Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Dortmund set Pulisic price at €100m Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Dortmund set Pulisic price at €100mBorussia Dortmund have set their asking price for Christian Pulisic at €100 million, according to Sport1.The 19-year-old winger has drawn interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and could be set to depart the Signal Iduna Park this summer. Dortmund, however, are set to offer the American improved terms on his contract in an effort to convince him to stay. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal to hijack Chelsea’s Luis Enrique moveArsenal are preparing a deal to snatch former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique from under Chelsea’s nose in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.It is believed that the 47-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving his post at Camp Nou at the end of last season, is the Blues’ primary target to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season. However, London rivals Arsenal are searching for Arsene Wenger’s successor and have also marked Lucho as a prime candidate. Man City agree Fred dealManchester City have agreed a deal in principle to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred for £44.5 million this summer, Goal understands.City had been working to sign the 24-year-old throughout January but, having been unable to put a deal in place, will now welcome him to the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.Read the full story on another big-money addition for Pep Guardiola here.Hazard refuses to rule out Real moveEden Hazard says he is “happy at Chelsea” but has refused to rule out a future move to Real Madrid.Talk of a possible switch to Spain for the Belgium international refuses to go away, with the Blancos long-standing admirers of the talented 27-year-old.He has now addressed those rumours, with the full story available here.Shaw set for new Man Utd dealJose Mourinho says it is a “natural consequence” that Luke Shaw will be rewarded with a new Manchester United contract due to the effort he has shown to adapt to his style of play.The full-back’s future at Old Trafford has at times been unclear, with Shaw often falling out of favour with the Portuguese, but he is now firmly back in the picture and planning long-term at Old Trafford.Read the full story on possible fresh terms for the England international here.Liverpool end Lemar interestLiverpool are no longer interested in signing Monaco attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar, reports the Liverpool Echo.The Reds made a major push for the 22-year-old in the summer, but ultimately fell short in their bid. And despite reports that Lemar has turned down another new contract offer at Monaco, Liverpool are said to be moving on to other targets for the summer. Real rubbish Isco rumoursZinedine Zidane wants Isco at Real Madrid for “his whole life” and insists claims the player could leave at the end of this season are false.The Spain international has been linked with Chelsea over recent weeks, but the Blancos have no intention of sanctioning a sale.Read the full story on Goal.Arsenal to sell Lacazette?Alexandre Lacazette is under “massive pressure” at Arsenal and could be sold in the summer, says Emmanuel Petit.Having pursued the France international for several years, the Gunners finally got their man in 2017 when completing a £46 million deal with Lyon.He made a bright start to life in England but the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could see him forced out.Read the full story on Goal.Ibra to LA talks going ‘nowhere’Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be kept at Manchester United against his will, but a potential move to LA Galaxy has got “nowhere” as yet.A switch to MLS has been mooted for the experienced Swede after struggling to regain full match fitness during a second stint at Old Trafford.Find out what those in Los Angeles have had to say on the rumours here.Jorginho warned off Man UtdManchester United are being heavily linked with Napoli midfielder Jorginho, but his agent has warned him off a switch to rain-soaked England.Jose Mourinho is said to already be in the process of piecing together his summer transfer plans, and the Italy international has emerged as an option the Red Devils are prepared to pursue.It does, however, remain to be seen whether a move will be made and whether a switch to Old Trafford will appeal to the Brazil-born star.Read the full story on Goal.Luis Enrique wants Asensio at ChelseaFormer Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has told Chelsea that he wants to sign Marco Asensio if he is to take over for Antonio Conte, reports Don Balon. With Conte on the verge of losing his job, Luis Enrique has been widely tipped to take the Italian’s place in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat. But according to the report, the Spaniard has told the Blues that the Real Madrid attacker’s signature is vital to their chances of landing him as their new manager. Wenger confident Wilshere will sign new dealArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is increasingly confident that Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract with the Gunners, according to the Daily Mail. Wilshere can leave the Emirates on a free after this season, but Wenger feels he is close to signing the 25-year-old on an incentive-heavy deal. The midfielder’s contract is currently worth £100,000 per week, but Arsenal hope to