MONCTON, N.B. – David Suzuki has doubled down on his criticism of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, saying she’s being a hypocrite when she says she’s committed to the Paris accord and the Trudeau government is “going full bore.”The prominent environmentalist repeated the call for McKenna to quit Friday in Moncton, N.B., while helping to campaign for the Green Party in next week’s provincial election.Suzuki says it’s ridiculous that the Trudeau government is using targets set by the former Harper government.He says McKenna should resign if she means what she says about climate change.Suzuki first made the call earlier this week in La Presse.Speaking at a G7 meeting in Halifax, McKenna said quitting is easy, but it’s hard to do what the government is doing and she wants to remain in the job.
OTTAWA — Police say a 62-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges after he allegedly brought child pornography back to Canada following a mission trip to an orphanage in Nepal.Police say the suspect was stopped by Canada Border Services Agency officers in mid-December when he returned to Canada after the mission.They say the officers found evidence of suspected child pornography, as well communications where the man allegedly sought to have sexual relations with five Nepalese boys under the age of 16.The Ottawa Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit says it carried out an investigation and the suspect was arrested Friday at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, where he was escorted off a plane bound for Panama City.A search warrant was simultaneously executed at the suspect’s Ottawa residence where police say additional electronic devices containing images of child pornography were seized.They say Paul McCarthy was charged with possession of child pornography, luring a child under 18 and importing child pornography, and was set to appear in court on Saturday.The Canadian Press
29 November 2008The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti has urged the impoverished Caribbean nation to make further progress in ensuring civil and political rights for its citizens, especially with regard to improving its penal system. Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Haiti, Michel Forst told a news conference in the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday that the country has made progress in the area of civil and political rights, including reform of the judiciary. However, it still had a long way to go in creating a penal system that meets international rule of law standards. Important in this regard has been reform of the Haitian National Police, carried out with the help of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH.He also highlighted the need to address the country”s prisons, which suffer from overcrowding and where inmates are “crammed into cells and must sleep in shifts in conditions that are not acceptable.” The issue of overcrowding is directly linked to the issue of prolonged detention, added Mr. Forst, who visited prisons in the capital, as well as in Fort Liberty and Mirebalais.In addition, the Independent Expert stressed the need to tackle the problems of corruption and economic exclusion – which leads to insecurity and instability, as well as for the Government to ratify the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights.During his visit, Mr. Forst met President René Préval and Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, as well as other government officials, senior judges, members of Parliament and civil society representatives. In addition, he held talks with the leadership and staff of MINUSTAH. Mr. Forst, who serves in an independent unpaid capacity, will present his report on the situation of human rights in Haiti to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
5 October 2010Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today. Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today. The CERF, which is provides resources rapidly to assist people affected by natural disasters and conflicts, allocated nearly $40 million to aid agencies providing life-saving assistance to those affected by the worst flooding Pakistan has experienced in a century, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the fund.During the past three months, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) received a total allocation of $15 million to respond to severe food shortages caused by a prolonged drought in Niger. The food crisis in the West African country has left about 7 million people, or about 46 per cent of the population, in need of food assistance. Since the beginning of the year, humanitarian agencies in Niger have received a total of $35 million from CERF.More than $10 million went to humanitarian agencies in Chad, where they are responding to high rates of malnutrition caused by food shortages that followed poor harvests across West Africa’s Sahel region. The $10 million allocation brought to $21.5 million the total amount of funding allocated to agencies in Chad so far this year.Other humanitarian emergencies that have received funding from CERF during the past three months include Myanmar, where agencies received $2.4 million following severe flooding and landslides. The funds will enable the agencies to provide food, shelter, water and sanitation facilities to those affected. In total, agencies working in Myanmar have received over $6.4 million from CERF this year.In Burkina Faso, CERF allocated $2 million to support agencies providing food assistance, access to water, and prevention of child malnutrition and diseases following floods that affected more than 105,000 people.To respond to the problem of lead poisoning in Nigeria, CERF has allocated nearly $2 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to enable the agencies to identify communities at risk, provide medical care to those affected and clean up contaminated villages.CERF was also a source of funds used to respond to locust infestations in Madagascar and Georgia, with $4.7 million going to agencies in the African country and $293,000 to the European nation, respectively.Over the past three months, the fund also allocated a total of $42 million under an arrangement where long-standing humanitarian emergencies can receive support from CERF if they are consistently under-funded.The General Assembly created CERF in 2005 to provide predictable and equitable funding to those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. It seeks to complement and not to substitute existing humanitarian funding mechanisms such as the UN Consolidated Appeals.
