October 28

18 days ago​Man Utd defender Tuanzebe: International break will help us

first_img​Man Utd defender Tuanzebe: International break will help usby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe believes the international break has come at the right time for his side.The youngster was in the team for their 1-0 loss away to Newcastle on Sunday in the Premier League.It is a result that puts United only two points above the relegation places.Now the players go away with their countries, before coming back for a huge league clash against Liverpool at home in two weeks.”Yeah, you can see we shut them out for a long period of time, Tuanzebe told MUTV after the game.”The only way they were able to score was a counter when we weren’t really there. The goal, it is what it is: a 20-yard shot, it wasn’t like they played through us or anything like that.”We go back to the drawing board, the international break [is] now time for us to regroup. We believe in what we’re doing, in time it will come.”Now it’s just that tough phase. Next game we look forward to is Liverpool. [We] definitely want to get a result in that game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 24

Tourism Minister says Mobay City Run an Important Marketing Tool

first_img “Events like the MoBay City Run, which, incidentally, is now an integral part of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) annual calendar of events, gives Jamaica an opportunity to make inroads into that growing market,” Mr. Bartlett said. Speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, Mr. Bartlett said that it is hardly a secret anymore that many travellers have been actively seeking out destinations that have quality health and wellness activities and where Jamaica stands to benefit. With health and wellness tourism now a trillion-dollar business worldwide, events such as the MoBay City Run represent an important marketing tool for Jamaica, according to Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Story Highlights With health and wellness tourism now a trillion-dollar business worldwide, events such as the MoBay City Run represent an important marketing tool for Jamaica, according to Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.Speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, Mr. Bartlett said that it is hardly a secret anymore that many travellers have been actively seeking out destinations that have quality health and wellness activities and where Jamaica stands to benefit.“Events like the MoBay City Run, which, incidentally, is now an integral part of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) annual calendar of events, gives Jamaica an opportunity to make inroads into that growing market,” Mr. Bartlett said.He added that the Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organisation for the wellness industry, has identified the health and wellness industry as a $3.7-trillion market and with the expectancy that it will grow by another 43 per cent by 2020.“With over 20 road races each year, including the MoBay City Run, it is clear that we have the capacity, the infrastructure and the professionals who can successfully execute a road race,” the Minister said.“It is widely expected that the wellness economy will continue an upward growth trajectory. This simply means that the best is yet to come, and as the only event of its kind in Montego Bay, the Run is poised to benefit from the steady growth in the international health and wellness industry,” he argued.Noting that every big city has a great marathon, Mr. Bartlett said it is now clear to the naked eye that the MoBay City Run will be the signature event for the city of Montego Bay.“This will create visitor pull, added international exposure, stimulate economic gains and give Montego Bay the needed push to realise its potential as the tourism hub of the Caribbean,” the Minister added.For her part, Montego Bay businesswoman and photographer, Ashley Anguin, a member of the organising committee, said that everything is in place to ensure that this year’s MoBay City Run will be the biggest yet.“We are expecting to have in excess of 5,000 participants, and we have been getting a lot of positive responses from overseas and should actually be having a number of international journalists here to cover the event,” Ms. Anguin told JIS News.“We also have some very good sponsors on board, and there is a great deal of enthusiasm in the communities across the western region,” she added.The MoBay City Run, now in its sixth year, will be held on Sunday, May 5, with the starting point again being the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, now the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.last_img read more

October 13

Some DavidsTea shareholders express serious concerns over board nominees

first_imgMONTREAL – Some DavidsTea Inc. shareholders are pushing back against a turnaround plan and new board of directors proposed by a large shareholder group controlled by its co-founder, Herschel Segal.A joint letter to the tea chain’s board from Porchlight Equity Management LLC, TDM Asset Management PTY Ltd. and Edgepoint Wealth Management Inc. says they have “serious concerns” with Rainy Day Investments Ltd.’s proposal.RDI, which says it owns 46 per cent of the chain’s issued and outstanding shares, submitted a slate of director nominees for DavidsTea to consider, including Segal and Lorenzo Salvaggio, another former director.The shareholder group also says it no longer plans to propose an offer to buy out minority shareholders, but believes its proposed board can turn around the struggling retailer.The letter says Segal should not be allowed to reconstitute the board with handpicked nominees without consulting the board or other shareholders.It claims several of Segal’s nominees do not appear to have appropriate qualifications for the job and questions the independence of the proposed slate.The letter also highlights the scarcity of detail around RDI’s turnaround plan.“We are not prepared to simply accept RDI’s nominees and believe that there are a sufficient number of other shareholders that would hold similar views,” reads the letter dated March 28.The group calls on RDI to work with DavidsTea and other significant shareholders to agree on the board nominees, and asks the retailer to communicate their concerns to RDI and offer to start a collaborative process.“This approach will save (DavidsTea) and all other parties from unnecessary expense and disruption.”The company’s annual meeting of shareholders will take place on June 14.last_img read more

