Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to win League Cup

first_imgA week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shootout against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup on Sunday and claim its fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini.And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shootout after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.Caballero stood firm during the shootout, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were all saved – and Yaya Toure went on score the final penalty to give City a 3-1 victory in the shootout.”I watched a lot of penalties last night with Joe (Hart) and my goalkeeper coach,” Caballero said. “I tried to make good decisions and fortunately God helped me a lot because it was a really, really good night for me.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Caballero’s compatriot, City defender Pablo Zabaleta, backed the decision.”He was the hero of the day,” he said. “It was one of those moments where I think Willy deserved to be in goal today because he’d been playing in this competition from the beginning and it was a great way for him to finish today.”advertisementPellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanor over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Pellegrini faced a barrage of criticism a week ago when he put out an under-strength side in a fifth round FA Cup tie against Chelsea. Caballero featured in the subsequent 5-1 defeat, which came before a crucial week that also saw City travel to Ukraine to meet Dynamo Kiev in the first-leg of the Champions League’s round of 16, as well as the League Cup final against Liverpool.Having won 3-1 against Kiev and defeated Liverpool, Pellegrini felt his team selection against Chelsea had been justified.”I think that the decision I took last week was very important to win these two games,” he said after lifting City’s second League Cup in three years and the club’s fourth overall.It has also won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup once since the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, in 2008.Pellegrini could add more to City’s trophy cabinet this season. His team is still in the hunt for thePremier League title despite being nine points behind leader Leicester, and has a game in hand. City also looks set to make the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Dynamo Kiev.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp will look to see his team strike back quickly from the Wembley disappointment, though he conceded that his team felt “rubbish” after losing out in the final.”It was a great day until the last shot,” he said. “Only silly idiots stay on the floor … if we carry on and work really hard there is light at the end of the tunnel.”While City is enjoying the most successful period in its history, Liverpool is experiencing one of its most barren runs ever. Since 2006, when Liverpool won the FA Cup, it’s only added one trophy, the League Cup in 2012. Its defeat was its first in a major final on penalties. It had won its previous five.Liverpool started the sharper of the two sides but wasn’t able to engineer any notable chances during a drab first half.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save but the ball went straight through Mignolet.advertisementCoutinho equalized for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Both sides had chances to take the lead in extra time and Divock Origi nearly won it for Liverpool in the 110th minute but his header from close range was beaten away by Caballero.Caballero’s day would not end with that save.last_img read more

Would have been dropped a long time ago in my previous team: Shane Watson

first_imgShane Watson couldn’t thank Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Stephen Fleming enough after ending his prolonged slump in form, saying he would have been “dropped a long time ago” in his previous franchise.He had gone without a fifty in his first 10 innings of the ongoing Indian Premier League before striking 96 off 53 balls on Tuesday night to guide Chennai Super Kings to a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.”I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni enough for their belief in me. Just about every other team I’ve been in… for me to miss out on not scoring runs for long as I had throughout the tournament, if I had been in a previous team I would have been dropped a long time ago,” Watson said.Thanks to Watson’s knock, CSK chased down a target of 176 with six wickets to spare.”… So, for Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni in particular to keep the faith in me and knowing that I had a really good innings in me it was great,” the 37-year old Watson told reporters.”For me personally, knowing that I had come off from the PSL and coming into this I was flying high and then things didn’t go my way. I lost a bit of rhythm in my batting.”So, for them to keep faith in me I really appreciate it. In the end, you need a bit of luck going your way as well. Bhuvi worked me over in the first couple of overs in particular and you need those little bits of luck,” he added.advertisementThe strongly built batsman who hammered leg-spinner Rashid Khan for quite a few runs, said the Afghan is one of the best in this format.The Australian was effusive in his praise of compatriot and SRH opener David Warner, who has been in tremendous form this IPL.”I really don’t sort of remember for the last four-five years a tournament where Warner hasn’t scored a hell lot of runs. He’s a world-class player.”It’s very sad the events that happened which made him miss 12 months of international cricket but Australia are going to be very lucky to have him coming back into the team because he’s a match-winner and a world-class batsman,” Watson added.SRH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan praised Watson’s batting which took the game away from his team.”Well the first plan was to get him out because we know how dangerous he is. Once he takes his time in the crease for five-six overs, it gets very difficult to get him out.”And the power that he’s got, he can easily clear boundaries. Even his miss-hits go for six. We knew the danger he can produce against us. So the plan was to get him out but we couldn’t do that. And once he was set, he just took the bowlers on.”The Bangladesh cricketer said Watson struggled in the initial overs but the team knew once he settled he could make up for that with his big hits.”I think he was struggling a bit in the first four-five overs when the ball was moving a bit but we always knew that unless he gets out it will get very difficult because once he gets settled, he can make up for those balls (he takes to settle down) easily by hitting four-five sixes.Also Read | Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRHAlso Read | IPL 2019: I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers Hyderabadlast_img read more

