How long must we wait for gun control?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Couple find their ideal investment at Ecco Ripley

first_imgThe Terraces, Parkview Parade.A SEARCH of southeast Queensland for the perfect investment property has led a couple to purchase a terrace home in Ecco Ripley.Daniel and Gay Baxter said the chance to secure an affordable new home as an investment in the Ripley Valley region was too good to resist.“We had searched everywhere for the perfect investment, from Mooloolaba through to Ipswich, but nothing felt right,” Mr Baxter said. “When we’re searching for an investment property, it needs to be somewhere we can see ourselves living and that’s why we decided to purchase at Ecco Ripley.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Daniel Baxter (pictured) and his wife Gay have bought an investment property in The Terraces on Parkview Parade at Ecco Ripley after searching from Mooloolaba to Ipswich for the perfect investment.The Ipswich couple live in a nearby development and decided to buy in to The Terraces at Parkview Pde after a recent visit to Ecco Ripley.The collection of contemporary two and three-bedroom homes, designed and built exclusively by Sekisui House, have been popular with owner-occupiers who account for 67 per cent of sales so far. Mr Baxter said the fact The Terraces had no body corporate fees was a major drawcard for the couple. They also have a fixed-price contract.The Terraces sit in an elevated position and are close to both local parks and the future $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre. Meanwhile Ecco Ripley Queensland sales manager Scott Blaney said each of the 36 Terraces homes in the Parkview Pde release had been individually designed and positioned to suit the exact location.last_img read more

Canada to buy interim replacement ship for Madeleine ferry

first_imgThe Government of Canada has issued an advance contract award notice (ACAN), signalling its intention to purchase the motor vessel Villa de Teror as an interim measure to replace the ferry MV Madeleine. What is more, the government unveiled the name of the new ferry to be built by Chantier Davie. The permanent replacement will be named MV Jean Lapierre. Illustration. Source: Flickr under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license. Image by Andres Alvarado The MV Madeleine is 39 years old and is at the end of its service life. The 6,807 gross ton ship is used as the primary vessel for service between Îles de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, and Souris, Prince Edward Island. Last year, the government announced that Chantier Davie Canada Inc. will build a replacement vessel, which is expected to be ready in 2026. As explained, an interim solution is required to ensure continued ferry service to the residents of Îles-de-la-Madeleine. As a result, Transport Canada intends to purchase the MV Villa de Teror to deliver the service during the summer of 2021 until 2026. The government determined that the ship is the only solution that meets operational requirements and assures service continuity as an interim measure while the permanent replacement is being built. Through this procurement process, the ACAN allows other interested suppliers with a ferry that meets Transport Canada minimum operational requirements to submit a statement of capabilities before a contract is awarded. Interested parties have 15 calendar days from 2 July to submit a statement of capabilities to show they meet the requirements laid out in the ACAN. “The ferry service is essential to the citizens of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine as it connects their communities to the mainland, and it supports regional economies through the transportation of goods and tourism. The MV Madeleine is at the end of service life and the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure that this important service is maintained without interruption,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, said. Once the purchase has been completed, Transport Canada intends to rename the MV Villa de Teror as the MV Madeleine II. When the permanent replacement built by Chantier Davie enters into service, the government will sell the MV Villa de Teror (MV Madeleine II). “I am extremely proud of the fact that the new ship will be named the MV Jean Lapierre, in honour of the proud Madelinot and former Minister of Transport who passed away far too soon in 2016,” Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, commened.center_img Posted: about 1 year ago Business & Finance Categories: Canada to Build RoPax Ferry Pair at Davie Shipyard The shipbuilder will also design and construct a ferry to replace the 49-year-old MV Holiday Island — one of the two vessels used to provide service between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, Nova Scotia. Posted: about 1 year ago “Today’s announcement will allow travellers and businesses to enjoy uninterrupted ferry service in this region, while two ferries are being built by Chantier Davie Canada Inc.,” Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, added.last_img read more

