Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is presently leading Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in the race for the 2020 prestigious Ballon d’Or award.Advertisement Loading… And with nine months to go for the next Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, the race is currently high among the big players in Europe with Lionel Messi falling into fifth position on the standings according to a rating published by GOAL.Topping the chart is Manchester City’s attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who has excelled for the Citizens this campaign.However, City are unlikely to defend the Premier League title this season, with Liverpool leading the race for the Premier League silverware.A further breakdown of the chart revealed that Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who has netted nine times in eight games this year before cropping an injury that will rule him out until April.The Polish forward is closely followed by Ronaldo, who has netted 13 goals for Juventus in 10 Serie A games and he is working towards claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or award this year.A huge picI wish Master win THE BALLON D’OR of 2020. pic.twitter.com/bBqO0ALkaA— Andrés Messi (@AndressMessi5) March 9, 2020Read Also: Messi to splash €4m to free Ronaldinho from prison, hires lawyersBorussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is fourth considering his superb performances so far in Europe while Messi is placed fifth on the log.Top Seven players at the moment – GOAL:1. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City2. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus4. Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund5. Lionel Messi – Barcelona6. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund7. Kylian Mbappe – Paris-Saint-GermainFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Currently, Messi is the holder of the Ballon d’or after claiming it for a record sixth time in his career last year December, seeing off Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Ronaldo. Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Incredibly Looking Albino Animals10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
Press Association The Ulster loose-forward sees Ireland’s autumn international captaincy as a four-way fight between Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best. New head coach Schmidt will confirm his skipper on Thursday, with Munster talisman O’Connell still the favourite despite continued calf trouble. O’Connell is expected to feature in Saturday’s opening autumn clash against Samoa in Dublin, but forwards coach John Plumtree admitted he may not last the full match. Henry admitted whoever Schmidt chooses will receive the squad’s full backing but he revealed the four men he feels best-placed to lead the side. “We as players don’t really know who the captain is yet,” said the eight-cap forward. “But look around: there are options all over the place and Paul (O’Connell) definitely is up there. “There’s a lot of inspirational characters there. I suppose sometimes when I’m running around training, you look at the circle of players and you still have to take a second glance sometimes, with Paulie, Drico and Jamie, and Rory as well. “Whoever gets the nod will be extremely proud of course but there are options all over the place, and the fact that we have so many leaders, whoever gets the nod will have a lot of experienced hands behind him as well. “I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision, but in my head the four candidates would be Paul, Drico, Jamie and Rory. “Any one of those boys will do exactly the right job and we’d all stick behind them exactly the way it should be.” Ireland boast four captaincy front-runners who could lead the squad into the Joe Schmidt era, believes flanker Chris Henry. Lock O’Connell, centre O’Driscoll, number eight Heaslip and hooker Best hold a combined 334 caps, with an average age of 32. Ireland’s need to usher in long-term successors in a host of positions underpins Schmidt’s accession. Henry expects big-hitting Samoa to provide a stern test of Ireland’s early credentials under former New Zealand schoolteacher Schmidt. But he warned the Pacific Islanders’ physical threat will be matched by their defence-splitting offloading game. Henry said: “The small bit of defence we have done so far has been about their offloading game; their continuity. “Once they get the ball, it’s about us trying to connect (tackle) as quickly as possible. “We want to keep the ball but there are going to be turnovers and whenever that happens we’ve got to respond very quickly. “They’ve got some serious ball carriers in their team and they always want to keep the ball alive. “We’ve got to focus on that ball and stop the offloads.”
Adnan Januzaj appears to be available despite coming off in the same under-21 match as Rafael with an ankle injury. “(His injury) is not so heavy,” Van Gaal said. Another piece of good news for Van Gaal is that centre-back Jonny Evans is available, having served his six-match ban for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse. Sunday will be the first time in-form Marouane Fellaini has returned to Goodison Park since Everton sold him to United for £27.5million. Fellaini was a cult hero at Goodison Park after spending five successful years at the club, so his decision to leave for United did not go down well with a number of Everton fans. But Van Gaal has no concerns about Fellaini’s temperament, nor his ability to take his old team apart. “Marouane Fellaini has qualities and we want to let them dominate in a team and that’s why his performances are better just now,” Van Gaal said. “I have spoken with Fellaini because I know this (is his first game back there). “Fellaini is always dry in his answers. He said, ‘It’s a game…’. (I said,) ‘Yes, but it’s a special game for you’. “I hope the fans shall receive him like the Chelsea fans received Juan Mata because I like that very much. I hope it’s like that.” Last week’s defeat at Chelsea brought to an end a run of six straight wins for United. That streak had cemented their place in the top four, but Van Gaal is still not completely happy with his team’s position in the table. Ideally he would like them to be top of the pile, but he acknowledged last week that was almost impossible after dropping 11 points behind leaders Chelsea. He would still like to finish above Manchester City, who are one point behind the Red Devils in fourth, as that would mean United would qualify directly for the Champions League. Van Gaal experienced a nervy Champions League qualifier against Skonto Riga in 1997 when his Barcelona team – which included the likes of Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Luis Figo – edged into the group stages with a 4-2 victory over two legs. The Catalans needed a last-minute goal from Hristo Stoickhov to win the first leg at the Nou Camp and Van Gaal wants to avoid another qualifying round in August. “It is more easy (if you finish third),” he said. “Your preparation for the new season is more easy then. “Normally you have to win that kind of match because Manchester United shall be in the stronger group so it’s not very difficult. “They (the board) have set this