While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We already looked at how a few of the proposed new rule changes for college football and recruiting either help or hurt Oklahoma State, but it’s worth revisiting today because the NCAA set in stone an early signing period for college football. It goes into effect later this year (as do the other changes).Monday, the Collegiate Commissioners Association officially approved a three-day signing period for high school seniors. The 72-hour window will begin Dec. 20 and end Dec. 22. Seniors who are settled on their college choice can sign a National Letter of Intent in that timeframe. Any player who doesn’t sign in the early-signing period will have to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 7, 2018 to sign with a school. [Yahoo]This may or may not be significant to Oklahoma State, but I think it probably helps them as a program. On a case-by-case basis, nobody knows whether a recruit will want to lock down a commitment early or wait until the end, but generally Oklahoma State seems to be good at evaluating talent up front.What this means is that you might be able to get a player or two to sign early that would have flipped in January before the traditional February signing day to Texas or OU. You won’t get this every year, to be sure. Some players won’t sign in December and will still flip in January. Many players who will sign in December wouldn’t have flipped anyway.But this drops a feather on the OSU end of the scale if the other side is the Ohio States and Texas A&Ms — recruiting behemoths who often swipe stars at the end of the road. One other thing we haven’t discussed is that a December signing period doesn’t allow for the Bamas and Clemsons to win their titles and make a victory lap on the recruiting trail. That’s a good thing for smaller schools like Oklahoma State. Plus a lot of players are just ready for the recruiting hoopla to be over at that point.It will be impossible to determine the true effect on OSU, but I think over the course of, say, five years, you’re going to see a really good player or two sign in December and be thankful you didn’t have to insulate them all the way until February.
AdChoices广告FRISCO, Tex. — Zach Sinor launched his Heisman campaign a few weeks ago, but he kicked it into high gear this week at Big 12 Media Days. He talked about when the idea started (after Central Michigan last year) and why he thinks he has a chance at winning the top trophy in college football (because he loves dogs). The whole thing was lighthearted and fun and hilarious.Zach Sinor’s Heisman T-Shirt. #okstate pic.twitter.com/4D7iLRAlXN— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 18, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “The media people did a great job and said, ‘You know, just take off with it and run with it and have fun with it and enjoy it,’ Sinor said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m going back to my fans. All the people who have been there through the good and bad. I’m sticking with it.”“I went to a store in Stillwater and got my shirt made, and I also got these pamphlets made. I did (the website) on the way down from Stillwater this morning.”Amazing. Oklahoma State has done a great job the last few years of not taking this week too seriously and yet owning it because of that. From Gundy’s hair to Sinor’s Geocities website and brochures, all of it is tasteful and enjoyable and part of what makes college football so great.
MLS Sounders, USMNT lose Morris for 2018 with ACL tear Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Dinovo MLS Seattle Sounders The forward will require surgery after suffering a torn knee ligament in a CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday Jordan Morris’ 2018 MLS season is over before it even began.The Seattle Sounders forward will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, the MLS side announced Monday.”We are going to rule him out for the season,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We are going to do what is best for Jordan’s career long term. We think he is a Sounder for the long term, he is in the club’s long-term plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Jordan is part of the Sounders, that has not changed, that will not change. We are going to do what’s best for him long term, which may mean a longer recovery.”Morris was injured in CONCACAF Champions League play Thursday in El Salvador, going down in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Sounders’ MLS Cup-winning side in his rookie season of 2016, and also a part of the team that lost to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup final.Morris’ debut season saw him score 12 goals for the Sounders, though his total fell off in a difficult sophomore campaign that saw him find the back of the net just three times in 23 games.The Stanford product also has scored five goals in 25 caps for the U.S. national team, including the game-winner in last summer’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica.The Sounders will try to overturn their deficit against Santa Tecla in the CCL last-16 clash at home Thursday before getting their MLS campaign underway Sunday against expansion side Los Angeles FC.
