10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘special man’ Kane

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘special man’ Kaneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to Harry Kane over his MBE.Pochettino has hailed Kane as ‘a special man’ after the England captain was rewarded for his World Cup heroics with an MBE in the New Year honours list. “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world,” said Pochettino. “His personality, his character. He is special. He is a special man, not only a special player. All that he can get in his career he fully deserves.”Kane said: “It’s quite surreal, really. It’s been a great year for club and country.”I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together.”I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and obviously thankful to all my team-mates, all my coaches at Tottenham, England, Mauricio, Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well — without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool midfielder Milner: Adrian has been massive help

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Milner: Adrian has been massive helpby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner has lauded Adrian for filling in during the absence of Alisson.The Spaniard did not lose a single Premier League game after the Brazilian went down injured on the opening game.And Milner says it is a luxury to have two quality goalkeepers.”I think Adrian did fantastically well to step in at the time he did,” said Milner.”He had not trained much, he wasn’t match fit but he made some massive saves at big points in games.”He did a fantastic job and slipped straight into the squad. I can’t say enough good things about him.”But Ali, we know how good he is. How well he did in his first season and what he brings to the team, both in terms of his goalkeeping and his character – but also his ability with his feet.”He is obviously massive. He will help us again and hopefully it won’t take him too long to get back up to speed. But the job Adrian did was fantastic.” last_img read more

Navios Containers Benefits from Larger Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based boxship owner and operator Navios Maritime Containers has seen its revenues rise in the first quarter of 2019 due to a larger fleet operating during the period.Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was USD 31.8 million, as compared to USD 29.9 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.TCE per day declined to USD 12,217 from USD 15,259 reported in the first quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of the expiration of contracts between the two periods.Net income for the quarter was at USD 0.1 million compared to USD 3 million reported a year earlier. The change was due to a USD 3.7 million decrease in EBITDA, USD 2.2 million increase in interest expense and finance cost, net related to the financing of new vessels; and USD 0.5 million increase in amortization of deferred drydock and special survey costs, in each case, relating to the increase in the size of the fleet.“In a little more than two years, Navios Containers grew its fleet to 30 containerships, acquiring the fleet for a price close to the related scrap value,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“Most recently, Navios Containers acquired two 2011-built 10,000 TEU containerships for USD 105 million, reflecting a 30% discount to newbuild parity. These containerships are on long-term time charters at around USD 27,000 per day that should generate cumulative EBITDA of USD 35.2 million,” Frangou added.last_img read more

Nova Scotia grapples with ridding itself of ugly past

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil says that a statue near the city’s harbour should be torn down.The city isn’t so sure that’s a good idea.APTN’s Trina Roache reports.troache@aptn.ca APTN National NewsNova Scotia’s Premier says he wants to sit down with officials with the City of Halifax to talk about what to do with a controversial landmark.last_img

AP FACT CHECK Fed govt overstates claims of auto safety

first_imgDETROIT – The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient.On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged a freeze of fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, rather than toughening them through 2026.Currently, vehicles would have to get around 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2020. The agencies contend that freezing standards would make roads significantly safer, but auto experts say the administration’s claims stretch credulity.A look at the claims:EPA and NHTSA: “The administration is focused on correcting the current standards that restrict the American people from being able to afford newer vehicles with more advanced safety features, better fuel economy, and associated environmental benefits.” — news release Thursday.NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King added at a news briefing that if the Obama EPA’s standards are left in place, they will raise the average cost of vehicles by $2,340 through 2025. The price increase would deter people from replacing older cars, keeping more of them on the road. Without the increase, more people could afford to replace older vehicles with newer ones that are safer and pollute less.THE FACTS: The agencies are overstating the impact of potential price increases. Auto industry experts say vehicle prices already are on the rise because people are switching from cars to more expensive trucks and SUVs. They’re willingly paying more, pushing the average price to a record $35,000 this year.Even if higher mileage requirements raise prices by $2,340, they say it won’t deter many people from buying new vehicles. Most people buy based on the monthly payment, analysts say. That increase would cost only around $34 per month, says Jeremy Acevedo, an analyst with the Edmunds.com auto pricing website.“That’s not much at all,” he said.___EPA, citing potential benefits from freezing mileage standards: “Increased vehicle affordability leading to increased driving of newer, safer, more efficient and cleaner vehicles … Over 12,000 fewer crash fatalities over the lifetimes of all vehicles built through model year 2029. Up to 1,000 lives saved annually.” — EPA fact sheet released Thursday.THE FACTS: These claims overstate the safety benefits. While newer vehicles are safer due to better engineering and safety features such as more air bags, automatic emergency braking and blind spot detection, auto safety experts say the difference between vehicles made 10 years ago and now isn’t that huge, and the number of lives saved can’t really be calculated.Decade-old vehicles have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control which stop drivers from losing control, two major safety advances. And vehicles with reduced mass actually can be safer because newer metals can be stronger than heavier steel.“The car I traded in two cars ago already had anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “From a safety perspective, I’m not sure that they’re significantly, really vigorously less safe than they are today.”___EPA assistant administrator Bill Wehrum: “We’ll leave the standards at a place where we’re not imposing undue costs on manufacturers.” — news briefing Thursday.THE FACTS: Not exactly. Even if the U.S. freezes its mileage requirements, the European Union, China, Japan and other nations will continue to increase theirs, which already are more stringent. Since most automakers sell vehicles worldwide, they’ll have to develop new technology such as electric cars anyway to satisfy other markets. The U.S. may not get the new technology as quickly as elsewhere. If new technologies aren’t sold in the U.S., the cost per vehicle is higher, Rizzoni says.“The best way to reduce the cost of new technology is to spread it over as many vehicles as possible,” he said.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheckEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figureslast_img read more

