7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more

Tanker Investments Plunges Further into Red

first_imgzoom Challenging market conditions plagued by the oversupply of vessels have pushed tanker owner and operator Tanker Investments Ltd (TIL) further into the red in the third quarter of the year.Namely, TIL reported a net loss of USD 9.4 million for Q3, widening its loss from the corresponding quarter a year earlier which stood at USD 2.9 million.For the nine-month period, net loss was USD 12 million, a  major downturn when compared to the net income of USD 28.5 million for the corresponding period in 2016.Generated cash flow from vessel operations was USD 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to USD 7.6 million in the previous quarter.“The third quarter was particularly challenging for the tanker market,” said William Hung, TankerInvestments’ Chief Executive Officer. “The combination of OPEC cutbacks and oversupply of vessels outweighed strong oil demand which impacted rates during the seasonally weak third quarter. As we move through the fourth quarter, we expect tanker rates to increase as seasonal weather delays will dampen effective vessel supply along with a slowdown in vessel deliveries. Looking ahead to 2018, we expect a recovery will continue as the bulk of the orderbook will have delivered in 2017 and, with oil demand continuing to grow, we expect to see an increase in fleet utilization due to demand for longerhaul voyages.”The results have been released ahead of the special shareholders’ meeting scheduled for November 17 when TIL’s shareholders are going to decide on the proposed merger with Teekay Tankers.During Q3 total revenues decreased to USD 21.4 million from USD 26.6 million in the same quarter last year due to lower spot tanker rates earned across the fleet. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, total revenues decreased to USD 80.9 million from USD 120.2 million in 2016.The global tanker fleet grew by 24.5 million deadweight tons (mdwt), or 4.4 percent, in the first nine months of 2017.The tanker fleet growth is expected to moderate in the coming months, as the peak of newbuilding deliveries has passed and as the pace of scrapping is expected to pick up.A total of 7.1 mdwt of tankers was scrapped in the first nine months of 2017, a significant increase from 2.5 mdwt of scrapping for the entire year of 2016.For 2017 as a whole, TIL forecasts tanker fleet growth of just over 5 percent, down from approximately 6 percent in 2016. Lower fleet growth is expected in 2018 and 2019 as the orderbook continues to roll-off and as tanker scrapping increases, with additional upside from potential further cancellations of newbuilding contracts due to the lack of available refund guarantees.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right of way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.Anderson says the plan is to start laying pipe early next year in British Columbia and Alberta.A completion date is to be announced in 2019.Anderson made the comments alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at an event on the Enoch Cree Nation, just west of Edmonton.Enoch Cree land will be used as one of the staging grounds for the line and will stockpile at least 40 kilometres of pipe.The project will expand the existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.The line has been the focus of fractious debate and confrontation — the B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Earlier this year, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it gets built, but the Liberals insist they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.last_img read more

Alberta contributes 33M for huge solar farm in remote Fort Chipewyan

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta will work with Indigenous groups in the province’s remote northeast corner on what the government says will be Canada’s largest off-the-grid solar power project.The plan is for 7,500 solar panels to be erected at the power plant near the airport at Fort Chipewyan.It’s expected the solar farm will be operating by next year and replace the equivalent of 800,000 litres of diesel fuel _ about 25 percent of the community’s energy use. “In addition to reducing costs, this project helps make life better for residents by reducing pollution and increasing safety,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said Thursday.The project is expected to make roads safer by reducing tanker-truck traffic.Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam said his First Nation wants to be part of the solution to climate change.“While our regional economy depends on the oil industry, we feel the effects of climate change in our community and see the growing impacts on our delta lands,” he said. Alberta is contributing $3.3 million for the project with local Metis and the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations.Fort Chipewyan is not connected to Alberta’s electricity grid and must burn diesel fuel for heat and power.The project’s size and storage capacity is required because of the lack of sunlight in the winter at that latitude.Sunlight in the region swings from about six useful hours a day in winter to 18 hours in the summer.The battery capacity will allow excess energy to be stored for use at night and in winter periods.The total cost of the project is $7.8 million.last_img read more

