a month agoDanny Simpson training with Huddersfield

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Danny Simpson training with Huddersfieldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League title winner Danny Simpson is training with Huddersfield Town.The fullback is a free agent after his contract with Leicester expired at the end of last season.Simpson won the 2015/16 with the Foxes playing at right-back.He has also trained with West Bromwich Albion and been linked with Celtic. last_img

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a month agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith happy to stick with system

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith happy to stick with systemby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith is happy to stick with his current system.Smith has continued to play a 4-1-4-1 formation in the Premier League, with stand-out stars Jack Grealish and John McGinn operating alongside each other with a midfield anchorman in behind them.”In midfield we’re playing a one and a two at the moment,” Smith told BirminghamLive. “With a one and a two you get two midfielders closer to Wesley [McGinn and Grealish]. If I played a two and a one [in a 4-2-3-1, for example] you get one less closer to him!”I’m quite happy with the system at the moment and, more importantly, the players are. The system’s worked well and we’ll continue with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days agoMatthaus urges Bayern Munich to blank ‘slow’ Eriksen

first_imgMatthaus urges Bayern Munich to blank ‘slow’ Eriksenby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGerman great Lothar Matthaus has urged former side Bayern Munich to forget about Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Matthaus says he “is too slow” to succeed at Bayern. Eriksen has failed to agree to a new contract in north London and will be available to walk away from Tottenham for free next summer.”If he is not good enough for Tottenham, he is not good enough for Bayern,” Matthaus told Sport1. “Uli Hoeness has also said that Bayern do not need substitutes.”Eriksen is a fine technician, a typical No 10. But he’s too slow, and Niko Kovac likes fast players.”For me, Eriksen is not the kind of player who makes all the difference at the highest level, so concentrate on the transfer of Kai Havertz next summer, and you still have Philippe Coutinho, who plays well as a 10.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Senate President Calls for Greater Support from Private Sector in Plastic Ban

first_imgSenate President, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson, is calling for greater involvement from the private sector in the banning of single-use plastic bags, commonly referred to as scandal bags.Issuing the call in the Senate on June 8, in observance of World Oceans Day, Mr. Tavares-Finson said the matter is “in (the) the national interest of the country “ and challenged the private sector to play its part.“We can’t continue to be giving people three and four plastic bags. It’s not in the interest of the country or the supermarkets either,” the Senate President emphasised.“The Government has indicated its intention to take some steps in the banning of plastic bags, but you would have thought the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers would take some interest in maintaining the country in which they live in,” he added.Mr. Tavares-Finson pledged to use a tote bag to carry groceries when visiting supermarkets.Government Senator, Don Wehby, in his remarks agreed with the President that the “private sector must play their part”.He insisted that the Hi-Lo supermarket, which belongs to the GraceKennedy Group, for which he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), does use tote bags for carrying groceries.“The supermarket I am involved in uses recycling bags, and it has been a tremendous success. The private sector should be more proactive, and some of us are doing something,” he said.Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, who informed that eight million tonnes of plastic enter the world’s oceans annually, wants the intended ban on plastic by the Government to extend to straws and other microplastics.He encouraged more Jamaicans to care for their environment.Opposition Senator, Sophia Frazer-Binns, wants to see continued consultation with stakeholders on the plastic ban, as well as a “constant public education (programme),” in an effort to change the culture of people.In his message, the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, said his organisation is aiming to lead by example “to end the use of single-use plastic”.“You can make a difference today – and every day – by doing simple things like carrying your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags, recycling the plastic you buy, avoiding products that contain microplastics and volunteering for a local clean-up,” he said.Observed under the theme ‘Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean’, World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.last_img read more

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Lady Antebellum Grants Wishes To Seven Fans In Seven Days

