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Mou pragmatic about unbeaten run

first_img “I think it is possible to be champion – before the season started we considered ourselves contenders but in modern football, especially in the Premier League, I don’t believe in an unbeaten run,” said the Portuguese. “It is a good start and I believe my team can keep this stability. “One day we will lose and the next game we will win again and one day we will play badly because it is the nature of the game but we will recover the quality of our game. “I know that the negative moment will arrive, the defeat will arrive, and we are prepared for that. “At this moment we are a happy camp. One day the defeat arrives and when it does we will be the same.” It is easy to be happy when you are top of the table but after a third defeat in a week, coming on the back of reverses at Newcastle and then Real Madrid in the Champions League, the spotlight is on Brendan Rodgers. After making seven changes in the Bernabeu with a view to fielding his strongest side in this fixture the Liverpool boss was unrepentant having seen his masterplan fail. “I would hopefully win the three games,” he said when asked what he would do differently. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accepts his side’s unbeaten run will not last forever but victory at Liverpool has only reinforced their position as title contenders. “We plan and prepare the team the best we can so I wouldn’t do anything different, we just didn’t get the results. “Hopefully this will be an experience for us this week and we can use that to be better going forward.” Rodgers felt his side deserved a draw from the match after Steven Gerrard’s late shot appeared to hit the arm of Cahill. Having seen Chelsea’s opener awarded via the goal decision system Rodgers felt slightly aggrieved the officials has not spotted the incident. “The technology coming into the game has been great: sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it works against you,” he said. “It is bitterly disappointing for us that there was a big decision in a big game that we didn’t get. “It was a clear handball – and you need to get that. If we weren’t going to get it (a goal) from open play we should have got it from the penalty spot. “The referee had a clear look at it but he maybe needed some help from his linesman.” In terms of technology Mourinho could at least say he has now benefited from a close call at Anfield having continually railed against Luis Garcia’s goal in a 2005 Champions League tie which he still argues did not cross the line. “I didn’t know it was a goal,” he said of Cahill’s effort. “Goalline technology is simple. It costs money but it is simple. You don’t have to stop the game, it is a decision in seconds. The truth is what everyone wants. “Everyone knows it was a true goal and I think this is fantastic for us as professionals, for the crowd and the referee because without goalline technology it is difficult for them to make a decision. “It (technology) is more complicated in the game itself. In Maribor (on Wednesday) they had one referee two metres from the goal and there is a clear penalty and no-one gives it so even with an additional referee is it difficult. “So anything which helped them to be better – they want to be perfect – I think is welcome.” Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa, with his 10th of the season, saw the Stamford Bridge side recover from Emre Can’s first goal for the Reds to record a 2-1 win at Anfield. It made it 11 games unbeaten from the start of the campaign and consolidated their position at the top of the table, but Mourinho cannot see his side emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ from 2003-04. last_img read more

Doc Emrick did play-by-play for a windshield-wiper installation — and it was brilliant

first_imgHe uses the joke to draw in viewers before diving into the nitty-gritty analysis. A thorough explanation of how a windshield-wiper works leads us right up to the moment of truth. The mechanic, cool under pressure, puts on a clinic. While some commentators have been criticized for their “announcer voice” during broadcasts, we like to think this is how Doc Emrick sounds during any daily interaction. For the sake of hockey fans across the country, we hope we’ll hear him calling games from the booth again before too long.In the meantime, we’ll have to be content with broadcasters commentating events from their everyday lives, which is certainly better than nothing. If you think the current lack of sports has hit you hard, spare a thought for the play-by-play announcers of the world.Their entire livelihood consists of talking into a microphone while sports are taking place and, believe it or not, live commentary is a skill that requires a lot of practice. But without sports, some broadcasters have been forced to get creative.  MORE: NHL players post messages on social media amid coronavirus pandemicFox Sports’ Joe Buck has already revealed his plan to avoid getting rusty: do play-by-play for videos of everyday events submitted by his Twitter followers. However, it seems that NBC’s Doc Emrick is one step ahead of him. Take a listen to this absolute gem of a call from the legendary NHL commentator:The Doc Emrick windshield wiper play-by-play we didn’t know we needed!AMAZING. 😂 pic.twitter.com/FRvuDwkliJ— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 23, 2020That, ladies and gentlemen, is poetry. Notice how he sets the scene at the beginning by describing the setting. A car repair shop that’s been open for over 100 years? Right away he emphasizes the tradition of success at this establishment. Emrick then introduces us to the star of the show: the mechanic. He’s a Red Wings fan, which makes him relatable to a large part of the audience that knows what it’s like to be a fan of a struggling team. Standing at 5-9, he’s the kind of plucky underdog America can’t get enough of.He’s also a master at his craft, a veteran with 34 years of service under his belt.”This is like having Gordon Ramsey come to your house,” Emrick quips, “and having him make microwaved popcorn.” last_img read more

