New Delhi: India’s economy will grow at a median rate of 6 per cent during the first quarter of the current financial year ended June 30, according to a Ficci report. The country’s economy grew at 8.2 per cent in April-June 2018-19. The growth numbers for the first quarter are expected to be released by the Central Statistics Office next week. “The recently released unemployment numbers by NSSO reaffirm the grim situation with regard to employment in the country,” said Ficci Economic Outlook Survey. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt pegged the annual median GDP growth forecast for 2019-20 at 6.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 6.7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively. The median is the middle number in a sorted, ascending or descending list of numbers which can be more descriptive of a data set than the average. A majority of the participating economists in the survey suggested the RBI will continue its accomodative stance, with a further cut in the repo rate in the remaining part of 2019-20. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThey felt that the prevailing real interest rates were high. They also signalled that tardy deposit growth is haunting the banks as it is limiting their ability to lend and is preventing adequate transmission. The participants identified four key areas of improvement that would help create more jobs: cost of doing business; regulatory reforms; labour reforms and announcement of sector specific special packages. They observed that slower global growth will impact India’s growth prospects going forward. In fact, economists unanimously indicated that India’s potential growth rate would be between 7-7.5 per cent, which is lower than the 8 per cent plus potential growth rate estimated until a few years back, Ficci stated. However, a majority of participants felt that potential GDP growth would settle at 7.5 per cent. The participants were skeptical and divided about replicating the previous high growth performance of over 8 per cent and sustaining it at that level, Ficci stated. Those who were optimistic believed that a turnaround would be challenging given the current global environment and could take at least three to four years, it added. To achieve India’s potential growth rate, the economists suggested boosting agriculture, strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), undertaking factor market reforms and enhancing avenues for infrastructure financing. A factor market, also referred to as the input market, is a place where companies buy what they need to produce their goods and services. The survey was conducted during June-July 2019 amongst economists belonging to the industry, banking and financial services sectors. While the median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities has been put at 2.2 per cent for 2019-20, the industry and services sector are expected to grow by 6.9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively during 2019-20, the survey revealed. The outlook of participating economists on inflation also remains benign. The median forecast for Wholesale Price Index based inflation rate for 2019-20 has been pegged at 2.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 2.1 per cent and 5.7 per cent, respectively. Besides, the median forecast for the Consumer Price Index is 3.7 per cent for 2019-20 with a minimum and maximum estimate of 3.4 per cent and 4.1 per cent, respectively. However, according to the survey, concerns remain on external front with median current account deficit forecast pegged at 2.3 per cent of GDP for 2019-20. Merchandise exports are expected to grow by 3.6 per cent, while imports are expected to grow by 4 per cent during the year. Overall decline in global growth forecasts, escalating trade tensions, uncertainty around Brexit and foggy outlook on international crude oil prices have emerged as key concerns on the external front. The economists opined that it was necessary to ensure availability of capital and access to diversified long-term capital sources for carrying out productive investments in the economy. They felt borrowing costs should be lower to drive investments and employment in the country. They said greater efforts are required to develop the bond market, non-bank financial sector, and the stock exchanges. Economists also felt the need for establishing a long-term development finance institution on a priority basis.
OTTAWA – The federal government is set to reveal Canada’s next governor general Thursday with an announcement outside the doors of the Senate.Multiple officials say that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement himself, and is expected to be flanked by the new viceregal just as Gov. Gen. David Johnston stood alongside Stephen Harper when he was tapped for the job in 2010.Sources say Trudeau informed the Queen during an audience with her last week of his recommendation to the post.Johnston’s term is set to expire in September, after Harper extended it by two years ahead of the 2015 federal election.The identity of who will replace him has been a closely guarded secret with few in Ottawa in the know about who will become the 29th person to hold the position.Traditionally, the viceregal job rotates between anglophones and francophones, with all indications pointing to a francophone filling the portfolio beginning this fall.
