Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face,” the lawsuit says.It concludes that a top-tier women’s player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men’s player.A pay disparity was very apparent at the World Cup: In 2014, the federation gave the men’s roster a performance bonus of nearly $5.4 million after the U.S. went out in the round of 16 in Brazil. The women’s team received a bonus of $1.72 million after winning the 2015 World Cup in Canada.The last time the U.S. men made the World Cup field (for Brazil) male players selected to the roster received a $55,000 bonus, while the women received $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup, according to court documents. Additionally, the men shared a $2 million bonus for qualifying, while the women shared $300,000. The USSF has long maintained that any disparity is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements. Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and also salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on roster selection for appearances for friendlies and tournaments.While star players on the women’s team, like forward Alex Morgan, can make as much as their male counterparts because of endorsement deals, the disparity becomes greater for players with lesser profiles.Terms of the collective bargaining agreements have not been made public.A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.Kathryn H. Ruemmler, a lawyer representing the federation, wrote in a May 2016 letter to the EEOC that over the previous four years, women’s national team players averaged almost $280,000, a figure $90,000 more than men’s national team players. She pointed out that women receive benefits the men don’t, including severance pay, medical insurance, maternity leave, child care and a relocation allowance. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Rampaging Beermen MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not party to the lawsuit but said in a statement it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”The USSF did not have an immediate comment.The men’s and women’s U.S. national teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no dollar-to-dollar salary comparison.The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.ADVERTISEMENT Ruemmler also said men’s games generated about $144 million from 2008-15, while women’s matches generated $53 million, and television ratings for men’s games from 2013-15 averaged twice the figure for women’s matches.But those figures were for years prior to the women’s 2015 World Cup victory and also did not include the men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. The women’s team brought in $6.6 million in profit in 2015, compared to less than $2 million for the men’s team.Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement covering 2017-21.Players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.The lawsuit filed Friday seeks “an adjustment of the wage rates and benefits” for the women.“At the heart of this whole issue we believe that it’s the right thing. We believe that there has been discrimination against us,” Rapinoe said. “And while we have fought very hard and for a long time, whether that be through our CBA or through our players association, putting ourselves in the best possible position that we can to get the best deal that we can, we still feel that we don’t have what we’re trying to achieve, which is equality in the workplace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The women’s team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago.“I think a lot of people look to us and our team and the collective voice that we have and what we’ve stood for, for inspiration and for power, and as an ally in this broader fight for equality and human rights, really,” said winger Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain and veteran of 149 international appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.Players seek damages that include back pay. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
ATHENS (AP) — AEK Athens beat host PAOK 1-0 to take the lead in the Greek league playoffs on Sunday.Didac Vila scored the winner in the 10th minute with a shot from inside the area off a defense-splitting assist from Petros Mantalos.PAOK tried but could not break down AEK’s defense in a rough game where 10 players were cautioned.Earlier, Panathinaikos drew 1-1 at Panionios despite playing from the 12th minute with 10 players, as Zeca was dismissed for a last-man foul.Marcus Berg scored for Panathinaikos in the 38th and Giorgos Massouras equalized in the 56th.AEK leads the standings with 3 points, one more than PAOK and Panathinaikos. Panionios is last with just one point.The playoffs winner will join Greek title-holder Olympiakos in Champions League qualifiers.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):1:50 a.m.Nick Kyrgios says the ATP is “corrupt” for fining him more than $100,000 this month for his behavior during a match.Asked if that recent punishment from the men’s tour — only the latest in a long series that also included a suspension — affected him mentally coming into the U.S. Open, he replied: “Not at all. ATP’s pretty corrupt, anyway, so I’m not fussed about it at all.”Kyrgios insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open this month.The next day, the ATP listed a breakdown of eight fines ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 each, for violations such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.When a reporter asked a follow-up question about his use of the word “corrupt” following his straight-set victory over Steve Johnson that ended past 1 a.m. on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios first referenced his fines totaling $113,000.Then he added: “Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago, when I just chopped up someone (in the) first round of U.S. Open?”___1:15 a.m.Nick Kyrgios strutted into the second round, sweeping past Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-4.It was nearly midnight when the last match of the day started but Kyrgios kept the crowd awake with his usual mixture of great tennis and bad language, including a warning in the second set for cursing after he was angered when a fan moved behind the baseline.But minutes later he summoned some of his best tennis to prevent Johnson from getting into the match, seizing a 6-0 lead in the tiebreaker. He capped that run by sprinting to chase down a drop shot, then strutting near the net after winning the point.Kyrgios has been at his best and worst lately. The No. 28 seed from Australia won the title in Washington to start the month but was then fined $113,000 for his antics in a loss of the second round of the Western & Southern Open.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Perfection is never easy, as Spain and Italy found out Thursday in European Championship qualifying.Both kept perfect records, moving to five wins from five, but Italy needed two late goals to beat Armenia and Spain barely held on for a 2-1 win over Romania with 10 men.They’re now all but assured of qualifying for next year’s championship, barring a dramatic collapse in their last five games.Elsewhere, Switzerland couldn’t turn dominance into goals in a 1-1 draw with Ireland, while Israel’s bid to reach its first European Championship took a blow as it was held to the same score by North Macedonia.SPAIN BATTLES TO WINRobert Moreno never planned to be Spain coach, and his first match since being given a permanent contract was tinged with sadness.There was a minute of silence for Luis Enrique’s daughter, 9-year-old Xana, who died last week after a five-month battle with bone cancer. Moreno was assistant to Luis Enrique, but was named interim coach in March when his predecessor stepped aside for family reasons.Teemu Pukki of Finland and Andreas Bouchalakis of Greece during the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Finland and Greece in Tampere, Finland, Thursday Sept. 5, 2019. