‘The spotlight is on Bale – now he has to show up’

first_imgSantiago Solari has urged Gareth Bale to make the most of his time in the “spotlight” and show his quality consistently for Real Madrid.So often the understudy to Cristiano Ronaldo during the Portugal star’s time at the club, it was hoped Bale would become the leading figure of the Madrid attack following Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.However, a return of four goals in 12 appearances in all competitions this season, coupled with a disappointing display in last Sunday’s 5-1 Clasico thrashing, has led to increased scrutiny of Bale’s credentials to take up Ronaldo’s mantle. 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! Despite this, Solari still hopes to see the Wales international take his chance to shine for Madrid on a regular basis.”He has the spotlight. I hope he shows us his huge talent,” he told a news conference. “We want to enjoy him every day; he’s a fantastic player.”When asked whether a softer or more strict approach towards Bale and his other players was required, Solari replied: “I don’t believe in characteristics like that. There is time for everything. You like to put people in boxes, pigeonhole them… everyone has their own style.”I want to show you the values of Real Madrid: ambition, the desire to attack, to go for goal, sacrifice, not giving up… values that we know this club instills.”Solari secured a 4-0 Copa del Rey win over Melilla on Wednesday in his first match since taking over as interim head coach following Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal.Vinicius Junior impressed in that victory and has been tipped to play in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Real Valladolid.Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 2018-19And Solari, who is set to stay on in his first-team role this weekend as a full-time appointment is yet to be made, suggested he is willing to give several youngsters a chance to impress.”He [Vinicius] is one more member of the squad and everyone has to be there to be a first-team choice,” said Solari, who has been Madrid’s Castilla boss since 2016. “They’re all good and each one can offer their own contribution.”For me, it’s simple: time and playing. He needs to play to build experience and with experience he’ll become a better footballer. We all see the talent he has.”The ‘B’ at this club is the Castilla, and the ‘A’ is Real Madrid. There are never indispensable players because you have injuries, losses of form…”There are players here who have survived many battles and won them, but there are also young footballers with a lot of talent.”last_img read more

After four-year wait, Pilot hopeful of wearing ‘safa’ again

first_imgJaipur, Dec 6 (PTI) Come December 11, Congress leader Sachin Pilot will be hoping to not just celebrate a Congress win in Rajasthan, but also sport a ‘safa’, a traditional turban, after four years.The Rajasthan Congress chief had pledged in 2014 to not wear the traditional headgear till the party returns to power in the state.Pilot exuded confidence that the Congress will form the government in Rajasthan and he will wear the ‘safa’ once again after the results for assembly polls, scheduled to be held on Friday, are announced on December 11.”After the party suffered a major defeat in 2014, I pledged to not wear a ‘safa’ till it returns to power. I decided to give up wearing the ‘safa’, which I love wearing as a symbol of culture,” he told PTI Wednesday when asked about his resolution.Pilot said people gifted him ‘safas’ on several occasions while he was campaigning for the assembly polls.Instead of wearing them, he said, he would put them down after touching them to his forehead.”I am quite hopeful that people’s blessings will make sure that the Congress wins the elections and I will be able to wear the ‘safa’ once again,” he said.The 41-year-old Congress leader is contesting the state poll for the first time from Muslim-dominated Tonk constituency. He is pitted against BJP candidate Yoonus Khan.Pilot has been a former MP from Dausa and then from Ajmer.The Congress had faced a drubbing in the state in 2013 assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. PTI SDA ASK DIVDIVadvertisementlast_img read more