Results from the 2019 Northern Classic Naturals

first_imgWomen’s Fitness – Junior Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Men’s Bodybuilding – Middleweight Placing Competitor First #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Bodybuilding – Light Heavyweight Placing Competitor First #33  Justin Rille Second #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Physique – True Novice Placing Competitor  First #5 Brian Simpson  Second #4 Robert Doucette Men’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #3 Shaun Swanson Men’s Physique – Junior Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens Men’s Physique – Masters 40+ Placing Competitor First #4 Robert Doucette  Men’s Physique – Medium Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens  Second #5 Brian Simpson  Men’s Physique – Tall Placing Competitor  First #3 Shaun Swanson Second #2 Jason Keller Women’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Physique – Short Placing CompetitorFirst #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Figure – True Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Second #10 Amber Lindley  Third #8 Jackie Chartier  Fourth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena HeatonThird #1 Faith Bock  Fourth #8 Jackie Chartier Fifth #9 Lynette Cordonier Women’s Figure – Teenage Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Grandmasters Placing Competitor  First #11 Cenia Bock Second #10 Amber Lindley Women’s Figure – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #12 Amanda Rathburn  Second #13 Melanie Stephens Third #11 Cenia Bock Fourth #10 Amber Lindley  Fifth #8 Jackie Chartier  Sixth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Short Placing Competitor 1 1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Medium Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena Heaton Third #10 Amber LindleyWomen’s Figure – Tall Placing CompetitorFirst #12 Amanda RathburnSecond  #13 Melanie Stephens Third  #8 Jackie Chartier Women’s Bikini – True Novice Placing Competitor First #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay Third #16 Samantha Hender Fourth #17 Barb Mather Women’s Bikini – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay  Third #22 Stacey Gruen  Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler  Fifth #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Grandmasters Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #25 Chrystal Jones Third #11 Cenia Bock  Fourth #24 Tammy Chapman Fifth #13 Melanie Stephens  Sixth #23 Karri Stoppler  Seventh #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Class A Placing CompetitorFirst #25 Chrystal Jones Women’s Bikini – Class B Placing Competitor  First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #16 Samantha Hender Women’s Bikini – Class C Placing Competitor First #29 Rebecca Topol  Second #11 Cenia Bock  Third 15 Daya Barclay  Fourth #21 Sydney GrantWomen’s Bikini – Class D Placing CompetitorFirst #14  Faye AnsteySecond #24 Tammy Chapman  Third #22 Stacey Gruen Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler Fifth #17 Barb Mather Men’s Classic Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille Men’s Classic Physique – Class C Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille  center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Northern Classic Naturals was held at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Saturday, July 20th, 2019.The following are the results from the show;last_img read more

Why Wayanad could be a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Wayanad, which could soon become a VVIP constituency if Congress President Rahul Gandhi decides to contest the Lok Sabha election from there, has been a Congress safe seat. In the last two Lok Sabha elections, in 2014 and 2009, M.I. Shanavas of the Congress won the seat, defeating the Communist Party of India (CPI) in Kerala’s predominantly bipolar electoral politics. In that sense, picking Wayanad as Gandhi’s constituency is a careful choice as is the calibrated demand to have him contest from a southern Indian seat apart from Amethi where he faces Union Minister Smriti Irani. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency is newly formed and was created following fresh delimitation of seats in 2008. The seat has been vacant since last year following the MP’s death. For the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the total number of electors in Wayanad was 11,02,097. Shanavas got 410,703 votes, which was 49.86 per cent of votes polled. He defeated Advocate M. Rahmatullam of the CPI, who got 257,264 (31.23 per cent). In that election, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s C. Vasudevan Master got 31,687 votes which was a mere 3.85 per cent of the votes polled. He came a distant fourth in the contest. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday K. Muraleedharan of the Nationalist Congress Party did better than the BJP candidate, coming third with 99,663 votes (12.10 per cent). Compared to 2009, Shanavas had a tough time winning the seat in 2014, scraping through with a little more than 20,000 votes over the second placed CPI candidate to become one of the 44 Congress MPs in the last Lok Sabha. In 2014, Shanavas got 377,035 votes or 30.18 per cent of the votes polled compared to CPI’s Sathyan Mokeri who got 356,165 votes or 28.51 per cent. However, that election saw the BJP placed third with its candidate P.R. Rasmilnath bagging 80,752 votes (6.46 per cent). The others in the race, all bit players, fared as follows. Independent candidate P.V. Anvar got 37,123 votes (2.97 per cent), SDPI’s Jaleel Neelambra got 14,327 votes (1.146 per cent) and WPOI’s Ramla Mampad got 12,645 votes (1.01 per cent). NOTA votes figured seventh on the tally — 10,735 or 0.85 per cent. PPA Sageer of AAP got 10,684 votes, which was 0.85 of votes polled, Sathyan Thazemangad, an independent candidate, got 5,476 votes or 0.43 of votes polled. The Wayanad Lok Sabha seat comprises seven Assembly segments. Three of these are from Wayanad district — Mananthavady (ST), Sulthanbathery (ST) and Kalpetta. One is from Kozikode district (Thiruvambadi) and three are from Malappuram district — Ernad, Nilambur and Wandoor (SC).last_img read more