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)A penalty from Sergio Ramos and a close-range shot from Paco Alcácer gave Spain a 2-0 lead but Romania responded with a headed goal from Florin Andone. There was a tense finish after Spain had defender Diego Llorente sent off for a foul which denied Romania a clear scoring chance on a counterattack.Sweden and Norway made light work of Group F’s two outsiders. Second-place Sweden had few problems in a 4-0 win over the Faeroe Islands to stay second, five points off Spain, and Norway won 2-0 at home against Malta.ITALY LEAVES IT LATERoberto Mancini was left frustrated as his Italy team needed until the 77th minute to take the lead in a 3-1 win over 10-man Armenia.With Italy on 15 points, eight more than third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina, it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll secure one of the two qualifying spots.“I knew it was going to be a difficult game. We did not start well and Armenia scored, but we reacted,” said Mancini, whose team was missing four injured players.Armenia scored in the 11th on a counter after sloppy Italian passing, but Italy equalized through Andrea Belotti before Armenia’s scorer Aleksandre Karapetyan was sent off for a second yellow card. Despite having a man extra, Italy struggled to break down Armenia’s defense.However, Lorenzo Pellegrini eventually made it 2-1 to Italy with a header before Belotti added a third, his eighth goal in nine games for club and country this season.Also in Group J, second-place Finland’s 1-0 win over Greece marked the sixth time in 12 months the Finns won a competitive game with Norwich forward Teemu Pukki scoring the first goal and without conceding.Finland has never played a World Cup or European Championship but is now second with a five-point cushion over Bosnia and Herzegovina, which beat Liechtenstein 5-0.SWISS STALEMATESlick passing wasn’t enough for Switzerland to beat a stubborn Irish team in a 1-1 draw which leaves the Nations League semifinalists’ hopes of qualifying in the balance.Fabian Schär and Breel Embolo teamed up to slice through the Irish defense in the 74th minute, Schär finishing off the move with his first international goal since 2016.Ireland responded in simple but effective style, with James McClean lofting in a cross from the sideline for tall forward David McGoldrick to head in.That keeps Switzerland third in Group D with five points. That’s three off second-place Denmark, which hammered Gibraltar 6-0, but Switzerland has played one fewer game and two fewer than the Irish, who lead the group on 11 points.ISRAEL HITS A SNAGIsrael hasn’t played at a major tournament since the 1970 World Cup, and its most promising qualifying campaign in years hit a snag in a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia.The qualifying competition’s top scorer Eran Zahavi racked up his eighth goal of the campaign for Israel, but Arijan Ademi hit back soon after for the visitors.Israel stays second in Group G, four points behind leader Poland, which plays Slovenia on Friday.___By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Congratulations to the following teams on their New South Wales Junior State Cup grand final results.3.00pm18’s GirlsNewcastle City 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 23.30pm18’s BoysTaree Flames 11 defeated by Bankstown Jets 1216’s BoysRyde Eastwood Hawks 5 defeated Penrith Panthers 012’s BoysNewcastle City 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 24.00pm16’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 11 defeated Lower Blue Mountains Rangers 614’s BoysBlacktown Broncos 6 defeated by Parramatta Eels 710’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 13 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 04.30pm14’s GirlsWagga Wagga 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 612’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 010’s BoysParramatta Eels 6 defeated by Wests Magpies 7Club Champion1st – Manly Sea Eagles – 117 points2nd – Parramatta Eels – 91 points3rd – Newcastle City – 78 points4th – Penrith Panthers – 75 points5th – Berkeley Vale Panthers – 63 points To view highlights of the weekend, please visit the NSWTA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/nswta. Related LinksNSW JSC Results
Timothy Weah has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain on loan in order to gain more first-team experience.The United States international broke into the PSG squad at the end of last season, but has struggled to hold down a place in the current campaign and has not been in the matchday squad since August.He has only played three games in all competitions this season and hopes a loan move will help him improve as a player and put him in a better position to be a PSG regular next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 18-year-old forward announced his intention to leave on loan in a long Instragram post, thanking his followers and PSG’s fans for their support.”I just want to take the time to talk to everyone about the decision my family and I made about going on loan this winter,” Weah wrote.”First of all, I want to thank the fans for their constant support, as well as the coaching staff and my team-mates for making me feel part of the family. These few months were great even though I did not play much, I was always grateful for the opportunities I had at the beginning of the season because it opened many doors for me this winter.”I love you and I know you will go to the end and you will take the cup this year, God is with you all. I will miss the fans as well as the energy you bring to each game. I love you and God bless you. I hope that after these six months, I will be ready to return to the Parc des Princes and give everything to make you proud to be Parisian.”Weah has been linked with a loan move to Scottish champions Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers eager to find a replacement for striker Moussa Dembele who left at the end of the summer transfer window.Should Weah move to Scotland, the teenager would be eligible to play for Celtic in the Europa League, with the Bhoys facing Valencia in the round of 32.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Two new college football programs have been named potential destinations for Georgia five-star quarterback transfer Justin Fields.Fields, who is planning on playing in the Bulldogs’ Sugar Bowl contest against Texas, has been added into the NCAA’s transfer portal and is expected to transfer following the postseason.Ohio State has been mentioned as the favorite for Fields, who would reportedly like to replace Dwayne Haskins under center in Columbus.The Buckeyes reportedly are not the only contender, though.DawgNation reports that a couple of other major programs have emerged as options:A source with direct knowledge of the situation said Fields is strongly considering Ohio State, but also has interest in Oklahoma, UCF and UCLA.Oklahoma has been mentioned along with Ohio State in multiple reports, but this is the first we’re hearing about UCLA and UCF.Fields is expected to petition the NCAA to get immediate eligibility in 2019.