Mayank Agarwal reveals how he neutralised the Nathan Lyon threat in Australia

first_imgWhen Mayank Agarwal arrived in Melbourne last month when Virat Kohli’s Team India was in dire straits. Opener Prithvi Shaw was ruled out, the 146-run win in Perth had just given a new lease of life to Australia and spinner Nathan Lyon, not the Aussie pace battery, was giving sleepless nights to the Indians with 16 wickets from the first two games. More importantly, the regular Indian opening pair wasn’t even lasting first hour of the first innings.Agarwal had a huge task at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in front of a packed house, in a Boxing Day Test, on Australian cricket’s biggest day of the year. This was the moment he had waited for years, scoring thousands of runs in domestic cricket – to get that Test cap number 295.Back home in Bangalore now, remembering the occasion still gives Agarwal the chills.”Ravi Shastri Sir had told me during the practice session at MCG that I will be making my debut. I had imagined the scene at MCG but the reality hit me really hard. I was very nervous when I was about to enter the ground to bat. I looked around the ground, a huge stadium packed to the maximum, and realized that I am in the middle of something big. I felt like I am in a colosseum, with the noise and everything. It was a great feeling. I had waited for this moment, to play Test cricket for India. It was such an overwhelming experience. When I was getting my Test cap, Virat told me that it was a big occasion and I had a chance to make a big impact. So he was very encouraging,” Agarwal told Mail Today in an exclusive chat less than 24 hours after returning from Australia.advertisementThe Mayank Agarwal storyFrom fascination for aeroplanes to playing for India, @mayankcricket on his journey to earn the Test whiteshttps://t.co/EsPUUK0dCs #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/5tYP4G9xIPBCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019With both regular openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay dropped from the team, Mayank had No.6 batsman Hanuma Vihari as his opening partner at the other end. So bad had been the Indian openers’ showing in 2018 that skipper Virat Kohli had to come in to bat anytime after the 10th over in South Africa, England and even the first two Tests in Adelaide and Perth. Agarwal and Vihari’s opening stand lasted 18.5 overs and made sure that only the Indian fans rejoice in the MCG stands on the opening day.”After playing the first couple of overs, I felt a bit relaxed. I had a plan in my mind and kept telling myself that I have to stick to it. It was my first game so all the talk of openers not doing well wasn’t playing on in my head. We wanted to give a good solid start to the team. So (Hanuma) Vihari and I were focusing on just that. We told each other that it won’t be a problem even if we bat slow on that MCG wicket. We wanted to play maximum balls, spend as much time in the middle as possible and build a good partnership. And, we did that by playing together for 19 overs,” says Agarwal.Vihari fell for 8 but the Bangalore batsman made 76, the highest score by an Indian bastman on Test debut in Australia.Bringing up a fifty on debut in style!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/GRNIQ1vlO4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018″Yeah, I was disappointed on missing a century on debut. That ball (delivery from Cummins) kicked a bit too. Yes, I would have liked to score big but 76 on debut, I will definitely take that.”Agarwal made 42 in the second innings and followed it up with 77 in the only innings Indian batsmen got in the fourth and final Test match in Sydney.Mayank Agarwal played some classy shots in his debut knock in Test cricket!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/G9RRHBICTWcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018″I was a bit disappointed with the way I got out (in Sydney) because I felt that I threw my wicket. I could have got a big score there definitely. The plan against Nathan Lyon didn’t work there. I have taken a learning out of it and will use it in future.”That was perhaps the only blip in executing the plan that the 27-year-old had made up against Lyon. Otherwise, the spinner who was threatening the Indian batters – so good against spin generally – in the first two Tests was neutralised by Agarwal who had spent countless hours tackling quality spinners in domestic cricket. Of all the Aussie bowlers, Lyon was the one Agarwal faced maximum in Melbourne and Sydney (104 balls) and he milked him for runs (69 runs, 5 fours, 5 sixes). Along with Cheteshwar Pujara, he had made the deadly Lyon look pedestrian.advertisementAgarwal on the attack against Lyon!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/0glOblMnaq #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/M7KJpXu5XIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018″When I arrived in Australia, I had lengthy discussions with (Sanjay) Bangar Sir and also Rahul on tackling the spin of Nathan Lyon. We analyzed what Lyon is trying to do. So, we worked on it in detail during the practice sessions, on how to keep him in check. I wanted to execute those plans against him in the middle and am happy that I succeeded to some extent.”He also believes that ‘best friend’ Rahul and also Murali Vijay will bounce back soon.”As a player I understand that there will be many ups and downs in the career. Both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are quality players. They have excelled not just at home but also abroad. I think it is just a phase and they will be out of it soon. Rahul especially is a very good friend so I felt good that he was there when I made my India debut. We played Under-13 together and he was at the other end when I made my Ranji debut for Karnataka too. He made me feel comfortable. In fact, the entire team gave a very warm welcome to me when I arrived in Australia. They helped me prepare well for the match.’Open’ing up with @klrahul11 & @mayankcricketOpeners, teammates, best buddies on & off the field – KL Rahul interviews Mayank Agarwal to reveal some unknown gems about the debutant – by @28anandhttps://t.co/OMtBq9NzQ5 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/crvqzoVwbKBCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2018″It was a very challenging experience. It is such a good feeling that we triumphed. Beating Australia in Australia in a series, never done by an sub-continental team was huge. I am just happy that we have created history. For me that is the biggest thing that I was part of that team. Virat as a captain is very passionate. He wears his heart on sleeves. He plays aggressive cricket and it rubs onto the entire team. We are playing just to win. We don’t have anything at all in our minds.”India won’t play Test cricket until July but Agarwal will don his whites again shortly – to turn up for Karnataka in domestic cricket and also get ready for the forthcoming India ‘A’ series.”I am relieved that I have made most of the opportunity in Australia and now want to keep on doing my best,” he says.Also Read | India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar hopes historic triumph in Australia inspires India’s next genAlso Read | Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalAlso Read | India vs Australia: Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on airAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal scores career-best 77, his 2nd fifty in as many Testadvertisementlast_img read more

