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first_imgOutside the venue, dozens of demonstrators sought to revive a massive anti-government protest movement that had rocked Lebanon from October, before the virus forced a nationwide shutdown.They drove a noisy convoy of cars covered in slogans, drivers honking their horns and passengers brandishing the national flag and leaning out of the windows — while wearing face masks.Another item on the agenda of the three-day session were proposals for a divisive general amnesty, but that motion was sent back for revision by a parliamentary committee.”Today, instead of passing a general amnesty law… they could pass a law on the independence of the judiciary,” said Jad Assaileh, a young demonstrator.  Lebanon’s parliament voted to legalize growing marijuana for medical use on Tuesday, amid an economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.The lawmakers met in a 1,000 seat conference hall to maintain appropriate social distancing, while outside anti-government protesters demonstrated in a vehicle convoy.As the country struggles with a battered economy, MPs also approved the re-allocation of $40 million from a World Bank loan to help fight COVID-19, which has officially infected 677 people and killed 21 nationwide. “We want to recover the stolen money,” he said, referring to allegations that Lebanon’s ruling elite transferred billions out of the country while regular citizens were prevented from withdrawing their savings by the banks.Similar protests took place in the cities of Sidon and Tripoli.The vote to legalize the growing of cannabis for medical use was aimed at boosting revenues for the crippled economy.Lebanon previously banned growing, selling and consuming cannabis, but illicit production in the country’s east has developed over decades into a multi-million-dollar industry.Lawmakers also passed a law to fight corruption in the public sector and set up a national body in charge of stamping out graft. Topics :center_img No dollars Lebanon’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war is now compounded by the lockdown. Poverty has risen to 45 percent of the population, according to official estimates.Protests had petered out after a new government took office in January, and demonstrators have largely remained at home since the coronavirus lockdown started mid-March.But on Friday, hundreds again protested in Tripoli to mark six months since the street movement started to demand an overhaul of a ruling class widely deemed inept and corrupt.One of the most indebted countries in the world with a debt equivalent to 170 percent of its GDP, Lebanon defaulted on payments for the first time last month.As the country faces an acute liquidity crisis, banks have banned transfers abroad and gradually restricted dollar withdrawals until suspending them last month.The Lebanese pound has for decades been pegged to the dollar, but in recent months lost half of its official value on the black market.The official exchange rate remains 1,507 Lebanese pounds to the dollar. The banks earlier this month set their rate at 2,600 pounds to the dollar, but money changers were offering more than 3,200 pounds for the greenback on Tuesday on the black market.On Tuesday, the central bank asked banks to allow depositors with foreign currency accounts to withdraw their savings in Lebanese pounds at the “market rate”, likely to signify 2,600 pounds to the dollar. Discord over amnesty plan The proposal for a general amnesty to free thousands of detainees and to suspend arrest warrants for thousands more remains a contentious issue.Supporters — which include Shiite movements Hezbollah and Amal as well as the Sunni Future Movement — say an amnesty could lessen overcrowding in jails housing 9,000 prisoners.But its detractors, including the president’s Christian parliamentary bloc, say the bill is merely an attempt to boost popular support.The amnesty has long been a demand of the families of some 1,200 so-called “Islamist detainees”, most of whom hail from the Sunni-majority city of Tripoli, where the former premier’s Future Movement is dominant.They are accused of carrying out crimes including fighting and assaulting the army, taking part in clashes in the city, and planning explosives attacks.Families have also clamored for the release of thousands more detainees from the eastern regions of Baalbek and Hermel, where Hezbollah and the parliament speaker’s Amal Movement are powerful. Most of these are accused of drug-linked crimes including growing hashish illegally, or other offences such as stealing cars.last_img read more

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first_imgGetty Images)Despite being born in London, Gomes joined the United academy at the age of just six and has risen through the various age groups up into the first-team in subsequent years.Gomes has been no stranger to setting new records, becoming the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick for the club’s youth team aged 15 years, 11 months and 29 days, as well as being the first player born in the 21st century to play for the first-team when he made his debut against Crsytal Palace in May 2017.