Brno (Czech Republic): Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 50th career race win with victory at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday after the race had originally been delayed by 45 minutes due to rain. Spain’s defending champion beat Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso by 2.4sec to extend his advantage at the top of the riders’ standings to 63 points with his sixth triumph of the season. “I was really concentrating from the beginning because there was some wet patches on turn one but I decided to start and keep my rhythm,” Marquez, 26, told broadcaster BT Sport. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I saw ‘Dovi’ was behind me and I kept pushing and pushing and pushing. “I am very happy, it was a crazy weekend,” he added. Australian Jack Miller pipped Alex Rins to third spot for his second podium of the campaign in a race cut by one lap due to adverse weather conditions. “This is definitely the better one (podium), it was nice to fight at the end,” Millar said. “I saw Rins’ rear tyre was spinning so I just bided my time, waited and waited and he was really struggling,” the 24-year-old added. Eight-time world champion Valentino Rossi was sixth and trails Marquez by 110 points in the overall standings. Earlier in the day, Marc’s brother Alex also made the most of pole position to dominate the Moto2 to register his fifth win of the season.
Indian government’s organised euphoria over its huge diplomatic success in isolating Pakistan is over by now with the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs demanding that India’s Prime Minister immediately lift the sanctioned curfew in Kashmir. The members further said that the European Union and European Parliament should issue a reactionary statement on the situation in Kashmir as soon as possible. This stance of European Parliament as also the sentiments expressed by most of the British MPs who took part in discussions on Kashmir situation on Wednesday is a major setback to India and this shows that all the so-called magic touch of our PM to diplomacy given at the recent G-7 meeting, has made no impact. The continued lockdown in Kashmir valley and the restrictions on civil liberties for nearly a month have been costing India’s image heavily. The European Parliament’s committee has requested the European External Action Service, the EU’s foreign ministry, to submit a full report comprising a violation of human rights and international law in Kashmir. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn fact, government leaders in India depended so much on Modi’s personal chemistry with the US President Donald Trump, they forgot that Trump also has his limits and in his last meeting at the sidelines of G-7, he only said that Modi is a good friend and he has promised that things will be under control. Only a few days after that, the US embassy spokesperson in New Delhi said that the US was very concerned over detentions and restrictions in Kashmir and hoped that J&K would soon return to normal political status as committed by the Indian PM. Also Read – Insider threat managementThat way, the EU Parliament statement was an affirmation of its understanding that the Indian government has taken no follow-up step since the G-7 meeting for restoring normal conditions in the valley as per the PM’s commitment. The fact has been noted that all the political leaders of the mainstream parties are in detention and the communications blockade is still in full force. The international media is reporting developments in the valley on a day-to-day basis and the western embassies are also monitoring developments in J&K. The mainstream national media may go by the government press notes due to their compulsions but the embassies are sending their own reports based on the information provided by their own sources. If the government still continues with its policy of not to have any effective dialogue with the mainstream political leaders by releasing them from the detention, the tone of the so-called friends of Modi will be harsher in the coming days. For the Europeans and the American senators, human rights is a major issue and they will continue to monitor the day-to-day developments in the Kashmir valley in the coming period. Pakistan will have to do nothing now in international diplomacy. The continuation of the lockdown and the restrictions on civil liberties including the detention of the senior political leaders will do the job for them. In the US, the foreign relations committee is seized of the issue of human rights in Kashmir and a report is being prepared. The Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has just said that the US government must speak out boldly in favour of international humanitarian law and in support of a UN-backed peaceful resolution that respects the will of the people of Kashmir. More importantly, PM will be addressing the UN General Assembly in the last week of this month. That period will be crucial for Indian diplomacy as another 24 days will pass and if in Kashmir, no initiative takes place to start a political dialogue with the Kashmiri leaders, PM Modi will be faced with a very embarrassing situation. He will be held guilty of not acting as per his commitment to Trump. Pakistan PM will naturally try to take maximum advantage of this failure on the part of India in his address to the UNGA. The Modi-Shah duo has to take a thorough review of the situation in the valley and take some steps immediately which can at least show that the political process has been initiated. Otherwise, PM will have a tough time during his visit to the UN this month. IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV says the country’s navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf.Thursday’s report says the one of the submarines — also known as midget submarines — was built in 18 months. The other, previously built, took 10 months to overhaul.The report says the two Ghadir-class submarines have sonar-evading technology and can launch missiles from under water, as well as fire torpedoes and drop marine mines. Iran began manufacturing Ghadir subs in 2005. The first was unveiled in 2007 and by 2012, five such submarines were incorporated into Iran’s navy.Midget submarines weigh less than 150 metric tons and are used for short missions, with no living accommodations for a crew of up to nine.The Associated Press