Which centre-backs could Man Utd sign?

first_imgTransfers Alderweireld, Umtiti and the centre-backs Man Utd could sign this summer Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:03 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Samuel Umtiti Toby Alderweireld Split Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Premier League Jose Mourinho has vowed to spend big on improving his backline this summer, but who are the defenders he could realistically get hold of?last_img

DAY ONE RESULTS- AUSTRALIA CUP 2004

first_imgAll the results from day one of the 2004 Australia Cup in Melbourne, uploaded as frequently as my temperamental computer will allow! Ah, the joys of technology. The links below the results will provide access the SportingPulse website with all scores, statistics and ladders, as well as the official Australia Cup page. RESULTS: DAY ONE: Mens Round 1: ACT (6) drew Tas (6) SA (13) def NSW Country Seniors (2) Vic 30’s (3) def EPTA Seniors (0) Vic (6) def Vic 23’s (3) Mens Round 2: SA (10) def Vic 23’s (4) Tas (6) def Vic (5) EPTA Seniors (5) def NSW Country Seniors (2) ACT(9) def Vic 30’s (2) Mens Round 3: Vic (7) def EPTA Seniors (1) Vic 23’s (3) def NSW Country Seniors (1) ACT (6) def SA (3) Tas (10) def Vic 30’s (3) (3) Womens Round 1: Vic (10) def EPTA Seniors (2) ACT (3) def Vic 30’s (0): ACT 23’s (3) def Tas (1) SA (4) def NSW Seniors (2) NSW 23’s (11) def Vic 23’s (2) Womens Round 2: Vic (9) def ACT (2) NSW (7) def SA (4) NSW 23’s (12) def EPTA Seniors (0) Vic 30’s (5) def Vic 23’s (1) ACT 23’s (2) def NSW Seniors (1) Womens Round 3: Vic (7) def Vic 23’s (0) NSW 23’s (8) def Vic 30’s (1) ACT (9) def EPTA Seniors (1) The SportingPulse draw, results and statistics can be found using the following link: AUSTRALIA CUP DRAW AND RESULTS 2004 All Australia Cup stories can also be found on the ATA Australia Cup homepage. AUSTRALIA CUP HOMEPAGE 2004last_img read more