Rainfall has been poor over the past year, placing at risk the food security situation of thousands of farmers and pastoralists who make up most of Eritrea’s working population, according to the report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The cereal harvest, which is expected to be 60 per cent below the average of the last 10 years, will cover only about 15 per cent of Eritrea’s food requirement instead of the typical 40 to 50 per cent. The agencies warned that international assistance would be needed to cover a shortfall of 283,000 tons of cereal. “The current poor agricultural season could not have come at a worse time,” the report asserts, because Eritrea is still recovering from a devastating war with Ethiopia. A large number of people, including farmers, are still displaced and thousands of soldiers are yet to be demobilized. In addition, the continuing resettlement of Eritrean refugees returning from Sudan is placing an extra strain on the country’s resources. While stressing the need for outside assistance to meet Eritrea’s extensive emergency needs, the report also acknowledges a risk of people developing an over-reliance on food aid with the expectation that this assistance will be provided on a regular basis. “This is proving destructive to some traditional coping strategies, and creating a vicious cycle that can lead to dependency,” the agencies say. They recommend that emergency food aid “be provided only to those who cannot survive or will become destitute without it.”
Canadian chat app Kik hits 50 million users, now chasing WhatsApp, not BBM by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – When Canadian mobile chat upstart Kik Messenger first took the tech world by storm back in the fall of 2010, it was happy to have two million users compared to the 28 million that were loyal to BlackBerry Messenger.On Thursday, the company celebrated crossing the 50 million users mark, an accomplishment made more impressive considering that BlackBerry’s BBM is now within striking distance, in the neighbourhood of 60 million.But the Waterloo, Ont.-based Kik still finds itself the underdog, now looking up to industry juggernaut WhatsApp, which doesn’t disclose user numbers but is estimated to have many more.But that doesn’t phase 26-year-old founder Ted Livingston, who is happy to still be a major player in the mobile chat space.“The whole world is waking up to the fact that in mobile, mobile’s all about communication and the primary way we communicate these days is texting. So it’s a super exciting time in our space right now where everybody wants in,” said Livingston.“Kik is huge at 50 million users…. What’s exciting to us is we’re big enough to play in the next phase of this game.”He pointed to a recent study of the messaging market by the mobile data company Onavo, based on usage by iPhone users around the world. In the U.S., Onavo estimated Kik was used by three per cent of iPhone users, trailing Facebook Messenger with 11 per cent, WhatsApp at seven per cent and Voxer at five per cent.The next phase of growth Livingston wants for Kik involves transitioning the app from a basic chat program into a more diverse platform. A new feature, Kik “Cards,” expands the functionality of the app by allowing users to access content from YouTube and Reddit, search for images, draw, or play a game without switching to another app.That strategy has already paid off for the apps Line and KakaoTalk, which are dominant in Japan and South Korea respectively.“They’ve had a lot of success building their native platforms to the point that 17 of the top 20 grossing games in South Korea are on KakaoTalk’s platform or KakaoTalk powered, which is incredible,” Livingston said.“So we want to do the same thing in the West.”Some tech observers weren’t sure Livingston and his company would still be kicking around this long.Kik was hit with a patent infringement suit by Research In Motion just months after it launched, alleging that Livingston — a former employee with the company, now named BlackBerry — used his experience with the firm to create his BBM competitor.In a statement of claim filed in Federal Court, RIM sought damages and an injunction keeping Kik from “producing, reproducing, distributing, advertising, promoting, offering for sale, selling or providing” its free mobile app. RIM alleged Livingston signed multiple confidentiality agreements to not disclose, use or reproduce any “trade secrets, secret information, know-how, research, customer information and marketing information, strategies and tactics.”At the time, Livingston called the court action “unjustified and disappointing.” He said the case still hasn’t gone to court and there’s not much he can say about it.“I can tell you, you know, not much has happened and we hope it goes away soon.”Not surprisingly, there are no plans for a Kik app on the new BlackBerry 10 platform.Despite the popularity of Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and other video chat apps, Livingston said Kik is sticking to text.“Our generation, they don’t like to talk, they don’t like to be seen, they just want to text,” Livingston said with a laugh.
Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (left), redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, Shelley Meyer, and coach Urban Meyer sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBreathe in. Breathe out. But make it quick.That’s the mindset Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had after his team topped Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.“We can’t exhale very long,” Meyer said after his Buckeyes won, 49-37, in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten title game. “We go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa.”The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) now sit alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings after breaking a tie with the Spartans, but are scheduled to travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shellacked the Hawkeyes to the tune of a 51-14 win Saturday to move to 7-2 on the season.Despite the implications the win against the Spartans has for the Buckeyes going forward, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the most important focus for OSU has to be put on the Golden Gophers.“The biggest thing is making sure guys are ready for that game,” Bennett said after the win. “Minnesota is a really good opponent. They’ve been winning a lot of games.”Going forward, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw for 300 yards and ran for another 86 while scoring five total touchdowns against the Spartans — said preparation will be key for OSU going forward.“One of the main things we need to do is just make sure we practice hard,” Barrett said after the game. “We’re going to enjoy this, but knowing that we still need to play better next week.”After a run of four straight games starting at either 3:30 or 8 p.m., Bennett added it will be important to be ready to go for a noon kick against Minnesota.“It’s gonna be the first noon game or whatever it is in like four weeks, so we’re gonna have to make sure that guys are mentally ready for it and can still get the juice up that we had tonight,” he said.But even with Minnesota on the horizon, Bennett said the win against Michigan State keeps the Buckeyes’ long-term goals in the realm of possibility after the Spartans dashed OSU’s title hopes last year with a 34-24 win in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.“Like I said before, it’s not about revenge. It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” he said. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”That conversation surrounds the College Football Playoff standings, with this season being the first year of the new championship format. Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were firmly on the outside looking in with a No. 14 ranking in the CFP poll, but they picked up a win against the Spartans — which are No. 8 in the poll — that few people expected them to have. When the new Associated Press top 25 was released Sunday, OSU was No. 8 while the Spartans fell to No. 12.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — who picked up 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game — said OSU came in as the underdogs looking to make a national statement.“We had no one behind our back except for Buckeye nation and ourselves,” Elliott said after the game. “We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Meyer called the win “one for the ages,” and added he felt his team showed its worth under the lights at Spartan Stadium.“We played a top-10 team and we really played our best and on the road,” he said.When it comes to his team’s standing in the playoff picture, Meyer said he still doesn’t “know enough,” but made clear his feelings on where the Buckeyes should be.“I think it is,” Meyer — who earned a $330,000 raise after the 2013 season — said as to whether OSU is a playoff-caliber team. “I love my team.”While the CFP poll will decide who has a shot at a national championship come season’s end — the top four teams earn spots in the playoff — OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the Buckeyes regained confidence in themselves with the win.“I think we earned back the belief our players have in our program, belief in how we do things at Ohio State, how coach Meyer runs his program,” Warinner said after the game. “We just got our confidence back that we can win a big game, especially on the road.”Barrett agreed with Warinner, and added the win helped to prove the Buckeyes’ doubters wrong.“It really gave us confidence that we could play with the best of them because there was talk that we could only play well against very bad teams,” he said. “This was a very good team in Michigan State, and we came out and played well.”Just like Warinner and Barrett, Bennett said the win gave OSU confidence, but he added that it showed the Buckeyes are the “real deal,” and said it should put them in consideration for a playoff spot moving forward.“It just kind of gives us confidence; it makes other people just kind of turn their heads and start considering Ohio State for the top four,” he said.But while a panel will vote the top four on, the Buckeyes can control their own destiny when it comes to the Big Ten. After sitting in a tie with Michigan State, the win firmly established OSU as tops in the conference for the time being.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith — who Meyer said had his best game in an OSU uniform against the Spartans — said he was “angry” after last year’s loss, coupled with the Buckeyes’ image as underdogs, heading into East Lansing. He said the win showed the conference and the nation what kind of team OSU is.“We came out here and (made) a statement,” Smith said after the game. “And then that shows that we are the best team in the Big Ten, and we try to play like that.”Regardless of the Big Ten standing, or even the Buckeyes’ spot in the CFP poll, Meyer said he simply knows how well his team is playing right now, and added he’ll have to wait and see what that means going forward.“This team right now is playing on a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure what all that means other than we got to get ready to play next week.”
