she added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Rahul Gandhi and the opposition leaders were sent back from Srinagar airport on Saturday. The leaders slammed the government for denying them entry, with a CPM politburo statement calling it “daylight robbery of rights” guaranteed by the Constitution. In a video put out by the Congress, Rahul can be seen negotiating with officials to allow the delegation to leave the airport to assess the situation in the valley. ” The Governor has said that I am invited. Toh ab main aaya hoon. Phir aap keh rahein hai ki main nahi aa sakte hain (So I have now come here and you are telling that I cannot come.) And the government is saying that everything is okay here, everything is normal. If everything is normal, why are we not allowed out?” he can be seen telling in the video. When asked at a media briefing why the delegation was not allowed to enter to Srinagar city, state government spokesperson Rohit Kansal read out Friday’s tweet by the J&K Department of Information and Public Relations: “… Attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life. Political leaders are requested to cooperate and not visit Srinagar…”(Input from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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first_imgMEADOW LAKE, Sask. – A teenager who killed four people and injured seven others during shootings at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan apologized Friday to those who died, those who survived and their families.People wept as the teen addressed each of his victims at a hearing to determine if he is sentenced as an adult or a youth for his actions in La Loche in January 2016.The teen tearfully said if he could talk to teacher Adam Wood, who died from his injuries, he would tell him he was sorry.“If he was here right now, I would say to him: ‘I didn’t really know you, but I heard you were a good person, a kind person … and I’m sorry I shot you. You were not a target.’”The teen said the same about teacher’s aide Marie Janvier, who also died, and apologized to her mother.“I’m sorry I ruined your life and took your daughter away. All she wanted to do was help students,” he said to Jackie Janvier, who sat through every day of the two-week sentencing hearing.Some of the seven survivors are students who can’t be named.About substitute teacher Charlene Klyne, the teen said he was sorry for shooting her while she was sitting in her classroom.“I’m sorry for ruining your life that day,” he said. “You weren’t someone who was a target.”Klyne lost all vision in her left eye, can only see dark shadows in her right eye and has numerous pellets lodged in 13 different spots from her jaw to her chest. She’s been told it’s too risky to have surgery to remove the pellets.She was not in court.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Earlier Friday, a neuropsychologist testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average. Dr. Monty Nelson said “thinking quickly was a major difficulty” for the teen.A defence psychiatrist testified that the teen has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, an intellectual disability, major depressive disorder and displays signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.The teen — who cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shooting occurred — killed brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine in a home before shooting up the high school where Wood and Janvier died.During the first week of the sentencing hearing in May, an agreed statement of facts detailed the shooter’s murderous path from the home to the community’s high school.Court heard Dayne, 17, pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden, 13, was shot twice.Surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.He pleaded guilty last fall to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.The teen told court he knows the boys’ mother forgives him.“I know she knows I am sorry for what I did.”Court heard from Alicia Fontaine last month. She said the teen called her two days after the shooting to apologize and she forgave him.Lawyers are to make final submissions to Judge Janet McIvor on Aug. 25.McIvor said she would release her decision and sentence the shooter in La Loche, but no date was set.La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre suggested McIvor should consult the community first.“There’s some mixed emotions,” the mayor said outside court.“A lot of people have expressed they’d like to have it in La Loche for some closure, and some have expressed they would rather not have it in La Loche because it will dredge up bad memories and bad emotions.”last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – A “touchy-feely” anesthesiologist handed a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgery has failed to have his conviction overturned.In a decision Friday, Ontario’s top court ruled that the judge who convicted Dr. George Doodnaught after a 76-day trial was bang on.