21 days agoChelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abraham

first_imgChelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abrahamby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount is delighted to see Tammy Abraham scoring goal after goal.The 22-year-old’s first Champions League against Lille on Wednesday brought his tally to 8 from 10 games.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal,” Mount told reporters. “It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can.”The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Latest census numbers showcase Canadas everevolving ethnic diversity

first_imgOTTAWA – A decade ago, the CBC series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” won international acclaim for its depiction of Muslims trying to make their way in a rural Saskatchewan town.At the time, Saskatchewan was home to about 33,900 visible minorities — about 3.6 per cent of its population — and the show broke new cultural ground with its awkwardly hilarious choreography of Canadian multiculturalism’s delicate dance.But the land of the living skies now has a visible minority population of 63,275, driven by rising waves of immigration that have turned the fictional world of “Little Mosque” into a new Canadian reality.Take the tiny town of Frontier, Sask. — home to 280 people in 2006, just 20 of them immigrants.Ten years later, the population sat at 415, including 120 immigrants — dramatic growth driven largely by a local farm equipment manufacturer who found newcomers to Canada to be the only way to address his labour woes.Many of the workers Honey Bee Manufacturing brought in were from the Philippines; that country generated 15.6 per cent of all new immigrants to Canada between 2011 and 2016, followed by India at 12.1 per cent and China at 10.6 per cent.But while populous provinces like Ontario and B.C. were once the destinations of choice for new arrivals, more and more of them have been flocking to the Prairies, lured by more promising work prospects.The percentage of new immigrants living in Alberta reached 17.1 per cent in 2016, compared with 6.9 per cent in 2001; In Manitoba, it went to 5.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent; and four per cent in Saskatchewan, up from one per cent 15 years earlier.Where the jobs have been for the last five years is where the immigrants are going, said Lori Wilkinson, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who directs a research group focusing on immigration in the West. In Alberta, growth in employment reached 7.8 per cent during the census period, compared with a national average of just five per cent.And while the downturn in the oil and gas economy in the last year has surely slowed some growth since the census, economic immigration remains the dominant motive in attracting newcomers.“We’re looking for people to fill gaps in the labour market,” Wilkinson said.In Saskatchewan, as elsewhere, there’s been a commensurate spike in the number of newcomers who enter under the family reunification class, as well as refugees.During the first four months of last year, refugees accounted for one-quarter of all immigrants admitted to Canada, a spike Statistics Canada attributes to the massive wave of refugees from Syria who arrived in 2015 and 2016.Rhonda Rosenberg, the executive director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, tells a story of Mennonites reaching out to recently arrived Syrians in the town of Rosthern, Sask.The Mennonites quickly realized their pork-heavy diet wasn’t suitable for Muslims, and the two sides worked together on a more amenable menu. A wider understanding of the two faiths has since evolved, and with it, a better sense of community.“It’s better and it’s worse at the same time,” Rosenberg said of how the province has welcomed newcomers over the last decade.“There are better systems in place, there are more organizations working to be welcoming and inclusive and those are all good things. On the other hand, we’ve got that permissive climate to express hate … we see that here too.”Saskatchewan, like many provinces, has seen anti-refugee and anti-immigrant groups gain visibility in recent months, especially in light of racially charged protests and counter-protests in the U.S. over the summer.A sense from non-visible minorities that they are under threat has led to the explosion of the so-called “alt-right” in the U.S., sentiment that’s also believed to be fuelling the populist political movement there and around the globe.In the U.S., the visible minority population rests at about 37 per cent.The census data released Wednesday showed that in Canada, the visible minority population has reached 7.7 million, 22.3 per cent of the overall population and seven times the number first reported in 1981.In Canada, however, the forces that could drive populist political forces are far broader than the immigration debate, said Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research, which has studied the issue extensively in recent months.“As immigration has unfolded, it is largely seen as softening, not hardening, attitudes to diversity,” Graves said.“The rise in those more negative outlooks … are the people who are feeling more economically vulnerable and who aren’t doing well in the economy.”Another supposed bulwark against a populist sentiment overtaking Canadian politics is the electoral system, where ridings dominated by visible minorities are also proving to be ridings central to any party’s hopes of forming a government.In time, Statistics Canada will use the immigration data it published Wednesday and break it down according to the federal electoral map.The 2011 national household survey found nearly three dozen ridings where visible minorities made up at least 50 per cent of the population, and a further 77 where visible minorities were between 20 and 50 per cent, according to an analysis by Andrew Griffith, a former director of multiculturalism and citizenship for the federal government.That number is sure to go up, and parties will in turn seek to court those votes, not alienate them, Griffith said.“This will continue to influence electoral strategies of all parties.”last_img read more

