Sporting unsure over Fernandes’ future

first_imgSporting manager Marcel Keizer is hoping star captain Bruno Fernandes will remain with the club once the transfer window closes but concedes it could be outside of their control.Fernandes has been linked with a move away throughout the window and the Portugal international recently revealed he agreed to join Tottenham only for Sporting to block the transfer.The 24-year-old was also strongly linked to Manchester United, while he has since emerged as a target for Real Madrid prior to Monday’s deadline. 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? Keizer was asked about Fernandes’ future following Saturday’s shock loss to Rio Ave and admits it’s become a waiting game with deadline day approaching. “We have to wait until Monday. Hopefully he will stay,” Keizer said. “Many things can happen. We are not in a position to be able to decide.”Fernandes – who netted 20 goals and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season – scored in the 3-2 defeat to Rio Ave in Lisbon.Uruguay international and former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates conceded three penalties and was sent off as Sporting crashed to their first league defeat of the campaign.Filipe Augusto converted a sixth-minute penalty following Coates’ foul before Sporting hit back through Fernandes and Luiz Phellype, who put the hosts ahead eight minutes into the second half.However, Coates gave away two penalties during the final four minutes and was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card as Rio Ave emerged triumphant.”I have no opinion, the referee decided and I can do nothing,” Keizer said when asked about the three penalties.”I only have an opinion about my team. We didn’t play enough. If we had had more ball after 2-1 it could have been different.”With the club reeling from a surprise defeat, they may need to prepare themselves for the loss of Fernandes with Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade claiming he will be moving to Madrid in a deal worth €70 million. Fernandes has been with Sporting since 2017 when he joined from Sampdoria with the attacker earning his first cap for Portugal not long after.last_img read more

Haiti UN mission denies responsibility for death of demonstrator

19 June 2009The United Nations mission in Haiti has categorically denied allegations that its forces had fired on a demonstration in the capital, during which one person died. “Based on preliminary information, it appears that the death of the individual concerned in fact resulted from a wound to the head that was inflicted by a stone or similar blunt object,” the mission, known as MINUSTAH, said in news release.The demonstration took place yesterday near the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince after the funeral of Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste.The mission stressed that although its peacekeepers were present and fired in the air to disperse the crowd, their actions seem to have no link with the death of the demonstrator. “The response of the peacekeepers concerned falls squarely within the established norms for the minimum use of force to be employed in such situations.” MINUSTAH also rejected recent allegations that its security personnel entered various university campuses in the course of responding to recent demonstrations, reiterating that its standing instructions to its military and police personnel strictly forbid entry into such premises.The mission was set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile. It is tasked with, among others, helping to improve state administration and reforming the country’s judicial sector. read more

Vaping illness in US gives Canada pause as legal sales near

TORONTO — The serious lung illness affecting hundreds of people in the U.S. who vaped cannabis-based oil is giving Canadian health officials pause as that country prepares to allow the sale of vaping products in its legal marijuana market.No illnesses have yet been reported north of the border, but they are monitoring the situation closely, and British Columbia’s top health official says it’s just a matter of time before symptoms are reported in Canada.“There is no doubt in my mind that we will see cases pop up in Canada in the next few weeks now that we have started really looking for it.” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer.Canada last year became the second nation — after the small South American country of Uruguay — to legalize and regulate marijuana, but legal sales of edible and vaping products are not due to begin until later this year. The illicit vape market in Canada is estimated to be worth about $1 billion, said Megan McCrae, board chair of the Cannabis Council of Canada, an industry group for licensed pot growers.In the U.S., the outbreak of the lung illness began in the Midwest in July. Health officials on Thursday said 380 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. Doctors say the illnesses appear to be a response to the inhalation of a caustic substance. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhea and vomiting.Many stricken adolescents and young adults, previously healthy, have required machines to help them breathe. Six deaths have been reported, all adults and at least some with pre-existing lung problems or other conditions that may have made them more susceptible.No cause has been established, but some researchers suspect vitamin E acetate, which recently has been used as a thickener, particularly in black market vape cartridges. Suppliers say it dilutes vape oils without making them look watery. Inhaling oily vitamin E droplets into the lungs can trigger pneumonia.That could give all the more reason to legalize and regulate the products, McCrae said.“Most of these issues coming out of the U.S. are related to black market product and what black market producers are doing to cut corners,” she said.Health Canada has asked vape users to report any symptoms, and Henry said she and her counterparts across the country are sending notices to doctors on what to look for because many don’t think about asking their patients if they vape.Maryse Durette, a top spokeswoman for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, said the country has restrictions on e-cigarettes and vape products that contain tobacco, including a minimum age of 19 to buy them and bans on lifestyle promotions and advertising that appeals youth. But she said it isn’t clear why no cases have appeared.“We’re on the lookout, heavily,” she said. “We have rules in place that might prevent for this kind of product to come in Canada. But the border being what it is, the internet being it what it is, people ordering what they want on the internet, we just have not had any cases in Canada yet.”The worry could certainly dampen demand for the devices just as Canada is about to legalize their sale. According to 2018 figures in U.S. states which had legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, the devices were the second most popular category of sales, at 21%, behind flower at 46% but ahead of edibles at 11%, according to Deloitte.In anticipation of a similar demand, several Canadian cannabis companies have recently struck vaping deals. In July, Vancouver-based Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. announced it received a $123-million investment and the global licenses to vaping technology under a research and development partnership with tobacco giant Imperial Brands. In June, U.S. vape maker Pax Labs Inc. reached a partnership with four Canadian licensed producers — Aphria, Aurora Cannabis, Organigram and Supreme Cannabis — to allow them to offer their cannabis concentrates in pods that work with their devices.Henry said she has long feared the long-term health implications of vaping, which has sometimes been portrayed as a healthier alternative to smoking.“Any time you are inhaling chemicals into your lungs, you don’t know what’s in those chemicals,” she said. “Certainly, from the unregulated a lot of what is still on the market are ones that are being produced in China where there is really a lot of stuff in them and you don’t know what it is, so I suspect it is something toxic in the products in the many different liquids that are being used.Anne McLellan, the former Canadian health, justice and public safety minister, put it this way: “The message in public health is, you shouldn’t do this until we know a lot more.”___Johnson reported from Seattle.Follow AP’s complete marijuana coverage: Gillies And Gene Johnson, The Associated Press read more