Champions League MLS has banner day in CCL but must get results next week to keep flag flying high Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 14:29 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dan Hamilton Champions League MLS Toronto v Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders v Guadalajara Guadalajara Toronto Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders Liga MX Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders topped their Liga MX visitors but have work to do to make the semifinals of the tournament It is a banner day for MLS.All three teams remaining in the CONCACAF Champions League beat their Liga MX opponents in the first legs with Toronto FC topping Tigres 2-1 and the Seattle Sounders getting a 1-0 result over Chivas. The New York Red Bulls did it on the road, withstanding a furious effort from Tijuana to escape Estadio Caliente with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. MLS fans have been waiting for this moment. Well, not exactly this one. They’ve been waiting to have this moment, but next week. After the second legs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp These advantages are nice, but the celebration will become embarrassment if, say, the Red Bulls slip up at Red Bull Arena or Tigres flex their muscle at home and roll into an all-Mexican semifinal.Fans with long memories will recall both feelings – that MLS is finally going to break through and the crushing disappointment of another failure in Mexico. The 2013-14 CCL quarterfinals saw all three MLS teams get results against Liga MX opposition. Then, Cruz Azul beat Sporting Kansas City 5-1 in Mexico City, Tijuana topped the LA Galaxy 4-2 at the Caliente and Toluca beat the San Jose Earthquakes in a penalty shootout.Things are different this time around, though. MLS really has grown and done so in ways that make the league more competitive in international club competition. Some of the main issues that were keeping MLS teams from having any chance at regularly getting past Mexican competition have become less significant.TAM, the latest method permitting teams to spend more on individual player salaries and spend on the team in general, has been flowing – especially with the teams at the top. Toronto FC is the most expensive MLS team in history. It shows. Not only does TFC boast stars like Wednesday’s Man of the Match Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco, it also can afford to bring in a player like Gregory van der Wiel to defend Tigres’ left side even with other former European club players like Javier Aquino and Eduardo Vargas included.The other issue has been depth. The money helps there, too. More relevant, though, is that MLS teams are beginning to see fruits of the seeds planted years ago. Jonathan Osorio, whose spinning backheel winner should be put on a lenticular postage stamp if TFC wins the CCL, is a TFC youth product. Marco Delgado, who set up Jozy Altidore’s equalizer, is a Chivas USA refugee.The Sounders also had a mix of stars, like scorer Clint Dempsey, and youth products who coach Brian Schmetzer felt comfortable tossing into the mix against Chivas (the Mexican one, which still exists). Handwalla Bwana, who joined the Sounders Academy in 2015, didn’t look out of place at all going at the Chivas defense while it was homegrown Henry Wingo who set Dempsey up for the tally.The gap is closing between MLS and Liga MX. That’s been true, though, regardless of results in a tournament. The true test will be results over time. For now, that still heavily favors Liga MX.This matchday, though, gave fans in the U.S. and Canada positive evidence that things are changing, that their sides won’t be steamrolled every time. The Red Bulls, TFC and the Sounders can have hope that they’ll keep the MLS flag flying high throughout the CCL. Instead of another entry in the book like the 2013-14 tournament, 2018 may be a new chapter.