Rabat – In the midst of the heated controversy of Mohammed bin Nayef being relieved from his role as Saudi Crown Prince, Saudi officials have denied a recent report from the New York Times claiming that bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and restricted from travel.Earlier this month, amid the escalating tension between Saudi Arabia-led alliances and Qatar, King Salman Bin Abdelaziz named his son (and Nayef’s cousin), Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Minister in a major and unexpected move, replacing 57-year-old Nayef.Mohammed bin Nayef was immediately dismissed from his positions as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The newly appointed Crown Prince held the position of Heir until today’s reshuffle. The change in ministry comes amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis crippling the Gulf region after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt decided to severe diplomatic with Qatar, shutting down all air, land and see borders with the gas-rich country. The NY Times said on Wednesday that Mohammed bin Nayef was prevented from leaving his Jeddah palace “after his trusted guards had been replaced by guards loyal to Mohammed bin Salman.” The Times report also stated that restrictions had been imposed on bin Nayef’s daughters, who were to remain in the palace for an undetermined period of time.In response to the claims, a Saudi official spoke to Reuters, denying the report by saying that it was “not true, 100 percent,” despite the fact that Mohammed bin Nayef has not been seen since a Saudi state media aired a video of him on June 21. The official did not provide further information.A senior US official told the Times that it was an “indication that Mohammed bin Salman does not want any opposition,” and political power is at stake. “He doesn’t want any rear-guard action within the family,” the official said. “He wants a straight elevation without any dissent – not that bin Nayef was plotting anything anyway.”
The re-appointment, which takes effect from 1 September, was made after consultations with the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Prof. van Ginkel, 62, graduated in human and physical geography, anthropology and history at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he also earned his doctorate degree. Among other positions over the course of his academic career, Prof. van Ginkel has served as Dean of Faculty and Rector of Utrecht University. In 1992, he became a member of the UNU Governing Council and was appointed as its fourth Rector in 1997.Founded in 1973, the UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge to further the UN’s aims of peace and progress. Headquartered in Tokyo, the University has 13 research and training centres around the world and cooperates with more than 100 research institutions in various countries across the globe.
WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans’ purchasing power.The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That’s just below this year’s average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.The mood of consumers has been boosted this year by steady hiring, which has brought the unemployment rate down to a seven-year low of 5 per cent. There are also early signs that businesses are offering higher pay to attract and keep workers.At the same time, Americans are responding positively to persistently low prices. They are more optimistic about their inflation-adjusted incomes than at any time since 2002, the Michigan survey found.Consumer spending has picked up this year as modest gains in income and cheaper gas have put more money in Americans’ wallets. The greater spending has offset drags on the economy from a strong dollar, which has depressed exports by making U.S. goods pricier overseas, and cheaper oil, which has caused widespread job cuts in oil patch states.“The economic fundamentals are in place for relatively strong 2016 consumer spending,” said Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS Global Insight. “Several positives such as lower gasoline prices, modest consumer price inflation and increasing consumer confidence are assisting many lower- and middle-income households in spending a little more freely.”Spending grew 0.3 per cent in November, the government said Wednesday in a separate report, after no change in October.Low inflation has increased consumers’ buying plans for household appliances, cars, and other big-ticket items to the highest level in a decade, the Michigan survey found.For now, inflation remains low, having risen just 0.4 per cent in the past 12 months, according to the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge.The proportion of consumers who think inflation is eroding their living standards fell to the lowest point in more than a decade, the Michigan survey found.Even so, Americans’ dependence on discounts could pose a future challenge for the economy if consumers begin to scale back their purchases once prices rise. Typically, inflation rises as economic growth picks up. The Federal Reserve expects inflation to move closer to its 2 per cent target over the next two years.That’s why Fed policymakers last week raised the short-term interest rate they control for the first time in nine years.Consumers may easily handle higher prices if wages also increase. There are signs that is happening — wages and salaries rose a solid 0.5 per cent in November, the government said — but pay increases have been generally sluggish since the recession ended more than six years ago. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2015 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer confidence reaches highest level in 5 months, buoyed by low inflation
