Neymar’s foot operation declared a success, but long recovery looms

first_imgOnly a short time later, Neymar, 26, was watching live coverage from his hospital room of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against Troyes, said Gerard Saillant, the doctor representing PSG in Belo Horizonte.Neymar should be discharged from the hospital early Sunday, Lasmar said.But PSG said that Neymar will not be able to return to training for at least six weeks. This followed an earlier statement from Lasmar that the star player would be out of action for at least two and a half months, maybe three.Neymar will definitely miss PSG’s make-or-break Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid next Tuesday.But if Lasmar’s prognosis of a nearly three-month wait is true, then Brazil will be scrambling even to get him ready for the World Cup in Russia starting in June.Neymar broke his fifth metatarsal — the bone leading to his small toe — during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on February 25. The striker — whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August — has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club.– ‘No split’ –Amid reports of tension between PSG and Brazil’s footballing authorities over Neymar’s medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would take charge of his recuperation.“The post-operation rehabilitation will begin immediately under the control of the club’s physiotherapist,” PSG said in a statement on their website.“An assessment will be conducted in six weeks in order to determine the possible date of his return to training.”Earlier, Paris newspaper L’Equipe reported that PSG believe Lasmar lied about Neymar’s condition.The report said that Neymar was initially found to have suffered a minor fracture and that PSG were shocked to hear Lasmar say on Thursday that it was a serious break requiring a longer than expected recuperation.Following the surgery, however, doctors stressed that there was no friction between PSG and Brazil’s federation, the CBF.“Contrary to what might have been written or said…, decisions already taken and those to come have had the complete agreement of Neymar of course, and of his family, all the staff at PSG, the medical staff, the organization and management of PSG, and the representatives of the CBF,” Saillant said. “There is absolutely no split, despite what was written.”Lasmar pointed out that physiotherapy would be done by Rafael Martino, who does work both for PSG and the Brazilian national team, which “shows the integration of all parties.”– World Cup still possible –After a remarkable turnaround in fortunes since the shambolic 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, Brazil are seen as top contenders in Russia.But a big part of that optimism depends on the talented Neymar, who missed that infamous humiliation four years ago through injury.Jose Luiz Runco, a former chief medical officer for the Brazilian team, told AFP that Neymar will walk with crutches after two to three weeks, exercise while putting weight on his repaired foot after about 60 to 75 days, and only then return to training.“He’s likely to recover pretty quickly because he’s an athlete and young.”Neymar arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of his Saturday operation © Twitter/AFP / Claire Dornald ClauzelA potential plus for Neymar is that the enforced break from competitive football may do him good.“When you think how exhausting the European season is, he could even arrive fresher than the others, both physically and emotionally,” said Cristiano Nunes, the physiotherapist for Brazilian club Internacional.Neymar may not be able to walk for a while, but he is already carrying the burden of a nation’s expectations.“The World Cup begins here today, with this operation,” said fan Iago Coura, 24, who came to the hospital with three friends. “Lasmar is the team’s best player right now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar is helped to his feet by Adrien Rabiot during PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday, in which he suffered a twisted ankle and a hairline metatarsal fracture © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBelo Horizonte, Brazil, Mar 3 – Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar underwent successful surgery on his broken foot Saturday, officials said, but it will be six weeks before anyone knows when the planet’s most expensive footballer will play again.The one hour and 15 minute operation at the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte “took place with great success, without any problem,” said Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, who led the procedure. last_img read more