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat appearance on the final day of the 2016-17 season, also meant that Gomes became United’s youngest first-team debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953. Gomes has since represented United twice more, in last season’s FA Cup tie against Yeovil Town and for Solskjaer against Huddersfield in December.At international level, Gomes was involved in England’s U17 World Cup winning squad in 2017, scoring twice in the competition and coming on as a 90th-minute substitute during the 5-2 victory over Spain in the final. Tahith Chong is one of three teenagers in Manchester United’s squad for the game against Crystal Palace (Getty Images)From the ‘Busby Babes’ to the ‘Class of 92’ to ‘Solskjaer’s starlets’, perhaps?Manchester United’s proud history of integrating graduates from their esteemed academy has continued under their interim manager with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaning heavily on Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, amongst others, during his time in charge.Much has been made of the fact that United have named at least one of their academy players in every senior matchday squad since 1938 and quite rightly, it is a statistic that supporters have clung onto during the increasingly global phenomenon that is Premier League football.It is unlikely that it will stop anytime soon either, considering Solskjaer is currently negotiating a crippling injury list which has resulted in him dipping into Ricky Sbragia’s U23 squad to select his three most promising youngsters for Wednesday’s trip to Crystal Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Angel Gomes Kieran McKenna on Angel Gomes ‘Angel is clever and I think with him, first of all, he’s got a really fantastic attitude towards the game. He loves his football and is bright and curious. He’s interested in every training session and you can see that on the pitch.‘He’s always bright, always looking for his team-mates and always looking at the opposition too, trying to find a way to exploit any weaknesses they have got. He has a fantastic football brain really and a good attitude to go with it.’ Kieran McKenna on Tahith Chong’s promise ‘Tahith has hit the ground running in his time here and I think he’s just a fantastic professional. He has the right attitude to training and looks after himself really well off the pitch.‘He’s really personable and good with the staff and players, which has helped him to settle in quickly. On the pitch, everyone has been excited by his performances; he’s an eye-catching player.‘We’ll just keep pushing him to add to that with an end product so he can add goals and assists, as he has been doing, and can have a bright future in the game.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on James Garner ‘James Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, I’m sure he’ll do well.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the teenage trio would be involved against Crystal Palace (Getty Images)Included in Solskjaer’s travelling party down to London will be 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong, 18-year-old Angel Gomes and 17-year-old James Garner, all of whom will be hoping to make an impact in the absence of seasoned professionals like Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial and Lingard.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking about the trio pre-match, Solskjaer said: ‘They’ve been part of our training for a long time now and I’m sure Angel has been successful with England’s under-17s, the 2017 team with [Jadon] Sancho, [Phil] Foden and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, so he’s been a big part of that. I’m definitely sure that if he gets a chance he’ll do well.‘James Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, I’m sure he’ll do well and Chongy will be taking people on if he comes on. They’re ready, they’re kids.‘It’s hard if you’re a defender coming on if you’re 16 or 17 but as an attacker, you go out there and express yourself, and there’s your chance. They can win you the game, not lose it for you.’So without further ado, who are United’s latest crop of promising young players?Tahith Chong Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 27 Feb 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18Sharescenter_img Comment More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors James Garner Getty Images)The least well-known of the three having not appeared for the first-team yet, James ‘Jimmy’ Garner does appear to have plenty of admirers at Manchester United regardless with Solskjaer comparing him to his assistant manager Michael Carrick ahead of the Palace game.While Chong and Gomes are attack-minded players, Garner has developed at the opposite end of the pitch, playing in central defence and midfield for United’s youth team as well as for England at various age groups.Following an exceptional 2017-18 season, Garner was named the captain of England’s U17 squad for the European Championships last summer, leading the team to the semi-finals where they were defeated on penalties by the Netherlands.Like Chong, Garner was also selected to go on United’s pre-season tour under Mourinho and has been named on the bench for United’s Champions League game against Valencia and their FA Cup tie with Reading. Who are the three Manchester United youngsters who could feature against Crystal Palace? Tahith Chong featured for Manchester United in the FA Cup tie against Reading in January (Getty Images)Born in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, Chong started his career in the Netherlands, joining Feyenoord’s academy at the age of ten and developing his skills there for six years prior to moving to Manchester in 2016. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all credited with an interest in Chong before he signed for United.After making a seamless transition from the U18 to U23 team last season, Chong was included in United’s squad for their pre-season tour of America last summer and was handed a place on the substitutes bench by Jose Mourinho for October’s Champions League game against Juventus.Solskjaer did likewise in one of his first matches in charge against Newcastle before handing him a professional debut a few days later as a substitute against Reading in the FA Cup at the start of January.The Dutch youth international has predominantly played as a right winger for United’s youth teams and he is renowned for his speed, close control and propensity to cut inside onto his favoured left-foot. He’s also easy to spot, courtesy of his Marouane Fellaini-esque flowing curly locks. Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJames Garnerlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid have made an opening inquiry about the availability of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to a report in France Football.Advertisement The striker is out of contract in 2021 so the North London club are likely to cash-in on him rather than risk losing him on a free transfer. Promoted ContentThe Best Tarantino Movie YetPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime The Gunners would be demanding a fee in the region of €55m for the striker who has been prolific for the club since his January 2018 switch from the Bundesliga, scoring 61 goals in 96 appearances.Aubameyang has been linked to both Madrid and Barcelona at various points throughout this campaign, with both El Clasico clubs said to be keen to bolster their attacking options.center_img Read Also: Ideye reveals why he was dropped from 2014 World Cup squadLast month, a report in Diario Sport claimed that star striker Aubameyang would be willing to force a move to the Camp Nou this summer and he looks increasingly likely to exit the North London club.It is said by the report that the Blaugrana met with the 30-year-old’s representatives back in January when they became aware of a long-term injury to Luis Suarez.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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first_img latest who plays? gameday cracker silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Di Maria struggled to deal with the physical demands of European football initially “Then the 2008 Olympics changed my whole life. Argentina called me to play for the team even though I wasn’t starting for Benfica.“I will never forget that. That tournament gave me the opportunity to play with Leo Messi, the extra-terrestrial, the genius.“It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. All I had to do was run into space.“I would start running, and the ball would arrive at my feet. Like magic. “Leo’s eyes don’t work like your eyes and my eyes work.“They look side to side, like a human. But he’s also able to see the world from above, like a bird. I don’t understand how it’s possible.” 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Messi and Di Maria have remained firm friends ever since The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 He added: “You have to understand, I was 20 years old, and not even playing for Benfica.“My family was separated, I was at a moment of hopelessness before Argentina called me for that tournament.“In just two years, I won a gold medal, I started playing for Benfica, and then I got transferred to Real Madrid.”Argentina are still in with a chance of qualifying for the last-16 of this year’s tournament in Russia, despite being battered by Croatia in their last game.However, defeat against Nigeria will mean the squad will be returning to Buenos Aires far earlier than anticipated. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Popular Football news How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence center_img 3 RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted Lionel Messi has revealed how playing with ‘extra-terrestrial’ Lionel Messi at the Beijing Olympics changed his life.The Paris Saint-Germain star, who was relatively unknown at Benfica at the time, was a surprise call-up to the 2008 squad alongside the Barcelona star. 3 revealed And, in an interview with The Player’s Tribune, Di Maria revealed it was ‘the most fun’ he has ever had on the football pitch.“When I got to Benfica, at age 19, I barely played for two seasons,” he said.“My father gave up his job to move to Portugal with me, and he had to be separated by an ocean from my mother.“There were nights when I heard him on the phone with my mom, and he was crying because he missed her so much. “At times, it seemed like a huge mistake. I wasn’t starting, and I wanted to quit and go back home. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Having moved from his native Argentina to Portugal with his father, Di Maria struggled to make an impact in the Primeira Liga.Originally deemed too small, he came back ahead of the 2008/09 season with a renewed sense of confidence.Just two years later, he was seen as one of the brightest young talents in the world and became Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Real Madrid boss.And it all came from that magical summer playing alongside Messi. Angel Di Maria scores in the 2008 Gold Medal final for Argentina last_img read more

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