Neymar wins French league’s Player of the Year award

PARIS — Neymar won the French League’s Player of the Year award on Sunday, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain teammates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, the other nominee, finished fourth in Sunday’s Ligue 1 awards ceremony in Paris.

“I would like to thank all of my teammates,” Neymar said on beIN Sports television. “I’m honoured and very happy with our season. I couldn’t have won this trophy without my teammates.”

Neymar scored 19 league goals and set up another 13 in only 20 games for French champion PSG.

He has not played since cracking a metatarsal in his right foot against Marseille on Feb. 25. He had surgery in Brazil in March and has resumed light training and ball work as he bids to be ready for the World Cup, which starts next month in Russia.

Cavani won the award last season and is again the league’s top scorer with 28 goals, while Thauvin is next with 22. Mbappe has netted 13 since joining from deposed champion Monaco.

PSG coach Unai Emery, who is leaving at the end of the season, won Coach of the Year after guiding PSG to a domestic treble.

However, PSG once again fell short in Europe after going out in the last 16 of the Champions League for the second straight season.

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Daphne Bramham: A call for an amnesty on future prosecutions as two polygamists prepare for sentencing

As two convicted polygamists — 61-year-old Winston Blackmore and James Oler, 53 — prepare for their sentencing hearing Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook, there are growing concerns within the fundamentalist Mormon community that more people — both men and women — may be charged.

That fear is keeping some from fleeing the religious community of Bountiful in southeastern B.C. and from seeking help to make that transition, say several women who have left, according to a group called SafetyNet in the Kootenays.

Formed by women who have left the Bountiful community, the group is lobbying governments to provide more and better services to those who leave, including education, housing, legal assistance in gaining access to their children, and help in obtaining permanent residency for mothers who came here illegally from the United States.

They are also urging the federal and provincial government to declare an amnesty from prosecution for anyone who leaves.

Currently, about six people a year leave Bountiful and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, whose prophet, Warren Jeffs, continues to predict the end of the world and has ordered his followers not to have sex within marriage or even marry as long as he is in a Texas jail where he is serving sentence of life plus 25 years for sexually abusing under-aged girls, according to Esther Palmer.

She is one of SafetyNet’s founders. Palmer was deemed “unworthy” and asked to leave in 2011. One of 46 children and a mother of nine, Palmer was not only forced to leave behind several children as well many other family members, they are forbidden to speak to her because she is an apostate.

As difficult as it was to be cut off from family and lifelong friends, Palmer had the unique advantage of having an education and a profession. …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun