TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.”
Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.
Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.
Malik Zaire Ankle InjuryNotre Dame is currently in a dog fight with Virginia, but the outcome of today’s game may not currently be top of mind for Fighting Irish fans. Starting quarterback Malik Zaire appeared to severely injure his ankle late in the third quarter of the team’s contest against the Cavaliers. He was carried off of the field and taken to the locker room by cart.Warning – the below video is a bit graphic. Watch at your own discretion.As the cart comes over, ABC announcers say #NotreDame QB Malik Zaire will be taken off the field for an X-ray.— Carl Deffenbaugh (@CarlDeff) September 12, 2015Notre Dame leads Virginia 19-14. We’ll keep you updated on Zaire’s status.
cordavien suggs top 10Three-star offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs, a 6-foot-6, 260-product of Neptune Beach, Florida, has announced his top 10 schools. Suggs, who is a class of 2017 player, has four SEC programs on his list – along with three ACC schools. He has an interesting mix of programs – from Florida to FAU.Suggs’ list is not in order – and he joked after that he should have presented it in alphabetical order. Check it out:My current Top 10 #Hailstate #Swamp17 #VolNation #Gamecocks #TarHeels #OwlsUp #Wazzu #StripeEmUp #GoCardinals #GT pic.twitter.com/1JpkakxukP— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016I really should’ve did that list in alphabetical order— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016Suggs is crystal-balled to Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.
zoom Maersk Tankers, part of Denmark’s shipping conglomerate Maersk, has disposed of two older MR1 tankers, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are the 2000-built Maersk Rapier and the 2002-built Maersk Rhode Island, both constructed at CSSC OME shipyard in China.As disclosed by VesselsValue, the 35,000 dwt Maersk Rapier and the 34,800 dwt Maersk Rhode Island were sold to unnamed parties for USD 6.5 million and USD 8.5 million, respectively.With a gross tonnage of around 22,180 tons, each of the ships has a length of 171 meters and a width of 27 meters.“We can confirm that we have reached an agreement to sell Maersk Rapier. The vessel will be delivered to the new owner in the near future. The other vessel can not be confirmed,” a representative from Maersk Tankers told World Maritime News.In 2016, Maersk Tankers said that it plans to replace approximately 20 percent of its fleet within the next few years with newbuildings already ordered and scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2018.Currently, the company’s fleet consists of around 160 owned and commercially managed product tanker vessels.World Maritime News Staff
VANCOUVER – The financial crisis at British Columbia’s public auto insurer is deepening, as $1.3 billion in net losses are now projected by the end of the current fiscal year.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. said the “sizable and significant loss” is evidence of the growing financial pressures from a rapid increase in the number of collisions in the province, as well as the rising costs of those claims.“The number of crashes occurring across B.C. is continuing to escalate year-after-year. As a result, the number of claims we are receiving is growing by thousands each year,” the corporation said in a news release on Sunday.The cost of injury claims is closing in on $3 billion annually, ICBC said.The number of large loss claims, with an average payout of $450,000, has also spiked by 80 per cent in the last 12 months.The spike in the number of claims is also causing a slow-down in how quickly settlements are delivered.“This has particularly been the case with represented claims, which are taking even longer to settle. The longer a claim takes to settle, the more expensive it becomes,” ICBC said.ICBC said $935 million in net losses have already accumulated between April 1 and Dec. 31 last year, signalling that premiums are not covering payouts.The insurance provider asked the provincial utilities commission to hike basic and optional rates last fall to combat its financial crisis.Attorney General David Eby said in September that the rate hikes would mean the average driver can expect an annual increase of eight per cent or $130 per year on their insurance bill.Eby has previously said the Crown corporation’s financial problems are the fault of the former Liberal government for failing to address issues years ago.But Liberal caucus executive director Shane Mills said the previous government implemented strong measures to control costs, including a distracted driving campaign, raising premiums for some high-level vehicles and reducing executive pay.“As well, a third-party review was conducted on how to tie any rate increases to inflation, and is in the hands of the new government,” Mills said in a statement.Eby is expected to deliver his response to the latest losses Monday in Vancouver.Finance Minister Carole James was not available for comment Sunday on how the loss will affect the upcoming provincial budget.