Indian tennis slips on grass

first_imgIndian tennis slips on grassIndia lost their World Group qualifier against Italy 1-2 on the grass courts in Kolkataadvertisement S. Kannan New DelhiFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 11:36 IST Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan were the only ones to win for India in the tie (Davis Cup Photo)Playing on grass may have been a gamble for India against the visiting Italian team in the Davis Cup, but the final scoreline of 1-3 was an indicator of the difference in calibre.Gone are the days when India would opt for playing home ties on grass and have a natural advantage. From the Krishnan to Amritraj era and then ties when Leander Paes and Ramesh Krishnan scripted incredible wins in Davis Cup ties at home, grass was a great surface.When Leander authored against-all-odds wins and Ramesh would outfox rival players with his natural skills, grass was deadly for the visitors.Be it the South Club in Kolkata, Chandigarh’s Sector 10 stadium or grass courts at the DLTA or even the NSCI, India produced huge upsets on grass. When Somdev Devvarman did Davis Cup duty, he was forced to play on grass, even though he was not a player blessed with natural serve-and-volley skills.Off late, India’s wins in ties at home and abroad have not been on grass but hard courts or clay. It was outgoing Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi who had asked for grass and Kolkata as the venue where Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan came short against the Italians.Playing on grass requires a special skill set. This current lot, barring Rohan Bopanna, has no experience of the natural turf. At his peak, when Bopanna played singles predominantly in Davis Cup, he had a big serve, decent shots off the ground and scripted good wins.advertisementAs it is, with the All India Tennis Association almost “killing” the grass court nationals, there is hardly any tennis on the natural surface. Then again, it’s not as if many Indians play in the grass-court season in the lead-up to Wimbledon, barring the doubles specialists.The AITA would do well to include in its calendar some grass court events and restore past glory. It’s not as if playing Italy on hard courts would have made a difference as the visitors are ranked so high.With the Davis Cup format undergoing a huge change and the tie getting over in two days in matches played on best of three sets, a lot of charm has been taken away. Maybe, for India, the agony was less as in best of five ties against Italy they would have got exposed further.There is talk this was Bhupathi’s last tie. When Bhupathi took over from Anand Amritraj two years ago, the rumour mills said Amritraj was being removed as he had failed to instill discipline in the team! It would be ironical if the man who was junked is brought back as captain in 2020.Anything is possible in Indian tennis and musical chairs is a favourite theme!For the record, it was good that the new doubles specialist combo of Bopanna and Divij Sharan, who won gold at the Asian Games last August, won their rubber against Italy.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow indian tennisFollow Davis CupFollow India vs Italylast_img read more

Dry Bulk Shipping Market to Stay on Growth Path

first_imgzoom The outlook for dry bulk shipping remains positive as the gap between supply and demand is set to continue shrinking over the next five years, while charter rates are expected to improve gradually, shipping consultancy Drewry informed.With high demolition activity and low deliveries the fleet would grow at a slow annual rate of 1% over the five-year period, while tonne mile demand will grow at a faster pace of around 3% per annum.The Chinese government’s stimulus package in 2015 supported steel production last year and is likely to aid the steel industry over the next two years. The relative cheapness of imported coal (cfr) over domestic coal makes room for increased coal imports, supporting the rally in rates for the rest of the year.However, the declining cost of producing energy from renewable sources and the general acceptance that COP21 may reduce the use of coal as a major energy source are threatening the dry bulk shipping trade. Although the share of renewables in total energy production is quite low for most major economies, any shift away from coal could hamper the dry bulk trade over the medium term, Drewry said.Looking at demand, Drewry has identified three concerns that might impact dry bulk shipping rates in the near future. First, the National Energy Administration of China plans to increase coal consumption by only 0.7% annually over the next four years, and plans to meet its energy production targets by making coal use more efficient.China also plans to cut down on excess steel capacity by 100 million tonnes over the next five years by shutting down illegal, sub-standard, steel-making units. The combined efforts of China and India to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix could bring down the dry bulk market to an era of negative growth in the short to medium term.Additionally, India plans to increase its thermal coal power generation to 236 GW in 2022 from the current 186 GW, a rise of 4% annually. To produce 236 GW thermal coal power in 2022, India will require 159 million tonnes of imported coal, meaning an annual fall of 1.8% in imports.“The rationale for using demand to create scenarios finds its logic in the fact that the dry bulk market has become more demand-dependent than ever before,” Rahul Sharan, Drewry’s lead analyst for dry bulk shipping, said.“However, for the time being the impact of renewables on coal trade is not likely to be significant as its share of the global energy market remains very low,” Sharan said, adding that Drewry expects its base case to prevail which will see the dry bulk shipping market continue to improve, “albeit at a moderate pace.”last_img read more

AET Adds Four Newly Built Tankers

first_imgzoom Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tankers has named and added four newly built tankers, as part of the company’s fleet renewal efforts.The tankers were handed over from two separate South Korean shipyards this week.On January 24, AET named two 113,400 dwt Aframaxes Eagle Barcelona and Eagle Brisbane at Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje.The other 157,512 dwt Suezmax twins, Eagle San Francisco and Eagle San Jose, were named and handed over on January 26 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan.AET Tankers said that all four vessels will join its fleet as part of an ongoing fleet rejuvenation program and take up charter agreements with undisclosed oil companies.“The four new ships to join AET will replace older tonnage and provide more flexibility for our customers,” Rajalingam Subramaniam, AET President & CEO, said.The new ships feature eco-friendly and energy efficient technology. The vessels are fully compliant with incoming regulations, including ballast water management, sulphur emission control and the requirement for carbon monitoring, reporting and verification, AET Tankers informed.In addition to these, the company will take delivery of two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers later this year and two LNG duel-fuel DPII shuttle tankers in 2019.last_img read more

