David Silva’s one of the best – Guardiola

first_imgPep Guardiola has called David Silva ‘one of the best players I’ve trained’ following the Manchester City midfielder’s match-winning contribution against Hoffenheim.City won 2-1 in Germany in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Silva grabbing the winner in the 87th minute.The Spanish playmaker nipped in sharply to dispossess Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch, before rifling the ball into the back of the net to secure all three points for the Premier League champions. 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! The 32-year-old has been a fixture in the starting XI for Guardiola’s men once again at the start of the 2018-19 campaign and will no doubt be vital to the team’s continued success over the next few months.City are top of the Premier League after seven games and are now off the mark with their first points in Europe, after surprisingly losing their matchday one opener against Lyon.Speaking after the game against Hoffenheim, Guardiola singled out Silva for praise, expressing his belief that the midfielder is one of the best in the business.When asked by reporters if he wants City to win the Champions League to complete Silva’s list of honours at the highest level, the Spaniard replied : “I think everyone deserves to win it. He won the World Cup, and Euros – he wants to win it but you don’t just win with desire.”He’s one of the best players I’ve trained. I’ve had a lot at Barca and Bayern but he’s on that list.“I love players who make a step forward in the bad moments and say ‘OK I’m here guys’.”City return to Premier League action on Sunday in a vital showdown with Liverpool at Anfield, which will see the top two teams in England go head to head.Silva is highly likely to feature from the start against the Reds and supporters will hope he can continue to deliver the goods to help drive the team towards a crucial three points.Jurgen Klopp’s side have established themselves as a credible threat to City’s title defence in the opening two months of the season and this weekend’s game represents a huge chance for them to gain a lead on their rivals.last_img read more

Petra Kvitova included in French Open draw after recovering from stabbing

first_imgCzech player Petra Kvitova was included in the draw for the French Open on Friday after recovering from being stabbed during a burglary at her home last December.Kvitova, who announced this week she was set to play at Wimbledon where she has twice won the title, has not played competitively since the attack, which left her with serious injuries to her left playing hand.She will be seeded 15th thanks to her protected ranking. Kvitova’s opponent in the first round will be U.S. player Julia Boserup.last_img

We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgIndia return home after a rather disappointing Test series away to England and Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane feels India will need to quickly adapt to the different yet familiar home conditions at home to dominate the two-Test series against West Indies.India had failed to bring their best in English conditions, losing the five-Test series 1-4 last month.”Here we have to see how the wicket behaves, it is hot here, so we have to adapt to the conditions quickly during the practice sessions,” Rahane said.”We know the Indian conditions and we know how to go about our job and what shots to play here. England was different, so we will have to quickly mentally switch.”Each and every match is equally important and we are just looking to play to our standards, rather than thinking about our opponents. It is important to start off well, we have two practice sessions before the Test match starts,” he added.The 30-year-old Mumbaikar said the focus of the team is to improve its own game without thinking about their opponents.READ – West Indies should enjoy, not fear playing India in front of their fans: Stuart Law”It was a great achievement to win Asia Cup and players, who got an opportunity there did well, but this is a new series and we can’t take them lightly. We have to focus to improve our own game,” said Rahane.”No matter whom we play, whether it is Australia, England or West Indies, it is important to improve our own standard. Our goal will be to play some good cricket, definitely to dominate from the first match and improvement as a batsman, as a bowler and as a team, that would be the focus.advertisementPrithvi Shaw wasn’t handed his debut in England, but Rahane feels the youngster should not curb his attacking style of batting if he gets the nod against West Indies in the two-match Test series starting Thursday.READ – Sunil Ambris scores century as West Indies draw vs Board President’s XI in tour game”I am happy for Shaw. I have seen him since his young days, we used to practice together, he is an attacking opener and done well for India A and got the reward,” he said.Rahane however didn’t commit on who among Prithvi and Mayank Agarwal will partner KL Rahul in the opening Test in Rajkot, starting October 4.”Personally we don’t know the combination what we are going to play. But there is no pressure, it is an opportunity for every individual to express ourselves. I wish him good luck and I am sure he will do well. I just want him to play as he has been doing for Mumbai and India A and I think he will be fine,” Rahane said.”It is a good opportunity particularly for youngsters like Prithivi, Mayank and Siraj as they have all done well in domestic cricket. So as a batsman they can score runs, as a bowler they can pick wickets. It is all about going out there and giving your best without thinking much about future,” he added.After a disappointing outing in England, Rahane lead Mumbai to victories over Baroda, Karnataka and Railways in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last month and he said it provided him good match practice ahead of the West Indies series.”After coming back from England, I was just looking to do well for Mumbai at that point of time and get some match practice (although it was white ball cricket) ahead of the West Indies series. Vijay Hazare was a good match practice for me,” said Rahane.”I always believe whether it is a domestic, international or practice match, it brings a different pressure and I think it helped me to prepare. I am really confident and looking forward to do well and keep contributing towards my team.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