Quatorze ours gardiens de plants de cannabis découverts au CanadaCanada – Les propriétaires de plants illégaux de cannabis ont eu l’étrange idée de recruter des ours pour protéger leur future récolte. Au moins quatorze animaux avaient été mobilisés lorsque la police a découvert les plants.Selon la police, les deux producteurs de marijuana attiraient les ours sur leur propriété de Colombie-Britannique en les appâtant avec de la nourriture pour chien. Une méthode plus qu’originale pour éloigner les voleurs de leur précieuse et illégale culture, mais totalement inefficace puisque les ours n’ont pas bougé lorsque cinq policiers sont arrivés sur les lieux.”Ils ont été apprivoisés. Ils étaient assis et regardaient. À un moment donné, l’un d’entre eux est monté sur le capot de la voiture de police, s’est assis un moment, puis est parti”, raconte le sergent de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada, Fred Mansveld.Très nombreux au Canada, les ours noirs vivent en général seuls, à l’exception des mères et de leurs petits. Une loi provinciale interdit de les nourrir, car comme le déplore David Webster, agent du ministère de l’Environnement de Colombie-Britannique, les alimenter représente une véritable “condamnation à mort” pour les ours.Domestiqués, ces animaux sauvages sont particulièrement dangereux. S’ils sont nourris, ils tentent de trouver d’autres humains et peuvent alors détruire des propriétés, ou plus rarement attaquer, voire tuer. C’est pourquoi des centaines d’ours sont abattus chaque année, “par bienveillance” assure Fred Mansveld.Le 20 août 2010 à 18:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’avenir des derniers pandas : il faut préserver les forêts anciennes Publiée dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude faite par des chercheurs chinois et américains montre un lien complexe entre prospérité des pandas et ancienneté des forêts, dont l’exploitation pour le bois est justement discutée en ce moment en Chine. Utilisant une base de données issue de 5 ans de surveillance des forêts de la province du Sichuan (Chine), l’équipe de Zejun Zhang, de l’Académie des sciences de Beijing, a étudié les liens entre présence de forêts jamais exploitées et maintien des populations de grands pandas, dont les 2.500 spécimens adultes restant sont fractionnés en petites populations menacées.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasRésultats : outre l’évidente corrélation entre la présence de bambou – qui constitue 99 % du régime alimentaire de l’animal – et la présence de pandas, se dégage un rapport étroit – et encore mal expliqué – entre taille des arbres et prospérité de ces animaux.Les scientifiques suggèrent certaines explications : les bambous pousseraient mieux sous les grands arbres – donc les arbres âgés – et produiraient de jeunes pousses plus tendres et plus riches en sucres nutritifs. Les grands arbres présenteraient aussi des cavités pouvant servir de tanières de mise bas aux pandas femelles.Les naturalistes mettent donc en garde les autorités chinoises, qui doivent décider cette année du renouvellement – ou non – de l’interdiction, existant depuis 1998, de l’abattage des arbres dans ces forêts anciennes : reconduire ce moratoire serait plus rentable que de créer de nouvelles zones protégées tout en ouvrant les anciennes à l’exploitation forestière. Le 15 janvier 2011 à 13:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
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CHEHALIS — A federal auditor says Washington state’s maximum-security lock-up for juvenile offenders has sub-standard staffing levels.KING-TV reports this creates dangerous conditions for both workers and the young offenders housed there.The Green Hill School, in Chehalis, is “out of compliance on most shifts” and this “makes the facility highly vulnerable for.sexual abuse incidents” and other safety problems, according to a US Department of Justice auditor.The audit confirms a February report by the KING 5 Investigators that revealed 478 assaults were recorded at Green Hill, according to documents from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.Sixty-nine of those assaults, most of them on staff members, were referred to Chehalis police for criminal charges.Current and former Green Hill employees say under-staffing was the primary reason that assaults couldn’t be brought under control.
