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Bendtner loses goal record to Eriksen

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Arsenal cult hero Bendtner loses Premier League goal record to Spurs star Eriksen Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:11 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen, West Ham v Tottenham 17/18 Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Premier League The ex-Gunners striker is no longer the top-scoring Dane in English top-flight competition, with a man currently starring at Tottenham edging him out Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has overtaken Arsenal cult hero Nicklas Bendtner as the highest-scoring Dane in Premier League history.That record changed hands on Saturday, with Eriksen among the goals as Spurs took in a London derby date with West Ham.4/1 for Arsenal and West Brom draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His second-half strike took him onto 33 efforts in English top-flight football, edging him ahead of his enigmatic countryman.33 – Christian Eriksen has now surpassed Nicklas Bendtner as the outright top scoring Dane in @premierleague history. Updated. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017 Of Bendtner’s Premier League haul, 24 of his goals came while on the books at Arsenal, and he also netted eight times while on loan at Sunderland in 2011-12.His most prolific campaign came in 2008-09, when he netted nine times in the Premier League.Eriksen can already claim to have bettered that record, having reached double figures for Spurs in 2014-15.He now has two in the current campaign and will hope to pull further clear of Bendtner in the months to come.last_img read more

Bargain buys and Ridsdale’s advice are fuelling Preston’s promotion push

first_img Facebook Share via Email Read more Pinterest Share on Pinterest Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial)Gareth Ainsworth at Adams Park in 2019:- Steers the #Chairboys to safety- Scores a spectacular scissor kick- Defeats Bolton, Portsmouth and Sunderland- Records a club anthemNot your regular manager.And we wouldn’t have him any other way. 28, 2019 Topics features Share on Twitter • Stoke’s woes have perhaps taken some of the heat off Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough but pressure is building on the former defender, who has won two of his opening 15 games as a manager. Boro are the lowest scorers in the division, with 11 goals from 14 matches, and last Saturday they mustered one shot on target in a 0-0 draw against a Fulham side reduced to 10 men after 17 minutes. They travel to Derby on Saturday hoping to end a seven-match winless run. Preston boast the best home record in the Championship – only Manchester City have won at Deepdale this season – and they are also the division’s leading scorers. Tom Barkhuizen, for whom Preston paid Morecambe £150,000 compensation two years ago, has flourished, while Sean Maguire, Jayden Stockley and David Nugent, who returned to the club this summer, provide a variety of attacking options. Only Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ollie Watkins have scored more league goals this season than Johnson, who has relished playing as a No 10 and shares penalty duties with Gallagher, an evergreen performer.Last season Preston were bottom after 11 matches and playing catch-up but, before travelling to Charlton on Sunday, they are two points off leaders West Brom, whose £8m outlay on Kenneth Zohore this summer highlights a financial disparity; Preston’s wage bill is among the lowest in the division at around £13m – a third of West Brom’s last season.An eight-point blanket covers the top half and, in the absence of runaway leaders, plenty of teams will fancy their chances of promotion, or at least being in the mix in May. No team have suffered heartbreak in the play-offs more than Preston – failing nine times in 10 attempts – but that does not stop them from wanting to get there. Preston are one of five Championship clubs to have never played in the Premier League, but it feels as if they are getting closer. Share on WhatsApp It is a model that continues to serve them well; after 14 matches Preston are second in the table and hopeful of gatecrashing the top six after a couple of near misses. Preston finished seventh, two points off the play-offs in Alex Neil’s first season in charge, and there is a belief that West Bromwich Albion’s spring pursuit of their Scottish manager disrupted their rhythm at a key stage last season. Preston’s recruitment, led by Neil and the former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale, an adviser to the owner Trevor Hemmings, has been impressive. Neil and Ridsdale regularly attend matches together, and Ridsdale speaks daily to Hemmings, who lives on the Isle of Man.Preston are not parsimonious – they paid Barnsley and Coventry seven-figure fees for Brad Potts and Tom Bayliss respectively – but prudent. The onus is on finding value for money. Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill, £170,000 and £25,000 signings from Aston Villa and Port Vale respectively, were both sold for £8m in the past two years, and the team that came from two goals down to beat Blackburn on Saturday included the Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne, a £15,000 signing from Cork City five years ago, and Daniel Johnson, a £50,000 recruit from Aston Villa, as well as three free transfers: Darnell Fisher, Patrick Bauer and Paul Gallagher, who is in his fourth spell at the club.Preston recruit similarly to Bristol City and Brentford in scouring the lower leagues for young and hungry talent, as well as finding homes for those with limited opportunities at Premier League clubs, such as Ben Pearson, who has excelled since joining from Manchester United. They are proactive and have already identified next summer’s transfer targets. Football League blog There is a belief that West Brom’s spring pursuit of Alex Neil disrupted Preston at a key stage last season. Photograph: Phil Oldham/BPI/Shutterstock In an era of wild spending, soft transfer embargoes and Championship clubs selling their stadiums before leasing them back to balance the books, a reminder that Preston North End’s record outlay remains the £1.5m plus add-ons they paid Manchester United to sign David Healy in 2001.Barnsley’s biggest buy dates back even further, to 1997 when they signed Gjorgji Hristov, but in the past two years 14 second-tier teams have smashed their transfer record, with five doing so this summer. Splashing the cash is not Preston’s style – their starting XI against Blackburn last weekend cost £1.6m – and they deserve credit for doing things differently. James Maddison makes Burton pay and helps fire Leicester into last eight • Sol Campbell worked miracles at Macclesfield and, if Southend are to get out of trouble in League One, he will need to do so again. They have lost 12 of their 15 matches and are nine points from safety. The size of the task is not lost on Campbell, who takes his side to Sunderland on Saturday before a trip to Portsmouth. “I’ve got to overachieve, the players have got to overachieve,” he said. “We cannot waste a second.” Preston’s wage bill is among the lowest in the division at around £13m – a third of West Brom’s last season Preston North End Facebook Reuse this content Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Sol Campbell admits he and his player have to ‘overachieve’ if Southend are to stay in League One. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Share on LinkedIn Twitter “I think the difference is as a group of players we understand what it’s going to take to achieve something this year, ie to get into the top six or even get into the top two,” says Johnson. “I think our squad is a lot stronger now. You obviously want to put on a performance but you can’t always win the pretty way and we are well adapted to changing our style to dig out results. We have got everything in abundance as a team. We have been together for many years and we have been hanging around that top half for quite a while.“In our first season [back in the Championship following promotion in 2015], we finished in the top half, when a lot of people wrote us off to get relegated, but we stood strong because we know what we’re capable of and we know the quality we’ve got. Last season we went on an unbelievable unbeaten run and had a little blip at the end and the season before that we finished seventh. We’ve been in and around it [the top six] for a very long time and now is our opportunity to go and grab it with both hands and cement our place in there. We’ve been there quite a few times now and we’ve had a little feeling of that ‘it’s really nice being in the top six’, but we want to stay there at the end of the season and to be fighting for something. This league is wide open.”Talking points• With Jim Bentley stepping down after more than eight years in charge at Morecambe, the Wycombe manager, Gareth Ainsworth, has taken his mantle as the longest-serving manager in England’s top four divisions at seven years and 35 days. After Ainsworth, the longest-serving managers are Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Mauricio Pochettino and Accrington Stanley’s John Coleman. Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche have been placed in interim charge at Morecambe. Ainsworth, as well as guiding Wycombe to second in League One, has been busy making an early play for the Christmas No 1 with his band, the Cold Blooded Hearts, recording a cover of Dion’s The Wanderer, which will be released as a B-side and is on the matchday playlist at Adams Park. Share on Messenger Football Leaguelast_img read more