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1: Rashford double secures huge victory Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 10/3/2018 Getty Images Manchester United increased their grip on second position in the Premier League by beating Liverpool courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s double. Marcus Rashford emphatically marked his return to Manchester United’s starting XI with a double in a huge 2-1 Premier League victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.In the line-up for the first time since Boxing Day as Jose Mourinho made three changes with Paul Pogba ruled out through injury, Rashford scored a first-half brace to boost United’s hopes of finishing second to runaway leaders Manchester City.The England international ended a run of 10 Premier League matches without a goal to send United five points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the 200th competitive meeting between the sides, though Tottenham could close to within four by beating Bournemouth on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jurgen Klopp made five alterations to the side that secured progression to the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto on Tuesday, with Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold reinforcing the defence, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah returned further up the pitch.But that backline was bullied by Romelu Lukaku, who proved a magnet for the long balls from which he helped create Rashford’s goals – the first of which came after a delightful change of direction in the 14th minute.An own goal from Eric Bailly on his first start since November having been sidelined with a knee injury gave Liverpool hope during an improved second-half display, but the Red Devils held on for a potentially crucial victory.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool@MarcusRashford inspires the Red Devils to an excellent victory at Old Trafford #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/I4wrNBlL7i— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2018Klopp on Friday said the clash was not “an attacking team against a defending team” but that was exactly how the opening stages played out, with United sitting back and Liverpool controlling possession.It was the hosts who took the lead, though. David de Gea’s goal-kick was flicked on to Rashford by Lukaku, and he brilliantly chopped inside of Alexander-Arnold and fired inside the far post.Gooallll @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 10, 2018Van Dijk wasted a glorious chance to equalise in the 23rd minute, his shoulder rather than head connecting with a corner from James Milner – wearing the captain’s armband as Jordan Henderson sat out with a dead leg – as he missed the target from inside the six-yard box.United made the most of that reprieve by doubling their advantage just 62 seconds later, again from a long pass from deep.Van Dijk’s challenge on Juan Mata after brilliant work from Lukaku inadvertently sent the ball to Rashford, who guided it beyond an out-of-position Loris Karius with the help of a nick off Alexander-Arnold.It should have been three when Alexis Sanchez picked out the unmarked Mata in the middle of the area before half-time, but the Spain international sent his overhead kick wide.1984 – Manchester United have not lost a league game at Old Trafford that they have been leading at half-time since May 7th 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich Town). Dominant. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/6aniDqx1ne— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2018Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart and saw penalty claims for Ashley Young’s foul on Salah and a handball by Antonio Valencia turned down by referee Craig Pawson.They were rewarded in the 66th minute when Sadio Mane beat Scott McTominay for pace down the left and sent in a cross that Bailly approached with the wrong foot and sent into the back of his own net.There were boos when Mourinho replaced Rashford with Marouane Fellaini to add an extra body in midfield with 20 minutes remaining, and the Belgium international was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he sent Mane to ground.Klopp sent on Georginio Wijnaldum and Dominic Solanke as Liverpool fought to restore parity, but Salah sliced a wild volley over in the sixth minute of stoppage time as United held on for a third successive league win.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester United defeated Liverpool for the 68th time in league competition; this is the most defeats that Liverpool have suffered against a single side.- United have won four of their eight games against fellow ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season (W4 D1 L3), twice as many as they managed in the whole of last season (W2 D4 L4).- Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League games on the weekends immediately following playing a Champions League game this season (W1 D4 L2).- United have won 20 of their 30 Premier League games this season, already surpassing their totals in both 2016-17 (18) and 2015-16 (19) and equalling their number of league wins in 2014-15 (20).- Only United (67) have profited from more own goals in the Premier League than Liverpool (58).- Manchester United had just two shots on target in this match – both of which were scored by Marcus Rashford.- He has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against teams in the ‘big six’ (44%).- Romelu Lukaku now has seven Premier League assists this season; more than he has in any previous campaign. read more
Barcelona v Chelsea Chelsea team news: Giroud starts against Barcelona Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 02:37 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Chelsea Barcelona The France international makes just his fourth start for the Blues as Ousmane Dembele and Andres Iniesta start for the Liga leaders Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has handed a start to Olivier Giroud as his side take on Barcelona at Camp Nou.The January signing from Arsenal has only previously made three starts for the Blues and is preferred to Alvaro Morata up front.He will be flanked by Eden Hazard and Willian, with former Barca winger Pedro left on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Elsewhere, club captain Gary Cahill misses out with Antonio Rudiger fit to start, having missed Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace.The only other change from the victory over the Eagles sees Victor Moses return on the right-hand side in place of Davide Zappacosta.Barcelona, meanwhile, hand a start to Ousmane Dembele, with the €105 million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund making just his second European appearance of an injury-hit campaign.He is joined in the starting XI by Andres Iniesta, who is fit having missed Saturday’s win over Malaga with a hamstring injury, while Lionel Messi returns having missed the same game to attend the birth of his third child.The last-16 tie is locked at 1-1 from the first leg, with Messi having netted a crucial away goal following Willian’s opener at Stamford Bridge.Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Dembele, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, L Suarez.Subs: Cillessen, Vidal, Vermaelen, Digne, Gomes, Paulinho, Alcacer.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Giroud.Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Bakayoko, Pedro, Morata.
