10 months agoMan Utd chiefs shut door on Pogba (& others) sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chiefs shut door on Pogba (& others) saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs have ruled out plans to sell Paul Pogba.The Telegraph says United have no plans of selling Pogba in the January transfer window or next summer.With relations with Jose Mourinho souring Pogba was tipped to return to Juventus when the transfer window opens next week, but the report claims Ed Woodward deems Pogba an integral part of his plans on and off the pitch.The report adds that United chiefs believe Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are the future of United’s attack.And of course for Woodward, there is Pogba’s huge commercial value to consider. last_img read more

9 days agoHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpool

first_imgHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHertha Berlin midfielder Marko Grujic believes he has a future with Liverpool.The 23-year-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more experienced before I can wear it again,” Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.“I want to improve my physical performance and take my concentration to another level. I want to be ready for Liverpool so I will have a chance to get into the team.”Despite offers from Atalanta, Brighton and Eintracht Frankfurt, Grujic stayed at the Olympiastadion – revealing Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind the decision.He said: “He said that it would be a great opportunity for me to improve my development. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and Hertha BSC is a big club.“It is very important for me to play regularly right now and [Klopp] told me to fight for my place in the team.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN “Accidentally” Fired NFL Reporter Adam Schefter Friday

first_imgAdam Schefter on the phone.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Sports Writer Adam Schefter attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, who is constantly glued to his cell phone(s), is one of the hardest working people in all of sports, so it’d be one heck of a surprise if the Worldwide Leader decided to terminate him out of the blue. But Friday morning, for whatever reason, ESPN deactivated both his cell phone and his laptop computer, as if he’d been let go by the company. It was eventually reported as “accidental” by a company spokesman.Sources: Someone at ESPN “accidentally” placed @AdamSchefter on the terminated list. Devices have been deactivated. Looking for suspects— Seth Markman (@tunasweasel) August 21, 2015Schefter joked on Twitter that it was actually the second time it’s happened to him.Been through this before. Not any easier to take 2nd time around. Do want to thank all the great people at ESPN. https://t.co/vI4j6mDObm— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2015IT just told me HR confirmed to them that I have not been fired (whew). Now they need to figure out how to re-activate my Iphones and laptop— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2015The question, obviously, is whether someone did this as a joke intentionally or if it was just a mistake. If it was the former, perhaps someone will be getting fired by ESPN today.last_img read more

Capital Product Partners to Fit 14 Ships with Scrubbers

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners has decided to equip part of its fleet with exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).Namely, the partnership said it is planning to install scrubbers on up to 14 of its larger vessels, including ten containerships, three crude tankers and one bulk carrier.The final decision for certain of these vessels is expected to be reached within the coming months and the installation of the scrubbers is expected to be completed throughout 2019 and 2020, the company informed.“We believe that this move can help increase the appeal of the partnership’s larger vessels to period charterers post January 2020, but also potentially allow us to capture meaningful premiums, such as that negotiated with one of our charterers for five of our vessels,” Jerry Kalogiratos, Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership’s General Partner, said.In connection with the deals to equip five 5,000 TEU container vessel series with scrubbers, Capital Product Partners has agreed with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), the charterer of the vessels, to increase the daily charter rate by USD 4,900 for each unit. The ships in question are the Hyundai Prestige, Hyundai Premium, Hyundai Paramount, Hyundai Privilege and Hyundai Platinum.The increase will be effective from January 1, 2020, or, if later, the installation date of the scrubbers until the expiry of each charter in 2024 and 2025, as applicable. The HMM vessels are currently earning USD 23,480 gross per day following a restructuring agreement with HMM dated July 15, 2016.Under the restructuring agreement, the charter rate is set to be restored to the original daily gross rate of USD 29,350 from January 1, 2020 and will increase further to USD 34,250 once the scrubbers are installed in accordance with the scrubber deals.Capital Product Partners revealed its decision as part of the company’s financial report for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.The partnership’s net loss for the period was USD 22.6 million, compared to a net income of USD 9,6 million. The result includes a non-cash impairment charge of USD 28.8 million from the sale of the 159,982 dwt crude oil carrier M/T Amore Mio II.The 2001-built unit was sold to an unaffiliated third party for the amount of USD 11.2 million. The vessel was delivered to an unaffiliated third party on October 15, 2018.Total revenue for the third quarter of 2018 was USD 73.4 million, corresponding to an increase of 17.1% compared to USD 62.7 million reported during the third quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily a result of the rise in the average number of vessels in the company’s fleet and the higher number of voyage charters performed by its vessels.last_img read more