India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj becomes 225th ODI player for India

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj becomes 225th ODI player for India2nd ODI in Adelaide, Australia 15/0 (Alex Carey 11*, Aaron Finch 2*) vs India: Mohammed Siraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed in the playing XI to make his one day international debut for Indiaadvertisement India Today Web Desk AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 09:33 IST India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed to make his ODI debut in Adelaide (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Siraj made his one day international debut on TuesdaySiraj replaced Khaleel Ahmed in the playing XI for the 2nd ODISiraj was called up to the squad as a replacement for Jasprit BumrahAustralia vs India, 2nd ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:Australia 15/0 (Alex Carey 11*, Aaron Finch 2*) vs IndiaMohammed Siraj was handed his one day international debut in India’s second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Tuesday.The 24-year-old from Hyderabad came in for Khaleel Ahmed in India’s playing XI after having being called into the ODI squad for the Australia series as a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah.Siraj became the 225th ODI player for India.Siraj had made three T20I appearances for India back in November of 2017 against New Zealand. He took three wickets from those games at an average of 49.33 and an economy rate of 12.33.Siraj has been top form with the ball in domestic cricket. In his last Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad against Punjab, he picked up seven wickets. He had also put in good performances against New Zealand A last year.India vs Australia 2nd ODI in Adelaide: Live Score”I am very excited. I didn’t expect the call-up. I was numb for a few seconds and then I shouted at the top of my voice and hugged my parents. It is my maiden ODI call-up and I am really happy,” Siraj had TOI after being selected.”It is my maiden call-up in ODIs. I just want to go (to Australia) and make it count. I have been waiting for this opportunity for so long. I was mentally prepared that the day I will get the opportunity, I will grab it with both hands. I am really thankful that I am able to impress the selectors. I will not let them and my fans down,” Siraj said, who has been selected for tour of New Zealand as well.advertisementAustralia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first and said his side was unchanged. India skipper Virat Kohli also said that he would have done the same thing if he had won.”We would have batted first as well, looks a great wicket to play on. The conditions are going to be a big factor for us as it’s hot and humid. We were a bit scratchy at Sydney, just to get the one side together. We can’t take Australia lightly in Australia. We like to be in these situations where we get to bounce back as a team. Mohammad Siraj makes his debut today, Khaleel Ahmed makes way for him,” Kohli said at the toss.India need a win to keep their hopes alive in the three-match ODI series, havinf lost the first ODI by 34 runs in Sydney.TEAMS- Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.Also Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticeAlso Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?Also Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohammed SirajFollow ODI debutFollow AdelaideFollow 2nd ODIlast_img read more