The United Nations and the world’s most personalised music streaming service, MixRadio, marked International Day of Happiness and the launch of the #HappySoundsLike playlist with a surprise performance from global singer/ songwriter, Cody Simpson, at South by Southwest.Cody Simpson celebrates International Day of Happiness with UN and MixRadio Credit/Copyright: Getty ImagesFinalising a weeklong campaign to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness, the #HappySoundsLike playlist created by MixRadio, was unveiled to guests attending and available for the world to listen to at www.happysoundslike.com. Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson celebrate International Day ofHappiness with UN and MixRadioCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesRecognizing that music has the power to spread happiness and inspire solidarity and hope for a better tomorrow, United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with international artists including Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger, Ed Sheeran, Charlize Theron and John Legend contributed their happiest track to create the world’s happiest playlist, #HappySoundsLike.Cody Simpson comments, “I am really pleased to be part of such an amazing campaign with the United Nations and MixRadio to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness.“I hope everyone gets behind the day and listens to the #HappySoundsLike playlist.”Jyrki Rosenberg, Head of MixRadio, comments, “This year, to mark International Day of Happiness, we have been fortunate to partner with the United Nations to support and raise awareness of such an inherent aspiration that we share the world over: happiness.“Through collaborating with international superstars, we hope #HappySoundsLike will bring a smile to faces around the world and inspire hope for a better tomorrow.”Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness acknowledges that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” In its 70th anniversary year, the United Nations will be undertaking several campaigns to help achieve this goal.Source:PR Newswire
APTN National NewsAn elder from Kitigan Zibi in Quebec is being remembered by the university of Ottawa.Willam Commanda was well known for his wisdom and dedication to his people.And now the faculty of arts building is named after him.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.
NEW YORK — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that’s become the case with AMC’s drama “The Walking Dead.”The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. The Nielsen company said that at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million people.That’s a steep drop from the show’s high point, the seventh-season opener that reached 21 million people. AMC says a decline is natural for a show as it ages and that more people are watching on a time-delayed basis.The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada has rolled out its robo-adviser platform across the country as demand grows for lower-cost, digital investing options.After launching RBC InvestEase late last year on a trial basis, the Toronto-based lender has now officially opened up the service to new and existing customers across Canada.The platform was developed in response to the “growing middle” segment of clients who want investment advice but do it all online, said Rebecca Peacock, senior director of strategy for RBC InvestEase.“With all of these digital channels invading our lives, more and more people want to do their investing online,” she said. “Up until a few years ago, the only option to do everything online is to do it yourself. And not everyone is comfortable doing that.”The national rollout comes as competition in the robo-adviser space between both incumbent banks and fintechs heats up.Toronto-Dominion Bank recently partnered with U.S. firm Hydrogen to launch its own “robo-guidance” product, and the Bank of Montreal was the first of its peers to launch its digital investing platform, dubbed SmartFolio, in 2016.Meanwhile, robo-adviser Wealthsimple now has roughly 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.Prior to the national launch, RBC’s InvestEase was limited on a pilot basis to residents in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Customers who use the digitally automated investment adviser will pay 0.5 per cent per year in management fees on investment balances, on top of any management expense ratios (MER) embedded in particular funds.The required minimum balance is $1,000, and RBC says it is waiving its management fee until next October for new clients who sign on within a certain timeframe.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a solid gain Tuesday as oil rebounded slightly from recent lows.At the close, Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 48.48 points at 13,082.86, adding to a tiny gain on Monday in the final trading week before the Christmas holiday period.Kash Pashootan, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company, said the longer-term picture for the Toronto market still looks bleak despite the occasional rally.Energy and mining companies are heavily weighted on the TSX and Pashootan said the underlying fundamentals of the oil, gas and metals markets are negative because of a sputtering world economy and falling demand from China.