M. FellainiBelgium+0.31-0.03+0.28-0.24 J. VertonghenBelgium2.78.2+5.5 The biggest changes in share of team productionWorld Cup players with the biggest increase from share of club team’s expected goals and assists to share of national team’s expected goals and assists, 2014-18 L. ModricCroatia+0.28+0.05+0.33+0.17 R. LewandowskiPoland+0.25+0.01+0.26-1.35 Share of team exp. goals + assists G. SigurdssonIceland+0.38-0.22+0.16+0.20 C. EriksenDenmark+0.53-0.13+0.39+0.29 PlayerCountryGOALsassistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists L. PiszczekPoland10.017.1+7.1 E. HazardBelgium+0.30+0.68+0.98+0.45 J. MikelNigeria+0.39+0.41+0.80+0.44 J. KimmichGermany-0.02+0.33+0.31+0.24 T. SilvaBrazil+0.31-0.03+0.27+0.19 The leaderboard is peppered with players who have made a difference in Russia: Swiss mainstays Blerim Dzemaili and Xherdan Shaqiri led their team to the round of 16, while Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric have been the backbone of the Croatian attack. Another quick and crafty midfielder — this one from Colombia — has been very good for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich over the past four seasons, but he’s been downright marvelous for Los Cafeteros: From 2014 to 2018, James Rodriguez scored nearly half a goal more per 90 minutes while wearing the yellow Colombia kit than while donning club colors. In our sample, his difference in expected goals plus assists from club to country is second to only Dzemaili, who plays for Bologna in Italy. It’s no surprise then that Colombia was eliminated by England in the round of 16 when a calf injury sidelined James.Hazard and James are built to wear their national team jerseys. But there are others — two of whom are often invoked in the GOAT conversation — who seem to perform a little worse, or at least score with less frequency, on the international stage. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players in the world,4They’ve each won five of the past 10 Ballon d’Or awards, given to the best soccer player in the world. but both have underwhelmed a bit while representing their countries. M. RojoArgentina+0.19+0.12+0.31+0.22 DIfference between club and national team T. MeunierBelgium16.324.9+8.6 When we think of the best soccer players in history, we rarely think about the relatively inconsequential goals they scored for their club teams in midseason matches against their middle-of-the-pack competition. Instead we think about how they played for their national teams, and especially how they performed at major international tournaments like the World Cup. We think of a 17-year-old named Pelé delivering Brazil its first title in 1958; we think of Diego Maradona ripping through England’s defenses (and famously getting a little handsy with the ball in the box) in 1986; we think of the French maestro Zinedine Zidane scoring twice on home soil to topple Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998.Some players just seem built to wear their national team’s jersey.We wanted to know if there are certain players who play well for their club but disappear when playing for their national team — and certain players who raise their production when playing for country. So we looked at the tallies of expected goals and assists per 90 minutes for every player at the World Cup and compared the difference between club stats1Big five European leagues only. and country2Including World Cup, World Cup qualifiers and each confederation’s tournament. since 2014. We also looked at each player’s share of his entire team’s expected goals plus assists.Among the remaining stars at the 2018 World Cup, the best example of one who thrives while representing his country is Belgium’s Eden Hazard — at least based on raw production. The quick and crafty man from Wallonia has a knack for playing his best soccer when the world is watching. From 2014 to 2018, Hazard scored 0.30 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.68 more assists per 90 minutes while wearing a Belgium jersey than while repping Chelsea blue — while his expected goals plus assists are 0.45 better for Belgium.Hazard’s exceptional international form has carried over into this World Cup: In three games played, he contributed two goals and two assists — one of which tied the match against Japan after Belgium had gone down 2-0. The diminutive Belgian danced at the left corner of the penalty area, shrugging off a pursuant Yuya Osako before delivering an inch-perfect cross with his left foot to the edge of the 6-yard box and onto Marouane Fellaini’s head. Fellaini scored, but Hazard’s brilliance was responsible.Hazard’s form and contributions are expected. Thomas Meunier’s form and contributions, on the other hand, are a bit of a surprise. The right back has been perfectly competent for Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s been an outright world beater on the international stage: Since 2014, he’s scored 0.32 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.73 more assists per 90 minutes while playing for Belgium than for his clubs. The biggest of his 10 international assists was the one he provided to Nacer Chadli to knock off Japan on Monday. Both Meunier and Hazard are among the top seven players at the World Cup when it comes to expected goals plus assists for country versus club. But based on actual goals and actual assists, both Belgians are in the top three.3Only Poland/Wolfsburg winger Jakub Blaszczykowski has them both beat. From 2014 to 2018, Messi notched 0.61 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes while draped in the vertical blue and white stripes of Argentina. Ronaldo has found it more difficult to score for Portugal: Over the same span, he scored an entire goal per 90 minutes fewer with Portugal than he did with Real Madrid, and he averaged 