Vancouver braces for heat wave poor air quality from wildfire smoke

first_imgVANCOUVER – Southern British Columbia is bracing for a troubling combination of a heat wave and poor air quality from wildfire smoke, prompting officials to take a number of extraordinary measures to keep residents safe.The city of Vancouver is opening cooling centres, installing misting stations in public parks and adding temporary water fountains. It is also providing water and sunscreen to homeless people and increasing staff to monitor those sleeping outside.“We’re concerned,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson on Tuesday.“Everyone is at risk in the city with heat stroke and exhaustion being realities when we have this combination of impacts, so we’re ramping up efforts to make sure the city has supports in place.”Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement about the hot weather for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands and east and south Vancouver Island.A massive ridge of high pressure over the area is expected to push temperatures in many communities into the mid- to high 30s.Air-quality advisories cover much of southern B.C., and were issued for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley starting Tuesday, as smoke from wildfires in the Interior drifts into the region, bringing high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to last for several days.Dr. Reka Gustafson, medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, urged young children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic health problems to be especially cautious.“The poor air quality affects anyone with cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions and diabetes,” she added. “You should really not have physical exertion.”Residents are being urged to use air-conditioned lobbies or common areas in their buildings or take advantage of air-conditioned rooms in community centres. Homeless people have been offered the use of showers at two public parks.The region’s pet population is also at risk and the SPCA issued a reminder on Tuesday to the public not to leave animals in hot cars.A Port Coquitlam veterinary hospital issued a warning of its own when it posted a photo of the body of a dog, covered in a blanket, that died after being left in a hot car on Friday.“We are heartbroken. Such a preventable disaster,” reads the post from Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. “Family is distraught. Please please stop doing this people!!”A follow-up post from the veterinary hospital said the owners of the dog are not “bad pet people” and the photo was published as a reminder that the tragedy can happen to anyone.Reached by phone on Tuesday, veterinarian and hospital owner Dr. Leah Montgomery said she was no longer speaking to the media about the post. She would not provide a reason.The SPCA encouraged people to leave their pets at home when they are going out in the car.“People don’t realize just how quickly their cars can become death traps for their pets — it can take as little as 10 minutes for the vehicle to reach temperatures where the animal can suffer irreparable brain damage or death,” said community relations manager Lorie Chortyk in a statement.The society is urging anyone who sees a dog in distress in a parked vehicle to note the licence plate and vehicle information and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner. If no owner is found or the animal is suffering symptoms of heatstroke, call the SPCA.The heat also doesn’t bode well for the province’s wildfire situation, with danger ratings to remain high to extreme across much of southern B.C.“The ongoing dry weather poses a continued fire risk as land becomes more parched,” said Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Chief Darrell Reid. “For this reason, the ban on open fires including campfires remains in place and will remain so until further notice.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

The deciding factor Suburban women play important role in Manitoba election

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba’s political parties are using their platforms, candidates and advertisements to reach out to women voters who some analysts say could play a deciding role in important constituencies in Tuesday’s election.The Progressive Conservatives have ads about Brian Pallister’s humble roots and family life, a possible attempt to soften a leader whose approval rating remains low with women. His wife, Esther, has also appeared by his side at many campaign events.The party has tried to highlight NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s past misogynistic rap lyrics and social media posts. Attack ads have pointed to domestic violence allegations made by Kinew’s former partner. He has denied them.Despite the Tories’ efforts, Kinew has continued to poll more favourably with women.The New Democrats have rolled out a campaign about their leader’s redemption — how he has become a supportive family man, husband and father. They’ve also used attack ads with women, who appear to refer to Pallister as an “ass.”“In some ways, this election has really been subtly and really overtly about women,” says Mary Agnes Welch with Probe Research.Welch says men tend to vote the same way every election but women are more likely to support different parties. Getting the female vote doesn’t guarantee a win, she adds, but it can swing key seats — specifically suburbs — and affect whether a minority or majority government takes office.“How women vote in those key ridings in this election could be the deciding factor because they are the ones that shift.”A Probe Research poll released earlier in the week showed the Progressive Conservatives had a significant advantage among male voters, but only a slight edge among women.A different poll by Mainstreet Research on Friday had the two parties neck and neck with female voters.Traditionally, women have leaned towards the New Democrats, Welch says. Under former premier Gary Doer, the NDP gathered and retained the female vote, particularly in the suburbs.But when Greg Selinger stepped into the job, women voters dropped away.“How important is that women’s vote? My contention has always been that it is, in many ways, more fluid than men,” Welch says.Christopher Adams, a political analyst with the University of Manitoba, says women watched as key female NDP politicians walked away and the party raised the provincial sales tax.In the 2016 election, Adams says, more women voted Progressive Conservative and many didn’t vote at all.“A lot of the middle-class women moved over to Brian Pallister, not because they were attracted to his policies, but just that they were tired of the NDP.”Key for the Tories is to retain those votes and, therefore, the suburban ridings they secured in the last election, Adams says.Polls have shown health care is the largest issue for Manitobans, and specifically for women.Pallister has been criticized for his government’s health-care overhaul that has some emergency rooms in Winnipeg and most of the province’s quick-care clinics. Adams says that’s why significant health promises, including one to inject an extra $2 billion in the health budget, have been repeated.The New Democrats have focused their campaign on health. They are promising to hire and train more nurses and reopen two Winnipeg emergency rooms.Adams says that’s helped bring back some women to the NDP, but it may not be enough to flip any constituencies.Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

David Walliams New Book To Benefit Comic Relief

first_imgDavid Walliams has written an exclusive children’s picture book especially for Comic Relief, giving all of his proceeds from the book to the charity.THE QUEEN’S ORANG-UTAN will be published on 26th February 2015, ahead of Red Nose Day on 13th March. As David’s global publisher, HarperCollins UK are delighted to support David and Comic Relief and will also donate all profits from the publishing of the book.THE QUEEN’S ORANG-UTAN is a right royal mash-up of mischief and mayhem. A wickedly funny line-up of characters are brought energetically to life with illustrations by Tony Ross. Tony has worked with David on five of his bestselling novels and will waive his royalties from this book for the charity. His two previous picture book collaborations with David, The Slightly Annoying Elephant and The First Hippo on the Moon, both rocketed straight to Number One in the picture book chart in their first week of publication.THE QUEEN’S ORANG-UTAN will be published in paperback at £4.99 with at least £3 from each copy sold going to Comic Relief. A brilliant audio version has also been created by David along with Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon – a starry collaboration which combines to create a highly comic rendition of the tale. On the eve of Red Nose Day – 12th March 2015 – the book will also be published as a special limited edition hardback with the CD of the audio included.David Walliams is an honorary trustee of Comic Relief, a charity for which he has personally raised millions – most notably swimming the English Channel in 2006 and the River Thames in 2011. Since his debut children’s book in 2008 David has taken the literary world by storm and is the biggest British children’s author to debut this century. His most recent novel, Awful Auntie, was published in September 2014 and was the overall bestselling book in the UK for a sensational six weeks. UK sales have already surpassed half a million copies, making it the biggest selling book published in 2014. It is also the winner of both The National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year. David’s books have now been translated into forty-two languages and have collectively sold over six million copies in the UK alone.HarperCollins Children’s Books Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said, “David Walliams is a genius storyteller – adored by millions of children worldwide. He has written this wonderfully irreverent and hilarious tale especially for Comic Relief – and what a wonderful gift it is! His inimitable storytelling is on top form and will delight young and old. We are privileged to publish David Walliams on the HarperCollins Children’s list and delighted to be working with him and Comic Relief on the publishing of this book.”Comic Relief CEO Kevin Cahill, said, “David has been such a brilliant supporter of Comic Relief for such a long time. He’s clearly taken the easy way out this time by writing a book rather than swimming the Channel! We are eternally in his debt for his wonderful ongoing support.”Money raised from the book will be spent by Comic Relief in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.last_img read more

Council approves variance permit for Gridline Project Ltds Site C fabrication shop

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council approved a variance permit which will allow Site C Dam floodgates to be built inside the city.Gridline Project Limited was approved the variance for the property at 11506 91 Avenue. The permit will allow for a 17 metre high fabrication shop to be built on location in the Surerus industrial park. The shop will help with construction of a 50-ton double girder crane that will be used to move large sections of steel inside and outside of the building.Surerus Industrial Park is located in the M-1 industrial zone, which means 15 metres is the highest a building in that area is permitted to be. A property owner on Old Fort Road near the work site spoke to the permit with his biggest concern being the excessive lighting and lack of privacy the worksite gives his home. Council listened to the man’s plea and directed him to a photo of a tree buffer that would be placed on the property line to help his issue.last_img read more