Rain lashes Assam due to Fani impact

first_imgGuwahati: Most parts of Assam witnessed incessant rains on Saturday due to the impact of cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades. Following the rains, the state government has issued an alert to suspend ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli, Guwahati and North Guwahati, Dhubri and other places from Saturday to Sunday. While flight services from Guwahati has been suspended till Saturday evening, the Northeast Frontier Railway has also cancelled several trains to Kolkata and Odisha. Similarly, trains from Kolkata and Odisha to Assam were also cancelled. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Weather experts at the Regional Meteorological Centre at Borjhar had warned of heavy rains accompanied by strong winds to lash the northeastern states on Saturday and Sunday. Assam government had earlier warned the district administrations to remain alert ahead of Fani and deployed 40 companies of National Disaster Rescue Force at some vulnerable locations across the state. As of Saturday, Fani has weakened into a “cyclonic storm leaving no more major threat” for West Bengal. It is situated at Shantipur in Nadia district about 60 km north of Kolkata, and is likely to enter Bangaldesh around Saturday noon. The cyclone made landfall in Odisha on Friday morning.last_img read more

Ohio States Devin Smith separates from Buckeyes receivers

Devin Smith might be the best wide receiver Ohio State has. The sophomore playmaker has looked the part through the first three games of the season, catching 13 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He had a one-handed touchdown grab against Miami (Ohio) that will be played on highlight reels for years to come and the game-winning score against California last Saturday. The statistics and big plays might speak for themselves, but they don’t have to anymore. “(Tuesday) at practice, coach Meyer was talking to the team, and he told me that he feels I’m the best receiver in the unit,” Smith said, as he cracked in to a smile. Smith’s quarterback, sophomore Braxton Miller, said he agrees with Meyer. What separates Smith from his teammates, Miller said, is a little bit of everything. “First of all is his speed. He has great hands. I’d say his routes too, the way he gets open, he gets open really fast,” Miller said. Smith’s attributes have certainly been on display during OSU’s first three games this season. What has possibly stood out most, though, has been his ability to go up and pluck balls out of the air. That skill is what allowed Smith to make his one-handed catch against the RedHawks, and it is the cause for one of his two touchdowns last Saturday against the Golden Bears. The skill is not just something Smith possesses; it is something that is preached to all of the OSU wide receivers every day at practice by wide receivers coach Zach Smith, but the sophomore wide receiver probably does it best. “Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s yours. That’s our mentality with this group,” Zach Smith said. “Every time the ball is thrown to us we have to go get it.” Devin Smith has had a few low moments so far this season too, including two dropped passes last Saturday against California. His hands are something he said he works on heavily. “My hands are pretty good. I work on them every single day. Those two drops in the game, it happens. You got to bounce back and my teammates did a great job keeping my head up,” Devin Smith said. While Devin Smith has received a good amount of praise recently from his coaches and teammates, the positive reinforcement has not always been there. Outside of a game-winning catch against Wisconsin, Devin Smith’s 2011 freshman season was fairly unmemorable. He had 14 catches, one more than this year’s total three games into the season, and 294 yards, a mark only 61 yards higher than his current output this season. Meyer said he was not extremely impressed with Devin Smith when he first arrived at OSU. “I did compliment him (Tuesday) because he’s a different guy. He was nothing like this in spring ball,” Meyer said. Devin Smith has come a long way since the spring, and even since the beginning of the season, according to Meyer. “He had a good week. He’s one of … I just hate to say this because they turn backwards sometimes, but he’s really done a nice job. He’s a pleasant guy to be around,” Meyer said. The high praise given to Devin Smith by Meyer this week has made the sophomore wide receiver hungrier for more success. “Ever since (Tuesday), I’ve approached the game differently, now that (Meyer) feels I’m the best receiver on this team,” Devin Smith said. His approach to the game now centers on what he can do to help the team apart from just catching passes. “Just making sure I’m doing everything I can for this football team, no matter what it is – blocking, running routes, whatever it is I can do for this team,” Devin Smith said. Smith’s approach to the game is set to be on display Saturday against Alabama Birmingham. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ndidi believes Leicester can upset the Spurs