Junior oil firms cutting dividends output as prices remain embarrassingly low

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:CJ, TSX:GXO, TSX:BNE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A pair of junior Calgary oil companies are cutting payouts to shareholders and reducing production because of current steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices.Both Cardinal Energy Ltd. and Granite Oil Corp. say they can’t afford to wait and see if production cuts imposed by the Alberta government starting Jan. 1 will work to drain a glut of oil and thus allow prices to recover.Cardinal shares fell by more than six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced it would temporarily cut its monthly dividend from 3.5 cents to a penny per share in view of “embarrassingly low prices” in the fourth quarter.Granite stock fell by as much as 4.7 per cent after it announced it would suspend its monthly dividend of 2.3 cents per share.Cardinal said it has decided to cut what had been record production of 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 15 per cent (about 3,300 boe/d) to avoid net losses due to low prices.Granite, similarly, said it has stopped production of about 200 boe/d after posting third-quarter output of just under 2,000 boe/d.“Our lack of provincial and federal government leadership and failure to act in getting new export pipelines built is costing not only Alberta, but all Canadians significant revenue and future investment in our country,” said Cardinal in a news release.“Although we don’t think that the current pricing differentials between Canadian barrels and U.S. barrels will be permanent, we are obligated to our shareholders to protect our business and our balance sheet until Canadian prices improve.”Junior oil firm Bonterra Energy Corp. announced in late November it would cut its monthly dividend to a penny from 10 cents per share.Bonterra and several other Alberta oil companies have said they will delay announcing budgets and providing guidance for 2019 until January in anticipation of more visibility on where oil and gas prices are headed.last_img read more

Regional District cancels December 7 meeting on the Southern Mountain Caribou Program

first_imgA reschedule date for the meeting has yet to be announced.For more information, you can visit prrd.bc.ca DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has cancelled the meeting in regards to the Southern Mountain Caribou Program.The meeting was to take place on December 7, 2018.The main purpose of the meeting was to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.last_img read more

