Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday.The Argentine forward experienced discomfort in his right leg during Monday’s training session and tests confirmed that the 32-year-old had suffered a grade one calf strain, forcing him out of the tour.Messi will remain in Barcelona… his availability to come back to action will be dictated by his recovery, Barcelona said in a statement on their website.Barcelona are set to travel to the U.S. later on Monday, with two friendly matches scheduled against Italian Serie A side Napoli on Aug. 7 (Miami) and 10 (Michigan).Messi was banned from international duty for three months and fined $50,000 after levelling accusations of corruption at South American soccer chiefs during last month’s Copa America.He was sent off against Chile in the third-place playoff and later alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of hosts Brazil, who defeated Argentina in the semi-final on their way to the title.Read more | Community Shield: Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to lift titleAlso see:
zoom Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, has reported a net profit of QAR 749 million (USD 205.6 million) in the third quarter of 2016 compared to QAR 757 million (USD 207.8 million) seen in the same period last year.The company said that the “positive results” were a result of strategic long-term charters of Nakilat’s LNG vessels and the strong LPG vessels performance, which ensured “the continuous strong financial profitability despite the current market conditions of fluctuating oil and gas prices and the slowdown in ship repair and building activities.”“Nakilat’s resilient financial performance, despite the current economic climate, is attributed to the prudence and effectiveness of our long-term business strategies. We are actively seeking out new business opportunities to grow our business portfolio and maximize returns for our shareholders,” Nakilat Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti said.In the first half of the year the company reported a slight increase in its net profit to QAR 501 million from QAR 491 million seen in the first half of 2015.Earlier in 2016, Nakilat revealed its plans to pursue aggressive developments and growth strategies in the long term through acquisition of new business opportunities as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to collaborate in areas including marine export, credit insurance and financing.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will kick off a nationwide campaign called “THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES” featuring some of the industry’s biggest names and influencers in order to create a giving movement.THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVESNashville photographers, John Shearer and Andres Martinez, have lent their talents to the campaign, shooting many of the over 80 artist images that will be featured.The campaign will be supported by St. Jude Country Cares radio partners to cover more than 120 markets in December. The on-air push will coincide with a social push as artists and influencers wear and share photos in THIS SHIRT on their socials.St. Jude has long given apparel as a thank you to “Partners In Hope,” donors who give $20 per month to the hospital’s lifesaving work. THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES T-shirt will exclusively be available to those that become Partners In Hope.“St. Jude is an amazing organization, and whenever you see that name you trust that it’s the best of all causes,” said award-winning singer, songwriter and longtime St. Jude supporter Luke Bryan. “It’s important for me to be a part of causes that inspire people. It’s a life-changing experience to get to see St. Jude and meet the kids who are fighting for their lives.”St. Jude will officially launch the campaign with an industry-wide reception at the Country Music Association in Nashville on Monday, December 4, 2017.Confirmed artists include: Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, Cassadee Pope, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, and Thomas Rhett.Since 1989, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised more than $750 million for the kids of St. Jude.To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit: www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.