Morris, Martinez, Rooney highlight players to watch in ’19

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‘Innovative’ financial list formally unveiled

first_imgA specialist list hosted at the Rolls Building to deal with financial market cases has taken a further step towards full operation with the publication of practice directions at a formal unveiling last night. Speaking before representatives from the legal and financial professions, lord chancellor Michael Gove praised the financial list, which launched on 1 October, as one of the most ‘exciting innovations in the field of British justice’.  The list was a key part in ensuring the modernisation of the legal system, he said.Bank of England deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe said the central bank ‘wholeheartedly supports’ the initiative for financial stability and competitive reasons.‘This isn’t just something that matters for the UK and UK financial stability. It is something that matters [for] international financial stability as well,’ he said.Lord chief justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd said that the list would be kept under review, but added: ‘I do hope this initial experiment will work and we will try and improve it wherever possible.’The financial list will initially run as a two-year pilot until the end of September 2017. Cases will be heard by 12 judges from the Commercial Court and Chancery Division.Alasdair Douglas, chair of the City of London Law Society, said: ‘The facility to bring market test cases, where authoritative legal guidance is needed, will be an important feature of the financial list initiative. ‘Litigants expect judges to be familiar with the subject matter of a case, and the financial list will offer the assurance that these significant cases will be heard by a high-calibre judge who, for example, has an understanding of the global financial markets.‘The financial list will improve, and be seen to improve, the service provided by the English courts to international litigants.’The first case, between foreign parties and concerning derivatives transactions, was transferred onto the financial list last week and is in the course of being tried by Mr Justice Blair.last_img read more

Senegal beats Netherlands to qualify for U17 World Cup last 16

first_imgSenegal’s elimination means Africa bids 2018 FIFA World cup goodbye Algerian World Cup Fan VITORIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 30: Aliou Balde of Senegal celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at Estádio Kléber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) VITORIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 30: Pape Sarr of Senegal celebrates with Souleymane Faye after scoring a goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at Estádio Kléber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Senegal secured its place in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup following a 3-1 come-from-behind win against 10-man Netherlands at the Estadio Kleber Andrade in Cariacica, Brazil, on Wednesday.Naoufal Bannis opened the scoring after 10 minutes after he found himself unmarked at the far post following a corner to smash the ball into the roof of the net.Samba Diallo leveled the game with a header three minutes later but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check as Souleymane Faye was judged to have committed a foul in the buildup to the goal.Five minutes later, Bannis thought he had doubled Netherlands’ lead but the goal was ruled out as Jayden Braaf was offside in the buildup.Pape Sarr’s deflected long-range strike less than a minute after the restart drew Senegal level.Sarr grabbed his brace in the 87th minute through a penalty after Melayro Bogarde fouled Mouhamadou Diaw in the penalty box.Bogarde was subsequently sent off after receiving a second booking for the foul.The Young Lions of Teranga then sealed the win in the fifth minute of stoppage time after a counterattacking move saw Sarr release Aliou Balde who rounded Dutch goalkeeper Calvin Raatsie to score.Senegal tops Group D with a maximum six points from two games, two ahead of Japan, whom they will face in their final group game.Senegal joins Nigeria and Angola as the other African teams to advance to the knockout stage of the Under-17 World Cup.Relatedcenter_img Senegal beat South Africa to qualify for World Cuplast_img read more

Premier League Round-up: Faisal dumps Oly

first_imgVisiting Kumasi King Faisal made sure tottering Accra Great Olympics stayed put at the bottom of the Onetouch Premier League table with a 3:0 thumping on Sunday.Faisal opened the scores as early as the fifth minute through Samad Oppong before Eric Opoku added to the tally in the 20th minute.Out of sorts Olympics only managed to bundle their chances or found goalkeeper Osei Boateng a real barrier, allowing the visitors to dictate affairs before a rather sparse crowd at the Ohene Djan Stadium.And when Olympics appeared to regroup to redeem themselves after the break, Faisal stunned them with the third goal.At the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, homesters AshantiGold SC needed a brace by striker Alex Asamoah to ditch unyielding Sekondi Hasaacas by 2:1.Asamoah put his side up first in the 6th minute, however Hasaacas leveled up in the 20th minute through Freddie Quaison to throw the game wide open again. Hasaacas were indeed the more threatening in front of goal, as fans of Ashgold yelled and rained invectives on their players, before Asamoah netted the match winner in the 60th minute to set their hearts at ease.At the Tema Park, Real Sportive pipped visiting Liberty Professionals by 2:1 with goals from Yakubu Issaka and Alhassan Nuhu. Liberty’s lone goal, came from Kofi Nti Boakye.Zaytuna United and Tema Youth also sold out a pulsating game that ended two goals apiece at the El Wak Stadium.At the Berekum Golden City Park, homesters Arsenals pipped visiting Gamba All Blacks by a lone goal courtesy a 69th minute strike by substitute Seidu Abdulai.Kumasi Asante Kotoko play host to Accra Hearts of Oak on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Stadium in an outstanding game. Author: Isaac Yeboahlast_img read more