August 13

‘Caption this’: Pogba deletes cryptic post after Mourinho axed

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy earlier this season.The pair were captured having a frosty exchange on the training ground as Mourinho grew angry with his key midfielder’s lethargic performances, dropping him on several occasions to spark talk he would be sold by the end of the season.Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher knew Pogba during the Frenchman’s first spell with the club as a youngster and he says his old team-mate “needs a kick up the backside”.Fletcher fears Mourinho’s sacking could convince the flamboyant Pogba that he can now get away with whatever behaviour he feels like, unless the new manager clamps down quickly.“I don’t think he’s conducted himself well recently and I think he needs a kick up the backside,” Fletcher told the BBC.“I think his post today, whether it was his team or whatever, it was totally out of order. That’s a big concern for me.“Everybody talked about, ‘Who’s going to go, is it going to be Pogba or Mourinho’. Now, if Pogba starts thinking that he’s bigger than Mourinho, there’s your next problem.“Somebody needs to get control of Paul and say, ‘Listen, this hasn’t been a battle between Mourinho and Pogba and you’ve won, you’ve got to go and prove yourself now.’“A manager’s got to come in there and demand more from him, to lead this team forward.” PogbaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after United’s worst start in 28 years left them trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points.The volatile Mourinho’s exit was in part triggered by the breakdown of his relationship with France midfielder Pogba, who did not even make an appearance as a substitute for Sunday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Pogba took to Instagram just moments after news of Mourinho’s sacking broke, posting a picture of himself smiling and writing “caption this” next to it.The 25-year-old’s post was widely interpreted as celebrating Mourinho’s departure and he was criticised by former United defender Gary Neville, who responded on Twitter by writing: “You do one as well!”, suggesting he should leave the club as well.Over 64,000 people had ‘liked’ Pogba’s cheeky message, but he deleted the post 10 minutes later amid claims it was actually part of a marketing campaign for Adidas.The controversy was an appropriately rancorous end to the World Cup winner’s stormy relationship with Mourinho.Pogba joined United for a club record £89 million ($112 million) just weeks after Mourinho was hired in 2016.But the former Juventus player was repeatedly criticised by Mourinho during his two-and-a-half year reign.After his inspired performances helped France win the World Cup in Russia in July, Mourinho opted not to praise Pogba, instead infuriating the star by publicly asking why he did not try as hard for United.last_img read more

August 3

GV Giants end season for Kootenay Ice with pair of shutout wins

first_imgThe Greater Vancouver Giants tuned up for the BC Hockey Major Midget League playoffs by posting a couple of lopsided wins over the Kootenay Ice this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.The Giants, second in league standings with a 26-10-4 record, bounced the Ice 6-0 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday to conclude the regular season for both clubs.The Giants now meet the South Island Royals in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday in Burnaby.Saturday, Greater Van scored four times in the second period to break open a close game.Desi Burgart and Josh Latta each scored twice in the contest. Ryland Chernomaz and Wilson Northey added singles to round out the scoring for the Giants.Sunday, the Giants scored singles in the second and third periods to narrowly defeat the pesky Ice squad.Mateo Coltellaro and Carter Stephenson scored for the Giants.The two losses conclude the season for Kootenay.The Ice finished the Major Midget campaign in tenth spot with a 5-29-6 record.The top eight teams advance to the playoff round.The other three series have Cariboo Cougars hosting Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Prince George; Vancouver Northeast Chiefs facing Valley West Hawks in Port Coquitlam and Okanagan Rockets meeting Greater Vancouver Canadians in Kelowna.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.ICE NOTES: Kadrian Klimchuck of Castlegar topped the Ice in scoring with 30 points. Tanner Costa, also of Castlegar, was second with 24 points. . . . Klimchuk and Costa also finished one, two in goals with 16 and 11, respectively. Shawn Campbell of Castlegar also had 11 goals. . . . Netminder Burk Solomon of Castlegar won three games in goal for Kootenay while Trail’s Jason Mailhiot had a pair of wins. Mailhiot had the better goal average at 4.71.last_img read more