“The grounds of appeal advanced track closely the submissions made to, and rejected by, the trial judge,” the Court of Appeal said. “They are the subject of lengthy and detailed reasons which describe the findings of fact essential to proof of guilt and the evidentiary stuff of which those findings were made.”WARNING: Graphic details follow.Doodnaught, who is in his late 60s, was convicted in November 2013 on all counts for assaulting women, who ranged from 25 to 75 years old, while they were semi-conscious at the North York General Hospital. Among other things, Doodnaught inserted his penis into women’s mouths, used some for masturbation, and sexually fondled others over a four-year period.The defence never argued the women fabricated their complaints or colluded with one another, but at trial and on appeal suggested the complainants may have been hallucinating while under anesthetic. Doodnaught’s lawyers further argued that the assaults, in the confined space of an operating theatre close to others in the surgical team, could not have happened.Superior Court Justice David McCombs rejected the defence arguments, siding with the prosecution that Doodnaught had the opportunity to commit the assaults from behind a screen and that the women’s accounts of what happened were honest and realistic.McCombs found Doodnaught’s closeness to patients during surgery didn’t draw suspicion because he was known as a “touchy-feely” doctor who stroked a patient’s cheek or hair to soothe her during procedures. The judge also lambasted him for compounding his victims’ distress by trying to make them believe they were somehow responsible for what happened.On appeal, the doctor argued the evidence at trial fell short of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that the offences actually happened. His lawyers pointed at expert evidence about the hallucinogenic properties of the anesthetics in support of their position.“This case is overwhelming only if one presumes that the possibility of drug-induced dream-like states is impossible, as the trial judge did,” Doodnaught’s lawyers argued on appeal. “The trial judge failed to adequately consider the defence submission that a significant proportion, indeed the majority, of the alleged incidents were impossible.”The Appeal Court would have none of it.The higher court noted McCombs had even visited the operating rooms in which the anesthetist had worked to gain a better understanding of the layout before finding that Doodnaught did indeed have the opportunity to commit the assaults as alleged.The Appeal Court also found the judge had carefully looked at the expert evidence on whether patients might hallucinate about sexual experiences, noting no witness had ever heard of a case of multiple allegations of sexual assault on patients under the kind of sedation Doodnaught administered.“The appellant’s quarrel is not rooted in any legal principle so far as I can determine but rather in the factual findings the trial judge made,” Justice David Watt wrote for the Appeal Court. “Those factual findings put paid to the defence position that the conduct each complainant honestly believed took place — and which amounted to sexual assault — simply never happened.”Doodnaught’s medical licence has been suspended for several years but a disciplinary hearing that could see him barred from ever practising again has been awaiting the outcome of the appeal.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – A senior naval commander is playing down an account from one of his sailors of a seemingly tense standoff between a Canadian warship and Russian vessels during a recent deployment.The encounter in question occurred while HMCS Charlottetown was deployed on a six-month operation between August and January that included monitoring Russian military activity in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.Canada has provided a steady stream of warships to participate in NATO patrols in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.While those patrols are designed to reassure NATO’s easternmost members and act as a check on any Russian aggression in the region, there have been reports of uncomfortably close encounters between the two sides.But the Canadian military has largely avoided any reports of such run-ins with the Russians — at least until Leading Seaman Cory Johnson provided an account of one such encounter in a recent interview.Johnson was a fire control technician on board the Charlottetown, and in an interview with an online publication from his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he described the scene as “extremely stressful.”“The first time, we had to get everything electrically safe and unlock missiles so they could be fired if needed,” Johnson told SooToday.com from Halifax, where the Charlottetown recently ended its deployment.“We had several Russian ships and submarines around us. It’s no secret we were tracking and monitoring where they were going.”The Canadian and Russian vessels were not in communication at the time, and that Russian fighter aircraft also flew over the NATO force to which the Charlottetown was attached, he added.“They were very close to us and we didn’t have any communication as to what they were doing in the area, and why they were getting closer,” Johnson said.“It’s very stressful. Even when you’re not on watch, you think of your family.”Attempts to reach Johnson on Thursday were unsuccessful.But Commodore Craig Skjerpen, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, painted a very different picture, saying that the Charlottetown’s captain and other senior officers felt the situation was under control.“It was all professional, and at no time was it at all unsafe,” Skjerpen told The Canadian Press.“Depending on how experienced you are and what level of training you got, it can be perceived different ways. But from all the senior people on board, those that receive all the specific training, it was not an overly tense situation.”Skjerpen did acknowledge that the Russians came within a few thousand yards of the Charlottetown and that there was no communication between the two sides, but he maintained that the captain was not overly concerned.“There always is the ability to communicate in the event that either side felt uncomfortable with the actions of the other vessel,” said Skjerpen, who is responsible for all naval forces on Canada’s eastern coast.“He was comfortable with what was going on.”As for the decision to unlock the Charlottetown’s missiles, Skjerpen said there were still other safeguards in place and that such actions are frequently taken when Canadian vessels are deployed abroad.