sign him on a deal worth £80,000 per week with a number of performance-related add-ons.Man City to move for IscoManchester City are showing an increasing interest in unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Isco, reports the Manchester Evening News. The 25-year-old bas been frustrated by a lack of playing time at the Bernabeu this term, and Pep Guardiola could turn to the Spain international this summer instead of Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.Low names four players he wants at MadridGermany manager Joachim Low has told Real Madrid four players he’d like to sign if he is to take over for Zinedine Zidane, according to Don Balon. Low is considered one of the favourites to take Zidane’s spot if Real Madrid’s dismal campaign ends up costing the Frenchman his job.And the four players Low has identified are Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, PSG midfielder Julian Draxler, and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Roma looking to land KovacicRoma are looking to bring Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to the Italian capital next season, according to Corriere dello Sport.Kovacic has not broken through as a full-time starter in Madrid, and could return to Serie A after making his name with Inter during a spell at San Siro between 2013 and 2015. Mahrez seeks guarantee to end stand-offRiyad Mahrez wants Leicester City to guarantee they will allow him to leave this summer in exchange for the Algerian to end his current strike, according to The Times.After Leicester denied Mahrez a deadline-day move to Manchester City, the 26-year-old has refused to turn up for Leicester training and is set to miss his third match in a row this weekend. Spurs to battle Arsenal for DoucoureTottenham hope to land Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer, but will face competition from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail. Mauricio Pochettino came away impressed after watching the 25-year-old help Watford defeat Chelsea 4-1 on Monday night. The Hornets will attempt to tie Doucoure to a new deal, but will demand at least £20 million in any transfer should the Frenchman want to depart the club. Wenger wants new deals for Wilshere & RamseyArsene Wenger has turned his attention to getting new contracts for Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey after locking Mesut Ozil into a new long-term contract earlier this month. The Arsenal boss has promised to do “the maximum” to keep Wilshere happy, and wants to get Ramsey tied down as well. Read his full comments here. West Ham and Leicester to battle for £15m RobertsWest Ham and Leicester City are set to go head to head to sign Manchester City forward Patrick Roberts this summer, according to The Sun.Roberts has impressed on loan with Celtic, but City are set to allow the 21-year-old to leave this summer if they receive a bid of at least £15 million.Arsenal to offer Maitland-Niles new contractArsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to tie Ainsley Maitland-Niles down to a new long-term deal, reports ESPN FC.Wenger has been impressed with the 20-year-old and wants to insure he stays at the club by extending his current contract, which is set to expire in 2019. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield successby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s packed midfield is helping them improve as players.Jurgen Klopp has Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to pick from in central midfield. And Wijnaldum believes the competition encourages them players to raise their game.”It’s always good if you have competition in one position because that means you have to perform to stay in the team,” the midfielder, who has very often stayed in Jürgen Klopp’s team this season, tells liverpoolfc.com.”But I think that has to be normal at a club like Liverpool because it’s a top team, one of the biggest teams in England, so Liverpool will always sign good players and that means there will always be competition in the team.”That makes players even better – not only because you have an ‘opponent’ in your position, but also because you play and train against good teammates, so it makes you automatically a better player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Three members of the legal fraternity have been designated as Queen’s Counsel (QC). They are: President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Ian G. Wilkinson; Denise E. Kitson; and Michael M. Shelton. The appointments were made by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on the recommendation of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. The appointments took effect on March 14. Members of the legal profession are appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of their intellectual and advocacy skills through the practice of law at the Bar.
Barmer: A married woman and her lover allegedly shot themselves dead in the district Thursday, police said. The deceased, Anju Suthar and Shamkar Chaudhary, both aged 21, were allegedly in a relationship before the woman got married sometime ago, Chohtan circle officer (CO) Ajit Singh said. Prime facie, it seemed they shot themselves dead with two country-made pistols that were recovered from the spot, Bramer SP Rashi Dogra said. In an audio clip, recovered from their mobile phone, they said to have taken the extreme step because of failing in love , the circle officer added. The bodies were sent to a hospital mortuary for a post-mortem examination, Singh said.
