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1  General Category / General Forum / Japan failed to take another step towards the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysh on: March 17, 2023, 11:25:28 am
Japan failed to take another step towards the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysh

2  General Category / General Forum / Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag keen to replace Ronaldo i on: December 11, 2022, 12:49:43 am
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to find a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo when the transfer window opens next month.

Ten Hag has already admitted he did not want to lose the striker, 37, but his destructive interview with Piers Morgan made it impossible to keep him.

Ronaldo's exit means United are short on numbers up front and Ten Hag will assess top-level number nine options.

"We will do everything in our power [to sign the right player]," he said.

While they do not exactly fit the template, Ten Hag likes fellow Dutchman Cody Gakpo, 23, at PSV Eindhoven, and Benfica's 21-year-old frontman Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick when he replaced Ronaldo in the Portugal side for their World Cup last-16 win against Switzerland.

"I cannot give comments on specific players," added the United boss. "I will never do that. Players have contracts and I respect that.

"We are doing research on every opportunity and we do everything we can if that opportunity is there to contract them."

Persuading clubs to release players in January has never been easy and United sources have felt most potential buyers have been biding their time until the full impact of World Cup performances is known.
3  General Category / General Forum / Bird flu: Free range turkey supplies hit by bird flu on: November 29, 2022, 08:05:23 pm
Half of the free range turkeys produced for Christmas in the UK have been culled or have died due to bird flu, an industry chief has told MPs.

Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said that 600,000 out of about 1.3m free range birds had been lost.

The government recently ordered all poultry and captive birds in England to be kept indoors to fight avian flu.

Mr Griffiths said costs to the industry were "potentially enormous".

4  General Category / General Forum / Japan failed to take another step towards the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysh on: November 27, 2022, 08:53:03 am
Following their shock win over Germany, Japan were frustrated by a tight defensive unit, before Fuller struck with Costa Rica's first shot on target at the tournament.

The result leaves both teams on three points after two games, with Spain - who still top the group on goal difference - facing Germany later on Sunday (19:00 GMT).

Victory for Spain will all but guarantee their progression to the last 16.

How Japan 0-1 Costa Rica unfolded
After beating Germany in their opener, many expected Japan to account for a Costa Rica side reeling from a 7-0 thrashing by Spain.

However, Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu opted for rotation over continuity, making five changes, and that resulted in a subdued performance and a scoreline that blew the group wide open.

It was a remarkable victory for Costa Rica, who had failed to lay a glove on the Japan defence before Fuller's deflected shot from the edge of the box escaped goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda's grasp nine minutes from time.

After a first half devoid of goalmouth action in the searing heat at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Japan dominated for large spells. However, they struggled to create clear-cut chances until the 88th minute, when Daichi Kamada could not turn the ball home after a driving Kaoru Mitoma run.

Having achieved redemption following their humiliation at the hands of Spain, the Costa Rica players celebrated emotionally at full-time as Japan were left to rue a disappointing display that failed to back up their heroics against Germany.

5  General Category / General Forum / Iraqi minister admits gas flaring cancer link on: October 19, 2022, 02:00:05 am
As part of the original investigation, the BBC undertook the first pollution monitoring testing amongst the exposed communities. The results indicated high levels of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

During his interview with HARDtalk Arabic, Al-Falahi also revealed that the oil ministry had previously prevented his staff from carrying out pollution monitoring checks at the largest oil field, Rumaila.

Rumaila flares more gas than any other oil field in the world and is owned by the Iraqi government. BP is the lead contractor of the field and said that it is "extremely concerned" by the BBC's findings.


6  General Category / General Forum / Wednesday's gossip: Haaland, Saka, Cooper, Benitez, Dyche, Tuchel, Ronaldo, Van on: October 05, 2022, 03:51:02 am
Manchester City are already trying to renegotiate Erling Haaland's contract, which includes a clause allowing the Norway striker, 22, to leave after two years if Real Madrid make an offer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for England winger Bukayo Saka, 21. (Football Insider)

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering sacking manager Steve Cooper and some of the club's recruitment staff after five successive Premier League defeats. (Mail)

Forest are considering former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as Cooper's potential replacement, while ex-Burnley manager Sean Dyche is also an option. (Guardian)

Manchester United are reluctant to let Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the January transfer window, so the 37-year-old may have to wait until his contract runs out next summer before departing Old Trafford. (Mirror)

United are interested in signing Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos, 21, and PSV Eindhoven's Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23. (Express)

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has turned down the chance to manage struggling Bayer Leverkusen in his native Germany. (Sport1)

7  General Category / General Forum / Covid: Qantas says pandemic 'existential crisis' is over on: August 25, 2022, 06:22:36 am
The national carriers of Australia and New Zealand say that the worst of the coronavirus crisis is now behind them, even as they posted annual losses for a third year in a row.

Qantas says it is seeing demand increase "with the existential crisis posed by the pandemic now over".

Air New Zealand says it has also experienced "a very strong recovery in bookings and revenues" since March.

Both countries had imposed some of the world's strictest pandemic travel bans.

Qantas asks executives to work as baggage handlers
Qantas to open non-stop Sydney-London flights
Qantas said in a statement on Thursday that its underlying loss before tax had widened to A$1.86bn ($1.3bn; 1.1bn) in the year to the end of June, from the previous year.

The company said it had lowered its net debt to a better than expected A$3.94bn.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said "the speed and scale of that recovery has been exceptional".

"Our teams have done an amazing job through the restart and our customers have been extremely patient as the whole industry has dealt with sick leave and labour shortages in the past few months," Mr Joyce added.


8  General Category / General Forum / What's behind China-Taiwan tensions? on: August 03, 2022, 09:40:21 am
The first known settlers in Taiwan were Austronesian tribal people, who are thought to have come from modern day southern China.

The island seems to have first appeared in Chinese records in AD239, when an emperor sent an expeditionary force to explore the area - a fact Beijing uses to back its territorial claim.

After a relatively brief spell as a Dutch colony (1624-1661), Taiwan was administered by China's Qing dynasty from 1683 to 1895.
From the 17th Century, significant numbers of migrants started arriving from China, often fleeing turmoil or hardship. Most were Hoklo Chinese from Fujian (Fukien) province or Hakka Chinese, largely from Guangdong. Their descendants are now by far the largest demographic groups on the island.

In 1895, Japan won the First Sino-Japanese War, and the Qing government had to cede Taiwan to Japan. After World War Two, Japan surrendered and relinquished control of territory it had taken from China. The Republic of China (ROC) - one of the victors in the war - began ruling Taiwan with the consent of its allies, the US and UK.

But in the next few years a civil war broke out in China, and the then-leader Chiang Kai-shek's troops were defeated by Mao Zedong's Communist army.

Chiang, the remnants of his Kuomintang (KMT) government and their supporters - about 1.5m people - fled to Taiwan in 1949.

This group, referred to as Mainland Chinese, dominated Taiwan's politics for many years though they only account for 14% of the population. Chiang established a government in exile in Taiwan which he led for the next 25 years.

Chiang's son, Chiang Ching-kuo, allowed more democratisation after coming to power. He faced resistance from local people resentful of authoritarian rule and was under pressure from a growing democracy movement.

President Lee Teng-hui, known as Taiwan's "father of democracy", led constitutional changes towards, which eventually made way for the election of the island's first non-KMT president, Chen Shui-bian, in 2000.


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