Pakistan’s strategy of stocking their side with spinners finally paid rich dividends as their 32-run victory over Australia, in conjunction with India’s ouster, helped them keep their record of making the semi-finals of every World Twenty20.In response to Pakistan’s 149 for six on a slow track at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday, Australia posted 117 for seven, which was just five runs more than what they needed to seal their own final-four spot.The star of the show was 20-yearold left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who once again opened the bowling. His unerring accuracy was rewarded with perhaps the biggest scalp of the tournament the in-form Shane Watson (8).Captain Mohammad Hafeez then got David Warner, lbw, and Australia never recovered from their five-over score of 19 for two. Hafeez didn’t deploy a single over of pace till the 18th, and the Aussies seemed unable to get the ball off the square, thanks to the accuracy and skill of the bowlers and some uncharacteristically excellent fielding.A 10-over score of 45 for three didn’t inspire any confidence, and once the big-hitting Cameron White was caught off Hafeez and Glenn Maxwell became Hasan’s second victim, the Aussies decided to pull the shutters down and aim for the 112-run ‘safety’ target.Even then, it took a herculean effort from Hussey to get them close, as he struck a six and three boundaries to take them past the 100-run mark.Earlier, Nasir Jamshed’s half-century and his 79-run stand for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal had brought Pakistan out of an early stutter.In the Powerplay, they had lost Hafeez and Imran Nazir with just 29 on the board, but Jamshed and the older Akmal played sensible cricket to get them back on their feet.A boundary each from the batsmen off Brad Hogg finally gave the innings some momentum in the 10th over, before Jamshed exploded with a six each off Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty.advertisement
Former women’s champion Paige returned to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Monday Night RAW last week in style and she took the momentum forward this week as well.Last week three women led by the the returning Briton attacked Bayley, Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks to interrupt their Fatal-4-Way match for the women’s title and then went on to hammer the current RAW women’s champion Alexa Bliss backstage to make a bold statement.This week, Paige and her crew from NXT consisting of Mandy Rose and Sonya Devill were supposed to face Bayley, James and Banks in a three-women tag-team match. But the trio, now called the ‘Absolution’, had something else in their minds. They continued the chaos by injuring Bayley and Mickie James backstage and then went on to attack Banks in the middle of the ring after surrounding her from three sides of the squared mat.They also returned to do the same after Asuka beat Dana Brooke but surprisingly allowed her to escape.Does that ring a bell?Yes! This is exactly how ‘The Shield’ started.Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would surround the ring and then prowl onto their prey and deliver a hammering.Paige’s return in this avatar was something that no one was expecting and it will be interesting to see how the trio go about in the business.Another group of NXT women also invaded SmackDown last week. Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan laid out Naomi and Becky Lynch in the backstage area and then went onto attack Charlotte Flair and Natalya during their rematch, causing it to end in a no-contest.advertisementThere are rumours suggesting that Paige will lead a ‘cross-band’ women’s revolution and if the signs in the three nights are anything to go by, it will be an exciting time for women’s wrestling in the upcoming months. This is something that the WWE fans will be seeing for the first time in a long time to come and knowing how well they embraced ‘The Shield’, it could be a great way to carry forward the upsurge in women’s wrestling with a strong and capable performer in Paige.
NEW YORK — It took 141 regular-season games and one extra day for Rick Nash to get his first hat trick with the New York Rangers.A little help from the NHL official scorer on Christmas Eve made it so.About 12 hours after the Rangers beat the Washington Capitals on Dec. 23d, Nash was credited with his third goal of the game, it has been announced.Nash gave New York a 1-0 lead in the first period and a 3-0 edge 5:12 into the third. He was originally given an assist on a power-play goal awarded to Martin St. Louis that made it 4-2 with 3:48 remaining, but it was determined that St. Louis didn’t touch the puck.Nash was the last Rangers player to get his stick on it before Capitals goalie Braden Holtby knocked the puck into the net with his glove.In 32 games this season, Nash has 23 goals — two behind than NHL leader Tyler Seguin of Dallas. He notched only 26 in 65 games last season, his second with the Rangers.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.The world organisation tweeted on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday and announced the name of the woman athlete from Assam, Hima Das.UNICEF made the public announcement on their Twitter handle:Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das!The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration.#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/4WYieI6MhBUNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018Hima Das seemed pretty stoked and honoured with the announcement. Here’s what she tweeted:I’m honoured and grateful to be the first @UNICEFIndia Youth Ambassador. I look forward to encouraging and supporting children to achieve their dreams. Join me and #GoBlue this #ChildrensDay pic.twitter.com/7gpgYCJQniHima Das (@HimaDas8) November 14, 2018″I’m honoured to be chosen as Unicef India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” Das responded.Hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 metre relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.What does a youth ambassador do?In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima will be working towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children. She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.advertisementAbout Hima Das:Hima Das, nicknamed the ‘Dhing Express’, is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.Hima’s other awards and honoursDas is the second Assamese