“In the last three to six months we’ve seen oil and the market have a handful of these mini-rallies,” he said.“Every time they’ve been short-lived and prices have gone back to trading on fundamentals, which don’t look healthy.”Pashootan said investors shouldn’t be surprised to see Canada slip into a recession next year if commodities continue to bite and the fallout hits the big banks that lend to the oilpatch and other commodity producers.“We’re going to live and die by what happens in the commodities and the financials on the TSX next year,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks shot up 165.65 points to close at 17,417.27, while the broader S&P 500 index added 17.82 points to 2,038.97 and the Nasdaq gained 32.19 points to 5,001.11.North American markets are returning to fair prices after years of over-inflated returns, Pashootan said.“As a result, you’re going to see more volatility in 2016 than we’ve been used to the last few years, and you’re going to see less returns than we’ve been used to as well,” he said.The February contract for benchmark crude oil rose 33 cents to settle at US$36.14 a barrel, and the commodity-sensitive loonie added 0.14 of a cent to end the day at 71.75 cents US.Pashootan noted than an unseasonably mild December across much of North America is one more problem for the oil market which, along with falling Chinese demand and tepid global growth, is already reeling from oversupply fed by OPEC’s commitment to full tilt production despite the slide in oil prices.“If you’re an oil investor, a mild winter is the last thing you want because there’s already enough on your plate to put downside pressure on oil already,” he said. “It’s another side dish to this mess of a situation.”In other commodities the January contract for natural gas dropped 2.3 cents to US$1.888 per mmBtu and the February gold contract fell $6.50 to US$1,074.10 per troy ounce.
Police believe far more road accidents are caused by drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel than is shown in official records, a new investigation reveals.Specialist collision officers say dangerous drivers are evading justice because police lack the powers and resources to probe whether a mobile phone may have caused an incident.Phones are only currently routinely seized following an accident that results in fatal or life-changing injuries. If police can’t detect the full extent of this behaviour then we are missing an important part of the investigation pictureDr Paul Pilkington, UWE Bristol A study found that three quarters of collision investigators who were interviewed said they had been unable to report the full proportion of road accidents linked with mobile phone use within the last year.They said that the figures would jump dramatically if they were able to properly investigate all accidents thought to be phone-related.A similar percentage said they were desperate for roadside technology that allowed instant examination of mobile phones in the immediate aftermath of a collision.So-called “textalyzer” devices already exist, and authorities in some US states are currently debating whether to provide them to traffic officers.Dr Paul Pilkington, a public health expert at University of the West of England, Bristol, where the study was conducted, described the constraints limiting investigators as a “massive problem”.“It leaves a significant gap, not only in terms of enforcement but also monitoring of the role of phones in crashes,” he said.“The result is significant under-reporting of the role of mobile phones in road traffic crashes, as well as inadequate justice for the victims of those affected by the actions of drivers using their phones behind the wheel.“If police can’t detect the full extent of this behaviour then we are missing an important part of the investigation picture.”An RAC survey published in September revealed that the number of motorists illegally using their mobile phones while driving was on the rise.Nearly a third of drivers who took part admitted they had used a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared with eight per cent in 2014.Tougher punishments for offenders will come into force next year, with penalty points doubling from three to six and fines doubling from £100 to £200. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Le LG Optimus 3D Max arrive en EuropeLe dernier smartphone 3D du constructeur sud-coréen va enfin débarquer sur le Vieux Continent après une première vague de commercialisation en Asie.Encore peu conséquente, l’offre de smartphones 3D en Europe va être agrémentée d’un nouvel élément, le LG Optimus 3D Max, dont l’arrivée sur le Vieux Continent a été officiellement annoncée par LG. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Il dispose, sans la nécessité de porter des lunettes pour en profiter, d’un écran 4,3 pouces 3D avec une résolution WVGA et fonctionne grâce à un processeur Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 cadencé à 1,2 GHz et soutenu par 1 Go de mémoire vive.Afin de réaliser des vidéos en 3D, l’Optimus 3D Max est équipé de deux caméras dorsales de cinq mégapixels, ainsi que d’une caméra frontale, plus rudimentaire puisque simple VGA (Vision grand angle). Il dispose des dernières évolutions en terme de connectivité, une puce NFC, le WiFi, et une sortie microHDMI. Si il tourne sous Android 2.3 Gingerbread, LG devrait bientôt mettre à sa disposition une mise à jour vers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Enfin, il intégrera pour plusieurs applications, comme Google Earth, la technologie de conversion 2D vers la 3D. D’après le site MediaWorld, son prix devrait s’articuler autour de 499 euros.Le 24 avril 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
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Several Clark County theater schools — including Journey Theater, Riverside Performing Arts and Metropolitan Performing Arts — offer young thespians a chance to practice their craft and show off for adoring parents and grandparents.Downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater is flipping that script. On Saturday afternoon, Magenta launches “Magentots,” a performance series where adoring adults show off for kiddies in the audience — or, at least, bring children to the show for some formative exposure to live, local theater.That may seem like icing on life’s cake, but research has repeatedly demonstrated that exposure to the arts benefits children by boosting their critical thinking, vocabulary and math skills. It also expands their tolerance of differences and understanding of complex human situations .“Our community has only ever been able to get that experience in Portland up until now,” said Jaynie Roberts, Magenta founder and artistic director. “But now, it’s here in the Couve.”The opening Magentots show will be an interactive, comedy takeoff on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” In this version our kindly storyteller is reading the tale aloud from his big book when it’s snatched away by the evil Griselda. Always stuck playing the villain, she wants to set the record straight about someone whose garbled name, she’ll have you know, was really Sleeping Betty.
The Columbia River water feature at the Waterfront Vancouver development is open to the public, just in time for passersby to cool their feet in the late-summer heat.The piece, which mimics the topography of the Columbia River Basin, appeared mostly complete in June but remained cordoned off from the public behind a fence. That fence finally came down Friday morning.By 1 p.m., a few little kids were splashing around in the water as pedestrians sat to examine the installation — a molded riverbed bordered by stacks of granite and culminating in a massive stone and bronze monolith.“Think of the thousands of people that will enjoy this for years and years,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, who visited the newly opened site with Vancouver City Councilor Linda Glover and two officers from the Vancouver Police Department’s bicycle unit.“That’s an incredible gift,” McEnerny-Ogle said.The full installation is valued at $3.5 million. It was donated to Vancouver by Columbia Waterfront, LLC and formally transferred to the city on Monday. The Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the feature and the water that flows through it, which is chlorinated.
A single goal by Joaquin Correa helped Lazio beat AC Milan in tonights Coppa Italia Semifinal action.After the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semifinal ended in a 0-0 tied, Lazio had a difficult challenge ahead against AC Milan.And in tonight’s game, a goal by Joaquin Correa gave Lazio the ticket to the competition’s Final, where they will wait for the winner of the Atalanta-Fiorentina match.For Lazio’s Senad Lulic, his team deserves to be in the Final.“It was certainly deserved, as we played as a team, fought and suffered together. We knew sooner or later we’d score with the quality we have up front,” Lulic was quoted by Football Italia.“It was a struggle, but now we leave the Coppa Italia aside until we reach the Final. This is Lazio if we play like this, then we can fight it out with anyone.”“Admittedly, there was more motivation tonight than against Chievo last week and we had a different approach,” he added.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The applause to players and staff is fully deserved, as was the victory.”Lazio is currently in the eighth position of the Italian Lega Serie A table with 52 points, thanks to 15 victories, seven draws, and eleven defeats.The team has five matches left in the 2018-2019 season: against Sampdoria, Atalanta, Cagliari, Bologna, and Torino.#TIMCup #MilanLazio 0-1🏁 LA DECIDE CORREAAAAAA!!!!!🤩 SIAMO IN FINALEEEEEE!!!!! pic.twitter.com/SXWAH4eD6E— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) April 24, 2019