Feds paid near top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog says

first_img“If it was a car, we would say they paid sticker price, they didn’t negotiate very much, they didn’t get that many deals or manufacturers rebates _ quite the opposite,” Giroux told reporters Thursday morning.Expanding the pipeline’s capacity will come at an estimated cost of $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021, the PBO estimates.But should the project encounter any construction delays or cost increases, Giroux says, “then it’s quite clear to us that the government would have overpaid” for the pipeline.An existing pipeline connects Alberta’s oilpatch northeast of Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and its owner Kinder Morgan tried to expand it for years to increase the amount of crude oil it could carry. The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet. (It announced the purchase price as $4.5 billion but Giroux reported that after final adjustments, the net payment to Kinder Morgan was $4.4 billion.)The PBO analysis did note the project could have positive impacts on the country’s economy and on oil prices if the expansion is completed on time and on budget. But the fact the government was the only buyer is a warning sign.“It’s a very risky project to have bought something that nobody else in the private sector wanted to acquire. There are lots of retirement or pension plans that like to buy infrastructure of that nature that generate streams of revenues,” Giroux said. The board is to have its report ready by Feb. 22. “From a financial perspective, the risks are significant for taxpayers, but should this get built, it will be a relief for the oil sector in Alberta because it will accelerate the opening of markets for Canadian oil.”If the pipeline expansion does not go ahead, the value of the project would drop significantly, and cause the government to lose upwards of $2.5 billion, Giroux added, calling this the worst-case scenario.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down Ottawa’s approval of the project in a ruling last August, saying Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations and that the National Energy Board failed to examine how the project would affect marine life.Ottawa is now consulting with Indigenous groups and the board has been reviewing the marine effects.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means government’s purchase price of $4.4 billion was at the high end of the project’s total calculated value.last_img read more

Yoga program starts at Bert Bowes as a new initiative for wellbeing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has started a new Yoga Program to help improve the well-being of staff and students.Bert Bowes Middle School and Soul Space Community applied for an IMAGINE grant from Northern Health in September 2018.Jen Harrison, Vice Principal at Bert Bowes and Instructor at Soul Space Yoga Community, and Tammy Still, Owner of Soul Space Yoga Community, put the grant proposal together. According to Harrison, features in the proposal included weekly student yoga club, weekly staff yoga, a full set of mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets for Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools, and a professional development session in Spring 2019.Harrison says she thanks Northern Health for the grant and feels the Yoga Program is an excellent initiative for improving the well-being of both staff and students.“I just think that the opportunity that Northern Health gave our school is one that we are so grateful for. Having someone offset the cost of purchasing equipment and supporting a teacher, and accessing the training is what has made this project possible.”Harrison also says Yoga is a relatively new frontier in education.“It’s a relatively new frontier in education and the connection between curriculum, instruction assessment, and mindfulness practices like Yoga, the research is really starting to show that there is a really strong correlation between mindfulness practice, positive mental health, and academic achievement.”Yoga sessions take place for all School District 60 staff on Monday afternoons, along with a Student Yoga Club session on Tuesdays, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., at Bert Bowes Middle School. For more information, you can contact Bert Bowes Vice Principal, Jen Harrison, by email at [email protected]last_img read more

Jets slot allocation to others only on temporary basis Ministry

first_imgMumbai: Allaying apprehensions of the grounded carrier Jet Airways on its vacant slots, the aviation ministry Tuesday said they are being allocated to other airlines purely on “temporary basis” and once the airline resumes operations, these slots will be returned. The ministry also assured Jet of “protecting” its historic slots as per the applicable norms and regulations. The SBI-led consortium of lenders and Jet Airways employees unions had Monday urged the government to secure its international landing slots to protect its valuation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”To reduce inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity, it has been decided to allot some of the slots vacated by Jet to other airlines purely on a temporary basis, for a period of three months,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The abrupt temporary closure of Jet due to cash crunch last Wednesday left thousands of passengers in the lurch, forcing the ministry to allot some of the slots across domestic and international airports to other local carriers in a bid to help mitigate inconvenience. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe crisis at Jet has caused inconvenience to many air passengers and the ministry is seized of the matter, it said, adding the decision to allot vacant slot to other carriers has been taken to reduce the inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity. “The historic rights of Jet Airways, as per extent ministry guidelines for slot allocation will be protected. These slots will be made available to Jet as and when they revive their operations,” the ministry said. It also said a committee has been constituted by government comprising regulator DGCA, the Airports Authority, joint venture/private sector airlines and slot coordinators to ensure that slots are allocated in most equitable and transparent manner. This committee would be allocating slots purely on temporary basis for three months only to those airlines which bring additional capacity (aircraft), the ministry added. Meanwhile, ending a three-day losing streak, shares of Jet Airways (India) surged nearly 10 per cent at close of trade Tuesday on value-buying at lower levels. The scrip jumped 9.90 per cent to close at Rs 169.90 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 12.19 per cent to Rs 173.45. At the NSE, shares advanced 8.30 per cent to close at Rs 167.55. On the traded volume front, 45.27 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over four crore shares on the NSE during the day. In the past three days, the scrip plummeted 40.94 per cent. It hit its 52-week low of Rs 132.20 on Monday.last_img read more