Playful – the playful category inspires self-expression and improvisation with creative kits including DIY wooden playsets and cute costumes. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, has announced an exclusive partnership with Jennifer Garner on a new line of creative kits and projects for active kids. We Made It by Jennifer Garner will be available exclusively at Jo-Ann stores and Joann.com beginning in June.In celebration of the launch, Jo-Ann is proud to support Save the Children with a $75,000 donation for programs helping children in need in the U.S. As Artist Ambassador and trustee, Garner advocates for Save the Children’s early education programs with the goal of ensuring that every child in America has access to quality education from cradle to cap and gown.“As a mom and children’s advocate, I believe it’s very important we encourage children to express themselves and explore their imaginations,” said Jennifer Garner. “The We Made It line makes it easy and fun for families to form lasting memories together while developing their children’s creativity and intellectual abilities. I am excited to share We Made It with families and have a portion of the proceeds benefit Save the Children, a charity that is so important to me.”We Made It by Jennifer Garner is a collection of more than 100 creative kits and projects designed to promote imaginative exploration among children ages 4 to 11. The kits feature four creative categories, each encouraging inspiration and collaboration in a different way: Grow, Memorable, Playful and Sweet. Grow – foraging baskets, flower press kits and bird feeder projects are a few examples of the grow category which aims to stimulate exploration and observation of the natural world. Sweet – there are more learning benefits related to baking treats than one might imagine – think of all the math – but the colorful kitchen prep mats, cookie stamps and other creative kits in the sweet category help keep children focused on the fun.“Now more than ever, parents and caretakers are searching for creative ways to integrate real learning opportunities into their children’s play,” said Megan Featherston, senior vice president, merchandising, for Jo-Ann. “Jennifer Garner has done a fantastic job of making learning an interactive and playful experience with We Made It, a collection so perfectly aligned with the Jo-Ann mission to inspire the creativity in every person.”For additional information, inspiration and videos, visit Joann.com/wemadeit. Memorable – from framed family portraits to custom treasure boxes, the creative kits in the memorable category help children form lasting memories while developing personal interests and style.
Advertisement Advertisement It is the oldest known school in Prince Edward Island, still standing where it was originally built in the early 19th century.Work has begun to repair and restore the building in Skinners Pond — a coastal community green with farmland, dotted with quaint homes and cottages and bordered with scenic sandy beaches. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: SKINNERS POND, P.E.I.—This P.E.I. hamlet has begun work on a gamble: that Canada still loves Stompin’ Tom Connors as much as the countryfolk legend loved it.Construction is under way on the Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse, which will commemorate the life of Connors — known for such Canadiana-celebrating songs as “Bud the Spud” and “The Hockey Song.”“He learned his love of Canada here and that is likely where he got his desire to find out more about the country,” said Anne Arsenault, general manager of the economic development group Tignish Initiatives, as she stood next to the one-room schoolhouse that Connors attended. Facebook
But the downstairs live music venue will take on more of a distinctive laid back, Sunnyvale Trailer Park atmosphere, Smith said. The Toothy Moose, meanwhile, has run its course. Now the East Coasters’ Swear Net Holdings, the firm behind the online entertainment subscription network SwearNet, is venturing into brick and mortar business. “We started a mile apart,” Hartlin said of negotiations with Syperek. “Then some others came to the table that were interested in the space and that drove costs up. The online merch store includes the usual smattering of sweaters, shirts, ball caps and key chains as well as the more unique swearing badge set of buttons, bobbleheads and stickers. The fun-meets-trashy cabaret will become an upscale lounge called The Lab, Smith said. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Through Swear Net Holdings, the three actors and Howsam own 75 per cent of the three venues, while Hartlin owns 25 per cent. There are still subtle hints superfans of Trailer Park Boys will appreciate though, like Freedom 35 beer on tap and possibly a Julian rum and Coke on the drink menu. “Right now it sucks that it’s under construction and the street is closed,” said Smith, better known as Bubbles, the character that sports thick, Coke-bottle glasses and plaid shirts. “But when it’s done we’re going to have a permanent patio. It will be the premier location in downtown Halifax.”Hartlin said the team is investing up to $2 million into overhauling the entertainment complex, with a big lump of cash going into a brand new Shoe Shop kitchen and renovations to the decor. HALIFAX — The Trailer Park Boys, Nova Scotia’s supposedly dopey mockumentary stars, are amassing a business empire spanning an online comedy network, production studio, beverage deals, marijuana branding