According to the former Scottish footballer, Griffiths had his best year in the 2015-2016 Scottish Premier League season.Celtic footballer Leigh Griffiths‘ latest great Scottish Premier League season was in the 2015-2016 campaign.This was back then when he scored 40 goals for his club.And former Scottish footballer John Collins believes Griffiths should return to that level, by getting back into shape.“I had no problems with him, I used to work most days after training with him. We’d work on his finishing and if you ask any striker that’s what they enjoy doing most with any coach,” he told The Herald Scotland.“I had the fun part. When myself and Ronny were there he had the most successful season of his career, 40 odds goals.”“It was a good time for him, but we can’t take any credit, he has to take that himself,” he added.“He was banging in goals all over the place, but he had to wait for his chance, he had to work hard to get in the team.”Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.The former player explained: “He got himself fit and sharp and when he’s like that he’ll score goals in any company.”“Like most footballers, he needed to be told the truth sometimes and sometimes the truth hurts. Other times he needed a cuddle but then all footballers are the same.”“Most players understand that to stay at the highest level it takes sacrifice. It takes dedication and you get your rewards,” Collins concluded.📺 Thinking of taking out a UK & Ireland Celtic TV subscription this month?Here are 5 reasons why you should 👍▶️ https://t.co/hiI9BAztU9 pic.twitter.com/Oi9YYLICJ7— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 12, 2019
New Spanish national team boss Robert Moreno cannot guarantee that De Gea will be Spains number 1.De Gea has been La Roja’s number 1 and regular first-choice goalkeeper, since replacing Iker Casillas.He replaced the Real Madrid legend and World Cup winner during the Vincente Del Bosque era. This trend continued through the succeeding coaches up until now.Moreno has a new theory though since he assumed the position from Luis Enrique, who walked away from the position for personal reasons.In fact earlier this year, Moreno did not select the Manchester United shot-stopper. He instead opted for Kepa Arrisabalaga of Chelsea.De Gea saw a dip in form, towards the latter stages of the previous season. During which Kepa has arguably been at his best.De Gea, has represented his country at senior level 39 senior times.It was assumed that when Euro 2020 qualifiers resumed, he would assume his position between the sticks as Spains number 1.In a recent radio interview, brought to us by The Mirror, Moreno clearly stated nobody is guaranteed the number 1 spot.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and [Roma’s] Pau Lopez.”“I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau.”“I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete.”“They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them.”“All three have good footwork.”“At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers.The new man at the helm of Spains national side is a firm believer in competition for places and feels its a tried and tested method.LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: David de Gea of Spain trains during the Spain Training Session at Wembley Arena on September 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Mick McCarthy couldn’t believe why would someone attack Ireland’s U17 international footballer Tega Agberhiere and his friends.Last week Ireland Republic U17 footballer Tega Agberhiere and two friends were attacked with a corrosive substance, sending him to the hospital where he is recovering from burns to his face and eyes.And today Ireland senior squad manager Mick McCarthy has publicly spoken about what happened to the underage prospect.“I was shocked to hear what happened to Tega and his friends in Waterford and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with football in Ireland when I wish them all well as they recover from the effects of this attack,” McCarthy said to the BBC.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I know Tega is a very promising young footballer and I hope and pray that he is back on the pitch in the very near future. My best wishes to Tega, to his friends and to their families.”He said: “It is very upsetting to hear about the incident involving Tega and I hope that he can complete a speedy recovery.”“Tega was in with us at Under-17 level and he had a great attitude as well as a lot of ability. All of the lads in the squad and the staff send on their best wishes to him and his family,” he added.“Tega worked with us with the Under 16 group last season and was part of the squad for the Victory Shield in Northern Ireland in late 2017 and for a doubleheader in Romania that same year. He came across as a nice, quiet lad who loved his football and I can only wish him well with his recovery.”
