10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwood

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwoodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was happy to involve Joe Garner and Mason Greenwood in last week’s Champions League defeat at Valencia.The two teens were involved in the traveling party.Mourinho said, “I think it’s always a nice experience for them even if they don’t play, to be involved, to feel a new habitat and, I think, to even feel the pressure of being on the bench and thinking ‘maybe I have to play’. “To feel that extra adrenalin and responsibility, I think it’s always a good experience for them. But they had pre-season with us, they trained with us many, many times. Last week they were training with us almost every day, so it’s not really something new for the boys.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp hails matchwinner Milner: Incredibly important

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp hails matchwinner Milner: Incredibly importantby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed matchwinner James Milner after victory over Leicester City.Milner’s 94th-minute penalty settled Saturday’s match and ensures the Reds go into the international break having won all eight of their top-flight fixtures so far in 2019-20.Milner had earlier registered a fine assist as Sadio Mane’s 50th top-flight goal for the club put the home team ahead, but James Maddison’s 80th-minute leveller appeared to have claimed a point for Brendan Rodgers’ visitors.However, Marc Albrighton’s foul on Mane in the area gave Milner the chance to win the game from the spot in the 94th minute – and the No.7 did just that, sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way with an ice-cool penalty.Klopp said, “I’m really not sure if I’ve said all the positive things about James Milner, no problem to do it again. Not only today, in general, how incredibly important he is. Today it was a super game but not even Millie can play 12 games in a row or whatever, it’s just too demanding and all that stuff. But yeah, very good performance, the pass for the first [goal] is just smart. “Unfortunately you need to have a few games in your legs probably to know about the situation, but we had a lot of these situations. We played a few smart passes for the boys. We obviously changed formation a little bit, we brought Mo in the centre, Sadio and Bobby more in the position 10 [against] the opponent who could train a full week to prepare for us – [that’s] what we cannot do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 days agoOxlade-Chamberlain: It’s on me to give Liverpool something different

first_imgOxlade-Chamberlain: It’s on me to give Liverpool something differentby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to make a big impression at Liverpool this season.The Liverpool man missed out on last year’s title race and wants to play a key part in this campaign to make up for it.The 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s on me to try to bring a little something: run with the ball, link the play and fit in with the rhythm of the boys up front to help them. What they achieved last year was extraordinary.“To miss out [on the title] in the way we did was heartbreaking, so as a team we need to do better. With teams like Man City, and how relentless they are, we know we have to do more.“For me as an individual, my goals are to get back in and around the team and to help push this team forward a little bit more. If we can do that, I can start thinking about what I need to add to my game. For now, the next step is to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BMO Q4 profit hit by hurricanes as banks deliver 10B in quarterly

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s five biggest banks earned more than $10 billion in collective profits in the latest quarter to cap off a better-than-expected year on the surprising strength of the domestic economy.Despite worries about Canada’s overheated housing markets and the impact of measures to cool them down, credit trends and loan growth were solid in the fiscal fourth-quarter, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities in Toronto.“It’s tied to the strength of the Canadian labour market. The Canadian economy is doing relatively well and it’s benefiting the banks… Overall, I think it’s a good time to be a Canadian bank,” Grauman said in an interview.The Bank of Montreal wrapped the big banks’ earnings season on Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.The quarter included reinsurance claims of $112 million largely related to the hurricanes, which cost the bank 17 per cents in earnings per share, as well as the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar and a $41-million after-tax restructuring charge.On an adjusted basis, BMO said it earned $1.31 billion or $1.94 per share, down from nearly $1.4 billion or $2.10 per share a year ago. That fell short of the $1.99 in earnings per share expected on average by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.“We had a very strong year in both traditional wealth and insurance with earnings up 18 per cent, even with the impact of elevated claims in our reinsurance business this quarter,” chief executive Darryl White told analysts in his first earnings call since taking the top job on Nov. 1 after CEO Bill Downe’s retirement.Meanwhile, the other four banks each posted a rise in quarterly earnings led by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which blew past expectations on a 25 per cent bump in quarterly profit to hit $1.16 billion. The Toronto-based lender was helped by better-than-expected performance south of the border reflecting the first full-quarter after CIBC acquired Chicago-based bank PrivateBancorp for roughly US$5 billion in June.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) reported a $2.71 billion profit, up 17.8 per cent from a year earlier but still fell short of analyst expectations after the high bar it set in the two previous quarters. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) saw quarterly profits rise 12 per cent, year on year, to $2.84 billion while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) saw a more modest hike in net income of 2.9 per cent to $2.01 billion.Scotiabank also announced it was forging ahead in a major way on its strategy fast growing Pacific Alliance markets, with a $2.9-billion offer to acquire a sizable stake in a Chilean bank. On Tuesday, it said its offer to buy Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)’s stake in BBVA Chile has been accepted, marking a deal that will double its market share in the country to 14 per cent.Overall, each of the five biggest Canadian lenders reported record annual profits for a total of $40.3 billion in net income for fiscal 2017, up nearly 13 per cent from a year earlier.The Big Five are poised to benefit from rosy economic outlook as well for fiscal 2018, if the latest job numbers are any indication. The economy churned out another 79,500 new jobs in November to drive down the jobless rate down to 5.9 per cent, its lowest level in nearly a decade.However, the lenders also signalled during their conference calls that tougher mortgage underwriting rules set to take effect in the new year will present a headwind to its loan originations, ranging between five to 10 per cent.RBC told analysts last week that it has already seen an uptick in demand this fall as borrowers looked to lock in loans now. The revised mortgage guidelines will include a stress test which will require would-be homebuyers to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage if interest rates rise, a caveat which is expected to reduce the maximum amount they will be able to borrow.Still, the banks were guiding towards roughly four or five per cent mortgage growth in the next fiscal year, lower than in recent years, said Shannon Stemm, analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It’s our view that mortgage growth is likely to slow, consumer lending is likely to slow as consumers have taken on a lot of debt in recent years,” she said. “And you’re going to see a moderation in the results in Canada.”last_img read more