Dont let Tina Fontaines murder fade away like all the others Mohawk

first_img(Editor’s note: This week APTN is presenting guest columns on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Wednesday is Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.)By Shawn BrantSpecial to APTN National NewsThe recent abduction and murder of Tina Fontaine should have been a game changer, but our response to the tragedy was as predictable as the certainty of her death. In the desperation that followed, we organized and attended vigils. This forum and traditional response, admittedly provides some comfort for the family and allows for renewed calls for a much deserved and necessary national inquiry, but nothing more.We knew in our hearts that the death of this 15-year-old was somehow different than the 1,200 women and girls who died before her, and for a brief moment, we almost dared to believe that an inquiry would be somehow forthcoming even though it had been denied dozens of times before. That hope was quickly muted when the Prime Minister’s Office repeated its weary talking points suggesting that they had ample information collected from the past 20 years and regurgitated the announcement of a promised a DNA database that could be used to identify a woman’s remains, once they had been found.No one stepped forward to challenge the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statements or his claims of representing the “government of action” on this issue, and no one challenged Harper’s claims that he has had in his possession, for this entire time, “all the information” he needs to fix the problem. Logically, if we are to accept the Harper’s claims of having all the answers then the government of Canada must also accept responsibility for the hundreds of deaths of Indigenous women and girls during its nine years in power and its failure to take any decisive action during that time. Weeks have now passed and the memory of Tina Fontaine, like all the others, has faded, but what is noteworthy and perhaps a contributing factor of the return to status quo is absence of determination, within our own leadership, to press this government for a political solution. Just three weeks prior to the recovery of Tina’s body from the ironically named Red River, the chiefs had reported that there could be “blockades” in response to the Transparency Act legislation implemented by government and compelling chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries. Blockades, it seems, were an appropriate response to prevent public scrutiny of chiefs’ expenses, but there was no mention or even suggestion of blockades for Tina Fontaine. White people believe, and it’s probably true, that we set up blockades for everything.A land issue? Set up a blockade.Forestry and resources – blockade.Rainy day – blockade.Water/housing/taxes – blockade/blockade/blockade.Nearly 1,200 dead Indigenous women and girls? … .It is a historical fact that, for the past 25 years, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga has answered every call for action. We have targeted attacks against Canada’s critical infrastructure, road and rail blockades, border crossing closures, economic disruptions and numerous days of action. Blockades and campaigns of economic disruption are effective ways to express our anger when our “sovereign rights” are threatened.For two decades we have waited for the Stolen Sisters issue to emerge to the forefront of societies consciousness because we believe that it has the qualities to encompass all our differences including cultural and geographical diversity that exist within our First Nations communities. We believe that the killing of our women and girls is the issue that transcends all barriers and serves as the foundation for a unified people capable of fighting and defeating an obstinate Canadian state. We believe that standing for this issue demonstrates the core values and principles of our people, however, we equally believe that inaction or perceived indifference can subject us to ridicule and suggestions of hypocrisy.It is a joke to profess that we are protectors of Mother Earth when we cannot protect the very mothers who give us life, and now, it is absolutely inconceivable to think that we could stand for any other issue when our daughters cannot freely walk down a street, without the risk of abduction, rape, torture and murder.In February of this year, our Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, served notice on Harper that we were prepared to take action to secure a national inquiry.Our battle strategy was based on the real belief that others would step forward to join us in taking decisive action and to seek justice for the families of the fallen. After seven days on the lines, two CN Rail shutdowns, an injured cop, smashed police vehicles and numerous arrests, it was painfully apparent that we were on our own.Since that time, Loretta Saunders, an Indigenous woman and her unborn baby were killed and dumped along a New Brunswick highway, another woman had her legs amputated and half of her face cut off because she was an indigenous woman, and of course and most recently, Tina Fontaine, who was murdered simply because she was an Indigenous girl.These women made tremendous sacrifices to the cause of awareness and the plight of First Nations women in this country and they should not be so easily dismissed.They serve as missed opportunities in the advancement of our social standing and the development of a real relationship with the rest of Canada. As certain as I was about the imminent death of Tina Fontaine, I am equally certain that another will soon be added to the growing numbers and we will be afforded another opportunity to do the right thing. Regrettably and irrespective of our courage and commitment, as one community we are unable to resolve this issue on our own. We stood ready for justice in the spring of this year and we stand ready now, for the guidance, genuine leadership and the willingness to end this human tragedy.last_img read more

MacKenzie Bezos joins Giving Pledge agrees to donate half her 37B fortune

first_img Comments Culture Share your voice Tags MacKenzie Bezos with her soon-to-be ex-husband Jeff Bezos. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images MacKenzie Bezos revealed Tuesday that she plans to give away at least half her massive fortune.Bezos, the soon-to-be ex-wife of Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, joined the Giving Pledge, an agreement among some of the world’s wealthiest people to donate at least half their money to charity in their lifetimes or in their wills. She is set to become one of the world’s richest people, worth about $37 billion, once her divorce becomes final in about a month.”In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos wrote in her Giving Pledge letter. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”The Giving Pledge mentioned her work along with Jeff Bezos in donating to marriage equality, cancer research, housing for the homeless and college scholarships for undocumented immigrants.Jeff Bezos, who is the world’s richest person, hasn’t joined the pledge. He will be worth $114 billion after the divorce is final and will remain in the top slot.”MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ’em MacKenzie,” he tweeted Tuesday.Her decision to join the pledge offers some clues about what she plans to do with her fortune when her divorce is final. She will receive 25% of Jeff Bezos’ Amazon shares.After being a minor player in the charity world for most of his career, Jeff Bezos in September unveiled the Day One charitable fund, with an initial investment of $2 billion to aid nonprofits focused on homelessness and to create a new network of preschools in low-income communities.MacKenzie Bezos joined more than 200 other individuals and couples who are taking part in the Giving Pledge, which was started in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and investor Warren Buffett. Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, is listed as the second richest person in the world and Buffett is the fourth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.  4 Amazon Jeff Bezoslast_img read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank beats SBI to become Indias 2nd most valuable lender