Pillars release Najare, Balogun, four others

first_imgNPFL Kano Pillars release Musa Najare, Kabir Balogun, four others Kolade Oni Last updated 2 years ago 00:57 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Enyimba vs Kano Pillars Jimoh Isiaka@Shengolpixs NPFL Kano Pillars The former Nigerian topflight champions have chalked some key players off their squad after they endured an unimpressive 2016-17 campaign Kano Pillars have released six players ahead of the 2017-18 season, with another six demoted to the junior side.Mohammed Jiya, Musa Najare, Kabir Balogun, Saheed Mubarak and the duo of Bala Zakka and Adamu Mohammed – laid off for disciplinary issues – were asked to look for another club.Coach of the Kano outfit, Ahmed Garba says the players affected were told to go for various reasons ranging from indiscipline and low productivity. He adds that the players demoted to the feeder team will be properly monitored with a view of restoring them back to the main side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We have retained 22 players and have asked six to find other clubs. We also told another six to go back to the feeder team because they have dropped in form,” Garba told Goal.”They will be examined again and will be brought back if there are significant changes. We want to improve better than we did last season.“We dropped 10 of the 12 for low productivity while [Bala Zakka and Adamu Mohammed] were told to go because they have become bad influence on other players due to their lack of discipline,” he continued.”They are very good players that we would have retained but we can’t compromise overall team unity.“We started training last week and we shall continue with the first phase until we notice that our players have regained match fitness. We are going to move to the next phase not long thereafter,” he concluded.Last season, Kano Pillars finished eighth in the Nigeria Professional Football League after they garnered 54 points from 38 games.The Muazu Babangida-led management have retained the services of the technical crew headed by Ibrahim Musa while negotiations are in progress towards securing replacements for players that are off Sai Masu Gida’s books.last_img read more

BodyScience Sale

first_imgPlease see the below communication from BSc for more information.    This stock and plenty more.All gotta go to make room for the new BSC Sports Wear RangeThe only real solution is to clear out some gear to make way for the new stock. Our loss, your gain!We haven’t decided yet exactly what we will do but there’s a fair chance the triathlon, multi sport and cycling stock may need to go. What’s a fair price to get it moving? 40% off or more? What about half price?Anyway, keep a look out for another email early next week, we should have something good worked out by then. For some time now we have been working on a new BSC Sports Wear Range that is due in the warehouse real soon. But, the trouble is we don’t have any space for it and we sure cant leave it out in the car park. Greg YoungBody Science Director TWITTER Follow us on Twitter | | Become a fan of Facebook | Science International Pty LtdSALES MARKETING : Level 4, Link Tower 7-9 Kent Street Mascot NSW 2020T 1300 BODYSCIENCE | F 1800 BODYSCIENCE | E| W : PO BOX 2070 Burleigh BC QLD 4220SPORTSWEAR: 4/24-30 Dover Street, Burleigh QLD 4220This message is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying or distribution of the message is prohibited and may be unlawful.P PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAILlast_img read more