Councillor Christensen and Evans say goodbye

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Councillors Bruce Christensen and Larry Evans said goodbye on Monday during their final Fort St. John Council meeting.Councillor Christensen became emotional during this final report to Council after representing the City since 2006. “I think our leadership has been great, to our new council congratulations and welcome and my family, thank you.”Councillor Evans was elected in 2005 after retiring from the Fort St. John Fire Department. In his closing report, he thanked everyone for putting their names forward to run for Council. “I want to congratulate the four incumbents that got back in. And I want to congratulate Becky and Tony. I think you are going to have a Council that rocks. Along with the wonderful staff we have, the City is in good hands.” Watch their full comments below.Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Larry Evans both lost their reelection bids in Saturday’s municipal election. Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council. Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen, were also re-elected. Click here to read the full results.Tony Zabinsky and Becky Grimsrud will be sworn in on November 5, 2018.last_img read more

City of Fort St John construction projects on track despite wet summer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite being an unseasonably wet summer in Fort St. John, the City’s construction and paving projects are on track.According to City Communications Coordinator, Ryan Harvey, all of the City’s summer construction and paving projects are on schedule and will be completed by the Fall deadline.Harvey says the Fall deadline for all City projects to be complete is October 15, 2019. For the paving of the northern end of 100 Street, Harvey says crews have laid down the first layer of asphalt and is expected to be completed by the end of September.For a list of construction projects, and for updates, you can visit the City of Fort St. John’s website.last_img

Airlines responsible for their financial performance Prabhu

first_imgNew Delhi: Efficient operations and financial performance are individual responsibilities of carriers, and the government cannot interfere in their day-to-day operations, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said amid Jet Airways crisis and turbulent times of the domestic airlines industry.In view of intense competition, rising costs, shortage of pilots and grounding of planes hurting many domestic carriers, the minister also said the government has been constantly responding to industry conditions and cited measures taken, including reduction in central excise duty on jet fuel to 11 per cent from 14 per cent. Cash-strapped Jet Airways has been forced to ground planes, cancel flights and delay payments, including salaries to pilots, while Air India continues to grapple with financial woes. On March 25, the board of ailing Jet Airways cleared a debt resolution plan whereby lenders would take control of the carrier. Against this backdrop, Prabhu said that each airline prepares its own business plan on the basis of its own market assessment and financial resources. “Based on its business plan, the efficient operations and financial performance are the responsibilities of each individual airline and its shareholders. “However, the government has constantly been responding to industry conditions and undertaking specific measures to facilitate and enable growth of the sector,” he told PTI. In written replies to PTI queries, Prabhu said the airline industry is a dynamic industry which requires continuous adjustment according to global and domestic needs. “It is our endeavour to support the industry, however, as stated we cannot interfere in day to-day operations of the airlines,” he noted.last_img read more

High fat diet may cause depression

first_imgDietary fats can enter the brain through the bloodstream, and cause alterations that could lead to depression, according to a study that may pave the way for new therapies to treat the disorder. The team also found that by decreasing the expression of a specific enzyme, symptoms of obesity-linked depression can be reduced. Study shows that saturated fatty acids enter brain through the bloodstream, and thereafter accumulate and affect crucial brain signals related to depression. Obesity and depression have long been linked, however the mechanisms of how obesity affects depression and vice versa have not been understood.last_img