The dullest game in World Cup history: Switzerland v Ukraine in 2006

first_img Twitter features Read more Which is your favourite World Cup? The question of what makes a football match great has no objectively correct answer but ask a range of people and a few themes are likely to emerge: goals, end-to-end action, intensity, quality, drama, incident, controversy. Switzerland versus Ukraine was lacking in all seven of these departments.“The tedium of much of this occasion should not detract from Ukraine’s achievement,” wrote Dominic Fifield in his match report. “It was to be admired, even if it was occasionally exasperating to watch.” The BBC echoed these sentiments, albeit in more diplomatic tones: “In a tightly contested match both teams found it difficult to create clear openings in the penalty area, with the game’s best chances coming from set pieces as well as some powerful long-range shots.” Even Fifa’s own report struggled to find a positive angle, describing it as a “scrappy affair devoid of highlights” that “could never develop any genuine flow.”On TV, Ray Stubbs said: “Dull doesn’t quite do it justice. Franz Beckenbauer must have wondered why he gave up a night of his honeymoon to see the match.” A highlights package broadcast by ITV later that night skipped straight to the penalty shootout to “prevent the TV audience from taking further punishment.” Italy 4-3 West Germany this was not. The five questions Gareth Southgate must answer in England’s friendlies World Cup 2006 Ricardo Cabanas was one of three Swiss players to miss a penalty in the shootout against Ukraine. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/EPA World Cup 2018 This is bloody awful,” said subtlety’s Mick McCarthy, cursing his luck at being placed on co-commentary duty Pinterest Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Pinterest Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder, but there are some things even the most steadfast of contrarians would struggle to find attractive. One such example was the last-16 match between Switzerland and Ukraine at the 2006 World Cup, a game so dull that dishwater should take offence if ever mentioned in the same sentence as this horrorshow.Ukraine eventually emerged victorious after 120 excruciating minutes, Oleg Blokhin’s side triumphing in a penalty shootout that featured only a marginal increase in quality on what had gone on before. Reaching the quarter-finals in their first – and so far only – World Cup was a commendable accomplishment for Ukraine, but there’s an argument that both sides should have been immediately expelled from the tournament. Twitter Other World Cup knockout ties have dropped off in intensity in extra time, but no other game has started from such a low base. Tranquillo Barnetta was the only player to receive a yellow card in two hours of what can only loosely be termed football; a dearth of quality can sometimes be excused, but Switzerland and Ukraine didn’t even have the decency to give us a bit of needle.And so to penalties, where the contest threatened to descend into total farce after Shevchenko and Marco Streller missed the first two spot-kicks. “Is anybody going to score in Cologne tonight?” Guy Mowbray asked, clinging ever tighter to his sanity. McCarthy, only half-joking, suggested tossing a coin to decide the winner.Ball was finally introduced to net when 21-year-old Artem Milevskiy showed great nerve to coolly convert a Panenka and edge Ukraine in front in the shootout. Barnetta then blazed his effort against the bar and Serhiy Rebrov made no mistake, before Ricardo Cabanas’ miss left Switzerland staring defeat in the face. Up stepped Ukraine right-back Oleh Husyev, whose emphatic finish sent his country into the quarter-finals. Switzerland, meanwhile, became the first team in World Cup history not to score a single penalty in a shootout and the first to exit the competition without conceding a goal. Facebook Share on Messenger Part of the joy of football lies in the unknown, the utter ignorance of what you’re going to see when you arrive at the stadium or turn on the TV. It wouldn’t be as fun if every game was a 4-4 thriller. Perhaps the two teams did everyone a favour, reminding us that entertaining encounters should be cherished when they come around. You need the lows to appreciate the highs. Even though Ukraine 0-0 Switzerland was the dullest game in World Cup history, we should still be thankful it unfolded as it did. Let’s just hope there isn’t a repeat in Russia this summer – once in a lifetime is more than enough.• This is an article from The Set Pieces• Follow Greg Lea and The Set Pieces on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Switzerland World Cup Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Facebook Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko hitting the crossbar with a header and Switzerland striker Alexander Frei hitting the woodwork with a well-struck free-kick were the only moments of note in the first half. The 15-minute interval brought welcome respite, but the early stages of the second period made it obvious that no teacups had been sent flying in the dressing rooms at half-time. Both sides, it seemed, were perfectly happy with how the opening 45 minutes had played out.Ukraine started the brighter after the break but failed to test Pascal Zuberbuhler in the Switzerland goal, with Andriy Voronin’s speculative long-ranger the only time the Basel goalkeeper was called into action before the hour-mark. Not that the Swiss fared any better: the first time they tested Ukrainian goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy was an overhit free-kick which was drifting well wide of the target anyway. “This is bloody awful,” said subtlety’s Mick McCarthy, cursing his luck at being placed on co-commentary duty for the evening. Tell us what you really think, Mick.The final chance in the game came in the 75th minute, when a flicked header from Ukraine’s Andriy Husin sailed narrowly wide of the far post after Zuberbuhler had flapped unconvincingly at Maksym Kalynychenko’s corner. After that, nothing. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Ukraine In hindsight, we should have known what was coming. Both teams put great stock in keeping their sheets clean: Switzerland had topped a group containing France, Togo and South Korea without conceding goal; and this was Ukraine’s eighth clean sheets in nine games in 2006. The 45,000 spectators inside Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion were never likely to be treated to a spectacle.Even so, the opening stages passed by without anything that even resembled an incident. Johan Cruyff used to implore his players to treat the ball as a friend; on that basis, the Adidas Teamgeist must have severely wronged all 22 players on the pitch. Neither side was able to retain possession for very long, with a flurry of hurried passes and sloppy touches giving way to what must be the earliest Mexican wave in the history of football. Occasionally a deviant maverick would look to break forward and progress up the pitch, but such missteps were quickly quashed as both teams resumed their joint endeavour to cure insomnia. Ukraine go through. Finally. Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP Guardian Sport Networklast_img read more

