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Giroud overtakes Zidane on scoring chart

first_imgOlivier Giroud has edged ahead of Zinedine Zidane on France’s all-time top goalscorer list, with the Chelsea striker having taken his international tally to 32 goals.The 31-year-old had to wait until 2011 before being handed a debut by Les Bleus, having failed to represent them at any youth level.It was his exploits for Montpellier at that time which brought him into contention, with the target having been found on a regular basis for club and country ever since. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Domestic football has taken him to England at Arsenal and now Chelsea, with over 100 efforts recorded for the Gunners.He has remained a regular for France since making the breakthrough, with his cap haul now standing at 82.Those outings have made him a World Cup winner, with a global crown secured in Russia over the summer despite failing to find the target .Giroud was to get back in groove during a meeting with the Netherlands on Sunday, with a stunning strike proving notable as it carried him above the legendary Zidane on France’s goal chart.He now sits fourth on that roll of honour by himself, with only two more strikes required to catch David Trezeguet.32 – Olivier Giroud has scored his 32th goal for France, overtaking Zinedine Zidane (31) and becoming the only 4th best goalscorer in France national team’s history. Deliverance. #FRANED pic.twitter.com/QQzyBj5HtB — OptaJean ⭐⭐ (@OptaJean) September 9, 2018 Michel Platini is second on the goal chart with 41 efforts to his name, while Arsenal icon Thierry Henry occupies top spot on 51.Giroud will hope to continue closing the gap on those French heroes, with his latest effort seeing him end a 10-game barren run in style .In the 74th minute of a UEFA Nations League clash with the Dutch, Benjamin Mendy swung over a cross from the left.Giroud was tightly marked around the penalty spot, but swing his left boot at the ball to send a stinging volley crashing into the back of the net.That effort proved to the match winner , with Ryan Babel having earlier cancelled out an opener from Kylian Mbappe.last_img read more

Hundreds of schools shut as forestfire haze blankets Southeast Asia

first_imgJambi (Indonesia): Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests — some of the world’s biggest — with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday. Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo islands are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations. Burning forests to make way for farming is also thought to be behind the enormous fires currently ripping through the Amazon in South America, and experts believe they could have a serious impact on the global climate. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn Indonesia the number of hotspots — areas at risk of fires — has soared in parts, including on Borneo which the country shares with Malaysia and Brunei. Air quality has dropped to “unhealthy” levels in and around Kuala Lumpur, according to the government’s air pollutant index, and the skyline has been shrouded in thick smog. The smell of burning foliage filled the air, and residents were suffering respiratory problems and complained of itchy and sore eyes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It makes your eyes hurt and causes breathing problems,” Indonesian tourist Indah Sulistia told AFP in Kuala Lumpur. “The haze also creates problems for snapping photos,” she added. Haze also hung over Singapore, while residents in parts of southern Thailand were advised to wear face masks this week. Around 400 schools were closed Tuesday in nine districts of Malaysia’s Sarawak state on Borneo, with more than 150,000 students affected, according to the local education department. In neighbouring Indonesia’s Jambi province, on Sumatra, some kindergartens will be closed until Friday, while elementary and junior high schools are also temporarily shut, according to local authorities, who did not give exact numbers. Jambi mayor Syarif Fasha urged residents to wear face masks while Malaysia’s national disaster management agency said it has secured half a million masks, which will be sent to the Sarawak state disaster committee. “This is really scary,” said Jambi resident Atiah, who goes by one name like many Indonesians. “I’m coughing and keep having trouble breathing — I don’t know what this is going to mean for my respiratory health.”last_img read more

Rick Campanelli Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo leave ET Canada

first_imgAdvertisement And after 12 years as our correspondent in Montreal, Natasha Gargiulo will continue host and produce entertainment shows for TV and radio, and expand her lifestyle retreats to empower women.You can still catch Natasha and Erin on the show throughout the month of July, and Rick will appear until the end of August.We sincerely thank Rick, Erin and Natasha for their tremendous contributions to ET Canada, and wish them every success in their future endeavours. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Heading into our 13th season of ET Canada, we are making some changes to the show. It’s an emotional day as we share the news that Rick Campanelli, Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo will be moving on to pursue new ventures.After 12 years as co-host, Rick will be leaving ET Canada when his contract comes to a close later this summer. We are grateful for his dedication to the show and wish him well.Following 12 years as our West Coast reporter, Erin is moving on to produce and host quality lifestyle and entertainment content for broadcast and new media in Vancouver. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more