United States Arena: CONCACAF has ‘the stupidest card rules’ Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 11:13 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Panama Panama The U.S. national team coach criticized the regulation that sees a player suspended for earning two yellow cards at any point in World Cup qualifying ORLANDO, Fla. — A 4-0 rout of Panama may have left Bruce Arena in a buoyant mood Friday, but the U.S. national team coach still found himself irked by a quirk of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying format.Arena criticized the confederation’s harsh penalty for yellow card accumulation, which sees a player earn a one-game suspension for receiving two cards at any point in the qualification process.The U.S. played its 15th match on the road to Russia 2018 on Friday, with nine of the 23 players dressed for the match — including starters Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Arriola — one card away from a ban. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “A lot of people don’t realize this — they have the stupidest card rules,” Arena said. “So we’re at  games now. If you got a yellow card in game one and picked one up tonight, you’d be suspended for game . It’s the stupidest — I don’t understand it. I’m just happy I haven’t been around this stuff for a lot of years because I’d lose my mind.”The U.S. avoided any bookings at Orlando City Stadium while Panama earned three yellow cards on a night American star Christian Pulisic absorbed several fouls.Although the strict suspension rules would theoretically limit excessive physicality, Arena floated out the possibility that referees hesitate to hand out cards because they’re aware of the harsh effect a booking could have.”Our players can’t take a card, really,” Arena said. “It happens the whole competition. For some reason then the referees aren’t giving out yellow cards too because they realize that players will be suspended the next game.”So we never know what kind of mentality the referee is going to bring, what kind of posture we can take. We have to be smart. We can’t lose Michael Bradley going in and whacking someone retaliating on a foul on Christian.”
Enlarge ImageIt’s unlikely that Aston Martin’s no-deal Brexit survival plan includes building further V8 Cygnets, unfortunately. Aston Martin While we’re up to our ears here in the US with partial government shutdowns and wall talk, the folks over in the UK are staring down the barrel of a possible no-deal Brexit, in which Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. The prospect has companies such as Aston Martin taking emergency measures to stay afloat, Reuters reports.The UK is set to leave the EU on March 29. The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated a trade deal with the EU but has yet to win support for it in Parliament. Her government on Tuesday suffered defeat over a related finance measure, The Guardian reports. Without a deal, shipments to and from Europe are likely to be severely delayed.The Aston Martin top brass decided at a board meeting in December to enact its no-deal Brexit contingency plan — one which we can only imagine is called something super cool like Condition Aubergine or the Condor Contingency. It will mean major changes to the way the company operates on a day-to-day basis, according to Reuters.Specifically, Aston Martin will use ports other than Dover in an effort to avoid customs delays, and it has authorized its procurement people to use air freight when shipping components from certain vendors.Aston Martin — like many automakers — runs on a just-in-time manufacturing system when it comes to getting the materials it needs to build its cars. Naturally, having the kinds of delays that are expected if a no-deal Brexit happens would pee in Aston Martin’s Wheaties, figuratively speaking. This would likely cause massive production upset, something which a relatively small independent company like Aston Martin can’t afford.The company is also holding on to an inventory of cars in Germany that it will likely augment in the coming weeks, in an effort to avoid post-Brexit costs and paperwork.Aston Martin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 25 Photos Aston Martin Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Car Industry Luxury cars Exotic Cars Performance Cars Aston Martin
Value buying, coupled with the successful passage of the crucial bankruptcy bill in the Lok Sabha, saw the Indian equity markets rise on Monday.The barometer index of the Indian equity markets gained by 217 points during the day’s trade.Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened on a weak note in sync with their Asian peers and last Friday’s slump.However, both the key indices soon rose on the back of value buying and a further fall in international crude oil prices that buoyed investors’ sentiments.Apart from oil prices, metal stocks, too, supported the day’s gains — as investors expected the government to set a minimum import price on several steel products.In addition, the passage of crucial bankruptcy bill in the Lok Sabha gave a major boost to markets.Besides, investors have hedged their hopes on the government getting other critical bills approved by parliament including a legislations on setting up of commercial courts and amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act.Even the clarity on the status of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) bill getting delayed due to parliament’s logjam increased risk-taking appetite of investors.The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed higher by 217 points during the day’s trade.Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also gained. It ended higher by 72.50 points or 0.93 percent up at 7,834.45 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 25,425.32 points, closed at 25,735.90 points — up 216.68 points or 0.85 percent from the previous day’s close at 25,519.22 points.The Sensex touched a high of 25,757.84 points and a low of 25,413.54 points during the intra-day trade.The Sensex had closed the previous session on December 18, down 284.56 points or 1.10 percent, while the Nifty was lower by 82.40 points or 1.50 percent.”We saw a relief rally taking place today after Friday’s profit bookings. The rally was supported by value buying and clarity on the passage status of some major economic legislations,” Anand James, co-head, technical research desk with Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told IANS.”The upcoming US GDP (gross domestic product) figures scheduled for tomorrow’s release will be on focus, being the first crucial data greeting markets after the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) decided to raise US benchmark rates.”Nitasha Shankar, vice president for research with YES Securities said that the Indian markets ended trade higher, amidst thin volumes suggesting a range bound movement for markets.”Further, broader markets gained in line with the headline indices. Market breadth favoured the bulls throughout the day with 1,795 advancing shares against 909 declining,” Shankar told IANS.”All major sectorial indices, barring the pharma index, ended in the green with gains of one percent and higher. Pharma index declined one percent led by a sharp fall in the Sun Pharma stock.”Besides equities, even the Indian rupee gained in the day’s trade. It strengthened by five paise at 66.35 to a US dollar from its previous close of 66.40 to a greenback.Both, the foreign and domestic institutional investors were net buyers in the day’s trade.According to data with stock exchanges, FIIs invested about Rs.37.37 crore, while DIIs bought stocks worth Rs.62.7 crore.Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, automobile, metal, information technology (IT) and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) stocks.The S&P BSE banking index augmented by 270.70 points, automobile index gained by 153.54 points, metal index increased by 105.48 points, IT index rose by 102.39 points and FMCG index was higher by 97.64 points.On the other hand, healthcare and consumer durables scrip were trading in the red.The S&P BSE healthcare index receded by 86.69 points and consumer durables index declined by 77.73 points.Major Sensex gainers during Monday’s trade were ICICI Bank, up 3.24 percent at Rs.258.20; ONGC, up 3.16 percent at Rs.230.30; ITC, up 2.68 percent at Rs.325.75; Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), up 2.64 percent at Rs.1,277.15; and Axis Bank, up 2.09 percent at Rs.441.45.The major Sensex losers were Sun Pharma, down 4.55 percent at Rs.754.45; Gail, down 0.97 percent at Rs.336.70; Hindustan Unilever, down 0.81 percent at Rs.852.10; and Asian Paint, down 0.66 percent at Rs.875.05.