Sovcomflot Returns to Black as Tankers Hint Recovery

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: President of Russia/CC 4.0 license Russian shipping company Sovcomflot managed to return to the black in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, amid signs of a better balance in the tanker market.Namely, the company reported a net profit of USD 0.3 million for the period, against a loss of USD 22 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Sovcomflot’s revenue increased by 13.1 percent to USD 396.4 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to USD 350.5 million reported in the same quarter of 2017. Time-charter equivalent (TCE) revenue was slightly up at USD 262.6 million, rising by 2.9 percent from USD 255.2 million year-on-year.“During the reporting period, the tanker freight markets remained in a depressed state as vessel supply continued to outstrip vessel demand. Signs of a better balance have emerged more recently following longer term oil price recovery and worldwide fleet removals over 2H 2017 and 1H 2018,” the company said.These factors, in part, led to the start of a recovery in freight levels in the conventional tanker fleet towards the end of the third quarter of 2018 and in the large crude vessel segments in particular. The improvement has continued into the fourth quarter of the year and has resulted in a healthy increase in earnings across the group’s crude carrying vessels, an improvement that is forecast to hold steady in the near term and into the first quarter of 2019.“The green shoots of recovery in the conventional tanker market, and in the larger crude sector in particular, are encouraging for the fourth quarter of 2018 and may bring a welcome earnings boost on top of that provided by the Gas and Offshore divisions,” Sergey Frank, President & CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.During the first nine months of 2018, the company completed financing and refinancing transactions amounting to USD 424 million in total, including a USD 106 million long-term facility with Sberbank, to finance an Arctic shuttle tanker, and a USD 252 million long-term facility with international banks to finance six Green Funnel Aframax tankers.SCF’s long-term offshore and gas businesses increased their TCE revenues by 17.7 per cent and 14.5 per cent respectively in the nine month period, compared with the first nine months of 2017.last_img read more

FireStricken Grande America Sinks off France

first_imgThe fire-stricken Grande America sank in the afternoon hours of March 12 some 180 nautical miles west of the French coast, the Maritime Prefecture of Atlantic confirmed.After it suffered a fire during the night of March 10, the 1997-built ship developed a worsening starboard list. The ro-ro container vessel subsequently capsized and sank in a water depth of around 4,600 meters.[#GrandeAmerica] Mardi 12 mars à 15h26 le navire italien #GrandeAmerica a coulé par 4600 mètres de fond, à environ 180 nautiques (333km) à l’ouest des côtes françaises. @SGMer @MarineNationale pic.twitter.com/HareUcHJAa— Premar Atlantique (@premaratlant) March 12, 2019All 26 crewmembers and one passenger were safely evacuated onto Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll on March 11.The fire started in one of the containers loaded on the weather deck, spreading to other containers positioned close by, while the vessel was in the Bay of Biscay, sailing from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco.Italian Grimaldi Group, the owner and operator of Grande America, earlier appointed the salvage company Ardent to provide assistance on the matter.[#GrandeAmerica] La frégate multi-missions (FREMM) Aquitaine et le BSAA (Bâtiment de Soutien et d’assistance affrété) VN Sapeur sont toujours sur zone. Ils continuent d’assurer la sécurité et la surveillance de la navigation. @SGMer @MarineNationale pic.twitter.com/rz98mZlf8B— Premar Atlantique (@premaratlant) March 12, 2019World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Toddler dies after wandering away from BC daycare falling into swimming pool

first_imgMISSION, B.C. – Police say a 23-month-old child has died in Mission, B.C., after she was reported missing from a daycare and found unresponsive in a inground swimming pool at a neighbouring property.The RCMP say they were called by the owner of the daycare at about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday.The caller estimated it has been about 10 minutes since the girl was last seenA search by police led to the girl being found in the pool.After resuscitation efforts that included the use of a portable defibrillator carried by police, the girl was rushed to Mission Memorial Hospital, where the Mounties say she was pronounced deceased.The coroner’s service says it is also investigating the girl’s death.“The loss of a loved one is always an extremely difficult time, but it touches everyone much harder when it is a child, and our thoughts go out to the family, and all of those involved,” Staff Sgt. Steve Crawford said in a news release.last_img read more