Birmingham 2022: Commonwealth Games Federation working to minimise knock-on effects

first_img Promoted ContentThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Largest Cities In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made “Over the coming weeks, we will continue to work collaboratively with International Federation partners to ensure the XXII Commonwealth Games maintains its position and stature on the global sporting calendar,” he said. Grevemberg also said that the CGF will continue to work closely with its friends and partners in Trinidad and Tobago to assess the delivery options for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), due to take place from August 1 to 7. “For the Commonwealth Sport Movement, the Olympics could now take place in close proximity to the Trinbago 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games,” he said. “For this island state, preparations for the event have already been impacted by the dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in the region as well as the instability of the global economy.” Read Also:India bids to stage 2022 Commonwealth Games shooting events Asked on Twitter if the 2021 CYG will be moved to accommodate the Olympics, Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, said there is no reason for that to happen. “Why should it be moved?” he responded. “It’s going to be a huge success if we stick to the plan.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is writing to International Federations to work on the potential rescheduling of their 2021 World Championships and major events after Tokyo 2020 was postponed, insidethegames understands. CGF officials want to ensure the very best athletes can compete at Birmingham 2022 regardless of the delay to this year’s Olympics. An agreement was reached yesterday to postpone Tokyo 2020 until no later than the summer of 2021, in response to growing worldwide concern over the coronavirus pandemic. That could see both next year’s World Athletics Championships in American city Eugene and the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka in Japan moved to 2022, when Birmingham will be hosting the Commonwealth Games. insidethegames understands that World Athletics and the International Swimming Federation have thus been written to as a priority by the CGF. Following yesterday’s announcement on the postponement of Tokyo 2020, CGF chief executive David Grevemberg insisted the organisation remains fully committed to hosting a successful Commonwealth Games in Birmingham during 2022. Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive, David Grevemberg, insists the staging of Birmingham 2022 will not be impacted by the postponement of Tokyo 2020.last_img read more

Ellsworth girls’ basketball team “turns the heat up” to top GSA

first_imgELLSWORTH — Looking to rebound from a 20-point loss, the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team went back to the drawing board.After notching a difficult road win against Orono to open the season last Saturday, Andy Pooler’s Ellsworth Eagles had the chance to earn another Wednesday when it returned to Penobscot County for a matchup with Old Town. Instead, Ellsworth fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in a 50-30 defeat.Over the next few days, Pooler decided a different strategy was in order for the Eagles’ next contest. Between making changes to the offense and toying with new lineups, he focused on adjustments that would use his team’s depth to wear down its opponents.“Our next practice after [the Old Town game], I came in and said, ‘Guys, how about this team turns the heat up?’” Pooler said. “With the number of bodies we have, it seemed like a good time to make that change. I just thought it was a good way to keep our legs fresh and give us that added edge.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Eagles had the chance to put that game plan into action in their first home game of the year. In doing so, Pooler’s team got back on track with a decisive victory against a Hancock County foe.Ellsworth bounced back from a tough midweek result against Old Town with a 62-29 win Saturday against George Stevens Academy. The win came in the first of five straight home games for Ellsworth, which is looking to gain a leg up in the Class B North standings as 2018 comes to a close. Ellsworth’s Trinity Montigny attempts a layup during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game against GSA on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. The game marked the start of a five-game home stand for Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Sara Shea looks to save a ball going out of bounds during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game against GSA on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Shea, who came off the bench instead of performing in her usual starting role, scored eight points for Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Trinity Montigny blocks a shot attempt by GSA’s Mallory Charette during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Montigny led all scorers with 16 points, and Charette scored six for GSA to finish tied with teammates Sophia Biggie-Jennings and Luna Perry-St. Peter. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Julianna Allen and Ellsworth’s Samantha Carter go after a loose ball during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Carter was the No. 2 scorer for Ellsworth with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Julianna Allen looks to drive to the basket against Ellsworth’s Sara Shea during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. GSA fell to 0-4 on the season with the loss. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Luna Perry-St. Peter drives to the basket as Ellsworth’s Sierra Andrews (middle) and Kylie Robidoux defend during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL123456PreviousNextPooler began the game with one of last year’s returning starters, Sara Shea, on the bench. That allowed the home team to see what some of its newcomers could do while ensuring Shea could come in fresh later in the game, and the plan paid off as Ellsworth (2-1) dominated the first eight minutes to take a 20-5 lead.“We kind of wanted to do what Old Town did to us and just put it to them right away,” junior Trinity Montigny said. “I think we were also just pumped and ready to go with it being our first home game. We had a lot of energy.”GSA (0-4) fought back in the second quarter, but Ellsworth continued to stretch its lead with the play of sophomore Samantha Carter. Carter responded to a brief GSA run with a trio of 3-pointers, and the Eagles built on that newfound momentum to carry a 37-14 advantage into halftime.“One of the reasons we’ve tried to spread out and add wrinkles to the offense a little bit is because of her ability to shoot the 3,” Pooler said of Carter. “I started her today to see how she would respond to that, and she went and got her confidence going there when she went on that run.”Montigny, who took a back seat in the first half with some of the younger players providing the bulk of the offense, got going in the second with six points in the third quarter. She scored six more in the fourth for Ellsworth, which also got eight second-half points from Samantha Higgins.Montigny finished with a game-high 16 points for Ellsworth, which received 11 from Carter and eight apiece from Higgins, Shea and Kylie Robidoux. Sophia Biggie-Jennings, Mallory Charette and Luna Perry-St Peter had six points each for GSA, which is scheduled to host Bucksport (1-2) at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and Sumner (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.Ellsworth’s next game will be at home against Belfast (0-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. The team will then host Presque Isle and Caribou at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 1 p.m. Dec. 28, respectively, before ending its five-game home stand with a rematch against Orono at 1 p.m. Dec. 31.If Ellsworth can make that stretch a winning one, it will be at or near the top of the Heals when the 2019 portion of the schedule begins. To do so, the team must continue to make the types of improvements it did against GSA.“I think we still need to get a little bit better at rebounding,” Shea said. “We were better [today] than we were against Old Town, but there’s always a chance to improve in every category this time of year.” Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more