1.53 fewer expected goals plus assists. And Uruguay’s superstar striker Edinson Cavani has had it even worse: He averaged 2.04 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes with La Celeste than he with Paris Saint-Germain.The outlook gets brighter for Messi and Ronaldo (but not for Cavani) when you consider their contributions as a percentage of their national team’s expected goals plus assists versus their club team’s since 2014: Messi was responsible for 57.5 percent of Barcelona’s expected output and 63.3 percent of Argentina’s, while Ronaldo accounted for 54.6 percent of Real Madrid’s expected output and 59.4 percent of Portugal’s. They’re not in James or Rakitic territory, but they’re not in the red either. IscoSpain+0.13-0.38-0.25-0.29 B. DzemailiSwitzerland23.431.0+7.6 A. IniestaSpain13.319.1+5.8 J. MikelNigeria5.227.9+22.7 A. GriezmannFrance-0.30+0.12-0.17+0.28 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data is only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. BlaszczykowskiPoland+0.52+0.58+1.10+0.50 S. RamosSpain9.615.9+6.3 PlayerCountryGOALsAssistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists C. EriksenDenmark36.548.8+12.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland42.848.1+5.3 I. RakiticCroatia-0.02+0.30+0.28+0.39 D. MertensBelgium-0.63+0.38-0.25-0.84 J. RodriguezColombia+0.49+0.03+0.52+0.53 M. RojoArgentina7.113.9+6.8 L. MessiArgentina57.563.3+5.8 J. RodriguezColombia34.5%58.5%+24.0 KokeSpain-0.21-0.23-0.44-0.27 C. RonaldoPortugal54.659.4+4.8 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group E. CavaniUruguay-1.48-0.33-1.81-2.04 D. CarvajalSpain9.714.5+4.8 The club team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest drop-off in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between national team and club team, 2014-18 NeymarBrazil45.658.4+12.8 L. MessiArgentina-0.67+0.11-0.56-0.61 PlayerCountryClubNationalDifference E. BanegaArgentina-0.21+0.06-0.15-0.37 I. GundoganGermany17.332.4+15.1 The national team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest discrepancy in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between club team and national team, 2014-18 Messi and Ronaldo probably only appear to be underperforming on the international level because they’ve spent the past decade thrashing defenses in Spain’s La Liga while playing for two clubs that are lousy with all-world talent. Scoring at a pace of roughly a goal per game is difficult to sustain over the course of a single season; Messi and Ronaldo have been doing it for 10. They’re not performing terribly for their national teams, they’ve just set the bar too high for themselves.But then there’s Neymar, the other greatest player in the world. He has set his bar pretty high during his time with Barcelona and now with Paris Saint-Germain. But unlike the two legends lording over him, Neymar has been able to vault over it — he scores at roughly the same rate for Brazil as he does for his club, and he provides more assists. And Neymar has increased his share of the team’s expected goals plus assists by 12.8 percentage points from club team to national team.Argentina is done; Portugal is done; Brazil and Belgium meet tomorrow in Kazan to decide who gets a spot in the semifinals. So it will be Hazard and Neymar trying to become the next Pelé, Maradona or Zidane.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. P. PogbaFrance-0.11-0.39-0.50-0.26 C. VelaMexico-0.03+0.35+0.31+0.18 B. SilvaPortugal-0.60+0.04-0.56-0.45 A. Di MariaArgentina+0.04-0.50-0.46-0.34 B. DzemailiSwitzerland-0.05+0.20+0.15+0.72 I. RakiticCroatia15.835.2+19.4 E. ForsbergSweden+0.27-1.44-1.17-0.49 CasemiroBrazil-0.26-0.13-0.39-0.24 L. ModricCroatia12.925.4+12.5 S. RudyGermany-0.07-0.21-0.29-0.33 PaulinhoBrazil+0.33+0.18+0.50+0.32 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. VertonghenBelgium+0.20+0.05+0.25+0.18 Y. CarrascoBelgium-0.19-0.43-0.62-0.46 DIfference between club and national team P. CoutinhoBrazil+0.27-0.23+0.04-0.23 PaulinhoBrazil24.530.7+6.2 T. MeunierBelgium+0.32+0.73+1.04+0.50 J. KimmichGermany13.119.2+6.1 J. BlaszczykowskiPolad13.723.9+10.2 C. RonaldoPortugal-1.09-0.57-1.67-1.53 A. KolarovSerbia15.320.6+5.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland+0.09+0.02+0.11+0.46 J. Dos SantosMexico-0.14+0.06-0.08-0.24 I. GundoganGermany+0.13+0.00+0.13+0.51 A. GuardadoMexico+0.53-0.24+0.29+0.29 Joao MarioPortugal-0.26-0.23-0.49-0.44
Share3 Tweet Email 24,670 Views http://jrnl.ie/3877839 Get our daily news round up: By Cianan Brennan Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 9:04 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Beast from the East causes chaos, and Brexit withdrawal document published – it’s the Fix. Feb 28th 2018, 9:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL No Comments NEED TO CATCH UP? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND An organised snowball fight descended into mayhem on O’Connell Bridge this afternoon Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.iePeople in Leinster and Munster have been urged to stay in their homes from 4pm tomorrow.Up to 40cm of snow is predicted to fall by Friday lunchtime.The draft withdrawal agreement for the EU/UK Brexit divorce was published.A red weather warning was issued for Munster and Leinster.The government announced an extra week’s worth of fuel allowance to help people get through the current cold snap.From 2022, workers will be ‘auto-enrolled’ on pension savings schemes.All schools will close in Munster and Leinster tomorrow.Police are still trying to confirm the number of victims after a ‘ferocious’ house fire in Fermanagh.A jury in the Belfast ‘rugby rape’ trial has heard a series of text messages sent between some of the men accused.Five people were arrested in connection with a scam that cost Dublin Zoo €500,000.HSE staff will have to work back emergency leave taken during Storm Emma.WORLD Students return to Marjory Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting on 14 February Source: Joe Raedle/Getty#BEASTLY: Over 40 people have died as a result of the severe icy weather gripping Europe.#LEICESTER: Three men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter connected with an explosion at a shop in the city that killed five people.#FLORIDA: Students of Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School returned to class for the first time since a mass shooting killed 17 of their colleagues.PARTING SHOTChristmas FM is making a comeback. For one day only. Because of The Beast from the East. Well, alright then. Source: Christmas FM/FacebookBest. Snowstorm. Ever.Comments are closed for legal reasons
