first_imgPorto: Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland. The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot. Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time. However, Ronaldo predictably took centre stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!” Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the centre of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped. A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIn front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick. The Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix. City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.last_img read more

Rabat – An online petition calling on the Moroccan government to lift the ban on VoIP services receives 5,000 supporters in one day.A petition directed to President Abdelilah Benkirane, urging him to lift the recent ban on VoIP services, was posted to online petition site Avaaz.com on Wednesday. As head of the Moroccan government, Benkirane also serves as the president of the board of directors of ANRT.Ghassan Benchiheb, the social network strategist for Benkirane and the Justice and Development Party, created the petition and shared the link on his Facebook wall on Wednesday. Within 24 hours, almost 5,000 people have signed their name in support of the initiative. The petition comes in the midst of ongoing protests against the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency’s (ANRT) ban on Wifi-enabled voice calls connected through mobile applications, such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and FaceTime.Written in Darija, or the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, the petition outlines the reasons why Moroccans use VoIP services in their personal and professional lives.“You are youth entrepreneur and have done an online project,” one line of the petition reads. “You have customers in the U.S., France, and Japan and you want to reach an understanding with them; you want to see them, you want them to see you. That’s why you use the [Facebook] Messenger and Skype.”In early January, ANRT had justified the ban by explaining that “the regulatory provisions governing the provision of telephone services (VoIP or other) are clear and those services can be provided only by holders of telecommunications licenses.”ANRT temporarily lifted the ban in early February after Moroccans carried out a boycott against Moroccan telecom companies on January 17th and 18th. The restrictions were reinstated on February 26th.on Wednesday, INWI Morocco’s third telecom company, announced its withdrawal as a sponsor of the Maroc Web Awards as a result of the ban, which the company said it “does not benefit from.”Morocco is said to be following the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt; both Arab countries banned VoIP-enabled services over the course of last year. read more