October 13

Legislative Services Director to talk about upcoming election at Thursdays Chamber luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Janet Prestley, the City of Fort St. John`s Legislative Services Director, will be making a keynote address to the Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week.The Chamber`s executive director Lilia Hansen said that Prestley will be speaking to attendees and giving out information for prospective nominees, as well as who is eligible to vote in the election taking place this fall. Mayor Lori Ackerman was originally scheduled to deliver the keynote address at this month`s Chamber luncheon but had to back out for personal reasons.The Chamber luncheon is taking place on Thursday at the Pomeroy Hotel starting at 11:45 a.m.last_img
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

October 12

Uplifting the poor

first_imgRahul promised justice to the poor and Jaitley criticised the gesture. That is, of course, classic politics with ensuing arguments and counter-arguments being the order of the day. But, what captivates mass interest is the Indian version of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) which Rahul and company have promised to the 20 per cent of poorest families in India. Policymakers, economists, and whoever who can relate to the pros and cons of this Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) or Minimum income guarantee scheme are frenzied over Congress’ novel announcement framed as “final assault on poverty”. While the premise piques curiosity owing to an unprecedented step which has been promised should Congress come to power, the cost, feasibility, scalability, et al, concerns loom large over this ground-breaking idea. Rs 12,000 per month per family to cover nearly 5 crore families and with Jaitley’s courtesy, Team Congress is asserting that Rs 3.6 lakh crore will be the outlay from the exchequer in order to fulfil its crucial electoral promise. One of the many apprehensions is the widening of fiscal deficit which revolves around the inquisitiveness as to where will the money for such a grand scheme come from. The current dispensation has estimated this year’s fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent. Rough estimations cite that Congress’ NYAY will be three times India’s fiscal deficit and six times its Defence budget. Rahul’s claim that calculations have been done and fiscal repercussions have been analysed to arrive at a conclusion that such a poverty-exclusive scheme is feasible. It means that NYAY would not affect India’s fiscal deficit but the massive outlay, then, must be aptly accommodated to not have any impact on the fiscal deficit. There are only two ways to do that – increase revenues or cut expenditure – and Congress went silent on that, for now. If Congress decides to cut expenditure then which sector would suffer a cut-down and their “expenditure-rationalisation” call requires explicit elaboration. Should the revenue be increased, Congress would require to increase taxes for the top income group in which case we may see inheritance and wealth taxes be implemented. The other way is to strictly provide subsidies to the poor and let the rich pay the market amount. This will neutralise the budget. Also Read – A compounding difficultyHaving accepted Rahul’s assertion that this scheme is feasible, the second apprehension circles around identification of the beneficiary. Poorest 20 per cent sounds ambiguous. Moreover, this bracket is below the controversial poverty line, and hence ignores all those who are above its ambit but still below the poverty line. And, not just those but families that are barely above the line and still fall in need of government for economic support schemes. Income data surveys will be needed and extensive identification process will be required to be undertaken to resolve this and the biggest problem that stands tall like a wall to this identification process is the fact that maximum Indians are involved in the informal sector where the income meanders every day. Peculiarities surround NYAY and only discussions will reveal the actual picture. On the other hand, Congress could have tried employment guarantee scheme again – reinvigorating their previous efforts. Surging new life in MGNREGA could have also answered similar questions that exist under the Modi regime. Unemployment, being a direct issue, would also make it an apt manifesto agenda while tackling the monetary issue with regard to poverty. Also Read – An askew democracy NYAY, a derivative of UBI, does provide financial support but nothing else. This support still leaves the poor without work or informal work with the onus of finding one on the beneficiary alone. An income support scheme in this regard gets eclipsed by an employment guarantee scheme because the latter provides for a job, money while implicitly increasing nation’s workforce or asset (as per economics). There are many questions that remain unanswered as far as NYAY is concerned with uncertainty revolving around exactly what will be the compensation for pulling off this unprecedented scheme for the poor in fiscal terms. The other angle is writing off other schemes which will again be contentious. At this juncture, curiosity hovers whether Congress is serious with its “final assault on poor” or is it just rallying around supposedly utopian methods to pull the voters on its side and register a landslide victory, marking an end to NDA’s era. If the latter turns out to be true then it would not be any better than the previous five years for the poor since NDA or UPA, BJP or Congress, it is the same narrative term after term – the poor remains poor with the rich-poor disparity in wealth widening like an obese person!last_img read more