first_imgLady Antebellum launched 7FOR7 last week, a week-long campaign where the band travels across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days.The special endeavor preceded the release of their fifth studio album 747 available in stores now.The campaign started last Monday, when Lady A popped up in Miami, FL on their way to New York City and surprised South Miami Elementary Expressive Arts Center teacher Vivian Gonzales. The trio snuck into the music teacher’s classroom and surprised her with an instrument donation for the school with the help of friends at Little Kids Rock. Lady A also invited Gonzales and her husband on an all-expense paid vacation to New York City to attend the group’s album release show at Gramercy Theatre. Gonzales was nominated by her husband who describes her as a “a great wife, an amazing mom and a phenomenal music teacher” who “spends her days, nights and weekends coming up with lessons to engage every student she has in the world of music, and change their lives forever.”The following day, during their appearance on Today, Lady Antebellum surprised nursing student Katharine Laventis, who lost both her parents at a young age and is now paying her own way through school. Laventis, who was in the crowd under the pretense that she and a friend had won free tickets to the taping, was recognized and pulled up on stage by the band during their on-air interview. The trio then completely shocked Laventis with their announcement that they would be setting up a scholarship with American International College to help offset the cost of her tuition.On Wednesday, Lady Antebellum stuck around the city to surprise 9-year-old New Jersey native Kate Koval during her trip into Manhattan today. Koval was taken in by her grandparents as a baby after her parents died, and then adopted by her aunt after the death of her grandmother. Shortly after she moved in, she and her aunt lost their home in Superstorm Sandy. Koval’s aunt, who nominated her for the surprise, took her niece on a visit to the American Girl Store in NYC where she was told she’d be given her own special doll. Much to her surprise, the trio walked out with the doll in hand to present to Koval, in addition to announcing that they will be providing a year’s worth of groceries with the help of Crock-Pot Slow Cookers.For the fourth day, Lady Antebellum hopped on over to Fort Meade, Maryland to surprise Carrie Warfel, an army wife and mother of four who tirelessly takes great care of everyone around her. Warfel was nominated by her sister, but everyone on the army base says she is a true hero who selflessly puts everyone else’s needs before her own, including a family whose daughter has cancer. Lady Antebellum snuck onto the military base where Warfel’s husband is stationed to throw her a surprise party and treated her to an indulgent day at the spa. On top of that, the trio shocked her even more with a trip for two to the 2015 ACM Awards and a Polaris for her husband.On day five, Lady Antebellum took their 7FOR7 project back home today with a stop in Nashville, TN to surprise nurse and single mother, Kelly Blackburn. Blackburn diligently works 12-hour night shifts without complaining in order to provide for her young daughter and give her the best life possible. Lady Antebellum recognized Blackburn’s sacrifice and decided to surprise her with a fun lunch in downtown Nashville with all of her friends, including the trio themselves. On top of that, they gifted her with an assortment of amazing experiences: VIP tickets to Lady A’s New Year’s Eve show including a luxurious hotel stay, a CMA Mega Prize Pack for this year’s CMA Awards, tickets to the 2015 CMA Music Festival, one-year admission passes to the Nashville Zoo plus several other local attractions to enjoy with her daughter, and much more.Lady Antebellum spent day six of their 7FOR7 project in Perry, GA surprising newly engaged Alexis Wonais, who was nominated by her fiance Jordan, who wanted to do something special for her. While the couple was having lunch in downtown Perry, the band came in singing an acapella version of “I Run To You” and invited them to be VIP guests at their show that night at the Georgia National Fair. On top of that, the trio announced they would be covering the bride-to-be’s wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, in addition to a 5-night honeymoon at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico.And finally, on day seven, Lady Antebellum made a wish come true in Music City today for 22-year-old Shelby Parker, a journalism major at CSU Bakersfield with aspirations to become an entertainment journalist in Nashville. The group surprised Parker by taking her to Country Weekly and securing her a mentorship with the reputable magazine’s Editor-in-Chief so that she could begin to pursue her dream career. They also granted her a red-carpet interview, complete with brand new laptop and camera, for the premiere of the new movie “Best Of Me,” for which the trio wrote and recorded the track “I Did With You.”last_img read more

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Lone Liberal who supported Tory motion on taxes informed of his punishment