Crown finishes presenting evidence on Day 12 of trial into murder of

first_imgJohn Murray APTN NewsRaymond Cormier admitted to having sex with 15-year-old Tina Fontaine to undercover officers who were secretly recording their conversations.Undercover police officers wore recording devices they called “body packs.”Cormier is accused of killing Fontaine, an Anishinaabe girl from Sagkeeng First Nation, whose body was recovered from Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014.Cormier, 55, seemed unfazed as he sat in the prisoners box looking down at a transcript of the recordings as they played.“You think you’ll get the murder out of me. Hmm. That’s f***in’ it man. Get away from me. Ugh f***er off, get outta here. F*** you. F***!” Raymond Cormier uttered these words to himself while alone in his apartment late one night in November 2015.Winnipeg police had secretly placed “probes,” electronic listening devices, in his apartment.The jury also heard a recording of Cormier telling a fellow drug user not to overdose.He said, “don’t overdose here or your body will be wrapped up in a f***ing carpet and thrown in the river.”One undercover police officer befriended Cormier while they lived on the same floor of an apartment building. He gave Cormier odd jobs and paid him in cash.That officer, in one recording, was heard asking Cormier if he loved Fontaine. Cormier replied that he only wanted to have sex with her until he found out she was 15.In another recording Cormier is heard saying he never murdered anyone, and then later said he beat two murders.The Crown wrapped up its case Wednesday. The defense will continue the trial Thursday.@murrjwlast_img read more

Cott deal with Refresco raises concerns for UK competition regulator

first_imgTORONTO – Cott Corp.’s US$1.25-billion deal to sell its beverage manufacturing business to Refresco has raised concerns for the United Kingdom Competition Markets Authority.The company says Refresco has been informed by the regulator that the deal raises potential competition concerns regarding juice drinks in PET using an aseptic production process that allows them to be sold preservative-free without refrigeration.In the United Kingdom, the combined company produces these products in two factories, Bridgwater (Refresco) and Nelson (Cott).Cott says Refresco is examining the decision and is willing to offer suitable remedies and will co-operate with the regulator to address the concerns.Refresco is an independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and brands with production in Europe and the United States.Cott (TSX:BCB) has said the sale of its traditional drink manufacturing business will help position it to better grow its water, coffee, tea and filtration businesses both organically and with acquisitions.last_img read more

