Man Utd sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Koulibaly at Anfieldby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Kalibou Koulibaly.The Red Devils fell 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after falling 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.Manager Jose Mourinho is desperate for defensive reinforcements this January and Koulibaly is his number one target.And according to The Sun, United have recently had people in the stands watching the Senegalese centre-back.An Old Trafford source said: “The club had people there and it wasn’t just to run the rule over Liverpool.”They wanted to see what Koulibaly was like against English opposition after watching him a few times in Italy.”He impressed everyone and the need for players at the back has never been more evident.”It is reported that United are willing pay £90m for the 27-year-old. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
SMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. has launched a Latin American subsidiary and acquired a Colombian medical marijuana company.The Canadian licensed medical marijuana producer says it has issued nearly 1.2 million shares it valued at about $45.7 million to acquire Spectrum Cannabis Colombia, which previously operated as Colombian Cannabis.Canopy also says it will make four payments of up to 524,576 shares it valued at about $20 million each on the satisfaction of certain milestones.Canopy LATAM Corp., the company’s new Latin American affiliate, will be led by Antonio Droghetti.Under the deal, Canopy will also issue 595,184 shares valued at about $24.5 million to the shareholders of Canindica, a company controlled by Droghetti. Canindica shareholders may also receive four additional milestone payments valued at about $12.2 million to be paid in shares.Canopy has also agreed to make an additional payment on July 4, 2023, to those who have completed all of their milestones by that date.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)
Sam Paschel is the CEO of Zero Motorcycles Inc., a privately-held company based in Scotts Valley, California, that designs and makes electric motorcycles and powertrains, including fleet vehicles for police and the military. The company was started in 2006 by Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer.The Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.__Q: How has your industry changed over the last decade or so?A: Zero is driven by two separate dynamics: the trends in the electric vehicle space and those in the traditional motorcycle market.In the traditional motorcycle market, overall volume peaked most recently in 2007. After the financial collapse of 2008, the market has seen a slow and steady climb but still hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels.The electric vehicle market has seen explosive growth driven by improvements in technology, infrastructure investment and rapidly growing acceptance of electric vehicles generally. We are very fortunate that our business has consistently followed the trends in the electric vehicle space and hasn’t been limited by slower growth in the motorcycle market.Q: How much attention do you pay to your competition?A: We’re a challenger brand with a disruptive product. We look at the competition in an effort to understand the areas where we need to conform to industry practices and standards to connect with consumers, and where we can break from convention to meet consumers’ needs most effectively.Q: You testified before a U.S. House committee to make the case for extending consumer tax credits for two- and three-wheel plug-in vehicles. You said it was a critical time in your company’s development and for an emerging American industry. Can you explain?A: Zero is just winding down the best year in its history. We’ve seen incredible growth because of the support from our dealers and the years of work we have put into perfecting our motorcycles and our powertrain. The electric motorcycle market is now international and competition is heating up. Several of our key competitors are located in countries in the European Union and around the world with more progressive tax policies for two- and three-wheel electric vehicles.We can make those vehicles one of the next great homegrown industries. But without that same tax-credit support here at home, where most of our volume historically is located, we run the risk of wasting our head start.Q: How did the lack of a tax-credit extension affect the company and sales? Are motorcycle buyers sensitive to tax credits?A: We’ve seen a strong link between the presence or absence of tax credits and the pace of growth both domestically and in international markets. As tax credits become available for electric vehicles, our sales consistently and dramatically outperform years in which those same credits were absent.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press
The US Fish and Wildlife Service will soon propose a rule to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in the continental United States. “Recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink with the help of the ESA,” a US Fish and Wildlife service spokesperson said. The gray wolf received protection from the ESA in the 1970s, when the population dwindled due to declines in their prey populations and frequent conflict with farmers and ranchers. Today there are estimated to be more than 5,600 gray wolves in the contiguous United States. As a result, the species was delisted in Wyoming in 2017, and hunting for the animals resumed. Gray wolves in Alaska are not protected under the ESA. There are between 7,700 and 11,200 gray wolves in the state. Wolves have never been threatened or endangered in Alaska, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The move to delist has stirred up controversy with conservationists. The Center for Biological Diversity called the proposal “a death sentence for gray wolves across the country.” “The livestock industry and trophy hunters want wolves dead, but we’ll make sure the feds fulfil their obligation to restore wolves across the country,” Collette Adkins, a senior attorney at the Centre, said. On the other hand, the American Farm Bureau Federation supports the decision, saying that farmers will be able to defend their livestock. “Populations have reached critically high numbers in many states, so high, in fact, that wolves are not just preying on livestock, but pushing elk and deer onto US farms and ranches, which leads to even more destruction,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. A few things have to happen before the species can be officially delisted. “Once the proposed rule has been published in the Federal Register, the public will have an opportunity to comment,” said a US Fish and Wildlife service spokesperson. The Centre of Biological Diversity plans to fight the proposal. “Once again, we’ll take it to the courts and do everything we can to stop this illegal effort to kill wolf protections,” said Adkins. If the species is delisted, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to monitor gray wolf populations for at least five years, according to the Endangered Species Act. This isn’t the first proposal to remove the species from the ESA list. In 2011, they were delisted in the Western Great Lakes area (including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and then relisted again.