first_imgOTTAWA – A Liberal backbencher has been informed of the price he’ll pay for breaking ranks with the Trudeau government on an opposition motion calling for more consultation on controversial tax proposals.Wayne Long has been notified of the punishment he faces for voting against the government, a staffer in the MP’s Saint John, N.B. constituency office said Thursday. But Jim Hennessy, Long’s executive assistant, declined to share details of the penalty.“Wayne has been made aware of the consequences and at this time it’s an internal matter,” Hennessy said.Liberal whip Pablo Rodriguez defended the decision to mete out punishment, although he, too, refused to go into details.“Whenever there’s a whipped vote, there’ll always be consequences (for defying the whip) related to that,” Rodriguez said.The CBC reported Thursday that Long was removed from two parliamentary committees for supporting the opposition motion.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has relaxed party discipline considerably, allowing free votes on most matters. But he still insists that Liberal MPs toe the party line when it comes to traditional confidence votes on things like the budget, votes related to implementing promises made in the Liberals’ election platform and votes that impact protections guaranteed in the charter of rights.Votes in which MPs are expected to support their party are referred to as whipped votes.Earlier this week, Long was the only Liberal to support a Conservative motion to extend consultations on proposed tax reforms that have unleashed a flood of criticism from farmers, doctors, accountants, shop owners and other small businesses and even from some other Liberal backbenchers.Rodriguez said the vote on the motion was whipped “because it was in the platform.”The 2015 Liberal platform included a promise to ensure that high-income earners couldn’t continue to use incorporation of their businesses to reduce their personal income tax burden — which Finance Minister Bill Morneau maintains is the objective of the reforms he’s proposed.However, the platform did not specify what measures would be taken to achieve that end. Nor did it say anything about consultations, much less specify how long they should last.Long has said he voted for the Conservative motion because he and his constituents wanted the consultation, which ended Monday, extended amid concerns that the unintended consequences of the proposed changes will hurt small businesses.The consequences of breaking ranks on a whipped vote range from relatively mild punishments, such as not being allowed to go on a parliamentary junket or being relegated to a minor Commons committee, to the ultimate penalty of being kicked out of the party caucus.In Long’s case the penalty is intended as a warning to him and any other Liberal backbenchers that there’ll be a heavier price to pay should anyone break ranks when the tax proposals themselves are eventually put to a series of votes.Morneau insists the proposals are designed to create a fairer tax system, while critics warn the plan will hurt entrepreneurs who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a business and have to save for retirement and prepare for economic downturns.Morneau has said there will be some changes to the proposals to address some of the concerns.last_img read more

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Stocks recover in European trading Wall Street seen rising

first_imgBANGKOK – Stock markets turned higher in European trading Thursday as investors settled somewhat after steep declines in Asia and the U.S. spurred by worries over trade and the U.S. economy.Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 were higher, suggesting a likely revival of buying.Germany’s DAX added 0.3 per cent to 11,224 and the CAC 40 in France climbed 1.3 per cent to 5,015. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 6,960, underperforming after poor earnings from ad giant WPP.It was unclear if the gains were a return to calm or only a respite from the torrent of selling on Wall Street overnight that spurred a further drop in technology-related shares in Asia.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index swooned 3.7 per cent to 21,268.73. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index ended 1 per cent lower at 24,994.46 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 sank 2.8 per cent to 5,664.10.But late in the day, the Shanghai Composite index erased its early losses to end up only 0.5 points at 2,603.80. Benchmarks in Thailand and Indonesia also logged gains.As in New York, Asia’s losses were heaviest for technology companies. Semiconductor maker Tokyo Electron lost 4.3 per cent and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. dropped 4.4 per cent. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics sank 3.6 per cent and Japanese telecoms and energy giant Softbank lost 4.4 per cent.Other sectors also felt the pain.Toyota Motor Corp. gave up 2.7 per cent while Hong Kong-based retail supply chain giant Li & Fung Ltd. lost 1.3 per cent. Also in Hong Kong, airline Cathay Pacific’s shares dropped as much as 6.5 per cent but ended 3.8 per cent lower after it said it had discovered a data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers.Still, some market observers were taking the latest bout of volatility in stride.“I think the Hong Kong market is really very close to bottom, because when you look at the value, it’s very extremely cheap. So how low can it get? Maybe it will reach 24,000 before we find the bottom,” said analyst Francis Lun of Geo Securities.In New York, the futures contract for the S&P 500 gained 0.7 per cent to 2,684 while that for the Dow also rose 0.6 per cent, to 24,770, suggesting recent losses may have whetted appetites for bargains.The Nasdaq composite, with its hefty roster of tech stocks, has now fallen more than 10 per cent below its August peak in what Wall Street calls a “correction.” Its 4.4 per cent tumble on Wednesday to 7,108.40 was its biggest drop since August 2011 but it is still up 3 per cent for the year.The S&P 500 has lost about 9.4 per cent from its Sept. 20 peak and has given up its gains for the year, as has the Dow. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks is down 4.4 per cent for the year.Disappointing quarterly earnings and outlooks are stoking investors’ worries that Corporate America’s tax cut-fueled earnings growth will fade in coming months as interest rates rise and the trade conflict with China raises costs.Recent signs the housing market is cooling are adding to jitters over prospects for U.S. economic growth.A shift into less volatile assets has pushed bond prices higher, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 3.13 per cent from 3.16 per cent late Tuesday.About 24 per cent of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported third-quarter results as of Wednesday. Of those, 57 per cent delivered earnings and revenue results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts.More reports are due later Thursday in the U.S., including from Google parent company Alphabet, Amazon.com, Twitter and Comcast. In Europe, Daimler reported a drop in profits, as it had earlier warned it would, as did Nokia, which is waiting for global demand for new 5G networks to pick up.As selling in stock markets abated, other markets also regained equilibrium.Benchmark U.S. crude lost 6 cents to $66.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday it edged up 0.6 per cent Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 4 cents to $76.21 a barrel.The dollar rose to 112.27 yen from 112.23 yen. The euro rose to $1.1406 from $1.1393.___Katie Tam in Hong Kong contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Postal Service cancels test mail program for north Alaska