POSH Finds Work for Eight OSVs in Middle East

first_imgzoom Offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has signed long term charter agreements for eight offshore supply vessels (OSVs) at a combined value of USD 167.5 million with an undisclosed Saudi Arabian national oil and gas major.Under the charter deals, the company will supply eight anchor-handling, supply and safety standby vessels, of which six will be newbuilds.The vessels, on a firm five-year charter with two one-year extension options, will support the national oil company’s operations at the Arabian Gulf.POSH said that the charters will commence following delivery, with vessels to be handed over to the client starting from December 2016.The contracts awarded are an addition to the earlier charter deals signed for four newbuilds in February 2016. These four vessels will start operations from the first quarter of 2017. The first three ships are expected to be delivered during the first half of 2017, while the fourth vessel is scheduled for delivery in June the same year.“We are pleased to have been awarded 8 more vessel contracts in the Middle East. This further validates our strategy to pursue pockets of growth in key markets that exist despite the challenging industry conditions,” Chief Executive Officer of POSH, Captain Gerald Seow, said.POSH further said that these contracts are not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of the group for the financial year ending December 31, 2016.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Can Light Up for Less This Holiday

first_imgHoliday light exchanges at 23 locations in the coming weeks will help Nova Scotians make spirits bright while helping them save energy, save money, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The light emitting diode (LED) holiday light exchange, a joint program between Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, will help encourage Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient holiday lighting. “The holiday light exchange programs enable us to put this energy efficient LED technology into the hands of Nova Scotians,” said Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia Richard Hurlburt. “Reducing energy demand also cuts greenhouse gas emissions, helping Nova Scotia reach its target to become one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” Under the program, residents in participating communities must bring two sets of traditional incandescent lights to exchange for one set of LED lights. In addition to bringing older inefficient lights out of use, Nova Scotia Power and Conserve Nova Scotia are teaming up to educate consumers about the technology and the benefits. “LED lights are so energy efficient that you can power more than 100 LED lights using the same amount of electricity as one traditional glass bulb,” said Rob Bennett, executive vice-president of revenue and sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “Replacing conventional holiday lights with LEDs is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy use and save money. Our hope is for our customers to realize they’re worth the investment and make the switch.” LED holiday lights last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, produce very little heat thereby reducing risk of fire, contain no glass, and are durable and safe. The lights are widely available at local retailers in a variety of colours, string lengths, and bulb sizes. All 55 towns and municipalities in Nova Scotia were invited to participate in the LED holiday light exchange program. The exchange is limited to one set of LED lights per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conventional lights collected at the exchanges will be recycled where possible. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Nova Scotia Power has been producing and delivering electricity to Nova Scotians for more than 80 years. Today, Nova Scotia Power’s more than 1,600 employees are responsible for supplying more than 97 per cent of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power to 470,000 customers in the province. Nova Scotia Power is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, Emera Inc.last_img read more

Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam

first_imgChandigarh: An alert has been sounded in several districts of Punjab following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rainfall in its catchment area on Saturday. The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of excess water out of total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, an official said. The remaining 36,000 cusecs was released after its use for power generation, he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The official said the situation is being monitored closely. Bhakra dam on Saturday recorded a water level of 1,674.75 feet, which is around 60 feet more than the corresponding period last year. The maximum filling capacity of the reservoir is 1,680 feet. The water inflow in Bhakra dam has been recorded at 59,000 cusecs, the official said. Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are the partnering states which meet their requirement for different purposes, including irrigation, from Bhakra and Pong dams. Both these were to be filled up to the level of 1,680 feet and 1,390 feet respectively by September. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K On Saturday, rains lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, Chandigarh. An alert has already been sounded in several districts, including Rupnagar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur and downstream areas in the wake of release of excess water from Bhakra dam, the official said. People living near the Sutlej river and low lying areas have been advised to be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves. There are reports of crops getting submerged in the water in some villages adjoining the Sutlej river in Anandpur Sahib of Rupnagar district due to the release of excess water and rainfall. “An advisory has already been issued to people living near Sutlej river. The district authority is fully geared up to deal with any situation,” Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal said. The Punjab government had on Friday also issued an alert in the state after a forecast of heavy rainfall in the next 48 to 72 hours. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed the deputy commissioners across the state to stay vigilant in view of the MeT department’s prediction and ensure the safety and security of the people.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement ‘In prison, you’re either predator or prey’ … Trejo tools up in Machete. Photograph: Allstar/Dimension/Sportsphoto Ltd Facebook We’re sitting in a Manchester bar, the evening before Trejo is due to appear at For the Love of Horror, a two-day film convention. Nearby sits Tyler Mane, who plays Michael Myers in the latest Halloween films, although the masked murderer looks slightly less terrifying when eating a salmon and cucumber sandwich. (Not a Canadian story – but a very interesting read for ALL actors)Danny Trejo is 74 but he was never meant to live so long. “I didn’t even think I’d make it out of the 1960s,” says the actor, with a deep husky laugh. “I picked the wrong role model,” he explains, recalling how he first tried heroin at the age of 12 and embarked on a life of crime. “I picked my uncle, who was a drug addict and an armed robber. But he was the greatest guy in the world as far as I was concerned.”Trejo ended up serving time in every state prison in California. But something happened in 1968 that would change his life. The actor, who has starred in everything from Machete to Spy Kids, was involved in a prison riot and got caught throwing a rock at a guard. “I went to the hole,” he says. “Me and two other inmates thought we were going to the gas chamber. I was potentially facing the death penalty.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Trejo came up with a remarkable plan. “I made a deal with God. I said, ‘Let me die with dignity. If you do, I’ll say your name every day and I’ll do whatever I can for my fellow man.’ I didn’t want to go to the gas chamber, screaming and yelling and peeing myself.”‘I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos’ … Danny Trejo in Maximum Impact. Photograph: Alamylast_img read more