Community members joined emergency responders and government officials in front of Vancouver City Hall on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to honor the 3,000 people who died.About 100 people gathered for this year’s Patriot Day Salute, which included speeches by Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Fire Department Division Chief Tom O’Connor and Assistant Police Chief Mike Lester among others.Many of the speakers in Vancouver and officials in Camas at a ceremony earlier in the morning touched on the passage of time, the nearly two decades since the terrorist attacks changed the nation, and their desires to keep the memory of the people who were killed alive. Unlike those who witnessed the turmoil unfold, students graduating high school this school year only know what teachers, family and friends have passed on, they said.“Ask people, and many will recall exactly where they were that day … I was in school, and it makes me think of the challenge of explaining to children what happened. We will stand shoulder to shoulder for what is right and what is just,” said McEnerny-Ogle.A community wreath was placed at the flagpole in front of City Hall, and 51 doves, led by a spirit dove, were released in honor of U.S. states. Master of ceremonies, retired Army Col. Larry J. Smith, told the crowd the doves also represent fellowship and “all that is good in the world.”
Ernesto Valverde has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s recent comments about the Nou Camp by stating the fans will be pivotal in the Champions League semi-final first leg.Klopp played down the significance of the 100,000 capacity stadium by suggesting it was “not a temple of football”.However, Valverde confirmed Klopp made the comment to reduce the pressure on his players but remains rest assured the Reds will experience an intense atmosphere.🔊 Valverde: “Liverpool are a very powerful team, who play with a great level of pressure and rhythm. They’ll be a very difficult opponent to beat.” #BarçaLFC pic.twitter.com/wLQk63Qctg— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 30, 2019“The Nou Camp fans have been decisive in the last few weeks, we’ve seen quite a few games with over 90,000 fans,” Valverde said via Sky.“We feel it and our rivals feel it, so we want them to feel it tomorrow.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…“I think Jurgen’s words were more about taking drama out of the day. It’s a football game, a pitch, and 22 players ready to play.”Barcelona won the La Liga title – their second successive crown under Valverde but he doesn’t believe Liverpool’s involvement in the title will be a blessing in disguise.“Having to play in the league keeps you at a high competitive tone,” the former Barcelona player said.Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool manager): “The Camp Nou is just a stadium, quite big, but it’s not a football temple.” pic.twitter.com/Dt9lfctSO8— barcacentre (@barcacentre) April 29, 2019“There’s always a game between the two legs. We’re happy to have won the league already, maybe Liverpool can’t rest players.“But it’s a Champions League semi-final – tiredness isn’t a factor here.”
Ajax are keen on warding off the interest in Donny van de Beek by offering him a new contract.Spurs, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are currently potential suitors for the 22-year-old in the bid to beef up their squad.Van de Beek was a crucial part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals this season and scored in the first leg of their last-four clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.However, according to Dutch outlet Voetbalzone, Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is preparing a contract offer for Van de Beek in an effort to tie him down.The Dutch giants are wary of losing the young prodigy with De Ligt likely to join De Jong in Barcelona this summer.UEFA Champions League Group H – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 8, 2019 And finally, it’s time for our final Champions League group preview, as we have a look into the Group H.“He has gone through a stormy development and for that, he must be rewarded. We don’t want to lose Donny,” Overmars recently told De Telegraaf.Van de Beek won the Eredivisie title with Ajax on Wednesday night and was asked afterwards where his future could lie.He said: “Let it be clear that I have had a great season and I am very happy to play for Ajax. It will always remain that way.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 15: Frenkie de Jong of Ajax and Donny van de Beek of Ajax celebrate with the trophy after winning the Eredivisie following the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Ajax at Stadion De Vijverberg on May 15, 2019, in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“You never know what happens, but I still have a contract. We will see it for the rest. I haven’t discussed it with anyone yet.”During what has been a breakthrough season, Van de Beek has made 57 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and contributing 13 assists.