After bailout Odyssey Greece ready to be normal again

first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greece’s eight-year bailout ordeal will forever be bookended by two of the country’s iconic islands.In choosing the western island of Ithaca to declare the end of the bailout era Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras harked back to one of the country’s legendary heroes from antiquity.From the purported home place of Odysseus, the mythical Mycenaean king whose arduous 10-year travels are immortalized in Homer’s “Odyssey,” Tsipras said in a televised address that Greece was ready to become a “normal” country again.“Since 2010, Greece has undergone a modern Odyssey,” he said, in a speech heavy on Homeric and nautical allusions. “Ithaca is just the beginning.”Tsipras declared that Greece has regained its financial freedom, after years of bowing to bailout creditors’ demands for — sorely-needed — cutbacks and reforms.Overlooking a small bay from the pine-forested hills, Tsipras’ address provided a reminder of the beginning of Greece’s crisis. In 2010, then-prime minister George Papandreou addressed the Greek people from the eastern island of Kastellorizo, informing them that the country was effectively bankrupt and had to get financial help.In return for the loans, successive governments imposed crippling cutbacks to right the country’s finances and balance budgets deeply in the red. Over the bailout era, the Greek economy contracted by a quarter and unemployment swelled with one in five still out of work. Incomes were repeatedly slashed and taxes hiked.It’s clearly been a hugely difficult and painful journey for Greece and one that has lasted almost as long as Odysseus’ legendary adventures.Odysseus was an unwilling protagonist in the 10-year Trojan War, a semi-mythical expedition by Mycenaean Greek kingdoms to conquer the city of Troy in what is now northwestern Turkey. After the fall of Troy, pursued by angry gods, Odysseus took another ten years of trials and tribulations at sea to return to Ithaca.And once there, battered and in a beggar’s rags, Odysseus found his home taken over by a bunch of youths who were badgering his faithful wife to remarry. He massacred them, and a more apocryphal story tells how later Odysseus died at the hands of his own son with the enchantress Circe.“Now we have reached our destination,” Tsipras said. “The bailouts that carried with them austerity and recession and turned our country into a social desert are over.”“Our country is regaining its right to define its own fortunes and future,” he added. “Like a normal European country, without having policies forced on it by foreign officials, with no more blackmail, no more sacrifices for our people.”Greek stocks closed 1 per cent down Tuesday, while the yield on the benchmark 10-year Greek bond fell slightly to 4.2 per cent.Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose conservative New Democracy party is leading in Greek opinion polls ahead of scheduled parliamentary elections next year, poured scorn on Tsipras’ “false” Ithaca symbolism.“We have not reached the end of the journey,” he said. “Today is the end of cheap funding, but the harsh measures and heavy commitments undertaken by Mr. Tsipras continue.”The country remains shackled to the austerity demands of its former creditors. And even though it has little fear of new calls for cutbacks from abroad, its hard-won fiscal freedom still carries a high price.Though the country will no longer have to pass regular checks from creditors to get money it needs to avoid bankruptcy, it cannot return to the old lax ways that put it in a mess in the first place.During the past eight years, Greece avoided bankruptcy after getting loans worth some 260 billion euros ($300 billion) from the other countries that use the euro currency, and from the International Monetary Fund.Though Greece has turned a massive deficit on its annual budget into a sizeable surplus, further austerity measures remain on the horizon. Pre-agreed pension cuts and tax hikes lurk in 2019 and 2020.Greece has a 24 billion-euro cash buffer, set up with the help of bailout funds that will provide substantial breathing space up to the summer of 2020.After that, it will really have to stand on its own feet and as such it will have to take consideration of the demands of investors in international bond markets — any slippage on the budget front could see the interest rates they charge for Greece to borrow rise again, potentially to unsustainable rates.In the coming period, Greece must develop a working relationship with private investors, who will need robust signs of fiscal prudence, adherence to agreed reforms and economic growth to agree to place their funds in a country whose credit rating is still well below investment grade.The GSEE main private sector labour union contended Tuesday that the Greek people’s Odyssey is far from over.“For us, there can be no exit from the bailouts unless there is an end to the vicious cycle of austerity, unemployment and widespread social crisis,” it said in a statement.Tsipras has repeatedly issued assurances that his left-led government will tread the mandated course of fiscal virtue.In Ithaca, he promised “prudence and responsibility, so that we never return to the Greece of budget deficits and bankruptcy.”At the same time though, Tsipras is under pressure to provide some form of relief to wide swathes of the population hard-hit by the recession — chiefly pensioners, the unemployed and low-income groups.Government officials say this will be publicly formulated in early September, at the opening of an annual trade fair in the northern city of Thessaloniki which is traditionally a platform for governments to announce their economic policy plans.last_img read more

Tickets now on sale for Fort St John Hospital Foundation Silver Jubilee

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks. There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at fsjhf@northernhealth.calast_img read more

Man 23 killed in motorcycle crash in Milton

A 23-year-old man has died following a motorcycle crash in Milton.Emergency crews were called to Lower Base Line early Monday after the victim was found by his friend.Police say it appears the 23-year-old lost control of his motorcycle.He was pronounced dead at the scene.“Due to the nature of the investigation, the Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and took carriage of the investigation,” said Halton police in a news release.Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 905-825-4747, ext. 5065.

SIU investigating crash near Simcoe

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit is probing a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 24 north of Simcoe early Wednesday morning.Two men in the vehicle were take to hospital with minor injuries, said a media release issued by the Norfolk OPP.The vehicle, a white Honda CRV, remained upside down leaning on the fence of a horse paddock at the corner of Highway 24 and Old Highway 24 as of Wednesday around 9 a.m.Becky Vandendriessche, who has lived on the property for eight years, says she and her family have witnessed eight to 10 “really bad accidents” on the corner in that time “People come up that knoll from the (south), gain speed and pull off (the road) all the time,” she said. “It’s always a really busy corner.”Vandendriessche added that the speed at which people try to negotiate the corner has long been a concern for the family.“Absolutely,” she began. “When my kids first went to school I had to put them on different buses so they never had to cross the line of traffic because we’ve had so many accidents 50 feet from our driveway. There was one two months ago.”Prior to the collision, a police officer “stopped to investigate” a vehicle on Norfolk Street North at about 12:55 a.m. The vehicle left the scene heading north on Highway 24. The vehicle was later involved in the crash. The SIU was notified due to the earlier interaction.The road remained closed throughout the morning.jrobinson@postmedia.com read more