Breaking Down ESPNs First MLB Season Forecast

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the “Win Forecasts: American League East” chart mistakenly showed the win probabilities of the American League Central. The values for the American League East have since been updated (apologies to any Blue Jays fans who were filled with false despair). The ESPN Forecast panel released its first-ever set of Major League Baseball predictions last week, and the editors were kind enough to provide us with the raw voting data. FiveThirtyEight had just published an article about preseason predictions, so we were eager to dig into the panel’s results.With the raw votes from the panel’s more than 140 members, we can calculate each team’s odds of winning its division and each team’s chances of making the playoffs. We can also forecast a range for the number of wins each team is likely to end the season with. We can do all this based on the assumption that the ESPN Forecast is roughly as accurate as Las Vegas’ over/unders (meaning the root-mean-square error on these predictions will be about plus or minus nine wins).How can we make that assumption for a brand-new forecast? It would seem more than a bit hubristic. But the ESPN Forecast has a strong track record in basketball, for which it actually beat Vegas over a five-year span. In the absence of any additional information about the MLB forecast, a RMSE of 9 is not a bad prior, especially given that Sports Illustrated’s similar wisdom-of-a-crowd-of-experts method fared just as well as Vegas and computer models at picking teams’ divisional placements. read more

The OJ Documentary Shot By Shot

For our purposes, “general archival” included bits such as Simpson’s outtakes with Marcus Allen. “News archival” is news footage from the time period, like that of the Eula Love shooting in L.A. and footage of the trial. “Archival Interviews” include all interviews that weren’t filmed expressly for the documentary, like one with a young O.J. Simpson about his retirement from football to pursue acting. “Football highlights” are self-explanatory and “original Interviews” were filmed for the documentary.You can guess how much of the breakdown goes. Episode 1, for instance, spends 41 minutes on Simpson’s football career — no other episode lingers here for more than three minutes — because Simpson’s fame began on the field. At the same time, the episode focuses on the civil rights movement, particularly in Los Angeles, and Simpson’s separatist lifestyle as a superstar on USC’s campus, away from the movement. To capture moments such as this, we also broke the series down into thematic elements, including personal life, context, trial and football.Here, “personal life” included bits like Simpson’s friend, Joe Bell talking about his childhood. “Trial” consists of archival news footage and interviews from the Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial. Football consists of his highlights from USC and the NFL or interviews specific to his football career. There are nearly 34 minutes of contextual footage in Episode 1, such as race riots in Los Angeles or Simpson signing autographs on USC’s campus, to display the two contrasting worlds during the late ’60s.Episode 2 gives 44 minutes of cultural context, as Simpson’s superstar status blossoms while the relationship between blacks and the LAPD continue to deteriorate. You see his iconic Hertz and Chevy commercials against a contrasting image of the Rodney King beating. Simpson’s personal life also gets around 45 minutes of footage, displaying the rich and powerful friends he sought while he pursued a post-NFL career in Hollywood, and his violent, abusive and controlling relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson is introduced.Episode 3 begins with the murder scene of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. There are nearly 40 minutes of archival news footage and 20 minutes of general archival footage from the double murder and the ensuing trial. The Bronco chase is covered in this episode, as well as Simpson’s own friends saying he was guilty of the crime. This is the O.J. Simpson we are more used to witnessing.An hour and 21 minutes of Episode 4 is dedicated to the trial, the most footage of any kind of any episode from OJMIA. It had 45 minutes of news archival footage and 26 minutes of original interviews about the trial. There is no footage on Simpson’s personal or football life in this episode. Episode 5 gives us the least amount of cultural context — by now, the stage hasn’t just been set, it’s being cleared — with 30 minutes dedicated to his personal life and 45 minutes for Simpson’s civil trial and his robbery case in 2007.We’re used to seeing the post-murder trial O.J. Simpson — a broken-down, has-been felon the world presumes committed a pair of murders for which he was acquitted. A lot of things went into the story that took Simpson from stardom to prison, and OJMIA arranges those disparate pieces of the timeline in a way that, somehow, makes sense of them. By now you’ve heard about “O.J.: Made in America,” ESPN’s five-part documentary about O.J. Simpson’s life and alleged crimes, which wrangles a complex story set against a complex cultural backdrop. Part of what makes the documentary work is how widely each chapter varies from the previous one — the series tracks Simpson’s early life, his football stardom, the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, the trial that followed and its eventual aftermath. Each of these is its own sort of story, told its own sort of way using a mix of original interviews and archival footage. Episode to episode, that mix varies a great deal.We took a shot list provided by our colleagues at ESPN Films (we’re in the same division of the company) and broke it down into general archival, news archival, archival interviews, original interviews and football. VIDEO: An interview with director Ezra Edelman read more