Its Always A Bull Market For Tom Thibodeau

Among the stranger storylines this NBA offseason is the near-constant Thibs Watch, which lights up like a Bat Signal whenever a former player of the Timberwolves coach becomes available on the free-agent market.The legend grew a bit more Monday when Luol Deng, who played for Tom Thibodeau in Chicago, reached an agreement to rejoin his old coach in Minnesota, pushing the total number of former-Bull Thibs disciples to four before training camp even starts.We’ll come back to the questions about whether this is actually a good thing, but it’s worth noting that Thibodeau and the Wolves are flirting with NBA history.With four of Thibodeau’s former players on the roster,1The Timberwolves also had four former Thibodeau pupils last year, when they featured Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks. the club again sits in a second-place tie for the largest collection of former pupils that a coach has ever accumulated.2Larry Brown and the 2009-10 Charlotte Bobcats also had four. The record for ex-players being reunited with a coach is five, set by Kevin Loughery and the Washington Bullets in 1986-87, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Thibodeau could tie this mark if center Joakim Noah — reportedly on his way out of New York, perhaps through the stretch provision — eventually ends up joining the Timberwolves, too.Of course, the key difference here is that Thibodeau, unlike Loughery, also serves as Minnesota’s team president and has final say over personnel matters. None of the four TimberBulls were on the roster before Thibodeau joined the organization3Charles Jones, Dan Roundfield and Ennis Whatley had all been on the Bullets before Loughery was installed as the head coach there. in 2016. Butler was acquired via trade, while Gibson, Rose and Deng were all picked up in free agency.And to an extent, what Thibodeau is doing makes sense. Minnesota transitioned somewhat quickly from being an upstart with a pair of young, talented players to having very real expectations after the trade for Butler. Having familiar veterans around can potentially flatten a young team’s steep learning curve. In trying to change the team’s culture — especially the way Thibodeau goes about establishing his — it’s helpful to have people in place who set the tone at a previous stop. Thibodeau’s standards on defense and in practice sessions are well-known, yet not everyone is prepared to give the effort that he requires on a daily basis. Deng understands that better than most.“I came in here, and I thought no one was here,” Deng told ESPN’s Nick Friedell years ago about a practice in Chicago. “And I tried to get some shots up, and then he came down [from his office]. He put me through one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done. That’s when I knew [that playing for him] was going to be no joke.”Deng’s comment touches on an inherent problem with the sort of continuity Thibs is keeping: The coach appears to be drawn to players he knows he can push to the limit physically.4This isn’t to blame Thibodeau for the injuries many of his key players have suffered. There isn’t any evidence to draw a direct correlation between his coaching style and the injuries of those players.This stood out to me a year ago when I was in Minneapolis for T-Wolves media day. Thibodeau was asked whether he planned to dole out minutes more conservatively, and he reeled off these numbers: Minnesota was going into the 2017-18 season with five of the NBA’s 17 players who had appeared in all 82 games the year before. His response may have been read as suggesting that he doesn’t need to dial back certain players’ minutes because they’ve shown before that they can handle the workload. (Point guard Jeff Teague, one of those who had played all 82 the year before — and then missed time with an injury this past season — was on record saying he felt the Wolves’ bench needed to play more and that Minnesota starters got tired.)Beyond that, there’s also the question of whether some of Thibodeau’s former players really fit together on the court anymore. Almost no one would turn down an opportunity to have Butler or Gibson on their team, obviously. But Rose, despite being a bright spot during the playoffs, was a controversial signing, and he took playing time from Tyus Jones, who is one of the more efficient players in the entire league. The dynamic is obviously different than it was in Chicago; this is clearly Butler’s team. But Rose and Butler never truly jelled in Chicago, and ball movement wasn’t particularly crisp in the limited moments they shared this past season. (Minnesota reversed the ball less than once per 48 minutes when that pair played together — down from almost 13 reversals per 48 minutes when Butler played without Rose, according to Second Spectrum.)5In fairness, the Timberwolves did produce a whopping 20 net rating in that limited 32-minute sample that Butler and Rose played together, according to NBA Advanced Stats, perhaps providing some hope for next season.There’s reason to believe in the Deng signing — regardless of his history with the coach — as he fills a positional need and has suffered limited wear and tear on his body the past two seasons, since the Lakers hardly used him. Deng may not be a particularly solid scorer anymore, but the Timberwolves — top four on offense but bottom 10 on defense — can likely do without his offense if he has anything left to give on D. It would seem harder to advocate for a Noah signing, should he and the Knicks part ways in the coming weeks. While the former defensive player of the year could potentially mentor Karl Anthony-Towns, who still has much to learn as a rim protector, there isn’t as natural a spot in the rotation for him, given that Towns, Gibson and Gorgui Dieng can all play center.In any case, if Noah becomes a free agent in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised if Thibs’s Bat Signal lights up the sky. At this point, it would be more surprising if it didn’t. read more