“Was there a sense of an imminent threat that we needed to do that?” he said. “No.”While Johnson’s comments caused a bit of a stir Thursday at the Department of National Defence, Skjerpen said the sailor would not be disciplined but rather reminded about what he can and cannot talk about publicly.“So the most that’s going to happen to him is we’ll continue to talk to him about the areas that he’d like to talk about with people, and his job and how great it is to be in the navy,” Skjerpen said.“And if he needs more information on the role and what we’re doing on Op Reassurance and operating close to Russia … I want to make sure that he’s very comfortable with what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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November sees yet more registration records CV registrations set new November record at 33,896 units Year-to-date registrations up 7.0 per cent at 361,453 vehicles New annual record of over 390,000 likely at year-end Rolling year sets another record at 387,463 November growth well spread across the main CV sectors ‘Another great month for commercial vehicle registrations in November means we are almost certain to set a new CV registration record at the end of the year. The strong, sustained investment in new vans and trucks shows little sign of slackening and good order books suggest that 2005 will be memorable too’ SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said. ‘This growth means the UK remains the second largest CV market in the EU.’ If you have any questions, please call: Robin Dickeson on + 44 (0)2 073 449 222 Mobile +44 07 974 436 641 E-mail rdickeson@smmt.co.uk DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Now in its fourth year, the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is once again calling for university students to enter the premier automotive industry talent search competition. The 2012 winner will be rewarded with a priceless work experience package comprising one month at each of the contest sponsors – Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota – as well as £7500 cash.The contest was launched in 2009 to offer entrants a unique chance to launch an automotive industry career and is run by Autocar in partnership with Courland International and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 2012 award is backed by Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.To enter the competition, students need to answer in 500 words a brief set by Autocar Editor-in-Chief Steve Cropley and submit their entry via the Autocar-Courland Next Generation website by 31 August 2012.The brief for 2012 states:“In no more than 500 words, describe an improvement (be it an invention, innovation, a legislative change, a change to corporate policy or the adoption of a new convention) which you believe would be a worthwhile benefit to the UK automotive business. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of how such an improvement could be made viable and what the wider implications of it might be.”Submissions will be welcomed from all disciplines, including – but not limited to – engineering, marketing and communications, design and media. Special credit will be given to the originality of entrants’ suggestions.The six best entrants will attend a judging day at the home of Autocar, where they will have the chance to present their ideas to a panel of leading industry executives. Three finalists will be invited to the SMMT Annual Dinner on 27 November, where the winner will be announced.Autocar Editor-in-Chief Steve Cropley said, “This contest offers students a priceless opportunity to get a foot in the door of the most amazing and inspirational industry. In addition to the work experience and the cash prize, it offers a great opportunity to make contacts, network, see the industry at work first hand and maybe even secure a job offer.”Oliver Brunt, the winner of the 2011 Next Generation Award, is currently in the midst of his work experience prize. He has already completed one month at McLaren and is shortly to start his month at Peugeot. Oliver is studying Industrial Design at Northumbria University.Speaking of his experience at McLaren, Oliver said, “The month I spent at McLaren was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It may sound like an exaggeration, but I’ve seen and done things most people will never have the chance to do. It has been a huge privilege to be at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, let alone work there. In my time in the design studio I have learnt a lot about design itself in the real world, not just at university level. Working on live projects and keeping to briefs and deadlines, while trying to maintain an extremely high level of quality and brand identity throughout the work, was invaluable. I am looking forward to my future placements, but I will never forget my time at McLaren.”Oliver’s winning idea combines a new kind of active head-up display, known as SHUD – Social Heads-Up Display – that uses sophisticated graphics and can employ the whole of a car’s screen as its ‘canvas’. The SHUD system conveys a new level of real-time car-to-car communication to provide drivers with a much better standard of information, presented more attractively and without distraction.To find out more about the award, visit the Autocar-Courland Next Generation website.Award PartnersAutocarCourland InternationalJaguar Land RoverMcLaren AutomotivePeugeotSkodaSMMTToyota GBPrevious Winners2009 – Mohsin Basharmal (Coventry University)2010 – Hari Meyyappan (Loughborough University)2011 – Oliver Brunt (Northumbria University)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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first_imgNicola Sturgeon has refused to suspend a senior SNP politician after it emerged she is under investigation by a legal watchdog for alleged professional misconduct.Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, one of the 56 SNP MPs elected in the 2015 general election, is the subject of an inquiry by The Law Society of Scotland over her former career as a lawyer.She asked voters this week to re-elect her on June 8 as the Nationalist candidate for Ochil and South Perthshire, and said she was “co-operating fully” with the inquiry.However, opposition parties have called on the First Minister to suspend the prominent candidate.James Kelly, Scottish Labour’s campaign manager, has written to Ms Sturgeon, saying: “Any investigation by The Law Society is so serious that, if confirmed, the SNP must immediately suspend Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.“The voters in Ochil and South Perthshire need immediate answers. They cannot go to the polls without all the information being made available to them.”Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Conservative MSP, said that just four weeks from the election, the voters needed an “immediate explanation”. “In the meantime, I’m getting on with fighting this election campaign and seeking re-election to stand up for the people of Ochil and South Perthshire.”According to the Scottish Daily Mail, the inquiry relates to alleged professional misconduct during her time as a partner at the Glasgow law firm Hamilton Burns, which she was involved in setting up in 2001. She was one of two directors and resigned shortly after becoming an MP.Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh, a mother-of-four and former Bollywood star, has played a prominent role as an MP, is a close ally of Alex Salmond and sits on her party’s national executive committee as women and equalities officer.She took the Ochil and South Perthshire seat from Labour as the SNP won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats two years ago and has had a varied political career.She was previously a Conservative, standing against Nicola Sturgeon in the 1999 Holyrood election. She then resigned from the party in 2000 and briefly joined Labour before settling on the SNP. Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh said she was aware that “issues have been raised with the Law Society in relation to administrative matters during my time at my former firm”.She added: “The Law Society has a duty to uphold professional standards and they must be allowed to do so without prejudice.  tasmina ahmed-sheikh Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on the campaign trail in 2015Credit:Getty The SNP previously suspended two of its 56 MPs. Michelle Thomson, the Edinburgh West MP, had the party whip withdrawn after Police Scotland launched an inquiry into property dealings and Natalie McGarry, the Glasgow East MP, was suspended aNfter a police inquiry into claims that money was missing from the Women for Independence group which she co-founded. Both women have confirmed they are not standing in the general election. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alex Salmond joins the candidate in 2015Credit:Getty Mr Kelly said: “Given the previous scandal surrounding Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson, it is clear that there are serious problems with the SNP’s candidate vetting process.”A spokesman for the SNP said: “The party is aware that administrative matters relating to Tasmina’s time at her former firm are being looked into. Hundreds of issues are raised with the Law Society every year and it is right that they investigate them. She has co-operated fully and is continuing her campaign to be a strong voice for the people of Ochil and South Perthshire.”The Law Society of Scotland said it had no comment to make. tasmina ahmed-sheikh He added: “It would be utterly unacceptable for the SNP to try and brush this under the carpet. For once, they need to be straight with people.“If an investigation has been launched, then the SNP should do exactly as they did with their former MP Michelle Thomson and suspend Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh immediately.”However, the SNP candidate said in a statement that she was proud of her 17-year legal career and would continue to campaign as the party’s candidate.last_img read more

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St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 70/3 (Thomas 38*, Hodge 1/1) beat St Lucia Stars 69 (Qais Ahmad 24, Cottrell 3/14, Lamichhane 2/13, Mahmudullah 2/20) by seven wickets with 74 balls remainingSheldon CottrellSt Lucia Stars crashed to a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots after collapsing to 69 all out inside 13 overs at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.It was a dispiriting effort from a Stars side that had just ended their two-year wait for a Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory and had been in such good form with the bat.Their two previous home games at Gros Islet had produced totals of 212/2 and a Hero CPL record 226/6, making Tuesday’s capitulation to the third lowest score in Hero CPL history all the more disappointing.Teenaged all-rounder Qais Ahmad was the only man to offer serious resistance with a battling 24 as wickets tumbled all around him, with Sheldon Cottrell, Mahmudullah and Sandeep Lamichhane the chief destroyers for the Patriots.Cottrell started and finished the demolition. Having been hit for six by Andre Fletcher from the first ball of the night, Cottrell had his revenge with a simple caught-and-bowled from the fourth. He wrapped the innings up just 71 balls later as Obed McCoy edged through to wicket-keeper