A crowd packed the Memorial Church at Harvard on Saturday (March 6) to hear Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and activist Noam Chomsky question U.S. foreign policy during the first year of the Obama administration, including its dogged opposition to Iran’s efforts to harness nuclear energy.Sponsored by the Harvard Extension School’s International Relations Club, the discussion also featured investigative journalist and author Amy Goodman, host of public radio’s “Democracy Now!”Qualifying Goodman’s introduction of him, Chomsky began by saying he was mentioned in a recent New York Times op-ed piece as “one of the last stale holdovers” of the 1960s. But his discussion points were decidedly topical.Comparing President Barack Obama with President George H.W. Bush, Chomsky noted that while Bush was criticized because he lacked “the vision thing,” Obama “is sort of the opposite — grand vision, real vision of what should be done, but he hasn’t succeeded much in practice.”On Iran, for example, he said that Brazil’s failure to go along with the United States in supporting harsher sanctions has been called a refusal to “go along” with the international community. But Chomsky called this “a reflection of the depth of cultural imperialism. Who is the international community?” he asked. “It’s Washington, and whoever happens to agree with them.” The “rest of the world,” he maintained, has supported Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, as did the majority of the American people before the “huge mass of propaganda” that has been promulgated on the topic since 2007.“Obama’s vision is to reduce or remove nuclear weapons,” Chomsky said. “That’s the vision. What’s the practice?”A U.N. Security Council resolution called on all states to join the nonproliferation treaty “without any threat of force,” Chomsky said. But, he added, two countries — the United States and Israel — said they wanted to “keep all options open. That’s a threat of force,” particularly considering that the two countries have been carrying out field operations “plainly aimed at Iran.”These threats, Chomsky said, “have the effect of inducing Iran to develop a deterrent,” though he said Iran is not interested in beginning a nuclear war, because it “would be vaporized in five minutes.”But Iran is far from the only international issue that Obama has to contend with, of course. Chomsky also discussed India and Pakistan, saying that President Ronald Reagan’s support of Pakistani dictators during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan helped to spread Saudi-funded “madrassas,” or Islamic schools, in Pakistan. “A strong jihadi tendency developed in Pakistan,” he said, “and that’s part of what the world is facing today.”The Obama administration, he said, has “informed India the resolution didn’t apply to them. The more India increases its nuclear capacity, the more Pakistan does, and the threat of nuclear war has been quite close a couple of times.” In refusing to join the nonproliferation treaty, Pakistan, India, and Israel acted with U.S. support, he said.When asked by Goodman about today’s antiwar movement, Chomsky said it is stronger than the anti-Vietnam War movement was in the early 1960s. In 1962, when President John Kennedy “sent the Air Force to start bombing” South Vietnam, causing a flood of refugees, he said, “protest was zero, literally. It was years before there was any sign of protest.”Finally, he said, “after years, 1967-68 got a substantial antiwar movement. By then, South Vietnam was gone. Compare that to Iraq. There were huge protests before the war was actually launched. We now know [that President George W.] Bush and British Prime Minister Tony] Blair were just lying [in saying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction], but I think demonstrations had an effect … I think [the Iraq war] was retarded by the antiwar movement.”Chomsky also discussed the war in Afghanistan, the need for civilian trials for war criminals, the keeping of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, a multistate solution for Israel and Pakistan, and his belief that “international affairs are run like the Mafia … Send in your goons to beat them to a pulp so everyone else gets the idea.”His passion apparent, Chomsky concluded by discussing his own path toward activism. “You can’t become involved part time,” he said. “Go to a demonstration and go home, nothing happens. Only by dedicated, diligent work” can protesters’ voices be heard.