first_imgLeicester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face off tonight in the English Premier League and the Nigeria international believes in his teamAs part of the weekend fixture in the English Premier League, Leicester City, and Tottenham Hotspur will play each other tonight.And for Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, everything is possible as his side is preparing to upset the Spurs.“They are really good. They are in form this season and at the moment they are really in form too. They’ve got qualities,” Ndidi was quoted by Goal.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I have no fear because I know we will do well. There is just something about this game where I know we are going to do well.”“We are at home and everyone is ready. I think it’s going to be a tough one, it’s never going to be easy, but I think we are going to come out well,” he added.“If you remember at the beginning of the season, we conceded goals in less than five minutes into the game but now it’s getting better. I think we are improving.”last_img read more

Borough Looks At Switching To Borough Manager

first_imgCooper: “This ordinance is something I have believed in for a very long time. We have had mayors in this borough that were very qualified and we’ve had mayors that were not. So this is not an attack on this administration solely.” A public hearing will be held at the borough meeting on Tuesday. If it passes the assembly the question would go on the fall ballot for voters to decide on October 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough has begun to scratch the surface on a debate on whether or not to move towards a borough management style instead of the current mayor style. In a ordinance put before the borough assembly, under a manager form of government, the mayor would still be elected areawide but no longer be the chief administrator of the borough. Instead, a borough manager would be appointed by majority vote of the assembly on the basis of administrative qualifications to serve as the chief administrator. center_img Currently, twelve of the state’s 19 boroughs employ a manager to administer day-to-day operations versus a mayor. The ordinance was introduced by Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and Assemblyman Hal Smalley. The mayor would serve as chair of the assembly, still be able to participate in assembly discussions, may vote on assembly actions in the case of a tie, and may veto assembly actions, according to the ordinance. last_img read more

Financial Times Grows Paid Digital Subs 34 Percent in First Half 2011

first_imgThe New York Times recently adopted a similar model to that of The Financial Times—NYTimes.com visitors can now get 20 articles free a month or pay for more. The New York Times Company now has just 6,000 less paid digital subscribers, about 224,000 and about 57,000 subscribers for editions on eReaders and tablets, as initially reported by AD, though that metered model did not go into effect until this spring. “In the first half of 2011, digital and services accounted for 46 percent of FT Group revenues and content revenues accounted for 57 percent,” a news release from the group says. “The FT Group achieved good sales and profit growth in turbulent markets in the first half of 2011 and invested in a significant number of new product launches.”Mobile platforms are a growing demographic for the British based publication—about 22 percent of all traffic to FT.com is from a mobile device and account for about 15 percent of new subscriptions. There was a 4 percent increase in paid circulation across both the print and online platforms, to 585,000. The group estimates it reaches a daily audience of 2.1 million.About 60 percent of sales for Pearson come from the United States. While many publishers are still grappling with the question of digital properties and revenue, The Financial Times continues to reap positive benefits from its paid collection model, according to first half 2011 financials released Friday.The group reports that profits are up by 10 percent from the same time in 2010, with overall digital subscriptions propelling the number. The publication’s website, FT.com, saw more than a 30 percent increase in subscriptions.“At the FT Group, the changes we have made to the business model and mix mean we are well placed to grow even in tough markets for print circulation and advertising,” says a news release from Pearson, publisher of The Financial Times. “We expect digital subscriptions, now the engine of the FT Group’s growth, to continue to build steadily.”The group saw a 34 percent increase in digital subscriptions, up to 230,000, and registered users increased by 49 percent to 3.7 million. The Financial Times first launched a paid subscription model in 2001 that gave readers free access to certain content and required payment for others. In 2007, Pearson launched The Financial Times’ metered model, which holds frequency based standards. Currently, registered users can sign up and get 10 articles for free a month, though payment is required for further access.last_img read more

Journos can use bike on election day EC

first_imgThe government on 23 December slapped a ban on all motor vehicles from 29 December midnight to 30 December midnight. Journalists covering the 30 December national election will be able to use motorcycles, the election commission announced on Thursday, reports UNB. Asadul Haq, EC’s deputy director (public relations), said journalists would have to display the commission’s approval stickers on their bikes. EC withdrew the ban on motorcycles a week after imposing it, facing harsh criticism from the journalist community. Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transport of newsmen who often have to run on tight schedules. “Journalists have already been given stickers and cards for covering the election. They have to display the [EC] stickers on their motorcycle,” he said.last_img read more