Neymar has spoken for the first time to deny allegations that he sexually assaulted an unnamed woman in a Paris hotel.On May 31, the alleged victim filed an official police report against Neymar in Sao Paulo accusing him of raping her in France. The station she visited is known to specialise in defending women.The document stated that the woman and Neymar met on the social media platform Instagram. They exchanged messages before the Paris Saint-Germain star arranged for her to visit him in France.After being set-up with five-star accommodation in the Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe hotel, the women met a drunken Neymar in person at 20:00 (CET) on May 15.It was then the former Barcelona forward allegedly “became aggressive” and had non-consensual sex with her.Initially, the victim was too emotionally shaken to file a complaint against Neymar upon returning to Brazil two days later.Now the Brazilian himself has denied any wrongdoing for the first time.“I’m being charged with rape,” said Neymar on an Instagram video.“It is a heavy word, something very strong, but it is what is happening at the moment. I was taken by surprise. It was bad and sad to hear that. [Anyone] who knows me, knows my character and my nature, [knows I] would never do anything like that.TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL – MAY 28: Neymar Jr reacts during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad’s Granja Comary training complex on May 28, 2019 in Teresopolis, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)“I was exposed to this and I am here to face the situation because any news with my name causes a lot of noise and everybody keeps wanting me to answer.“What happened was totally the opposite of what was said. I am upset.“But from now on I will expose everything, all the conversations I had with this girl, all our intimate moments.This will need to be exposed to prove that nothing happened. Then after this video you will see all the messages and everything that happened that day and the other day.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Because what happened on the first day was a relationship between man and woman, in a private room, something that happens between all couples, and the next day nothing much happened.“We kept exchanging messages and she asked me for a gift for her son, that I was going to give, and I was taken by surprise because of this.”Neymar’s father has already suggested the whole thing was “a trap” and insists he has evidence to prove his son’s innocence.The player himself showed the messages he had exchanged with the woman.Neymar playing no games lmao he dropped the conversations he had with the girl 😂 pic.twitter.com/JZiOQKl4wj— R. (@RakaelAlvarez) June 2, 2019The star added: “I have to prove something that is sincere and true. I am very sincere and fond of the truth, and if I must expose the things that happen, I will expose them.“I think now is the right time for everyone to know what happened, it is bad to put myself in this situation that is very sad.“It is very bad to know that the world is like this, that there are people who want to extort other people, it is really sad and painful. But since I am in this situation, I am here explaining to you.“I hope justice sees these messages and what actually happened.“It is with sadness and heartache that I make this video, that I explain it all, a complicated situation for me and my family.“And I apologise to my family, I was induced in this. It was a trap, and I ended up falling in it, and I will take this as a lesson from now on. Thank you.”TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL – JUNE 01: Neymar Jr looks onduring a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad’s Granja Comary training complex on June 01, 2019 in Teresopolis, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Radja Nainggolan has been deemed surplus to requirements by Inters new boss Antonio Conte.The Belgian international was told early on after Conte’s appointment, that he could leave.According to The Mirror, he is staying in Serie A. It is not where everyone expected.Nainggolan will be returning to Sardinia to lay for Cagliari once again..He had 4 seasons at Cagliari, making 131 appearances.Then he left for the Giallorossi in Rome. He was a hero at Roma. Being named in the league’s team of the year each of the four years he was there.Then came the big money move he had been seeking. To the Italian giants of Inter Milan. This was only last year.Things have not quite gone to plan with his dream move. Now he finds him at risk of being frozen out if he doesn’t find a new home team.