Updated Thursday at 9:10 p.m.A “small electrical fire” occurred in a Fisher Hall student room Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. and residents were evacuated to South Dining Hall, according to an email sent to campus media. The incident occurred when a fan caught fire.Two rooms were damaged by smoke and water, according to the email, and arrangements will be made for students who cannot occupy their rooms by Tuesday evening as a result of the damage.At the time of the fire, a student was examined for smoke inhalation. In response to follow-up questions, University spokesman Dennis Brown said additional students were assessed after the incident.“Three other students were evaluated for smoke inhalation since this morning’s first report,” Brown said in an email. “Out of an abundance of caution, two were transported by car to Memorial Hospital for further testing. They have now returned to campus.”Tags: electrical fire, fire, fisher hall
The University announced the suspension of the Jerusalem study abroad program and offered updates regarding responses to COVID-19 in an email to the Notre Dame community Tuesday morning.“The University has suspended programs at the Jerusalem Global Gateway at Tantur and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute there after Israeli authorities closed the crossing between Jerusalem and Bethlehem because of confirmed cases of coronavirus there,” Paul Browne, vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, said in the email. “As a result, most Tantur staff can no longer get to work.”According to the email, the University Emergency Operations Center is currently making plans to send students home as soon as possible, but the students will not be required to self-quarantine because they are asymptomatic.Additionally, the email offered updates on the students who were previously studying in Italy and Japan. The students currently being quarantined after returning from Italy will be able to return to campus following medical clearance. Students who do not need to be on campus in person to finish the semester will be able to work remotely from their home.Browne confirmed the students studying in Japan have returned home safely. Regarding other European countries, the email said the University is monitoring the situation.“Conditions in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and the U.K. or anywhere Notre Dame students are studying are being monitored closely by the University,” the email said. “Students studying there will be repatriated quickly if the CDC elevates the countries to Level 3 or other circumstances warrant.”Browne also addressed the coronavirus’ presence in Indiana.“A fourth case of coronavirus in Indiana was reported Monday near Fort Wayne, the first in the northeast part of the state. There are no reported cases on the Notre Dame campus,” he said in the email.The University urges students to seek medical attention from either University Health Services or their primary care physician if they have questions or concerns.Tags: coronavirus, italy, japan, Jerusalem, Jerusalem Global Gateway, study abroad
New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to shut San Juan coal plant, sell Four Corners stake FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The state Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday unanimously accepted a Public Service Company of New Mexico three-year plan that calls for shuttering two coal-fired power plants in the northwestern part of the state and more reliance on renewable energy, along with natural gas and nuclear energy.Every three years, PNM files an Integrated Resource Plan as a general road map of how the company plans to provide cost-effective, reliable energy.Patrick O’Connell, the utility’s director of planning and resources, said after the meeting that commission acceptance of the plan is just a first step. Next year, he said, the utility will submit specifics on the closing of the San Juan Generating Station — the first power plant it wants to shutter — by 2022. PNM plans to close the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031.It took the commission more than a year to accept the PNM plan. Civic leaders in San Juan County and the city of Farmington wanted to see more specific plans for easing the economic pain expected when the power plants and adjacent coal mines are closed.Some environmentalists also objected. Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy had argued that the plan should include more solar and wind energy than what PNM proposes.More: PRC accepts PNM integrated resource plan
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The CFPB is seeking summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it for allegedly violating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The California Reinvestment Coalition, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and two individual small business owners claim the bureau has violated the law by not issuing regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which is related to small business lending data collection.In its motion for summary judgment to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the bureau argues that it has not violated the APA as Congress did not stipulate a timeline for this rulemaking. In addition, the bureau cites its recent symposium on the issue as proof that it “has made considerable progress in undertaking the information-gathering necessary to support an informed rulemaking.”The bureau also outlines its rulemaking plan for Section 1071:In the next six months, the bureau plans to complete its recommendation and briefing to Director Kathy Kraninger.Next, the bureau will begin the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) process to determine the rule’s impact on small businesses, as well as seek Office of Management and Budget approval to conduct a survey of estimated one-time costs to lenders responsible for reporting data under the rule.