Ethiopia UN provides 600000 to help feed conflictaffected in Somali region

14 January 2008The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated nearly $600,000 to provide Ethiopians in the country’s strife-torn Somali region with food aid. The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated nearly $600,000 to provide Ethiopians in the country’s strife-torn Somali region with food aid. The funds will be used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help Ethiopian authorities deliver WFP food to the Somali region, where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year. To date, WFP has provided almost 17,000 metric tons of food for the five zones under military operations, though it notes that a shortage of military escorts continues to hamper timely deliveries. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the humanitarian situation in the region has been compounded by poor rains and the decreasing availability of pasture and water, while food prices are being pushed up by restrictions on the cross-border movement of goods. Last month, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes noted that fears are growing that up to 4.5 million people could soon face famine-like conditions in the region. “There are strong reasons to believe such a catastrophe could occur in the next few months if all the necessary action to avert it is not taken,” Mr. Holmes said, following a visit to the area. He added that insecurity and Government restrictions are making it difficult for aid workers to even reach those in need.” In a related development, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is helping the Ethiopian Government develop a preparedness and response plan amid fears of a large-scale meningitis outbreak next month. read more

Bandula under fire over comments on AL student

UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa also tweeted saying there should not be discrimination between local and international schools for national exams.“Free education is essential in ensuring children receive the opportunities they deserve. There shouldn’t be a discrimination between local & international schools for national exams & if there are concerns they should be addressed without disrupting the children’s achievements,” he tweeted. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena has come under fire over comments he made on an Advanced Level (A/L) student.A student of an International School was among the students who got top marks at the last GCE A/L examination. At a press conference, Gunawardena had shown an image of the student appearing in a local newspaper and insisted that her performance could not be placed on par with students from Government schools. Gunawardena has been criticised on social media for his comments on the student. Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena also expressed disappointment at the comments made by the former Education Minister.“Very disappointed with this comment.. Education is knowledge if it’s free or paid. We should always encourage our next generations achievements. Congratulations to all students but specially to the young girl who came 5th all island. Well done,” Jayawardena tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

France honours late JeanSelim Kanaan killed in bombing of UN in Baghdad

Mr. Kanaan, a national of Egypt and France, was killed along with 21 others in the terrorist attack on the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August last year. At the time, he was working as a project officer in the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who also lost his life in the bombing.Mr. Kanaan had previously served as a civil affairs officer for the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and authored a book entitled My War against Indifference.France’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Bernard Kessedjian, awarded the “Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur” at a private ceremony this afternoon in Geneva.In a message delivered by Iqbal Riza, his Chief of Staff, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said France was honouring Mr. Kanaan’s “tireless efforts” on behalf of the vulnerable.The Secretary-General paid tribute to the late staffer’s intelligence, energy, devotion, honesty, generosity and courage. His mastery of seven languages and openness to others made him a “true citizen of the world,” Mr. Annan added.”We treasure in him the memory of a man who fought to the end to make our world better,” the Secretary-General observed, adding that Mr. Kanaan’s example “will continue to inspire us.” read more