Odemwingie not for sale – Hodgson

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson insists his club have no intention of selling Peter Odemwingie and have had no offers for the forward.Fulham were widely reported to be chasing the 30-year-old Nigerian.But Hodgson said: “He’s not for sale. I don’t know where these stories come from. It sounds like mischief making to me.”AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

ZENITH /DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUP- Zonal Stage Begins Today in 10 Centres

first_imgNCF Hosts Rwanda Female National Cricket Team on a Bilateral TourThe Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is scheduled to host the Rwandan Female National Cricket Team on a one-week Tour of the country from Wednesday January 23rd to Wednesday January 30th 2019. This is the first time ever they will be coming to Abuja.The Tour is the first leg of a bilateral international friendly series between both countries and would take place at the newly constructed wicket pitch inside the National Stadium in Abuja. The return leg is schedule for June 2019 in Kigali.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya, yesterday described the development as a major achievement for Nigerian cricket and a pointer that the strides being made back home by the federation were been noticed across the continent.“The relationship we have with Rwandan Cricket is the first of its kind for Nigerian cricket and it is mutually beneficial. We are looking forward to extending it in all ramifications, by exploring different ways we can leverage to grow the game; on the field, including technical and the management capacities for both federations. We also hope the effect would impact the growth of the game across the continent,” he said.In preparation for the Tour, the Nigeria female national team has been camped in Kaduna State for the last three weeks for players to jostle for slots in the team that will engage the Rwandan team in the six encounters scheduled during the visit.Vice President of NCF, Uyi Akpata, stressed that the Rwandan Tour of Nigeria provides an opportunity for the national female team to be tested in skill and depth ahead of the busy schedule they have this year.“We had 24 players camped in Kaduna with the full technical team to train, select and possibly inject newness in the national female team that we are preparing for major events later in the course of the year”To shore-up credibility of the encounter, the NCF has also invited technical officials from Ghana to be part of the technical team for the Series. The Ghana Cricket Association has also acknowledged and confirmed availability of their officials for the Series.Among other things, the Rwandan Tour will also be a boost for the growing interest in the female cricket across the country with 25 states currently involved in grassroots development as well as active participation at intermediary and senior level.Most of the players presently in camp for the Nigeria’s team are drawn from the National youth games for U-15, The National U-17 girl’s championship and that National women’s championship across the country.The Rwandan Tour of Nigeria will see the visiting team take on the home side on six different occasions. The 6-match series will consist of two (2) ODI 40 overs matches and Three (3) T-20 matches.The Nigeria National Female team has also been invited for the first time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Africa Qualifier later in the year in Zimbabwe. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premiership: Winks Earn Spurs Late Winner at FulhamA Harry Winks header in injury time saw Tottenham come from behind yesterday to beat relegation-threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage.Spurs looked set to lose ground on league leaders Liverpool, on a day they lost Dele Alli to injury after he had earlier equalised for the visitors, but Winks stooped low in the 93rd minute to head past Sergio Rico from close range.Fulham had nine shots on goal in an impressive first half and they took a deserved lead when Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente scored an own goal.The Spaniard, making his first Premier League start of the season in place of the injured Harry Kane, inadvertently beat Hugo Lloris from close range while attempting to clear the danger inside his own six-yard box after a Jean Michael Seri corner.The hosts thought they had doubled their lead five minutes before the interval but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header was ruled out as the Serbian was adjudged to be offside.However, Spurs responded in the second period and they drew level six minutes after the interval when Alli ghosted in behind the Fulham defence to head a pin-point Christian Eriksen cross past Rico.And Winks completed the comeback in stoppage time when he stooped low from five yards out to