Get our daily news round up: 8,685 Views Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Here’s what made headlines today. Northern gannets on Bass Rock are silhouetted at dawn, North Berwick, Scotland. Source: Neil Squires#PROROGUE: Scotland’s highest civil court ruled today that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful. #OH CANADA: The country will go to the polls on 21 October after it was announced today that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested to dissolve Parliament.#LIFE JIM: Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of a planet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it.PARTING SHOTHere, it is. The six-page Operation Yellowhammer, the British government’s no-deal Brexit scenario. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Aerial Cirque performer Nicola Moran with Dublin Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe at the Hapenny Bridge Dublin for the Launch of Culture Night. Source: RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4805459 Share Tweet Email No Comments Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe received approval from Cabinet to base Budget 2020 around the assumption that there will be a no-deal Brexit come 31 October.Trinity College Dublin called for a “national strategy for university rankings” after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today.Agriculture minister Michael Creed is to meet with representatives from both sides of the ongoing beef dispute this evening. The High Court directed the District Court to impose a new sentence on a man who admitted taking 12,000 pictures of a female neighbour without her knowledge or consent.Gardaí are hunting a four-man gang who hijacked a white van in Co Limerick which was carrying cash and valuable car parts.Policing of a number of different feuds in the Longford region is reaching breaking point.A new poll showed that just over half of people in Northern Ireland would vote for Irish unification if there were a border poll tomorrow.THE WORLD By Cónal Thomas Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 8:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wed 8:55 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Recent high-profile space missions mean there’s never been more interest in aerospace technology and it’s an ideal opportunity to get more young people involved, says Greek Australian honours student Andreas Antoniades.But the drawing power of spectacles like the Pluto fly-by and the Rosetta comet landing are just half of the equation. Antoniades believes the prohibitive cost of space technology is restricting the nation’s ability to educate and inspire its youth to pursue careers in the field.In his final year of a combined Bachelor of Engineering and Business degree at the University of Newcastle, his start-up, Obelisk Systems, is developing new ProtoSAT technology that aims to remove this educational barrier to entry.“The Pluto and Rosetta missions have reinvigorated interest in space-related research and the importance of space technology,” Andreas told Neos Kosmos.“Both the market and the public are more receptive to the importance of space technology in our lives and I’m hoping to ride this wave of awareness and play my part in attracting more young people into this field.”ProtoSAT conforms to the international CubeSat standard (specifications for a miniaturised satellite for space research developed for low earth orbit) using the best-available components while remaining affordable – and allows students, mainly in universities – to familiarise themselves with fully-functional equipment.“The extremely expensive hardware meant that students had nothing of this sort to work with, unless they had about $100,000 to spend.”Andreas is pursuing several avenues to raise capital for the project and plans to have prototypes by mid-next year, demonstration units by late 2016 and to offer the ProtoSAT platform to the educational sector for less than $1,000.ProtoSAT can be powered by its own solar panels, but the benefits of the CubeSat standard are also environmentally sound.“These are so cheap you can build them, launch them, have them do the science at a low orbit, and then have them burn up in the atmosphere so they aren’t a space debris threat,” says the enthusiastic inventor.“Space is cool. It’s the best thing ever. There’s something wild about knowing there are man-made things whizzing up above us but potentially around other planets as well.“I wanted to study science, but I didn’t expect to be doing this. It didn’t take me long to realise that by combining these degrees I could look forward to more than just a job.”He says that his parents are “pretty switched on” and pick up what he’s doing fairly quickly, but he is conscious of the need to keep jargon to a minimum and speak to them in plain English about what he’s doing.His father, Newcastle’s honorary Greek Consul, Zissis Antoniades, says the strategy has worked well because he understands most of the good work and achievements of his son.“Sometimes Andreas will come in and tell us something and my wife will look at me and whisper ‘did you understand?’ and I tell her ‘just nod and say it’s fantastic, because I didn’t understand either’.“But I know he’s doing what no one else in Australia has done and I’m a very proud dad.”