Feel Good Friday – Naadam

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Have you ever owned a cashmere sweater? Before you say, ‘cashmere is for country club bozos and grand dads’, that probably means you have never put one on. A cashmere sweater is the most comfortable item of clothing you may ever own. You won’t ever want to take it off (at least during the cold months). And thanks to Naadam, the concept of a cashmere sweater is getting redefined.About three years ago two friends, Matthew Scanlan and Diederik Rijsemus, were not actually looking to start a clothing line. As Matthew told us, “we wanted to develop something philanthropic. I have a background in venture capital and my business partner works in Econometrics (or the currency exchange rate forecasting).”He continues, “I was interested in how financing built businesses and Diederik understands how finance works on a global level. We were looking at the influence of micro economic development and stumbled onto Mongolia since he had visited there while in school in Hong Kong.The nomadic lifestyle they were studying in Mongolia doesn’t really exist in many other places in the world. The locals depend on livestock and the boys thought it would be the perfect place to work with, so they basically began paying insurance premiums for the herders to protect their goats from say a blizzard that could kill the herd.The boys then headed to Mongolia; the trip consisted of a 15 hour flight and a 20 hour drive into the middle of nowhere. They started talking to the herders and realized their goats were cashmere goats (eureka moment). These specific goats have a very unique fiber in their coat; the fiber is very long, soft and doesn’t pill when made into clothing. The boys had it tested in Italy and the factories’ reply was, ‘Where on Earth did this come from? We have never seen anything like it.” Bingo.That was a year and a half ago and that is when they decided to start making sweaters and hired a designer. The results of their hard work are simple yet luxurious hoodies, sweaters, cardigans and hats that are high end, but won’t break the bank. Naadam (named for a festival in Mongolia that celebrates nomadic heritage) launched online and began selling in 48 stores across the US. Their story was one that buyers and retailers ate up.As Matthew proudly tells us, “We realized we were creating a real cyclical business plan. This is how all clothing companies should grow in our eyes – by focusing on the people who create your textiles.” We couldn’t agree more.Next up they are partnering with a non-profit called Nest, which helps artisans find global partners. For instance, Naadam is working on a full collection and, through Nest, has sourced cotton from Kenya for their denim. They are also working on selling their yarns to top factories (think Gucci and others) to bring more attention to their Mongolian herders.Not ones to sit on their laurels, the boys have continued to build big programs in Mongolia and recently vaccinated almost 200,000 animals, which supports 500 herding families in a region the size of Rhode Island.Today Naadam is sold around the country and online and they have collaborated with the likes of Birchbox and Kaufmann Mercantile (two of our favorite shopping destinations). In February they will be launching the first full menswear collection during Fashion Week as well as a women’s capsule collection in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned. The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

La reconstitution symbolise le renouvellement culturel et spirituel

first_imgUne reconstitution émouvante du baptême du grand chef Henri Membertou en 1610 a eu lieu sur les côtes du basin de l’Annapolis aujourd’hui 24 juin, en célébration du 400e anniversaire d’un rituel qui a préparé le Canada à devenir une nation multiculturelle. « Quatre cent ans plus tard, nous nous rappelons de ce que représentait le grand chef Membertou, c’est-à-dire la paix internationale, l’acceptation spirituelle et la tolérance culturelle, a dit le grand chef Ben Sylliboy. Que cette reconstitution et les célébrations Membertou 400 symbolisent le renouvellement spirituel et culturel du peuple mi’kmaq. » La reconstitution au lieu historique national de Port-Royal a débuté à midi après la célébration de la messe par l’archevêque Martin Currie, accompagné du représentant du pape, le nonce apostolique Pedro Quintana, l’évêque du diocèse d’Antigonish Brian Dunn et d’autres évêques catholiques. Le grand chef Sylliboy, de nombreux aînés et chefs mi’kmaq et représentants élus étaient également présents. Le shaman et prophète mi’kmaq Membertou a été la première personne autochtone à être baptisée dans le territoire qui deviendra plus tard le Canada. Son baptême a non seulement établi une alliance entre le peuple mi’kmaq et l’Église catholique, mais il représentait aussi le désir des Mi’kmaq d’établir des relations pacifiques avec les nations européennes. L’écrivain et historien Hal Theriault a écrit « Le baptême de Membertou » du point de vue des Mi’kmaq, en mettant l’accent sur l’hospitalité du peuple qui a mené à une amitié coopérative, respectueuse et mutuellement avantageuse avec les colons français. Dans la pièce, des acteurs ont joué le rôle du grand chef Membertou, de sa femme et de ses enfants, du prêtre séculier français Jesse Fleche et du chef de l’établissement Poutrincourt. De nombreux membres de la Première nation de Bear River et des communautés environnantes ont contribué à la création des accessoires et des costumes. Après la reconstitution, les gens ont visité un village culturel mettant en vedette de l’artisanat, de la danse, des contes et des mets mi’kmaq traditionnels. Le Grand conseil mi’kmaq, la Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies et Parcs Canada ont organisé cet hommage d’une journée au grand chef légendaire dans le cadre des célébrations Membertou 400. L’événement se déplace au Halifax Common du vendredi 25 juin au dimanche 27 juin pour l’un des plus grand pow-wows, ou Mawio’mi en mi’kmaq, du pays. Pour consulter l’horaire des événements, visitez le www.membertou400.com . Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le lieu historique national du Canada de Port-Royal, consultez le www.parcscanada.gc.ca/portroyal .last_img read more

