Barcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Bestby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year.He beat Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the crown.Betting odds had Van Dijk as the favourite after winning the Champions League, but the Argentine rose above the Liverpool defender after finishing second in the first two years of the award, while he didn’t even reach a podium finish last year.”I want to thank everyone who decided to give me this recognition,” Messi said as he collected his trophy.”For me, individual awards are secondary and the collective comes first.”But today is a special day for me.”I have my wife and children here, and it’s the first time they’ve come.”Having them here to enjoy this is priceless.”They love football and they’re watching everyone around them shyly.”Messi dominated for Barcelona last season.Now, he’s favourite to go on and win the Ballon d’Or, as happened with Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Shares in several major Canadian forestry companies closed down Wednesday after an analyst downgrade and lower-than expected building permits for the crucial U.S. housing sector.CIBC analyst Hamir Patel said in a note that the bank has reduced its outlook on the industry, including downgrades on Interfor Corp., Resolute Forest Products Inc., and West Fraser Timber Co., as concerns mount about U.S. housing.“With more warnings signs flashing in the U.S. housing market…we are now moving to the sidelines on all commodity wood product stock,” wrote Patel.Canfor Corp. closed down six per cent, Resolute ended down 4.5 per cent, Interfor down four per cent, and West Fraser down 3.9 per cent.The shift came as the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday that applications for building permits, seen as a reliable indicator of future activity, fell by 5.7 per cent in August after a 0.9 per cent rise in July. Permit applications have been down four of the past five months.The reading is quite a bit weaker than expected and shows that permits have clearly faded from the cycle high in March, said BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic in a note.“This is consistent with our view that residential construction looks to be largely a wash on overall economic growth at this stage of the cycle.”The drop in permits contrasted with a surprise 9.2 per cent jump in August housing starts, but Kavcic said it was largely a catch-up move from slumps in the previous two months.The signs of potential slowing come after a strong run for the industry, supported by tight supplies and a rebounding housing sector that have pushed prices up to all-time highs this summer.Patel noted that a strong first half of the year and a “decent” third quarter have set the industry up for what could be a record year.High lumber prices have also helped insulate the industry from the softwood lumber tariffs the U.S. imposed in April, 2017 that average just over 20 per cent.Western softwood lumber prices have averaged US$536 per thousand board feet this year, up from US$401 last year. Prices peaked at more than US$650 per thousand board feet in June but have since plunged, falling 14 per cent in the last two weeks alone to US$412, said Patel.The tariffs came after a 2006 softwood lumber agreement expired in October 2015. Last week, a group of U.S. senators urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reach a new softwood lumber agreement because of the high lumber prices caused by the tariffs.Companies in this story: (TSX:WFT, TSX:CFP, TSX:RFP, TSX:IFP)
Shillong: The Meghalaya government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the families of the victims, who were trapped inside a coal mine in December and are untraced till now, have consented to call off search operations, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said Thursday.On the morning of December 13, a group of 16 miners went missing after water from Lytein river gushed into an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district in the state. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOnly two bodies have been retrieved so far in the five-month-long search operation by teams of various agencies, including the NDRF, the Indian Navy and the Army. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to continue their multi-agency operations to trace the miners. “We have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court informing that the family members of the miners have given their consent to call off the search and rescue operations. We are waiting for directions from the Supreme Court on the matter,” Tynsong said. In the affidavit, the government has attached the written consent received from the family members of the miners, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDistrict Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills F M Dopth had submitted the letters to the state government on April 16, citing that the operation be called off as there had been no tangible result. Dopth, on his part, clarified that there was no reduction in the water level in the main shaft, where the miners were trapped, even after discharge of several crore litres of water. Until Tuesday, submersible pumps were engaged in flushing out water from the 370-foot-deep mine, which is interconnected with eight other abandoned mines, he said. “The operations came to a halt yesterday (Wednesday) as the Lytein river is in spate following incessant rainfall in the region,” the official explained. Last month, an interim relief package of Rs 3 lakh was paid to the miners’ family members, who claimed that the amount was too meagre for their sustenance.
OSU senior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 24 2015 at Schottenstein Center. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorWhile most student-athletes are balancing getting to practice and completing class assignments on time, Cara Zubko, a senior defenseman for Ohio State’s women’s ice hockey team, has used her platform to improve communities both in Columbus and halfway around the world in Vietnam.Zubko was nominated for the 2016 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which goes to college hockey’s “finest citizen,” according to the award’s website. Zubko was one of the first 18 nominees across men’s and women’s college hockey, though she did not make the final five released last Thursday. The Preeceville, Saskatchewan, native traveled to Vietnam in the summer of 2013 with a program called Coach for College. Through the program, student-athletes from universities across the United States join forces with students from Vietnamese universities to teach impoverished kids throughout the country life lessons through academics and athletics. Having the opportunity to show the kids a “better view of life” and give them special experiences was the bedrock for Zubko’s future work, she said. “That was really life changing for me,” she said.This is the second year in a row that a Buckeye was nominated for one of college hockey’s highest honors off the ice. Kayla Sullivan was nominated last year as a senior, and she recommended Zubko to take over as the leader for the program’s work with Team IMPACT this year.Team IMPACT is an organization that partners collegiate sports teams with children with chronic diseases. The athletes join friends and family of the child’s support team, and the child is able to become an official team member. Erin Selfe, a middle schooler in Columbus area, is partnered up with the women’s hockey team through the organization. She is an active part of the team, going to every one of its home games, Zubko said. Last season, the Buckeyes held a birthday party for Erin at her house. “We have a great relationship with (Erin),” Zubko said. “We have just become really good friends with her, and that’s been a really great positive impact on us and on her as she is struggling with a rare disease.”Zubko and the team also participate in 2nd & Seven, an organization which has the team read to local second-grade students, and she spends time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.Assistant coach Carson Duggan praised Zubko’s willingness to always make time for community service.“Every single time that I send out volunteer opportunities or any type of project like that where student-athletes are needed, 99 percent of the time the first person I hear back from within not even an hour is Zubko,” Duggan said.The senior has been one of the stars on the ice for the Buckeyes this season, as well, as she ranks fourth on the team with 17 points, including four goals. It has been a true breakout season in her final year wearing scarlet and gray, as she came into the season with just 16 points combined in her first three seasons.Regardless of what she has been able to accomplish when she laces up her skates, Zubko said she believes it is her duty as a student-athlete to try to make a positive impact on the community around her.“I think with the experiences (we get as student-athletes), it’s the least we can do to give back,” Zubko said.Duggan said she credits Zubko’s upbringing as helping to shape her into the well-rounded leader she is today. “She’s extremely hard working … She grew up on a farm, so you know she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and work,” Duggan said.Zubko’s grasp of her ability to be a role model has empowered her to lead her team in work throughout Columbus.“Her willingness to help and understanding that (when) we are part of Ohio State athletics, you’re a part of something bigger,” Duggan said. “You have a little bit of a platform, and she really uses that to her advantage and never shies away and understands that part of the duty of student-athletes is to give back, so she is always willing to do that.”
