Maguire: Leicester didn’t deserve Crystal Palace defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Harry Maguire insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Maguire felt City should have created more chances with the possession they had in the second half but lamented Jamie Vardy’s bad luck after goalkeeper Vicente Guaita pushed his effort onto the post and it rebounded straight back into his arms.“Everyone is disappointed,” Maguire told LCFC TV.“We have worked tirelessly all week trying to put on a good performance this week and the first 20 minutes we started pretty slow.“There was not really any tempo from either team. They probably edged the first 20 minutes, but apart from the first 20 minutes I would say we were the better team and in control of the game.“They then scored when we were playing our best football and in our first spell of pressure. To be fair to the lad it is a great strike, a great finish. We’ll look back and we will work hard.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford demand huge money for PSG target Doucoureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are demanding huge money for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The Mirror says PSG must pay up if they want Watford’s Doucoure.The Hornets rate their player just as highly as they did Richarlison.That means the French club will have to find the £50 million or more that Everton did to take their Brazilian.Head coach Javi Gracia accepts it will be very tough to keep Doucoure at Vicarage Road if PSG get close to their asking price. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus eager to secure Wojciech Szczesny to new contractby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWojciech Szczesny is in line for a new contract with Juventus.Gazzetta dello Sport says the goalkeeper’s current deal runs to 2021.And Juve are in the process of drawing up new terms for Szczesny.Bianconeri management sees the Pole as a critical member of the squad and intend to close the deal quickly.Szczesny is firmly established as Juve’s No1. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Southeast doesn’t always get a lot of snow, but when the people down there do, you better bet there will be some creative SEC-themed snowmen. One family of Tennessee fans made a pretty impressive snowman, complete with a Josh Richardson No. 1 jersey. They sent a photo to the senior guard, who is a big fan of his new snow doppelganger. “@sgregg12: Sir Josh! Our 2015 Snowman! #Vols #BowTie @J_Rich1 @Vol_Hoops @Vol_Photos pic.twitter.com/oUDguj0HY2”oh man that’s nice !!!— Josh Richardson (@J_Rich1) February 24, 2015The Tennessee wristband is a nice touch. Now we just need Richardson to wear a top hat on the court, and this will be spot on.
Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, announced today that GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum artist, Ashanti, is the official celebrity ambassador of the 2012 Read for the Record campaign.As celebrity ambassador, Ashanti will officially kick off the campaign with a special appearance on the TODAY Show on September 24, 2012 to encourage people to participate in the world’s largest shared reading experience on October 4, 2012. Ashanti will join the TODAY team live on set at The New York Public Library as part of NBC News’ 2012 “Education Nation” Summit coverage.Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. On October 4, adults and children across the country will read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.“We’re so honored to have Ashanti as our 2012 Read for the Record celebrity ambassador and we admire her commitment to help Jumpstart raise awareness of the importance of high quality early education in our country,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart.In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60 percent behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them woefully unprepared when it’s time to start school. When children start school behind, they are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives, and this gap only widens over time. In 2011 alone, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record impacted 2.2 million individuals, raising awareness of the early education crisis and Jumpstart’s mission.“I’m really excited to participate in Read for the Record and play a role in making a positive impact in the lives of children by giving them a ‘jump start,’” said Ashanti.Ashanti is a GRAMMY Award winning multiplatinum singer/songwriter, actor, author, Guinness Book world record holder, and currently an executive producer and co-anchor of Fuse News. Ashanti is also CEO of her own label, Written Entertainment, which, in conjunction with Fuse Studios, is producing Fuse News. In 2002, Ashanti burst onto the music scene with her smash hit debut album, self-titled Ashanti, which sold over 500,000 units in its first week and landed her the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts. In addition, her first three chart entries landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, making Billboard history. She is currently recording her fifth studio album Braveheart. Ashanti has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Coach Carter, John Tucker Must Die, Muppets Wizard of Oz, Resident Evil Extinction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Dreams. She has also penned a book of poetry published by Hyperion Books and launched a self-titled fragrance line.For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, click here. For information on Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Fundraising Drive, click here.