Register For a Bar Review Course…Another major piece of advice that students should follow is to register for a bar review course. There you’ll have instructors with you every step of the way through the preparation process, guiding and teaching you the material in a detailed, but comprehensive way, that will assist you in terms of understanding fundamental concepts and propositions for the exam and your future career, no matter what legal field you end up in.It’s the instructor’s job to make you feel comfortable with the material, but, it’s only in the truly remarkable bar review courses that you’ll be able to utilize the lessons after the UBE is over and done with.…With FriendsIt can also be helpful to take a review course with some of your classmates or friends so you’ll be part of an automatic study group where you can ask each other questions and review the information you learned in class. Sometimes someone might have a different perspective than you on a case, for instance, so hearing what they have to say and why they came to the conclusion they did will only help you better understand the law.And Actually Show UpWhile it’s important to take a review course, you have to do more than just show up to class. Make sure you are always mentally present.In order to get the most out of the course, get to class—or watch the sessions online if you do end up missing a couple—and pay attention, write thoughtful notes, and do the work. It’s not going to be an easy few months, but it will be worth it once you pass the UBE.Then Figure Out Your Optimal Study TimeLastly, determine what time of the day would be best to study. This isn’t easy, especially if you’re both working and trying to study for the UBE, but figuring out when you can focus on the course material will significantly increase the effectiveness of your study time. Be sure to create a schedule beforehand as a means to stay organized. Once again, Pieper Bar Review has established a helpful and easy-to-use Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) Question Of The Day to help you on this all-important quest! Subscribe today! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York has officially adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, or UBE, which means the individual state bar exam will be no more. Anyone looking to become a lawyer in The Empire State will now have to take another exam starting in just a few months. The switch from state-centric exams to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is considered a game-changer for law students. So, with New York’s first UBE taking place in July 2016, most of your days from here on out are going to revolve around preparing for the exam (and also trying to figure out what exactly the difference is between the N.Y. bar exam and the new Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)) so you can pass and embark on your legal career. Luckily, Pieper Bar Review—home to bar exam experts who have helped students pass the bar since 1975—explains the best bar study practices to employ when studying for the bar exam.Practice Using Real Bar QuestionsIt’s one thing to read the same material repeatedly—and that can help you retain the information—but what’s even more effective is taking practice tests and answering past bar exam questions to quiz yourself and make sure you understand what you’re studying. In addition to reiterating the work you’re doing, taking a look at real questions from the bar can help you better prepare yourself for what the test will be like; sometimes it’s not what the question is asking, but how it’s being asked. To help law students prepare for the upcoming July 2016 Uniform Bar Exam, Pieper Bar Review has launched the convenient, free, UBE Question Of The Day, whereby subscribers will receive a brand new study term each morning via their smartphone or computer!
Now, they are encouraging the community to vote for them and say they hope they win. The Owego Kitchen is a top 10 finalist for Barclay’s Mastercard Small Business Contest. The contest had small businesses write essays about how the pandemic has affected them for a chance to win $50,000. Julie Lovelass and Ike Loveless, the owners of Owego Kitchen, say they wrote about how the community has played a vital role in their success and they say they believe they owe it all to them. They say they are heart-warmed to see the support, adding that without the local community and its support, the kitchen ” [would] be nothing.” “The majority of entries were how they had lost everything, whereas we really felt that through this pandemic, we had gained much more than we ever anticipated,” said Julie Lovelass. OWEGO (WBNG) — A local kitchen and restaurant is receiving some national attention. To find out more information or to vote click here.