When:December 3, 200912PM-2PM Who:The Maternal Health Task ForceWoodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsUnited Nations Population Fund What:The Maternal Health Policy Series:Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services Where:Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars5th Floor Conference Room1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington D.C. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: RSVP:email@example.com Share this: Posted on November 18, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force has been working with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a series of events on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health. Over the next year, this series will focus on important, and sometimes controversial, topics within the maternal health field. We are very excited about this series and hope that it will stimulate discussion and debate around timely issues.The first event will occur next month on December 3 from 12PM to 2PM in Washington D.C. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The topic is the integration of HIV/AIDS and maternal health services. The speakers will be Dr. Claudes Kamenga (Family Health International), Michele Moloney-Kitts (Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator), and Harriet Birungi (Population Council). We encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend the event in person, a live webcast will be broadcasted (and archived for later viewing) at www.wilsoncenter.org.If you would like more information about this event or the Maternal Health Policy Series, please click here.
Over 40 teams will compete at the premier event on the WA Touch Football calendar, with teams coming from all over the state, including from Fremantle, Peel, Tompkins Park, Geraldton, Perth, Brighton and Rosalie. The teams will compete across eight divisions including: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open (two divisions), Women’s 27’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s.The tournament commences at 11.50am on Friday, with the last timeslot of the day to be played at 5.40pm. Saturday’s games commence at 9.00am, while finals will be played on Sunday, with grand finals to commence at 10.45am.The Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s finals kick off the finals campaign, before the Women’s 27’s grand final at 11.55am. The Men’s 30’s final will follow at 1.05pm before the three Open’s grand finals. The Mixed Open will commence at 2.10pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 3.25pm, with the Men’s Open final to conclude the tournament at 4.35pm. Perth Brothers will be looking for back to back titles in both the Men’s and Women’s Open’s division, while Bunbury will be aiming for consecutive wins in the Mixed Open division. For more information, please visit the following websites:www.statechamps.com.auwww.touchwest.com
World Cup Neymar mocks Mexico after win: They talked too much and they’re going home Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico A stamp from Mexico’s Miguel Layun was not happily received by the PSG star, who revelled in the Selecao’s latest victory in Russia Brazil star Neymar could not resist twisting the knife with some choice comments directed at Mexico after ending El Tri’s World Cup hopes on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward broke the deadlock shortly after half-time in the last-16 clash by poking home from close range. He was also heavily involved in the late strike that finally put the game out of reach at 2-0, setting up Roberto Firmino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And after a tetchy match that saw Neymar put on the floor on more than one occasion by some ferocious marking, he gleefully celebrated Brazil’s passage into the quarterfinal. “They talked too much, and they are going home,” he said to reporters after the final whistle.”I want to congratulate the whole team. There are times in any game where you have to suffer, these are tough games and Mexico are a great side, but we showed lots of class. “Us attackers have to score the goals because we know that we are very strong at the back.” Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun. “It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch,” he signalled. Neymar now has two goals at the 2018 World Cup and will look to add to his tally in the last-eight match on Friday when they will meet the winner of Belgium’s clash against Japan.