meet substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s cross and break Fulham’s resistance.Spurs remain in third after the win, nine points behind Liverpool, while Fulham stay in 19th, seven points from safety.The 50th meeting between these two London clubs saw Tottenham – the side with the best away record in the league – facing the division’s worst defence.However, Spurs were without their two top goalscorers because of injury (Kane) and international commitments (Son Heung-min), and for 50 minutes, they looked devoid of ideas and opportunities to break down their well-organised opposition.Mauricio Pochettino’s men had just four shots in the first half which was less than half the number Fulham produced (9).The man chosen to play instead of talisman Kane made an impact at the wrong end and Son’s replacement, Erik Lamela, only managed one shot at goal in the 79 minutes he was on the field.Spurs were better after the break as Eriksen’s influence on the game began to grow, but when Llorente had a late chance to make amends for his earlier mistake, his header drifted wide with the game heading for a draw.BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jermaine Jenas said: “It’s a big, big moment in Spurs’ season. Everything was negative with regards to the players missing but they kept plugging away, they kept getting the ball into the box and it was one of their own in Harry Winks that saved the day today.“They’ve got a lot of players to patch up and get out there for the next game but that will feel huge.”Ultimately, two midfielders pulled Spurs out of jail although Alli was replaced in the second half after heading the equaliser, with what looked like a hamstring issue to add further concern for Pochettino.With Kane not expected to return to the side until March, and Llorente showing signs of rustiness at the Cottage, the Tottenham manager may be forced into the market as their faint tile hopes remain alive.Fulham’s debutant winger Ryan Babel looked like he enjoyed his first Premier League start since December 2010, after completing a move from Turkish side Besiktas earlier this week. Attachments area A total of 26 teams that emerged champions at the local government levels will from today begin hostilities as the zonal stage of the third edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup takes centre stage in 10 different venues in the state.All secondary schools in Delta State were involved in the competition from the preliminary stage which started in October 2018. The zones with three teams each will produce just one winner while eight teams will come of the process as quarterfinalists for the ongoing edition.Head of the Organizing Team for the competition, Tony Pemu, said yesterday that all was set for the zonal elimination series slated for between January 21 and January 25.“It gets tougher as we go on but we are all set in every area of the operations to ensure a smooth running of the tournament. Everything is set. The schools have also been working hard to excel and move into the final stages,” Pemu said.The Zenith/Delta Principals Cup organizer shed more light on how the eight quarterfinalists will emerge at the end of the zonal series.“We have just eight zones but 10 centres in the zonal series. Some centres are A and B where only one team will come out. We have been very transparent with all the fixtures and our operations. All the teams are allowed to be part of it,” Pemu added.At the Hussey College, Warri, Ughelli North champions will tackle Burutu LG winners while at the Ughelli Township Stadium, Ndokwa West Champions will take on the winners of Bomadi Local Government.In other matches billed for today, Oshimili North champions will clash with Aniocha South at the Pilgrims Baptist Grammar School while Aniocha North and Ika North East will lock horns at the Adaigbo Secondary School, Ogwuashi-uku.Also at the Oleh Township Stadium, Winner of Udu Local Government and Ughelli South will trade tackles just as Warri South West and Sapele LG winners will battle for honours at the Army Barracks, Effurun.Quarterfinal matches will be decided on January 28 and 29 while the dates and venues of the semi and final matches are yet to be determined by the organisers.Delta State Commissioner for Basic Secondary Schools, Chiedu Ebie, has charged all players of the respective teams to be of good conduct on and off the pitch Messi, Ronaldo Go after Pele’s Record Federer, Kerber, Sharapova Kicked out of Australian Open Fourth RoundDefending champion Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open after Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earned the biggest win of his career to reach the quarter-finals. The Swiss lost 6-7 (11-13) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) on a dramatic night.Also yesterday, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was knocked out by world number 35 Danielle Collins in the biggest shock of the tournament.Home favourite Ashleigh Barty won nine games in a row to inspire a comeback against Maria Sharapova and book her place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.Having lost the first set, Barty broke twice in the second and went on to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first timeThe world number two was thrashed 6-0 6-2 in the fourth round in 56 minutes.Federer, a six-time champion, failed to reach the last eight in Melbourne for only the second time in 16 years.Tsitsipas, 20, saved all 12 of 37-year-old Federer’s break points on his way to a famous win.