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….In a statement, club president Tommasso Giulini confirmed that Nainggolan would be returning to Sardinia, and he was obviously thrilled about the deal.He said:“We’ll update on Friday, but for Nainggolan to return would be the most beautiful thing in the world.”Nainggolan has 36 international caps to his name for Belgium.However, he fell out of favour with national team boss Roberto Martinez.He has since retired from international football after not being named in the Red Devils squad for the 2018 World Cup.He is believed to be the final piece in Cagliari manager Rolando Marans new look no-nonsense midfield.He will partner Marko Rog. The Croatia international recently signed from Napoli.BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MARCH 25: Radja Nainggolan of Belgium in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group H Qualifier match between Belgium and Greece at Stade Roi Baudouis on March 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Bruno Fernandes has continued the form he showed the last season was no fluke as he is in red hot form already this season.According to The Sun, the Portuguese international had three assists in one game for Sporting CP’s 3-1 victory over Portimonense.This was the transfer that just never happened.There was talk of a deal close to being agreed with Manchester United. Then there was the done deal with Tottenham Hotspur, that never came to a conclusion.There are still rumours involving several cubs from Italy. There is even a possible last resort signing from Real Madrid of they don’t get anyone else.The 2018/19 season was miraculous, unbelievable and phenomenal for central midfielder Bruno Fernandes.They read, played 53, scored 32 and 18 assists.There was so much speculation, surrounding the player, yet also so many question marks.Was it a one-off, or could he do it again?Was it because the Portuguese league is so weak and could it be done in a top European league?These are valid questions, that remain unanswered. Obviously, the latter can only be addressed if he makes a move to the bigger leagues.However, he hs already started to answer the first.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The 24-year-old has played four games so far, scored one and has four assists.To give you an idea of the magnitude of his achievements, he has more assist in his last game alone (3), than Manchester United’s Jessie Lingard has had is his last 37 games.Obviously, there is no chance of a summer move to the English Premier League.The likes of Pochettino and Solskjaer may be kicking themselves after their indifferent starts to the season.But there is still a chance of one of Europes Elite to come calling.If he continues this kind of form going forward. Surely it is only a matter of time before someone takes a chance on signing him.The only stumbling block seems to be Sporting’s valuation of 64 million Euros.That will surely only increase if he has a season like last year. 64 million may prove to a bargain as Sporting will only want more if the player proves last season as no fluke.Today, Bruno Fernandes had more assists (3) in 90 minutes than Jesse Lingard has had in his last 37 games. pic.twitter.com/3MgFdC7CSq— UtdArena. (@utdarena) August 25, 2019
The transfer fee for Cristiano Ronaldo will be 300 million Euros.In an interview with Portuguese TV1 and a report from ESPN, that is what the superstar believes he would be worth in today’s market.In 2009, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then world-record fee of 94 million Euros.Even then, given his form with United at the time and the fact he was 24 years old, it was still deemed a colossal fee.Role the clock forward 9 years, and 33-year-old Ronaldo joins Juventus from Real Madrid for 117 million Euros.The gravity of the situation is that, that fee is a little half of the current world record.222 million Euros got PSG Neymar from Barcelona two years ago.Since then the price of a football player has grown out of control.Manchester United just smashed the transfer record for a defender, signing Harry Maguire from Leicester for almost 90 million Euros.The five-time Balon d’Or winner said:“Today there is a lot of emphasis placed on potential and the football industry is different.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’m going to put aside [Portugal international Joao] Felix’s [€120m transfer to Atletico Madrid from Benfica] case.”“Nowadays, any player is worth €100m having proved nothing, there is more money in football.”“A goalkeeper, a centre-back is worth €70m, €80m — I don’t agree.”“But this is the world which we live in, the market is like that and you have to respect it.”“Is there a football player that has more records than me? I don’t think there is a player that has more records than me.”“If I were 25 if a goalkeeper is worth €75m, a player that does and has done what I have done in recent years has to have a value of three or four times that, easily.In simple mathematical terms, in the market now he believes he would sell for €300 million.His career statistics read, 803 games played, 601 goals scored and 210 assists. That doesn’t even touch trophies and awards won.Neymar’s stats read 378 games played, 226 goals scored and 140 assists.Statistically speaking, Ronaldo is almost 15% more likely to score for you, and just as likely to get you an assist as Neymar.300 million sounds like a bargain for a 25 year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.LONDON – FEBRUARY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premiership match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 24, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)