and now a landmark Halifax restaurant and bar complex. While the Shoe Shop has a fresh coat of paint and some new lighting, the eatery has kept the same “vibe,” with its stained glass, large artificial tree and mural, he said. Facebook The entrepreneurial acumen of Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay — Bubbles, Ricky and Julian — belies the dim-witted campy characters that have attained cult status and prompted Netflix to pick up the franchise, now filming season 12 in Truro, N.S. “In some ways we feel like we’re just getting rolling,” Smith said. “We’re constantly biting off more than we can chew but then we make it work and we make it fun.”By: Brett Bundale – The Canadian Press Together they now control over 18,000 square feet of prime bar and restaurant real estate on Argyle Street in downtown Halifax across from the Nova Centre, a $500-million hotel, office and convention centre complex slated to open later this year. “The Toothy Moose has had a kind of a down-and-dirty country bar feel and we wanted to do sort of the opposite, more of a high-end L.A. lounge kind of thing,” Smith said. “It’s going to be painted out all white with a lot of colour-changing LED lights, very moody, with bubbling beakers and staff in lab coats.” Advertisement Following the launch of Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky two years ago, the boys recently released a new beer, Freedom 35 lager, in partnership with Toronto’s North American Craft, or NAC Importers Inc., and have also teamed up with Organigram Inc. of New Brunswick to sell branded marijuana products once legal weed kicks in. “It took about two years from the initial conversation. But we eventually closed the deal April 1.” In the same deal, the business partners also acquired the former Seahorse Tavern space, a live-music venue located below the Shoe Shop, and brokered the joint ownership of the Toothy Moose cabaret upstairs, previously co-owned by Smith (Bubbles) and Hartlin. The five business partners are staying mum on how much they shelled out for the Economy Shoe Shop name and restaurant, as well as the former Seahorse Tavern space. Login/Register With: Along with Gary Howsam, producer of the hit television show, and Halifax bar owner Brad Hartlin, the Trailer Park Boys have bought up the Halifax landmark Economy Shoe Shop Cafe and Bar from local businessman Victor Syperek. Advertisement But the boys have been branching out, snapping up two buildings in an industrial park across the harbour in Dartmouth for production. “It’s a symbol of Halifax,” said Hartlin, who played hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for two years before returning to Halifax and eventually opening a sports memorabilia store and Bubba Ray’s sports bar. “With its big diamond sign … it’s really an iconic landmark.” For the Trailer Park Boys, the bars and restaurant come after years of translating the television show’s popular brand into business deals and merchandising. Advertisement
Rabat – Morocco and India are working on a joint social register to curtail inequalities and social disparities.According to the World Bank, Morocco and India launched the India-Morocco Social Register cooperation on Monday, August 27. Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank vice president for the MENA region, who is currently on a three-day visit to Morocco, attended the launch. Promoting inclusive economic growth, improving education quality, facilitating access to health programs, and implementing more effective social protection programs are among the project’s top priorities, the World Bank noted.Following his meeting yesterday with the new Moroccan minister of economy, Mohamed Benchaaboun, Belhaj also took part in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Morocco’s Ministry of Interior and India’s Bangalore-based Institute of Technology.The memorandum is expected to cement institutional ties between the two countries, with the goal of using common digital tools to identify and meet the needs of their respective populations.Based on the World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D) program, the joint Morocco-India social register initiative will have Bangalore’s Institute of Technology cooperate with Morocco’s interior ministry to identify the needs and aspirations of the countries’ most marginalized families and regions. According to government sources from the two countries, the project is part of a World Bank-backed initiative to boost social equality and promote an inclusive growth model. The overall plan is to improve living conditions for traditionally marginalized populations.The World Bank, which will help finance the $100 million project, has declared that the project will be a platform to “facilitate South-South cooperation,” especially in expertise sharing and poverty reduction.The project will be operational in 2020, and according to Moroccan authorities, its implementation is a priority for the Moroccan government because it reflects the driving spirit of King Mohammed VI’s society and inclusive growth-oriented Throne Day speech.“I view the new initiative to set up a ‘consolidated social register’ as a promising start for the gradual improvement of social welfare programs over the short and medium terms.This is a national registration system to identify families that truly deserve to benefit from social assistance programs,” the King said. The King added that new technology would be used to identify and cater to the needs of marginalized sections of Moroccan society.