New Delhi: Immediately after the formation of newly elected government at the centre, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohon Singh will retire from Rajya Sabha along with another Congress member Santiuse Kujur from the state of Assam.But the question of re-nomination for both them is almost ruled out as the Congress party does not have enough strength to reelect them. Both Dr Singh and Kujur will retire on 16th June of this year. Next, in the month of July, another six members will also retire from the house of elders. All of them were elected from Tamil Nadu. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress party does not have enough legislatures in Tamil Nadu to get elected anyone. In this circumstance, the political fate of former Prime Minister is hanging in the balance, sources said. Immediately, there will not be any vacancy from other states. In this circumstance, consecutive five-time elected Dr Singh will be out of the Parliament. It’s not clear whether Dr Singh will prefer to keep himself away from the active role as a parliamentarian. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the course of seat negotiations in Bihar, apparently, BJP had promised to accommodate Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan in Rajya Sabha from Assam. Paswan himself announced this decision in a press conference in Delhi recently. And for that reason, he opted out from contesting in the Lok Sabha poll. But Paswan’s nomination from Asaam appears doubtful as state BJP raised a red flag to accommodate anyone outside the state. Sources close to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal did confirm that BJP president Amit Shah had a discussion with a local party for ensuing RS election. But Paswan’s name was never figured in the discussion. BJP does not want to discuss this issue before the Lok Sabha poll as it might affect ongoing election process, especially in Bihar where ruling NDA has a lot of stakes. Presently in Assam legislative assembly BJP has a strength of 61 members and they have an alliance with AGP which has 14 MLAs and Bodoland People’s Front with 14 MLAs. Congress has only 25 MLAs and they form an understanding with All India Democratic Front, a party of minorities, which has 13 MLAs. By simple arithmetic BJP can wrests both the seats from Congress easily. BJP has already given an assurance to AGP to accommodate one of their members in Rajya Sabha. And second seat from their own. Earlier, once Congress party accommodated Sanjay Sing of UP in Assam which created a lot of dissension within the party. BJP does not want to repeat that exercise. These days sentiments against “outsiders” are running high. In this circumstance, nomination for Paswan will face a lot of opposition in the state.