first_imgKotak Mahindra Bank pips SBIReuters filePrivate lender Kotak Mahindra Bank Monday surpassed country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) to become India’s second most valuable bank for the first time.HDFC Bank Ltd is country’s most valuable bank with a market capitalization of Rs 5.04 trillion.Shares of the Kotak Mahindra Bank managed by billionaire Uday Kotak surged 1.8 percent to a record high of Rs 1170.05 Monday. The market capitalization of Kotak Mahindra Bank was Rs 2.23 trillion, while SBI’s market value was Rs 2.22 trillion Monday.At the starting of 2018, SBI’s market value was 44 percent more than that of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Since then, shares of SBI have declined nearly 19 percent due to the posting of loss in December quarter and bad loan problems faced by state-run banks, while that of Kotak Mahindra Bank have risen 16 percent.After a $2 billion fraud allegedly committed by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi was detected at the Punjab National Bank’s Mumbai branch, public sector banks in the country have been hobbled by bad loans and rising defaults across the corporate sector and have cut back on big-ticket lending.Since then many banks reported exposure to financial scams and CBI booked various public sector officials and top management staffs.ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, YES Bank, Bandhan Bank, Punjab National Bank are in the top 10 positions according to market capitalization.last_img read more

Turkey US clash at talks on Syria pullout

first_imgThis handout photo shows Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin (R) speaking with US National Security adviser John Bolton following their meeting at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, on 8 January. Photo: AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemned comments by a key US envoy over the future of a US-allied Syrian Kurdish militia as a “grave mistake”, as tensions flared over Washington’s planned withdrawal from war-torn Syria.Erdogan’s comments came shortly after US National Security adviser John Bolton held talks in the Turkish capital with Erdogan’s adviser Ibrahim Kalin, in a key meeting focusing on the surprise US decision to withdraw its troops from Syria.But it was comments made by Bolton on Sunday in Israel that had already raised hackles in Ankara, when he suggested the retreat was also conditional on the safety of US-backed Kurdish fighters, considered terrorists by Turkey.”John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue,” Erdogan told his party’s lawmakers in parliament.US president Donald Trump caused a political storm last month when he announced the troop pullout, claiming to have succeeded in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group.Fighting continues however, with Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying IS suicide attackers had hit the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria late on Sunday, killing 23 of its fighters.The pullout, which Washington has since stressed will be gradual, was hailed by Erdogan as the “right call” in a column published Tuesday in the New York Times.But it has also raised concerns that Kurdish fighters would be exposed to the threat of a cross-border operation by their archfoe Turkey.No promisesUS-led coalition forces have provided air power and other support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in its operation to flush out IS from the last rump of its now-defunct “caliphate”.As part of this, American forces have worked closely with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, seen by Ankara as a “terrorist offshoot” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.That US military support for the YPG has shaken relations between Washington and Ankara.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo drew the wrath of the Turkish leadership last week when he said Washington would ensure “the Turks don’t slaughter the Kurds” in Syria as American troops withdraw.”That Turkey targets the Kurds is the most vile, the most dishonourable, the ugliest and the cheapest slander,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.But the Turkish leader made it clear that Ankara would not soften its stance against the YPG.”Those who are in the terror corridor in Syria will learn necessary lessons,” he said.After meeting Bolton on Tuesday, Kalin also urged Washington to take back all the weapons provided to Syrian Kurdish militia forces.He denied comments by Pompeo that Turkey had promised the US not to attack the Kurdish fighters.”Nobody should expect Turkey to provide assurances to a terror organisation,” he told journalists in Ankara.Bolton’s spokesman Garrett Marquis described the talks as “productive” and centred on “the president’s decision to withdraw at a proper pace from northeast Syria”.Military win ‘first step’When Trump first announced the pullout of 2,000 ground troops on 19 December, Ankara was a lonely voice among NATO allies welcoming the decision.Erdogan has promised Trump that Turkey could finish off the remnants of IS in Syria.”A military victory against the terrorist group is a mere first step,” he said in the New York Times, warning against premature declarations of victory.Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said Ankara would need so much support from Washington to completely eradicate IS, that it would be “to the point where the US military would essentially still be inside Syria”.Trump on Monday conceded that the fight against IS was not over.”We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!” he tweeted.Last month, Erdogan threatened to launch a cross-border operation against the YPG, east of the Euphrates River, which he said later would be delayed after Trump’s pullout order.Turkish military forces supporting Syrian rebels launched incursions into northern Syria against IS in August 2016 and against the YPG in January 2018.last_img read more