Cold freezes out New Years Eve plans on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Mother Nature drowned out Canada Day on Parliament Hill and now it’s frozen out part of the planned New Year’s Eve celebrations.Organizers were checking the forecast every hour Friday hoping to see some improvement but the polar vortex that has turned Ottawa into a living icicle shows no sign of lifting until at least January 2.So they’ve cancelled plans for musical entertainment and DJs for the Canada 150 closing events, but will go ahead with fireworks and a laser show scheduled for midnight.“We invite all Canadians and visitors to consider the extreme weather conditions and to dress warmly and prepare accordingly to prevent frostbite and other injuries,” said Canadian Heritage in a statement Friday.Earlier Friday, plans for the bash were in doubt altogether as the department’s website briefly listed everything as being cancelled, but a final decision wasn’t made until mid-morning.Andrew Campbell, the senior executive director in charge of the Canada 150 secretariat, had said earlier that with the current forecast offering up temperatures close to -28 Celsius with 15 km/hour winds, there had been concern that the equipment needed for the fireworks and multimedia light show might not work.Hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall was among the artists scheduled to perform Sunday night on Parliament Hill. News on social media that the party might be cancelled prompted him to post his displeasure.“Noooooooooo!!!,” read a message on his official Twitter account. “Damn you frigid temperatures!!!!”The weather has already forced the cancellation of youth hockey games on the Parliament Hill Canada 150 skating rink but Campbell said public skating continues.Members of the public will be able to skate on the rink right up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

Fort St John sees 22 million in construction value during September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the construction value of building permits issued for September 2019.For September, the value of construction was $2,213,620.00 with 13 permits issued.The largest project on the list is for a Single Family Dwelling with a dollar value of $515,200.00. In comparison to 2018, the overall construction value of the projects is up from $32.9 million to $48.0 million.The number of permits issued so far in 2019 is slightly less at 83, compared to 85 a year ago.You can view the full July 2019 building permit report on the City’s website.last_img read more

World leaders condemn Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

first_imgLondon/Colombo: Countries across the globe, including the US, the UK, Russia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh, expressed shock and condemnation over the deadly blasts in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that left nearly 215 people dead. Dozens of foreign nationals were feared to have been killed in the near simultaneous blasts, which targeted Catholic church worshippers on Easter Sunday as well as luxury hotels in Colombo. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. US President Donald Trump on Sunday offered “heartfelt condolences” to the people of Sri Lanka. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels… We stand ready to help!,” Trump tweeted. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka as “cruel and cynical.” In a telegram of condolences sent to his Sri Lankan counterpart, the Russian leader said Moscow remains a “reliable partner of Sri Lanka in the fight against international terrorism.” British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attacks as “truly appalling”. “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time,” she tweeted. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was thinking of those killed in a “horrific terrorist attack”. “To the beautiful people of Sri Lanka, Australia sends its heartfelt sympathies and our prayers and our support — and our offer to do whatever we can to support you in this terrible time of need,” he said in a statement. A month after dozens of Muslims were killed in a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as “devastating”. “New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism, and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March. To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the barbaric attacks. “Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief,” he tweeted. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her deep concerns over the explosions which took place on Sunday morning. In the message, she prayed for peace and salvation of the departed souls and offered her condolences to the grieving families. Hasina also hoped for a quick recovery of the injured. European leaders are expressing horror at the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

Ircon bags Rs 635 cr order from Sri Lanka Railways

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run engineering and construction firm Ircon International Ltd (Ircon) Thursday said it has bagged an order worth Rs 635 crore from Sri Lanka Railways. The contract is for upgradation of the northern railway line from Maho-Omanthai in Sri Lanka, Ircon said in a statement. Under the contract, Ircon will upgrade single line broad gauge track from Maho-Omantha of around 128 km length including associated infrastructure works, it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The company has been awarded an international railway contract worth approximately $91.27 million equivalent to Rs 635 crore from Sri Lanka Railways. This is an item rate contract which is financed through Exim Bank of India as per Indian lines of credit. “The project is to rebuild the rail track to make it capable of carrying trains at speeds of 120 kmph and with heavier loads and to ensure efficient, safe, and comfortable transport service for passengers and freight,” it said. Under the Ministry of Railways, Ircon is a leading turnkey construction company having presence in several states of India and countries like Malaysia, Nepal, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the UK, Algeria and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Q4 realty investment up 7 to 11year high of Rs 17682 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian real estate sector attracted investment of Rs 17,682 crore in the January-March period, highest quarterly funding since 2008, on strong inflows from foreign investors in commercial assets, according to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield. The investment was up by 7 per cent from Rs 16,528 crore in the corresponding period last year. Foreign funds investment in Indian real estate rose 81 per cent to Rs 11,338 crore in the first quarter of 2019 calendar year from Rs 6,260 crore in the year-ago period, the data showed. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Higher participation of foreign investors this quarter is a signal towards sustained interest in the country’s real estate story backed by increasing transparency and friendly investment policies,” Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) India Country Head & Managing Director Anshul Jain said in a statement. Office and retail segments continued to attract high investment, he said, adding that warehousing/logistics segment was also providing opportunities for investors. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”The first successful REIT (real estate investment trust) listing has opened another avenue for investors to participate in the momentum visible in office markets while also reinforcing the attractiveness of Indian realty,” Jain said. Asset-wise, C&W said the housing segment got 57 per cent less investment during the January-March quarter of 2019 at Rs 3,697 crore from Rs 8,518 crore in the year-ago period. The funding inflow in residential sector got affected owing to liquidity issues of NBFCs which have been a major source of refinancing and lending to this asset class in last 4-5 years, the consultant said. Investment in office properties rose to Rs 7,925 crore from Rs 6,100 crore during the period under review.last_img read more