Justin Rose captures Memorial Tournament championship

Trailing by four shots heading into the Memorial’s final round, round one co-leader Justin Rose shot a near-flawless 66 on Sunday to claim his first career PGA tour victory at 18-under par.“For me, it’s a great way to win,” Rose said. “And to win here at the Memorial, at Jack’s tournament, I couldn’t think of a better place to win my first tournament. It’s a great day.”Chasing three-round leader Rickie Fowler, Rose said he was able to stay focused on his game and let the rest take care of itself.“I knew that I was in the hunt all week, but I wasn’t playing golf like I was in the hunt all week,” he said. “I was just in the moment and I thought that paid off for me today.”Playing nearly mistake-free golf with just one bogey in the first three days, the youngster Fowler was unable to close it out with three bogeys and a double bogey in his final round.Knotted at 16-under par heading into the par-3 12th hole, Fowler made double bogey to drop two shots back and never held the lead again.“I was just trying to aim at the back bunker and cut it off a little bit there,” said Fowler. “The ball started going where I wasn’t trying to. So I just made a bad swing and paid for it.”Although Fowler’s final round 73 resulted in a second place finish at 15-under, he was still pleased with his overall performance this week.“It was an awesome week,” he said. “Obviously not the round that I wanted today, didn’t hit as many greens as I would like to, but we had a lot of fun.”Rounding out the top five were Bo Van Pelt and Ricky Barnes in a tie for third at 12-under and Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson and Tim Petrovic tied for fifth at 11-under par.World No. 1 Tiger Woods finished out his week with an even par 72, leaving him in a tie for 19th at 6-under for the tournament.The PGA tour will head south next week for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., before heading to the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in two weeks for the 2010 edition of the U.S. Open. read more

Baseball Seth Kinkers blown save costs No 3 Ohio State in 83

OSU sophomore Seth Kinker (37) fires a pitch during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 12. OSU won 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoSeth Kinker has been one of the more reliable arms out of the Ohio State bullpen during the 2018 season. Coming into the Buckeyes’ second NCAA Tournament in the past three seasons with a 1.49 ERA and a .213 batting average against, the senior right-hander threw 4.2 shutout innings in the Big Ten Tournament, allowing two hits while striking out seven. However, Kinker’s outing in the opening game of the Greenville regional was much different with the right-hander’s blown save resulting in No. 3 Ohio State falling to No. 2 South Carolina 8-3. Coming in to protect a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, the second-team All American allowed five runs on seven hits, including a three-run home run to South Carolina center fielder Danny Blair. After allowing four earned runs in Ohio State’s Big Ten tournament-opening loss to Purdue, left-handed starter Connor Curlis shut down the Gamecock offense. Curlis began the game with three no-hit innings, allowing only just one base runner on a walk in the third inning. South Carolina outfielder Carlos Cortes hit a single to begin the fourth inning, but Curlis escaped without any damage done. In six innings of work, the left-hander allowed four hits and two walks, stranding all six runners on base, including five after the fourth inning. Freshman Dillon Dingler put the Buckeyes on the board first in the second inning with a solo home run. Ohio State had many opportunities offensively moving forward, stranding the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings. Dingler was not done though. In the seventh inning, after sophomore third baseman Connor Pohl hit a two-out single, advancing to second on a passed ball, the center fielder hit an RBI double, extending Ohio State’s two-run lead.Coming into the game with a .246 batting average, Dingler finished the day with two hits in five at-bats, driving in two of Ohio State’s three runs. Moving to the elimination bracket in the Greenville regional, No. 3 Ohio State will face the loser of No. 1 East Carolina and No. 4 UNC Wilmington at noon Saturday. read more

Tomas Rosicky Its weird seeing Arsenal without Wenger

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits it’s strange being at the club without long-time manager Arsene WengerRosicky was signed by Wenger in the summer of 2006 from German side Borussia Dortmund and spent the following decade under the guidance of the Frenchman.The former Czech Republic international left Arsenal in 2016 for a return to boyhood club Sparta Prague, where he spent the final two years of his playing career.“Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say,” Rosicky admitted to the Evening Standard.“He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger. People have to be patient.“The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did. It’s still early days, only four games. There are some positives, some negatives. We’ll see how it goes in the future.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He means a great deal, it’s impossible to avoid him here. Someone like me, who spent so much time with him, or the other guys here, we see him everywhere.“If you come here it’s not possible to not think about him.”The 37-year-old has begun taking his UEFA coaching badges at Sparta Prague and has wasted no time in seeking counsel from Wenger.“We exchanged some texts only but I haven’t seen him since he left,” said Rosicky.“I needed recommendations about some players. He helped a lot.”Rosicky scored 28 goals in 247 appearances for Arsenal.last_img read more