UN helps Middle East data centre set pace as agricultural online trendsetter

The UAE Agricultural Information Centre (UAE-AGRICENT), established in 2001 as a national centre by the government with help from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is embarking on a new strategic phase to tap information resources in the region for ready access by local, regional and, eventually, worldwide users.This “goes far beyond assistance or capacity-building per se, as it actually involves working closely, hand in hand, to serve common goals,” FAO project coordinator Francisco Perez-Trejo said of the five-year plan.”Actually, FAO is delegating authority. It has used its expertise to set up systems in areas of need in the region, and these systems have extended spontaneously through local use, and in line with specific needs, to be applied in ways we would have never dreamed of,” he added.The centre currently provides up-to-date data in Arabic and English on a wide variety of farming, fisheries, forestry, and food security topics, including animal genetics, health hazards, safe breeding practices, plant science and production and natural resource management. It also plays an increasingly important role in issuing early warning reports on emergencies such as water shortages and plant and animal disease outbreaks. FAO can use the lessons learned from its collaboration here to improve data management in other regions, Mr. Perez-Trejo said. “Think of the enormous momentum that could be generated by enlisting the capabilities of Australia or Japan for example, in collaboration with FAO, to set up agricultural information centres in Small Island Developing States and making a priority of connecting small developing economies to the global information society,” he added.”The process has a long way to go towards creating regional institutions to address specific problems with tailor-made solutions and hands-on experience in the all-embracing framework of e-agriculture,” he conceded. “But we are off to a good start.” read more

UN Commission on the Status of Women ends with agreement on foundations

The 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to “gender-responsive” actions with stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing. According to UN Women – the UN entity tasked with promoting gender rights – the Commission recognized women’s vital role as agents of development. It acknowledged that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will not be possible without gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomed the agreement and the commitment of UN Member States to make the 2030 Agenda a reality in countries around the world. “Countries gave gender inequality an expiry date: 2030. Now it is time to get to work. These agreed conclusions entrench and start the implementation of a gender-responsive agenda 2030 with which we have the best possibility to leave no one behind,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said in a press release. UN Women reports that a growing global commitment was already in evidence with a record number of more than 80 government ministers from around the world attending the Commission. Around 4,100 non-governmental representatives from more than 540 organizations participated as well, the highest number ever for one of the Commission’s regular annual meetings. The agreed conclusions urge a comprehensive approach to implementing all 17 SDGs through thorough integration of gender perspectives across all government policies and programmes. Eliminating all forms of gender-based discrimination depends on effective laws and policies and the removal of any statutes still permitting discrimination, UN Women stressed, adding that temporary special measures may be required to guarantee that women and girls can obtain justice for human rights violations. The Commission also endorsed significantly increased investment to close resource gaps for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Funds should be mobilized from all sources, domestic and international, ranging from fulfilling official development assistance commitments to combatting illicit financial flows that shortchange public resources for gender equality. With humanitarian crises and other emergencies disproportionately affecting women and girls, the Commission underlined the imperative of empowering women in leadership and decision-making in all aspects of responding to and recovering from crisis. On the eve of the World Humanitarian Summit, it stressed prioritizing women’s and girls’ needs in humanitarian action and upholding their rights in all emergency situations. Members of the Commission further united behind ensuring women’s equal participation in leadership at all levels of decision-making in the public and private spheres, encompassing governments, businesses and other institutions, and across all areas of sustainable development. Depending on different circumstances, this may involve establishing temporary special measures, setting and achieving concrete benchmarks and removing barriers to women’s participation. Given the major contributions to Agenda 2030 of civil society, including women’s and community-based organizations, feminist groups, human rights defenders and girls’ and youth-led organizations, the Commission welcomed open engagement and cooperation with them in gender-responsive implementation. It emphasized fully engaging with men and boys as agents of change and allies in the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. To guide systematic progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the 2030 Agenda, the Commission also stressed enhanced national statistical capacity and the systematic design, collection and sharing of high-quality, reliable and timely data disaggregated by sex, age and income. Members also agreed to bolster the role of national mechanisms for women and girls in championing their equality and empowerment. read more