Club Adriatic doo from Makarska operates as part of the Crikvenica hotel group Jadran, which was taken over last year by two mandatory pension funds PBZ Croatia osiguranje dd and Erste plavi dd, entrusted with the management of the new management, and provided around HRK 450 million for the company’s development. Jadran dd manages ten hotels of different categories and three camps in the area of Crikvenica and Makarska. Add to that the pavilions and annexes of some of the hotels, and guests are offered more than 1.600 accommodation units, and more than 1.100 pitches are available in the camps. “It is important that we have completed the fulfillment of the undertaken obligation to all employees of Club Adriatic doo We have provided funds for the payment of salary differences in the past ten years on time, but problems with the documentation we inherited delayed the implementation of this decision. I am glad that we had the understanding of all employees and union representatives in Club Adriatic for the final settlement of these past debts“Pointed out the President of the Management Board of Club Adriatic doo Goran Fabris. The President of the Management Board of the Adriatic Club Goran Fabris started resolving this issue in the spring, but problems with completing the documentation and harmonization with tax and other legal regulations delayed the completion of the calculation of the difference in salaries to employees in the past ten years. In constant communication with the leaders of both unions operating in this Makarska collective, employees were regularly informed about the course of the process. These are 119 employees who were paid a total of around HRK 20 million. This is the result of concluded agreements between the Management Board of Club Adriatic doo and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, as well as a settlement with the workers. For the employees of Club Adriatic doo from Makarska, the multi-year story about the payment of the salary difference for the period from May 1, 2008 to the end of last year, ie the remaining amounts of the salary difference for the past ten-year period, ended today.
Talks will be held via video conference and will be kicked off by British trade minister Liz Truss and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday.“This deal will provide more opportunities for businesses and individuals across every region and nation of the UK and help boost our economies following the unprecedented economic challenges posed by coronavirus,” Truss said in a statement.Britain said it aimed to reach a deal which builds on Japan’s existing agreement with the EU, going further by including areas such as digital trade.Japan was Britain’s fourth-biggest non-EU trading partner in 2019, with total trade between the two countries of 31.4 billion pounds, according to government statistics.Britain hopes ultimately to join the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and sees trade talks with Japan as a step towards that end.Britain said around 100 negotiators would be involved on its side, with talks led by Graham Zebedee, a former British ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and overseen by Britain’s Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser Crawford Falconer. Topics : Britain will begin negotiating a post-Brexit trade agreement with Japan on Tuesday which the government said both sides hoped would enter into force by the end of this year.After decades outsourcing its trade policy to the European Union, Britain is embarking on negotiating free trade deals with countries around the world, and last month launched formal negotiations with the United States.Trade deals typically take years to complete. Britain is also hoping to reach a trade agreement with the EU by the end of the year.
The Washington Post 16 June 2019Family First Comment: “The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers’ growing use of highly potent pot, even as both boost the industry and reap huge tax windfalls from its sales…. “Horrible things are happening to kids,” said psychiatrist Libby Stuyt, who treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health impacts of high-potency marijuana. “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety.”…#saynopetodopeThe first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers’ growing use of highly potent pot, even as both boost the industry and reap huge tax windfalls from its sales.Though the legal purchase age is 21 in Colorado and Washington, parents, educators and physicians say youths are easily getting hold of edibles infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component that causes a high, and concentrates such as “shatter,” a brittle, honey-colored substance that is heated and then inhaled through a special device.Each poses serious risks to adolescents’ physical and mental health.“Underage kids have unbelievable access to nuclear-strength weed,” said Andrew Brandt, a Boulder, Colo., software executive whose son got hooked while in high school.With some marijuana products averaging 68 percent THC — exponentially greater than the pot baby boomers once smoked — calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms have risen. In the Denver area, visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado facilities for treatment of cyclic vomiting, paranoia, psychosis and other acute cannabis-related symptoms jumped to 777 in 2015, from 161 in 2005.The increase was most notable in the years following legalization of medical sales in 2009 and retail use in 2014, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health published in 2018.