Devon Thomas – who played his part with two stumpings and two catches to equal Kumar Sangakkara’s Hero CPL record for most wicket-keeping dismissals in a game, and then added 38 not out in the simple run-chase.In between those two wickets, Cottrell also netted the big fish as the Stars captain Kieron Pollard failed to read a slower ball and only succeeded in poking it to cover.By then the Stars were already in desperate trouble at 24/4, Rahkeem Cornwall and Lendl Simmons having both fallen to off-spinner Mahmudullah, who bagged 2/20 from four overs off the reel with the new ball.When Australia superstar David Warner fell to the irrepressible Sandeep Lamichhane for 14 and Ben Cutting removed Daren Sammy at the ground that bears his name for a three-ball duck there was no way back for the Stars.Kavem Hodge also departed without scoring after edging Cutting through to Thomas. Qais Ahmad bludgeoned a couple of defiant sixes before he fell to Lamichhane and from there the end was swift.Mitchell McClenaghan was run out after a horrible mix-up with Kesrick Williams before Cottrell applied the finishing touch.So one-sided was the contest that the Patriots had the luxury of giving Chris Gayle the innings off to rest a thumb injury he suffered last time out against Jamaica Tallawahs.Evin Lewis and Thomas opened the innings and, with pressure off and attacking fields, set about reducing the already meagre target.Thomas smashed three fours from the second over, bowled by McCoy, before Lewis took McClenaghan for 10 runs in two but then perished splicing a short ball to Warner at mid-on.It was a missed opportunity for Lewis to find some form with the pressure off – his 13 here still quadrupled his tally after a run of four runs in his last five T20 innings for Windies and the Patriots.That was a minor blemish for the Patriots, as were the loss of Brandon King for an 11-ball 17 and a slightly farcical run out for Tom Cooper, dismissed for nought with just three runs needed for victory as he and Thomas found themselves both racing for the bowler’s end as keeper Fletcher removed the bails at the other.Thomas was still there at the end, though, stroking the winning run to end with 38 from 21 as the Patriots got over the line with a whopping 12.2 overs in hand. (CPLT20)Upcoming Fixtures: Wednesday 22 August – Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents (6pm), Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, FloridaFriday 24 August – St Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors (9pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Stars, Patriots face off tonightAugust 21, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: At the bottom, Stars seeking win against Patriots tonightAugust 30, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Table-topping Tallawahs stay perfect with 47-run victory over PatriotsAugust 16, 2018Similar post read more

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first_img Short URL 7,142 Views THE EU HAS said that it’s prepared to allow UK boats to fish in its waters until the end of the year if the UK reciprocates, according to a no-deal Brexit plan published today.Various UK politicians have pledged to “take back its waters”, meaning that they would ban non-UK boats from fishing in its waters, or give UK boats first preference to fish. The UK has claimed that its fisheries is one of its strongest cards in the Brexit debate.Ireland is concerned that if the UK does claim back its waters in this way, that a large number of EU boats that fish in British waters will use Ireland’s waters instead. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed today said that he had “emphasised the real risks of a concentration of fishing into Ireland’s 200 miles fishing zone by EU fleets if they are excluded from UK waters”. By Gráinne Ní Aodha https://jrnl.ie/4585405 Image: EMPICS Entertainment I pointed out that inevitably this would lead to displacement of our own fleet and depletion of fish stocks if no action is taken.The EU Commission today issued its contingency plans which sets out how fisheries would be managed in a no-deal Brexit, in relation to Ireland ans seven other EU member states.The plan, which was agreed with Ireland and seven other EU member states, recognises that fisheries is “one of the most immediately critical issues” in a no-deal Brexit.In the contingency plans published today, it was stated:The European Union is ready to continue to provide access to UK vessels until the end of 2019, provided the United Kingdom continues to grant access to EU vessels. Share65 Tweet Email2 “As a contingency measure, the European Union has adopted the necessary legal basis for the authorisation of EU and UK vessels to continue to fish in each other’s waters, until 31 December 2019, while respecting the agreed terms of the 2019 fishing opportunities regulations, agreed when UK was still a member state.”But if the UK does not grant EU boats access to its waters, the plan is to compensate fishermen who “have a significant dependence on UK waters”:The Union has adjusted the existing legal instrument to enable member states to grant financial compensation to fishermen who have significant dependence on UK waters and who have to cease these activities temporarily resulting from the lack of access to UK waters.The no-deal Brexit plan outlines the serious knock-on effect that the UK claiming its coastal waters back could have on the EU’s fishing industry:“Loss of access to the waters of the United Kingdom may increase pressure on stocks in EU waters, and it may have serious socio-economic consequences for those EU vessels that are heavily dependent on access to UK waters, as well as for those whose traditional EU fishing grounds may see increased activity due to displacement