December 18

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week

first_img3 September 2012 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Northern Cape Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu launched South Africa’s Arbor Week on Saturday by planting fruit trees, establishing vegetable gardens and distributing seed packs and seedlings to local communities. Shushu visited a communal organic vegetable garden in Platfontein outside Kimberley, where he planted vegetables which will assist in alleviating poverty and contributing towards food security in the area. Two hundred households within the Xun and Khwen communities were also given vegetable seed packs and seedlings.Backyard gardens ‘can beat poverty’ Shushu said the establishment of vegetable gardens would help rural communities produce food in their own backyard gardens and thereby fight soaring food prices. “It is less expensive for communities to produce their own food through backyard gardens, as this can help to fight the current high food prices. Most importantly, we also want our people to understand the role that trees play in our environment and the role they play in our lives,” he said. At Galeshewe stadium outside Kimberley, Shushu participated in the planting of 20 olive trees before addressing the main Arbor Week launch event. About 2 000 more fruit trees were planted and distributed in the Sol Plaatjie Municipality. “The destruction of the environment is leading to the destruction of humanity, so if we are to have a sustainable future, it means we must look after our trees, our forests and our environment,” Shushu said. “Without the protection of the environment, there is no future, that’s why all of us are encouraged to join government and our partners to ensure that we make our cities and townships green.”Arbor City Awards Another highlight of the launch of Arbor Week was the Arbor City Awards, introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in the 283 local and eight metropolitan municipalities across South Africa. The award is given to cities and towns that “go the extra mile” to green the areas under their jurisdiction The Khara Hais local municipality, which governs the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, won the local municipal category, while the City of Johannesburg won in the metropolitan category. Both the City of Johannesburg and Khara Hais received a R300 000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.‘Our Forests – Our Future’ Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The day has since been extended from Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, held in the first week of September. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Forests – Our Future”. It affords the government, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations and the public to be involved in greening their communities. Greening refers to an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in urban and rural areas, to secure multiple benefits for communities. In the South African context, greening takes place in towns, townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces. The government and its partners will use National Arbor Week to undertake a major national awareness programme that will bring attention to the value of trees, especially in the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. Trees play a significant role in social and economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation. Planting gardens and fruit trees may also improve access to nutritious food, encourage healthy diet choices and play a significant role in household food security when integrated with other programmes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

December 9

Move the Pain Forward

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It’s hard to break bad habits. It’s hard to change especially when you cannot yet sense the danger of not changing.If you smoke a cigarette today you won’t die. Well, at least you won’t die today. And you won’t die tomorrow either.If you eat bad and don’t exercise for a week, nothing really bad will happen. Your health won’t be diminished, you aren’t any greater danger of cancer or heart attack regardless of what you eat for a week.Over time, bad decisions have a way of catching up with you. You get to choose your actions, but you don’t get to choose the consequences. And you don’t get to choose when necessarily you will suffer those consequences.Moving Danger ForwardBut this isn’t about you. It’s about your clients. Some of your dream clients believe that change would be simply adding bubbles to the warm bath that is the status quo that they’re comfortable sitting in now. They aren’t compelled to change because the danger, the risk, isn’t close enough to be felt.Some of your prospective clients will put off the inevitable for as long is as humanly possible. Money not spent today is more valuable than the outcome you sell if it means your prospective client has to go through the pain of change. They’d rather wait until they have to.It’s easy to change when you have the right motivation. When the doctor tells you that if you don’t quit cigarettes or change your diet and begin exercising you were cutting the very few years you have left off of your life, you can change in an instant. But if the doctor tells you that you may or may not suffer any repercussions from the choice you make for a long time, it’s likely you’ll continue doing whatever it is you’re doing now.A Little PushSome of your dream clients need a push. Some of them need you to prod them along. Some of them need you to take the danger that appears to them as something far away and move it closer to help them understand the implications of the actions they’re making now.There is a reason the basic elements of survival are the largest base of Maslow’s hierarchy can. People will do all sorts of things if their very survival is at stake, including things they would rather not do and changes they would rather not make.If you would serve your clients you would move that pain forward so they can feel it now and avoid the harsher repercussions that will inevitably come later.last_img read more

November 7

National Youth Squads in camp this weekend

first_imgAustralia’s recently named National Youth Squads will meet in Sydney this weekend to take part in their first training camp in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The four squads – 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls – will use the opportunity to train together as a contingent for their first training camp following the squad’s announcement earlier in the month. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman trophy from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. The squads see a mix of youth and experience, with plenty of new faces, while many players return after being part of the program for the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series. A number of players in the 20’s Girls squad have come back into the Youth squad after representing Australia in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in the Open divisions. Missed the announcement of the National Youth Squads earlier this month? You can view them by clicking on the ‘related news’ story below.Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the latest news from the camp, as well as to the Touch Football Australia social media pages for all of the latest news, videos and photos. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksYouth Squad Camplast_img read more