Gonzaga coach With Ohio State its pick your poison

PITTSBURGH – Survive and advance. That’s the mentality many basketball teams adopt in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is not one of those teams. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes will face No. 7 seed Gonzaga Saturday after defeating Loyola (MD), 78-59, Thursday, but the Buckeyes were not satisfied with their performance. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored a career-high 31 points in OSU’s first game, said he was treating the performance as a loss. OSU committed 18 turnovers Thursday and many Buckeyes said that if they continue to be careless with the ball against Gonzaga, they might be sent packing. “I think the first thing that jumps out at us is our inability to take care of the ball,” sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. “Turning it over 20 times is something we can’t do especially against a great team like Gonzaga tomorrow.” Gonzaga played pressure defense against No. 10 seed West Virginia in their first NCAA Tournament game en route to a 77-54 victory. OSU has never played the Bulldogs, but Gonzaga matched up with both Illinois and Michigan State earlier in the season. Gonzaga lost both games by seven points. Despite being a mid-major in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga reminds OSU coach Thad Matta of teams in the Big Ten. “There’s a lot of similarities to their transition half-court offense to Michigan State,” Matta said. “And (they resemble) Indiana with their personnel. “ Gonzaga coach Mark Few said the Buckeyes will be a tough matchup for his team, but thinks he has the players to compete. “This is going to be a very difficult matchup for us, but at the same time we have good bigs, they have good bigs,” Few said. “The strength and the core of this team was built around our inside guys … much like Ohio State.” The inside play for Gonzaga starts with 7-foot senior center Robert Sacre who was named his conference’s defensive player of the year. He averages 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on the season and had a team-high 14 points in the victory against West Virginia. Sacre will likely be matched up with OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who has averaged 21 points per game since the Buckeyes entered the postseason. Sullinger said he got a chance to watch Sacre a little bit before OSU’s game. “He was good. He was athletic,” Sullinger said. “He did a little bit of everything for them.” Sullinger had 12 points and 11 rebounds against Loyola (MD). Thomas has been the guy leading OSU as of late, though. At 21.5 points per game, he’s been OSU’s leading scorer through the postseason. Thomas has scored in double digits in each of the last 10 games. “Deshaun is probably one of our most consistent players throughout the however many games we’ve played,” Matta said. “What he’s brought to this team has No. 1 been his consistency and No. 2 guys look at him and see the effort and the commitment he’s made to do other things.” Thomas’ 31 points Thursday made him one of seven Buckeyes all time to score 30 points in an NCAA Tournament game. “I was just trying to get to the right spots at the right time,” Thomas said of his performance. “Then I was just knocking them down. I was just feeling it a little bit.” Few said that because OSU has scoring options like Thomas and Sullinger, it’s hard to focus on any one guy. “You’re just going to have to pick your poison on how much defensive attention you give to Sullinger when you have other great players like (senior guard William Buford) and Thomas and Aaron Craft,” Few said. Gonzaga and OSU will tip off at about 2:50 p.m. at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. read more