TSX slides US service sector growth disappoints ECB chief offers no new

by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 4:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX slides: U.S. service sector growth disappoints, ECB chief offers no new help TORONTO – The Toronto stock market tumbled Thursday as a worse than expected reading on the American non-manufacturing sector and worries about Europe trumped a slew of strong earnings reports.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 215.15 points at 12,014.97, with the markets also weighed down by Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) as the BlackBerry maker’s stock closed below $12 for the first time since late 2003.RIM shares fell 72 cents or 5.7 per cent to $11.91. The company stock also lost about five per cent in each of the previous two sessions despite having rolled out its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.The TSX Venture Exchange lost 14.6 points to 1,416.61.The Canadian dollar was off 0.25 of a cent at 101.12 cents US.U.S. markets also turned lower after the Institute for Supply Management said its index of non-manufacturing activity dropped to 53.5 last month from 56 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion but the reading was a disappointment to traders who had expected a reading of 55.4.The ISM’s survey covers all sectors outside of manufacturing, totalling about 90 per cent of the American economy. The survey includes retail, construction, financial services, health care and hotels.“So the backdrop is, hey, the U.S. is slowing and when you have the non-manufacturing index (slowing), and that’s 90 per cent of the economy, that’s a worry,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.The latest ISM data added to uncertainty about the strength of the U.S. economy. Earlier this week, the ISM’s index on the manufacturing sector exceeded expectations.“You have all of these cross-currents, good corporate earnings as opposed to fairly pessimistic to bleak economic outlooks,” Stephenson said.The Dow Jones industrial index lost 61.98 points to 13,206.59.The Nasdaq composite index moved 35.55 points lower to 3,024.3, while the S&P 500 index slipped 10.74 points to 1,391.57.There was good news a day before the release of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report. The U.S. Labour Department announced that jobless insurance claims for last week came in at 365,000, down 27,000 from the previous week.Economists expect the U.S. economy cranked out about 160,000 jobs in April.But the positive jobless news was also overshadowed by worries about deteriorating economic conditions in Europe and pessimism over what the European Central Bank can do to spur growth.ECB president Mario Draghi offered little prospect that the bank would deliver more support for the struggling economies of the 17-country eurozone.Instead, he is urging governments to agree to a growth strategy that would work alongside tough spending cuts.Budget cuts and tax hikes, which have been introduced by eurozone governments to reduce debt, are now seen as hurting growth and some European governments are calling for policies to focus more on stimulating economic activity.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down about 3.65 per cent as bullion prices lost ground with the June contract in New York down $19.20 to US$1,634.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was off $1.28 at C$37.52 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded $1.59 to US$35.95.Other commodity prices were soft with the July copper contract slipping five cents to US$3.74 a pound, taking the base metals sector down 2.28 per cent. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) fell 22 cents to C$10.15 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell $1.05 to $35.34.The energy sector was off 2.26 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.68 to US$102.54 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 92 cents to C$31.32 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) shed 66 cents to $33.95.Insurers led the way to a 1.17 per cent drop in the financials sector.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) had a $1.2-billion profit in the first quarter, a 22 per cent jump from a year ago. It attributed the improvement to a number of special items as well as strong operational performance in Canada and Asia. The profit amounted to 66 cents per share before dilution, up from 54 cents per share or $985 million in the first quarter of 2011 and much higher than the 36 cents a share that analysts expected. Its shares slipped 36 cents to $12.98.Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) reported net income available to common shareholders was $451 million or 47.5 cents per share in the first three months of 2012. That was up from $415 million or 43.8 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue was $6.5 billion, up from $6.25 billion a year earlier but its shares were down 50 cents to $24.32.Shares in media giant BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) added a penny to C$40.31 as the company reported $574 million in profit in the first quarter before adjustments, a 14.1 per cent increase from the same time last year. Adjusted profit was $580 million, or 75 cents per common share, which was three cents a share ahead of analyst estimates.Elsewhere on the earnings front, General Motors reported earnings per share of 93 cents excluding one-time items related to the impairment of goodwill primarily in Europe, beating analyst estimates by eight cents a share. Net income fell to US$1 billion, or 60 cents a share, from $3.15 billion, or $1.77 a share, a year ago while revenue was $37.8 billion, up 4.4 per cent from a year ago. GM shares gave up early gains and were down 55 cents at US$22.38. read more