October 23

LNG Croatia Opens Bidding Process for FSRU

first_imgzoom LNG Croatia, the project developer of the LNG import terminal on the Island of Krk in Croatia, has called for bids for the provision of a floating storage & regasification unit (FSRU).Bids were also invited for the design and construction of jetty, connecting gas pipeline and high-pressure installations for the FSRU. These include pigging station, water and drainage, auxiliary facilities and buildings.The deadline for the submission of the requests to participate is 2 p.m. CET, September 29, 2017.According to the project operator, the technical capacity of the floating terminal will depend on its technical characteristics, however, the maximum annual delivery of natural gas is expected to be 2,6 billion cubic meters in the first stage of the project.The call for bids comes on the back of seabed investigation works launched in August.The Croatian Government opted for a FSRU amid efforts aimed at speeding up the construction of its LNG terminal in the Northern Adriatic Sea which has been long overdue.A floating LNG terminal is expected to reduce the construction costs and take only two years to bring to fruition, instead of at least five years it is required to construct the terminal from scratch.Croatia’s first LNG import terminal is also being reviewed by the European Investment Bank.EIB is considering to finance approximately EUR 339 million, from the total cost set at EUR 678 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

October 18

Toddler survives fall from moving jeep crawls to safety

first_imgIdukki (Ker): A one-year-old toddler had a miraculous escape as she accidentally fell off a moving jeep on a road inside a dense forest here and crawled to a nearby check-post in Rajamala, police said on Monday. The girl child, sitting on her mother’s lap, fell off the vehicle on Sunday night after her parents, exhausted by the journey, had dozed off. They had travelled several kilometres when they realised that the child was missing, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWildlife officials at the check-post heard the child’s cries and found her on a forest path which is often used by wild animals, including elephants, they said. The baby suffered minor injuries to her face and forehead due to the fall. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where first-aid was administered, and the police were informed, the officials said. CCTV visuals of the check-post which showed the baby falling off the jeep and crawling to safety have now gone viral on social media. After completing the necessary formalities, the child was handed over to the parents at around 1.30 am on Monday, Santhosh K S, Sub-Inspector, Munnar, said.last_img read more