Mexico Chicharito & Moreno out, Lainez in: How Mexico must rebuild after another World Cup round of 16 exit Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Mexico Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Mexico World Cup Brazil v Mexico After yet another empty quest for the quinto partido, what do El Tri need to do to take the next step in four years? The curse continues with Mexico once again failing to get into the round of 16 at a World Cup.El Tri started the tournament well but ran into Brazil’s buzzsaw and are headed home after a 2-0 loss to the South Americans.So much about the national team’s future is now up in the air. Who will coach Mexico in the future? What will the fixtures look like with CONCACAF set to launch the Nations League? Which young players need to be involved with the system going forward? And who from this team will return to represent Mexico in four years? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Mexico players who should be droppedIt could be the end for a fantastic generation of players. While you’d love to see some of those players stay at a top level, it’s going to be a challenge for many of them to do so. Rafa Marquez and Oribe Peralta already have announced their international retirements. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will be 34, as will center back Hector Moreno. Andres Guardado is going to be 35. Even Carlos Vela and the Dos Santos brothers will be on the wrong side of 30 for the tournament set to take place in Qatar.Some of those guys may give it a go, though, and Mexico would benefit from their veteran leadership. Guardado in particular seems intent on staying in Europe for another two years. He could match Marquez with a fifth World Cup should he see action in 2022. With 150 caps to his name already, El Tri’s all-time cap leader Claudio Suarez’s 177 is well within range should Guardado stay healthy.Still, it’s difficult to see Chicharito and Moreno being in the form needed to be part of the next World Cup squad – and if Guardado is there it will likely be in a substitute role. Miguel Layun is a different case as well. His versatility makes him a great option for national team coaches, though whether he can keep his form up for another four years when he will be 34 is hardly a given.Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Vela also seem to be candidates to call time on their international careers, though the fact that they are playing in MLS where they can generally fly direct to match locations rather than having to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and make stopovers means they could stick around longer than expected.Mexico players who should be called upThere were no big omissions from Juan Carlos Osorio when he named his roster. Rodolfo Pizarro was one of the most notable names. He has moved on to Monterrey and should be entering his prime when 2022 rolls around. Expect the former Chivas attacker to figure into the picture in the future. It’s time for the Diego Lainez era to get started, as well. The 18-year-old turned heads in the Toulon Tournament, helping Mexico to a second-place finish in the prestigious youth event. While Club America wants to hold on to the phenom, a European move could be on the horizon. Lainez on the right and Lozano on the left will be a technically sound pairing that terrifies fullbacks for years to come.While Guillermo Ochoa could still be Mexico’s No. 1 in four years, it’s also time to find the next great Mexican goalkeeper. No young player has impressed more than Gibran Lajud. The 24-year-old already is the regular starter for Club Tijuana. He overcame some early growing pains to become a serious prospect and even earned a call-up from Osorio for the January friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.That friendly marked the Mexico debut of Jonathan Gonzalez, and the young Rayados midfielder is an excellent option in the middle of the field. Omar Govea also shows potential there but needs to sort out his club situation and continue to improve to make the roster. How will Mexico line up in the 2022 World Cup?There are a few issues about this team. For one, it doesn’t have Diego Reyes in it. He and Cesar Montes are the center backs left out, though both should be part of Mexico’s future and will be the right age to shine in 2022. Yet, Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcedo, if he returns to the national team, could form such an excellent partnership in the middle that it may be worth sacrificing them or, in Reyes’ case, putting him in a different position. The fullbacks remain Jesus Gallardo and Edson Alvarez, who now have the experience of playing the position at the World Cup. It’s possible neither is playing there for their club teams, but the next manager would be wise to continue to give them minutes in those roles.Up top, Hirving Lozano is the first name on the team sheet. He didn’t look at all out of place in his debut World Cup, scoring a goal against Germany, adding an assist against South Korea and troubling the Brazilian defense. Another potential issue is central forward. Raul Jimenez will be 31, though it’s not clear if he’ll still be with Wolves. Young Eduardo Aguirre looks to be an excellent forward, but he’s even shorter than Chicharito. Playing as a center forward may not suit the quick Santos Laguna man, though we’ll see how he develops in the next few years.All in all, it looks like a talented team – but more players will emerge. After Brazil, who could’ve seen Lozano’s breakout seasons or Gallardo’s successful conversion to left back? Also, don’t expect the older generation to go easily. While it may be time for Chicharito, Miguel Layun and Guardado to take on different roles, they wear their love for Mexico on their sleeves and won’t give up their places without a fight.