Fitness goals Be specific Choose something concrete like running 5K in 30

first_img Carl Cautley Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM Apr 17th 2017, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email3 4 Comments By Carl Cautley Personal trainer Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 118 Views Fitness goals: ‘Be specific. Choose something concrete like running 5K in 30 minutes’ If the first quarter of the year hasn’t gone well, start re-thinking your fitness goals now, writes Carl Cautley. WITH THE FIRST quarter of 2017 behind us, it’s a good time to step back and reflect on how your fitness goals for the year are progressing.The grit and determination of January has well and truly worn off by now, so are you still on the right track, or did you abandon your “New Me” plan long ago?Either way, it might be time for a change of direction. And whether you’re starting from scratch, getting back on the wagon, or just looking to up your game, spring is the perfect opportunity to do just that.Exercising outdoorsThe change in weather around this time of year is an obvious factor to consider when it comes to tweaking your fitness goals.You’ll have more opportunity to get outdoors, soak up some sunshine and top up your vitamin D levels, so consider swapping one or two of your weekly gym sessions for a workout at the park or beach.If your progress has slowed somewhat in the last few weeks, a change in routine like this could be just what you need to bust through the plateau. And with the chill of winter largely behind us, convincing yourself to leave the comfort of your house should be easier, too.Ditch the winter stodgeAs the temperatures get milder, now is also the time to start cleaning up your diet by swapping out stodgy dinners for lighter, healthier meals like salads and stir fries.You may find that your appetite subsides slightly as the days get warmer, so take advantage of that by trimming down your portion sizes a little.Just make sure to include plenty of protein in your meals and snacks, which will help you preserve and build all-important muscle mass over the coming months.Changing things upThink about what else you could do differently. Have you been working out alone?Now might be the time to join a gym or visit a personal trainer for some much-needed support and accountability.Was your New Year’s resolution simply to lose weight and get in shape? Why not pivot and make it your goal to complete a race or take up a new sport?Be specific; choose something concrete and measurable like running a 5K in 30 minutes or less. Big changes and audacious goals like these can modify your whole perspective and rejuvenate your interest in fitness.Another way to give yourself a push is to remind yourself why you decided to get in shape in the first place. You’re not just exercising for the sake of it — there’s always some fundamental motive that drives us to take up training.For some, it’s a desire to live a long and healthy life. Others might want to set a good example for loved ones, or just look good in their favourite jeans. What are your reasons? Write them down and keep them top of mind as the challenge of building your fitness starts to mount up.Most importantly, enjoy working outWhatever your goals and the motives behind them, it’s important to have fun and enjoy yourself throughout the process — whether that means bringing a friend along to the gym, discovering healthy foods you love, or swapping the treadmill for the tennis court.The idea of keeping fit is to improve your physical and mental well-being, not to become another source of stress or a stick to beat yourself with.If the first quarter of the year hasn’t gone the way you’d like and the thoughts of your next workout session fill you with dread and frustration, now is the time to step back and ask why you are doing this, and what you could do to enjoy it more.Carl Cautley is a Certified Personal Trainer, Zest4Life Nutritional Coach and founder of Health & Fitness Together — an industry-leading Private Personal Training Studio in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Get in touch with Carl at or at 01 496 5829 for a complimentary consultation.‘Tribunals and commissions achieve nothing. They just shield the guilty from prosecution’Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump’s bombslast_img read more