of fishing effort.”The plan adds that there is “a risk that the resulting intensified fishing pressure in EU waters could irreversibly impoverish marine resources, by depleting fish stocks and damaging the ecosystem”.There’s also a concern that there’s “a risk of disputes arising between various fleets and vessels on the fishing grounds in EU waters because of ‘overcrowding’.”Under the heading ‘recommended action’ that could be taken, the EU says that its members could use the “current UK catches from EU27 waters, the biological capacity of stocks to cope with increased fishing pressure in EU27 waters, potential alternatives for spreading fishing pressure, uptake of quota, and the economic impact for the vessels concerned”.Minister Creed stated, “We now have identified and agreed, co-ordinated and fully prepared measures that will be immediately available to address a no-deal Brexit situation, if the UK were to decide to deny EU vessels access to UK waters.I am seeking additional EU funds to support this mitigation measure if they become necessary. If we need to call on these arrangements, it will be essential, as we have now agreed at EU level, that all involved EU fleets must co-operate under these structured arrangements to manage the situation.“We have now agreed that the Irish fleet would not be disproportionately impacted and have ensured that each Member State impacted would take a fair share of the pain.” Nigel Farage, right, and Fishing for Leave founder Aaron Brown, left, throw fish into the river Thames as a form of protest (March 2018). Image: EMPICS Entertainment Nigel Farage, right, and Fishing for Leave founder Aaron Brown, left, throw fish into the river Thames as a form of protest (March 2018). Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 3:22 PM 15 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: EU will allow UK to fish in its waters until December 2019 in a no-deal Brexit – if UK allows the same Minister for the Marine Michael Creed warned against concentrating the EU’s fishing fleet into Ireland’s 200-mile fishing zone. Apr 10th 2019, 3:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgThinkPad X1 Hybrid : Un PC “double” signé LenovoLa marque chinoise a officialisé l’existence de son ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, qui a la particularité d’embarquer deux systèmes d’exploitation mais aussi deux plateformes distinctes de composants.Lenovo innove dans le monde des PC portables avec son ThinkPad X1 Hybrid. Comme son nom l’indique, cet ordinateur se révèle être un véritable mixe entre une tablette tactile et un PC classique. On retrouve d’ailleurs cette double appartenance au niveau de sa configuration technique. Il embarque en effet un mode Instant Media Mode sur lequel on retrouve des fonctionnalités multimédia classiques (Surf, musique, vidéo, texte et mail) mais qui fonctionne sous un OS Android spécifique. Un système d’exploitation qui possède sa propre plateforme de composants, composée d’un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core APQ 8060 cadencé à 1,2 Ghz épaulé par une mémoire vive de 1 Go et une mémoire flash de 16 Go, explique Idealo.fr.Aux côtés de cette architecture, on retrouve ainsi une configuration plus classique, composée d’un processeur Intel nouvelle génération (i3, i5 ou i7) épaulé par une mémoire vive pouvant atteindre 8 Go en DDR3, le tout accompagné selon la configuration adoptée d’un disque dur classique ou d’un SSD et fonctionnant sous Windows 7. Épais de 15 mm et pesant 1,7 kg, le ThinkPad X1 Hybrid profite de cette double technologie pour offrir une autonomie record, de 8 à 10 heures. En outre, il possède tout un ensemble de caractéristiques propres aux nouvelles machines actuelles, une webcam HD avec micro, une partie audio Dolby Home theater et une sortie HDMI sans oublier la technologie Intel Wireless Display qui vous permet de diffuser à distance des fichiers stockés sur votre PC sur un téléviseur compatible WIDI. Il sera officiellement présenté lors du prochain salon de l’électronique grand public de Las Vegas.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Ronaldo may have another World Cup in him – Deco

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo may still have another World Cup left in him after this month’s tournament, reckons his former Portugal teammate DecoThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives at Russia on the back of having inspired Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League crown and will now be hoping to replicate this success for Portugal.The World Cup is the one trophy that has eluded Ronaldo throughout his entire career and, at the age of 33, many are expecting the tournament in Russia to be his final chance to finally lift international football’s most prestigious trophy.But Deco feels that it is wrong to say that this will be Ronaldo’s final World Cup, as with player like him “you never know”.“With Ronaldo, you never know. It depends how fit he will be at the next World Cup,” Betfair ambassador Deco told Express Sport.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Of course, it’s complicated because there is a time for everyone, even those super fit like him but I think it’s a difficult time for the players.“It’s complicated when you start watching them at the end of your career but it’s easier to think about showing the best at the World Cup.“Of course, if you ask every player they want to win the World Cup, they dream about that for sure, Ronaldo is the same.“I think for all the players it’s a competition, a dream competition, when you think of being a real soccer player.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Iberian neighbours Spain on Friday in Group B.last_img read more

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