The Latest OPEC agrees to cut in oil production

first_imgVIENNA — The Latest on the OPEC oil meeting (all times local):4 p.m.Iraq’s representative in OPEC says the oil cartel has agreed to a proposal that will see global in oil production reduced by 1.2 million barrels a day.According to Thamir Ghadhban, the proposed cut would be made up of 800,000 barrels per day from OPEC countries and 400,000 barrels from non-OPEC nations.The proposed cut was in line with the 1 million to 1.3 million barrels per day expected by analysts.___11:10 a.m.OPEC countries are mulling a possible cut to oil production in an attempt to stabilize prices as they meet for a second straight day.Heavyweight Saudi Arabia has been pushing a cut of about 1 million barrels a day, but the oil cartel was not able to make a decision on Thursday.Analysts say they’re likely waiting to hear from non-OPEC Russia to better co-ordinate the cut.Heading in to Friday’s meeting in Vienna, Nigerian Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachikwu told reporters he was “hopeful” the nations would be able to reach an agreement.Ahead of the meeting Brent, the international standard, was down 59 cents at $59.47 a barrel while benchmark New York crude was 61 cents lower at $50.88.Oil prices have fallen about 25 per cent in recent months.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,303.83, up 92.61 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 17 cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $8.53 on 24.4 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Down 15 cents, or 2.73 per cent, to $5.35 on 12.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.48 per cent, to $2.10 on 11.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 14 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $9.34 on 8.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down six cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $2.55 on 6.9 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 7.96 per cent, to $6.92 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:MEG Energy Corp. Shares in oilsands producer MEG Energy continued to slide Friday after a credit rating agency said rival Husky Energy Inc.’s failure to consummate a hostile takeover bid was actually “credit positive” for Husky. After falling 35.6 per cent on Thursday, MEG stock lost another 2.7 per cent on Friday. Husky lost 4.3 per cent after gaining 12.4 per cent Thursday, Husky’s decision to abandon its bid for MEG after more than 50 per cent of the shares were tendered by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline surprised most financial analysts who had expected it to extend more time to try to achieve the two-thirds support it needed.WestJet Airlines Inc. (TSX:WJA). Up 43 cents or 2.3 per cent to $18.98. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. The agency says in a report that a backpack caught fire and caused minor thermal damage to the cargo compartment’s fire-resistant liner near the bag. An investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the batteries arrived at the airport or during baggage handling.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR). Up 25 cents to $109.25. The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that found the courts have jurisdiction to determine damages CN Rail must pay after breaching its service obligations to a Prairie grain shipping company during a bumper crop five years ago. The case goes back to a complaint filed by Calgary-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. to the Canadian Transportation Agency. Dreyfus said CN failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan to ship the record 2013-2014 grain crop.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Because of Ebola ICANN Postpones Its Meeting in Marrakech

Rabat- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to postpone its 52 meeting initially scheduled to take place in Marrakech. The event, which was set to gather about 3,000 people from all over the world, was due to be held in Morocco’s main tourist destination on February 8-12.ICANN is an international entity that coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet’s underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS). According to Le360, the decision was made by the organization because of the spread of the Ebola virus and after the Moroccan government stressed the need to avoid organizing major gatherings of people coming from different countries.“The decision to postpone the event by the ICANN staff was needed after the Moroccan government has itself stressed the risk of major global gatherings because of the epidemic,” a source from ICANN was quoted by Le360 as saying.Thus far no case of Ebola has been declared in Morocco. In a press conference last week, Health Minister, El Houcine El Ouardi, said that Morocco has no cases of Ebola thus far although the danger is still looming, especially with cases being tested positive for the virus in countries relatively far from Ebola-strickenWest Africa, such as the United States and Spain. read more

