Bayern blow as Ribery suffers hamstring injury

first_imgFranck Ribery appears set for a spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed the winger suffered a hamstring injury at their training camp in Doha.The 35-year-old, who has four Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season, sustained the problem during a practice match in the club’s warm-weather camp in Qatar.Bayern are yet to place a timescale on the Frenchman’s recovery, announcing that he will be out of action “for the time being”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German giants said in a fitness update on their official website: “Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.”Arjen Robben (recovering from a thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (sports rehab after rupturing a cruciate) are also unable to train with the team at present.”Ribery was fined by the club last week after publishing a foul-mouthed tweet hitting back at those who accused him of flaunting his wealth in uploading a video of himself with a gold-coated steak in an exclusive Dubai restaurant.The Frenchman said: “Let’s start with the envious, the angry, the people that have been spawned from a broken condom. F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree.“I owe you nothing, my success is thanks to god, myself and my family and friends who believed in me. The others were always merely stones in my shoes.”He added: “Secondly, to the pseudo-journalists that always criticised me and my actions (last example, the price of my food!).“When I give [to charity] (because I’ve been taught to always give when I receive a lot) why no big national media is talking about it?“You would rather talk about the vacation that I spent with my family, you watch my every move, what I eat and so on… You’re always here for this kind of futility.”last_img read more

Ontario building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across province

TORONTO — Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.The provincial government says the network of public stations will help address “range anxiety” among electric car drivers who may be concerned about the distance their vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.The full network of stations will allow electric vehicles to travel from Windsor, Ont., to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, Ont., as well as in and around major urban centres.The stations — which will be placed at more than 250 locations including highways, workplaces and public spaces — are all expected to be in service by the end of March next year.Tesla Motors Inc’s top secret masterplan may not be about cars at all, but rather public transportPeter Tertzakian: Are electric-vehicle sales running out of gas?The government says the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario’s $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change.The province provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation.Ontario’s announcement on Wednesday comes after Quebec announced last month that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways.Electric cars are still a niche market, with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011.The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt leads, followed by the all-electric Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together they account for almost 70 per cent of sales.Widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been hampered by consumer concern over the availability of charging stations, the time required to charge electric vehicle batteries and the distance that can be travelled between charging sessions.The typical Canadian urban commute, however, is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles. read more