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Messi expects brief injury absence

first_imgLionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday.The 32-year-old will miss Barca’s pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.”It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barca face Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.They begin their league title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on August 16.Messi has vowed that the Blaugrana will look to challenge on all fronts in the 2019-20 campaign, with there a desire on the part of everyone at Camp Nou to chase down major honours at home and abroad.He said 12 months ago that the Champions League would be a top priority for Ernesto Valverde’s side, but has no regrets at making that statement and has reiterated that silverware is a must once more.Messi told supporters ahead of a friendly date with Arsenal: “It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”last_img read more

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TSX Dow SP 500 soar on strong GDP growth

TORONTO — Stock markets in Toronto and New York closed higher, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending the day at record levels amid a slew of positive economic data from both Canada and the United States.The S&P/TSX composite index soared 161.65 points to 14,594.03. The Canadian dollar climbed 0.05 of a cent to 85.98 cents US.Statistics Canada says gross domestic product rose by 0.3% in October, beating economists’ expectations of 0.1%. The growth was broad based and due largely to oil and gas extraction, mining and manufacturing.In the U.S., the Commerce Department revised upwards its GDP growth figures for the third quarter to five per cent, the fastest pace in more than a decade. The previous figure was 3.9%.BOOM! Dow Jones storms past 18,000 as U.S. economy grows at fastest pace in 11 yearsCanada’s economy picks up the pace, putting growth on track to beat past two yearsThe positive data helped lift Wall Street, as the Dow Jones industrials advanced 64.73 points to 18,024.17, its first-ever close above the 18,000-mark, while the S&P 500 index added 3.63 points to 2,082.17. Both were record highs. The Nasdaq declined 16 points to 4,765.42.In commodities, the February crude oil contract added $1.86 to US$57.12 barrel. February gold bullion contract fell $1.80 to US$1,178 an ounce, while March copper lost a penny to US$2.87 a pound. read more

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UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia hands down first genocide conviction

In rendering its judgement, Trial Chamber I of the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said that it was “convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that a crime of genocide was committed in Srebrenica” and that Mr. Krstic was guilty of genocide. Reading the summary of the Sentencing Judgement, Presiding Judge Almiro Rodrigues said the Chamber was “doing its duty in meting out justice and, in this way, hopes to have contributed to creating a better world.” General Krstic was accused of genocide, complicity to commit genocide, persecution, extermination, murder and forced transfer or deportation and of crimes committed between July and November 1995 following the attack of the Serbian forces on the town of Srebrenica. At the time the attack was launched, General Krstic was the deputy commander of the Drina Corps, one of the corps which constitutes the army of Republika Srpska, often known as the VRS. At today’s Judgement hearing, Judge Rodrigues stressed the importance of distinguishing between what might be collective responsibility and individual responsibility, noting that the Tribunal had not been established to deal with collective responsibility. “What is of interest to me in each of the trials in which I have sat in this court is to verify whether the evidence presented before it makes it possible to find an accused guilty,” he said. “I seek to judge an accused. I do not judge a people.” The Judge acknowledged that in the former Yugoslavia there were attacks against civilian populations, massacres, and crimes of persecution – some of which were committed by Serbian forces. He said that to associate this evil with Serbian identity would be an insult to the Serbian people and would betray the concept of civil society. But it would be just as monstrous not to attach any name to the evil because that could be an offence to the Serbs, he added. “In July 1995, General Krstic, you agreed to evil,” Judge Rodrigues said. “This is why the Trial Chamber convicts you today and sentences you to 46 years in prison.”During the proceedings, the Chamber heard 128 witnesses and admitted 1,100 exhibits, some of which were hundreds of pages long. read more