runner after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event.Baruah won a gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in the men’s 800 meter event.The Government of Assam appointed her as the state’s brand ambassador for sports.She was conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on September 25, 2018About UNICEFUNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in this country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.Also read: Of ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das’s several victories for IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Big guns Liverpool and Manchester United won their matches in the Premier League on Saturday to keep pressure on their opponents. While Liverpool extended their lead at the top, Man United mounted pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.The win, secured by late goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, moves Juergen Klopp’s side seven points clear of Manchester City, who face bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Palace took a shock 34th minute lead, against the run of play, when Andros Townsend slotted home a fine pull-back from Wilfried Zaha.P A S S I O N pic.twitter.com/A0ZccOGxJyLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Liverpool equalised 47 seconds after the interval when the ball looped high into the area where Salah skilfully converted with the outside of his left foot after Virgil van Dijk’s long-range effort was blocked.Give the ball to Bobby and he will score… pic.twitter.com/Mt1gIIASfiLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Suddenly Liverpool were buzzing and it was no surprise when Brazilian Roberto Firmino put them ahead, collecting a pass from Naby Keita and beating veteran Palace keeper Julian Speroni with a slightly deflected low shot.Ice cool pic.twitter.com/ntuhbB7W3ILiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019But Palace were not about to roll over and they fought back to level at 2-2 in the 65th when James Tomkins was left unattended to head in a Luka Milivojevic corner.advertisementSperoni, Palace’s 39-year-old third-choice, then gifted Liverpool a goal when his one-handed waft at a harmless-looking James Milner cross fell for Salah to tap in after 75 minutes.Milner was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Zaha before Mane added the fourth for the hosts with a solo strike in stoppage time.There was still time for Palace to strike again with Max Meyer beating Alisson Becker with a low shot which the Brazilian keeper would have expected to save.MAN UNITED WIN 2-1Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven wins from as many games in all competitions with a 2-1 home defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion.The result provisionally lifted United one place up to fifth on 44 points from 23 games, three more than sixth-placed Arsenal who were playing fourth-placed Chelsea in the 1730 GMT fixture.”He’s one of the best players in the league.”@NemanjaMatic is full of praise for @MarcusRashford! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/F1MaSxatUVManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019United stormed into a two-goal lead through Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in the first half but faded in the second and served up a nervy finish to their fans after Pascal Gross pulled one back for battling Brighton.Here’s to another three points for #MUFC! #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/NQE6kudWkGManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Pogba opened the scoring with a 27th-minute penalty and Rashford made it 2-0 in the 42nd with a superb individual goal, beating his marker with dazzling footwork before hitting the top corner from a tight angle on his 150th appearance for United.Another excellent display from @MarcusRashford, who receives a standing ovation as he’s replaced by @DarmianOfficial. #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/iyffcU1enfManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Gross reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 72nd minute, drilling in a close-range shot off the underside of the bar after Davy Propper floated in an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his foot.United, who missed several chances to increase their lead in the opening hour, were forced to hang on in the closing stages as the visitors pounded a flurry of crosses into the penalty area.NEWCASTLE BEAT CARDIFFNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James’ Park.An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter note as Rafa Benitez’s side took maximum points at home for only the third time this season.FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0Fabian Schär’s first two goals for the Magpies gave the hosts a two-goal lead before Ayoze Pérez’s stoppage-time strike sealed a welcome three points for United!Reaction to follow at https://t.co/6wuhjKS0XX. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/fkj8oE4SAAadvertisementNewcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 19, 2019After five games without a league win the visit of Cardiff had the feel of a key relegation battle and Schar’s 24th-minute opener eased the tension around the ground.Finding himself in an advanced position the Swiss international centre back drove in from near the touchline and curled a superb shot past Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.It was Schar’s first goal for Newcastle since joining from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and having got the taste for it he doubled his side’s lead when bundling the ball into the net from a Matt Ritchie corner just past the hour mark.Cardiff offered little in response apart from the odd flurry and Schar was not far away from claiming a hat-trick when he headed off target from another Ritchie corner.Ayoze Perez added some late gloss, tapping in Newcastle’s third in stoppage time from Salomon Rondon’s cross.Newcastle climbed to 17th with 21 points, one place above the drop zone while Cardiff are in 18th spot, with 19 points.BURNLEY-WATFORD DRAWLowly Burnley made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at seventh-placed Watford.But the Clarets were left frustrated after a stoppage-time effort by striker Chris Wood was deemed narrowly offside.Watford came out of the blocks strongest and Gerard Deulofeu twice went closely early on, with one effort superbly saved by Tom Heaton before James Tarkowski cleared a shot off the line.It wasn’t a classic… #WATBUR 0-0 [FT] pic.twitter.com/wR1gkw96yXWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019Burnley had several chances to win but Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil missed great opportunities for Sean Dyche’s side, who had won their last three games.SOUTHAMPTON STUN EVERTONSouthampton earned a crucial 2-1 win over Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but had to endure a nervy finish as they boosted their battle against relegation under galvanising new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.James Ward-Prowse scored a superb individual goal just after the break before a Lucas Digne own goal looked to have comfortably sealed a deserved win for the Saints in the 64th minute.We were all Ralph Hasenhüttl when that full-time whistle finally blew! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/U6hmtaKAUASouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Yet a goal at the start of stoppage time from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the home fans a nervous finish as eight minutes was added on, much to Hasenhuettl’s consternation, while Everton pushed for the equaliser.The win pushed Southampton into 15th place on 22 points, three clear of the relegation zone, as they won only their second home match of the season — both coming under their new Austrian boss’ stewardship.Back-to-back #PL wins! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/TMKGuuP99jSouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Southampton deserved the win after dominating the first half and twice striking the woodwork — first, as Nathan Redmond hit the post and then as Andre Gomes hit his own side’s upright while trying to defend another attack from Danny Ings.advertisementSaints got the reward for their enterprise when Ward-Prowse was given too much freedom to maraud towards the Everton goal and smashed a 50th-minute shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.The hapless Digne then toe-poked the ball past Pickford while desperately trying to quell an attack from the ever-dangerous Redmond in the 64th minute before Everton’s late attacks came to nothing.WILSON WONDER VOLLEY IN BOURNEMOUTH’S WINBournemouth’s Callum Wilson smashed home a wonderful second-half volley and his strike partner Joshua King added a second to give their side a much-needed 2-0 home win over West Ham United.First win of 2019First clean sheet of 2019A goal each for the front menEnjoy your Saturday night Cherries! pic.twitter.com/yXXiVT05RZAFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019With Bournemouth desperate to secure their first league victory in almost a month, Artur Boruc started in goal ahead of Asmir Begovic while West Ham left unsettled striker Marko Arnautovic, who has been linked with a big-money move to China, out of their squad.Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.Wilson gave the home side the lead with a thunderous volley in the 54th minute, catching the ball perfectly and leaving Fabianski rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right-hand corner for his 10th league goal of the season.With West Ham attacking and Bournemouth content to play on the counter, Wilson almost got a second in the 71st minute but this time his first-time shot came off the foot of the far post and rolled to safety.The visitors continued to leave space at the back as they desperately chased an equaliser, and King was able to slot the ball into an empty net after a superb counter-attack to secure all three points for Bournemouth.Also Watch:
Crystal Palace Hodgson looking to make style match talent at Crystal Palace Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Crystal Palace Premier League Crystal Palace v Southampton The new Palace boss hopes he can pull the right strings at the club, having replaced the sacked Frank de Boer Roy Hodgson believes Crystal Palace’s players were ill-suited to Frank de Boer’s coaching style, but is confident he can keep them up.De Boer was sacked after four games in charge, having lost them all with Palace failing to score – representing the worst start to a Premier League campaign.Palace 12/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Former England manager Hodgson has replaced him, perhaps signalling a return to the staunch defence and organisation that Sam Allardyce employed to keep them in the Premier League last term.Hodgson, having given international debuts to Palace trio Martin Kelly, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, is confident he has a good grip on the style they ought to play in order to thrive.”It’s very difficult to impose a style of play if you don’t have the players to play it, that’s pretty obvious,” said Hodgson ahead of his first game in charge, Saturday’s visit of Southampton to Selhurst Park.”I have seen quite a lot of Crystal Palace over the last five years, in particular my four years working with England.”I have seen Palace progress and also many of the players who are still here and improved. Roy is set on making the fans happy…Watch the full press conference for free on https://t.co/TTogt72Aro now! pic.twitter.com/jO6TY9tIZt— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 15, 2017″I think I have a clear idea of what they’re good at and what they can do, so our style needs to be one that helps us win football matches.”I have to get to know the players better and know what our best team is. But what I will say is that there a lot of players here who have been at the club a long time who have had a lot of success, helping the club into the Premier League and then keeping them up.”So anything which has been successful in the past can be continued and one always hopes, develops further.”Hodgson grew up in Croydon, south London, a few short miles away from Palace’s home.He added: “It’s a chapter in the book of life opening for me, and one I’m looking forward to. “One I’m hoping brings joy to the fans of Crystal Palace. That would be special because I am a Croydon boy and didn’t leave here until I was 24 years of age.