goal (of a top four finish) for me to achieve. “I am always in a club to win the championship, not the third or fourth position. “If we achieve our goal my board and the owners will be very happy.” Van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes was sacked after this fixture last year, with United languishing in seventh position. Van Gaal’s job is secure – even if United do not finish in the top four. In fact, the Dutchman has already started planning for next season. His scouts have been assessing potential targets and new deals have been handed to a number of players including Chris Smalling, who signed a new four-year contract this week. “We have already extended a few contracts. We are busy with next season,” Van Gaal said. Van Gaal refused to comment on speculation PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay had already flown in for talks. “I don’t discuss it with the media,” Van Gaal said of the 21-year-old, who was a regular for Holland under the United manager. “I have a lot of relationships with players. I cannot buy all the players I’ve coached already.” Manchester United right-back Rafael will miss the rest of the season with a rib injury, manager Louis van Gaal has said. Rafael came off during an Under-21 game against Leicester on Monday after an aerial collision with Anthony Knockaert. And Van Gaal told MUTV on Friday that the player will miss the final five games of the campaign. Van Gaal said of the setback: “It’s unbelievable. “He has broken his ribs so he shall not play any more this season for Manchester United. It’s very unfortunate.” In truth, the news about Rafael is not such a big blow for Van Gaal. The Brazilian has not started a Barclays Premier League game for the club since October. Of more concern to the United boss is the long list of other players who are out through injury. Phil Jones (ankle), Michael Carrick (calf) and Marcos Rojo (adductor) all missed last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea and are not fit to feature at Everton on Sunday. The only man who could return is midfielder Daley Blind, who missed the 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge due to an ankle problem. “Only Blind maybe can reach the game against Everton but Jones, Carrick and Rojo cannot play,” the Dutchman added. Press Association
A consortium of scientists announced Thursday in Science that they’ve sequenced the coffee genome for the first time. By determining all of the genes that make up robusta coffee, a plant variety that accounts for about one-third of the world’s consumption, they’ve opened the door to better breeding practices and even genetic engineering.The researchers were most surprised by the genes used to produce caffeine. There are several theories as to why a plant would want to give its leaves and berries an energy buzz: It might be meant as a deterrent against leaf-eating bugs, to make surrounding soil less hospitable to rival seedlings, or to turn potential pollinators into happy caffeine addicts. Whatever the drive, plants such as tea, coffee and chocolate developed enzymes to make the addicting (and sometimes toxic) compound.But when researchers compared the coffee genome to that of chocolate, they found that the enzymes used to make caffeine in the two plants aren’t closely related enough to share a common ancestor. In other words, coffee and chocolate found their way to caffeination independently of each other. So while the reasons for evolving caffeine production are still hard to pinpoint, we know it was a valuable enough trait to inspire multiple adaptations. Scientists don’t have a genome for tea yet, so we can’t be sure whether it developed caffeine on its own, as well.Some members of the group are proceeding to sequence arabica coffee, which produces the world’s fancier varieties of coffee bean. Since arabica is a hybrid of robusta and another variety of coffee plant, it has a duplicated genome. With twice as much genetic information to sift through, Victor Albert, the lead author and a professor of biological sciences at the University at Buffalo, said, this becomes “a much more complicated affair.”Albert and his colleagues have high hopes for the useful application of the sequencing. “When we compared the coffee to several other species, we saw a huge enrichment in disease-resistant genes,” he said. “Those can now be rapidly explored in more detail, and could be of use in both coffee breeding and in the molecular modification of coffee.”The obvious route, he said, would be to make coffee crops more resilient to climate change and increased pest problems. But his team’s work on coffee’s caffeine-producing enzymes could also help take the buzz out of your brew. “This might make it possible to knock off caffeine production in a variety of coffee plant,” Albert said, “So to make decaff coffee, you wouldn’t have to go through the process of extracting the caffeine. You could just grow coffee beans that don’t make it at all.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust Brazil coffee output set for worst slump since 1965 Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America
Facebook June 19, 201911:46 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Adidas AG lost a European Union court fight for broader trademark protection of its iconic three-stripe logo.The sportswear giant’s trademark on three slanted bands doesn’t apply to stripes going vertically, horizontally or other directions, the EU General Court in Luxembourg ruled on Wednesday. The company failed to show such branding had a “distinctive character,” the court said. Costco made $3.7 million selling ‘Tiffany’ rings. Now it must pay $19 million to the real Tiffany You have invested everything into your brand. Make sure your trademark is legally protected How your expensive, eye-catching new trademark can be stolen It’s not the first time the company has been in the EU courts. The bloc’s top judges in 2008 favored Adidas in a dispute with retailers about their rights to sell clothing with stripes similar to its three-striped design. Three years ago, the top EU court decided the company may be able to fight the use by rivals of parallel stripes on the side of sports shoes.Adidas said it’s “disappointed” but that the ruling “is limited to this particular execution of the three-stripe mark and does not impact on the broad scope of protection that Adidas has on its well-known three-stripe mark in various forms in Europe.”Wednesday’s ruling concerns an EU trademark registered in 2014 but later annulled following the successful challenge by a Belgian company.Bloomberg.com Email More Bloomberg News Twitter Share this storyAdidas’ trademarked stripes can’t go sideways, EU judges decide Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Adidas’ trademarked stripes can’t go sideways, EU judges decide Brand’s iconic three-stripe mark doesn’t show ‘distinctive character’ when they’re not on an angle Stephanie Bodoni Recommended For YouAbsolute Declares Quarterly DividendYuan firms as traders see resilience in China’s economyChanging habits: China’s pig farms clean up to beat swine feverIndia to keep sugar export subsidies even as rivals complain – sourcesChina shares fall on growth, trade worries; Hong Kong up Comment 0 Comments Join the conversation →