OTTAWA – Canada’s merchandise trade deficit with the world shrank to $114 million in July, the smallest since a surplus in December 2016, as its trade surplus with the United States grew to the biggest in a decade, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday.The federal agency reported that merchandise exports to the United States rose 3.3 per cent in July to $38.4 billion, while imports of American goods edged down 0.1 per cent to $33.1 billion in July.As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade surplus with the United States widened to $5.3 billion in July, from $4.1 billion in June — the biggest monthly trade surplus with its largest trading partner since October 2008.Canada’s surplus with the United States was offset by a $5.5 billion trade deficit with other countries, up from $4.8 billion in June.The total value of Canada’s exports to all countries rose 0.8 per cent to a record $51.3 billion, mainly because of higher crude oil prices, while the value of imports from all countries declined 0.4 per cent to $51.4 billion due to fewer aircraft imports, Statistics Canada said.The overall trade deficit in July was down from $743 million in June, a figure that was revised from $626 million in the previous report.Several analysts said they had expected July’s trade deficit would rise to about $1 billion and noted trade volumes reported by Statistics Canada on Wednesday were down overall — with exports falling 0.8 per cent and imports dropping 1.1 per cent.They attributed a majority of the positive gains to higher energy prices.“Overall, the rise in export prices masks what was actually a disappointing month for outbound shipments. Moreover, oil prices have since levelled off and other commodity prices have also softened,” CIBC economist Royce Mendes wrote in a commentary.“In spite of the narrower deficit, there’s little reason then, to change our call for growth to slow in the third quarter.”A short time after the Statistics Canada report, the central bank announced its key interest rate will remain unchanged at 1.5 per cent, where it has been since July 11. Many economists have said the rate will likely be increased in October.The trade report came as Canadian and American negotiators resumed talks in Washington, D.C., following a four-day break from last week’s intense efforts to reach agreement on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.President Donald Trump has claimed that the United States needs to eliminate large trade deficits with Canada but a report from the U.S. Trade Representative says a 2017 deficit in goods (US$17.1 billion) was outweighed by a US$25 billion surplus in services sold to Canada.Statistics Canada noted that July was the first month that Canada charged retaliatory tariffs on imported American steel and aluminum and the second month of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.The agency said that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, there was a 16.4 per cent increase in Canadian exports of steel subject to the U.S. duty imposed by President Donald Trump, following a 36.3 per cent decline in June.Exports of Canadian aluminum subject to Trump’s tariffs were down 2.0 per cent in July, on top of a 4.7 per cent decline in June.Canada’s imports of U.S. steel products subject to a 25 per cent tariff fell 39.6 per cent in July, on a seasonally adjusted basis, following a 32.7 per cent increase in June.Canada’s imports of U.S. aluminum that are subject to a 10 per cent retaliatory tariff were down 5.2 per cent and imports of other U.S. products subject to the 10 per cent tariff fell 22 per cent in July.RBC economist Nathan Janzen noted that monthly data is volatile so a few months doesn’t make a trend “and risks around Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S. remain.”“It could also be, though, that Canadian exports are finally starting to get at least a modest lift from stronger global trade flows and an improved U.S. industrial sector.”— by David Paddon in Toronto
With files from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/fourth-man-charged-in-coke-seizure-from-ship-241845/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John man who was charged with conspiracy to import cocaine in Halifax back in June will be appearing in court early next month on a number of separate charges stemming from arrests that occurred shortly after he was released on bail.46-year-old Darcy Peter Bailey was arrested on June 9th along with two other men after Canada Border Services Agency divers discovered roughly 150 kilograms of cocaine had been strapped to the bottom of the Arica, a container ship registered in Liberia. The three men were allegedly in possession of diving equipment when they were arrested near the Port of Halifax, and were charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into Canada.In mid-July, Bailey was released on $10,000 bail along with 34-year-old Matthew Ryan Lambert of Richmond, B.C., whose bail was set at $50,000. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald is reporting that after they were released from custody on July 18th, the pair were re-arrested that evening and charged with breaching their conditions by having indirect contact through Lambert’s wife.After they were freed again the next day, the pair flew back to B.C. where they were subsequently arrested on new charges.Bailey was arrested in Baldonnel on July 26th and was charged with 16 offences, including five counts of possessing a firearm without a license, eight counts of possessing weapons while prohibited, and one count of altering a firearm serial number.Then on August 2nd, he was arrested yet again, this time in Abbotsford. He faces charges of possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition and unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle in connection with that arrest.Bailey is set to appear at the Fort St. John law courts on Monday, October 1st, at 9:30 a.m.A fourth man, 29-year-old Nelson Ricardo Alvarado-Calles of Richmond Hill, Ontario was arrested in August and then transported to Halifax, where he was charged in connection with the cocaine seizure.
Bamako: Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation, along with those of his ministers, two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties had submitted a motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday, blaming Maiga and his administration for failing to clamp down on the unrest. “A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces” from both the ruling and opposition sides, the statement from Keita’s office said. The president had on Tuesday said in a televised address that he had “heard the anger”, without explicitly naming the prime minister. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe government had come under mounting pressure over its handling of violence in the restive Mopti region and especially a massacre on March 23 in which 160 people were killed in the village of Ogossagou near the border with Burkina Faso. Members of the Dogon ethnic group — a hunting and farming community with a long history of tension with the nomadic Fulani people over access to land — were accused of being behind the mass killing.