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ROUND GAME RESULTS* Please note this is not the official record, please visit the Sporting Pulse website for official resultsDay One Wednesday 13/9/069.00amWomen’s Pool B R.1: QSST (8) def SunCoast (2)Women’s Pool A R.1: NSWCHS (10) def NQ (1)Women’s Pool B R.1: Cobras (5) def Eagles (2)Women’s Pool C R.1: Suns (6) def NSWCCC (4)9.50amWomen’s Pool A R.1: Scorpions (1) drew with Mets (1)Women’s Pool A R.1: CQ (4) def Tasmania (3)Women’s Pool B R.1: NSWCIS (10) def Crusaders (0)Women’s Pool C R.1: SQBD (8) def ACT (1)11.00amOpening Ceremony11.50amMen’s Pool C R.1: Suncoast (6) def SQBD (2)Women’s Pool C R.1: Hornets (6) def Rebels (1)Men’s Pool C R.1: Cobras (8) def SWQ (1)Men’s Pool A R.1: CQ (7) def Scorpions (1)12.40pmMen’s Pool A R.1: Suns (6) drew with Hornets (6)Men’s Pool A R.1: NSWCCC (12) def Crusaders (1)Men’s Pool C R.1: Mets (20) def NT (1)Men’s Pool B R.1: QSST (14) def NSWCIS (2)1.30pmWomen’s Pool A R.2: NSWCHS (10) def CQ (2)Men’s Pool B R.1: NSWCHS (10) def Eagles (6)Men’s Pool B R.1: NQ (12) def ACT (3)Women’s Pool B R.2: Suncoast (10) def Eagles (2)2.20pmWomen’s Pool C R.2: NSWCCC (14) def NT (3)Women’s Pool B R.2: Cobras (10) def Crusaders (1)Women’s Pool A R.2: NQ (9) def Scorpions (2)Women’s Pool A R.2: Mets (5) def Tasmania (3)3.10pmWomen’s Pool B R.2: QSST (10) def NSWCIS (1)Women’s Pool C R.2: SQBD (6) def Hornets (3)Women’s Pool C R.2: Suns (14) def ACT (0)Men’s Pool C R.2: SQBD (3) drew with Tasmania (3)4.00pmMen’s Pool A R.2: Hornets (13) def Crusaders (3)Men’s Pool A R.2: NSWCCC (4) def Scorpions (2)Men’s Pool A R.2: Suns (9) def CQ (3)Men’s Pool C R.2: Mets (13) def SWQ (3)4.50pmMen’s Pool B R.2: NSWCHS (6) def QSST (5)Men’s Pool B R.2: NQ (6) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool B R.2: ACT (8) def Eagles (6)Men’s Pool C R.2: Suncoast (4) def Cobras (2)Day Two Thursday 14/9/069.00amMen’s Pool B R.3: NSWCHS (6) def ACT (2)Men’s Pool C R.3: Mets (3) def SunCoast (1)Men’s Pool B R.3: QSST (5) def NQ (2)9.50amMen’s Pool C R.3: Cobras (6) def SQBD (1)Men’s Pool B R.3: Eagles (11) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool C R.3: NT (8) def Tasmania (1)Women’s Pool A R.3: Mets (5) def CQ (3)10.40amWomen’s Pool A R.3: NQ (13) def Tasmania (1)Women’s Pool C R.3: Suns (12) def Hornets (2)Women’s Pool B R.3: Suncoast (10) def Crusaders (0)Women’s Pool A R.3: NSWCHS (10) def Scorpions (0)11.30amWomen’s Pool C R.3: NSWCCC (8) def ACT (1)Women’s Pool B R.3: QSST (11) def Eagles (1)Women’s Pool C R.3: Rebels (8) def NT (3)Women’s Pool B R.3: Cobras (6) def NSWCIS (5)12.20pmMen’s Pool A R.3: Suns (19) def Crusaders (1)Men’s Pool B R.4: ACT (9) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool C R.4: SWQ (7) def SQBD (4)1.10pmMen’s Pool C R.4: Suncoast (8) def NT (1)Men’s Pool A R.3: Hornets (9) def Scorpions (1)Men’s Pool B R.4: QSST (8) def Eagles (2)2.00pmMen’s Pool B R.4: NSWCHS (12) def NQ (4)Men’s Pool C R.4: Cobras (12) def Tasmania (5)Men’s Pool A R.3: NSWCCC (6) def CQ (4)2.50pmWomen’s Pool A R.4: NSWCHS (11) def Mets (1)Women’s Pool C R.4: Suns (11) def Rebels (0)Women’s Pool B R.4: Eagles (11) def Crusaders (0)3.40pmWomen’s Pool B R.4: QSST (10) def Cobras (0)Women’s Pool C R.4: ACT (6) def NT (4)Women’s Pool A R.4: Scorpions (8) def Tasmania (2)4.30pmWomen’s Pool C R.4: SQBD (8) def NSWCCC (3)Women’s Pool B R.4: Suncoast (5) def NSWCIS (3)Women’s Pool A R.4: NQ (6) def CQ (3)5.20pmMen’s Pool A R.4: Suns (9) def NSWCCC (6)Men’s Pool C R.5: Suncoast (9) def Tasmania (1)Men’s Pool A R.4: Scorpions (6) def Crusaders (3)6.10pmMen’s Pool C R.5: Mets (10) def SQBD (1)Men’s Pool A R.4: CQ (7) def Hornets (6)Men’s Pool C R.5: SWQ (3) drew with NT (3)7.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.5: Suns (8) def NT (1)Women’s Pool C R.5: SQBD (4) def Rebels (0)Women’s Pool C R.5: NSWCCC (2) def Hornets (1)Day Three Friday 15/9/069.00amMen’s Pool C R.6: SWQ (9) def Tasmania (2)Men’s Pool C R.6: SQBD (7) def NT (3)Men’s Pool C R.6: Mets (11) def Cobras (0)9.50amWomen’s Pool C R.6: SQBD (9) def NT (1)Women’s Pool C R.6: Hornets (5) def ACT (2)Women’s Pool C R.6: NSWCCC (10) def Rebels (5)10.40amMen’s Pool B R.5: QSST (10) def ACT (1)Men’s Pool B R.5: NSWCHS (11) def NSWCIS (4)Men’s Pool A R.5: Suns (6) def Scorpions (2)11.30amMen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCCC (6) def Hornets (3)Men’s Pool A R.5: CQ (7) def Crusaders (2)Men’s Pool B R.5: NQ (5) def Eagles (2)Men’s Pool C R.7: Mets (14) def Tasmania (1)12.20pmWomen’s Pool B R.5: QSST (19) def Crusaders (2)Women’s Pool B R.5: NSWCIS (8) def Eagles (4)Women’s Pool C R.7: Rebels (4) def ACT (2)Men’s Pool C R.7: Cobras (8) def NT (1)Men’s Pool C R.7: Suncoast (15) def SWQ (4)1.10pmWomen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCHS (15) def Tasmania (0)Women’s Pool A R.5: Scorpions (8) def CQ (3)Women’s Pool C R.7: Suns (4) drew with SQBD (4)2.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.7: Hornets (5) def NT (1)Women’s Pool B R.5: Cobras (8) def Suncoast (4)Women’s Pool A R.5: NQ (8) def Mets (7)FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND STORIES:www.austouch.com.au has all the latest news and stories, as well as a photo gallery and match reports.FOR ALL THE LATEST DRAWS AND RESULTS:The 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Un plus grand nombre d’élèves de la 9e à la 12e année en Nouvelle-Écosse auront accès à un apprentissage pratique en matière de littératie financière, de préparation de carrière et d’entrepreneuriat pendant cette année scolaire. Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a annoncé un partenariat amélioré entre le gouvernement et les Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse, aujourd’hui 14 janvier. « La communauté des affaires et la communauté de l’éducation peuvent collaborer pour offrir aux élèves davantage de possibilités d’apprentissage en matière de choix de carrière et du monde des affaires », souligne Mme Casey. « En élargissant la prestation du programme des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires, nous stimulons l’innovation, la créativité, la résolution de problèmes, l’initiative personnelle et le travail d’équipe, et nous contribuons au développement des futurs entrepreneurs. » Les partenariats avec les entreprises locales et la prestation des programmes des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires est une façon dont le gouvernement modernise le système d’éducation dans le cadre du Plan d’action en matière d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement augmente le financement du programme des Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse de 50 000 $ à 125 000 $ pour l’année scolaire 2015-2016 afin de permettre la prestation d’un plus grand nombre de programmes qui permettront d’améliorer et d’appuyer l’apprentissage à différents niveaux scolaires : — Tous les élèves de la 9e année dans 382 classes à l’échelle de la province participeront au programme « L’économie pour le succès », qui permet d’améliorer la capacité des élèves de planifier et de gérer leur avenir éducatif et financier en développant leur aptitude au travail et leur efficacité interpersonnelle. — Le programme « Entreprise étudiante » sera offert aux élèves du deuxième cycle du secondaire dans tous les conseils scolaires en augmentant le nombre de programmes offerts de 29 à 35. Ce programme permet d’améliorer la pensée critique ainsi que les compétences en matière de présentation et de leadership. — Le nombre de programmes « Bien plus que de l’argent » offerts aux élèves de la 10e année sera doublé. Ce programme permet d’améliorer les connaissances des techniques de planification financière, la littératie financière, les acquis numériques, la gestion personnelle, la confiance en soi et la capacité de faire des choix judicieux en matière de placements. « Notre mission est d’inspirer et de préparer les jeunes à réussir dans l’économie mondiale », affirme Kristin Williams, présidente et directrice générale des Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nous sommes ravis de faire partenariat avec le gouvernement pour améliorer les programmes d’études offerts. En assurant un plus grand nombre de diplômés qui ont un certain niveau de littératie financière et un certain potentiel en matière de leadership, nous contribuons à la prospérité économique de notre province. » Les Jeunes entreprises viseront aussi à augmenter la participation parascolaire au programme de crédits de développement personnel offert par le ministère. L’expansion des programmes des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires est effectuée dans le cadre du plan d’action du gouvernement qui met l’accent sur des changements fondamentaux visant à renouveler, à réorienter et à rebâtir le système d’éducation pour la première fois en toute une génération. Le plan d’action peut être consulté au www.ednet.ns.ca. Pour plus d’information sur les Jeunes entreprises, consultez le www.janovascotia.org (en anglais seulement).
HALIFAX – A Halifax man convicted in the violent death of a Montreal-born yoga instructor and businesswoman is appealing his second-degree murder conviction and sentence.Nicholas Butcher was convicted of second-degree murder in April after a jury found he stabbed 32-year-old Kristin Johnston to death on March 26, 2016.The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold ruled in August that Butcher would be able to apply for parole after serving 15 years, less 880 days for time served.A notice of appeal filed recently cites several grounds for appeal, including that Arnold erred in allowing evidence of bad character, and hearsay statements of the deceased.The notice claims Arnold’s instructions to the jury were too lengthy and complicated for the jury to follow.It also says the period of parole ineligibility was too harsh.“The trial judge imposed a period of parole ineligibility which is manifestly excessive and unreasonably harsh in the circumstances, in part relying on aggravating factors not proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” said the notice, filed with the Court of Appeal on Sept. 11.The document sets out Butcher’s desired outcome of the appeal: “The conviction be quashed and a new trial ordered and/or the parole ineligibility period be reduced.”It also appears Butcher, 36, would prefer to be tried by judge alone if a new trial is ordered, as the document asks directly if he wishes to be tried by judge and jury.“No,” his notice said.Butcher was charged after police found Johnston’s body next to a steak knife on a blood-soaked bed inside her Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016.Butcher, a law school graduate who wasn’t able to find work in his field, was living with Johnston at the time of her death.Arnold recounted the harrowing details of the murder during Butcher’s parole ineligibility hearing in August.He described how Butcher read Johnston’s Facebook messages, which discussed her desire to end their common-law relationship.Butcher twice showed up unannounced to an apartment where Johnston was hanging out with friends, the second time finding her becoming intimate with someone. Butcher then demanded she return home with him.“Shortly after they arrived (home), Kristin Johnston changed her clothes and was lying in bed at her most vulnerable. Mr. Butcher then murdered Ms. Johnston. He put a pillow over her face and stabbed, slashed and cut her in the neck 10 times,” said Arnold.“Mr. Butcher then attempted suicide by cutting his own arm with a knife and a razor lying next to Ms. Johnston in bed. When this did not work, he stabbed himself in the neck 13 times. When this did not work, Mr. Butcher retrieved a mitre saw from storage in the basement, brought it to the bedroom, and then cut his own arm off.”The court heard that Butcher’s right hand had been surgically reattached.The 12-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury delivered its verdict after five hours of deliberation.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, had come to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.But it shuttered about a month before her death, and friends said Johnston wanted to leave her Halifax life behind, and was “ready for a new chapter” in Tofino, B.C., where her sister lived.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
“Anatomy of Violence” has a raw feel, with largely improvised scenes in New Delhi depicting the lives of the rapists from childhood onward. Some of them experience childhood trauma including molestation, rape and abuse by family members, as well as poverty. Advertisement “Anatomy of Violence,” which starts screening at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday, is a fictional dramatization of the lives of the rapists. Advertisement Deepa Mehta was in New Delhi visiting her mother in 2012 when news broke of a horrific gang rape there. “I think it was the second day where I thought, ‘I really don’t want to go back, put the script together and cast professional actors from Bollywood and do a film about the rapists,’ because it felt dishonest because what was evolving in front of me was very organic,” she said. “Yes, this is a very particular story, the context is the gang rape that happened in India in 2012, but it’s totally universal,” said Mehta. “It happened in Brazil a few months ago, it