BERLIN — Employee representatives at Germany’s Commerzbank are calling on managers to break off talks on a possible merger with Deutsche Bank, which they are describing as an “unmanageable adventure.”The major German lenders announced March 17 that they would discuss a possible combination, which the country’s finance minister reportedly views favourably. However, there is widespread skepticism about the merits of a merger between two companies overhauling their businesses after years of troubles, as well as concerns about the possibility of large-scale job losses.German news agency dpa reported that Commerzbank’s employee council sent a “protest note” to management Wednesday. It said: “We are of the opinion that you are launching into an unmanageable adventure without a discernible plan, without vision and support.”In Germany, employees are represented on companies’ supervisory boards.The Associated Press
Rabat – Approximately 45 minutes away from Chefchaouen lies the footpath leading to the waterfall. From here, the route to the cascades consists of nearly two hours of hiking through rough terrain, most of which is uphill.Though the Cascades d’Akchour is a beautiful sight, the journey to the waterfall is equally beautiful, and gives hikers an opportunity to see the Rif Mountains.Here is the journey to the Cascades d’Akchour in pictures: At a calmer area of the mountainside, the path events out and creates scenic views with shallow ponds and waterways.At the foot of the Cascades d’Akchour, water pools into a series of ponds, as well as a large swimming hole several meters deep.Behind a wall of rocks and foliage stands the Cascades d’Akchour, which stretches up towards the top of the mountains surrounding it and feeds the river flowing alongside the hiking route.In most places along the route, both sides of the path are overshadowed by the intimidating heights of the Rif Mountains.Man-made cobblestone structures and small stalls selling food and water make rare appearances on the mostly-natural path.Smaller cascades and waterfalls are a common sight along the trail to the Grand Cascades at the end of the journey.The Cascades d’Akchour feeds into a large river, which flows down the mountainside and into a damThe Cascades d’Akchour remain a hidden gem within the Rif Mountains, tucked away behind sprawling rock formations and cliff faces.The mostly-uphill climb towards the Cascades d’Akchour is littered with debris and other obstacles, promising a challenging hike before arriving at the waterfall.The path crosses the river at multiple locations via makeshift bridges and stepping stones; however, in many locations, the stream is shallow enough that the bridges are unnecessary.The path to the Cascades d’Akchour winds throughout the mountainside, with cliff faces and vegetation on either side guiding adventurers along the path.The path’s overarching foliage opens up in numerous places, giving hikers a chance to admire the beautiful mountainside surrounding the area.The route follows a mostly downhill-trek for the return trip, giving exhausted hikers a chance to recover from the climb towards the Cascades d’Akchour.The route to the Cascades d’Akchour wind throughout the Rif mountains, with a noticeable amount of uphill climbing on the way to the Cascades.A rocky and uneven hiking path dominates the route to the Cascades d’Akchour and give even experienced hikers a chance to challenge themselves.Along the stream leading to the Cascades d’Akchour, flowers and other Moroccan flora give life to the rocky mountain path.
13 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while his proposal to reconfigure the world body’s presence in Kosovo, giving the European Union an enhanced role, may not please everyone, it was the “least objectionable” option. “I am well aware that this package may not fully satisfy all sides,” Mr. Ban told reporters in London after his meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. “Yet it is my honest belief, after considerable time discussing this issue with all concerned parties, that what I have proposed will prove to be the least objectionable course to all, and can offer us a way forward,” he added.In the wake of Kosovo’s decision earlier this year to declare its independence from Serbia, Mr. Ban has submitted to the Security Council plans to adjust the mandate of the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK).Under his proposal, the EU would play an enhanced operational role in the rule of law area under a UN “umbrella” headed by his Special Representative, in line with the original 1999 resolution that established the mission.The Secretary-General has written to both President Boris Tadic in Belgrade and Fatmir Sejdiu in Pristina to inform them of the plans. Mr. Ban said he discussed the proposals with Mr. Brown today, as well as with other key stakeholders yesterday while in Paris for the International Conference in Support of Afghanistan. “My aim has been to pursue a modus vivendi that is acceptable to the parties and would be supported by the key international stakeholders. I sincerely believe that this package achieves that goal,” the Secretary-General stated.While in London, Mr. Ban met with British Foreign Minister David Miliband. In addition, the Secretary-General and his wife, Ban Soon-taek, had an audience with Queen Elizabeth II. In an address to the UN Association of the UK, Mr. Ban also stressed the central role of the Organization in world affairs, highlighting the UN’s work on climate change, global health, terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation. “I am convinced that if we do not collaborate on these four global challenges now, they will escalate to global threats of irreversible proportions in the future,” he told the gathering, held at the Royal Geographical Society.“These issues differ qualitatively from all other matters of global concern because: they endanger all countries – rich and poor – and all people; they cross borders and are highly contagious; and they can only be resolved with action by all nations and all peoples,” the Secretary-General said. He added that today’s complex and global challenges represent exactly the environment in which the UN should thrive since no country can resolve these problems on its own. “They signal a world where the United Nations can, and must, grow and take on new roles, develop and deliver on new fronts,” he said.Mr. Ban heads to Jeddah on Saturday for a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, before returning to the UK on Sunday for further talks with British officials and to mark the 60th anniversary of the London-based International Maritime Organization.