Fonsekas political party registered

Fonseka said that the registering of his political party is a major step in his next political ambition.“This is the beginning of a new journey,” Fonseka said. He is scheduled to hold a media briefing tomorrow to reveal his next move. He said that Fonseka has been formally notified that the application to register his political party has been accepted. Some UNP members are expected to support Fonseka’s new political party after they fell out with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.As Commander of the Army, he played an integral role in ending the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 by defeating the LTTE.He also survived an assassination attempt when an LTTE suicide bomber attacked his motorcade in April 2006. The Department of Elections has registered the new political party of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.Additional Elections Commissioner R.M.A.L.Ratnayake told the Colombo Gazette that the ‘Democratic Party’ has been included in the electoral list. Last year two key members of his party, Tiran Alles and Arjuna Ranathunga, resigned following differences of opinion with Fonseka. Former elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake had rejected the application filed by Fonseka to register his party.However Fonseka challenged the move by filing a petition at the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka.He then submitted a fresh application to the current Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to register his party. The flaming torch will be the symbol associated with the party at future elections, the Elections Department said. Following the end of the war Fonseka was promoted to a four star rank in the Sri Lanka Army, becoming the first serving officer to hold a four star rank.Fonseka contested under a common opposition during the 2010 Presidential elections, but lost to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Following his election defeat, Fonseka was arrested on 8 February 2010, and the government announced he will be court-martialed for committing “military offences.”He was found guilty of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced to three years in prison. After serving more than 2 years in prison, Fonseka was released on 21 May 2012. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Borella Police traffic OIC remanded over theft

The traffic Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Borella Police was remanded by court over a robbery.He was remanded by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court till June 7 after he surrendered to the Police.

Hospital CEO resigns as chair of lender Home Capitals board amid controversy

TORONTO – An Ontario hospital CEO has stepped down as chairman of the board of a troubled subprime mortgage lender amid questions over his ability to meet the demands of his highly paid public sector job while holding a position with a financial institution.Kevin Smith, who is the CEO of both the St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton and the Niagara Health System in Southern Ontario, announced Monday that he has resigned as chair of the board of Home Capital Corp., a Toronto-based company that is facing allegations of misleading investors in their handling of falsified loan applications.Smith, who will remain a Home Capital board member, said that the demands of his jobs had been “very manageable,” until recently.“In the past few weeks, Home has been more demanding but it was important that I be part of the solution and I worked hard to balance my responsibilities,” he said in an email to The Canadian Press. “However, given the changes at Home, the chair will be required to dedicate additional time and attention. As such, I’ve asked the board to permit me to step out of the chair and they have generously accepted my request.”The Progressive Conservatives have questioned whether Smith is able to do his job of overseeing a major health-care system in Ontario — for which he was compensated more than $720,000 last year — while also being on Home Capital’s board.When asked about Smith’s resignation Monday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said that she can only assume Smith is doing his health-care job.“I do not know the details of how he is fulfilling those responsibilities, but my expectation is absolutely, he would be doing that job,” she said. “He’s being paid very well for the job, but more importantly it’s an extremely important job and it’s an extremely complex one, so it’s my expectation he would be doing that.”Home Capital has denied all allegations and has vowed to defend itself.Richard Leblanc, a professor of law, governance and ethics at York University, said the average financial institution board chairmanship requires about 500 hours of work a year — and up to 700 hours when the institution is in distress, which is the case with Home Capital.“There’s evidence that current CEOs make the worst directors, because they tend to be stretched, they don’t have the time,” he said.Smith was also on the board of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) until April 27, when Home Capital announced HOOPP had agreed to provide the company a $2-billion loan. At that time, Smith advised HOOPP he was stepping down from its board due to a potential conflict of interest.The Opposition has also questioned whether relationships between the boards of Home Capital, HOOPP, and the provincial government and its agencies are appropriate, or, in the words of Finance Critic Vic Fedeli, if they “pass the smell test.”Leblanc said he believes there was a conflict of interest when HOOPP loaned Home Capital $2 billion, as both Smith and president and CEO of HOOPP, Jim Keohane, sat on both boards. Both announced their resignations — Smith from HOOPP and Keohane from Home Capital — after the loan had been arranged.“The fact that you had two directors who sat on both boards suggests you might not have had the opportunity to act in the best interest of both boards,” he said.“Conflicts of interest in Ontario and Canada are under-regulated,” Leblanc said. “We need some clear, black-letter guidelines on prohibiting conflicts like this.”Smith did not respond to a request to comment on that potential conflict of interest.On Monday, Wynne was also asked about Alan Hibben, a provincial appointee to the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union Pension Plan Board of Trust, who was appointed to the board of Home Capital on Friday.Hibben’s appointment is being reviewed by the Province’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner, which, Wynne said, is appropriate. Hibben is also on the Premier’s Council for Government Assets in Ontario, which has advised on the sale of shares in Hydro One. He sits on other boards as well.Wynne wouldn’t comment on Home Capital’s financial situation and said her only concern would be about a broader impact.“To the degree that the viability of one entity would undermine either the financial markets or the housing markets, then yes, of course, but I can’t comment on one specific situation,” she said. Hospital CEO resigns as chair of lender Home Capital’s board amid controversy by Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 1:23 pm MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New van and truck registrations slump in 2009