happens in Canada all the time. “And let’s not kid ourselves, rape knows no class — rich people rape — it knows no geographic boundaries. It is based on patriarchy, power, misogyny, how we bring up our kids. It’s the lack of equality, that’s what we have to talk about.”By Victoria Ahearn – The Canadian Press “I do hope that it brings up discussion about how society is complicit in how we bring up our children, the kind of education they have, the glass ceiling and how important equality is,” said the writer-director of the Oscar-nominated “Water.” “What was horrific about the whole process was that they threw the young couple out of the bus naked and it took some time for the police to come and get them.” The intent is to initiate a dialogue about the systemic issues, like misogyny and patriarchy, that lead to such violence and breed such individuals, said the acclaimed Indo-Canadian filmmaker. Mehta said she also hopes to elicit a sense of empathy for the rapists. “You have to own up to it, otherwise there will always be the monsters, and monsters are so easy to dismiss. But if the monster is your brother, that’s a problem.” Login/Register With: The film also gives a dramatized look at the life of the victim but doesn’t depict the actual rape. “I just think that if they hadn’t been brought up the way they were, that girl would not be a victim, she would not be dead. That’s food for thought, so why are people afraid of feeling that we’re responsible for them being the way they are? It’s also not just a film about what’s going on in India, she added. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I don’t feel compassion for them because they made a choice and they have to be responsible for that choice and that choice is a horrific, brutal choice,” she said. Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, was raped and beaten by six men for hours on a moving bus she was on with a male friend. She died two weeks later as a result of massive injuries sustained in the attack. Facebook “I have no desire to re-victimize the victim,” said Mehta. “It’s not about that poor young woman. It’s about what we make, these guys, these brutal rapists.” Advertisement “There’s something that’s so visceral about this experience, about the thought of a young woman in a moving bus being gang-raped, and the bus is going around an area of Delhi, passing six police posts and nothing happens,” Mehta, who grew up in New Delhi, said in a recent interview. Mehta said she initially wanted to make a scripted feature and went to New Delhi to hold improv sessions to come up with storylines. But as they started filming the improv workshops, she realized the material was too powerful to abandon. Twitter
Mumbai: Content consumption on television is increasing despite the burgeoning Over the top (OTT) industry, according to television rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC). Linear TV from 600 billion man minutes in 2015 has grown by 67 percent to 1 trillion in the last four years. There are 100 million homes yet to own a TV and still the size is two and a half times. Even from consumption standpoint, consumer consumed 3 hours and seven minutes of television on a daily basis in 2015 and this has gone up to 3 hours 53 minutes,” BARC India COO Romil Ramgarhia said at the Asia Video Industry Association event. This is despite all the plethora of OTT invasion that has happened in the last three years, Ramgarhia said. It has all been additive to television viewing and digital has eaten into leisure time, travel time and sleeping time, he noted. Television consumption remains rock solid. There is a sizable growth in consumption, he said. He noted that 93 percent of all video content consumption happens on linear TV while all OTT combined account for 7 percent. Almost 613 million viewers tune in to watch TV each day, just at 67 percent penetration. Regional has increased massively in terms of consumption he said, while noting that 75 new channels were added in 2018, of which 52 were regional. Regionalisation is what we see as s massive opportunity and a massive thrust that has happened on TV, he said. Ramgarhia said tier II towns are the next engine of growth for television. Advertising led video on demand is going to be the primary growth driver for the OTT sector. From 9 platforms in 2012 to 32 platforms in 2018, with more being added each year. Advertising led video on demand continues to drive the market, still 82 percent of revenues advertising led and 18 percent is what is subscription led video on demand, he said. The OTT space is estimated to be USD 500 million and expected to grow 10 times to USD 5 billion in the next five years, he said, adding that of the USD 500 million, 80-85 percent is advertising led video on demand. Advertising led video on demand is going to be the primary driver as far as India is concerned. Its a very price sensitive market. Advertising led video on demand is going to be a mainstay for some time to come, he said. He added that measurement would be a catalyst for advertising ecosystem on OTT space and there is a need for uniform currency matrix. BARC India also plans to launch its digital measurement service Ekam soon and is currently talking to industry stakeholders building consensus.
Established in 1978, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with ensuring that the area between the so-called Blue Line – separating Israel and Lebanon – and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets.The mission, which has more than 12,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, also cooperates with the Lebanese Armed Forces so they can fulfil their security responsibilities. In the unanimously adopted resolution extending the mandate, the Council also commended the positive role of UNIFIL, “whose deployment together with the Lebanese Armed Forces has helped to establish a new strategic environment in southern Lebanon.”It also condemned in the strongest terms all terrorist attacks against UNIFIL and urged all parties to “abide scrupulously” by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other UN personnel and to ensure that the freedom of movement of UNIFIL is fully respected and unimpeded. In the most recent attack on UNIFIL, five peacekeepers were injured on 26 July in an incident that took place near Saida, also known as Sidon, 55 kilometres north of the mission’s base at Naqoura. 30 August 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon until 31 August 2012.