VANCOUVER — Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. (TSX:RBA) says its quarterly dividend will be increased by 6% to 13 cents US per common share, starting in September.The announcement came as the Vancouver-based company reported a decline in its second-quarter net income and adjusted earnings and a slight increase in revenue.Ritchie Bros., a leader among North American industrial auction services, said its adjusted earnings fell to US$30.0 million, or 28 cents per diluted share — one cent above analyst estimates.The adjusted earnings, reported in U.S. currency, were down seven per cent from $32.5 million or 30 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012.Net income in the quarter ended June 30 was also $30 million or 28 cents per share but a year earlier was $31.3 million or 29 cents per share.Analysts had been looking for 27 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 28 cents per share of net income, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company’s revenue from auction services rose to US$128.3 million, up one per cent from $127.2 million.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 2:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vietnam, China make no progress in talks about oil rig deployed in disputed South China Sea HANOI, Vietnam – A top Chinese diplomat and Vietnamese officials made no progress in talks Wednesday about an increasingly bitter confrontation over a giant oil rig China deployed in the disputed South China Sea, officials said.State Councilor Yang Jiechi was the most senior Chinese diplomat to visit Vietnam since China placed the rig off the Vietnamese coast last month. Both countries have accused the other of violating territorial rights and instigating clashes between ships around the rig.A Vietnamese official familiar with the talks said that no progress was made during the discussion between Yang and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.He said that the two sides still insisted on their opposing positions.China’s Foreign Ministry said Yang blamed Vietnam for interfering with the rig’s operations and causing the present difficulties in their bilateral relations.Yang said Vietnam should stop the disruptions and take measures to secure Chinese property and people in Vietnam, according to an account of his remarks released by ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.The rig’s deployment in early May triggered anti-China demonstrations and some turned to riots, which resulted in the deaths of five Chinese nationals and injures to hundreds more. Hundreds of factories were damaged and dozens were burnt. Many of them were built with Taiwanese investment.Yang also met with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong later in the day and was to attend a dinner hosted by Minh.Minh told Yang that the meeting, the highest direct contact since the May standoff over the oil installation, showed a commitment to resolving the dispute.Prime Minister Dung said last month that Vietnam was considering legal action against the Chinese move.The two ideological allies fought a brief but bloody border war in 1979, and skirmishes also occurred in 1988 when China used force to occupy the Johnson South reef in the Spratlys. Relations were normalized in 1991.China claims most of the South China Sea, rich in natural resources and one of the world’s busiest sea lanes, bringing it into disputes with neighbours, including the Philippines, a U.S. ally.
After a good start to the season, the receiving corp has had a rough go of it in recent weeks, partially because of Miller’s struggles through the air. After recording three or more catches in each of the first nine games, junior wide receiver Devin Smith has only managed one catch a game over the last three weeks. Although it helps that in each of the last two games that one catch has been for a long touchdown, Smith will need to find his midseason form against the Spartans to help the Buckeyes. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown has also struggled in recent weeks, only tallying two catches for six yards over the last two games. The lone bright spot for the Buckeyes recently has been the emergence of junior tight end Jeff Heuerman. With the exception of a no catch game against Illinois Nov. 16, Heuerman has been playing well lately, catching nine passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns in OSU’s last four games. Although Miller hasn’t been at his best as of late, the wide receivers will also need to step up their games for the Buckeyes to be successful against Michigan State Saturday. Quarterbacks: B Offensive line: A Running backs: A+ This should be an A+, it should, but I couldn’t justify giving a perfect grade to the offensive line when it seems that without redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, the Buckeyes are a different team. When Mewhort went down with an injury against Illinois, the Illini defense, which ranks 112th in the country in total yards allowed per game, began to bottle up a potent Buckeye rushing attack. Even with Hyde and Miller in the game, the departure of Mewhort hurt significantly for OSU, and it is never good to be heavily reliant on just one player. Still, this season, the offensive line has been perhaps the strongest unit on the team all season. With Mewhort in the game, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker, OSU is in good hands. Even when redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall was ejected from the victory against Michigan, redshirt-freshman Pat Elflein came in and played well in the trenches. The ability of the offensive line is one of the Buckeyes’ top assets this year and could be the difference against a powerful Michigan State front seven. Wide receivers and tight ends: C+ Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) celebrates a touchdown during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs the regular season wraps up and the No.2-ranked Ohio State football team (12-0, 8-0) prepares for the postseason along with a potential shot at the national title, here are The Lantern’s grades for the offensive units during the regular season. It is hard to grade the quarterbacks too harshly when they have led the Buckeyes to their second straight undefeated regular season and a spot in the Big Ten Championship. But in the final half of the season, the passing game has taken a step back. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller was hot heading into the second half of the year, and managed to throw for more than 200 yards for four straight games in the middle of the year, but since his 233-yard performance against Purdue Nov. 2, Miller’s highest total is 160 yards through the air. As his passing game has slipped, he has also seen his numbers rushing sky rocket, tallying an average of 160.3 yards per game over the last three games of the year. With a big test in No. 10 Michigan State looming, pressure will be on Miller to keep up his great rushing numbers and pick his game up through the air to keep the undefeated season alive. Backup redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton did not see the field much in the second half of the season, but if his play in place of Miller when he was out with an injury is any indication of his ability, OSU fan’s shouldn’t worry when he comes on the field. Academically, OSU doesn’t hand out an A+ grade, but it is hard to argue that the Buckeye running backs don’t deserve the highest grade possible. Since returning from a three-game suspension that was the result of an incident at a Columbus bar in July, senior running back Carlos Hyde has been stellar and invaluable to the Buckeyes undefeated regular season. Since Big Ten play began, Hyde has averaged 156.1 yards per game on the ground, including 14 touchdowns. Hyde also tallied two games of more than 225 yards in OSU’s final three games, running for the third best total in school history, 246 yards, against Illinois and going for 226 against Michigan. Hyde is averaging the sixth most rushing yards per game and is 16th in the nation with 1290 total yards, and he is the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. Freshman running back Dontre Wilson also made an impact this season, scoring three total touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, and returning kicks for the Buckeyes. Redshirt-senior Jordan Hall started the year as the feature back for OSU but took a backseat after a knee injury sidelined him and Hyde made his return. Hyde a faces his toughest test of the year Saturday against the Spartans, who sport the nation’s leading rush defense, but will look to extend his run of seven straight games with more than 100 yards.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed she will be attending this year’s Antipodes Greek Festival in Melbourne, as well as opposition leader Tony Abbott. This is the second consecutive year the leaders have attended the official launch held at 6:30 pm on the Saturday night of the festival. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, says this shows “the appreciation towards the diaspora and Greek community” as well as the influence of the Greek community as a whole. Melbourne has the largest population of Greeks in Australia and has one of the highest population of Greeks in the world. Given that this year is an election year, Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott may be vying to win the Greek vote. Last year, the prime minister used the festival as the forum to make the announcement of donating $2 million to the building of the cultural centre of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria saying “the modernized space will house the proud history of the Greek community, presenting valuable files created with the passage of decades and will host special exhibitions and performances”. Mr Papastergiadis added that he will be speaking with both the prime minister and opposition leader on issues affecting the Greek diaspora. The Antipodes Greek Festival is expected to attract many other federal and state ministers, MPs and senators. After the official launch, their will be a free outdoor concert by Greek singer Michalis Hatzigiannis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Spanish giants Real Madrid had their Christmas meal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as it is the traditional and the club’s president Florentino Perez gave an address where he lauded club’s Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric.Modric’ emergence as the winner of the award means Madrid has produced winners of the trophy in the last three years as Cristiano Ronaldo won the last two editions while with the club. .“We are already focused on winning the Club World Cup,” said Perez in a report obtained by Marca.“These players are already part of history and the legend of Madrid.”“Among them is Luka Modric, winner of the Ballon d’Or and The Best, representing the talent and values of Madrid.”Report: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…“You are direct witnesses to one of the best stages in the club’s history,” Perez continued.“For the first time, we are European champions in football and basketball, a worldwide milestone.”“This successful stage is thanks to the unity of Madrid, unity that allows us to have stability.”“The stadium on Sunday was an example of the values of sport,” he said.“The passion of sport coexisted with the values of sport.”