Mark Saggers says the team doesn’t need the help of owner Roland Duchatelet, who has been selling the club since 2017.Charlton Athletic has secured a place in the English Championship next season, after a dramatic 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Football League One Playoff Final.And talkSPORT journalist Mark Saggers went all out saying the team doesn’t need owner Roland Duchatelet, who has been selling the club since 2017.“With protest after protest, after the disgraceful running of the club by the Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet who can’t even be bothered to turn up [to the play-off final],” Saggers said.“We’re not missing you!”“Not just the Charlton fans, or the Sunderland fans but football in our great country,” he added.“If you want to turn your back on it, you turn your back on it and you never get invited back.”Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“So get it sold. Let Charlton Athletic become a great club again,” he urged.“And just with that one thought for the EFL. Forensically judge who’s coming in to own some of these clubs.”“It’s not easy in the Championship, or in League One or League Two, not the same as it is amongst the elite at the top of the Premier League. We need help. We need support,” the journalist concluded.🎶 Ladies and gentleman, we bring to you…the definitive Twist and Shout (Wembley edition) #cafc pic.twitter.com/9AohPzrORA— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) May 26, 2019
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have handed Mino Raiola a three-month suspension for yet unknown reasons.Italian-born Dutchman Raiola is, perhaps, football’s infamous most agent who regularly gets himself into trouble with some of the biggest clubs around over money.Despite his reputation, however, Raiola represents some of the biggest names in world football in Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, along with LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.However, the FIGC released a statement on Thursday announcing they’ve suspended Raiola for three months and his cousin, Vincenzo, for two months.“The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent, respectively: with regard to Mr. Carmine Raiola, of three months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of two months,” read a statement via Goal.Despite being unable to participate in any football-related activities until August 9, Raiola reassured his clients they will be unaffected.This comes amid growing rumours linking Pogba with a summer move to Real Madrid. While De Ligt is expected to leave Ajax with Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City all reportedly interested.“This ‘Italian Ban’ is not a surprise, unfortunately,” Raiola wrote on Twitter.Report: Paul Pogba likely to sign an extension with United Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 10, 2019 According to a new report from Diario Sport, Paul Pogba is about to sign a brand new contract extension with Manchester United.It appears that…“My personal concern is that it has been a sentence dominated by a political willing, without taking into the right consideration the reason of law.“It is a sentence based on false grounds and lies. Law and justice, however, must prevail in any civil and correct system and I hope that my position will be remitted within the right lines in the coming steps of this story.“I guess the Italian Football Association has not forgiven me when I have diffused my critics for their role in the disastrous state of Italian football, as well as their role around the latest episode of the racism problem and my opinions could have had an influence in the evaluation of the matter.“I will seek justice against this injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is in the interest of Italian football.“I will proudly conduct this fight in order to obtain what it is in conformity with law. This discussion is contained to the Italian territory and has no repercussion on the players I represent.”pic.twitter.com/am1i0GqQSC— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) May 9, 2019
Cesar Luis Menotti believes Lionel Messi would pick Champions League glory with Barcelona over leading Argentina to success any day.Ahead of his fifth Copa America tournament this summer, Messi is under pressure to end Argentina’s 26-year wait for glory.Incidentally, the national side’s last trophy came in the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador with the likes of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and ex-forward Gabriel Batistuta in the team.Although they did win two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008.Meanwhile, doubts continue to persist over Messi’s long-term future with Argentina due to his obvious frustrations over the lack of success at international level.Despite these fears, however, Lionel Scaloni named the Barcelona superstar in his 23-man squad for the summer.For Menotti, though, it’s clear where Messi would rather win his silverware at.Top 5 players who can actually replace Messi and Ronaldo Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 After Pep Guardiola’s latest defense of Messi and Ronaldo, we need to start talking about the Top 5 players who can replace them.Replacing Messi and…“It wouldn’t cost him anything to say that his big toe hurt if he didn’t feel like it, but if he’s with us it’s because he’s happy to do it,” said the Argentina director, according to Marca.“I don’t think there’s anyone who wants to win more than Messi does with Argentina. If there is, I haven’t spoken to him.“But I’m sure if you asked Messi if he’d rather be a champion with Argentina or win the Champions League, he would say the Champions League.”Messi has managed 65 goals and 41 assists in 129 appearances for Argentina at international level.La Albiceleste will take on Nicaragua in a friendly on June 8 before heading off to Brazil for the 2019 Copa America.Scaloni’s men have been drawn with Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in Group B.MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 22: Lionel Messi of Argentina attaches the captain´s armband prior to start the International Friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on March 22, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)