Security Council welcomes steps toward holding of Ivorian presidential polls

The announcement of the election date, supported by all Ivorian parties, and the signing by President Laurent Gbagbo of related decrees, constitute “an important step forward,” according to a statement read out by Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating Council presidency for April.Côte d’Ivoire became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north, but last year’s Ouagadougou Peace Agreement paved the way for an end to the conflict and included a provision calling for free and fair elections to be held.Presidential polls were to be held as far back as 2005, but have been delayed several times since then.During his visit to the country last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the main political actors in Côte d’Ivoire to continue making progress in the country’s peace process. “We all know however that considerable challenges remain to be addressed,” Mr. Ban said. “The road to the elections, to sustainable peace and reconciliation, may be treacherous and we should be vigilant.”In addition to the setting of the election date, the Council said it was encouraged by the signing last week, under the auspices of the Secretary-General, of a Code of Good Conduct for elections by all political parties. The 15-member body also encouraged the parties to build on the ongoing mobile courts’ process for the identification of the Ivorian population and registration of voters, and said it looked forward to the publication of the electoral list “as a crucial step in the electoral process.”The Council adopted the presidential statement after receiving a closed-door briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Choi Young-Jin.Mr. Choi’s active engagement, as well as the continued support of President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso to the country’s peace process, “has been instrumental towards achieving the establishment of a consensus among all political parties to hold presidential elections in 2008,” the Council added. 29 April 2008The Security Council today welcomed the news that Côte d’Ivoire will be holding previously delayed presidential elections on 30 November, and urged the West African nation to redouble its efforts to meet that vital goal on the path to peace. read more

Rishad denies claims on replacing Rumy

However the Minister said that Rumy Marzook never tendered his resignation and wanted to continue for another three months.“Accordingly, we extended. The agreement was for him to stay for another three-month’s period and no longer, and then to retire from the CAA. The end of this additional three month grace period ended already. Therefore we are now planning to appoint a new Chairman to CAA,” the Minister added. (Colombo Gazette) “I agree that we are planning to take in a new Chairman to the CAA. However, I categorically and clearly state that I am not planning to remove the current CAA Chairman intentionally as a result of him not agreeing to me. In fact, there is no plan by me to intentionally remove him from CAA and this is also a false statement,” Bathiudeen said in a statement. Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, while confirming that the present chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) Rumy Marzook, is to be replaced, denied claims over the motives to remove him.It had been reported that the Minister was going to remove Marzook as a result of a disagreement between him and the Minister. Bathiudeen said that the Chairman has been holding the position for around ten years as a political appointee of the previous administration and when the new administration was elected in January 2015, it was clear that his position gets vacated. read more

Family friends remember Calgary stabbing victims

Family and friends are remembering the five University of Calgary students killed in Calgary’s worst mass murder. Police chief Rick Hanson says they were all good kids in their 20s who had no prior contact with police.The victims are Kaitlin Perras, 23, Lawrence Hong, 27, Zackariah Rathwell, 23, and Josh Hunter, 22. Rathwell and Hunter were in a band together called Zackariah and the Prophets.Also killed, Jordan Segura, 23, whose former employer, a funeral director, spoke about Segura today saying he was well liked by the staff.“Jordan came to us last year interested in funeral service. He wanted to serve people, be there when they needed him,” said Ernie Hagel. “Never in a hurry. He wanted to make sure people were looked after. Very well rounded.”There was a makeshift memorial at the scene of the murders today. Police say all five victims had been celebrating the last day of classes at a home near the university when a man arrived at the party, grabbed a knife and began stabbing people. read more

Traders look to fiscal cliff negotiations holiday retail sales for direction

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Traders will likely be in a wait-and-see frame of mind this week as they look to some kind of progress from American politicians towards a vital budget compromise that would pull the economy away from a so-called fiscal cliff.They will also be anxious to see how American retailers fared over the weekend as the holiday retail season got into gear, and the first indication of how the Canadian financial sector performed over the last quarter.North American stock markets racked up solid gains last week on optimism that American lawmakers can put aside steep ideological differences and come together on a compromise to avoid steep spending cuts and tax increases which would be triggered by the first of the year.Traders were also encouraged by millions of Americans flocking to shopping malls Thursday night and Friday to scoop up bargains.The TSX gained 2.82 per cent after falling 2.6 per cent the previous week while the Dow industrials were up 3.34 per cent after losing almost two per cent.Also supporting markets was a sharp runup in Research In Motion shares (TSX:RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM). The stock surged $2.38 or 25.8 per cent to 11.61 during the week, with gains concentrated last Thursday after a National Bank Financial analyst upped his share price target. That move came amid rising optimism about RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at a Jan. 30 event along with its new line of smartphones. It’s viewed as a make or break product launch for Research In Motion.Negotiations over avoiding the fiscal cliff will likely dominate market sentiment since failure to avoid those tax hikes and spending cuts would represent such a shock to the economy that it would likely go back into recession.“The markets gave a pass last week because of the (Thanksgiving) holiday and because President Obama was overseas,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“Now, they’re going to want to see them getting back to work and see signs they are actually working towards a deal and they can get something done by the end of the year. The posturing had better not last long, the markets are going to be right on them I think.”Markets had tumbled in the seven sessions after the Nov. 6 election as the results of the contest left the political status quo largely intact, raising worries that Republicans and Democrats wouldn’t be willing to compromise. But sentiment took a positive turn as the initial meetings between the two sides Nov. 16 showed politicians in a more conciliatory mood.Meanwhile, Royal Bank (TSX:RY) kicks off a string of earnings by the big Canadian banks. It’s reporting on Thursday.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect Royal to turn in $1.26 per share of adjusted earnings on $7.4 billion of revenue for the three months ended Oct. 31.Generally, analysts don’t have huge expectations for this quarter amid a slowing Canadian economy and, more particularly, a cooling off of the real estate market, which would impact the money banks make from mortgages.“On the mortgage side you could start to see a bit of a slowdown, even if it doesn’t show up in the numbers people will be looking to see if there are any comments on it for going forward,” said Cieszynski.“Some of the earnings may get trimmed a bit as we go forward.”And he doesn’t expect the banks to dole out any extra money to shareholders since the big five Canadian banks raised their dividends last quarter.The rest of the big banks report next week.Also capturing traders’ attention will be the launch of public trading of Canada’s oldest company, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Its return to the public stock market values the retail company at $17 a share, or about $2 billion in total. HBC says it plans to sell a total 21 million shares — about one-fifth of the company’s stock — raising about $365 million through an initial public offering.An IPO is a rare and risky move during this volatile time for stock markets, so eyes will be watching to see whether traders believe the company is worth the $17 per share it is asking.In early trading last week, on a so-called “if and when issued basis,” HBC shares ended the week at $16.85 per share.On the economic front, the major event of the week is the September reading on gross domestic product. Statistics Canada is expected to report the economy grew by 0.1 per cent during the month. Such a reading would translate into the economy growing by 0.9 per cent at an annual rate during the third quarter.“A sharp deterioration in net exports, slicing more than two (percentage) points from growth, and emerging weakness in housing are expected to weigh on GDP,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.In the U.S., investors will look to October durable goods, the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index and the Conference Board’s latest take on consumer confidence on Tuesday. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2012 8:00 am MDT Traders look to fiscal cliff negotiations, holiday retail sales for direction read more