The only other past superstars who’ve played in a higher percentage of their teams’ total games are Karl Malone and John Stockton. (It’s fitting that a player nicknamed “The Mailman” appeared in 100 percent of potential games 10 different times in his career.) But even they had their injuries. In Malone’s case, he tweaked his right knee in his final season and missed nearly half of the regular season. (To be fair to Malone, he was eight years older than James and five seasons deeper into his career.) Meanwhile, Stockton injured his MCL in 1997, forcing him to sit out the first 18 games of that year.4Stockton was three years older than James at the time, but he was at the same point in his career — the 14th season.He’s been equally great when compared to the five other active players with the highest career win share. For all the many things LeBron James is praised for, from his ability to set up his teammates to his capacity to take over a game, his most underappreciated quality may be his most obvious: He’s always there.Since entering the league in 2003, James has never sat out for more than 15 percent of a season (regular and playoffs combined). Among players of his caliber, past and present, that’s unprecedented. Stephen Curry had ankle issues at the start of his career; both Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant experienced late-season injuries that forced them to miss the playoffs in, respectively, 2000 and 20131Duncan, however, was incredibly healthy most of the time — he still ranks No. 3 among the retired greats we looked at.; and Michael Jordan broke his foot in his sophomore season. Then there’s James. He’s never missed a playoff game, and even though he has the sixth-most regular-season minutes of all time among players at the same point in their careers (within their first 14 years in the league), the most severe injuries he’s incurred are a sore back and knee and some untimely cramps.Quantifying a player’s durability is a bit tricky because the NBA doesn’t keep track of games missed due to injury, which leaves us no way to distinguish physical issues from other reasons for missing games, such as paternity leave or regular rest. The best we can do, then, is to look at the number of games a player appeared in as a portion of the number of games they could have appeared in. The higher the percentage of possible games played, the more durable the player is.2Keep in mind that is only a rough measure, and there’s no way to adjust it for changes in the way the game is played. James has missed more games for rest than players did in the past, which deflates his durability percentage somewhat relative to theirs. On the other hand, getting that rest may have made him more able to avoid injury than those past players, which would inflate his numbers.This year, James appeared in 74 out of a possible 82 games during the regular season and has played in all 12 of the Cavaliers’ playoff games — that’s a 91 percent appearance rate. By itself, that statistic is unremarkable. But when you put it in context — James has played in at least 85 percent of his teams’ games in every season of his career — you see something special.Here’s James compared to the five inactive players with the highest career win share since 1980.3We’re only counting win shares earned after the 1980 cutoff point, which is why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time leader in win shares, is not on the list even though he played part of his career in the ’80s. Truth is, James has been even healthier than those numbers would suggest, because potential games played is a conservative estimate of durability. Some of the games James missed weren’t because he was injured, but rather because a coach decided to rest him for meaningless games at the end of a regular season. (A philosophy that Malone is happy to remind people didn’t exist in his day.)All this is even more impressive considering the bruising style of basketball James is known for. Among active players, no one has gone to the free-throw line more than James. It’s almost unbelievable that a player who plays such physical ball has stayed so healthy since, as we’ve seen in this year’s playoffs with Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Isaiah Thomas, it only takes one misstep to end someone’s season.
Jose Mourinho believes Ronaldo’s Juventus move is the complete transfer, according to Sports Mole.Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho has congratulated Juventus on the signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, calling it the “complete transfer”.The Italian champions shocked the football world when they agreed to sign the Portuguese superstar for a fee thought to be around £105million.Despite his obvious age, Jose believes Juventus pulled a coup signing the five-time Balon d’Or winner from Madrid, while also saying the transfer will make the Serie A a force to be reckoned with once again.“It has become three-dimensional. The whole world now looks at Italy with Ronaldo, Spain for Messi and England for the Premier League,” Jose told Teleradiostereo.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Spain no longer have the two best players in the World, one of them has move to Italy while the Premier League still remains the most competitive in Europe.”“Things change quickly in football, the Serie A has become the most important once more with Ronaldo joining Juventus as well as Inter and Roma emerging from the shadows.”“Juventus are contributing quality and excitement to the Italian league and for that I congratulate them.”Ronaldo completed his move to Juventus on Monday and the all-time Real Madrid top scorer will be hoping to add the Scudetto to his impressive haul.