Stock indexes in Canada and the U.S. closed down Friday on geopolitical tensions, while the loonie surged higher after Statistics Canada said the inflation rate jumped in June.Data from June showed the country’s annual inflation rate rose to 2.5 per cent for the month, up from a 2.2 per cent reading in May to hit its highest mark in more than six years.A separate release showed retail trade expanded by two per cent in May, thanks to stronger sales at vehicle and auto parts dealers as well as gas stations. It marked a rebound from April, when sales contracted by 0.9 per cent.The combined indicators helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.65 of a US cent to average 76.09 cents US as it improves the chances of another rate hike, said Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investments.“With the retail data that came out and the inflation data that came out, it would lead to a conclusion that the Bank of Canada could continue to raise rates, and an October rate hike is on the table.”Weakness in the U.S. dollar following President Donald Trump’s questioning of federal reserve rate decisions also helped the loonie, said Petursson.Trump’s comments on potentially more tariffs against Chinese goods also weighed on markets with both Toronto and New York markets down, though investors continue to struggle to decide how much weight to put on them, he said.“The market is trying to figure out what it all means, and it’s clearly, given by the ups and downs, it’s not an easy thing to assess.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 107.55 points at 16,435.46 with all major indexes in the red. For the week the index was down 0.76 per cent as concerns about auto sector tariffs and slides in commodity prices put pressure on the index.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 6.38 points at 25,058.12. The S&P 500 index was down 2.66 points at 2,801.83 and the Nasdaq composite index closed down 5.10 points at 7,820.20.The slight pullback in markets came as positive earnings and other indicators came up against increased political uncertainty, said Petursson.“There isn’t anything from the fundamentals, you know valuations or economic or earnings that would suggest there’s any concerns out there, it’s all geopolitical risk out there.”He said U.S. investors have been selling some of their positions in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds and putting their cash aside as the continued uncertainty weighs.“I would take that to mean the equity investor perhaps is suffering from an exhaustion of the geopolitical rhetoric that’s been going on over the past several months.”The September crude contract closed up two cents at US$68.26 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ended down a penny at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract closed up $7.10 at US$1,231.10 an ounce and the September copper contract was up six cents at US$2.76 a pound.Aimia Inc. closed up 42 cents, or 18.26 per cent, at $2.72 after the Aeroplan parent company unveiled its plans for the loyalty program once its exclusive partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Aimia announced Thursday evening that it plans to offer charter flights to its most popular destinations as it expands the program to broader travel rewards, including hotels, cars and entertainment.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,326.51, down 90.47 points)Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down 12 cents, or 5.69 per cent, to $1.99 on 18.85 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $4.70 on 18 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 16 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.09 on 10.06 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $47.05 on 4.12 million shares.AutoCanada Inc. (TSX:ACQ). Retailer. Down $3.96, or 26.92 per cent, to $10.75 on 3.92 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Unchanged on 3.71 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Freshii Inc. (TSX:FRII). Restaurants. Down 65 cents, or 10.27 per cent, to $5.68 on 375,000 shares. The company reported second quarter results that missed analyst expectations. Freshii had adjusted net income of three cents per share, short of the four cents per share expected by analysts according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. The company says it expects up to US$285 million in sales from as many as 760 stores within the next year or so, a big leap from its current count of between 400 and 500 locations.
Tunis: Leaders meeting in Tunisia for the annual Arab League summit on Sunday were united in their condemnation of Trump administration policies seen as unfairly biased toward Israel but divided on a host of other issues, including whether to readmit founding member Syria. This year’s summit comes against a backdrop of ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, rival authorities in Libya and a lingering boycott of Qatar by four fellow League members. Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir skipped the meeting as they contend with mass protests against their long reigns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRepresentatives from the 22-member league minus Syria aim to jointly condemn President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli control over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 war, and Trump’s decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the opening of the summit, King Salman said Saudi Arabia “absolutely rejects any measures undermining Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights” and supports the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe added that Iran’s meddling was to blame for instability in the region. One of the few things that have united the Arab League over the last 50 years is the rejection of Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights as well as east Jerusalem and the West Bank, territories seized in the 1967 war that the Palestinians want for their future state. The international community, including the United States, largely shared that position until Trump upended decades of US policy by moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem last year and recognizing Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic Golan plateau earlier this month. The Arab leaders meeting in Tunisia are expected to issue a statement condemning those moves but are unlikely to take any further action. That’s in part because regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cultivated close ties with the Trump administration, viewing it as a key ally against their main rival, Iran. Both face Western pressure over their devastating three-year war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and Riyadh is still grappling with the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents last year. Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Saturday that Arab ministers had voiced support in a preparatory meeting for a declaration that Trump’s Golan move violates the UN Charter, which prohibits acquiring territories by force. In Syria, small protests against Trump’s Golan move were held in different parts of the country and state media criticized the Arab summit. “The Golan is not awaiting support from the Arabs, and not a statement to condemn what Trump has done,” the Thawra newspaper said in an editorial that accused Arab leaders of taking their orders from the US and Israel. The Arab League is expected to consider readmitting Syria, a founding member that was expelled in the early days of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad. But officials speaking ahead of the meeting said it was unlikely Syria would be welcomed back anytime soon. The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus last year, and other Arab states have expressed support for restoring relations. But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have actively supported the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, and many other states view his government as an Iranian proxy that should continue to be shunned. In a rare sign of easing tensions across another regional rift, King Salman and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sat at the same sprawling table when the heads of delegations met Sunday. It was the first time the two leaders have appeared in the same room since Saudi Arabia led the boycott of Qatar nearly two years ago over Doha’s ties to Iran and its support for regional Islamist groups.
Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh): Samajwadi Party leader and parliamentarian Dimple Yadav will file her nomination on Saturday from here. She is seeking re-election from the Kannauj parliamentary seat and is the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be accompanying his wife Dimple Yadav, who was first elected from Kannauj in 2012 in the bypolls. The Yadav couple accompanied by politician-actress Jaya Bachchan has already left for Kannauj from Lucknow. They were headed down the Expressway, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. There will be a roadshow around after they reach the party office here ahead of the filing of nominations, he added. Polling for the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat will be held in the fourth phase on April 29.
Juventus Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that he will be leaving his role at the club in October.The Italian stepped into the role eight years and has overseen a successful period for the club, which has included seven consecutive Serie A titles and a pair of Champions League finals appearances.The 61-year-old was the one who hired former player and then Siena manager Antonio Conte as manager of the Turin outfit.After Conte’s controversial departure to the Italian national team, Marotta brought in Massimiliano Allegri, who had been sacked at Milan the year before and continued the club’s tradition of winning league titles whilst also improving the team’s performance in the UEFA Champions League.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Marotta has been heavily linked with the presidential seat of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) but denied that is the motive behind his decision to step down from his role at Juventus. He said in a statement published by Juventus:“The club is carrying out an extensive renewal. My mandate as chief executive comes to an end on October 25 and the list of board members, which will be presented on Monday, will not contain my name.”“For the time being I will remain in place as chief executive, but I wanted to make this statement in order to avoid any speculation.”“I will assess my position along with the club president in the coming days. I’ve had eight wonderful years here, full of success, and Juventus will always remain in my heart.”