LONDON – As unusually cold weather gripped Europe, Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.Nicknamed “The Beast from the East,” the cold front caused travel chaos, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Trains broke down. Motorists found themselves stuck on highways and trapped in frosty conditions for hours.“This is particularly unusual weather,” British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said. “It’s something that happens very rarely in this country.”Up to a meter (three feet) of snow was reported in eastern Ireland, and travellers were stranded south and west of the capital, Dublin.The big chill also froze canals in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Tourists without skates slid across the ice, taking selfies.“It’s just cool. You can go fast and you see the world from a slightly different perspective,” said skater Noldus Reijnders.Heathrow Airport tweeted Friday that it was working with airlines to consolidate the flight schedule “to provide more certainty around departing flights,” amid the extreme winter conditions across the U.K. and Europe. More than 350 flights were cancelled. Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also reported cancellations.Other European airports closed down entirely. Authorities at Geneva’s airport suspended air traffic for a second straight day amid heavy snowfall. By early afternoon, flights had resumed.Around 340 flights were cancelled at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, which posted images of swirling snow together with the hashtag “BeastFromTheEast.” It doesn’t plan to open until Saturday.The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.One train travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Weymouth ground to a halt outside New Milton, stranding motorists for hours. By mid-afternoon, South Western Railway and Southeastern had urged customers not to travel.Some commuters reported that rail doors refused to open as the push-button mechanisms froze in the cold. Thousands of homes are without electricity as temperatures remain below freezing with bitter winds.One police force in Scotland tweeted a picture of a patrol car beside a snowdrift almost as high as the vehicle itself to show drivers why they should stay home. “PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA,” the post said.In central England, volunteers brought hot drinks and blankets to stranded drivers as they waited for help. Eleanor Kelly, 19, said those stranded in the Milnrow suburb of Rochdale included a father with a baby and toddler in his car.“We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can,” she said.Commuter Philip Brown endured more than 15 hours on a train travelling from London Waterloo to Bournemouth, Dorset. The average time for the journey is about two hours.“I didn’t have any food or water. There were no buffet facilities on board. The train lost power and we lost heating and lights,” said Brown, 49. “I couldn’t tell you how cold it was, but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping … People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.”But in Amsterdam, nobody was complaining about the cold. Residents on skates glided past tourists who slithered across the ice for pictures. One woman took her dog for a walk along the frozen canal.Still, despite measures taken by authorities to help the ice develop, there were still some holes and parts of the canal weren’t frozen at all. Reijnders was wearing a special red ice pick around his neck just in case.“If you sink through the ice — and there are still a few dangerous places — you can pull yourself out,” he said.___Corder reported from Amsterdam. Jamey Keaten in Geneva also contributed to this report.
EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to invest $10 million in High Tide Inc., a privately held company with cannabis and cannabis accessory retail stores.Under the agreement, Aurora will hold debentures that will bear an annual interest rate of 8.5 per cent.The debentures will also be convertible into shares of High Tide at a price of 75 cents per share.High Tide has four cannabis retail stores in Alberta under the Canna Cabana banner, and a majority stake in KushBar Inc.It also has plans to open more stores in Alberta as well as expand into Ontario and B.C.In addition to the retail side, High Tide has two wholesale businesses — Famous Brandz and RGR Canada — and 19 Smoker’s Corner retail locations. Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB) The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday due to large amounts of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Firesmoke.ca, the excessive smoke is coming from a number of large fires burning in Northwest B.C.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia. For more information on air quality click here. Fires burning in North B.C. Map by the B.C. Wildfire service.A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between moderate and high.Of the fires that are burning in Northeast B.C. only two are over one thousand hectares in size. The two mentioned are the Nelson Forks Fire and the Helmut Air Strip fire which are 1,212 and 3,593 hectares respectively.Residents with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and lung disease are especially at risk of suffering health effects. Also at risk are Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular diseases.Environment Canada is urging residents to stay indoors if they have breathing difficulties. Residents should find indoor ventilated areas, opening windows could let more polluted air inside. If residents homes aren’t ventilated they should consider going somewhere that is.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the start of summer just over a week away, Environment Canada has provided an outlook as to what we can expect for weather in Northeastern B.C.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, the seasonal forecast models say we can expect to see a warmer than normal summer not only in the Northeast but all across the Province.“We are predicting a warmer than normal summer, so that’s in June, July, and August for all of B.C., actually.” Sekhon says while we did experience a relatively dry winter and spring, it is hard to predict if July and August will be dry even with the temperatures expected to be above the 20°C average.According to Sekon, July is usually the month when Fort St. John receives the most rain.“For July and August, we can’t say at this point how much precipitation we are going to have. We can tell you that, climatologically, on average July is the wettest month of the year for Fort St. John.”Within the past few months, Fort St. John has only seen 6.2 mm of precipitation, making it the fifth driest spring on record.Environment Canada is expecting rain to come through the area later this week and periodically throughout late June.
CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company.Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value.Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale of Obsidian’s 55 per cent interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Co. Ltd. was called off.The deal required the company’s partner, China Investment Corp., to consent to the transfer of the company’s partnership units and the transfer of operatorship, but it was denied.Shares in Obsidian closed at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The Canadian Press
Beijing: Scientists in China have discovered a “stunning” trove of well-preserved thousands of fossils estimated to be about 518 million years old on a river bank in the country’s central Hubei province. The fossils are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been “exquisitely” well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings “mind-blowing” – especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species, the BBC reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been analysed so far, including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones and algae. They will become a “very important source in the study of the early origins of creatures”, one of the fieldwork leaders, Prof Xingliang Zhang from China’s Northwest University, told the BBC. The discovery is particularly remarkable because “the majority of creatures are soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and worms that normally stand no chance of becoming fossilised”, Prof Robert Gaines, a geologist who also took part in the study, said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe majority of fossils tend to be of hard-bodied animals, as harder substances, like bones, are less likely to rot and decompose. The Qingjiang biota must have been “rapidly buried in sediment” due to a storm, in order for soft tissues to be so well preserved, Prof Zhang said. Scientists are especially excited by the jellyfish and sea anemone fossils, which Prof Gaines described as “unlike anything I have ever seen. Their sheer abundance and their diversity of forms is stunning.” Meanwhile, palaeontologist Allison Daley, who was not part of the study but wrote an accompanying analysis in Science, told BBC’s Science in Action programme the find was one of the most significant in the last 100 years. “It blew my mind – as a palaeontologist I never thought I’d get to witness the discovery of such an incredible site. For the first time we’re seeing preservation of jellyfish – [when] you think of jellyfish today, they’re so soft-bodied, so delicate, but they’re preserved unbelievably well at this site.” The research team are now documenting the remaining specimens, and conducting more drilling in the region to find out more about the ancient local ecosystem, and the fossilisation process. Prof Zhang said he looks forward to studying “all these new species – I’m always excited when we get something new”. The fossils are from the Cambrian period, which began 541 million years ago and saw a rapid increase in animal diversity on Earth, the report said. Prof Gaines hopes his work will also strike a chord with modern readers. “Biotic diversity today is something that we take for granted, even though there are indications that extinction rates are sharply increasing. “Yet most of the major animal lineages were established in a singular event in the history of life, the Cambrian explosion, the likes of which have never been seen before or after. It also reminds us of our deep kinship to all living animals,” he said.