“I’m the happiest man on earth right now, I can’t describe it,” he said.Federer lumped a forehand long to leave Tsitsipas serving for the match in the fourth-set tie-break, and the youngster forced him into a backhand error to win in three hours and 45 minutes.Tsitsipas dropped his racquet in celebration and seemed to mouth “me?” at his team before starting to cry as walked over to celebrate with them.He will play Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in five sets, in the last eight.Federer was aiming to win a record seventh men’s singles title at Melbourne Park, moving him clear of world number one Novak Djokovic and Australian legend Roy Emerson.But the 20-time Grand Slam champion was undone by a player considered to be one of the best hopes to take over the mantle when Federer – along with Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – retires.The pair were contesting their first ATP-level match, although did meet last month in a Hopman Cup tie which Federer edged in two tie-breaks, indicating their contest in Melbourne would be equally as tight.Tsitsipas’ fearless and energetic approach unsettled Federer, seemingly putting doubt in the former world number one’s mind on the key points.Federer failed to convert any of 12 break points, with some errant forehands particularly letting him down.“There are always multiple factors in match like this, but it didn’t go well on the set points,” he said.“I didn’t break him at the Hopman Cup either, so something is going wrong. It is very frustrating.”The most significant were the eight which he could not take in a six-game spell in the second set.For three consecutive service games, Tsitsipas was put under severe examination in lengthy battles which the Greek eventually came through unscathed.That enabled him to go on and level in the tie-break – a pivotal moment which turned the match in his favour.Federer had lost his last two Grand Slam matches after dropping sets for the first time in the tournament – against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon and John Millman at the US Open – and he suffered the same fate again.“I lost to a better player who played very well. He stayed calm and hung in there, which is not easy for younger guys so credit to him,” Federer added. The rivalry between former World Footballer of the Year recipient Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took another dimension last week as the duo go head to head to erase age-long goal record set by legendary Pele.The duo in the last 11 years have five Ballon Dor each and had continued to break new ground in the present day football especially at club level when they have won several trophies both in domestic and Europe.Barcelona forward, Messi has  scored his 576th goal in 660 appearances for Barcelona with goal against Levante last Thursday has his latest installment in Copa del Rey win for his club. After beating Gerd Muller’s record of 565 goals for Bayern Munich in 1964-1969 back in November, the Argentine only has Pele ahead of him.Pele, who played for Santos between 1956 and 1974, scored incredible 619 goals in 638 games for the Brazilian side. Thus, Messi needs 44 more goals to get ahead of the legendary Brazilian forward.As Messi said back in November, he himself is not really focused on the individual achievements. “I am delighted, I have just found out now. I am happy for this new stat,” he told reporters after the game against PSV when he has also become the player with the most UCL goals for one club.Another player who also has a chance of beating Pele’s record is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has scored an impressive 589 goals in 789 games. However, it also should be noted, that Ronaldo is 869 days older than his counterpart.Interestingly, Pele has bashed Messi for being a ‘one skill’ player back in December:“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Brazilian daily newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by the Mirror.Earlier in 2015, the Brazilian legend, never accepted the Barca no.10 as a better player than himself, even praised his life-long rival Diego Maradona as superior to Leo: “You will ask me,” Pele said, “was (Maradona) better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”last_img read more