MONTREAL – Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is cutting another 405 jobs in Canada due to the weakness in the mining sector and ongoing efforts to boost its profit margin.Spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin says the company will eliminate 186 positions in Montreal, 195 in Ontario and 24 in Saskatoon, says spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin.About 70 per cent of the positions are in the mining and metallurgy division.SNC-Lavalin’s office in Sudbury, Ont., will close, although employees will work directly with customers at their operations.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has a goal of increasing its adjusted margin to seven per cent next year, up from 4.3 per cent in the first nine months of 2016.Earlier this year, the The Montreal-based company cut 950 jobs around the world, including 600 in Canada. That followed the elimination of 4,000 positions in 2014.Despite the series of job cuts, SNC-Lavalin’s global workforce will be a little more than 39,000 at the end of the year, up 2,000 from a year ago due to hirings in other sectors.More hirings are expected next year as the firm opens an office in Kingston, Ont., that specializes in transportation.The company also plans to add 1,200 positions if it wins big infrastructure contracts and 300 positions in nuclear energy. SNC-Lavalin cutting 405 jobs in Canada mainly due to mining weakness by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 9:01 am MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Danilo Pinzon/World BankA wastewater treatment facility in Manila, the Philippines.China’s Sponge City aims to recycle 70 per cent of rainwaterFaced with an ever-increasing demand for water, China recently initiated a project, entitled ‘Sponge City,’ to improve water availability in urban settlements with the aim of recycling 70 per cent of rainwater.Over recent years, Ukraine has been experimenting artificial wetlands to filter some pharmaceutical products from wastewater based on evidence that wetlands alone can remove 20 to 60 per cent of metals in water and trap 80 to 90 per cent of sediment from runoff.The world has often brushed aside traditional and indigenous knowledge that embraces greener approaches – IFAD chief“For too long, the world has turned first to human-built, or ‘grey,’ infrastructure to improve water management. In so doing, it has often brushed aside traditional and indigenous knowledge that embraces greener approaches,” writes Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the foreword of the report. Despite emerging initiatives, the use of nature-based solutions remains marginal and almost all investments are still channelled to grey infrastructure projects, the report points out.The report is the fruit of collaboration between the 31 UN entities and 39 international partners that comprise UN-Water.The report, whose publication coincides with World Water Day annually observed on 22 March, was presented at the World Water Forum, which kicked off Monday and runs through Friday in Brasilia.The Forum aims “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels.”Also on 22 March, the UN will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018 to 2028, which aims to further improve cooperation and capacity-building towards the SDGs. “We need new solutions in managing water resources so as to meet emerging challenges to water security caused by population growth and climate change,” said Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the foreword of the UN World Water Development Report 2018.“If we do nothing, some five billion people will be living in areas with poor access to water by 2050,” she added.Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in 2015 seeks to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and, also access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.The report notes that the global demand for water has been increasing and will continue to grow significantly over the next two decades due to population growth, economic development and changing consumption patterns.If we do nothing, some five billion people will be living in areas with poor access to water by 2050 – UNESCO chiefDue to climate change, wetter regions are becoming wetter, and drier regions are becoming even drier. At present, an estimated 3.6 billion people, nearly half the global population, live in areas potentially water-scarce at least one month per year, and this population could increase to some 4.8 billion to 5.7 billion by 2050.The number of people at risk from floods is projected to rise from 1.2 billion today to around 1.6 billion in 2050, nearly 20 per cent of the world’s population. The population currently affected by land degradation, desertification and drought is estimated at 1.8 billion people, making this the worst natural disaster based on mortality and socio-economic impact relative to gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.The UNESCO Director-General said the report proposes solutions that are based on nature to manage water better.The report notes that reservoirs, irrigation canals and water treatment plants are not the only water management instruments at disposal.So-called ‘green’ infrastructure, as opposed to traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure, focuses on preserving the functions of ecosystems, both natural and built, and environmental engineering rather than civil engineering to improve the management of water resources, the report says.In 1986, the province of Rajasthan in India experienced one of the worst droughts in its history. Over the following years, a non-governmental organization worked alongside local communities to regenerate soils and forests in the region by setting up water harvesting structures. This led to a 30 per cent increase in forest cover, groundwater levels rose by several metres and cropland productivity improved.
Martin Engineering has added an online course to its library of FoundationsTM Training programs to help make the operation and maintenance of belt conveyors cleaner, safer, and more productive. Martin is expanding its workshop series into three customisable training programs, with the Operations & Maintenance Seminar available as an online course. The seminar takes an in-depth look at methods to improve the safety, performance, and payback of belt conveyors by controlling fugitive material and improving system efficiency. This online training is ideal for any personnel concerned with operating and maintaining belt conveyor systems. Topics of discussion include material handling basics, conveyor safety, belt alignment, belt cleaning, transfer point improvement, belts and splices, leading edge technologies, and dust management. After studying these topics, staff and operations will benefit by improving safety, justifying and validating investments, and increasing performance and profitability.Composed of nine one- to two-hour course modules with internet-based quizzes, the online course is designed to suit companies and personnel with difficulty in scheduling and attending a full-day live seminar. A certificate of completion will be awarded upon correctly completing all course materials.As with the live seminars, this online training draws material from Martin Engineering’s reference book, FOUNDATIONSTM 4th Edition, The Practical Resource for Cleaner, Safer, More Productive Dust & Material Control. FoundationsTM Training Programs qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs); they may also qualify for the Parts 46/48 Annual Refresher Training. To sign up for the training, visitors can go to Martin Engineering’s website, http://www.martin-eng.com/services/foundations-training-program to find information on pricing and registration.