Porsche GMC top survey of vehicle quality overall scores hit by glitches

DETROIT – Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with their 2013 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership.In the results released Wednesday, Porsche, GMC, Lexus, Infiniti and Chevrolet owners reported the fewest problems. The worst performing brands were Scion, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mini.The top complaints this year involved voice recognition systems that didn’t understand commands and Bluetooth systems that didn’t connect to drivers’ phones. Wind noise was also a big complaint.Honda had the top-performing small car and small SUV, with the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. The highest-ranking midsize car was the Toyota Camry.Chevrolet had the best pickups, with the Avalanche and Silverado. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 1:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Porsche, GMC top survey of vehicle quality; overall scores hit by glitches with tech features read more

Urban Meyer Right guard Marcus Hall will not start against Michigan State

Then-redshirt-junior offensive lineman Marcus Hall (79) blocks for then-junior running back Carlos Hyde (34) during a game against Illinois Nov. 3, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 52-22.Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State football coach Urban Meyer announced during a press conference Friday that starting redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall will not start in the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Saturday.“He won’t start the game,” Meyer said of Hall. “Other than that, we’ll see what happens. But that’s where it’s at.”Meyer gave no indication to how long Hall will held out against the Spartans.Hall, along with freshman running back Dontre Wilson, were ejected after their involvement in an on-field fight during the second quarter of OSU’s 42-41 victory against Michigan Saturday.Although neither player faced further discipline from the Big Ten, the conference issued a public reprimand Monday for Hall’s actions after he flipped off the Michigan Stadium crowd upon exiting the field. The OSU coaching staff was also reprimanded by the conference for “failing in its duty to effectively manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the playing field to the locker room.”Meyer said during a Sunday teleconference that he dealt with Hall and Wilson’s punishments for their actions internally.The No. 2 Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0) and No. 10 Spartans (11-1, 8-0) are set to face off for conference supremacy Saturday night at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. read more

Are The Networks trying to kill Hulu

first_imgI love Hulu. Hulu solved a long standing issue I had where I felt that I was entitled to watch shows on my computer, wherever I was, and without needing to either sit in front of a TV. Before Hulu I was running a disturbingly complicated setup at work in which I was abusing the immense bandwidth offered to employees of hosting companies to grab a show I wanted to watch, encode it, and blast it to an IP I owned via an Orb server. It only sort of worked, and there was the whole breaking the law and getting caught by my employer that loomed over me as potential risks to the setup.Hulu, however, saved me from my errant ways by making it simple for me to make a list of shows I wanted to watch and have them show up in a queue the day after the show aired. When Hulu Plus came out, I gladly shoved money at them to have access to the larger library and have been a loyal user since then. Today, however, the skies above me seem a little bit darker.Today, I was forced to re-evaluate my relationship with Hulu. I have this to say to the company:I don’t think its your fault, Hulu. I think you got mixed up in the wrong crowds, started letting people you ought not be spending so much time with influence you. I can’t watch you fall apart like this, Hulu. I’ve got to walk away before you drag me back down to that dark place I was at before you came along. The only way to save yourself is to stand up to all of the people in your life bossing you around. You need to look them square in the eye and tell them that you want a better life. Not just for you, but for us, Hulu. I can’t see you anymore until you stop letting USA, SYFY, and the other bullies in your life run you down. For some inexplicable reason, many of the TV networks that had been previously releasing their shows digitally the day after the show aired have changed their tune. The reasons are unclear and each network seems to have a different policy. USA, for example, will make their shows available to stream 30 days after they air for the first time. Other networks, like SyFy, are now waiting until the broadcast season is over entirely before setting the episodes loose on the net. The first couple of episodes are made available online immediately though, probably just to create a craving for the season.So, who ends up being the real victim here? Who ends up being completely powerless as the biggest reason people come hang out with you is taken away? Hulu. No new videos in my queue the next day means I have to wait until I get home to check it out on On Demand or hope that I remembered to set the TiVo. Could this have been the plan all along?Keep in mind that Hulu is actually owned by these same networks that are currently strangling the service, and these networks are keeping the content from their own websites as well. Why, you ask? My suspicion is that this is a move to slow the increasing number of “cable cutters”, people who have figured out that it is way cheaper to watch TV over the internet then it is anywhere else. I mean, Hulu not only gives you a huge library of current shows, but its also available on just about everything now: iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, TiVo, not to mention just a good old fashioned web browser. You get DVR style organization with the queue that, frankly, is better then most DVR interfaces out there, and even at its most expensive the service is only $8/month.And without current, relevant content from these networks, why anyone choose Hulu Premium? Many of those older seasons are available on competing services, such as Netflix, who also offer a significantly larger movie libraries than Hulu.If the networks were trying to kill Hulu and force their viewers back to the couch, they are certainly on the right path. Hulu has previously been an integral part of a Cable Cutters plan, unless they had decided that full on piracy was the best way to go. If this trend continues, it seems likely that Hulu would see a significant drop in viewers, ultimately leading to the group closing up shop.last_img read more

