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Messi played South Africa friendly due to ‘contractual issue’ – Valverde

first_img0Shares0000FBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEBARCELONA, Spain, May 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante.Levante’s shock 5-4 victory ended Barca’s hopes of completing their first ever unbeaten La Liga season in what was their 37th, and penultimate, match of the campaign. The result placed added scrutiny on Valverde’s decision to rest Messi, who was not even included on the bench at the City of Valencia Stadium, as Barca chased an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.But Messi did come on as a substitute in South Africa three days later as Barca took part in a friendly to contribute to celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.“In South Africa I played him for 15 minutes because of a contractual issue,” Valverde said on Saturday. “But he has helped us a lot and the idea now is to rest him.”Messi has made 57 appearances for club and country this season and with Barcelona’s domestic double already confirmed, his next focus is Argentina and this summer’s World Cup.Valverde indicated Messi is also likely to be spared Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Real Sociedad.“Messi has played a lot of big matches, even sometimes playing with discomfort,” Valverde said. “Now the plan is to rest him a little.”Barca will be hoping to finish on a high against Real Sociedad as Andres Iniesta plays his final game for the club.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s academy 22 years ago and Valverde accepts the Spaniard will be impossible to replace.“We shouldn’t make the mistake of trying to find an Iniesta replica because we’re never going to find one,” Valverde said. “We will all have to make up for his absence together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Geocaching Word Search

first_imgThere are 33 geocaching related words in this word search. Share your finds in the comments section. Courtesy of beagle39z Check back on Monday, November 26th for the answers. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Word Search AnswersNovember 26, 2012In “Community”Geocaching Connections: Associations and ClubsDecember 23, 2013In “Maker Madness”14 Km Geocaching Hike Starting after 10pm – That’s PortugalJuly 15, 2014In “Local stories”last_img read more

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Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds

first_imgSmart meters, those wireless devices that tell the power company how much electricity you’re using, have come under fire for everything from inaccuracy to invading privacy. But in Arizona, a public health study has concluded the devices are unlikely to pose a health risk.According to an article posted at the web site AZCentral, the state’s Department of Health Services reviewed scientific literature and worked with another state agency on a testing program to make sure meters were operating at their correct radio frequencies.Researchers tried to create a “worst-case scenario” of radio wave exposure that a homeowner with an installed smart meter might experience.“None of the measured radio frequencies power density [is] at levels of public health concern,” the report says. “With the available information, exposure to meters [is] not likely to harm the health of the public.”Electric utilities have been installing smart meters all over the country, but they’re controversial. Some ratepayers don’t want them installed on their houses; others have claimed a variety of health issues are caused by the radio waves the meters emit, and say the meters are a threat to privacy.The Arizona Corporation Commission has asked for the study after thousands of ratepayers complained about them. Public health researchers found that some studies have suggested that radio waves have the potential to affect human physiology, the report said, but studies “cannot conclude that the cellular changes necessarily lead to disease.”One utility, Arizona Public Service Company, has proposed a $75 opt-out fee for those who don’t want the meters, plus another $30 a month. Regulators have yet to make a decision.For more information on this topic, see the GBA report by Martin Holladay: EMFs and Human Health.last_img read more

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Facebook Delays Privacy Policy Updates

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos readwritecenter_img Tags:#Facebook#FTC#now#privacy A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Changes to Facebook’s data use policy announced a week ago will not be rolled out until next week, according to the LA Times. The proposed changes include adding profile photos to Facebook’s facial recognition database, and clarifying the use of personal information for advertising purposes. According to the Times, the Federal Trade Commission has been asked by six consumer watchdog groups to block Facebook’s proposed changes. The policy updates were in response to a privacy lawsuit filed in 2011 that the company settled for $20 million last month. last_img read more

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‘I can make history again’: Novak eyeing second ‘Djoko Slam’

first_img“I know it’s two weeks potentially long, and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”Twelve months ago, Djokovic dropped out of the world’s top 20 after a shock quarter-final loss to Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros and even pondered skipping Wimbledon, but he has instead reclaimed his place at the top of the game.He won his second Wimbledon last July and followed it up with back-to-back triumphs at the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.“It’s quite (a) different situation for me now than it was 12 months ago, obviously. Very different,” the 32-year-old added.A single break in the opening game of the match proved enough for Djokovic to take the first set, and the Serb raced through the second in under half an hour.ADVERTISEMENT The Serbian is one of only three men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won four straight Slam tournaments, after his first, and so far only, French Open title in 2016.Now he can follow in Australian great Laver’s footsteps by achieving the feat twice with victory in the final in Paris on June 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament,” said Djokovic.“It’s not a secret. But at the same time, it’s not the first time that I’m facing these kinds of circumstances. It’s not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 22-year-old Hurkacz, who has claimed three wins over top-10 players this season, had no answer as Djokovic sealed a second-round spot after another dominant set on his first match point.“I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks. That’s what happened,” he said.“Even though I never played him (before), never faced him in (an) official match, I still felt he can be a great threat if I allow him to play his tennis.”Next up for Djokovic is Swiss world number 104 Henri Laaksonen for a place in the last 32.“I don’t know too much about him, to be honest. I never played against him, and I did watch him play maybe once or twice.“I’m going to have to do my homework and see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic flashes a thumbs up as he celebrates winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)World number one Novak Djokovic said that he “can make history again” as he looks to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time, after easing into round two at the French Open on Monday.Djokovic laid down an early marker at Roland Garros, powering past promising Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Rs 5 lakh sponsorship to 1000 aspiring athletes under new Khelo India scheme: Rajyavardhan Rathore at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government is mulling to give a huge push to sporting culture in the country. Union Minister Sports and Youth Affairs Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that the government would soon be launching Khelo India programme.Rathore said that Khelo India programme would be launched at the national level. “Khelo India is going to be a broad-based sports programme. A scheme has been made to boost investment not only on pure infrastructure like stadiums but also on soft infrastructure,” Rathore said.He said under the present set up players show their skills at school level and if they perform well they are sent to regional level and then to national level. “But, many parents face the problem of financing the sports activity,” Rathore said.”Now, we will organise a national level event, which will be broadcast live for six days. All the players will be provided accommodation in 3-star hotels. All the players will be drawn from school level competition,” Rathore said.He further said, “After the Khelo India’s inaugural event, we will select 1,000 players. For these players, sponsorship is major problem. The government of India will be their sponsors. We will provide Rs 5 lakh to all these players for eight years.””Every year we will be adding 1,000 more players to the pool. We will have a bunch of 5,000 players in five years who will be getting sponsorship from the government. We have earmarked Rs 250 crore for this purpose,” Rathore said.Besides, Rahtore, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also participated in the discussion at Agenda Aaj Tak. Rijiju said that the sport ministry should focus on promoting sporting culture in the country.advertisementHe also spoke on the importance of fitness. Rijiju said, if you are physically fit you can be mentally sound. “Being a minister is a matter of luck, but being fit is a choice that no one can deprive me of,” said Rijiju, who is known to work out at gym for hours to keep him fit.last_img read more

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