Spanish striker David Villa, explained the reason behind his decision to leave New York City FC and sign a new contract for Vissel Kobe.You may have already found out about the new destination that striker David Villa chose to continue his career, the Spaniard just announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the MLS and he announced that he will play in Japanese club Vissel Kobe.But we still hadn’t heard any details from the man himself after the announcement, he just offered a press conference in which he explained why he chose Vissel Kobe to continue his retirement years.To those who are not aware, David Villa is set to join Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in the Japanese club that is putting together a very ambitious project under Spanish manager Luis Manuel Lillo.Villa is already in Japan where he already gave a press conference as a player for his new club, he was very clear about his reason behind the new adventure he is undertaking and revealed that he is very happy to join former teammates Andres Iniesta in the club.Both Spaniards made history with the Spanish National Team between 2008 and 2012, they also shared a dressing room at FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola during the same period of time.My new club.https://t.co/jC8UcI6ZjI— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) December 1, 2018“In my years as a professional footballer, I have had to make many important decisions. For an athlete, the ones made off the field are the hardest, and I find myself in another one of those moments now,” Villa said via Goal.“Throughout my career, I have always listened to my body, people around me, and my instinct most of all.”“In those moments of doubt, I hope that a sign, a detail or something gives me clarity. A new challenge awaits, Asia.”“I take care when making such big career decisions, I need to know a club really wants me,” he added.“I love to feel welcome and I felt that from Vissel Kobe. That’s a big reason. “When I got the offer from Vissel I called Iniesta and my wife called Andres’ wife.”“The city of Kobe, the wonderful times with family, hearing about the club’s togetherness and their project – I got a good impression of the club from Andres.”“He was my team-mate as well as my friend for many years. It’s great that I can challenge myself in a new project with him,” he concluded.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…Bienvenido a @vissel_kobe, Guaje! Feliz de volver a compartir vestuario contigo 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7VillaWelcome to @vissel_kobe Guaje! Happy to play with you again 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7Villa pic.twitter.com/a8iBwE3z8U— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 1, 2018In his time alongside Andres Iniesta, David Villa has won a combined two European Championships (2008 and 2012), a World Cup in 2010, the 2011 Champions League, as well as two La Liga trophies amongst other titles alongside Andres.Villa was able to develop a unique attacking relationship and an understanding that is very rare in football, these details are what made his decision to play for Vissel Kobe all that much easier.David is about to turn 37 years old next Monday, a fitting age for a retiree to play one last season before hanging up his boots.But even if he is already a seasoned veteran in football, we can be certain that he will deliver many goals for Vissel Kobe because he still is at a very high level of performance.The 80 goals he scored for New York City FC, as a testament of what David Villa is still capable of doing.From the very start of his career with the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe can already be considered a title contender due to the impressive attacking trio they have with both Spaniards and German forward Lukas Podolski.El equipo que está armando Vissel Kobe 🇯🇵3 campeones del mundo🏆Andrés Iniesta 🏆David Villa 🏆Lukas Podolskihttps://t.co/E8Iz18eTaJ pic.twitter.com/ZTk9fFKIlq— Futbol Picante (@futpicante) December 1, 2018How many goals will David Villa score for Vissel Kobe? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Elseid Hysaj’s agent claims the player could have completed a switch to Chelsea and could still secure a move away from Napoli if he fails to become a regular.The Albanian full-back has fallen down Ancelotti’s pecking order and his representative is unhappy given he could have left last summer.“He could have gone with [Maurizio] Sarri to Chelsea, but Ancelotti blocked everything,” Mario Giuffredi fumed in a quote cited on Football Italia.“He even publicly said recently that he was counting on him for this last period, but the facts say that in the last four games, Hysaj has only played one.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“Therefore that probably means he’s not too important for the Coach. If Ancelotti no longer considers him a starter, and wants to remove the disturbance, we’ll do it.“Hysaj doesn’t deserve this bad treatment, considering how much he’s given Napoli in the last three years, and also because it’s professionally correct to be clear in life.“Maybe it’s just a transitional phase, but every Coach makes his choices and it’s right that’s the case. So if Hysaj has become the fourth choice it’s only right they communicate that to us.“If this is a transitional phase we’ll soon see Hysaj as a starter again, or at the very least playing more consistently, but if Hysaj is no longer valued by the Coach we’ll ask for a transfer in January.”
The former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim footballer feels like at home with his new German Bundesliga club and hopes to show good quality football.A week after leaving German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for VfB Stuttgart, Steven Zuber talked to the press for the first time.“Stuttgart are a big club who obviously shouldn’t be in the position they’re in at the moment. Their current position in the table is of no great importance to me,” he told the club’s official website.“Being near the top or further down the table doesn’t affect my personal approach. I always look at things on a game-by-game basis and want to win every single one.”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.“You start from scratch every matchday, and each time there are three more points up for grabs. The discussions with Michael Reschke and Markus Weinzierl were much more important [in persuading me to join the club]. They totally convinced me,” he explained.“I’ve already looked at a couple of flats here in Stuttgart and think I’ll move into one of them soon. I think I’ll feel at home quickly.”“I’m also on the right track in sporting terms after my ankle injury. I was able to participate in parts of training yesterday and hope to be able to train normally again this afternoon,” he added.“I obviously want to settle in quickly and give my all right away, but I need to wait for permission from the doctors and physios, who need to keep my enthusiasm under control.”