“Horrible things are happening to kids,” said psychiatrist Libby Stuyt, who treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health impacts of high-potency marijuana. “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety.”It is unclear whether all of this means years of generally stagnant pot use among children are coming to an end. Surveys finding little change with pot since 2014 “may not reliably reflect the impact of legalization on adolescent health,” the authors of that 2018 study concluded.Washington’s latest Healthy Youth Survey showed 20 percent of eighth-graders and nearly half of seniors “perceive little risk of regular marijuana use.” Many teens consider it less risky than alcohol or cigarettes.As more than a dozen states from Hawaii to New Hampshire consider legalizing marijuana, doctors warn of an urgent need for better education — not just of teens but of parents and lawmakers — about how the products being marketed can significantly affect young people’s brain development.The limited scientific research to date shows that earlier and more frequent use of high-THC cannabis puts adolescents at greater jeopardy of substance use disorders, mental health issues and poor school performance.“The brain is abnormally vulnerable during adolescence,” said Staci Gruber, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who studies how marijuana affects the brain. “Policy seems to have outpaced science, and in the best of all possible worlds, science would allow us to set policy.”The critics also insist that more must be done to maintain tight regulation of the industry. That’s not been the case so far, they argue, with dispensaries opening near high schools in Seattle and with retail and medical pot shops in Denver outnumbering Starbucks and McDonald’s locations combined.READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/potent-pot-vulnerable-teens-trigger-concerns-in-first-states-to-legalize-marijuana/2019/06/15/52df638a-8c9a-11e9-8f69-a2795fca3343_story.html?utm_term=.0935499226a8
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He said: “Joe Hart, I think he played very, very well the other day. “He had a good performance. We trust a lot in him and we will see who will start on Sunday.” Hart was dropped by Pellegrini earlier this month after a series of errors. He was faultless on his return against Plzen and made a couple of good saves in the second half. Pellegrini added: “All the players give me a lot of things to think about and that is my job. “When they give good performances, it is very easy. Not difficult, easy.” Press Association Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is facing a three-week lay-off with a calf injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. Two other injury victims, David Silva and Stevan Jovetic, are pencilled in to face Bayern Munich on December 10 while midfielder Jack Rodwell has overcome his latest niggle. Pellegrini said: “Vincent Kompany is fit and he is not ready to play on Sunday but I think next week he will be without any problems. “Jovetic and Silva – I think they will play against Bayern Munich. “Nastasic needs more time to recover – I think three weeks more. “Rodwell is fit and can play this Sunday.” Pellegrini, speaking at his latest pre-match press conference, would not confirm whether Costel Pantilimon or Joe Hart would start in goal. Long-time number one Hart returned in midweek after being left out for the five previous fixtures, with Romanian Pantilimon taking his place. With Hart central to England’s World Cup plans, the issue continues to command much attention and Pellegrini attempted to head off anticipated questions by speaking on the subject unprompted. The Serbia international missed the midweek Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen after being withdrawn at half-time during last weekend’s 6-0 Barclays Premier League thrashing of Tottenham. On the positive side, captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany has recovered from a thigh problem but is not deemed sufficiently match-fit for Sunday’s clash with Swansea.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation due to an ongoing pay dispute. Sweden’s top players boycott their national teamThe federation announced the decision on Friday and noted that the uncertainty regarding their players’ status has made it difficult for the three other competing nations to make travel plans. The tournament was scheduled to feature teams from Finland, the United States, and Canada. Sweden’s top players are boycotting their national team because they are unhappy over pay and working conditions.Read | FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands Defeat Sweden, Enters FinalsThe players skipped a Five Nations tournament held in Finland in August because of the strike, and have yet to agree on a new contract with the federation. They have also formed a union and raised numerous complaints about their previous deal, which expired in April. Players are unhappy over their compensation, while also having to fit work and family schedules around national team requirements.Other complaints included travel conditions and schedules, the short and long-term vision for women’s hockey in Sweden and a perceived lack of respect.Read | Pakistan Hockey Team Coach Khawaja Junaid Faces Revolt From TeamThe Swedish players are following in the steps of U.S. women’s national team members who were successful in landing better compensation after threatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships being held on American soil.PWHPA’s supportIn May, more than 200 of the world’s top players pledged to boycott playing