Xavi dreads the moment when Messi retires from Barcelona

first_imgDuring a long interview with Catalunya Radio, Xavi Hernandez spoke about the latest exchange he had with Lionel Messi and about his imminent retirement.This day that will inevitably come because we all get older as time consumes us, will also come to Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez made an analysis on how he thinks the last years of the Argentine will be at Barcelona.Every single person who has enjoyed Lionel Messi’s career with the Catalan club, dreads the day in which he will retire from football, but Xavi has faith on Leo playing at least until he is 38 at the highest level.Even after more than a decade of having him play in the Catalan club, Xavi Hernandez is watching him every weekend as a fan and still goes wild with how much he has matured as an all-around footballer.We may not notice sometimes because of how familiar we feel him every day, but Xavi who actually played with him for many years, sure has noticed the evolution in Leo Messi’s style of play and how much more he gives to the team today compared with his beginnings as a winger.Xavi just gave an interview on Catalunya Radio, where he discussed many different topics related to FC Barcelona and he couldn’t help to mention his neverending admiration towards the Argentine star.Hernandez is convinced that Messi will keep playing at the highest level for a long time. 🔊 @RTorquemada parla de futbol a @LaTdT amb Xavi Hernández: “Messi pot jugar fins els 38 anys, com a mínim”. #FCBlive #SetmanaXaviEscolta la primera part de l’entrevista: https://t.co/v4rTne8Dda pic.twitter.com/0FC88eNLAU— Catalunya Ràdio (@CatalunyaRadio) October 31, 2018“I spoke to him the other day and I told him that I could just laugh when I see what he still does on the pitch. He still does everything right,” said Xavi on Catalunya Radio.“I honestly doubt that we will ever see anything like him again in football history, a player who does so many things right.”“He does everything with a sense of logic. When he was 17 years old, Messi only dribbled very well. But now, watching him play is spectacular.”“I never lose my sense of surprise when I see him play, I lose my mind every time. He has the perfect mold of what a football player should always be.”“He is strong both coming low and going high, when you clash against him you always bounce back because of how strong he is, I swear.”“I don’t care about thinking less of other great players like Pele, Di Stefano or Maradona, but I’ve said many times that Leo is the best player ever.”“Plus, he could play for as long as he desires… what trades can he lose you ask? The physical speed maybe, but not his mental quickness.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Even when he wants to defend, he is the best. It’s not even a contest,” he added.A @LaTdT, @RTorquemada parla de futbol amb Xavi Hernández. La retirada, Arthur… i Messi: “És un motlle fet per al futbol” https://t.co/ylLQCNd0Nv pic.twitter.com/uOPEKtE31d— Catalunya Ràdio (@CatalunyaRadio) October 30, 2018“It’s evident that his farewell will be very hard for the club because we are talking about a player who transcends history itself,” Xavi continued.“Right now he is the playmaker, he dominates all aspects of the game. But there are some young players coming behind him that should take a step forward like Coutinho, Arthur, Umtiti…”“But Messi monopolizes so much, that we all tend to think sometimes that we can’t live without him. But that is not the case.”“When we talk about me for instance, Ronaldinho is the one who made me a better player. All the other players in the squad today need to learn from Messi as much as they can, they can’t feel intimidated by him.”“When I had the ball, he was already making his move to the box because he knew that something was about to happen. This type of chemistry needs to start happening in the squad,” Xavi concluded.Whether we like it or not, Lionel Messi will retire from football and we will be there to pay our respects to one of the best players the world has ever seen.Maybe we won’t have him around to watch every weekend on the television, but thankfully we do have Youtube videos to always remember what an incredible talent we got the pleasure of watching and how fortunate we were of watching him grow as a professional.Messi by the way, just returned to practice this Wednesday and he looks like he will come back earlier from the radius fracture he suffered 11 days ago.👑 #Messi 👋 pic.twitter.com/rdVwhvVVmr— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 31, 2018What do you think about Xavi Hernandez’s devotion for Lionel Messi? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Condolences On the Passing of Dr the Hon Bernard Nottage from Dr