Pollution industrielle : l’UE renforce ses normesL’Union européenne a adopté avant hier une nouvelle législation visant à limiter les émissions polluantes des industries et du secteur agricole. Des émissions nocives pour l’environnement comme pour la santé humaine. Le texte adopté lundi est un compromis entre le Parlement européen et les Etats membres de l’UE. Il a pour ambition de réduire les émissions d’oxyde d’azote, de dioxyde de soufre, de particules de poussières, d’amiante et de métaux lourds, et ce, à partir de 2016. “L’adoption de la nouvelle directive sur les émissions industrielles marque une étape importante dans la lutte contre la pollution industrielle dans l’Union européenne”, s’est félicité le commissaire européen chargé de l’Environnement, Janez Potocnik.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ansAvec pour but d’améliorer la qualité de l’air, de l’eau et du sol au niveau local, cette nouvelle législation concerne quelque 52.000 installations industrielles et agricoles à travers l’Union européenne. Elle ne vise pas à limiter les impacts de certaines substances sur le climat, et ne prévoit donc pas une réduction des émissions industrielles de gaz carbonique, le principal gaz à effet de serre.Le texte prévoit par ailleurs des délais d’application. Ainsi, si les nouvelles centrales devront appliquer les nouvelles normes dès 2012, les grands sites industriels, dits “de combustion”, auront jusqu’en 2020 pour s’y adapter. Quant aux installations anciennes, elles auront la possibilité de se voir totalement dispensées des nouvelles normes si elles sont destinées à cesser leur activité d’ici à fin 2023.Le 10 novembre 2010 à 10:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
With a dominant performance against Al Ain, Real Madrid becomes the only club in history to win three consecutive FIFA Club World Cups.During a season that has been as difficult as the one Real Madrid is experiencing at the moment, Los Blancos desperately needed the FIFA Club World Cup in the final against Al Ain to boost their confidence during the post-Ronaldo era.The Arab club surprised the world when they managed to defeat River Plate in the semifinals, which gave them the right to play this match against Santiago Solari’s squad, but this is as far as they were going to get.The truth is that Real Madrid was way too superior and the Arabs had absolutely no chances to defeat the Spanish giants, they did make them suffer during the first 60 minutes of the match and only a long distance screamer in the first half from Modric was able to keep them ahead in the scoreline before a full hour had passed.The shot that the Croatian midfielder took just before the 15-minute mark, was the perfect culmination to an already fantastic year he has as an individual player.However, Los Blancos still didn’t have a secured result and they required to push themselves further in order to get more goals that could make them feel more confident.¡REAL MADRID, TRICAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO!El momento esperado por los merengues: ¡Cuando levantan el título como campeones del #MundialdeClubesxFOX!Revívelo pic.twitter.com/gxd4dvESY6— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018Already in the second half, it was a beautiful long-distance volley from Marcos Llorente what gave Los Blancos that confidence they needed.The Real Madrid product has been playing amazing football under Santiago Solari this season, this goal is a reward for that effort he’s been making in order to get noticed.But a Real Madrid final cannot be completed without a Sergio Ramos header during a corner kick, the magical moment happened just before the 80-minute mark after Luka Modric sent a cross straight into Ramos’ head.The skipper has now scored goals in two Champions League finals, two European Supercup final, and two Club World Cup finals as well.It was 3-0 already, Los Blancos had secured their result and another trophy for the museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu.But the final still wasn’t over, Al Ain did score a goal near the end of the match through Shiotani in order to at least find a little comfort in a very difficult night for them.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Los Blancos still got a fourth goal after the 90th minute, they got it through an own goal scored by Yahia Nader.EL CAMINO AL TRICAMPEONATO #MundialdeClubesxFOX Así fue la goleada del Real Madrid al Al Ain en la Final⚽ – Modric (14′) ⚽ – Llorente (60′) ⚽ – Ramos (79′) ⚽ – Shiotani (86′) ⚽ – Nader [AG] (90′) pic.twitter.com/dBoXAQYywx— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018This 4-1 result was the final nail on Al Ain’s coffin, the one that sealed the result for Real Madrid and got them to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the third consecutive time.Santiago Solari clearly stepped in with the right foot as the manager for this squad, he also reached a historic milestone that only four other managers have been able to accomplish it.The Argentine manager won the Intercontinental Cup back in 2002 as a Real Madrid player, today he wins the equivalent competition as a manager and writes his name next to the likes of Luis Cubilla, Juan Mujica, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.All five men were able to win the same competition both as players and managers.This result is worthy of celebration for Los Blancos, they will travel back to Spain and rest for the holidays but they will have to go back to reality soon after.This club is not doing so well in La Liga right now, maybe this new trophy can give them the boost they need in order to improve their results during the year of 2019.Congratulations to Real Madrid, they are the World Champions for the third consecutive year.🏆🎉 ¡CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO! #RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MCwui6I5Mw— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 22, 2018Who was the player you liked the most in the final between Real Madrid and Al Ain? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.