Jamie Vardy had to spend the whole game against Tunisia on the bench and he just watched his team winning 2-1 after Harry Kane scored both goals – but he believes that at some point, he will play.The Leicester City striker claimed that he is annoyed at all by the fact that he has not been playing so far and he is ready to take his chance when Gareth Southgate will decide to choose him.Vardy spoke about his national team position as he said, according to Sky Sports:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s not annoying at all [watching fellow striker Kane scoring twice]. At the end of the day we are all here for one reason and that is to keep winning as many games as possible.”“You’ve just got to keep going and make sure you are putting in the effort on the training field and then getting into the gaffer’s plans – hopefully, get your chance – and then making sure you stay there.”“The gaffer has said that everyone who is here in the 23-man squad is going to be needed at some point, so you’ve obviously just got to stay focused and put the effort in and hopefully get your chance and that’s when you have got to make sure it counts.”
Antoine Griezmann is unconcerned with how France play in Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia – as long as they winDidier Deschamps’s side have been widely criticised for their unattractive football in the knockout stages of the tournament.Following Tuesday’s semi-final defeat to Les Bleus, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois branded France’s tactics as “anti-football” and captain Eden Hazard also admitted his disappointment with how they played against them.But for Griezmann, all that matters is the victory as France look to win a second world title this weekend at Moscow.“Thibaut Courtois, he played at Atletico, he was a Spanish champion. With Chelsea, does he believe he is playing the football of Barcelona?” said the 27-year-old, according to ITV.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I don’t care how. I want a second star to be on this shirt, and if I have the star, I do not care about the game we have done.”The Atletico Madrid forward is convinced that France’s progress to the final is down to teamwork.“We thought we needed to be a solid block, hard to beat. It is improved over time,” said Griezmann.“We know that we can be offensive at any moment, but the defence remains our base.”Griezmann has scored three goals and provided two assists for France at the World Cup.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has bemoaned his team’s slow start in their defeat to Manchester United.The Leicester boss insists his team slow start cost them in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.Leicester City conceded a penalty as early as the third minute when Daniel Amartey handled the ball in the box and United’s captain for the night Paul Pogba duly converted.Luke Shaw scored his first professional goal when he was put to through on goal by Juan Mata to double United’s lead.Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the Foxes in added time but it was too little and too late to affect the scoreline at that point.“It’s disappointing for the players because they gave their best,” said Puel, according to Goal.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Of course, to concede a goal just a couple of seconds after the beginning of the game is a shame and we have to correct this.“Our kick-off was not good enough. Our first-half was a good performance with good quality, good pressing, good play forward and a lot of chances. We needed to score in this moment, a strong period of domination in the first-half.“We pushed and we played against a team who were deep on the pitch. Without space, it was difficult.“We found success with good moves and good quality and perhaps in the second half we had good energy to finish this performance for another result but I think at the end it is a disappointment. It is not, for me, a fair result.”“We dominated this game with good play and a lot of chances. With a lot of free-kicks and set pieces, we can do a lot better with these situations,” Puel continued.“Sometimes we were unlucky with the possibilities to score in different moves. I’m happy about the performance but it would have been better to win or draw for our fans. It would have been a good reward for our play.”
The 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League starts for the Scottish team on Thursday when they host Norway’s Rosenborg BKAfter tying with St. Mirren on Friday in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic is now prepared to go starts its 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League season.The Glasgow club will host Norway’s Rosenborg at Celtic Park this Thursday.And after many experts have said the Scottish team will get to the final of the competition, coach Brendan Rodgers believes is time to fight.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.“I see lots of stories and reports about us getting to the final. That’s a long way away,” Rodgers told The 4th Official.“You only have to look at the teams and the caliber of clubs and financial resources in this competition. However, it’s the group stage and we have earned the right to be there. Now we have to fight to show we can come out of the group stage.”“I just think in terms of where it was for Celtic then (2003) is totally different to where it’s at now, Celtic were taking players out of the top end of the Premier League. So that tells you where they were as a club in terms of finance and that sort of ambition really,” he explained.“It’s a different team, a different era that we are in but we are no less ambitious and we look forward to working with the players we have here to gain hopefully another run of great experiences in Europe this season.”