La Liga: Real Betis Sack Coach Rubi

first_imgSpanish top-flight side Real Betis have sacked coach Joan Francesc “Rubi” Ferrer just three matches into the resumption of La Liga.Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao left the club 14th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation places with eight matches to play.Sports director Alexis Trujillo, who played more than 220 games for Betis, will take over until the end of the season, with Betis next in action against bottom club Espanyol on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The Bottom Line: Female athletes deserve equal pay

first_imgRedshirt sophomore Savannah DeMelo and the women’s soccer team will start Pac-12 play this week against Washington. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan)I hate to admit it, but when I first got to USC, I was a little bummed that there was no men’s soccer team. I knew that I wanted to cover soccer, so when I found out the school didn’t have a men’s team I thought I had lost my best opportunity. However, I have now realized that I was guided by an ignorant and misogynistic thought process. I was wrong. Very wrong.All of my encounters so far with watching women’s soccer at the collegiate level have been beyond entertaining. I have covered and played high school soccer for many years. My hometown team, Millburn High School, is recognized as one of the best soccer high schools in New Jersey. I have seen a lot of talented players coming through the ranks at Millburn, but I don’t think I have seen players as skilled as the women on the USC soccer team.I’ve never seen someone so dominant in possession as redshirt sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo. She is gifted beyond belief. She glides past players with ease and is as positionally smart as any non-professional player I have ever seen.Senior forward Leah Pruitt is the hardest working forward I have seen live at a non-professional level. The only time she ever stops running and helping her team is when she is on the bench. These two players have mastered their craft to the most elite level possible.When someone masters their craft as these women have done, it is expected that they will receive some kind of reward for their skillset. In many cases, this means that they will get paid a lot of money once they turn pro. However, the sad reality is that these two amazing athletes will never get paid the amount they deserve post-graduation simply because of people with the same ignorant and misogynistic thought process I had before ever watching the Women of Troy play.Broadcast companies are hesitant to claim the rights to women’s sports because they believe that they will not produce the same amount of ratings and revenue as men’s sports do. Or, if they do claim the rights, they are paying a lower amount than they do for the rights to men’s sports.For example, according to The Washington Post, ESPN and the WNBA agreed upon a rights fee of $25 million. In comparison, LeBron James will make $153.3 million over four years for the Lakers or roughly $38 million a year. So, one basketball player is making more money in his yearly salary than the entire WNBA makes from its television deal.James fully deserves his money. He is an amazing basketball player who drives a lot of attention toward the NBA. However, there are also female athletes who are dominant within their sport and deserve to get paid at an elite level. That being said, these women won’t get paid until people change their views about women’s sports.People need to understand that women’s sports are just as entertaining, physically and tactically sound as men’s sports. However, people will not fully grasp this concept until they can actually watch it. That means it is up to broadcasting companies to broadcast more women’s sports and, furthermore, do a better job marketing and advertising them.The U.S. women’s national soccer team are defending World Cup champions. That means that the United States is producing the most dominant soccer talent in the world. Yet, Lifetime, a channel not necessarily known for its sports, only broadcasts one NWSL game a week. One can only imagine how little that broadcasting deal is worth.The USC women’s soccer team completely changed my view on female sports. They play nice, entertaining soccer and at an elite level. I believe that if USC had a men’s team, I would find watching them play equally as entertaining as I do watching these women play. Sports are about pure talent and class, and women’s sports have an equal amount of talent and class as do men’s sports. Broadcasting companies should take a chance and pay up to claim the rights to women sports. People need to be more open-minded about female sports and get over the belief that they are less entertaining than male sports. These women deserve to get paid equally for being as equally dominant at their craft.To players like DeMelo and Pruitt, I’m sorry for my prior ignorant, misogynistic belief that this wouldn’t be as fun to cover as a men’s team. I’m proud to say you proved me wrong and made me feel like an idiot along the way.The bottom line: Imagine being the best at your craft and getting paid nothing for it. That should not be the case and needs to change.Robby Aronson is a sophomore majoring in journalism. His column, “The Bottom Line,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