October 12

King Mohamed VI Has Given Significant Impetus To Relations Between Morocco,…

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI has given significant impetus to relations between Morocco and the African countries as part of South-South cooperation within an encompassing tripartite strategic vision that includes the Kingdom, other North African countries, and African states to achieve promising value-added projects, said Minister-delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida.The Sovereign has also developed a new concept of humanitarian diplomacy that is highly appreciated by the people of Africa, thanks to its positive impact that transcends official diplomacy, the minister said in an statement to MAP during her visit to Addis Ababa which hosts the 22th summit of the African Union (AU) on January 21-31.Recalling the Royal message of August 2013 at the first conference of ambassadors of His Majesty the King, the Minister said that the roadmap of Moroccan diplomacy emphasizes two priorities: economy and Africa. She said Morocco has invested heavily on the continent, noting that the Kingdom  has developed a multi-faceted approach based on political dialogue and strong economic cooperation.Bouaida also highlighted the partnership agreements signed, and the presence of public and private Moroccan organizations in many African countries carrying out projects benefiting the local population in the field of social housing, banking, energy and telecommunicationslast_img read more

September 28

Football DreMont Jones will play final game for Ohio State in Rose

Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) takes the field in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing Ohio State’s win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, redshirt junior Dre’Mont Jones’ future as a Buckeye was up in the air.When asked if he would play in the Rose Bowl, Jones responded, “we’ll see.”On Wednesday, Jones put all those rumors to rest, announcing he will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. Jones also said it will be his final game at Ohio State, forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones was a first-team All-Big Ten member this season after leading the Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks, as well as earning 12.5 tackles for loss. Jones became an even more important player for Ohio State this season as the team lost junior defensive end Nick Bosa for the season with a core muscle injury.Jones is projected by many to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. read more

September 28

TBDPITL Ep 21 Ohio State Signing Day

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Signing Day and the players from Ohio State they got to talk to on Wednesday. They also look at men’s basketball’s win against Penn State and what it means moving forward. NOTE: We recorded this before Justin Fields officially was cleared to play with the Buckeyes for 2019

September 18

Report Balotelli set for Marseille medical

first_imgItalian striker Mario Balotelli will reportedly undergo a medical today at Marseille after being granted permission to leave OGC NiceThe 28-year-old had been strongly linked with a switch to Marseille in last summer’s transfer window before the move fell through.In light of that, Balotelli remained at Nice for this season after an impressive first two seasons at the French Riviera with 43 goals scored in 66 games.This impressive form in France led Balotelli to receive a recall into the Italy national team by former Inter Milan and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after a four-year absence.But Balotelli’s performances at Nice have dropped off with the Italian failing to find the net once in all 10 of his appearances this season.In light of this, manager Patrick Vieira gave Balotelli a few extra days off during the French winter break in order to make a decision over his future.And now Sky Sports reports that the move to Marseille is back on with Balotelli set to sign a deal that will earn him £2.7m for 17 games during his six months at the Stade Velodrome.Currently, there is no mention of Marseille’s alleged plans for Balotelli come to the end of the season.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…Although the transfer will come as a welcome boost for the controversial forward, who was warned by Mancini earlier this month that he must prove he merits a recall to Italy after omitting him in their last five games.“I’ve done my best for him and I always hope something good happens to him. He’ll only return to the national team if he deserves it,” said Mancini on Balotelli.“As a young lad he gave me so much, both at Inter and in Manchester, but he’s given me very little in recent months.“Still, he’s 28 and he has time if he wants. The Euros and World Cup should be fatal attractions for him.“The European qualifiers begin in March. If we’re in trouble and he keeps scoring one or two goals per game then I’ll call him up.“However, he must know that he won’t be a part of our future due to his age. It’s a principle that applies to everyone.”West Ham and Newcastle were also reportedly linked with a move for Balotelli in this month’s transfer window.last_img read more