NEW DELHI: The upcoming Lok Sabha polls are “waveless” and the people of Delhi would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives, AAP Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha said. Chadha is one of the seven Lok Sabha candidates fielded by the AAP for the polls. He is being fielded by the party from South Delhi. “I feel caste would not play a role in the upcoming elections. The more any political party tries to divide them (people of Delhi) the more they will lose. Dominating factor would be the promises made by BJP and Congress,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It is a waveless election where people would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives,” he said. On the ongoing uncertainty over alliance with Congress in Delhi, Chadha said it looks the Congress is not “serious” about defeating the BJP. “AAP lost Punjab because BJP transferred votes to the Congress . They ensured BJP votes got transferred to Congress with clinical precision…now Congress is returning the favour by not coming (onboard) with us,” the AAP Spokesperson said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The BJP wants to punish the people of Delhi because they voted for us in 2015 and that is why they are creating hurdles in our development activities,” he said. “A full statehood for Delhi would solve the problem,” the 30-year-old said. On AAP being seen as a new party or “inexperienced” by people, Chadha said the AAP feels this so-called inexperience is “not a pain but a boon”. “We are elated that we do not have experience that these traditional politicians and these mainstream political parties have that is the experience of indulging in corrupt practices, in criminal activities, in disturbing communal harmony and that is why this inexperience that we have is not a pain but a boon,” he said. On the issue of full statehood for Delhi, Chadha said the biggest advantage would be that law enforcement agencies would be in the ambit of the elected government and with that the AAP can ensure safety and security to women.
ALGIERS – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference.“The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral,” Belaiz insisted. Benflis, who had already cited “serious irregularities” across the country on polling day, swiftly refused to recognise Bouteflika’s re-election.“Recognising it would be complicit in fraud,” he told a news conference after the results were announced, condemning what he called “an alliance between fraud, suspicious money and the bought media”.Bouteflika’s victory had been widely expected, with his supporters celebrating in Algiers after polls closed late Thursday, and the press anticipating his re-election on Friday before the results were announced.It comes a year after Bouteflika suffered a stroke that confined him to hospital for three months and prevented him from campaigning for re-election in person.Growing problems, falling revenues:The re-election of the veteran leader, who has ruled the strategically important, energy-rich North African nation since 1999, has provoked the anger of young Algerians desperate for change, amid widespread corruption, high youth unemployment and sectarian unrest.He must now make good on his campaign promise of “a broad democracy” where “every citizen will take part in the country’s development”.Analysts warn of rising instability in Algeria over social problems and the government’s failure to address them.“Bouteflika’s re-election will pave the way for a period of instability characterised by social discontent that will get worse,” said political analyst Rachid Tlemcani.“The powers that be, embodied by Bouteflika, will no longer be able to buy the social peace, as they did during his three previous mandates, because of a probable fall in the country’s oil revenues.”Discontent is most evident in the restive Kabylie region, where some 70 people were hurt in clashes on Thursday between police and youths seeking to disrupt the vote.In Raffour village, anti-regime sentiment was palpable, with masked youths armed with slings and chanting hostile slogans confronting police who fired tear gas.More than 260,000 police officers, some armed with assault rifles, were deployed to maintain security during polling in Africa’s largest country.Despite Bouteflika urging “all citizens to participate” and “not remain on the fringes of the nation”, voter turnout appeared to reflect the political apathy among the electorate.Figures showed 51.7 percent of Algerians voted, making it the weakest participation rate of any presidential election in the past 20 years.The turnout, which was lowest in the restive Kabylie region where only around one in four people voted, was sharply down from the official figure of 74.11 percent given in 2009.A leaked US diplomatic cable estimated the actual 2009 figure at not more than 30 percent.Stability at a price:Bouteflika’s decision to seek re-election, first announced in February, had drawn derision and at times scathing criticism in the independent media.However, he remains popular with many Algerians, especially for helping to end the devastating civil war of the 1990s, in which up to 200,000 people were killed.“The Algerians have voted for security and stability,” announced newspaper Ach-Chouroq on Friday, alluding to the main theme of Bouteflika’s campaign.But leading daily El Watan lamented “blackmail through fear”, saying Thursday’s vote would be remembered as the “election of the absurd”.Ahmed Ouyahia, a former prime minister now heading the president’s office, had said that a contested election result could reopen “the gates of hell”.In a rare public expression of the frustration felt by some Algerians towards the authoritarian political establishment, youth protest group Barakat (Enough) was founded just two months ago specifically to challenge Bouteflika’s re-election bid.But sporadic demonstrations in the weeks before the poll were quickly suppressed.Barakat and a coalition of five opposition parties, both Islamist and secular, had called on Algerians to boycott an election they said was a “sham”.