ZAL vs ZEN Dream11: Team News, Game Predictions and Analysis

first_imgLast Updated: 30th October, 2019 20:16 IST ZAL Vs ZEN Dream11: Team News, Game Predictions And Analysis Dream11: Zalgiris Kaunas is all set to host Zenit Saint Petersburg. Read the team news and predictions for ZAL vs ZEN for this EuroLeague basketball match. FOLLOW US Zalgiris Kaunas will host Zenit Saint Petersburg in their EuroLeague fifth-round match at the Zalgiris Arena on Wednesday at 11.00 PM IST. The Lithuania side has improved their standing on the points table to 8th, one game behind the 6th placed ASVEL. Here are the ZAL vs ZEN Dream11 predictions and squad details.Also Read: GSW Vs PHX Dream11 Predictions, Squad Details, Top Picks & MoreZAL vs ZEN Dream11 previewThe match will be played between Zalgiris Kaunas and Zenit Saint Petersburg at Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania. The hosts have the best defensive record in the league this season, having allowed just 71 points per game and will be looking for their third consecutive win. On the other hand, Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg, come into this game after losing the last two matches. They lost their last game at home against Greek side Panathinaikos. Zenit’s average of 71 per game is the lowest in the league. Written By First Published: 30th October, 2019 20:16 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Suraj Alva SUBSCRIBE TO US This will be the first-ever meeting between both these sides in the EuroLeague, making it a historic occasion.Also Read: NBA: Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr And Reggie Bullock Lose Family MembersZAL vs ZEN Dream11 squad updateZalgiris Kaunas squad:Thomas Walkup, Alex Perez, Lukas Lekavicius, Nigel Hayes, Erikas Venskus, Paulius Jankunas, Karolis Lukosiunas, Laurynas Birutis, Arturas Milaknis, Martinas Geben, Zach LeDay, Jock Landale, Marius Grigonis, Kerr Kriisa, Edgaras UlanovasZenit Saint Petersburg Squad:Colton Iverson, Andrew Albicy, Anton Ponkrashov, Auston Hollins, Will Thomas, Alex Renfroe, Dmitry Khvostov, Anton Pushkov, Vladislav Trushkin, Evgeny Voronov, Andrey Zubkov, Tim Abromaitis, Mateusz Ponitka, Gustavo AyónAlso Read: NBA: Rockets Fan Arrested For Allegedly Punching Pelicans’ CoachZAL vs ZEN Dream11 starting 5Zalgiris Kaunas: Edgaras Ulanovas, Marius Grigonis, Nigel Heyes, Lukas Lekavicius, Jock LondaleZenit Saint Petersburg: Will Thomas, Andrew Albicy, Vladislav Trushkin, Colton Iverson, Austin HollinsAlso Read: NBA: Detroit Pistons’ Markieff Morris Fined $35K For Abusing RefereeZAL vs ZEN Dream11 predictionZalgiris Kaunas will be the favorites to win the match.Note: These are mere predictions and do not guarantee positive results. WATCH US LIVE COMMENTlast_img read more