“The UK commercial vehicle business is under intense pressure with the slump in UK demand for vans, and now trucks, a big issue for the UK economy. It is vital to stabilise buyer confidence soon,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “”vans are 50% below the figure for this time last year and trucks are down 36% this year. 2009 will be a huge test for the resilience of our sector and of the firms that need modern, efficient transport to deliver a stable economy. These are unique circumstances in which the government must help. We need direct, positive action to give people the confidence to buy now.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New van and truck registrations slump in 2009 Registrations: down 51% in February, 17% to 325,339 for the rolling year. Trucks: down 42% in February, up 1.5% to 54,423 for the rolling year. Vans: down 58% for the month and down 20% to 270,916 for the rolling year. read more

Fortescue urges cooperation in the Pilbara

first_imgFollowing yesterday’s announcement on the government decision to enforce a sharing of rail infrastructure in Western Australia’s iron ore province, Fortescue Metals Group has today written to BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Rio Tinto Iron Ore seeking a Rail Co-operation Agreement (RCA) between the three companies “to increase Australia’s export efficiency by utilising each other’s Pilbara rail networks.”Fortescue Executive Director Graeme Rowley said Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan’s decision yesterday to declare the Hamersley, Robe River and Goldsworthy railway lines provided an unambiguous signal from the Federal Government that the companies should share infrastructure to provide significant benefits to Australia and Australians. “Our letter indicates we look forward to not only negotiating with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to access to their rail lines, but negotiating their access to our rail lines. This will allow Australia to regain market share from our international competitors who are now generating significant revenue at Australia’s expense,” he said. “Fortescue indicated that if port co-operation opportunities could be identified with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, Fortescue would welcome access opportunities.”Rowley said an RCA would not only reduce Fortescue’s expansion costs to achieve its targeted 160 Mt/y production rate it would reduce BHP Billiton’s and Rio Tinto’s expansion costs substantially. Plus it would enable smaller miners and State and Federal Governments to generate untapped revenue from previously stranded deposits. “The ability to utilise and expand rather than duplicate existing infrastructure is even more important given the current upheaval in world financial markets,” he said. “Fortescue continues to closely monitor and manage its operations and expansion projects. Our customers continue to order and pay for Fortescue’s iron ore due to the superior processing characteristics of Fortescue’s Rocket Fines, while we closely manage expenditure on the engineering design of the staged expansion project from 55 to 80 Mt/y as part of this prudential oversight.“Large front-end expansion expenditure costs have been identified and deferred enabling some WorleyParsons personnel to be redeployed on other projects. This dovetails with an RCA for Fortescue, as well as potentially supporting Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to manage their expansion plans in a difficult market.“We remain intent on reaching our 80 Mt/y first stage expansion in the 2009/10 financial year and our 160 Mt/y ambition as quickly as possible. BHPB Iron Ore have similar expansion plans and sharing rail could save the companies in excess of A$1 billion.”last_img read more

Over 50 horses seized from Cork site

first_imgUpdated 22:17THE DEPARTMENT OF Agriculture, the gardaí and Cork City Council this morning seized over 50 horses from the Hollyhill area of Cork City.The joint operation also discovered the carcasses of three horses.The Department says that there have been ongoing welfare concerns in relation to the horse sector over the past 12 months arising from the over-production of horses and the presence of unidentified horses on both public and private lands.More than 3,000 horses have been seized throughout the country so far this year. Some 247 horses have been impounded in the Cork area.Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that there had been problems with horses across the northside of Cork City in Gurranabraher, Hollyhill, Knocknaheeny and Nash’s Boreeen. Dead horses have been found at the sites, causing health concerns.The Department says that there are horses grazing on NAMA and local authority lands in the area.The Minister said that his department and Cork City Council have been working to prevent the emergence of a welfare problem over coming months and had decided to take this action, which is aimed at removing the horses, evaluating their welfare and checking on their identification.The horses impounded will not be released unless the owner can provide proof that they have a passport, have paid the appropriate fees and have access to lands registered under the equine regulations.Originally published 14:29Read: Vets ‘shocked’ that tail docking could be allowed under new regulationsRead: Animal charity euthanised dogs at roadside following loss of premiseslast_img read more