in North America this season in a push to establish a women’s professional league with what they say must be a sustainable economic model. They have since formed a union, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association, to represent them. The Swedish players have the PWHPA’s support.Read | Netizens Hail This Indian Hockey Player As She Continued To Play In The FIH Series Finals Hockey Tournament Despite Her Father’s Demise“It’s tough to see, for sure, but I think it really speaks to the fact that we are all only as strong as our weakest link,” PWHPA board member Liz Knox wrote in a text to The Associated Press. “We support them striving for better because, in the end, women’s hockey as a whole will be better for it.”Anders Larsson, Chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, last month said that the boycott is damaging the brand of the country’s hockey team and is a failure for both the federation and the Swedish team.Read: ‘Exceptional Game, Excellent Outcome!’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulates Indian Women’s Hockey Team As They Win FIH Series Finals Tournament COMMENT FOLLOW US Manogya Singh LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 13th September, 2019 23:56 IST Swedish Boycott Leads To Cancellation Of Four Nations Tournament The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 13th September, 2019 21:52 IST
TABLE TENNIS* Toriola, Oshonaike, Edem bow out of singles eventsAruna Quadri yesterday restored Nigeria’s hope in the table tennis event of Rio Olympic Games after beating Slovakia’s Yang Wang 4-1 in the men’s singles. Earlier, three other Nigerian table tennis players, Segun Toriola, Olufunke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem had all failed to progress to the next rounds of the men and women’s singles.An elated Quadri said after the match: “My first match against Wang Yang was so very difficult. I found it difficult to read his spin of the ball. When defending, I made several mistakes. It is difficult to really feel settled against him. His forehand attacks were tough for me. I have played him twice before and on both occasions, I lost. I am happy that I won the match here today.”Today, Quadri is expected to battle against world number seven, Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Yuan Chuang in the third round match of the men’s singles.However, Egypt’s Omar Assar met his waterloo yesterday as the former African champion surrendered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Ukraine’s Lei Kou in the second round match of the men’s singles.Meanwhile, Toriola’s outing in the table tennis event of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended yesterday after the record making African was beaten by Japan’s Niwa Koki in the men’s singles.Despite his exit, the world table tennis ruling body, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has planned to organise a befitting send forth for the Nigeria in Rio to mark his Olympic feat of seven appearances at the Olympic Games. He is the first African to achieve the feat.Toriola who is ranked 120 in the world, had on Saturday August 6 bundled out Czech Republic’s Dimitrij Prokopcov in the first round. He defeated Prokopcov with a 4-2 defeat (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8).However, in the second round tie against the Japanese ranked 22 in the world, Toriola fell 11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 1-11 (4-2) to end his men’s singles medal quest.In the women’s singles event, Nigeria’s duo of Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong were shown the exit in the first round after they put up good performance in the preliminary round.Oshonaike fell to Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz 4-2, while Edem Offiong was edged out by Belarus’ Pavlovich Viktoria 4-1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Brazilian singer Wesley Safadao, DJ Bob Sinclair and world surfing champion Gabriel Medina were among the celebrities who joined Neymar and his team-mates for the party on Monday.Instagram footage shows the Brazilian, who is the world’s most expensive footballer, dancing and singing on stage with team-mates Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.However, there was an altogether different mood when the former Barcelona forward gave a speech later in the night.“What I wanted the most as a birthday present today is a new metatarsal so I could be on the field fighting and doing what I love the most, which is playing soccer,” a tearful Neymar said.The party, which was attended by around 200 guests, almost didn’t take place with Neymar admitting during his speech that he almost cancelled the celebrations, only to be talked around by his friends.He also thanked his team mates for their support, saying: “They are giving me all the strength possible to help me return as soon as possible.”Neymar sustained the injury to his foot during Paris St-Germain’s cup win over Strasbourg on 23 January, the same injury he suffered in February last year.The Brazil forward is said to be sidelined until April and as a result will miss a number of games for PSG, notably both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain star, Neymar, gave a tearful speech at his 27th birthday party on Monday might where he wished for a “new metatarsal”.The Brazilian celebrated with team-mates and a number of celebrities at the Pavillon Gabriel near the Champs-Elysees.Despite his injury, he stayed true to the ‘Nuit Rouge’ – or ‘Red Night’ – theme, greeting guests on a pair of red crutches and wearing custom red trainers made especially for the occasion.