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped a pilot program that aimed to find cheaper ways to deliver goods and mail to northern Alaska communities.The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the Postal Service had planned to launch the program Tuesday and operate it for a year.The service had partnered with Lynden Transport Inc. to use multiple modes of transportation to make bypass mail and non-priority mail deliveries to the North Slope hubs of Deadhorse and Utqiagvik (oot-kay-AH’-vik).It’s unclear why the pilot program was cancelled.Postal Service Alaska spokesman Brian Sperry says the program has been withdrawn and is no longer being pursued. He says he could not elaborate on the reasons why.A spokesman for Lynden Transport did not respond to questions about the program.___Information from: (Anchorage) Alaska Journal of Commerce, http://www.alaskajournal.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Province says crack sealing cleanup should be complete by Friday and that

first_imgTransportation Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope said in an email late last week that the material that was used in the crack-sealing has now been cleared from the travel lanes, and that sweeping activities will continue around highway shoulders and islands.Pope added that the Ministry is aware that the gravel is a concern for the public, and that cleanup work is anticipated to be complete by July 20th.Several area residents were seen venting their frustrations about the gravel that was strewn all over the roads on local social media, especially after some claimed the gravel had damaged newly-repaired or replaced windshields.When asked about whether motorists would be on the hook for any repairs that were directly caused by the gravel, spokesperson Liam Butler with the Ministry of the Attorney General, which is the Ministry responsible for ICBC, explained under ICBC’s comprehensive coverage, motorists no longer need to pay a deductible to have their windshield repaired.However, the damaged windshield is deemed unsafe and not appropriate to repair, motorists will need to pay a deductible to have a replacement installed.Butler said that ICBC will attempt to recover costs where possible from the contractor and that if ICBC is able to recover costs, the Crown Corporation will also attempt to recover the cost of deductibles for customers. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The provincial government says that maintenance crews should be finished cleaning up debris from crack sealing work along the Alaska Highway by the end of the week and that ICBC will look at trying to recover the costs of any windshield claims that may have been caused by that debris.In the past few weeks, workers have been sealing cracks along Highway 97 between the North Taylor Hill and the Mile 54 marker.In order to allow the cracks to be sealed properly, YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau explained that crews need to leave the gravel covering the tar for several days to ensure that vehicles don’t track the substance all over the roads or get it stuck to motorist’s tires.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges following a traffic stop

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – During the early morning hours of July 29, Grande Prairie RCMP conducted a traffic stop as a result of an ongoing investigation.According to the RCMP, as part of the investigation, they were able to locate weapons, illegal drugs and Canadian Currency within the vehicle.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation: 32.74 grams of Methamphetamine13.11 grams of Cocaine1.73 grams of Fentanyl1.5 litres of GHB23 Oxycodone Pills1 loaded shotgunover 200 rounds of ammunitioncell phoneCanadian currencyMichael Jay O’Bee, of Grande Prairie, is facing the following charges:Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 8Unsafe storage of firearmUnauthorized possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm when knowing possession is unauthorizedPossession of a prohibited weapon with ammo without licencePossession of property obtained by crime less than $5000Possession of firearm/magazine/ammunition in a motor vehicle x 3Possession of Weapon Contrary to an Order x 9Police say O’Bee has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 14, 2019.If you have any information or need to report a crime, you can contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at  780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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