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Nassau – On behalf of the Ministry of Health I join with colleagues and people across this great Commonwealth in extending sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. the Honourable Bernard “BJ” Nottage, a former Minister of Health in the Government of The Bahamas. This great Bahamian ended his earthly pilgrimage Wednesday 28th June, 2017. I offer my prayers and support to his wife Portia and his sons, and I know that fellow physicians and the entire medical community are indeed saddened by this loss.Public service is not the song and dance that it appears to be. It requires discipline and leadership. It requires discernment and a vision for hope. It requires a keen sense of fairness and judgment and the ability to offer service above self.Dr. Nottage was a skilled Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who answered the call to public service and he was always the consummate public servant who extolled all Ministry of Health staff to come to work, know their work and do their work.  He set the highest standard at the Ministry of Health and all other Ministries where he worked.  He was a disciplined and competent leader who gave his all and expected all from everyone.  He had great discernment and a vision of hope. He made sure everyone was treated with dignity, fairness and support.  He gave service above self.He always spoke proudly of his East Street roots, his family, his father, the policeman who instilled in him and his siblings the values that were needed to change history and change the impact of discrimination he felt.We all know that he was the consummate scholar who always read and shared his medical knowledge and many of us remember the care he gave to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. He often shared medical articles from everywhere, whether you were in hospital, in the plane, as you traveled to meetings.The CARICOM community was amazed at his proficiencies in steering the Council for Human and Social Development as he presented the CARICOM speech on behalf of the Ministers of Health from the region at the 59th World Health Assembly in 2006.  He then hosted Ministers of Health and Ambassadors to lunch and then escorted them to a meeting with Prince Charles who was the guest speaker at the 59th WHA.  The Ministers of Health of the Caribbean Region also mourn his passing and will always be fondly remembered by so many all over the globe.He was a champion for the common man and for people everywhere.  When he returned from his studies, he and the late George Sherman made a difference in the delivery of Maternal and Child care. As the Minister of Health, he pioneered efforts to decrease the infant and maternal mortality rates at Princess Margaret, the Rand Memorial and Doctors Hospitals.  Dr. Nottage stimulated efforts to introduce the National Health Insurance scheme.Dr. Nottage’s contribution to the growth of the medical profession is legendary from the establishment of the Doctors Union. He served in the dual role as President of the Bahamas Medical Association and the Doctors Union.  Dr. Nottage was instrumental in advancing and supporting the passage of the Medical Act of 2014.Despite his successful career in medicine, a strong desire for public service, led Dr. Nottage into public life and politics.  With the exception of a brief period when he served as chief executive officer and leader of the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR), most of his career in frontline politics was spent as a member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in service of the people of the Bain and Grants Town constituencies to whom he felt a fierce allegiance.He made a stand for national leadership on two occasions both times challenging his lifelong friend the Rt. Hon Perry Gladstone Christie.But as competitive as he was, he was also loyal, and upon his return to the Progressive Liberal Party, he never veered from his support of the leadership and the party.Dr. Nottage leaves behind an impressive legacy for his fellow Bahamians to follow. He was a life well lived, and The Bahamas is richer for the many contributions of this native son.May his soul rest in peace.From: Dr. the Hon. Duane SandsPress Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Tony Cascarino criticizes Jurgen Klopp decision on Lovren

first_imgFormer Liverpool player has criticized manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to field Dejan Lovren in the club’s FA Cup encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.On talkSPORT via Daily star, Cascarino said:“The situation is, you’ve lost three centre-halves. [Joel] Matip, Lovren and [Joe] Gomes so it’s a big problem for Liverpool that that injury crisis has happened in the same position.“It’s a position that they obviously knew they were pretty desperate in because they’ve signed Virgil van Dijk.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The emergence of Gomes has been massive at Liverpool Football Club, they’ve missed him every bit much as bit as they missed Van Dijk before they had him, ok?“So, that’s a big break. Do they need a centre half? Absolutely not. How are they going to get through this period? Well, they used Fabinho as a centre half against Wolves in the cup.“I think he can play there, they don’t have to change formation and go to a three, they can stay as a four because that’s where I think they’re at their best.”last_img read more

Networking with Other Farmers Added Benefit of Attending Commodity Classic

first_imgConversations in the hallways and over lunch are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic, as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with their colleagues from across the nation.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is a highly rated experience at Commodity Classic.“Commodity Classic attracts thousands of America’s best farmers from across the nation—and they all share a passion for agriculture and a thirst for knowledge,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic.  “We share with each other how we can make our farms more profitable; and, if I can tweak anything that comes from Texas or the East coast to make my farm even better, that really adds to the value of attending Commodity Classic.”Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that striking up a conversation with other farmers is easy to do.“All you’ve got to do is reach out and shake somebody’s hand, and all of a sudden you’re going to be talking shop to them. Just having that handshake and meeting somebody new can really benefit your own farm.  Over the years, that networking has become very valuable to our operation, and there’s not a better place to do it than Commodity Classic,” he said.The 2017 Commodity Classic includes an impressive line-up of educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and a wide array of technology, innovation and agronomic information.  Discover more and register online here. Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more