Manipuler le climat La CIA finance une vaste étude pour tester la

first_imgManipuler le climat ? La CIA finance une vaste étude pour tester la géo-ingénierie La CIA, intéressée par les potentiels de la géo-ingénierie en matière de manipulation des intempéries et de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, a participé au financement d’une étude globale de ces domaines par l’académie des sciences américaine.Alors que le changement climatique suscite de plus en plus d’inquiétudes, certaines chercheurs se questionnent sur la possibilité de manipuler de façon délibérée le climat. Objectif : lutter contre les effets du réchauffement climatique en agissant par exemple sur le rayonnement solaire ou sur l’élimination du dioxyde de carbone atmosphérique.En octobre 2012, des chercheurs écossais ont notamment émis l’idée d’utiliser un nuage de poussières d’astéroïde comme un parasol pour renvoyer les rayons du soleil et ainsi limiter le réchauffement. Or, aussi inattendu et irréalisable qu’il puisse paraitre, ce genre de concept est aujourd’hui de plus en plus pris au sérieux. Ce sujet est même au coeur d’un tout nouveau projet scientifique lancé par les hautes autorités des Etats-Unis. Comme l’a annoncé la National Academy of Sciences (NAS) américaine, chargée du projet, il s’agit d’une vaste étude globale de 600.000 dollars co-financée par la Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ainsi que la National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Examiner les impacts potentiels des techniques de géo-ingénierie À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Son but est de déterminer si la géo-ingénierie pourrait être utilisée pour lutter contre les effets du changement climatique. Mais l’étude se penchera sur “un nombre limité de techniques de géo-ingénierie proposées”, a souligné la NAS. Plus précisément, l’optique de l’étude est d’examiner “globalement les impacts potentiels du déploiement de ces technologies en tenant compte d’éventuelles préoccupations environnementales, économiques et de sécurité nationale”, dit encore la NAS. Reste que la géo-ingénierie demeure un concept controversé qui implique l’intervention délibérée et à grande échelle sur le système climatique de la Terre dans le but de lutter contre le réchauffement global. “Il est naturel que sur un sujet comme le changement climatique, l’Agence [de renseignements] travaille avec des scientifiques afin de mieux comprendre le phénomène et ses implications sur la sécurité nationale”, commente pour sa part la CIA. Néanmoins, le contexte est tendu car certains accusent le pouvoir américain de jouer déjà dangereusement avec le temps grâce aux installations du High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), basées en Alaska. Le 24 juillet 2013 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Davide Astori is still with us – Stefano Pioli declares

first_imgHead coach of Italian football club Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli, has set his sight on Europe and the Coppa Italia, as he reveals the bond between the club and former captain Davide Astori who died in his sleep in March.Even though the Viola comes as a surprise package of the season so far in Serie A, they could battle for a top-four finish.“I would very much like to qualify for Europe, but it won’t be easy. I think it’s clear to all that there are teams better equipped out there, but we’re ready to take advantage of any slip-ups,” said the Coach at a Q&A with La Repubblica newspaper via Football Italia.“At this moment, I see a Fiorentina side that is ambitious, but not winning yet. There is a step between ambition and victory that we still need to cover. The Coppa Italia cannot be considered a secondary objective and it’s only right to target going all the way.”“Astori and Milan Badelj were my reference points in the locker room. The team had changed so much that summer and I leaned on them for support, as everyone did with Davide.“What happened was a shock and it pushed me to appreciate my players even more on a human level. What Vitor Hugo said recently is the truth: Davide is still with us.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The lads who were here last season have done so well to pass that situation on to the new arrivals. We are a team with an extra reason to do well.“These lads were so strong and united in their grief. I simply told them to carry on what we had started with Astori. I always did get very fond of my players, but even more so with this group. I think what happened united us even more and made us feel stronger.”Meanwhile, when Cristiano Biraghi scored his debut Italy goal in the Nations League victory over Poland, he took his fingers high and formed the figure 13  which we think symbolises Astori’s number.“I was so proud of him after that goal, for the work we’d done together and his great desire to improve. Biraghi was always aware of his weaknesses and is one of those players I feel that as a Coach I can really help to grow stronger.“Federico Chiesa has a great chance of pace, can shoot with his right or left foot, and is approaching a level that will make him a complete player.”last_img read more