Maptek I-Site Studio 6.1, released yesterday] includes new tools that streamline management of survey data. Users will be able to easily register laser scans to coordinate systems, including local mine grid coordinates. As soon as scans are brought into I-Site Studio they are ready for processing. There is no need to undertake custom transformations.“This new tool will save substantial time for surveyors working with mine coordinates,” explained Global Business Development Manager Laser Imaging Solutions, Jason Richards. “The biggest advantage is that users only need to specify a coordinate system once to use it thereafter.“They can also import the site geoid and .dc file for correct site parameters and save it into their site or project folder. I-Site Studio applies the geoid transformation when scans are imported and they automatically load in the predefined system.”Another option in the I-Site Studio 6.1 coordinates upgrade allows users to take a scan object or surface not already in a coordinate system and define it to a coordinate system, applying projections correctly.Users can also easily change between systems by choosing from predefined grid coordinate systems or the stored mine grid system.I-Site Studio 6.1 also includes improved support for continuous mapping with I-Site Drive.“Once a scan is imported into I-Site Studio, querying the scan extents reveals the scanning route and labels the track. The route geometry can be saved as a CAD file,” said Richards.“This upgrade builds on the earlier 2016 release of I-Site Studio 6 which delivered significant new 3D CAD, geology, geotechnical and production reporting tools. We will continue to support surveyors through workflow improvements.”
THEY SAY THAT friends are the family that you choose.But new research from Michigan State University suggests that they could be even more important.In a pair of studies involving nearly 280,000 people, William Chopik found that friendships become increasingly important to one’s happiness and health across the lifespan. Not only that, but in older adults, friendships are actually a stronger predictor of health and happiness than relationships with family members.“Friendships become even more important as we age,” said Chopik, assistant professor of psychology. “Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being. So it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.”For the first study, Chopik analyzed survey information about relationships and self-rated health and happiness from 271,053 participants of all ages from nearly 100 countries. The second study looked at data from a separate survey about relationship support/strain and chronic illness from 7,481 older adults in the United States.According to the first study, both family and friend relationships were linked to better health and happiness overall, but only friendships became a stronger predictor of health and happiness at advanced ages.The second study also showed that friendships were very influential – when friends were the source of strain, participants reported more chronic illnesses; when friends were the source of support, participants were happier.Chopik said that may be because of the optional nature of relationships – that over time, we keep the friends we like and make us feel good and discard the rest. Friends also can provide a source of support for people who don’t have spouses or for those who don’t lean on family in times of need. Friends can also help prevent loneliness in older adults who may experience bereavement and often rediscover their social lives after they retire.Family relationships are often enjoyable too, Chopik said, but sometimes they involve serious, negative and monotonous interactions.Read: A new species of frog wears its heart on its skin http://jrnl.ie/3430853 By Paul Hosford Jun 11th 2017, 10:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16 Comments Share Tweet Email4 Short URL Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM Friends could be more important than family “It’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.” 16,997 Views
Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of “The Froggy Robber,” who has made off with cash from a Vancouver bank and other banks in Oregon since October. The bank announced the reward on Wednesday in a press release, adding that the money is separate from another reward of up to the same amount being offered by the FBI.The serial bank robber has earned the nickname “The Froggy Robber” because he jumped over the teller counters at his targeted banks. Despite the light-hearted moniker, his alleged threats have been much more serious. In five incidents, he robbed bank employees at knifepoint.While all of those robberies happened in Oregon, Wells Fargo said in its release that the same man is suspected in a Feb. 12 robbery at a Vancouver branch of the bank.The Vancouver robbery happened just before 9:30 a.m. Police responded to the bank and began searching for the suspect, who allegedly jumped a counter during the robbery armed with a firearm or knife, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.
It’s time to eat green eggs and ham, for county kids who say “Thanks, ma’am” to volunteers at local schools, then declare “Yuck” or “Green eggs rule!”It’s another year for Clark County’s most verdant tradition celebrating Theodor Seuss Geisel — more commonly known to you and your kids as Dr. Seuss — with green eggs and ham inspired by the book of the same name. Beaches Restaurant and Bar owner Mark Matthias and a team of volunteers dished up green-tinted scrambled eggs and slices of ham to first-graders at Martin Luther King Elementary School on Wednesday. The beloved children’s author’s 115th birthday is Saturday.There’s still time for the community to take part in the literary festivities. The Clark College Bookstore is collecting copies of “Green Eggs and Ham” through Thursday. Donors can buy a copy at the store, located on the main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, for $6.85 plus tax. Those copies will be donated to Martin Luther King Elementary school kindergartners on Friday.
Feyenoord striker Robin Van Persie, has announced that he is set to retire from football by the end of the current season with the Dutch club.Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has lived a very fruitful career as a professional, he is set to retire in the same club where he began this adventure as he just announced on Wednesday.Ahead of next Sunday’s Klassieker between Feyenoord and Ajax, Robin Van Persie just confirmed that the time for him to hang up the boots should be when he is still having fun while playing football and this season is ideal for that decision.Robin had one of the most successful careers of any Dutch footballer in modern history, he lived an especially significant career for both Arsenal and Manchester United, clubs where he became a world-class player.After leaving his club in Holland looking for success in England, Van Persie arrived in Arsenal with the hope of winning many trophies under Arsene Wenger but he only won the FA Cup and the Community Shield.The Dutchman didn’t win a major trophy until Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United, where he won the 2012-2013 Premier League with the Red Devils.Robin also returned to his hometown club where he won the Cup, something that made him feel like his career was finally complete and ultimately decided on retiring this season.“When should I stop? That is normally at the end of this season. That’s the approach,” said Van Persie via Four Four Two ahead of Sunday’s Klassieker vs Ajax.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 will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football. I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title.”“How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord.”“I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether [the return to Feyenoord] is successful or not.”“I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players.”“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal – that is what the club also say – but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not,” he concluded.Important win yesterday, we keep going! Eyes on the prize! Trust the process 😁 pic.twitter.com/4VcXJOQ0yA— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) September 3, 2018