October 13

Hawaiis low unemployment rate masks underlying problems

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 per cent, the answer is yes.Employers are frustrated by their inability to find workers. And unfilled jobs may be slowing the state’s economic growth.A low unemployment rate is certainly better than a high one. And many employers are responding to the worker shortage by offering higher pay.Still, Hawaii’s experience serves as a cautionary tale for the nation as a whole: Low unemployment can mask underlying problems. Nationwide, the jobless rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent, and economists forecast it could drop another half-point by next year. That would bring the rate to a half-century low.U.S. employers are already complaining about their struggles to find qualified employees. The number of open jobs nationwide reached the highest level on record in January.Like the rest of the country, Hawaii has an aging population, and its unemployment rate has been held down in part by retiring baby boomers.The state also has unique challenges, such as an economy long dominated by tourism. Many of Hawaii’s available jobs are in the service sector and don’t pay enough to cover the state’s high housing costs. And economists say Hawaii’s ongoing economic sluggishness could make it harder for the state to pay its public pension obligations in the future, and fund highways and other expensive infrastructure.U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat, cited the deceptively rosy jobless rate when she launched her campaign challenging a sitting governor from her own party in this year’s election.“We cannot wait as more and more of our young people, discouraged by the future they see for themselves here, leave Hawaii in hopes for better opportunities on the mainland,” Hanabusa said in January. A recent poll conducted for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser gave her a 20-percentage point lead over Gov. David Ige in the August primary.Hanabusa was pointing to a trend reflected in census data: People are moving away from Hawaii even as employers here clamour for workers.Last year, the state suffered a net loss of more than 1,000 people. On Oahu, home to Honolulu and major military installations like Pearl Harbor, the population declined an average of 11 people per day. The median price of an Oahu home tops $770,000.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 47 per cent of Hawaii’s residents spend more than a third of their monthly income on rent. That’s greater than any other state. About one-quarter of renters put half of their income toward housing.The personnel squeeze is forcing employers to offer incentives to attract workers.Maui Divers Jewelry, a retailer in the old whaling town of Lahaina, offers employees extra money to cover the cost of driving to its stores from Maui’s bigger cities.Star of Honolulu Cruises and Events has raised the hourly wage for servers on its boat cruises to $12 from $10.“They can be picky now, I feel like. The ball is in their court,” Sheridan Andres, the company’s human resources manager, said of job applicants. Star of Honolulu is also advertising for kitchen staff, boat maintenance workers, bus drivers and supervisors.Hawaii Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers, is pursuing a pilot program to train medical assistants at five public high schools so they’ll be ready to walk into jobs when they graduate. The company has 7,000 employees, along with 44 openings for medical assistants and more than 400 openings overall.The demand for labour is driven by a tourism surge that brought a record 9.4 million visitors to the islands last year. Strong hiring and income gains in the Western U.S. mean more Americans can make the trip. And Japan and Canada, where most of the state’s overseas visitors come from, also are experiencing solid growth.That’s led to an increase in low-paying hotel and restaurant jobs, which accounted for 60 per cent of Hawaii’s job growth in 2017, according to data compiled by Moody’s Analytics. Hotels and restaurants employ about one of every five workers in the state, double the proportion in the rest of the U.S.Adam Kamins, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics, says the state has had little success in luring better-paying tech jobs from western states such as California or Washington, because of high housing and business costs. Tech firms are instead moving to cheaper states such as Utah, Colorado and Idaho.An economy with an unemployment rate as low as Hawaii’s should be growing about 3 per cent a year, said Eugene Tian, the state’s chief economist. Instead, it’s growing at about 1.5 per cent.“We don’t have enough housing. We don’t have enough trained labour. That’s limiting the growth,” Tian said. “They are connected.”Paul Brewbaker, an economist with consulting firm TZ Economics, said Hawaii’s growth rate has lagged the nation’s for the past decade. On average, Hawaii’s economy has grown just 1.6 per cent per year compared with the national average of 2.1 per cent since 2009.On a per-capita basis, gross domestic product in Hawaii was one-third higher than the national average 40 years ago, Brewbaker said. It’s now the same. The trend could have profound consequences for Hawaii in the long term.“Where do we go from here? If we’re on this road, how do we pay for the public employee retirement system? If we’re on this road, will we ever be able to build another freeway, not to mention a mass transit system?” Brewbaker said.___Rugaber reported from Washington.last_img read more

October 13

Markets Right Now Tech stocks lead gains on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as technology companies gain back some of the ground they’ve lost in recent days.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. and Chinese officials spoke on the phone, raising hopes that trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies may ease.Microsoft rose 2.2 per cent in early trading Tuesday.Banks were also doing better after taking a drubbing over the past week. JPMorgan Chase climbed 1.9 per cent. Bank of New York Mellon rose 2.6 per cent after announcing an increase to its stock buyback program.The S&P 500 index rose 33 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,671.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 343 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,771. The Nasdaq composite rose 98 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,119.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 13

Fire crews extinguish suspected dryer fire in mobile home

first_imgAccording to Blades, the cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious. He said that the fire is suspected to have started inside the home’s dryer.The Fire Department was able to get home’s tenants set up with Emergency Social Services assistance since they did not have insurance. Blades said that at this point, it’s not clear whether the home’s owner had insurance, but that the fire department will continue to try and contact the owner.The Fire Department was also busy at around 3:15 Thursday afternoon responding to a transformer fire that occurred in the 9600-block of 103rd Ave. That fire cut power to 32 customers between 103rd and 104th Avenues, and between 94th and 96th Streets for roughly two hours. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews in Fort St. John were busy on Wednesday morning extinguishing a fire inside a mobile home.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said that crews were called out to a report of a fire inside a single-wide mobile home in the Peace Country Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival, crews were able to extinguish the blaze, which had erupted inside the laundry room/washroom area of the home, in a matter of minutes.Blades said that fire damage was contained to the laundry room, while the rest of the mobile home suffered smoke damage and minor water damage. He estimated that value of damage to the home’s contents is estimated at between $15,000 to $20,000.last_img read more