County prosecutors office settles grievance

first_imgThe Clark County Prosecutor’s Office has settled a grievance by the Clark County Prosecutors Guild that challenged the demotion and termination of former Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey.Harvey, former president of the guild, was fired in May for insubordination, according to Prosecutor Tony Golik. In December 2013, Harvey defied orders from his managers when he tried for a second time to disqualify a defense attorney representing convicted child rapist Steven Dillon, according to his termination letter.In the settlement, the prosecutor’s office agreed to pay Harvey $16,690 in accrued sick leave, which he didn’t receive when he was fired. The sum was calculated through a complicated formula contained in the deputy prosecutors’ collective bargaining agreement. In exchange, the guild acknowledged that Harvey is not eligible for reinstatement or re-employment with the county, according to the settlement obtained by The Columbian.Neither party admits wrongdoing by entering into the settlement, according to the document.“Instead, it is offered and accepted as an amicable resolution of the matters. …” the document states.Since his departure from the prosecutor’s office, Harvey has joined Vancouver-based Northwest Legal Advocates, a firm which also includes former deputy prosecutors Jim David and Mike Dodds. The firm specializes in representing victims, especially those affected by child or elder abuse, according to its website.Harvey first filed a motion to disqualify Vancouver defense attorney Jeff Sowder from the Dillon case on Oct. 4, 2011, when he accused Sowder of helping Dillon commit perjury during testimony the previous month.last_img read more

First lawsuit filed after FIU bridge collapse

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The first lawsuit in response to the pedestrian bridge collapse near Florida International University was filed on Monday.Matt Morgan of the law firm Morgan & Morgan has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who was riding his bike when he was hit by a vehicle when the wall of concrete came crashing down.Morgan’s client suffered spinal injuries and has since been released from the hospital.“It’s important for the public to know that we will do everything to hold any responsible entity accountable for what happened in this tragedy,” Morgan said.The lawsuit names the parties involved in the bridge construction and design process.Six people were killed when the pedestrian bridge collapsed last Thursday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Weird Pricing Plan at Barnes Nobles Magazine Store

first_imgBarnes & Noble says digital magazine publisher Zinio and M2, its print fulfillment partner, are responsible for the prices. “They’re actually the seller of record. And they’re selling the magazines through our site to our customers. So they’re setting the prices.”So, Zinio, what gives?UPDATE: See Zinio’s response below. Barnes & Noble announced this week that it will begin selling magazine subscriptions online at steep discounts to more than 1,000 print and digital titles. Print subscription prices range from as low as $5.99 (Batanga) to $299 (Adweek). Digital subscriptions range from $1.56 (24-K) to $1,372 (Jane’s Defense Weekly). Digital single issues range from $0.99 to $99.The retailer scoffed at the idea that it would be competing with discount subscription sellers. (I don’t buy it. Nor does John Harrington, the New Single Copy editor, who said “it’s not much different from a number of online subscription sources.”) But this is nothing new.What is new, from what I can tell, is that, in some cases, the site is charging more for digital subscriptions than it is for print. For instance, a year’s subscription to Men’s Health is priced at $24.95, 44 percent off its $45.00 cover price; a digital subscription to Men’s Health sells for $24.97.Even weirder: some of the digital single copies is selling are priced close to their original cover prices. Granted, back issues of print magazines are usually inflated, so it might appear to be a good deal for someone trying to extract some old feature not online anywhere. But I sure as hell wouldn’t pay retail cover price for a digital copy of something I could find in print elsewhere, even if it took a little eBay digging.last_img read more

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In the Early Days of BRAC Sen McCain Understood the Burdens Associated