Women dont make first move when it comes to online dating

first_imgAll men please take note! In the online dating world, women do not like to send personal messages to initiate contact and later mating and would rather send “weak signals” than making the first move, a team of Indian-origin researchers has revealed.According to Jui Ramaprasad, assistant professor of information systems at McGill University, they still see that women don’t make the “first move” online.“Weak signalling is the ability to visit or ‘check out’ a potential mate’s profile so the potential mate knows the focal-user visited,” she noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The offline ‘flirting’ equivalents, at best, would be a suggestive look or a preening bodily gesture such as a hair toss to one side or an over-the-shoulder glance — each subject to myriad interpretations and possible misinterpretations.Much less ambiguity exists in the online environment if the focal-user views another user’s profile and leaves a visible train in his ‘Recent Visitors’ list. The researchers also found that users with anonymous browsing viewed more profiles. They were also more likely to check out potential same-sex and interracial matches. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSurprisingly, however, users who browsed anonymously also wound up with fewer matches than their non-anonymous counterparts. This was especially true for female users: those with anonymous browsing wound up with an average of 14 per cent fewer matches.Men often take the cue. “Men send four times the number of messages that women do,” said co-author Akhmed Umyarov, assistant professor at University of Minnesota, adding that the anonymity feature doesn’t change things so much for men. The team examined the impact of anonymous browsing via a premium online browsing service where 50,000 users were given free access to the feature for a month, enabling them to view profiles of other users without leaving telltale digital traces.“Even though people are willing to pay to become anonymous in online dating sites, we find that the feature is detrimental to the average users,” noted professor Ravi Bapna, co-author and the Carlson Chair in business analytics and information systems at Minnesota. The study, published in the journal Management Science, could lay the groundwork for further academic analysis of online dating sites. Experiments of this sort could be used in a range of online-matching platforms to help understand how to improve the consumer experience — though it’s important that the experiments are done ethically, the researchers added.last_img read more

Essential travel tips for vacation in summer

first_imgFrom packing summer friendly fabrics, to stocking up light snacks, there are many important things to keep in mind while planning a trip in summer, say experts.Go easy with clothing: If you are planning a vacation during the hot months, go easy with what you wear. Pack more of cottons such as comfy pants, loose tops and a light pair of shoes to combat the heat outside. Don’t forget your sunglasses for eyes protection, always wear hat when stepping out in the morning and sun block your skin at any cost. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSkip street food: Street food is always amazing but in summer, please skip the oily and fried items as it will lead to dehydration and gastroenteritis. Instead, try to munch on cool, watery foods like cucumber and watermelon through the day. These will help you stay hydrated too.Medicines are important too: Do not forget to carry some emergency medications like anti-emetics, anti-motility drugs and a few packets of oral rehydration powder. Also you can pack some acidity relief tablets for emergency.Cary your favourite pillow along with you to support your back if you are travelling by car, aircraft or bus.Take a break often. Do stop for rest room breaks, do light stretching in between so that you do not feel tired.last_img read more

Canadian agents honoured at Nexion Travel Groups annual conference

first_imgCanadian agents honoured at Nexion Travel Group’s annual conference Share LONDON — Two Canadian agents won top honours at Nexion Travel Group’s annual conference, CoNexion, currently taking place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.Melissa Erskine of iDream Travel in Burlington, ON, was honoured with the Rising Star Award for her significant sales growth and her commitment to professional education. Erskine, whose sales have grown threefold over the past year, joined the travel industry following a career in social work and now specializes in family-focused cruise groups.“When I wanted to make a career change, it seemed like travel would be ideal,” she said. “I love being part of Nexion Travel Group and chose to work with a host agency so that I could have access to the resources of a larger business. Their educational events, tools and marketing programs are second to none and I look forward to continuing to partner with Nexion Travel Group as I grow my business even more.”Also honoured at CoNexion was Shylar Bredewold of Odyssean Travel in London, ON, who was named NexionTown Townie of the Year. This award recognizes a Nexion Travel Group member who makes exceptional use of the company’s internal social platform, NexionTown, and goes above and beyond in guiding and advising fellow members.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“One of the best parts of joining a host agency is the opportunity to connect with and mentor others,” said Bredewold. “NexionTown gives me an easy way to help my fellow members all over Canada. As an added bonus, I have expanded my own network and refined by problem-solving skills.”Nexion Travel Group also recognized eight Canadian members as Circle of Excellence award winners. This sales award is given to top producers who have hit high sales goals and supported Nexion Travel Group’s preferred supplier partners.“I congratulate all of the Nexion Travel Group and award winners,” said Mike Foster, President of Nexion Travel Group – Canada. “From the incredible selling power of our Circle of Excellence winners, to Melissa’s inspiring story, to Shy’s willingness to generously give his time and advice to others, they all have one thing in common – they are elevating the role of travel advisor to the travelling public.” Tags: Awards, Conference, Nexion Canada Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more