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR By Barry SteinbergWe recently honored and buried Sen. John McCain. The accolades bestowed upon him were rich and well deserved. His commitment to fairness and the proper role of government in that regard merit no further comment than that a grateful nation has lost a valued and iconic public servant.The military base closure community is particularly indebted to Sen. McCain. He, unlike many of his colleagues, understood the domestic implications of warfighting and the toll that training activities and industrial operations at military bases have on our physical environment. In response to those consequences and the implications for redevelopment of former military bases, Sen. McCain sponsored and forcefully advocated for passage of section 330 of the 1993 National Defense Authorization Act, a provision of  law that indemnifies owners, tenants and others in control of property closed pursuant to a base closure law for the environmental losses, costs, expenses and liabilities incurred as a result of military activities while the property was used by the Department of Defense (DOD). Without this protection, defense communities and developers were concerned the transfer and reuse of closed bases would be plagued by legal issues, environmental risk and costly delay.Unsurprisingly, DOD forcefully opposed the legislation, arguing that an open-ended indemnity obligation posed a risk to its budget. With equal vigor, Sen. McCain forcefully underscored the fairness and overwhelming need for the language he proposed adding to the authorization bill. Here are excerpts from the statement he made on the Senate floor in September 1992 during the chamber’s debate of the legislation:Under current law, receivers of closed base property can be successfully sued for pollution caused by Defense Department activities. Such suits might include environmental cleanup orders or civil damage claims.This situation is unjust and it must be remedied. We simply cannot ask states or businesses to assume potentially devastating liability for conditions they did not create. Moreover, the federal government has a duty to accept full and unconditional responsibility for its actions.Last year, I introduced legislation to ensure that the federal government remains fully responsible for hazardous waste problems at military installations after base closure. The bill requires the Department of Defense to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify innocent receivers of the property against claims arising from pollution caused by military activities. This protection is absolutely critical if we are to promote the timely and efficient transmission of base property to new and productive uses. How many states or employers are anxious to acquire base property without such protection?… In many cases, hazardous dumping by the military occurred prior to the enactment of our environmental laws. Such dumping probably would not be defined as negligent. Under the committee bill that would mean receivers of closed base property could not receive indemnification. The unfortunate result is that the innocent property owner pays for Uncle Sam’s mistakes.… Mr. President, base closure is a difficult and traumatic period for local economies which have grown dependent on the employment and economic activity provided by defense installations.We have a federal obligation to help facilitate a safe and timely transfer of base property to other productive uses. We cannot possibly achieve that goal if those who would put that property to use must risk everything in the process.We must do what is right — ensure, without condition, that the federal government will defend and indemnify states and employers who are sued over pollution caused by federal activities. My amendment will accomplish that goal.(138 Cong. Rec. S13982-01 (daily ed. Sept. 18, 1992), 1992 WL 229896; Pls. App. at Tab 18)The appeal to basic fairness is characteristic of Sen. McCain. He was not swayed by assertions that the public fisc would be at risk, recognizing instead that indemnification for DOD-caused contamination was essential to redevelopment and it was the right thing to do.We at ADC are beholden to the senator’s wisdom, foresight and willingness to carry the fight to the floor of Congress and ensure its passage. A belated thank you is well deserved.Barry Steinberg is a partner at Kutak Rock and an expert on environmental law for BRAC redevelopment. He has been speaking at ADC events for the past 28 years.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burkelast_img read more

Tata Sons begins due process for taking over controlling stake in Jet

first_imgTata Sons has reportedly begun conducting due diligence intended to acquire a controlling stake in debt-laden Jet Airways. Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal is heading his team while the Tata Sons team has at its helm chief financial officer Saurabh Agarwal.The airline, which announced its third successive quarter of loss, is contemplating drastic measures to shore up its finances.Jet Airways posted a net loss of Rs 1,261 crore in the third quarter of 2018-19. The airline’s slide has been from a net profit of Rs 71 crore reported in September quarter of 2017-18.International routesJet Airways reported Rs 6,363 crore marking a 6.9 per cent rise on a year-on-year basis, with the gain attributed to international routes and passenger feed from partner airlines.The airline on Monday said it was doing a comprehensive review of the network, products, and services. It was taking all its financial stakeholders in confidence in the review.Sources said the airline would withdraw flights between south India and West Asia. It will add international frequencies from Mumbai and New Delhi, they added.The airline management said the fuel prices rose as much as 50 per cent over the past year even as the rupee depreciated as much as 15 per cent. It was battling a challenging pricing environment and competition in the key sectors worsened.”The airline continues to engage with financial stakeholders for supporting its funding requirements till it starts generating an operational surplus and is working on the monetisation of its assets and capital infusion,” Jet has said. The airline said the turnaround and cost-saving strategy were on track targeting a saving of Rs 500 crore in the second half of the current financial year.Fastest growing marketThe airline’s total expenses rose 26.7 per cent to Rs 7,697 crore. A third successive net loss of exceeding Rs 1,000 crore has made an infusion of fresh capital necessary.Though India is among the fastest growing civil aviation markets, the industry is in trouble with even the leader, IndiGo, posting its first loss of Rs 652 crore in the September quarter. IndiGo’s plunge into a loss is for the first time since its listing.”With our focus on profitability, we are turning the ship around. We remain engaged with our partners who acknowledge the challenges of the Indian aviation industry,” Vinay Dube, the chief executive officer of Jet Airways, told media persons.The airline plans to go ahead inducting 11 Boeing 737 Max planes in the current fisc. But the airline’s overall capacity growth would remain flat.last_img read more

Police cordon off section off road after twovehicle crash

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have cordoned off a section of road following a two-vehicle crash. Emergency services were called to Stafford Road, Stone, near the junction with the Walton roundabout, shortly after 7am this morning. The collision, which involved a silver Kia Sorrento and a white Ford Focus, is causing traffic in the area to back up between Meaford and Stone. One of the drivers, a man, has been taken to hospital following the incident. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called by our colleagues at the ambulance service reporting a two-car road traffic collision near the Walton roundabout. Read MoreBoy, 13, in hospital as five teenagers assaulted in two gang attacks during night of violence “Officers have cordoned off a section of the road. The collision involved a white Ford Focus and a silver Kia Sorrento.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 7.05am to reports of a two-vehicle collision near the A34 at Stone. “A single ambulance attended and has taken a man, the driver of one of the cars, to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution. “It is believed the other party is uninjured.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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